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Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame information

There’s been some confusion about the Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame. A wrong date was published (probably my fault) and the correction that appeared in The Sun (again, my fault) had wrong info about where to buy tickets. Sorry for the bad info, but I’m here to set it straight. If you have any questions after reading the information below, contact me at chuckstark00@gmail.com.

Here’s the skinny:

27TH KITSAP SPORTS HALL OF FAME BANQUET

When: Jan. 24, 2015; 11 a.m. social hour, noon dinner and program
Where: Kiana Lodge, Poulsbo
Tickets: $30 in advance ($35 at the door). Send check or money order to Kitsap Athletic Roundtable; P.O. Box 5707, Bremerton, WA, 98312. Tickets also available at Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Center (1909 NE John Carlson Rd, East Bremerton) and Baymont Inn & Suites (5640 Kitsap Way, West Bremerton).
Sponsor: Kitsap Athletic Roundtable.
Presented by: The Suquamish Tribe and Port Madison Enterprises.
More information: Email Jodee.Strickland@aol.com.

WHO IS BEING HONORED?

Rex Brown Distinguished Service Award: Chuck Bullard, who died of cancer in March, and his wife, Sherry, will be honored for their years of service to the sport of wrestling. The award recognizes individuals or organization that have made an impact on the Kitsap sporting community. The Bullards were active leaders of USA Wrestling and Chuck co-founded the Silverdale-based Northwest Washington Wrestling Club, which made an impact not only locally, but throughout the state, and country.

Dick Todd Officials Award: Harold Conway, who has officiated volleyball and basketball for 39 years, is the recipient of this year’s award.

TEAMS:

1965 East High football team: First team in school history to beat rival West High, the Knights posted six shutouts in nine games and allowed just 26 points while winning the Olympic League championship and finishing as the No. 4-ranked team in the state.

1956-57 Olympic College basketball team: The Rangers won the 10-team Washington State Junior College Athletic Conference with a 13-1 record (20-3 overall). It was Phil Pescoe’s fifth championship team.

1984 Olympic High baseball team: Coached by Robin Campbell, the Trojans won the Class 2A state baseball championship 30 years ago, culminating a dream postseason run with a 6-5 victory over Eastmont in the championship game at the Kingdome.

 INDIVIDUALS:

Ken Anderson: A multi-talented athlete (football, basketball, baseball), the 1980 Bremerton grad played baseball and football at Olympic College (All-NWAACC safety), and football at Central Washington, where he was the Wildcats Defensive Player of the Year. Anderson also starred on the softball diamond, first in slowpitch, later in fastpitch, at shortstop. He also coached Central Kitsap Junior High’s football team for 20 years, compiling a 102-21 record while winning 11 league titles and posting eight unbeaten seasons.

Seabury Blair Jr.: The Spokane native covered the outdoors, among other things, and he’s still writing columns and stories for The Sun, in addition to writing outdoor books and hiking guides.

Ted Brose: The 1980 South Kitsap grad, now living in Yakima, was among the first high-profile players that coach Ed Fisher sent to Washington. Brose was a Scholastic Coach Magazine High School All-American and all-state offensive lineman. He played on two Pac-10 championship teams (1980, ’81) at Washington, where he was a three-year letterman.

Mike Cheney: The standout athlete from South Kitsap was part of the 1984 Suquamish softball team that was inducted in 2013; this year he goes in on his own merits. Cheney was one of the best power hitters to come out of the region. Teammates called him “launch” and said he was a home-run hitting machine.

Darell Davis: Bremertons Davis was a three-time national junior American Motorcycle Champion by the time he was 15, and was racing a factory-backed Harley Davidson the following year. He won six motocross races in six days at Sturgis, North Dakota, and was leading the AMA world championship series when he was tragically killed while competing in Erie, New York, in 1987. He was 16 when he died.

Carol Dodd: She was among the dominant bowlers in the state during her era, averaging 192 during the 1980s when the conditions weren’t nearly as conducive to scoring as they are now. The Kitsap Bowling Association Hall of Famer and a 13-time KWBA all-star was a tough tournament bowler and has always given back to the sport, providing free lessons for juniors, seniors and anybody who asked.

Don Dow: The 1978 Bainbridge grad played in two Rose Bowls, a Sun Bowl and an Aloha Bowl and was drafted in the 12th round by the Seattle Seahawks in 1983. The offensive tackle landed with the 49ers, and didn’t play, but was on the team that won the 1985 Super Bowl. Based in Medford, Oregon, he has operated DowEvents, a corporate hospitality provider for events like the Masters, World Cup, Super Bowl and Olympics, for 20 years.

Gordon Farrar: The 1946 graduate of Bremerton High broke the Washington State record in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 4 inches his sophomore year. Farrar, who was 5-foot-8, tore up his knee playing American Legion baseball in the summer and thought his track and field career was over, but he was talked into turning out again while returning to school while studying for his masters in Mechanical Engineering. Farrar won the long jump at the Pacific Coast Conference Track and Field Championships. His winning jump (24 feet, 4 inches) was the second longest by a college athlete that year. He was invited to the U.S. Olympic Trials, but declined because he’d previously committed to completing his plumbing apprenticeship in Alaska.

Paula Grande: The 1990 North Mason grad guided her alma mater’s softball team to a 311-69 record and a state championship and six district titles during her 15 seasons with the Bulldogs. She was inducted into the Washington State Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013.

Cindy Guy: She’s coached gymnastics for 33 years at Bainbridge, leading the Spartans to a state championship and three other top-four finishes. She’s coached three state all-around champions. The Spartans won 115 straight Metro League meets at one point.

The Hansen Brothers: They (Jim and Dave) ran Pro Competition and Top Alcohol dragstars from 1960 to the ‘80s. They own the 1972 Northwest NHRA championship and were world record holders at one time and won multi-time NHRA Division 6 races.

Bruce Larson: The 1969 West High grad held the school scoring record (40 points). He played on a state championship junior college team at Tacoma and powerhouse teams at the University of Puget Sound before setting into a 40-year teaching career in the Central Kitsap School District. He’s coached 36 of those years. He’s currently the athletic director and varsity boys and girls basketball coach at Central Kitsap Junior High. His girls teams have won 56 games in a row and are 183-29 under his guidance.

The Raines family: Belfair’s Raines Gang (father Dave and sons Darrell and Doug, and Doug’s son Jason) have won everything from regional to state to national titles on motorcycles.

Joe Sherk: Sherk was the sports editor at The Sun in the 1960s before moving on to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Tacoma News Tribune. After 18 years as a sports writer, the South Kitsap grad worked as a media/public relations professional for over 30 years in NHRA drag racing. He represented many of the greatest drag racers in the history of the sport.

Paul Stoffel: The former all-state center from West High earned a scholarship to Washington State, but ended his college career as a starting linebacker at Central Washington. Stoffel returned to Bremerton in 1969 and assisted his former coach, Chuck Semancik, before taking the head job at Central Kitsap. He coached the Cougars from 1971-75, going 35-13-1 and reached the state playoffs twice. His father, Vaughn Stoffel, a four-sport letterman at the University of Puget Sound, is already in Kitsap’s Hall of Fame.

Tommy Thompson: The Central Kitsap grad was a first-team all-state selection in golf at Olympic College in 1966 and ’67, helping the Rangers win state titles both years. He also played basketball at OC, and went on to earn All-Evergreen Conference honors in golf at Central Washington. His 41-year coaching highlights include 12 league championships as the head golf coach at Central Kitsap and a 288-90 record that included 14 league championships as the boys basketball coach at CK Junior High.

Gordy Wood: The 1986 Olympic High grad and tight end set records at Wyoming, catching 151 passes while helping the Cowboys win a pair of Western Athletic Conference titles and go to two Holiday Bowls. He played for Doug Smith at Olympic High, and later coached quarterback Alex Smith (Doug’s son) and future Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush at Helix High in San Diego. He’s currently coaching at West Valley H.S. in Hemet, California.

WHAT’S THE PROCESS OF BEING ELECTED TO THE HALL OF FAME?

The Kitsap Athletic Roundtable accepts nominations from the public. Mail your nomination with information supporting your nominee to the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable; P.O. Box 5707, Bremerton, WA, 98312. The KAR has a six-person HOF committee that goes over nominations. Discussion starts in the early spring. By summer, the list has been whittled down to about 25 or 30. By September, the HOF committee takes a final vote and makes final arguments for candidates. Believe me, we’ve got a long list of candidates, but if you think we’ve overlooked someone deserving, please let us know.

(Dick Thompson, Dan Haas, Jodee Strickland, Chris Horn , Tim Quimby and yours truly were on the HOF committee this year. This was my second year).

Baseball, father-sons & other Thursday stuff

Attended the Mariners’ home opener on Tuesday with my dad and son. Something about baseball and dads and sons that’s special. Mix in my best friend, who is like a brother to me, another son to my dad and another dad to my son and it was a really special day.

But back to that original thought about baseball and dads and sons. Baseball’s different than any other sport and it all starts, I think, with playing catch.  No words are necessary. There’s just something magical about it and the sound of the ball popping in the leather glove.

My dad, now 89, would probably have a tough time playing catch today, mostly because he blew out his arm while throwing so much batting practice pitches to me and my friends while growing up.

Some quick thoughts on the Mariners:

You can’t help but be impressed with the easy-going, relaxed way Robinson Cano plays the game. He oozes confidence and that’s going to rub off on some of his teammates. I think it already has.

It’s so early, but manager Lloyd McClendon seems to be making all of the right moves. We’ll see, but he seems to have a good eye for talent. I like that he settled on Abraham Almonte as his center fielder and leadoff hitter early on. I rolled my eyes at first when he handed the first base job to Justin Smoak, but it retrospect that was a good, confidence-building move. If guys don’t produce, I think McClendon has a deep enough bench and enough talent at Tacoma — Nick Franklin, Endy Chavez, Cole Gillespie — that he won’t hesitate to make a move. He’s already rotating Michael Saunders, Logan Morrison and Stefen Romero in right field.

I was the guy who predicted the M’s would win the AL West. That was mostly predicated on the rest of the division slipping back some, and the M’s strong starting pitching. If it stays healthy, I think Seattle stays in the race all the way. James Paxton’s visit to the DL for a strained lat doesn’t seem serious, but he’s a key element to the rotation. I think the big lefty is just as good as Taijuan Walker, who is working his way back from injury, as is Hisashi Iwakuma. If they stay healthy, I’m sticking to my pick.

Corey Hart gave us a glimpse of what he could do for the M’s on Tuesday. I wasn’t impressed with his first two swings as he fell in an 0-2 hole against Angels starter Hector Santiago. I turned to my son and said, “Is this guy going to be the next Richie Sexson?” A couple seconds later he Hart crushed a pitch for a three-run moonshot home run to left. He lined a ball over the dead center-field fence for a homer in his next at bat. It got out about thisquick. If he stays healthy, Hart could be a steal at $6 million plus incentives.

One more M’s thought: Felix Hernandez is among a lot of MLB players who wear their baseball hats a little crooked, but new closer Fernando Rodney takes that look to a new level. His hat is practically sideways. How does it stay on his head?

More stuff

South Kitsap grad and Chicago Cubs’ starter Jason Hammel got his second win and had a little fun with first baseman Anthony Rizzo after the game.

North Mason grad and Central Washington infielder Kasey Bielec is third in batting (.398) in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Bielec, a junior, has five home runs and 28 RBI for the Wildcats (18-13, 11-9 GNAC). He was 4-for-6 on Sunday in a split with Western Oregon.

North Kitsap grad and former Kitsap BlueJacket Dan Jewitt of the Omaha Mavericks was the Summit League Player of the Week last week. The junior outfielder hit .526 (10-for-19) with six RBI and two doubles. Jewitt’s hitting a team-high .400 for the Mavericks (14-12, 3-3 Summit), starting 15 of the 18 games he’s played.

Drew Vettleson’s still looking for his first hit at Double-A Harrisburg. The Senators outfielder is hitless in 16 at bats. The former Central Kitsap star  was traded to the Washington Nationals by the Tampa Bay Rays organization prior to the start of spring training.

Jason Day and Steve Stricker. If I was in a Masters’ pool, I wish I had one of those guys. Wonder how long Fred Couples will contend? You know he will. He’s always on the top of the leaderboard for a couple days, then he fades. Maybe this is the year he hangs tough?

Richard Sherman’s second annual celebrity softball game will be July 20 at Safeco Field. More information here.

Don’t forget, Willie Bloomquist and Bree Schaaf will be at Port Orchard’s McCormick Woods on Thursday night, helping the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable raise money for the Elton Goodwin scoreboard and Elton Goodwin Foundation. Starts at 6 p.m. Everyone’s welcome. Lots of silent auction items available: Robinson Cano signed jersey and bat, Felix Hernandez signed jersey and ball, Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners tickets etc…

KAR auctioning off signed Cano, Hernandez jerseys for Goodwin fundraiser on Thursday

UPDATE: There will also be signed Robinson Cano, Willie Bloomquist and Abraham Almonte bats to bid on. The signed Cano jersey and bat will be part of a package. We’ll also raffle off some items. Everyone gets tickets at the door.

Went to the Mariners’ opener on Tuesday and there sure were a lot of No. 22 jerseys in the crowd?

Want a chance to own your own signed Robinson Cano No. 22 jersey? How about a Felix Hernandez signed No. 34 jersey or signed Hernandez baseball? Want a chance to bid on Seahawks and Mariners tickets? How about Mariners tickets with field access prior to a game? Want to bid on a foursome of golf with carts at Gold Mountain, Kitsap Golf & Country Club and McCormick Woods? How about a $300 gift card to Clearwater Casino?

Want to hear Port Orchard’s Willie Bloomquist talk about his Major League Baseball career, or ask him some questions about the current Mariners?

Would you be interested in learning how Bremerton’s Bree Schaaf transitioned from Olympic bobsledder to Olympic broadcaster? Want to ask her some questions?

All of this is possible if you stop by Port Orchard’s McCormick Woods Golf Course for Thursday’s Kitsap Athletic Roundtable meeting. Things get going with a 6 p.m. social hour. The program starts at 7. There’s no dinner, but there will be a no-host bar.

Tickets are $30 ($25 for KAR members) and $10 for students 18 and under and they will be available at the door.

Proceeds will help build a scoreboard at the South Kitsap High School baseball field that will be named in honor of former coach Elton Goodwin and to the Elton Goodwin Foundation, which will provide scholarship money to South Kitsap students. Bloomquist’s among there the hundreds and hundreds of players Goodwin touched over the years.

A lot of people are donating items for the silent auction. The signed Cano and Hernandez jerseys and trip to a Mariners game with field access will be auctioned off live.

Hope to see you there.