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Thursday, April 17, 2014

CNMI sports loses pillar

Jess Wabol, seen here in action in a local tournament in 2009, passed away in October. (Saipan Tribune) October was a month of mourning for the CNMI sports community, as it lost Hall of Famer Jess Wabol.

Wabol died on Oct. 10 due to a lingering illness. He was 55.

Wabol left valuable contributions to CNMI sports as a player, official, and coach. He represented the Commonwealth in various regional golf tournaments. He coached in Little League, baseball, basketball, and golf, and was a board member of the Northern Marianas Amateur Sports Association at the time of his death.

“He was a great coach. The MCS Knights took the basketball championship in 1983 and he was our coach,” said Basketball Association of Northern Mariana Islands official Abner Venus in an earlier interview with Saipan Tribune. “He will be missed.”

“Jess was a member of the CNMI Sport Hall of Fame and a long-serving member of our Board of Directors. Jess represented the CNMI at the Pacific Games nine times, and was a local legend in the sport of golf, and a pillar in the sporting community. We will miss his friendship and his wise counsel,” NMASA president Michael White said in an earlier interview with Saipan Tribune.

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