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Lamothe Paralyzed In Recreational Accident
FILE PHOTOBuddy Lamothe celebrates during a Lyndon Institute 2009 Division II Vermont championship game at University of Vermont. L.I. won the game.
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Buddy Lamothe celebrates during a Lyndon Institute 2009 Division II Vermont championship game at University of Vermont. L.I. won the game.

Jim Fuller
Sports Writer

Former Lyndon Institute three-sport standout Buddy Lamothe is in serious condition following a recreational accident that severely injured his spine Sunday in Austin, Texas.

Lamothe was said to be rafting some time Sunday when he dove in the water to apparently retrieve his sunglasses, according to his father, Joe Lamothe. Buddy is currently being treated at a level one trauma center in Austin.

Details are incomplete at this time, but Ellen Dechareau, a media relations specialist at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, confirmed that Lamothe was in the trauma center there in serious condition.

Joe said he received news of the accident at about 4 p.m. Sunday from one of his son's teammates on the San Jacinto Junior College North baseball team. Joe said the teammate was excited and he was unable to determine where the accident had occurred or the severity.

Joe said Buddy was white-water rafting, but is unsure where. One of his friends pulled him from the water, he said. "The best way to explain it," Joe said, "was it was Buddy being Buddy."

Joe stated further that Buddy, who was paralyzed from the neck down, was placed in an induced coma initially. By Monday, though, the breathing tube had been removed and Buddy was able to move his arm, he said.

"He looks a lot better," Joe said. "The worst problem for me is I'm 2,000 miles away."




That will change today as Joe will fly to Austin.

San Jacinto Junior College North, located in Pasadena -- a suburb of Houston, is one of the top junior college baseball programs in the nation. At 34-14, they are ranked 12th nationally.

Lamothe is the team's top reliever with a 0.86 earned-run average, striking out 27 in 21 innings pitched.

Lamothe was a pitching and hitting star for L.I. as the Vikings won the Division II state championship his senior season in 2009. He also starred on the football and hockey teams at L.I. and his current situation touched off a reaction among several former teammates and coaches.

Lamothe's accident occurred two years -- to the day -- after the hunting accident death of Jake Kadamus, the left fielder on that L.I. baseball team.

"You cross your fingers and hope for the best," L.I. football coach Dan Nolan said Monday. "The timing is unreal and brings back a lot of bad memories."

Robert Trucott, Lamothe's catcher for many years, said Lamothe was the "best pitcher I've ever caught -- the most dominant pitcher I've ever caught."

Trucott said the motto Lamothe uses on his Facebook "Never give up" is exactly how he goes about his life -- on and off the field.

Patrick Hilton, a four-year teammate of Lamothe's, said he was excited to know that he was excelling "at a higher level. It hurts a lot," he said. "I hope to see him play at a higher level again."

Brian Bonvechio, the current North Country Union baseball coach and the assistant coach for Lamothe's former American Legion team -- the Orleans-Essex-Caledonia Kings, said Lamothe has "a competitive spirit. When you put him on the mound, he just took the battle to heart.

"I really enjoyed coaching him."

"I'm saddened to hear the news because he is such a great kid," L.I. baseball coach Justin Smith said after Monday's game with St. Johnsbury Academy. "Because he is such a complete kid, he throws everything he has at everything he does and I'm sure he will at this, too, and improve."

Caledonian-Record sports writer Craig Beck contributed to this report.





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