Out of sight, out of mind.
As the lights flicker on in the gym, a mahogany ball hits the hardwood, thumping like a heart and a hero’s silhouette crawls into the rafters. Les Eathorne stands alone at midcourt in the East High School gymnasium, basketball in hand. It’s 1956 and he is the school’s new — first — boys basketball coach. It’s the beginning of a decorated career at East High in Bremerton, a school Eathorne single-handedly put on the basketball map during its short existence.
This is one Stampede that keeps gaining momentum. While in the past the Kitsap Fair & Stampede Rodeo has seen considerable growth and improvements in everything from stock, to funding, to the arena floor itself, it's never seen a boon like this.