Pat O’Day to MC Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame Banquet

In Case You Missed It: The Godfather of Northwest Rock ‘n Roll, Pat O’Day (known as Paul Berg while growing up in Bremerton, where he was a 1953 West High grad) will be the master of ceremonies at the Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame ceremony on Oct. 4 at Olympic College’s Bremer Student Center Gym.

Here’s a story that ran in our print editions in May. It details who’s being inducted. We’ll feature more of these athletes as we get closer to the event.


One of Bremerton’s biggest philanthropists, a man considered by many to be the father of wrestling in Kitsap County and the Fox brothers, who are synonymous with auto racing in this region, are among those who will be honored at the 2008 Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame.

The late Chuck Haselwood will receive the Red Brown Award during the Oct. 4 banquet at Olympic College’s Bremer Student Center Gym.

It’s an appropriate location as the founder of the Haselwood auto group was a major donator to the college. His efforts helped rebuild the library at the college. He was also a longtime supporter of the Kitsap County Bremerton Athletic Roundtable, which organizes the annual event.

Haselwood was a major backer of the Pendergast Regional sports facility and was responsible for getting the Bremerton Ice Skating Center built.

Joe Aiken, a longtime youth coach who has had a tremendous impact on the lives of many young wrestlers, will be among 20 individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Brothers Tom, Jim, Leon and Bob Fox are among the 20 going into the Hall. Between the four brothers, they were part of an Indy 500 victory (Tom), a Daytona 500 victory (Jim), owned and operated a NASCAR Busch racing team and a founding father of the Handlers Racing Club (Leon, who died of cancer in 2002 at age 64) and won a NASCAR West Coast sportsman series championship and had a reputation as one of the top drivers in this business (Bob).

A KCBAR committee also voted to induct South Kitsap’s 1950 state basketball team and Bremerton High’s 1953 state championship baseball team.

The only former professional athlete going into this year’s Hall of Fame is Mike O’Brien, a highly successful Bellevue-based auto executive who got his business start through Haselwood. The West High grad was an All-American defensive back at Olympic College, and went on to play at California and with the Seahawks and USFL’s Oakland Invaders.

Other individuals going into the Hall:

Orville Anderson: Former basketball coach at South Kitsap who has passed away.

Dick Baird: Former high school coach at Central Kitsap and Olympic High; football assistant and head coach Olympic College, assistant and recruiting coordinator at the University of Washington and currently a football analyst for Husky football.

Jack Dean: Former pro boxer and deputy sheriff who operated the Olympic Boxing Academy and was involved in amateur boxing for years.

Cal Gilbert: Founder and coach of the Olympic Boxing Academy, which later became known as the Cal Gilbert Olympic Boxing Academy. Gilbert’s passed away.

Darwin Gilchrist: Bremerton High grad an all-tournament guard on the 1949 Olympic College basketball team that placed fourth at the national tournament; went to Long Island University and later Puget Sound.

Melissa Korb: Former North Kitsap and Pacific Lutheran All-American softball pitcher who led Lutes to NCAA D-III championship.

Christina Marshall: A point guard in basketball who was instrumental in Bainbridge High winning back-to-back titles. Kitsap Sun’s 1989 Female Athlete of the Year later played at Boise State and St. Mary’s.


Darryl Monroe: A top-rated and well-respected basketball official who has worked state high-school title games and umpired a lot of baseball games early in his career.


Marty Osborn: Talented West High and Olympic College quarterback went on to play two years at Central Washington and has carved out a career as one of the top prep football coaches in the state. He’s currently at Kentridge.

Lloyd Pugh: Long-time track and field coach at South Kitsap and Bremerton High. Was a top distance runner at South and Seattle Pacific.

*Dwight Scheyer: Coached football and baseball at Bremerton High, guiding legendary 1947 Wildcats to an unbeaten season in football.

Art Sperber: One of the top horseshoe pitchers in the Northwest, owner of many state and regional titles.

Bill Walker: State baseball coaches Hall of Famer played for the Kitsap Outsiders and at Central Washington.

Jim Wiley: Bremerton High and University of Washington star running back. He played with Don Heinrich at BHS and later at the UW, where he won the Guy Flaherty Inspirational award in 1951.





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