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Stanford honors its newest Athletics Hall of Fame inductees

 

The rich and proud tradition of Stanford Athletics will come alive on Friday night as the eight newest members of the university's Athletic Hall of Fame are inducted.

The list of inductees includes John Lynch (football), Brevin Knight (basketball), Rick Lundblade (baseball), Lilia Osterloh (women's tennis), Tracye Lawyer (track and field; soccer), Mike Lambert (men's volleyball), Catherine Fox (women's swimming and diving) and Nick Bravin (fencing).

In addition, the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame will pay special tribute to the late Walt Gamage, the former longtime sports editor of the Palo Alto Times, who helped launch the Hall of Fame in 1954.

All of the inductees will be honored at a private reception and dinner at McCaw Hall in the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. The class also will be introduced at halftime of Stanford's game against Arizona on Saturday. Kickoff is 5 p.m.

One of the hardest and most-feared hitters in Stanford history, Lynch was a first team All-Pac-10 selection and earned second team All-America honors in 1992 after helping Stanford to a 10-3 record and a victory over Penn State in the Blockbuster Bowl. A third-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1993, Lynch played 15 seasons in the NFL with the Buccaneers (1993-2003) and Denver Broncos (2004-07). A nine-time Pro Bowl selection, Lynch earned a Super Bowl ring with Tampa Bay in Super Bowl XXXVII.

An outstanding two-sport athlete, Lynch also played baseball at Stanford. He was a member of Stanford's 1990 College World Series team as a designated hitter and pitcher. He was drafted as a pitcher by the Florida Marlins in the second round (66th overall) of the 1992 amateur draft and threw the first pitch in the organization's history as a member of the Erie Sailors. Lynch played two seasons in the minor leagues with the Sailors and Kane County Cougars before turning his full-time attention to football.

One of the top power hitting first basemen in Stanford history, Lundblade finished his Stanford career as the school's all-time home run leader with 42 and ranked second all-time in career batting average and RBI. He was named a first team All-American and the Pac-10 Southern Division Player of the Year in 1985 after winning the division's triple crown with a .408 average, 25 home runs and 92 RBI. Selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth round (148th overall) in the 1985 amateur draft, Lundblade played six seasons of professional baseball with three different organizations before retiring following the 1990 campaign.

Widely considered as the best point guard in the history of Stanford basketball, Knight was a three-time All-Pac-10 first team selection and earned first team All-America honors as a senior following the 1996-97 season. He started 114 games for Mike Montgomery from 1993-97 and finished his career as the school's all-time leader in assists (780) and steals (298) and ranks as the program's fourth all-time leading scorer (1,714). A dynamic open court player, the Livingston, N.J., native helped Stanford to three NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT showing during his career.

A first-round draft pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1997, Knight played 12 seasons in the NBA with nine different teams before retiring after the 2008-09 season. In his rookie season of 1997-98, he lead the NBA in steals per game and was named to the NBA's All-Rookie first team.

Osterloh attended Stanford for one year, in 1996-97, starting as a freshman at the team's No. 3 singles position before eventually moving up to the No. 1 slot. The Columbus, Ohio, native compiled a 30-3 overall singles record and captured the 1997 Division I NCAA Women's Tennis Championship in singles and helped lead the Cardinal to the NCAA team title with a 5-1 victory over Florida. She was named an All-American in both singles and doubles and was Tennis magazine's/Rolex College Player of the Year for 1997. After winning the NCAA championship, she earned a berth in the 1997 U.S. Open and decided to leave Stanford to purse a professional career. Osterloh reached her highest individual ranking on the WTA Tour in April of 2001, when she was ranked 41st in the world.

A three-time All-American, Lambert led Stanford to its first NCAA title in men's volleyball, in 1997 under head coach Ruben Nieves. A native of Kaneohe, Hawaii, he also was a member of the U.S. national team for five years (1995-96; 1998-2000) and represented the United States in the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympic Games. After graduating from Stanford with a degree in political science, Lambert played professionally in Italy for four years and also enjoyed a successful AVP career. He played in 26 championship events with four different partners, winning titles with each of them. In 2004, the "Hawaiian Curtain" was named the AVP's Most Valuable Player and along with his partner Karch Kiraly, was also named the AVP's Team of the Year. He teamed with Stan Metzger to earn AVP honors again in 2006.

A 21-time All-American and nine-time NCAA champion at Stanford from 1996-2000, Fox is one of the school's all-time great sprint freestylists and backstrokers in the rich and storied history of the women's swimming and diving program. She won two gold medals at the 1996 Summer Olympics as part of the 4x100 medley relay and 4x100m free relay teams. As a freshman in 1996-97, she won the 50 free national title in a school-record time of 22:01, breaking Jenny Thompson's old mark of 22:14 set in 1992. She was also the NCAA champion in the 100 back, finished third in the 100 free and participated on four All-America relay squads, including the national title-winning 400 free relay team.

Lawyer was a three-time All-American in the heptathlon and was the 1999 NCAA champion in the event. She preceded her NCAA heptathlon title with a runner-up performance in 1998 and a third place finish in '97. From 1997-99, Lawyer won three consecutive Pac-10 titles in the heptathlon, becoming the only woman in Pac-10 history to accomplish the feat. She still ranks as Stanford's school-record holder in the heptathlon with 5,855 points.. A native of Santa Barbara, Lawyer graduated from Stanford in 1999 with a degree in biology.

A two-sport athlete, Lawyer was also named the 1998 Pac-10 Player of the Year in women's soccer, leading the team in scoring with 111 goals. She was a two-time first team All-Pac-10 choice as a midfielder.

One of the greatest fencers in Stanford history, Bravin amassed a near-invincible 208-5 record en route to three NCAA foil championships and four All-America Awards from 1990-93. A staple of the United States' national team throughout his competitive career, the Los Angeles native competed in the 1992 and '96 Olympic Games. He also represented the United States four times at the World Championships and at the Pan American Games in 1991 and '95, garnering two team silver medals as well as two individual bronze medals. Five times as a junior and four times as a senior, Bravin was ranked as the top fencer in the United States.

The Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame will also pay a special tribute to its founder and longtime sports editor of the Palo Alto Times, the late Walt Gamage. Gamage first proposed the idea of a Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame to Athletics Director Al Masters and with the support of the athletic department and the Palo Alto Times, the first class of inductees, including 34 of the greatest names in Stanford athletics history, was announced in a full-page spread in the Palo Alto Times on Dec. 21, 1954.

-- Stanford Sports Information

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