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LHS Sports Hall of Fame inductee
E.V. 'Curly' Halt was Indians' chief in 1940s
LAWRENCEVILLE - When Eulice V. "Curly" Halt assumed the coaching duties for Lawrenceville's high school sports teams, he wasn't much older than his players.

Fresh out of what is now Indiana State University in his hometown of Terre Haute, Ind., Halt spent four years coaching the football and basketball teams in Lawrenceville. In a ceremony on Sept. 29 in the Lawrenceville High School gym, Halt is one of four individuals who will be inducted into the LHS Sports Hall of Fame.

Wood, a 1939 graduate of Terre Haute Wiley, coached the LHS football teams for four seasons, starting in 1943. The Indians had a record of 9-23-2 during his tenure. He was better known for guiding the Indians' basketball teams for three years, starting in the fall of 1945. Under Halt, the Indians were a combined 53-24. Lawrenceville won a regional championship in 1946 and posted a 21-5 mark the following year, Halt's final season.

"Lawrenceville is like my hometown," said Halt, 92. "I got married (to wife Susan) and three days later, I moved to town. For five years, that was my home."

Those who were influenced by Halt have good memories.

"He was a very positive guy," said Dale Gibson, the student manager for Halt's football and basketball teams. "He treated all of the players real well. He was very enjoyable to be around."

Jim Senters, a LHS Sports Hall of Fame member who played for Halt, now considers the coach "like a brother."

"For me, he was a great example of how someone should live their life," Senters said. "He was so dedicated. He had a tremendous affect on me. We've kept in touch for all those years, and in the last 25 years we've become really close."

Basketball was Halt's forte. He had many good influences including the legendary John Wooden, who took master's classes with Halt at Indiana State.

"He was ahead of his time," Senters said. "We were doing things then that other teams didn't start doing for years. He had a great knowledge of the game."

Not so for football.

If Halt wanted to coach the Lawrenceville basketball teams, he was told he'd have to coach the football teams, too.

"It was the worst thing that ever happened to me, and the best thing that ever happened to me," Halt said. "From the time I was in third grade, being a person who'd loved athletics, I'd gone to watch the football practices at Wiley. I'd never had any training (in football), but I said OK.

"We had a pretty hard time (at Lawrenceville), but we made it. We won some games."

After five years, Halt was ready to move on. He first went to Jerseyville, a school similar in size in Lawrenceville, and then to Alton, which was a much bigger school. Later he returned home and coached basketball at Wiley for 10 years, before retiring. He continued to coach into the mid 1980s, as the, guiding the girls teams and Honey Creek Middle School.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame ceremony are on sale at The Daily Record, as well as the Kull Agency. A social gathering is being planned for earlier in the day, at Lawrence County Country Club.


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