Lonnie Sharkey graduated from Central Kitsap in 1973 is one of the top bowlers from Kitsap County. He holds the county three-game record at 879. He was inducted into the Kitsap Scratch Bowling Organization Hall of Fame in 1995 and 10 years later was added to the Kitsap County Bowling Association Hall of Fame. He’s won four Northwest Bowling Association titles. He’s also an avid drag racer, winning several big races.
Jack Dunn, a 1945 Bremerton High graduate and a tennis player at Eastern Washington College, has been a top senior player for decades. Since turning 45 in 1962, Dunn has been ranked second, fifth and 10th in world singles in different age divisions. In 2003, he was the 75-year-old men’s singles runner-up and doubles champion at the International Tennis Federation World Championships in Turkey. Also in 2003, Dunn represented the United States in the international Bitsy Grant World Cup. Dunn has won six gold and six silver medals in National Senior Olympics and earned three national singles titles. Dunn has been the top-ranked singles player in the Pacific Northwest 13 different times.
Kristy Whitcher graduated from North Kitsap and played two years of basketball at Olympic College, but it’s bowling where she’s made her mark. At one points she held the Kitsap County record for a three-game series at 856. Witcher won 13 Ladies Pro Bowler Regional Tournaments and bowled on ESPN when she finished fourth in the National Queens Tournament and was also part of a national championship team. Witcher left bowling in 1995 and coached the North Mason girls basketball team and she’s also coached the Bulldogs’ bowling team. Her father Richard "Spider" Weiss, a longtime official, is also in the Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame.
Clint Corey, a 1980 graduate of Central Kitsap, is one of the best in rodeo history. He was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2004.
He was an International Rodeo Association Champion at 21 and joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association in 1984. He was the 1991 PRCA World Champion in bareback riding and was the runner-up four times. He had qualified for 18 National Finals Rodeo and finished in the top five 14 times; he was the aggregate champion in 2001. He’s won more than 40 rodeo titles and is credited with more $2 million in career earnings.
Chuck Semancik coached Bremerton football for 32 years. His career record, which included four years at Aberdeen, was 210-114-18. That record was good for a spot in the Washington State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He coached three unbeaten teams and eight teams that lost only once. When East and West highs merged in 1978, that team went 10-0 before losing 3-0 in the state semifinals.
Semancik graduated from Stadium in Tacoma where he wrestled and played football. He was 84 when he died in 1999.
The 23-year coach of the Wolves, Ed Fisher led South Kitsap to the state playoffs the last 17 seasons of his tenure. SK, utilizing Fisher’s classic I-formation running game, won the state championship in 1994. He made the state title game two other times (1982 and 1984) and advanced to a total of seven state Final Fours (1981-85, ’94 and ’96). Fisher left SK after the 1996 season having compiled a 197-48 record and a .804 winning percentage. Fisher, who was hired at South at the age of 23, was one of the state’s first coaches to emphasize weight training. Fisher is a member of the Washington Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
A 185-pound option quarterback in high school, Bryan Hinkle went on to become a linebacker — first at Oregon, where he was All-Pac-10 and picked to play in the East-West Shrine Game, and later in the NFL, where he had a successful 13-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hinkle graduated from Central Kitsap in 1977, where he was a three-sport star and one of the best all-around athletes this area has ever produced. He helped the Cougars to an unbeaten regular-season in football his junior year. He was an all-state selection as a defensive back his senior year. Pittsburgh drafted him in the sixth round and Hinkle, tutored by the Steeler grates Jack Lambert and Jack Ham, blossomed into a solid pro. He started eight years for Pittsburgh and was the Steelers’ MVP in 1986 and a team co-captain in 1991.
Heathcote, a Manchester native and South Kitsap High graduate, coached Magic Johnson and the Michigan State Spartans to the 1979 NCAA championship, beating Larry Bird’s Indiana State team in one of the sport’s most legendary games. In his 19 years in East Lansing, Heathcote’s teams won or shared three Big Ten Conference titles and played in nine NCAA Tournaments. He is No. 2 on the school’s wins list, and his pupils have included seven All-Americans and 23 future NBA players. He had a career college coaching record of 340-220 (.607), including a five-year stint at Montana prior to leading the Spartans. In his high school days, Heathcote was the first SK player in any sport to earn all-state honors after the Wolves placed seventh in the 1945 state basketball tournament. He also played football and baseball in high school.
Don Heinrich, the Kitsap Sun’s Male and Football Athletes of the Century, was part of the Warren Avenue Gang that produced its share of Bremerton sports stars during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Heinrich quarterbacked the Wildcats to the mythical state championship in football in 1947, helped the basketball team to a second-place finished at state in 1948. An All-American at the University of Washington, Heinrich still ranks ninth on the Husky career passing list with 4,392 yards. He led the Huskies to 8-2 (1950) and 7-3 (1952) records, missing the 1951 season with a shoulder injury. Heinrich, named the starting QB on Washington’s Centennial Team in 1990, was drafted by the New York Giants in 1952, but spent the next two years in the Army. He played from 1954-62 in the NFL, six years with the Giants before stops at Dallas and Oakland. Henrich won an NFL title with the Giants as a player and coached 16 seasons in the NFL. He was a broadcaster for the Huskies, Seahawks, 49ers and ESPN. Heinrich lost a battle with pancreatic cancer in 1992 at age 61.
Scott Shipley, who grew up in Poulsbo, comes from a long line of those who compete with oars. His father and grandfather were competitive canoers. Shipley got his first canoe when he was 6 and was competing in a kayak by 11. At 16, he was part of the U.S. National kayak team. He won 80 percent of his races in the 1990s and was a three time world champion (1993, 95, 97), three time runner-up and won eight medals over 10 world competitions. He was a three-time Olympian (1992, 1996, 2000). He wrote a book on the sport "Every Crushing Stroke: the Book of Performance Kayaking" and designs courses such as the one used in the 2012 Olympics in London.