Stellar class will join Bobcat Athletics Hall of Fame

BOZEMAN — Five legendary Bobcats and a pair of teams that stand central to Montana State Athletics’ championship tradition join the Wendy’s of Montana Bobcat Athletics Hall of Fame this year, committee chairman Dan Davies announced today.

Induction ceremonies for the Bobcat Hall of Fame Class of 2015 are planned for January 29, the night before the Bobcat-Grizzly basketball doubleheader in Bozeman. The induction class consists of: football All-Americas Travis Lulay and Jeff Bolton, Big Sky champion women’s track stars Carrie (Damschen) Krepps and Christy Otte, three-time men’s basketball First Team All-Big Sky honoree Nico Harrison, and women’s basketball Big Sky MVP Isabel Stubbs. Those individuals are joined by the Big Sky Champion 1964-65-66 Bobcat wrestling teams and the 2001 women’s track and field squad.

Details of the ceremony and ticket information will be announced at a later date. Class of 2015 Inductee capsules are below.

Jeff Bolton, Football, 2002-05: Bolton came to MSU from Hailey, Idaho, played as a true freshman in 2002, and started for three seasons on the offensive line. He played both guard and tackle as a sophomore and junior, but after making an emergency move to center as a senior his dominance was thorough enough that he won the Rimington Award as the top center in Division I-AA. Bolton earned All-America honors at center in 2005 and at tackle in in 2004.

Carrie (Damschen) Krepps, Women’s Track, 1999-2003: One of the most versatile performers in Bobcat track and field history, Carrie (Damschen) Krepps was renowned for winning with a smile on her face. She won two Big Sky 400 meter hurdle titles and was a six-time All-Big Sky choice and earned national all-academic honors. The Helena Capital product finished her career on the MSU top 10 list in five different events and helped set a relay record, while captaining the Bobcats as a senior.

Nico Harrison, Men’s Basketball, 1993-96: Harrison transferred to Montana State from Army in 1992, and after a redshirt season helped spur the Cats’ rise to the top of the Big Sky Conference. Harrison is Montana State’s most recent three-time First Team All-Big Sky selection, and also its most recent CoSIDA Academic All-America. The Portland, Ore., product reached the 1,000-point plateau in only three seasons at MSU, and was widely recognized as the league’s top defensive player.

Travis Lulay, Football, 2002-05: One of the great figures in Bobcat football history, Travis Lulay led Montana State to Big Sky Championships in 2002, ’03 and ’05. He finished his career second in Big Sky history in total offense, earned First Team All-Big Sky honors in 2004 and second team mention in 2003 and ’05, was honorable mention All-America in 2004, and was named First Team CoSIDA Academic All-America quarterback following his senior season. Lulay came to MSU from Aumsville, Ore., and continues his highly successful season with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League.

Christy Otte, Women’s Track, 1995-99: Christy Otte’s domination of the Big Sky Conference track and field scene was thorough. A Billings Central grad, Otte won 10 Big Sky championships, was an All-America in 1998, and was Big Sky Track Athlete of the Meet four times (three times indoors, once outdoors). Otte also earned national all-academic honors three times, and the Billings Central grad continues to hold Montana State’s indoor and outdoor 400 meter records.

Isabel Stubbs, Women’s Basketball, 1999-03: Isabel Stubbs was a key cog on the Montana State women’s basketball machine that won back-to-back Big Sky Conference titles in 2003 and 2003. The Ayr, Australia native dominated the paint her senior season, leading MSU to a 21-9 overall mark and an 11-3 Big Sky ledger. The 2003 Bobcat squad made MSU’s last national postseason appearance facing Colorado State in the first-round of the WNIT. For her efforts, Stubbs was named Big Sky Conference Player of the Year, and she finished her career among MSU’s all-time top 10 in scoring and rebounding.

1964-65-66 Big Sky Conference Wrestling Champions: MSU won Big Sky team titles in each season… the Cats won seven individual titles in 1964, five in 1965, and nine in 1966.

2001 Big Sky Conference Women’s Indoor Track and Field Champions: Montana State won the program’s first indoor team title in 18 years… the team won the title in Worthington Arena.

— MSU Sports Information

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