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Aaron Sele, a North Kitsap alum, was voted into the Class of 2020 along with five other inductees

Former Seattle Mariners pitcher and North Kitsap alum Aaron Sele was one of six individuals voted into the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame.

The announcement was made Friday by the hall of fame panel that includes sportswriters and broadcasters from throughout the state.

Sele, of Poulsbo, helped Washington State win three straight conference championships and was 148-112 during 15 Major League seasons. He was 38-27 in his three seasons pitching for the Mariners. Once touted as having the best curveball in the majors, Sele was an American League All-Star twice — in 1998 with Texas and 2000 with Seattle. 

While at North Kitsap, Sele helped lead the Vikings to the state championship in 1988 and was drafted that same year in the 37th round of the MLB June Amateur Draft, and the Boston Red Sox in the first round (23rd overall) of the 1991 draft from Washington State. 

Shelton’s Joe Kearney was responsible for hiring University of Washington football coach Don James in 1975. 

Kearney, a Seattle Pacific University grad, later moved to Michigan State as the Spartans’ athletic director, which resulted in the hiring of Jud Heathcote, the former South Kitsap coach, as its basketball coach. The Spartans went on to win a national championship with Magic Johnson. Kearney finished his career as commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference.

Gonzaga basketball standout Adam Morrison, Brad Walker, former holder of the U.S. pole vault record, Dick Cartmell, a Division I basketball referee for more than 35 years with five Final Fours to his credit, Don Zech, coach of the 1963 state championship Bishop Blanchet boys basketball team and the 1976 University of Puget Sound Loggers, the NCAA Division II champions, were also part of the newest Hall of Fame class.

Details of the ceremony induction are pending.

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