Former South Kitsap athletes Ryan Cole and Mac Morrison have been selected as members of the 2016 Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame inductee class for their accomplishments in football.
Morrison and Cole will attend the banquet honoring Kitsap’s best athletes and take their place among the county’s other sports legends.
Cole was a two-time All-State running back for the Wolves. He has the two highest rushing seasons in West Sound history: 2,190 yards in 2000 and 2,357 as senior in 2001. He went on to play collegiately at Oregon State and Eastern Washington.
Morrison was a linebacker with South Kitsap and a junior on the Wolves’ state championship football team in 1994. Heavily recruited, he chose to play for Joe Paterno at Penn State. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 1998-99.
The annual banquet will take place Jan. 28 at the Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo. This year, the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable has selected 11 individuals and two teams to induct into the 2016 class.
Chairman Dan Haas said the Roundtable originally wanted 10 individuals and one team in the class, but after everyone voted, 11 individuals and two teams made the cut.
“We have a broad-based approach by a large group using input to decide who is inducted into the class,” Haas said. “I thought it was a really objective process to use, and it worked well for us.”
In addition to Cole and Morrison, the other 2016 Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame inductees are:
Ryan Villopoto — Supercross champion, Poulsbo
Villopoto is a four-time supercross champion and two-time motocross champion. He’s fifth on the supercross career wins list at 40, and and one of only four people to win four straight supercross titles.
Ronald “Tiny” Madlin — football and basketball, Bremerton
Madlin played on the 1947-49 Bremerton football teams. Madlin started as a sophomore and gained 590 yards on the 1947 Bremerton team that went unbeaten and won the state championship, 19-14 over Ballard. The 82-year-old inductee was named All-State, All-Pacific Coast and All-American by Wigwam Wiseman of America.
Ed Loverich — basketball, inventor of jump shot, Bainbridge
Loverich was credited by Washington Huskies coach Hec Edmundson as “revolutionizing basketball shooting with one-handed push shots (the precursor to the jump shot).” He went on to play for the University of Washington and represented the West Coast at the first U.S. Olympic Trials at Madison Square Garden.
Jerry Hogan — basketball, North Kitsap
Hogan is North Kitsap’s career scoring leader (and is No. 5 on the all-time West Sound list) with 1,657 points. He also has the sixth-highest scoring game in West Sound history with 47 points scored in 1988. He went on to play collegiately at Nevada, where he became one of the top 3-point shooters in school history. He is ranked fourth on the school list in 3-pointers made (110).
Frank Perrone — gymnastics, Bremerton
Perrone graduated from West High School in 1969 and lettered in wrestling and gymnastics. He went on to attend Central Washington University, where he qualified for the NAIA Championships. He was CWU’s first national gymnastics champion. He was a four-event All-American, earning the title of Outstanding Gymnast of the tournament. After coaching gymnastics, he moved to Arizona and worked in construction for many years before passing away in 2013.
Frank Warner — Masters swimmer, Silverdale
Since 1971, Warner has competed in hundreds of races and placed in the top 10 more than 130 times in multiple events, including first-place finishes in the 50-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. He gained All-American status in 1984 while swimming in the 35-39 age group and again in 1990 in the 40-44 age group. Warner still swims in meets throughout the nation at age 67.
John Aiken — wrestling, Olympic
Aikin qualified for state in wrestling three times, placing sixth his junior year and second his senior year in 1994. He attended Pacific Lutheran University, where he wrestled for four years and was a two-time All-American. He competed in the NAIA nationals twice, finishing fifth as a junior and second as a senior. After coaching at PLU for five years until the program was cut, he went on to coach at Bethel and Auburn, where he coached five All-Americans and six state champions. He’s been named South Puget Sound League coach of the year twice and the WIAA coach of the year.
Karen Schillinger Johnson — multi-sport athlete, North Mason
Schillinger participated in tennis, basketball (where she was leading scorer and rebounder for three years) and track and field (where she went to state in the hurdles three times). She went on to Olympic College and played volleyball, basketball and track and field (after convincing OC to start a team, which made it to NWACC meet twice). She played all three sports at Central Washington University and was named CWU female athlete of the
year in 1979.
Penny Geinger — basketball, Bainbridge/Kingston/North Kitsap
Geinger has put together one of the best coaching records in Kitsap County’s high school history. She coached at Bainbridge High School for 18 years (1990-2008), guiding the Spartans to a 301-144 record and six state tournaments. Bainbridge won a state championship in 1999 and was fourth in 2003. In 2009 she led Kingston to state and Olympic League titles in 2012. In 2015, she took a job at North Kitsap and coached the Vikings to the West Central District Tournament in her first year.
Bremerton football, 1960
The Bremerton football program went 9-0-1 with the only blemish on their record being a tie with Olympia after having two touchdowns called back. That year, they won the Capital League and finished fourth in state. The team had two All-State players, Steve Bramwell and Paul Stoffel.
Kitsap Outsiders, baseball
Born in 1970, the Kitsap Outsiders were formed by Olympic College coach Harry “The Hat” Russell, and sponsored by Outside Inn tavern owner Al Dornfeld. In five seasons, the Outsiders combined for a 96-38 record. The Outsiders won two state tournament titles and went to the American Amateur Baseball Congress National Stan Musial Tournament in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1971 and ’72, and qualified in 1973 for the Casey Stengel National Tournament at Cheney Stadium.
The banquet will include a social hour with drinks for purchase, a lunch and then the awards ceremony.
“Absolutely anyone is welcome to come,” Haas said. “If people buy a ticket in advance, it’s $30, and day of at the event, it’s $35.”
With the large crowd the event has produced the past several years, Haas suggests purchasing tickets in advance by emailing Jodee Strickland at jodee.strickland.com.
“We have a wide range of people from Poulsbo through Port Orchard being celebrated,” Hass said.
“It’s an opportunity to celebrate the rich history and tradition of athletics in Kitsap County.”