Emily Silver

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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.

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1983 Olympic basketball

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Led by Christian Welp, a seven-foot German exchange student who later played for the University of Washington and several NBA teams, the Trojans were ranked second in the state for much in the season en route to a state basketball title. Despite the protests opponents made toward Welp’s eligibility, he played in all but one game for Olympic. They defeated Washington High School for the district title, then beat Cheney in the state semifinals before outlasting Centralia 54-51 in four overtimes in the state title bout.

Andrew Peterson

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A native of Greenock, Scotland, Peterson had never played football before then South Kitsap head coach Ed Fisher got him interested in playing. A standout lineman for the Wolves, Peterson went on to play at the University of Washington, where he had the longest streak for games started in school history and was voted Lineman of the Year his senior year. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. Peterson only played four games with the Panthers, starting two of them.

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Helen Silver

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The older sister of fellow Hall Of Famer Emily Silver, Helen Silver is a accomplished swimmer in her own right. As a Spartan, she was a four time high school All-American, as she won a state title in the 100 meter backstroke three times and was on the medley relay team that won state all four years she swam on it. At the University of Cal-Berkeley, she was a three time All-American and won a national title in the 200 backstroke. Helen also competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials.

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Cliff Schoening

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A native of Montana, Schoening, a Marine who served in the Korean War, made his name known as a prolific motorcycle racer. He won the American Motorcycle Association Northwest Region Flat Track championship in 1964 and 1965, then won the Graham Speedway Championship in 1966. Though a terrible crash ended his racing career, Schoening went on to open Cliff’s Cycle Center in 1967.

Lyle Ballew

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Lyle Ballew was a long-time wrestling and football coach at South Kitsap.
He was a 1967 graduate of West Bremerton where he wrestled and played football. He was fourth at state his senior year at 145 pounds.
He went to Highline Community College where he was second at state (losing only once) at 152 pounds. He won state as a sophomore at 145 pounds.
At the University of Washington, he qualified for the NCAA national tournament twice. He became a graduate assistant wrestling coach at the UW and also was the wrestling coach at Olympic College. He joined the South Kitsap staff in 1972. He took a break to coach at Nevada-Las Vegas in 1979 and competed as an amateur wrestler in Russia in 1980.

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Bill Stady

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Stady was a three-year starter for the Central Kitsap basketball team, which went on to win league titles his junior and senior year. The 6-4 center became the first player in school history to score 1,000 points in his career and was an all-state selection his senior year. Stady went on to play for the University of Washington men’s basketball team where he played for three years and was a starter and team captain his junior and senior year.

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Dave Barcelon

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Barcelon has been racing drags since 1969 at Bremerton Raceway. He’s raced at all levels of drags and even took a break and won multiple events on the NASCAR Northwest Legends Series. In 2007, he won the NHRA’s Jeg’s All-Star championship at Route 66 Raceways in Chicago. In 2011, he was named the Bremerton Raceway’s Race of the Year.

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Don Thorsen

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Thorsen was a three-year letterwinner in football, basketball and baseball in his time at Central Kitsap. He’s best known for leading the Cougars to its first boys’ basketball state title in 1969, earning all-tournament and all-state honors. Thorsen also broke the then school career scoring record of fellow Hall of Famer Bill Stady with 1,319 points. He attended the University of Tulsa and briefly played for the freshman basketball team before a back injury ended his career.

Brandy (Barber) Raymond

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Brandy Raymond was an All-Narrows League catcher for three years at South Kitsap (1992-94). She went on to play at Olympic College and was second-team All-NWAACC as a freshman and first team as a sophomore. She earned a scholarship to Tennessee-Chatanooga where, as a senior she hit .345 and twice set a Southern Conference record with three doubles in a game.