Senator stars Williams, Brown will join NIAA Hall of Fame

Former Carson three-sport star Matt Williams will become part of the NIAA’s 30th Hall of Fame class in June.

Former Carson three-sport star Matt Williams will become part of the NIAA’s 30th Hall of Fame class in June.
Nevada Appeal file

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The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association has announced 14 Northern Nevada high school sports figures will be inducted into its Hall of Fame this summer, including two former Carson standouts.

Both Matt Williams (CHS Class of 1983) and Timi Lynnae Brown (Class of 1986) will join the NIAA’s Hall this summer.

They will be part of the 30th class inducted.

Williams played football, basketball and baseball at Carson before embarking on a long career in professional baseball. He played for the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, and Arizona Diamondbacks in a career that spanned the 1987 to 2003 seasons. Currently, he is a coach for the Giants.

Brown was a volleyball, basketball and softball player for the Senators. Carson won three straight 3A state championships in girls basketball during Brown’s time on campus, along with a 3A state title in softball in 1985. She went on to play basketball for four seasons at Arizona.

“The 14 individuals we are inducting have contributed greatly to high school athletics in the Silver State as an administrator/director, athlete, coach, contributor and/or official,” Donnie Nelson, executive director of the NIAA, said in a news release. “They have made a positive impact on the young men and women of our state in some very important ways, and they have helped to make many of their dreams come true.”

The other inductees in the Hall’s 2024 class are:

• Artis Ruth Brandt — coach (volleyball, track and field); Incline

• Steve V. Clausen — athlete (basketball, baseball, football); Lowry (1975)

• Ward William Coates — coach (football, track); Wells

• John K. Dibble — coach (football, cross country, wrestling, track); Yerington

• Mitch D. Domagala — coach (wrestling, football); Battle Mountain

• Rick Kauffman — official (swimming and diving)

• Warren Mills — coach (cross country, track); North Tahoe

• Jonas Prida — athlete (basketball); Yerington (1990)

• Leon T. Reyes — coach and official (football, basketball, track); Elko

• George Smith — athlete (track, football, basketball) and coach (track); Reno

• Robert Sullivan — coach and administrator (basketball, softball); Bishop Manogue and Reno

• Janelle Lynn Wells (Chandler) — athlete (cross country, basketball, track); Reed (1993)

Coates, Reyes and Smith will be inducted posthumously.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for June 13 at 5 p.m. at the Peppermill Resort in Reno. Tickets are $60 each.

(Timi Lyanne Brown dribbles up the floor while playing for Carson High School girls basketball. / Courtesy Carson City School District)


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