Aaron Sele, a graduate of North Kitsap High School, pitched in the Major Leagues for 15 seasons, compiling a record of 148-112. Sele was named the Kitsap Sun’s West Sound baseball player of the century in 1999. At North Kitsap, Sele was the ace of the 1988 state championship team. The right-hander went 16-3 in his three-year career.
Sele played at Washington State University where he went 26-14 before being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the first round (23rd overall) in 1991. Sele played three years for the Seattle Mariners, including during the club’s 116-victory run to the American League Championship Series in 2001 where he went 15-5.
Sele also pitched for Texas, Anaheim and the Los Angeles Dodgers of the American League and the New York Mets in the National League. Sele was named an All-Star twice during his career and finished with a 4.61 earned run average.
Benji Olson retired from the NFL after 10 seasons, all with the Tennessee Titans. He played in 152 games, starting 140.
Olson graduated from South Kitsap High School and went on to play at the University of Washington for coach Jim Lambright. Lambright nicknamed Olsen "The Roadgrader" because he pushed opponents five yards and flattened them.
The Titans selected Olson in the fifth round and played in Tennessee’s AFL wild-card win over the Buffalo Bills, known as the Music City Miracle, during the 1999-2000 season.
Olson also played in the 2000 Super Bowl.
Jake Maberry began his basketball coaching career at Central Kitsap where he coached Bill Stady, the first Cougar to score 1,000 points (1,019). After three years, Maberry, a Lynden star growing up, returned to his alma mater and proceeded to make 15 state tournament appearances, win four championships and 12 trophies and finish with a 40-15 all-time tournament record.
Mayberry and Lynden were synonymous with the University of Puget Sound Fieldhouse where the Class A tournament was held from 1958-88. Maberry coached Lynden from 1956-84 and retired with 521 victories. He was inducted into the Washington State High School Coaches Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996.
He guided Central Kitsap to its only state basketball championship in 1969. He and the Cougars won three Olympic League championships, but the first two years stumbled in league tournaments. Moawad, who died in 2007 after a seven-year battle with cancer, also coached baseball during his five seasons at CK. He had been a star in both sports at Central Washington where he has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus and a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. Moawad was an innovative coach and teacher and left teaching to establish Edge Learning Institute, a motivational approach to life and education. Moawad starred at Kalama High School where he participated in music, drama, debate and student government. He was all-conference in baseball and captain of the basketball team at CWU. Moawad became a motivational speaker and his associations evolved into the Edge Learning Institute. Bob and former West High coach Dick Anderson were the Edge owners at the time of his death at 66. The championship season was the first Class AA season and the CK schedule involved both AAA and AA opponents.
Frank White was already a championship tennis player when he joined Olympic College’s men’s basketball team and helped the Rangers 1950-51 team finish 25-4 and finish 10th in the National Junior College Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. White was an all-regional selection and chose to play at Washington State, but a knee injury ended his career his first season. White fulfilled a two-year Army commitment and in that time was named to the 4th Army Volleyball team and was named MVP.
White officiated men’s and women’s basketball while in the army and for 15 years officiated some of the area’s best players.
White worked at Puget Sound Power and Light and at Bremerton Bottling Company where he became general manager and partner in a 40-year career.
Along with the boys’ basketball team, the Cougar football team took home a mythical state title by virtue of the pollsters. CK started that season with a 3-0 upset of rival West Bremerton and wound up on top of the Associated Press state 2A poll with an 8-1 record. This was four years before the state started a postseason tournament for football. Despite their only loss to Bellarmine Prep, CK held opponents in its eight wins to just eight points total, with seven of those wins being shutouts.
The Year of the Cougars
Jim Harney has been a fixture in the North Kitsap sports scene for many years. Harney was part of the 1958 Seattle University men’s basketball team that played in the NCAA Championship, losing to Kentucky. Harney was the captain and point guard and his most famous teammate included NBA great Elgin Baylor. Harney and the 1958 team are in the SU Sports Hall of Fame.
After graduating from SU, Harney coached three sports for nine years at Seattle Prep. Harney assisted at the University of Puget Sound for four years before coming to North Kitsap in 1973 and retiring in 1997. Harney led the Vikings’ boys basketball team to six state tournament appearances.
Harney has volunteered as a girls basketball and softball coach and was inducted into the Washington State Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002 with 362 victories.