Most high school athletes dream of taking their game to the next level. Troy Norton dreamed bigger.
Upon his graduation from Broomfield High in 1989, Norton had one place in mind to continue his basketball career and that was in Durango, playing for Jim Cross at Fort Lewis College.
“I just loved the up-tempo style of play,” Norton said. “It suited my game.”
Norton, a four-year starter at Fort Lewis, will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame on Oct. 19 along with Kevin Hatch. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will start at 10 a.m. at Durango’s Strater Hotel.
Norton will join his brother Jeff — an assistant under Cross during his brother’s playing days — who was inducted into the Hall in 1997.
“I’m very excited and after 19 years I wasn’t sure when it was going to happen,” said Troy Norton, who received the word from his former teammate Tim Fitzpatrick. “It’s a great honor.”
Troy Norton drew interest from other RMAC schools, like Mesa State (now Colorado Mesa) and Adams State, but kind of knew all along he would land in Durango to carry on the tradition that his brother had started before him.
The numbers are staggering for the former point guard. His 455 career assists is second on the program’s all-time list behind his brother’s 586, and his 180 steals is fourth-best in school history. During his junior season, in a 116-114 double-overtime loss in Denver against Metro State, Norton dished out 15 assists — a Skyhawks single-game record that still stands.
“I believe Troy is one of the best point guards to have ever played at Fort Lewis College,” said Fitzpatrick, a 2001 Hall of Fame inductee, in an official press release from the school.
Troy Norton suffered a massive stroke in 2003 that partially paralyzed the left side of his body. He is still active in the sports world, working for Argus, a security company that you will see at Colorado Rapids soccer games and various football games around the region.
He still resides in Broomfield with his 11 year-old son Trey Dekaine Lauth-Norton.
The Fort Lewis Hall of Fame was established in 1979 and former basketball coach Ned Wallace was the first inductee. In all, the Hall is home to 136 individuals and five teams.
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