Overbay, Insley to Nevada Athletic Hall of Fame
RENO – Major league first baseman Lyle Overbay, former NFL receiver Trevor Insley and Olympic-medal winning swimmer Limin Liu are among six new inductees to the University of Nevada’s Athletic Hall of Fame announced Friday.
All-America shortstop Mark Lewis, all-century Wolf Pack team defensive back Tony Shaw and women’s basketball star Dawn Pitman also will be inducted into the hall at an Oct. 29 ceremony, Nevada athletic director Cary Groth said.
The six will be honored during halftime of Nevada’s 1:05 p.m. football game against Utah State at Mackay Stadium on Oct. 30.
Overbay debuted in the majors with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 and now plays for the Toronto Blue Jays. Lewis was the Big West’s MVP in 1994 when he led Nevada to its first appearance in the NCAA regionals.
Insley set six NCAA records in 1999 and went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts. Liu won three NCAA individual titles at Nevada and claimed the silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly for her native China at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She also participated in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney
“Trevor Insley was one of the top wide receivers in NCAA history and left his mark in the national record books, while Mark Lewis helped put Nevada baseball on the national map,” Groth said.
“Limin Liu was the most successful swimmer in school history, winning three individual national championships, and Lyle Overbay earned All-America honors and helped Nevada baseball to a pair of conference championships and an NCAA Regional appearance before going onto a successful Major League career,” she said.
Overbay set career records at Nevada with 257 runs batted in and 62 doubles.
Insley set six NCAA records in 1999, his senior year, including 5,005 career receiving yards. He was the first in NCAA history to top 2,000 yards in a single season. He went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts and in the Canadian Football league.
Pitman is the second Wolf Pack women’s basketball player to be inducted into the Nevada Hall of Fame and is just one of two players in school history to have recorded at least 1,500 points and 900 career rebounds, Groth said.
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