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Walker to speak at May 23 program

by jmaloni
Mon, May 16th 2011 02:45 pm

Former Lewiston-Porter coach and athletic director Jimmy Walker will speak on "33 Years of Lew-Port Sports" at this month's Historical Association of Lewiston program. The event will be held at the Barton Hill Hotel & Spa, 100 Center St., in Lewiston, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 23. The event is free and open to the public.

Coach Walker has seen it all. A Lewiston native, he was a 1952 Lew-Port graduate who excelled at basketball and still holds the record for the most rebounds in a single game.

After graduating from Lew-Port, he went to the University at Buffalo on a basketball scholarship and eventually landed a job back at Lew-Port. Starting in 1968, most everyone knew him as "Coach" Walker. He was athletic director from 1990-2001.

Walker has stories about everything - from getting kicked out of kindergarten at the Red Brick School, to how Harry Blakeslee hired him, to coaching Jim Johnstone, who went on to become a professional basketball player. Joining Walker will be his high school teammate, Bill Vrooman, who will share some stories of his own.

This evening of Lew-Port memories includes free refreshments.

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