Cheri Fontaine was the first women’s athlete to distinguish herself at Sacred Heart High School. Women’s athletics began in 1973, and from 1975-1979, Cheri played on the basketball team. From 1980-1982, she coached basketball at Sacred Heart.
Cheri earned all-conference honors during each of her four years of basketball at Sacred Heart. This recognition is testimony to her skills and the effort she put forth throughout her career. Cheri averaged between 15 and 20 points per game during her career and when she graduated, her career total of 847 points was a school record. It must be noted that she accomplished this record while playing schedules that were only eleven to fifteen games in length.
It will never be forgotten how Cheri brought women’s athletics into the modern era of competitive excellence. Her athletic skills and competitive spirit were evident in practice, as well as during games. She studied the game of basketball and strived to be the best while also contributing to a team effort.
Cheri became the best that she could be by developing and building upon her basketball skills. Her legacy of athletic excellence will continue to be a shining example for future female athletes at Sacred Heart to follow.