Contributed by the St. Bernard Hall of Fame
The St. Bernard Hall of Fame is excited to announce its 26th annual induction ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 7 p.m. The organization is proud to have a full count of inductees this year as it continues on a tradition of honoring those who have excelled in their amateur and professional athletic careers.
Not only do this year’s inductees and honors go to excellent athletes, but these individuals embody what it means to leave a legacy. This year’s celebration will host three dynamic athletes who have and will continue to make St. Bernard Parish proud.
The Hall of Fame will begin by honoring Guy McInnis, longtime Parish President and St. Bernard resident, who not only gives back to his community by leading St. Bernard Parish, but who has over the years tirelessly given to coach and mentor St. Bernard’s youth since his own career ended.
Guy’s influence in the game of basketball began when he was a young boy at Lacoste Elementary and Trist Middle. His high school days allowed him All-district titles and many accolades as a Chalmette High School starter where he played basketball. This journey led him to play collegiate basketball for McNeese State in Lake Charles, La. His time on the court aligned him to coach many teams through the years including his alma mater, Chalmette High.
Next, Jay Price, World Champion Speedboat Racer, will be honored for his contributions to the respective sport. Price, a resident of St. Bernard Parish, lived in Arabi until moving away in 2005, has traveled extensively all over the world competing for Team USA and other Professional teams. This sport, even though it is not as well known in the U.S., is quite competitive. Price holds records from 1996 to 2008 as World Champion and holds the 2013 European Champion rank. Price’s fierce competitiveness brings such a high level of intensity to the sport of Speed Boat Racing.
The Hall’s third and final inductee comes with a resume filled with story book endings. April Barrios Hagadone has an illustrious career as she began playing park ball in both softball and volleyball. This fire to compete traveled with her as she grew to play high school sports for Archbishop Hannan and Chalmette High School. Her status as a high school athlete propelled her to earn a college scholarship, playing volleyball for the Loyola Wolfpack in New Orleans.
As her professional career opened, she found herself as the Head Volleyball Coach at Mount Carmel Academy where she currently is honored to coach some of the most talented and promising young athletes to come. Currently, her career is stocked with a championship mindset. Holding over 8 LHSAA Division I State Titles and her coaching awards reveal her tenacity to give back to athletics.
Along with these three Hall of Fame inductees, the organization will be honoring local amateur athletes and Special Olympics Athletes who have contributed to their community by being stellar student athletes. Along with these honorable athletes, the Hall of Fame will be recognizing so many talented participants in the wonderful world of sports.
The night will be filled with food, drinks, entertainment, and guest speaker, Fletcher Mackel, who will inspire and encourage you.
We invite you to come out on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 7 o’clock in the evening for a night you will always remember. Supporting athletics and the sacrifice of each of our inductees will remind you of your own glory days when being an athlete was the best part of life.