Jason Ellison, 33, played for the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants after graduating from South Kitsap High School in 1996. That same year, Ellison led the Wolves to a State 5A baseball championship alongside teammate and future major-leaguer Willie Bloomquist.
After winning a state title and posting 20-0 career record as a starting pitcher, Ellison moved onto to college baseball at Bellevue Community College. Lacking a lanky frame, Ellison recreated himself in the outfield. It turns out his 5-foot-10-inch frame would fit just fine in the outfield. Ellison was eventually recruited to play for Lewis-Clark State, where he helped the Warriors to two NAIA World Series championships.
Drafted by San Francisco in the 22nd round of the 2000 MLB draft, Ellison is famous for pinch-running for Barry Bonds on a routine basis. In 2005, as Bonds was sidelined with injury problems, Ellison became a regular in the Giants outfield. Traded to the Seattle Mariners at the beginning of the 2007 campaign, Ellison went on to hit .283 for the Mariners before being designated for assignment in August 2007. Ellison’s MLB career rounded out with stints on the Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers, and the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
Today, Ellison calls Issaquah home. He lives with his wife and two children.
Former Bainbridge High standout Cheron Moyle was voted as one of the state’s top 40 all-time female basketball players by the Seattle Times and was All-State and All-American during her career.
Moyle helped the Spartans reach the state title game in 1978, losing to Mount Vernon 46-45. Moyle won three state tournament MVP awards and was a ferocious defender. In 1979, Bainbridge finished sixth at state and her senior season the Spartans were third as Moyle scored 33 points in the win against Prairie, 60-45. Moyle averaged 23.2 points per game in 1980,. She finished with 1,135 career points. Moyle played at Boise State University where she set steals and assists records.
Ten varsity letters. Three MVP awards. Three-sport captain.
June Fike did it all at South Kitsap High School, in addition to being The Kitsap Sun’s ‘Female Athlete of the Year’ in 1976. As team captain in basketball, volleyball, and track, Fike’s high school athletic career was highly decorated. That same year, Fike tossed a South Kitsap record 154 feet 1 inch in the state javelin competition. Fike placed third and second in the state javelin competition in 1975 and 1976, respectively.
Fike’s college years were split between Olympic College, where she lettered in track and volleyball for two years, and the University of Puget Sound, where she graduated with honors and was both captain and MVP of the volleyball team her senior year.
There aren’t many coaches who start a program, stick with the program, and make that program successful. Ed Amick did just that.
Over 42 years at North Mason High School, Amick volunteered to take the wrestling job after North Mason superintendent Norm Sanders pushed to start a wrestling program. Retiring in 2006, Amick finished with a 409-189-4 dual meet record. During the course of his career, Amick coached four state champions and was inducted into the Washington State Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002.
In addition to coaching, Amick is a 22-year veteran of the Coast Guard Reserves and an alumnus of Central Washington State College with a degree in Physical Education. He remains a regular at various area wrestling events.
Koon first made his mark for Bremerton High School as he scored 113 points for the 1949 team coached by Ken Wells that made state. He then played for another Hall of Famer, Phil Pesco, as he helped the Rangers make back-to-back appearances at the National Junior College basketball tournament. He was named an NJC All-American in 1951. Koon spent his last two collegiate years at the University of Washington as he started at guard and helped the Huskies make the NCAA Final Four in 1953. After graduation, he played for the Seattle Buchan Bakers in the Northwest AAU League, earning All-American honors and helped them win a national title and make the four tournament team to determine the 1956 U.S. Olympic team, but was named an alternate. He died in 2002.
Jim Cutchall, recipient of the 1976 Kitsap Sun’s Male Athlete of the Year posted a prolific wrestling record at South Kitsap High School and Oklahoma University. In his senior year at South Kitsap, Cutchall finished 28-0 with 25 pins, including a title win in State 5A Heavyweight Wrestling. His career with the Wolves ended with a nearly unblemished record. Cutchall finished 75-5 with 61 pins.
After accepting a scholarship offer from Oklahoma University, Cutchall posted consecutive 15-5 records his freshman and sophomore years. During the Big 8 tournament following his sophomore season, Cutchall wrestled Jimmy Jackson, who would go on to win the tournament, in addition to winning future Olympic medals. Cutchall suffered a career-ending neck injury in the matchup, however, but continued his academic career at Oklahoma.
Today, Cutchall resides in Oklahoma where he is a psychiatric nurse at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. He is married with two daughters.
Jan Hauschel knows a thing or two about bowling for victory.
The 1969 graduate of West High has competed in 25 national tournaments, is a 22-time Kitsap All-Star, and has bowled a perfect 300.
Her bowling accomplishments further include an induction into the Washington State Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame. Her team also brought the 1993 NIBC title home.