Killeen resident Walter Reaves, 63, was inducted into the Sandhills Community College (N.C) Sports Hall of Fame last month.
“It was kind of crazy,” Reaves said. “When I got the congratulatory telephone call I was thinking, ‘Where is this coming from?’ And I found out their Hall of Fame was fairly new and they’d only inducted coaches before and so now they wanted to pick an athlete.”
They picked a pretty darn good one.
The 6-foot-6 Reaves averaged over 20 points a game on the hardwood and the southpaw also starred on the diamond as a pitcher, first baseman and outfielder.
Reaves graduated from Sandhills in 1974 and then earned a basketball scholarship from Roanoke College in Virginia.
Of his days playing hoops for Sandhills, Reaves said, “If they’d have had the 3-point line back then, I’d have averaged 50 points a game. But it was all a lot of fun and then I made Small-School All-American my senior year at Roanake and averaged about 25 points.”
In 1976, Reaves joined the military.
“Well, the ABA (American Basketball Association) folded so I decided to join the military,” Reaves said. “I spent my whole military career in Fort Hood and I enjoyed it. I was a medical specialist. And when I wasn’t working, I was playing basketball or softball. I retired in 1998 as an E-8 master sergeant.”
Reaves and his wife of 35 years, Renate, have two children and six grandchildren.
“I’m still working on Fort Hood in the recreational department,” Reaves said. “I still get in the gym to play some basketball and I referee high school games in the area.”
Reaves is also a member of the Houston Texans softball team, a squad made up of members over 60 years old.
“We have a lot of fun,” Reaves said. “We go to Las Vegas and California and play other teams. I’m still hitting fairly well, batting about .600 or .700.”
A 1969 high school graduate of Berkeley in North Carolina, Reaves said he’s proud to call Killeen home.
“This city has grown on me nicely,” Reaves said. “I’m glad I’ve stayed here. I’ve enjoyed living in Killeen.”