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Lima Senior to retire Walton jersey

Michigan State's Travis Walton during the championship game against North Carolina at the men's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament Monday, April 6, 2009, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Lima basketball standout Travis Walton will be honored at the Spartans first home football game

Staff reports

LIMA – Lima Senior High School will retire the basketball jersey of Spartan standout Travis Walton at its first home football game of the season.

No. 12 will be retired at halftime of the Friday, Aug. 26 game against Middletown at Spartan Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Walton was a four-year starter and All-Ohio basketball player at Lima Senior. He scored 1,448 career points at the guard position in high school. He started for 3 1/2 years at Michigan State, where he played in the Final Four and was the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.

Walton went on to play for the Detroit Pistons in the 2009 NBA Summer League. He also played in the NBA D-League for the Dakota Wizards in 2011 and for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the Canton Charge in 2012.

In 2014, he was hired as an assistant coach with the Idaho Stampede/Salt Lake City Stars of the NBA D-League, the farm team of the Utah Jazz.

the419 sat down with Walton to discuss the transition – read the archived story: Lima Senior, Michigan State grad starts coaching career in NBA D-League »

The Aug. 26 game is also when Lima Senior will honor the 1946 State Champion Central High School football team and the 1996 State Champion Lima Senior football team. The program will begin at about 6:30 p.m.

Team members or family of team members are invited to take part in the program. Please call the Athletic Office at 419-996-3050.