Ed Fisher, for the past 23 years a successful football coach at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Wash., has resigned to become new activities administrator at North Central High School.
In a whirlwind week beginning at the East-West All Star game in Spokane on June 27, Fisher, 48, said he learned of the opening, applied, was interviewed and offered the position.
“The concept that I would actually give up coaching did not dawn on me,” said Fisher, who had to break the news to his South Kitsap players and peers. “It was very, very emotional, singularly the hardest thing I had to do.”
During his time at South Kitsap, Fisher compiled a 197-48 record and qualified for the state playoffs 17 straight years, reaching the semifinals seven times, the finals three times and winning a state title in 1994.
Both Fisher and his wife, Susie, are graduates of Shadle Park High School. Fisher played at Eastern Washington, where he was a two-time all-conference defensive back and two-time NAIA track All-American in the long jump.
Fisher was already on the job at NC this week. He said he wants to use the concepts developed as a football coach and apply them to his new position.
“One of the things I wanted to do was coach coaches rather than just assistants and players,” said Fisher. “I definitely have ideas on how to do things. Maybe they can have an impact on the whole school.”
Jeff Condill, Pete Rusnak, Steve Stockton and Emelie Tierre finished with a two-round total of 225 to win the overall team title of the Seafirst Pro-Am Championships at Indian Canyon on Thursday.
Jeff Hendler of Pasco, Blaine’s Jeff Coston, John Shelden of Palm Springs, Calif., and Tumwater’s Chris Mitchell all shot 6-under-par 66 to tie for the daily professional title.
Today marks the opening round of the Rosauer’s Open Invitational tournament. There will be 136 professionals and 32 amateurs competing in the three-day event at Indian Canyon. Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m.
Spokane’s Kyle Kelly and Darren Slackman were eliminated in Thursday’s third round of the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship at the Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby, Ore.
Kelly defeated Denny Taylor 2 and 1 in a second-round match before falling to Clint Jensen 3 and 2.
Slackman beat second-round foe John Moscrip 4 and 3, before losing to Ben Crane 3 and 1.
Chris McMurtrey had quite a night for the Bandits.
McMurtrey pitched a no-hitter in a 6-0 victory in the nightcap and threw an inning of relief and picked up the win in an 8-7 Bandits victory in the opener.
Jeff Dahmen went 3 for 3 and drove in a run to lead the Bandits in the nightcap.
Chris Schuhart’s pinch-hit two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in the winning run in the opener.
Earl Anthony won his eighth career senior title and second this year, beating tour roommate Gary Mage 235-223 in the final game of the PBA’s Tri-Cities Senior Classic in Richland.
Anthony, who earned $8,000, beat John Hricsina 280-238 in the second match of the stepladder final. He advanced to the championship with a 256-193 victory over Larry Laub.
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