Dave Wortman, one of three basketball-playing brothers who played at West High in Bremerton (West and East merged into Bremerton High in 1978) will be inducted into Seattle Pacific’s Falcon Legends Hall of Fame on Friday.
And Central Kitsap grad Steve Okoniewski, a former NFL lineman, will go into the University of Montana’s Hall of Fame on Feb. 6. Oke was inducted into the Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. Here’s a column I wrote at that time.
Oke was a two-time All-American and the Grizzlies’ highest ever National Football League draft pick (41st overall in 1972). He started numerous games with stints at Buffalo and Green Bay, and was a back-up at St. Louis and Cleveland over a six-year NFL career.
Okoniewski played for the Grizzlies in 1970 and 1971. He was
named an Associated Press and Kodak first team All-American in 1970
and Associated Press and United Press International All-American
first-teamer in 1971. “Oke” was a first team All-Big
Sky Conference pick in 1970 and 1971, and was named to the Big Sky’s 25-year Silver Anniversary Team in 1988.
Wortman led the Falcons in scoring three straight seasons and was a UPI (United Press International for those of you who don’t go back that far) honorable mention All-American his senior year in 1962 after averaging 16.7 ppg and 8.0 rpg. Wortman led the Falcons to a 20-7 record and berth in the west regionals. He averaged 13.9 ppg as a sophomore and 17.6 his junior year. He still ranks among the top 10 in scoring and rebounding in SPU history.
Dave’s dad, Mel, one of the nicest guys alive, still lives in Bremerton. His late brother, Gary, was a former scout and assistant coach with the Sonics and later a scout with the Atlanta Hawks. Both Wortmans played for Les Habegger, former head coach at SPU and later an assistant with the Sonics under Lenny Wilkens.
Dave lives in Idaho. His younger brother, Steve, who also played at West High, lives in Tacoma.
Here’s what the SPU press release had to say about Dave Wortman:
“Before the term “go-to guy” even existed, Dave Wortman played that role for the Seattle Pacific men’s basketball team. He knew how to fill up the basket, and for three straight seasons, he did exactly that, leading the Falcons in scoring and earning All-American status as a senior.”
On Friday, that “go-to guy” will be going into the Falcon Legends Hall of Fame. Wortman is one of 10 former Seattle Pacific standouts to be inducted during a ceremony and luncheon that begins at 11:45 a.m. at Upper Gwinn Commons.