Bremerton’s Frankie Lee is one of the top Roller Hockey players and coaches in the nation.
He first played at the Roller Hockey National Championhips in 1970 and he was still playing in the World Class Division as of his induction.
Lee competed on the U.S. men’s national and world teams from 1984-99, he was the assistant coach for the U.S. women’s world team in 200 and coached the women’s national team from 2002-14.
Lee, along with Bob Hemphill, founded the Bremerton Hurricanes Roller Hockey Club in 1985 and over the last 25 years, it’s placed more teams at the national championships than any club in the country.
Dave Villwock holds just about every record in unlimited hydroplane racing.
The South Kitsap grad is the career wins leader with 67. He’s won more national championships (10) than any other driver and he holds the record for most wins in a season (eight, twice). The only record he doesn’t hold is most Gold Cups (he has 10; Chip Hanauer has 12).
Villwock retired before the 2013 season and he’s stayed involved as a consultant.
Ed Eliason grew up in Poulsbo, and started building bows to shoot arrows when he was 5 years old. He likes to say he was probably an archer in a previous life. At North Kitsap, he played football and basketball before enlisting and becoming a Green Beret.
He lives in New Harmony, Utah, in a house he trains the next generation of Olympic archers.
Eliason competed in the 1972 Olympics in Munich. He never made it to the Olympics again, but he was a factor at every Olympic trials until 2008. He won seven national championships and even made a series of videotapes to teach the sport.
Dee Molenaar is the author of The Challenge of Rainier, considered the definite work on the climbing history of Mount Rainier, where he worked as a park ranger and mountain guide. He climbed Rainier more than 50 times and was involved in several other mountaineering expeditions.
John (Rocket) Ross was one of the best running backs to come out of Bremerton. The 1973 graduate of West rushed for nearly 1,000 yards his senior year at West, was a junior college All-American at Olympic, helping the Rangers to the NWAACC championship game in 1974, and he rushed for 1,119 yards during a productive career at Central Washington. The Cincinnati Bengals invited him to a tryout, but Ross chose to get on with his life, working as a dispatcher at Bangor.
Ross played semi-pro football, and helped coach at Olympic College, and later with the North Perry PeeWees. He’s also proud of the successful women’s slowpitch teams he coached.
In a career that spanned over four decades, beginning with his first victory in 1961 and his last at Mission Raceway in British Columbia in 1999, Rouse won a lot of trophies, competing exclusively in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Stock/Super Stock categories.
Gary Rouse is a seven-time world-record holder, a two-time Northwest champion, and five-time national event finalist. He was victorious at the 1982 NHRA Golden Gate Nationals. In 1986 and 1999 he was the division champion, a TRW All-Star finalist in 1987, and the 1989 runner-up at the Northwest Nationals at Seattle International Raceway (SIR).
Jerome Walker was a two-time state track and field champion.
He won the AA 100-yard title in 1978 for West Bremerton and the AAA 220-yard title in 1979 for Bremerton.
His marks int he 100 and 200 were Kitsap County records for decades. His 200 record wasn’t broken until 2013 and his record in the 100 was still standing when he was inducted.
Walker ran at Oregon, where he posted the second-fastest time in the nation in the 100 as a freshman. He ran the 100 and 200 for four years and was part of a school-record 4×440 relay.
Alison Eoff has established herself as one the top bowlers in Kitsap County history. She has not only excelled on the local level, but has triumphed on the state and regional levels as well.
Eoff earned a place on the Kitsap County All-Star Bowling team 26 times. She’s won state singles and doubles titles. She’s won so many tournaments, she’s been inducted into three bowling Halls of Fame: Kitsap Scratch Bowlers Organization (1992), Kitsap Women’s Bowling Association (1998) and the Washington Women’s Bowling Association (2003).
Chris Thorsen was a three-sport star at Central Kitsap from 1964-67.
Thorsen was a two-year starter in football at halfback and safety. In basketball, he set scoring records for points in game (42) and season average (23.4). His senior year, he was the second-highest scorer in the state. He was also pretty good on the track in the 880 and on the field the long jump.
Thorsen played his college ball at Central Washington, first playing basketball then switching to football. He was a three-year starter at wide receiver. His senior year, he caught 40 passes for over 500 yards and 10 touchdowns for a conference-champion team.
After graduating, he became a teacher and coach at West Bremerton and Olympic high schools.
Kerry Keefe moved to Bainbridge Island in 1974 as a freshman. She turned out for the basketball, volleyball, track, and gymnastics. In that four-year span, she earned a total of 10 varsity letters and was selected to the All-Seamount League teams for basketball and volleyball and earned All-State nods. During her senior year, Kerry led the basketball team to the state championship game and qualified for state in track and field (high jump).
She played college basketball at Georgetown. She graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. The following year (1982-1983) Kerry played a season on the Corinthians Basketball Club in Dublin, Ireland, alongside members of the Irish Women’s National Team.
Kerry attended law school at the University of Puget Sound and graduated in 1987. From 1987-2010 she served as a Senior Deputy Prosecutor in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in both the Criminal (1987-1998) and Civil (1999-2010) Divisions. In 2010, Kerry moved to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington where she currently serves as an Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Civil Division.