Welling was a highly successful fastpitch coach with Central Kitsap, leading them to a state title in 1993 and numerous other top finishes at state. He also was a coach with the Diamond Dusters as they made their mark on the national tournament scene over the years. Many of his players have gone on to play in college, with several playing Division I fastpitch.
Moore was a longtime supporter of the Kitsap Oldtimers Association and organized many of the picnics and banquets for the KOA.
Thompson was the founder of the Diamond Dusters, the nationally recognized fastpitch team that has launched the careers of numerous local standout fastpitchers, many of which have gone on to play in college and professionally and coach as well. Thompson also helped found the Central Kitsap fastpitch program.
Ryles, formerly known as Pyles before taking his original family name in 1993, was a three sport star at East High before heading to Olympic College and Washington State University and becoming a All-Pac-8 shortstop. He was drafted three times by the Pittsburgh Pirates but turned them down each time and went on to play professionally for three years with an independent team in Oregon. He moved on to coach and teach at Cedarcrest and also became a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies. His most notable signings were Bob Wells, Kevin Stocker and Adam Eaton.
Phillies’ scout Ryles still playing MLB’s ‘Star Search’ game
Stark, the father of Hall of Famer Chuck Stark, was a longtime umpire at the various stops he made as a Navy man before finding permanent placement in Bremerton. He also helped coach his son and numerous other baseball players at their house.
Smith was the main force behind the development of Snider Park in Poulsbo, as his employer Pope & Talbot donated supplies to help build the stands and the pressbox. Smith also served 19 years as the president of the local Little League and Babe Ruth league. He is enshrined in the state Babe Ruth Hall of Fame and the Babe Ruth diamond at Snider Park bears his name.
Spencer was a standout baseball player for West High (with fellow teammate and Hall of Famer Chuck Stark) and Olympic College, helping them to a third place finish at the then NWAACC tournament. Spencer went on to play a few years for the semi-pro Kitsap Outsiders baseball team, where he was reunited with Stark from then on. The two played on numerous fastpitch teams and won a regional title and placed at several national tournaments. Spencer was selected to many all-tournament teams. He also played handball for many years and teamed with fellow Hall of Famer Glenn Carden to place second at a national doubles tournament.
Stark, a West High grad, was a standout baseball player for the Wildcats and the Rangers, helping them to a third place finish at the then NWAACC tournament. He was drafted by the U.S. Army, then by the then Bremerton Sun to work as a freelancer. He was hired by the Sun in 1975 and worked on and off there for 35 years as a writer and sports editor, covering the Sonics for a few years and attending numerous major events before retiring in 2012. He also played and coached fastpitch for several years, winning a regional title and placing at a few ASA national tournaments, including a top five finish in 1991.
Edmonds was a member of the 1950 Olympic College basketball team that placed at the national junior college tournament. He played for several years and won a state fastpitch title. Edmonds then moved to golf where he won nine Kitsap Golf and Country Club titles and three Kitsap Amateur titles.
Muyskens, a South Kitsap grad, was a longtime coach and teacher at Olympic College. He was an assistant coach on the baseball team and still does the timing for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Muskeyns also helped New York Yankees scout Eddie Taylor find talent in the Olympic Peninsula.