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Halt inducted into Rose-Hulman Hall of Fame

Posted 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).
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has added more names to their Athletic Hall of Fame. And one of those names is very familiar to basketball fans of White River Valley and the old L&M High School.

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 rcurl@gcdailyworld.com.

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Congrats, Troy.

Well deserved.

-- Posted by GarthHudson on Mon, Oct 19, 2009, at 8:03 PM

Rick, I realize you just joined the staff, but please do your research. There is also at least one other Greene Co athlete in Rose Hulman's Hall of Fame. I know I saw him inducted last year, and no disrespect to Troy he was an excellent player, but the other young man played the same approximate years, albeit in baseball, and was inducted one year sooner.

He lasered for a very good pitching staff in the late '90's, probably the best Rose has seen, he and his hurling rotation still have most of the pitching records at Rose. He finished his career there 25-10 for third all time at RHIT, only behind his two teammates.

Shakamak has a pretty dominating baseball history, not only in the county, but also statewide. Some absolute baseball studs have came and gone at SHS. I played with many of them, and have seen most of them over the last 30 years, and he gets my vote for best all time SHS baseball alumni. His career ended with an arm injury pitching in the Frontier League, otherwise we may have heard much more from him in the baseball world.

Do your due diligence sir, if one RHIT HOF inductee is profiled, as he should be, please take the time to check the RHIT HOF roster and at least mention our most recent inductee. He was gracious in congratulating Troy in your first comment without saying that he was also a member.

I would like to congratulate Troy as well, this comment in no way was meant to take away from his accomplishments, they stand for themself, are outstanding and deserve this otherwise fine article, but a little research would have made this article, well...complete.

-- Posted by midnightrambler on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 2:33 AM

Rambler is correct. I remeber congratulating Garth last year, and I will do so again now.


Congrats again-Matt

-- Posted by Mr. Robato on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 8:41 AM

Congratulations to an outstanding young man for an honor well deserved. It takes a special person to excel in athletics and maintain the necessary grade point average to be successful at this prestigious university.

Besides Troy, Jason and Matt, Greene County also has Tom Hans from Worthington in Rose's Athletic Hall of Fame. He was from my era and he kicked my butt in CC and track a few times so I knew about Tom. Just curious if anyone knows if there are any others from Greene County? The names are listed on Rose's website, but I wouldn't know where they were from.

I wrote about Matt last year after his induction, if you want to read it, it is in my blog archives, just look for - "My Heroes Have Always Been Ballplayers".

-- Posted by simmons on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 10:09 AM

This story is about Troy, and I want congradulate him on all of his accomplishments!

now, if any one else needs recognized why don't you ask Rick to do an article on them rather than take from Troy! because you sound like grade school children, if not preschool!

-- Posted by elynn66 on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 10:14 AM

My apologies, I didn't know that comments were restricted. I thought every response was very respectful and I don't think anyone took anything from Troy. It was a well written article about an outstanding young man and everyone who responded indicated the same.

I didn't think there was a childish thing written until that last comment.

-- Posted by simmons on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 11:01 AM

Some people just can't help themselves.

-- Posted by Indymac4 on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 3:03 PM

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