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Halt inducted into Rose-Hulman Hall of FamePosted Monday, October 19, 2009, at 6:55 PM
Former White River Valley graduate Troy Halt is shown during his basketball playing days at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Halt was recently inducted into the RHIT Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy Rose Hulman Media Relations).
That's because Troy Halt has been inducted to the school's Hall. He joins former Bloomfield cross country, track and basketball player Jason Lueking, who was inducted for his cross country and track exploits in 2000.
Halt joined three others -- Bryan Hagelskamp, Amanda Speich Witter and Sean Valentine -- during ceremonies that took at the Rose-Hulman campus in Terre Haute Oct. 10.
Halt, who was an original member of the White River Valley boys' basketball team, which he joined following consolidation of L&M following his freshman year.
Halt, who scored 1,109 points in his prep career in Greene County, played with four Division I and a Division II players in his senior season. He also received scholarship offers from Division I schools, but chose to go the academic route by joining the Engineers.
He and his WRV teammates made a run to the elite eight in the state tournament and brought a solid end to his high school athletic exploits that continued into his college days.
The Wolverines won three straight sectional championships -- 1991-93 and back-to-back regionals in 92-93, combining for a 73-9 record during those three seasons.
During his time at RHIT, Halt led them to NCAA Division III tournament appearances in 1996 and 1997. During his tenure the team accumulated a 63-43 record and won the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and post season tournament.
He spent the final 56 games of his college career as a starter and became a member of the RHIT 1,000 point club with 1,099 total career points.
Halt's exploits weren't limited to just scoring. He also pulled down 595 rebounds and led the ICAC in rebounding during his senior season and was named a team captain. He was further recognized for his hard work on the court by winning the Teammate Award in 1996 and '97 as well.
Honors bestowed upon Halt included first-team All-Region honors in 1997. first-team all-league and runner-up accolades for Most Valuable Player in 1997.
He was also named MVP of the 1996 Rose-Hulman tournament.
Halt, who graduated with a degree in electrical engineering, earned the department-wide Sam Hulbert Award for leadership in 1997.
After his athletic achievements ended, he continued his legacy of excellence when he embarked on a professional career that included stops in Alpharetta, Georgia and Bloomfield, before he accepted his current position as a project leader at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Crane.
It's nice to know that he's more than just a good basketball player. And that he used his skills to not only better himself, but his community and country as well.
Nice going Troy...
Rick Curl is a sports writer with the Greene County Daily World and can be reached at (812) 847-4487 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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