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Monday, September 16, 2019

Class of 2019 Highlands Athletic Hall of Fame: Milton Walz

Class of 2019

Milt Walz graduated from Highlands in 1951 and played football, basketball, and baseball, earning a total of 10 varsity letters. 

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Milt was an excellent baseball and football player for the Birds and was named co-captain of the football team in both his junior and senior years.  He received several accolades in sports both locally and statewide.  Unfortunately, Milt lost most of his senior football season because of a knee injury in the first game against Dayton.  He scored three touchdowns before leaving the game to seek medical treatment.  Milt worked his way back to return for the last game: the Shrine Bowl vs. Louisville St. Xavier.  Although the team came up short, he led the Birds in a furious comeback where he ran for one score and passed for another.

His best sport may have been baseball where he was all-league pitcher and was known for his sinking fastball and a knuckleball that baffled hitters.  He threw several no-hitters during his five years on the baseball team, highlighted by a rare perfect game vs. Campbell County his junior year as he struck out 15 Camels on the way to a 4-0 decision.

After graduation, Milt earned a scholarship to play football at the University of Louisville and he accepted an invitation in baseball to try out for the hometown Cincinnati Reds.  But due to lingering pain from his high school knee injury, Milt decided to return home.

Milt spent 22 years in law enforcement with the Fort Thomas Police Department, and after retiring from the force, he moved to the suburbs of Houston, Texas, and entered the business world.  Milt was married for more than 50 years to wife Janet.  Together, they had 3 children: Peter, Holly, and Andy.  Milt recently passed away at the age of 86.

The Hall of Fame ceremony in the HHS PAC begins at 3:00 p.m. on 9/22. That event is free and open to the public.

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