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.
Louis Soriano was an All-State basketball player at Bremerton before graduating in 1987. He played three years at the University of Washington, earning All-Coast and honorable mention All-American honors his junior year when he averaged 17 points per game. He became on of the nation’s top basketball officials and drew assignments at high-profile games. For more than 20 years Soriano, who as active a person in the community as you’ll find, observed NBA officials for 20 years.
Herman Peterson was 16 when he started racing in 1958. Ten years later, he bought his first Top Fuel Chassis and began racing nationally with Sam Fitz. The car won several races and he was known as the "Northwest Terror." He went on to win countless races, including the IHRA Nationals in 1974, and set numerous records before retiring in 1978. The Peterson & Fitz race team was inducted into the NHRA Division Six Hall of Fame in 2000, and Peterson was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2004.