High school hall of fame to induct seven

Five coaches, an official and a competitor make up a distinguished group that will be inducted into the 2013 class of the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame.

The contributions of Albany coach Karen Mack Hoyt, Anacoco coach Vic Ortiz, Carencro coach Mac Barousse, St. Paul’s coach Eugene C. Bennett, Jr., Archbishop Rummel coach Larry Schneider, Florien High School basketball standout Joskeen Garner and New Orleans wrestling official Clifford Strider left an indelible impression on Louisiana.

The induction ceremony-banquet is set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Crowne Plaza. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s convention. With its seven latest inductees, the LHSSHF grows to 259 members.

As Albany’s girls basketball coach, Hoyt posted a .706 winning percentage (361-150) in 15 seasons. Her teams made the playoffs 15 straight years, including seven appearances in the Sweet 16. Albany won three state titles (1992, 1997, 2003) in that span and finished as a runner-up in 1995.

Voted Coach of the Year five times by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, Ortiz is mainly known for his success with girls basketball in Vernon Parish. Ortiz also showed versatility by coaching softball, track and field, golf, and baseball, leading Anacoco and Hicks to a combined seven state titles and eight runners-up finishes in the four other sports.

The Leesville High graduate compiled a 780-279 girls basketball record. She led Anacoco to state titles in Class 2A in 1985, and in Class B in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Barousse had success in football and track. He led Opelousas High School to the 1987 state track title and won a state football championship, the first by a Lafayette Parish team, in 1992 at Carencro. In the 1990s, Barousse, who was selected Coach of the Year by the LSWA in 1992, coached Carencro to seven district titles and reached the Class 5A title game once more in 1996.

Bennett is best known as the head basketball coach at St. Paul’s in Covington, where his teams posted a 451-359 record in 29 years, won three district titles and made 13 playoff appearances.

As the school’s golf coach, he guided St. Paul’s to 11 district and 13 regional titles, while winning two state championships (1998 and 1999) and finishing as state runners-up three times. He died in 2010.

Schneider took over as head coach in 1971 and built Rummel into a baseball powerhouse during a career that spanned more than three decades. He compiled a 526-175 record.

Schneider’s Rummel teams made the playoffs 12 times in 24 seasons and had 10 state tourney berths. He guided Rummel to state titles in 1974, 1981, 1987, and 1989 and reached the finals three other times.

A first-team Parade All-American, Garner was a force in girls basketball during a four-year span at Florien High School in which the school won three state titles (1989, 1991, 1992). The 6-foot standout finished with 3,305 points, 1,738 rebounds, 1,031 assists and 985 steals before going on to an impressive collegiate career at Northwestern State.

Strider, a graduate of East Jefferson, has worked 43 years as a wrestling official. He has served as an LHSAA wrestling rules interpreter, head official for the LHSAA State Wrestling championships and conducted annual rules clinics for coaches and referees.

Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2007, Strider has also served as assignment secretary for New Orleans and Baton Rouge Wrestling Officials Associations.