Each year, a new class of Bobcat athletes earn the honor of being called one of MSU’s best all-time athletes and joins the Bobcat Hall of Fame.The 2016 Hall of Fame class is something special. It boasts a plethora of individual and team awards, championships and national honors. This year’s class is six individual athletes and two championship teams. The men include Travis Lulay and Jeff Bolton of football, Nico Harrison for basketball and the 1964, ‘65 and ‘66 wrestling teams. For the women Christy (Otte) Sterger and Carrie (Damschen) Krepp were inducted for track and field, and Isabel (Stubbs) Georgian for basketball with the 2001 indoor track team.
Lulay, a quarterback for the Bobcats, took over the starting duties during his sixth game as a freshman and never looked back. He completed 57 percent of his passes during his career for a total of 10,746 yards, good for seventh all-time in the Big Sky and 11th in Division 1-AA history. He led MSU to three Big Sky Championships between 2002-05. Lulay is still playing in the Canadian Football League for the BC Lions. A protector for Lulay on the offensive line, Bolton also entered the Hall with an outstanding career. In 2005, his senior season, Bolton won the Rimington Trophy for best center in the FBS. Another Bobcat legend this time in basketball is Harrison, who transferred to MSU after a year at West Point. During each of his three seasons with the Cats he passed the 1,000 point mark.
For the women, Sterger competed from 1995-99 and totalled six 400-meter Big Sky Championships. In 2013 she was voted 23rd in the Big Sky Conference’s “25 Greatest Female Athletes” which in large part was because of her 13 Big Sky Championship honors. Another great track star will joined Otte in Krepp, who won two Big Sky Championships. She was also a pivotal part the the 2001 indoor track team that won the Big Sky Championship which was also inducted. For women’s basketball Georgian was also enshrined for her part in winning the 2002-03 title and earning MVP honors that year.
In addition to the 2001 indoor track team being inducted were the 1964, ‘65, and ‘66 wrestling team that dominated the Big Sky, winning each year. Each individual and team was inducted on Jan. 29 in the SUB Ballrooms. They were then announced at the men’s basketball game on Saturday and received a standing ovation from the crowd.