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Lorena LegardeLorena Legarde

Photo of Lorena Legarde
School: Washington-Monroe Graduation Year: 1981

Year Inducted: 2016

Sports Played: Volleyball, Basketball

High School Honors: 4-year Volleyball Letter Winner. PIL 2nd Team, Sophomore; PIL 1st Team, Junior, Senior.

4-year Basketball Letter Winner. PIL 2nd Team, Freshman; PIL 1st Team, Sophomore, Junior, Senior. Metro all-star Senior. 1,103 career points, 667 rebounds; 23 ppg average, Senior.

Post High School Career: University of Portland, BA Communications; 4 years Basketball. Holds 20 University of Portland Women’s Basketball career records including points (2,568), average (20.2 ppg), field goal percentage (.604), rebounds (1,393), average (11.0 rpg), blocks (269), and steals (360). Three NAIA National Championship Tournament appearances; two-time NAIA’s All-Tournament First Team. Three-time NAIA All-American, two-time Kodak All-American, NAIA District 2 Player of the Year, twice. Team MVP all four years; Women’s Athlete of the Year three times. First woman inducted into the University of Portland’s Initial Hall of Fame in 1991. Pro Basketball in Europe with BC Femina in Bern, Switzerland, 1985. Several positions with Bonneville Power Administration since 1990. Coached High School Freshman at Grant, St. Mary’s and Cleveland.

Commentary:

Playing sports in High School was THE best for me. I was a shy kid and all athletes know that it is a lot easier to make friends when you’re on a sports team. Athletics helped me gain confidence and purpose and taught me many valuable life skills such as how to work with others, time management, determination, dedication, winning with class, losing with dignity, and encouraging others. Athletics also helped me to focus academically on getting accepted to college to further my education and hone my athletic skills to succeed at the next level.

I have fond memories of the many games, matches, and tournaments I played in as well as the relationships I developed. I thank my coaches for giving me their best instruction and encouragement and thank my teammates for giving their best efforts and teaching me how to be a positive teammate. Thank you also to Mr. Jack Bertell for nominating me and to the Selection Committee for this great honor.