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Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions to induct five Saturday

The Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions will induct five new members Saturday night at the Shreveport Convention Center.
The museum will open at 5 for an open house with the banquet starting at 6:30.
The inductees are LSU football star and coach Jerry Stovall, West Monroe football coach Don Shows, Louisiana Tech and Major League Baseball player George Stone, Grambling State and NBA player Kenny Simpson and Haynesville and NFL standout Demetric Evans.
Stovall, a West Monroe native, was a unanimous All-America selection at halfback and the SEC Player of the Year in 1962. He also won the Walter Camp Memorial Trophy as the nation’s top back.
Stovall was also a defensive back at LSU along with handling punting duties.
He was a defensive back and punter for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1973-81, reaching the Pro Bowl in 1966, 1967 and 1969.
Stovall was the head football coach at LSU from 1980-83, compiling a record of 22-21-1.
He went on to serve as athletic director at Louisiana Tech from 1990-94.
Shows, who passed away in 2014, led West Monroe to seven state and 16 district championships from 1989-2012.
A Ruston High graduate, he began his coaching career in the early 1960s at Haughton. He also had stints at his alma mater, Northeast Louisiana (now ULM), and Northwestern State.
After an outstanding college career at Louisiana Tech, Stone, a pitcher, was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1966.
A Ruston native, he made his major league debut in 1967 with the Braves. He was traded to the New York Mets in 1972.
In 1973, he helped the Mets rally from 12.5 games back to win the National League East. Stone appeared in two games in the World Series in relief.
Stone retired in 1975 after appearing in 243 games, including 145 as a starter. He was 60-57 with a 3.89 ERA.
Simpson, a Fair Park graduate, was a four-time All-SWAC selection at Grambling State from 1978-82. He helped the Tigers reached the NIT.
Simpson played professionally in Europe from 1982-95, leading a Spanish team to five European championships.
Evans, a defensive end, played for the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers in a professional career that spanned from 2001 to 2010. A Georgia graduate, he also played one year in NFL Europe with the Cologne Centurions.

— Staff Reports, newsroom@bossierpress.com

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