Mar Vista resident Lisa Sanchez has been selected for induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame more than three decades after she led her high school team to the state championship.
Sanchez, who currently operates a sports medicine and neuromuscular healing center in Los Angeles, is among a class of 11 women and men who make up the 12th Women’s Induction Class of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. The inductees are being honored for their significant contributions to Indiana high school basketball.
Sanchez and the other honorees will be inducted into the hall of fame in New Castle during the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Annual Women’s Awards Banquet Saturday, April 27.
As Indiana Hall of Famers Sanchez and the others will join such basketball luminaries as legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden, NBA legend Larry Bird and San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich.
Each of the 2013 women’s class members has also left their mark with successful careers in college.
Sanchez was inducted into the Ventura County Hall of Fame as an outstanding female athlete in 1984 after becoming a three-time MVP at California Lutheran University, where she set a record of 42 points in a game as a starting guard and averaged 20 points and nine steals per game.
In high school, she was a starting guard for the undefeated 1979 East Chicago Roosevelt state champions.
During her senior year, the 5-foot-1 Sanchez averaged nearly 20 points and eight steals per game, was named team captain and was MVP in 1980.
She also excelled in tennis, playing as the number-one seed on the men’s varsity team during her freshman year.
Having suffered a severe back injury as a basketball player and experienced the benefits of physical therapy, Sanchez was inspired to help other athletes heal. In 1986 she began a career in the fitness industry as a personal trainer with a focus on injury prevention, and she later started her own fitness business.
She is the founder of Healing Path 3, a sports medicine and wellness clinic that specializes in spinal treatments and internal medicine.