Doug Merrifield

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Merrifield, a 1966 West High graduate, has worked as a certified trainer in baseball from 1980-1997. He’s worked with several minor league teams affiliated with the Seattle Mariners, the Baltimore Orioles, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs and the Toronto Blue Jays, where he earned two World Series rings from the Blue Jays’ back-to-back wins in 1992 and 1993. He currently works as an athletic trainer at the Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic.


Keri (McCallum) Stratton

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McCallum Stratton was a member of the legendary Diamond Dusters team in the early 90s that was later named to the Hall of Fame. She was a first team All-Narrows League for South Kitsap as she helped them win a state title in 1994. McCallum Stratton went on to collect numerous honors, including an All-American and four time Academic All-American selection with Mississippi State University. She has also been a member of Team USA and played for the Stratford Brakettes for a few years, helping them win a couple ASA National titles.

Marv Rickert

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A graduate of the long since closed Vaughn Union High School in Gig Harbor, Rickert played in the majors from 1942-1950 for the Chicago Cubs, the Cincinnati Reds, the Boston Braves, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago White Sox. He posted a career line of a .247 batting average, a .302 on-base percentage and a .352 slugging percentage with 19 home runs and 145 RBI and made one World Series appearance in 1948 when the Braves lost to the Cleveland Indians. Rickert is a member of the Washington State and Tacoma-Pierce County Halls of Fame. He died in 1978.

Bill Sturgeon

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Sturgeon was a longtime coach of successful local Peewee teams in the 1960s, Babe Ruth teams in the 1970s and the American Legion Post 68 team for six years before he died of a heart attack in 1979. He was also a longtime teacher in the Central Kitsap and Bremerton School Districts.

Leah Francis

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Francis was a member of the legendary Diamond Dusters team in the early 90s that was later enshrined in the Hall of Fame. She was a four-sport star at North Mason High School and won two state titles in the javelin. Despite a fractured arm in her freshman season at the University of Washington that nearly ended her career, Francis recovered to help the Huskies make the championship game in 1996 and Final Four runs her last two years. She captained the team in her senior year and won a then Pac-10 title and was an all Pac-10 and academic all Pac-10 selection.

Larry Anderson

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Anderson was an assistant coach to Dick Thompson on the legendary Diamond Dusters teams that have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame. He also helped Bruce Welling start the Central Kitsap High School softball team and helped them to a state title in 1993 and coached the Olympic College women’s team for a few years.