Most parents and grandparents are proud of their children as they play with school athletic teams, but one set of Gremlin grandparents may devote a little more time than most.
Larry and Judy Laucks, of Holts Summit, are the grandparents of Teagan and Addison Trammell, students and athletes at Sacred Heart School. Teagan plays on the soccer and basketball teams, while Addison is a seventh grade volleyball player. The pair are the children of the Laucks’ daughter Shelly and son-in-law Mike.
The Laucks don’t miss a single game — Judy said she hasn’t added up the number of games this year, but they attended 29 soccer games in 2014.
Not only are they avid Gremlins fans, they also volunteer their time to help the team; Judy launders the team’s uniforms after every game and Larry is the team’s unofficial photographer.
“I have more time because I’m a retired grandma and it helps the mothers out a little bit because they’re all busy and some aren’t here — we have several foreign students on the team. I thought I was helping them out, volunteering to serve,” Judy said. “I’ve got it down to an art and it really doesn’t take me very long anymore. I have plastic bags and put their number on them. It goes very smooth, we’ve got it down to quite a little art here.”
While Judy is busy washing uniforms post-game, Larry is uploading photos to Facebook. He takes an average of 500 to 600 photos each game, posting about 75 to Facebook for other parents to view and enjoy.
“It’s something I enjoy doing. Over the years I’ve gotten a little better at it,” he said. “I like sharing them, it’s nice to hear (parents) say thanks for the memories; the pictures last forever.
“Last year I took about 20,000 (photos), I’ll probably take close to that this year too. Most of them come out pretty good. I just like sharing the photos — the parents whose kids are here who live in other countries, they just have such joy of being able to see them.”
“He’s making memories,” Judy added. “And the mothers all used to have cameras, and now they can sit and enjoy the ball games and let Larry do all the work.”
Judy also does her part to keep other parents informed of big moments in Gremlins soccer.
“Our goalie is named Sebastian (Aguerro). His dad lives in Bolivia and I Facebook him from the time the game starts to the time it’s over,” she said. “I message him and he knows what’s happening immediately.”
The Gremlins soccer team is headed to Fenton for the state semifinal game Friday, and will play for either third place or the championship game Saturday. The Laucks will be there ready to cheer on their team.
“It’s really special we get to go back to state,” Judy said. “It’s the second time and the boys have worked really hard to do that. Our other daughter went to state two times in basketball and it’s quite an opportunity for children to get to experience that.
“We are very excited, the uniforms are in the car already, ready to go. We’re having a pep assembly (today) at 1. We’re going to drive to Sedalia to go to the assembly, then drive to St. Louis. I have over 100,000 miles on my car in three years chasing grandchildren.”
“That’s marvelous just for the whole team; it’s wonderful,” Larry said of going to state. “Who knows how often they’ll be able to do it, but two years in a row, it will be just wonderful for the boys, the coach, the school.”
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.