ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The 2019 class of Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductees rolled into Four Seasons bowling center this morning to participate in the second annual 80s Bowling Bash.
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The bowling part was better for some inductees than it was for others.
"I couldn't pick up a spare to save my life," said former LSU and current Kansas Jayhawks Head Coach Les Miles.
"Two, probably three strikes, but not a single spare. It's eating me alive.
For Marie Gagnard, an Alexandria native and Louisiana College who became the first Louisiana native to work professionally as an umpire in tennis, the event was just another opportunity to reflect on a lifetime of accomplishments.
"This has been amazing, I had no idea what I was getting myself into 38 years ago when I started doing this," says Gagnard. "This has been an amazing life adventure and to have this capping it off, I couldn’t ask for more.”
Peabody Coach Charles Smith wasn't even sure an honor like this was in the cards after a rough start to his coaching career.
"My first two years, I wanted to quit," Smith said. "But I changed my coaching style and saw an instant change. I worked hard every day, and when I got to 500 wins, I got to thinking, well maybe there's an outside shot."
Despite varying journeys, the three Louisiana sports legends special connection with the state goes beyond this ceremony and will continue on now forever in the halls of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
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