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Dicks, Domstad, Bayer Among Kitsap Hall of Fame Inductees

The 1949 Olympic College basketball team also will be recognized on Oct. 13.

A U.S. Congressman, a former mayor, a former pro golfer who was the longest hitter on the PGA Tour during his era, a former University of Washington basketball All-American with a couple of classic nicknames and one of the most exciting kickoff returners in college football history are among the athletes who will be inducted into the Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 13.

A total of 18 athletes and the Olympic College basketball team that placed third at the National Junior College Tournament in 1949 will be honored at Bremer Student Center on the Olympic College campus.

A committee of Kitsap County Bremerton Athletic Roundtable members voted on the inductees from after pouring over a list of nominees.

Here’s a look at the inductees, in alphabetical order:

Lyle Bakken: Whirlwind all-state guard from East Bremerton carried the Knights to state in 1957-58, and helped create Les Eathorne’s run-and-gun philosophy. He went on to start two years at the University of Washington.

George Bayer: The former Washington Husky and Washington Redskins football lineman won three PGA Tour titles. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, the Bremerton High grad reportedly hit a drive 436 yards during one tournament.

Mark Bergsma: Superb all-around athlete from Bremerton played football and basketball at Olympic College and was an all-conference defensive back at Central Washington. He later earned All-America honors in fastpitch and slowpitch softball.

Steve Bramwell: The West Bremerton grad was a Husky legend, playing from 1963-65. The first time he touched the ball for the Huskies, he returned a kick 90 yards for a TD. He set UW and NCAA records for kickoff return yardage, earned honorable mention all-coast honors and has been inducted into the NCAA’s Academic Hall of Fame. He became an orthopedic physician and later served as the UW’s team physician.

Glenn Carden: West Bremerton basketball player was called "Handball" in high school. Despite not playing a full schedule, he was among the top-ranked handball players in the country for a period, and remains an elite age-group player, having won nine national titles.

Lee Ann Charlton: She helped put Bainbridge High girls basketball on the map, guiding the Spartans to back-to-back titles in 1987 and ‘88 and fourth-place finishes in ‘89 and ‘90 before moving on to the college ranks.

Herb Criss: Horseshoes and bowling were his games, but those who know him say he excelled at just about everything he did. He was a several-time state and Northwest horseshoe champ.

Norm Dicks: Rep. Dick, recently elected chairman of the Interior appropriations subcommittee, was a linebacker and guard at West Bremerton and later at the University of Washington. He played for Chuck Semancik and Jim Owens. He was on the victorious 1961 Rose Bowl team that was 10-1 and later earned second-team All-Pacific Coast honors as an offensive guard.

Dicks, who will be the graduation speaker at the University of Washington next month, will also serve as the master of ceremonies at the Hall of Fame banquet.

Whitey Domstad: He’s not a Bremerton grad, but he later became mayor of the town. Domstad joined the Navy out of Grafton, N.D., where he won the Navy heavyweight boxing championship. he later worked several world title bouts as a boxing official.

Wayne Foster: He’s one Washington State’s all-time football greats. Foster starred in football, basketball and track in high school, and earned All-America honors in football for the Cougars. He would have been a first-round pick in the NFL, but the defensive lineman ended up signing a contract to play in the Canadian Football League, where his career was curtailed by knee injuries.

Dean Gehring: Port Orchard’s Gehring, a popular figure in the region, was involved in a bit of everything, but he’s being honored for his accomplishments as an owner in motorsports. His sprint car teams were also among the best in the Northwest.

Bill Morris: Because of his Bremerton heritage and his feisty style of play, they called the 6-foot guard "Battleship" and "William the Conqueror." Morris led the UW to the Pacific Coast title and the 1943 NCAA Final Four.

Arnie Pelluer: The Bremerton grad went on to star in football and track at Washington State and became a highly-successful and respected college coach at Whitworth and Eastern Washington.

Coni Posey: South Kitsap grad was a standout fastpitch player in high school and with area select teams — the Diamond Dusters and Kitsap County Braves —before earning all-conference honors and helping Western Washington get to its first national tournament.

Kevin Sargent: He went from Bremerton to Eastern Washington to the NFL, where he had a solid six-year career (1992-98) as an offensive lineman with the Cincinnati Bengals. A neck injury ended his career.

Joni Slagle: Before Title IX started to have an impact with women’s athletics, Slagle was a bonafide superstar. The 1973 North Mason grad scored a school-record 47 points as a sophomore basketball player at Olympic College before migrating to Western Washington, where she still also holds the school record for career scoring average (18.6). Slagle played in the short-lived Women’s Professional Basketball League and another year in Australia.

Gary Wortman: Former West Bremerton athlete played basketball at Seattle Pacific and became one of the NBA’s most respected scouts for the Sonics and Atlanta Hawks. Wortman was among the first wave of scouts to get serious about bringing European players to the NBA.

Roger Wiley: Was a 6-8 junior center on Ken Wills’ Bremerton High team that won a state title in 1941. Wiley went to Oregon, where he was averaged 14.7 points as a senior, earning Pacific Coast Northern Division honors, and got a doctoral degree. He ended up head of the physical education department at WSU.

 

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