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.
A graduate of Queen Anne High School in Seattle, Hahn moved to Port Orchard with his parents and played football two years at Olympic College from 1951-52. Hahn was the nose guard on the 1951 OC football team that set state junior college scoring records that still stand, including a 92-0 whipping of Grays Harbor. The Rangers ended the season in the Gold Dust Bowl in Vallejo, Calif., where they tied Yuba City 14-14.
His football career ended with a knee injury early in his first year at Central Washington. He went on to get his education degree and started teaching Physical Education in the South Kitsap School District in 1955 at East Port Orchard Elementary. Four years later, he moved on to Marcus Whitman Jr. High, starting a teaching and coaching run that lasted until his retirement from teaching in 1987. Hahn coached football and baseball at Marcus and in 1969 helped open Cedar Heights Jr. High where he coached football and wrestling.
After retirement in 1987, Hahn joined Fisher’s football staff at SKHS, coaching the offensive line. He continued coaching at SKHS through the 1999 season. He then took a year off to build the house he and Barbara, his wife of 61 years, live in at Watauga Beach. Hahn then returned to coach one more season with SKHS before finally hanging up his coaching whistle for good. Almost…..Hahn can still be seen on Friday nights along the SK sideline .
The Suquamish tribe has a reputation for baseball talent. In 1920, the Suquamish Indians were one of the better semi-pro teams on Puget Sound and traveled to Japan to showcase the game to the rising imperial power. By 1984, some of the descendants of that team had picked up the growing sport of slowpitch softball. The 1984 team won the national tournament in Yakima, beating a field of 34 teams. Suquamish played the Scalpers of Yakama for the title. The first game was close with Suquamish winning 8–7 with the help of some great defense by Mike Cheyney. The second game was a blowout and the Suquamish Tribe, one of the smallest Tribes in the tournament, was crowned National Champions.
Contributing to the success of this team and honoring the proud baseball and now softball tradition of the Suquamish Tribe were the following players (with position & high school team affiliation if applicable): Chuck Deam (pitcher, North Kitsap ’64), George “Joe” George (catcher), John Forsman (1st Base), Lenny Forsman (2nd Base, North Kitsap ’79), Wayne George (shortstop, North Kitsap ’73), Randy George (3rd Base, North Kitsap ’73), Mike Cheyney (Left Field, South Kitsap ’77), Tony Forsman (Left Center, North Kitsap ’75), Luther “Jay” Mills (Right Center, West Bremerton ’77), and Kyle “Lefty” George (Right Field). The team was coached by Ted George. Selected as Tournament All Stars were Chuck Deam, John Forsman, Lenny Forsman, Wayne George, Randy George, and Tony Forsman. The Tournament MVP honor was presented to Mike Cheyney.
Mike Welch’s girls varsity basketball team had a three-year run (1978-80) that most coaches only dream about. The 1978 team (22-4) lost the state championship game by one point to Mount Vernon. In 1979, the Spartans had a 21-6 season and placed sixth at state. And in 1980, Bainbridge (24-1) lost only to Hanford in the state semifinal before winning the consolation game to finish third. Following this season, Welch was named the Seamount League Coach of the Year.
During that three-year stretch he was 67-11; his overall record was 102-95
In addition to successful basketball teams, Welch worked with some of the county’s best high school golf teams. Welch-coached golf teams (1975-96) had a seven-year state run.
Mark Rill owns and run the Rill Life Tribute Center in Port Orchard with his brother David Rill (who was a 2011 inductee).
Rill was a two-year starter at left tackle at South Kitsap under Hall of Fame coach Ed Fisher. He was part of teams that made deep playoff runs in 1980 and 1981.
He played football at Pacific Lutheran University under legendary coach Frosty Westering. He was a four-year starter at right tackle for the Lutes and a co-captain his senior year.
or more than 30 years, Randy Corley has been the voice of the Kitsap Stampede. The Corleys moved to the Silverdale area in 2001 and Randy Corley has become the unofficial ambassador of the Kitsap Rodeo. Corley is an 11-time winner of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Announcer of the Year, winning seven years in a row at one point. He has announced at the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) 13 times as of his induction.