Koon first made his mark for Bremerton High School as he scored 113 points for the 1949 team coached by Ken Wells that made state. He then played for another Hall of Famer, Phil Pesco, as he helped the Rangers make back-to-back appearances at the National Junior College basketball tournament. He was named an NJC All-American in 1951. Koon spent his last two collegiate years at the University of Washington as he started at guard and helped the Huskies make the NCAA Final Four in 1953. After graduation, he played for the Seattle Buchan Bakers in the Northwest AAU League, earning All-American honors and helped them win a national title and make the four tournament team to determine the 1956 U.S. Olympic team, but was named an alternate. He died in 2002.
Jim Cutchall, recipient of the 1976 Kitsap Sun’s Male Athlete of the Year posted a prolific wrestling record at South Kitsap High School and Oklahoma University. In his senior year at South Kitsap, Cutchall finished 28-0 with 25 pins, including a title win in State 5A Heavyweight Wrestling. His career with the Wolves ended with a nearly unblemished record. Cutchall finished 75-5 with 61 pins.
After accepting a scholarship offer from Oklahoma University, Cutchall posted consecutive 15-5 records his freshman and sophomore years. During the Big 8 tournament following his sophomore season, Cutchall wrestled Jimmy Jackson, who would go on to win the tournament, in addition to winning future Olympic medals. Cutchall suffered a career-ending neck injury in the matchup, however, but continued his academic career at Oklahoma.
Today, Cutchall resides in Oklahoma where he is a psychiatric nurse at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. He is married with two daughters.
Jan Hauschel knows a thing or two about bowling for victory.
The 1969 graduate of West High has competed in 25 national tournaments, is a 22-time Kitsap All-Star, and has bowled a perfect 300.
Her bowling accomplishments further include an induction into the Washington State Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame. Her team also brought the 1993 NIBC title home.
Driver’s license, check. Racing license, check.
John Flesher could count both items in his wallet a month after graduating from Bremerton High School in 1956. Along with friends Leon Fox and Dean Benson, Flesher founded the Handlers Car Club. After merging with racing clubs in both King and Kitsap Counties, Flesher helped organize drag races at Kitsap County Airport on Sundays.
In 1959, Flesher became president of the Handlers Association and served in this role until 1964, when he focused his attention on racing. After building a Chevy Nova in order to compete in the Nitro Funny Car series — what was referred to as "Factory Experimental" — Flesher claimed the West Coast Funny Car crown in 1967.
Retiring from racing in 1970, Flesher lives with his wife Phyllis.
Penor is a long time proponent of auto racing, starting in 1952 when he got to turn an old runway at the Kitsap County Airpoint into the Bremerton Raceway that is celebrating its 55th anniversary in 2014. He also bought and used the first timing equipment in Northwest racing when the Northwest Fuel and Gas Championships came to the Shelton Raceway in 1964. He also drag raced for many years and did stock car car racing at Silverdale Speedway, retiring in 1970.
Posey was an All-Narrows League third baseman at South Kitsap (1991-94). Posey was a fixture during the summer, first for the Quicksilver and then for the Vancouver-based Fury, which placed well at national tournaments. She played at Tennessee-Chattanooga. Posey’s stats ranked in the top 10 in school history for doubles, average and hits as she helped the Lady Mocs win two Southern Conference regular season and tournament championships. She graduated in 1998 with a bachelors in criminal justice. She works as a corrections officer.
An academic All-American at the University of Washington, the 1983 South Kitsap grad played for the Huskies from 1984 to 1987. Coaches gave him his first start in the 1984 Orange Bowl as a freshman. The Huskies beat Oklahoma, and Rill never came out of the lineup. He led Washington in tackles three straight years (1985, 204 tackles, No. 2 all-time at Washington; 1986, 164; and 1987, 188). His 575 career tackles is No. 2 all-time, just three behind Michael Jackson. Also a long snapper, he was signed by the Rams as an undrafted free agent.
Murphy was a legend at Bremerton High School, earning All-State honors all three years he started for Ken Wills’ team and bagged an honorable mention All-American honor his senior year. The Wildcats took sixth in state his junior year. He moved on to play for the University of Washington where he became a captain of the team his senior year and was the team’s most inspirational player.
The famed Suquamish baseball team was one of several teams that traveled to Japan in 1921, where it played before crowds that ranged between 35,000 and 50,0000 according to reports. Pitcher Louie George wowed the Japanese with his signature pitch — the "clam ball" — and the tribal team put together an 18-3-1 record. Suquamish was famous for its early baseball teams, and later fielded a slowpitch team that won the National Indian Slow-Pitch Tournament in 1984. The Hall of Fame honor covers all of Suquamish’s past diamond history.
Kravitz was a three-sport standout at East High, playing football, basketball and track. He was on the undefeated 1965 team that blanked West for the first ever win against its rivals in school history. He moved on to play for the University of Washington football team and was a starting linebacker for the last three years he was on the Jim Owens coached team, culminating in a captaincy his senior year.