Louise Rota

Louise Ann Rota was born February 15, 1949, in Chehalis, Wash. She graduated from Tenino High School in 1967 and Eastern Washington University in 1971. Now retired, Rota worked as a teacher and coach for 31 years in the Montesano School District.

Rota played softball for six different teams between 1964 and 1989. She played Girl's fast pitch softball for Bucoda Wasington from 1964 - 1967. Moving up to women's fast pitch she played in Olympia Wa from 1968 - 1971. In 1972 she started her slow itch career with Star Furniture and Tenino Eagles and played there until she joined BJ's All Stars in Tacoma Wa. Lou played most positions during her career, the majority of her playing time was in center and short field, until she started playing on BJ's, and was converted to second base.

During her time in softball, Rota played on teams that won regional and state championships. She was named to seven state all-star teams, six regional all-star teams and close to 30 tournament all-star teams. Among the teams she played for were the Tenino Eagles.

Lou also excelled on the tennis courts in both high school and college, while also participating in volleyball, basketball and fencing in college at Centralia College and Eastern Washington University. She was a part of the 1966 Centralia College team that finished second at the State Finals, as well as the 1967 team that won the only Women's State Championship in Centralia College history.

Rota has been inducted into the Montesano Hall of Fame in 2005, the Centralia College Hall of Fame in 1999 as a member of the tennis team and in 2009 as an individual for tennis and basketball.

Rota currently resides in Saint Cloud, Fla., and does volunteer work at Give Kids the World in Kissimmee, Fla., a part of the Make a Wish Foundation. She also spends time helping older residents of her neighborhood with chores, trips to the store and appointments.