Meigs had a successful softball career, playing for the Diamond Dusters and at Central Kitsap. At CK, she played the 1993 team that won a state title and a Dusters team that finished fifth in the 1992 National ASA 16U tournament. She played at Tennessee Chattanooga and was a four-year starter and set several hitting records. She was an All-American player in high school and college.
Led by star swingman Rick Walker and coached by Les Eathorne, the Knights won back-to-back state championships and lost only two games over the two-year span. East entered the ’73 state tournament as the No. 1 team in the state and riding a 21-game winning streak. They beat Timberline, 54-52 on a putback by senior tourney MVP Rich Arena with 2 seconds left to win the title. In ’74 Walker returned for his senior season averaging 25 points and 15 rebounds. With a 21-1 record entering state, East beat Foster 77-52 to repeat as champs. Walker scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the final and was named tournament MVP. Members of 1972-73 team: Arena, Mark Eathorne, Dave Fisher, Bryan Garinger, Ray Hackett, Dan Hegland, Jon Hussey, Clif McKenzie, Kevin Olson, Rick Torseth, Walker, Mike Wathall, head coach Les Eathorne, assistant coach Dave Holmer and managers Lynn Matz and Kurt Spitzer.</p> <p>Members of the 1973-74 team: Leonard Barnes, Henri Campbell, Mark Eathorne, Garinger, Johnny Golden, Hackett, Jeff Hayford, Oza Langston, Larry Lindberg, Olson, Torseth, Walker, Art Wischhoefer, head coach Les Eathorne, assistant coaches Dick Danubio and Gary Miller and managers Jerry Belinski and Gary Graber.
Rick Walker is one of the best basketball players to come out of Kitsap County.
He was the key player on the East Bremerton High teams that won back-to-back state titles. He averaged 25 points and 15 rebounds as a senior to earn All-State and All-American honors. He also competed in track and field and was fifth in the state in the triple jump as a junior.
He went on to play at the University of Puget Sound where he was and All-American and a NCAA Division II All-American. His career scoring record (1,946 points) still stood as of his induction.
He founded Sports Beyond to teach Christian values through sports and he’s been the boys basketball coach at Crosspoint for but a few years since the program was founded.
Les Eathorne was also a star player on Bremerton High’s 1941 state championship team under coach Ken Wills. Eathorne played at the University of Washington and fought in World War II before turning down offers to play professionally. Eathorne coached at Camas High for seven years after college before returning to coach the new East Bremerton High. He guided East to three straight tournament finals from 1972-74 and winning titles in ’73 and ’74. The Knights also went to state in 1958, ’63, and ’77. He was the only coach in the 22-year existence of East High and compiled at 317-174 record. When East and West highs merged in 1978, he took over as coach and athletic director. In that capacity, he had a 117-90 record before retiring in 1988. He came out of retirement to coach at Olympic High two years in the mid-1990s. A 1993 Washington High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame inductee, Eathorne had a 502-378 record during his 41-year coaching career.
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.