Chattanooga's Own Venus Lacy Being Inducted To LA Hall Of Fame

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Online transactions at LaSportsHall.com are available four weeks away from the 2014 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration, honoring 11 state sports heroes with a series of events including the La Capitol Federal Credit Union Welcome Reception, the Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Scramble, Championship Saturday for youth featuring the New Orleans Saints/Gatorade Junior Training Camp, and the Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony presented by State Farm Insurance.  Chattanooga's Olympic gold medalist Venus Lacy will be inducted in to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. 

The events are June 19-21 and include a Friday night, June 20, “Folse, Fun and Fireworks” exclusive dinner party, presented by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation at the Landing Restaurant facing Cane River Lake in historic downtown Natchitoches. Renowned Louisiana chef John Folse will entertain guests while they are served a five-course meal with paired wines. The event includes a silent auction featuring hunting and fishing items, and culminates with a fireworks show over Cane River Lake. 

The nearly year-old Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, already world-renowned for its award-winning architecture, will be open through the weekend with its regular hours and nominal admission fees. New displays spotlighting the 2014 inductees will be unveiled by the Louisiana Museum System, which operates the museum with collaboration from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, the parent organization of the Hall of Fame. 

The June 19-21 schedule begins with the annual press conference, restricted to working media, at the Hall of Fame Museum on Thursday afternoon, followed by the first public event, the La Capitol Welcome Reception. It starts at 5 p.m. is open to the public at Maglieaux’s Restaurant on the banks of Cane River Lake and across the street from the museum at 800 Front St.  Also free of charge, but with advance registration required, is Championship Saturday’s New Orleans Saints/Gatorade Junior Training Camp for boys and girls ages 7-14. The first 175 to register, either online or at the Hall of Fame Foundation office at 500 Front St., will be able to enjoy the training camp at Natchitoches Central High School beginning at 9 a.m. on June 21.

Tickets to the Friday night “Folse, Fun and Fireworks” dinner party, the Saturday night Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Ceremony presented by State Farm Insurance at the Natchitoches Events Center, and golf entries, along with sponsorship packages and congratulatory advertising opportunities, can be ordered online through secure transactions at LaSportsHall.com. Descriptions of the events are also available on the website. 

Participation in, and information about, induction events can also be obtained by calling the Hall of Fame Foundation office at 318.238-4255, or by contacting Foundation President Lisa Babin at LisaBabin@LaSportsHall.com.

The Induction Celebration is presented by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation and the LSWA. It has been held every year since 1973 with the Hall of Fame dating back to its first induction class in 1958. 

The golf scramble Friday morning, June 20, at Oak Wing Golf Course in Alexandria begins with warm-up and registration at 9 a.m. Tee time at 10 a.m. follows introduction of the Hall of Fame members and 2014 inductees. Outback Steakhouse is providing lunch for the tournament participants, with other food and hospitality provided in addition to golf gear and prizes. The tournament sells out annually but a month away, there still are plenty of team and individual slots available. Five-person teams are paired with celebrity captains.

LSU football product Alan Faneca, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, along with All-Star pitcher Shane Reynolds and New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner/chairman of the board Tom Benson headline the 2014 inductees. 

Tulane and NFL standout Lionel Washington, Baton Rouge-Catholic High School cross country and track coach Pete Boudreaux, and Olympic gold medalist Venus Lacy, who helped Louisiana Tech win the 1988 women’s basketball national championship, are also in the Hall’s 2014 induction class. Trailblazing basketball coach Beryl Shipley, who guided the UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns to national prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and legendary Cottonport football player, coach and official Richard “Moon” Ducote’ will be honored posthumously. 

Also to be enshrined will be the 2014 Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award winners, Tynes Hildebrand and Wright Waters, and Baton Rouge sports and outdoors writer Joe Macaluso, the 2014 Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism recipient. 

The $23 million, two-story, 27,500-square foot museum structure faces Cane River Lake in the National Historic Landmark District of Natchitoches and has garnered worldwide architectural acclaim and rave reviews for its contents since its grand opening during the 2013 Hall of Fame induction weekend.


CCS Tops Hixson 6-1

Seniors Rachel Farlett and Hannah Henry led a CCS Lady Charger onslaught Monday night in their 6-1 win over Hixson. Farlett had three goals and Henry had two. Meg Ligon, Leah Hoffman, Eden Brock and Kyra Duble each had assists. CCS led 5-1 at the half.   CCS outshot Hixson 15-12.  Avery Boulware had three saves for CCS and Marisa Lewis had one.  ... (click for more)

Monday Prep Volleyball Round up

Soddy-Daisy beat GPS 3-0.  Soddy-Daisy won 25-15, 26-24 and 25-23 Soddy-Daisy's Chloe Mitchell earned her 3000th career assist in the third set.  Soddy is 33-16 overall and GPS is 17-20.      Soddy-Daisy Stats:  Chloe Mitchell  23 assists  2 kills  1 ace  13 digs Gracie Ratledge  6 kills   2 blocks ... (click for more)

Witnesses In 17-Year-Old Murder Case Say They Saw Hollingsworth Threaten, Mistreat Wife

Two potential witnesses in a 17-year-old murder testified Monday that they saw Adolphus Lebron Hollingsworth threaten and mistreat his wife Vicky before she disappeared in 1997. Hollingsworth, who is under $200,000 bond, is set for trial on Nov. 4. Orville Hughes said he lived around the corner from Vicky when he was on Chamberlain Avenue and they were on Duncan Avenue. ... (click for more)

Family Makes Treasure Trove Of Early Chattanooga Photographs Available For Book; Stokes Collection Has Been Passed Down To Descendants

A treasure trove of Chattanooga photographs that have been passed down in the Stokes family for generations has now been assembled in an upcoming book. Chattanooga Around The Turn Of The Century: The Remarkable Stokes Collection will be published by Chattanoogan.com. Pre-orders are now being taken for the book, which includes over 700 photos on large-size pages. Publisher ... (click for more)

How To Reform The City Industrial Development Board - And Response (3)

My aims is to bring to the public’s attention the need for procedural changes that, if implemented, would significantly improve the information available the public, to the City Council and to the City Industrial Development Board about the verifiable benefits and costs of tax incentive financing structures and to make the entire process transparent. The public, the City ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: He Can Never Go Home

When Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston sparked top-ranked Florida State to a 56-41 comeback over N.C. State last Saturday, you would have thought the world had forgotten and virtually excused his vulgar rant from the week before. His inexcusable mid-week antics kept him sidelined during the Clemson game and brought down the nation’s scorn but less than a week later he was ... (click for more)