Tony Coats played three sports at South Kitsap and graduated seventh in a class of 660. As a senior, Coats was an All-State lineman on both sides of the ball, the Gatorade state player of the year and an All-American. Coats went onto play at the University of Washington and was All-Pac-10 and was named to the conference all-academic team three times. He was an All-American as a senior and played in the Senior Bowl. The Cincinnati Bengals drafted him in the seventh round in 1999. He played for two years before becoming a chiropractor in San Jose, Calif.
Payseno was a three-sport standout at South Kitsap, lettering in football, basketball and baseball. He attended UW on a scholarship and was a three-year letterman there, winning the Flaherty Award for the most inspirational player. Years later, he made his mark in the sport of softball. He’s won 27 national and world titles since he started playing in 1992, collecting several all-tournament, All-World and All-American honors as well. Payseno was elected to the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Henry Dawson is a West Bremerton grad and one of the area’s top bowlers. He joined Lonnie Sharkey and Steve Force on a National Bowling Congress teams that has finished as high as fourth in the nation.
His high series in Kitsap Scratch Bowlers Organization, a group he’s served as president, play is 823.
In 1986, Dawson bought Elma Lanes, but still challenges local bowlers.
Jessica Brown started her career at 13 as a baseball player, playing second base on the Chico Babe Ruth team until she fractured her jaw in a collision at first base.
At Central Kitsap High School, she played basketball, soccer and was part of the softball team that won the state title in 1993. She scored the winning run. She was also a part of a Diamond Dusters team that placed seventh in the national tournament.
She went on to play at Tennessee-Chattanooga. She hit .415 as a sophomore and led the Southern Conference with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs.
After college, she played for the Colorado Silver Bullets women’s professional baseball team. She even made a women’s professional football team roster, but decided not to play because of funding.
As of her induction, she was a successful dirt bike racer in Houston.
Kirsten Kane was a three-time state diving champion at North Kitsap. She went on to dive at Indiana. In 1992, she was the 1-meter outdoor champion and the Big Ten Champion at 3-meters and 10-meters. In 1994, she won another conference 3-meter title. At the NCAA championships, she was runner up at 1-meter and third at 3-meters in 1994. She was a seven-time All-American and was part of the U.S. delegation in the 1995 Pan-Am Games. Kane, a member of the Indiana Athletic Hall of Fame, graduated with honors in physics and math.
The Knights, led by head coach Bob Battermann, won the then 2A state baseball title. Despite losing the Olympic League title on the next to last day of the season and dropping a league playoff game against rival West High, Battermann challenged his team to win the next six to take the title. They did just that, winning two loser out games to make it to regionals, then won the regional title over Rainier Beach and defeated a 27-4 North Thurston team 5-3 in the state title game.
A native of Bainbridge Island, Emily Silver is one of the most successful swimmers in island history. She was the first high school swimmer in state history to win two events – the 50 and the 100 freestyle – all four years, earning her All-American honors. At the University of Cal-Berkeley, she was a three-time All-American as she won several then Pac-10 titles and set several school records, including in the 50 freestyle and the 800 free relay team that won a Pac-10 title. Emily also competed for the United States as well, winning a gold medal in the 400 free relay and a silver with the 400 medley relay at the World University Games. She also swam the 400 free relay for the U.S. at the 2005 FINA World Championships. Her biggest accomplishment came when she made the U.S. Olympic team in 2008. Despite breaking her hand at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, she recovered to reclaim her spot and swim the 400 free relay preliminaries at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, in which the U.S. took silver.