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Honoree Achievements

Kathy Smith Connor - Competitive Swimming Champion
Inducted 2017


  • 1980 - U.S. Olympic Swim Team, Alternate
  • 1980-82 - U.S. National Swim Team
  • 1985-87 - U.S. National Swim Team
  • 1979 - National High School Record Holder, 100-Yard Breaststroke
  • 1981 - National High School Record Holder, 100-Yard Breaststroke
  • 2005 - Washington Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Billy and Cory Roeseler
- Inventors and Pioneers in the Sport of Kiteboarding
Inducted 2015

The father and son duo of Billy and Cory Roeseler were early inventors and pioneers of the world-wide sport of Kiteboarding. Billy, an MIT-trained Boeing engineer, first published a paper of the technical virtues of what was then called Kitesailing in 1979. In 1984, while Cory was attending Kirkland Junior High School, he test piloted an early version of Billy's modified "amphibious hang glider" on Lake Washington. Then, in 1989 and one year after his graduation from Lake Washington High School, Cory shocked the windsurfing world by besting the sport's best in the Columbia River Gorge Cities Blowout Race. He set a speed record that still stands today.

Billy and Cory formed a company (Kiteski, Inc.) and hold a patent for their invention which has led to a sport that has grown in popularity throughout the world. Cory went on to win the World Championships for three straight years from 1995-1997 and also won the ESPN Xtreme Games competition in 1995.

Chris Warren - Emmy Award for Excellence in Broadcasting
Inducted 2013

Kirkland native Chris Warren was hired by NWCN and King 5 in Seattle in 2003.  He worked for Northwest Cable News during the week and was the weekend weather anchor for King 5 Television.  He brought viewers stories from out in the field as a reporter and photographer and from the newsroom as a news anchor and video editor.  In 2008, Chris won an Emmy for best weather forecast of the year. The same year, NBC hired Chris to co-anchor a national daily prime time show at their weather channel in Atlanta, Georgia.  Chris frequently appears on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News as well as MSNBC and CNBC.  In 2010, Chris was recognized again as he was chosen to represent the United States at the Worlds Fair in Shanghai, China.


Randall Garretson - Junior National Champion
Inducted 2001

  • 1964 - Junior National Ski Jumping Champion
  • 1964 - Nordic Combined Junior National Champion

1963 Lakeside Gravel Connie Mack Baseball Team - National Champions
Inducted 1998

  • 1963 - Connie Mack Baseball National Champion Team
Preston Nouwens - Manager Rick Gollofon Ken Kinared Mike Smith
Joe Amato, Sr. - Coach Bob Hard Dave Lambert Dave Stafford
Joe Amato Bill Hobert Al Murch Rick Tapia
Bob Davis Cliff Jensen Wally Posey Al Van Kemseke
Jeff Everett Gary Johnson Bill Slack
Dave Gardner Marty Johnson John Sloan

Glen Evan Ethier - Broadcast Advertising
Inducted 1996

For excellence in broadcast advertising, Mr. Ethier was the 1972 International Broadcasting Award recipient for World’s Best Local Radio Commercial. In 1973, he received the Clio Award for World’s Best Radio Series and World’s Best Use of Sound.

Maxine Conover - Bicycling Champion
Inducted 1995

  • 1958 - United States Women’s National Bicycling Champion

1993 Kirkland/District 9 Big League Softball Team - World Series Champions
Inducted 1994

Terry Merritt - Manager Michelle Taylor Shannon Cowlishaw
Sparky Parker - Coach Heather Christensen Karen Hardy
Lisa Baker Kara Gustine Stephanie Moody
Jamie Ely Jackie Krueger Heather Tarr
Kerri Hook Rebekah Stegmeier Melinda Worcester
Petra Sporseen Nicole Tredway

Rick Colella - U.S. Olympic Swimming Team
Inducted 1993


  • 1970-1973 - University of Washington, NCAA All-American
  • 1971 - Pan American Games, Gold Medalist
  • 1972 - U.S. Olympic Swimming Team
  • 1975 - Pan American Games, Gold Medalist
  • 1976 - U.S. Olympic Swimming Team
  • 1976 - Olympic Games, Bronze Medalist - 200 M Breaststroke
  • 1975 - World Swimming Championships, Gold Medalist

Chris Sharp - 1990 Peabody Award
Inducted 1992

Independent Producer/Director Chris Sharp won the prestigious honor for a nationally aired documentary feature on truck “backhauling”. The film led to national legislation to curtail the practice whereby truckers carry chemicals one way and return with food in the same container. The Peabody Award is the highest possible honor in the field of broadcasting and has often been referred to as the Pulitzer Prize of Broadcasting.

Julie Ann Gregg - Bicycle Racing
Inducted 1992

Ms. Gregg has competed nationally and internationally, her achievements have included:

  • 1990 - Washington State Track Championships, Gold Medalist
  • 1991 - Pan American Games, Silver Medalist  
  • 1991 - United States National Track Championships, Silver Medalist
  • 1991 - United States Olympic Festival, Silver Medalist
  • 1992 - United States National Track Championships, Silver Medalist
  • 1992 - Washington State Cycling Championships, winner of six events

1988, 1990, 1991 Northwest College Women's Basketball Teams - National Champions
Inducted 1991

The women’s basketball team from Northwest College won the National Christian College Athletic Association Division II (NCCAA II) National Championship three out of four years. In 1989 the team finished in second place.

Kristi Brodin - Coach Joanna Lowell - 1991
Kari Brodin - Asst. Coach Aiyanna Marcus - 1988, 90, 91
Dena Cambra - 1990, 91 Jen Mickelson - 1990, 91
Becky Capps - 1988 Chris Montgomery - 1988, 90
Joanne Faagau - 1991 Shelly Schu - 1988, 90, 91
Stephanie Harden - 1990 Debbi Simonsen - 1988, 90, 91
Rachelle Jorgensen - 1988 Kristin Steenes - 1991
Sharlene Lammers - 1991 Nicole Yoder - 1991

1974 Kirkland National Little League All-Stars - First female team from Washington to play in the Little League World Series
Inducted 1991

In the first year of the Little League’s National Girls’ Softball Program, the team from Kirkland finished second at the World Series competition in New York. 

Carol Larson - Manager Lisa Fosse Cathy McBride Toni Power
Linda Fosse - Coach Deanne Hall Tammi Moorehead Stephanie Secord
Kristi Charnholm Carla Hickman Lisa Navarro Shelley Storseth
Michele Day Missy Larson Krista Olson Marcia Wardinsky

Demetri Corahorgi
(Dan Corey) - U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor
Inducted 1991

Mr. Corahorgi, Fireman First Class, U.S. Navy, was awarded the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor in 1905 for extraordinary heroism in saving the lives of fellow seamen aboard the U.S.S. Iowa. Following a boiler explosion, Mr. Corey, braving the scalding water, jumped in and saved several men. Mr. Corey was severely disfigured in the incident.

1975 Tyee/Bel-Kirk Senior Babe Ruth Team - National Champions
Inducted 1989

In 1973, two Kirkland teams combined to form the Tyee/Bel-Kirk Senior Babe Ruth Baseball Team. Players were chosen from the best baseball players in the greater Kirkland area. The 1975 team quickly proved they could be world champions. After capturing the Chinook League championship, they won the 1975 state championship in Redmond. Then it was off to the Pacific Northwest Sectional Tournament in Oregon, where, after losing the first game bounced back to win six straight games and the Pacific Northwest crown. Fans traveled from the Peter Kirk Park grandstand to Sicks Stadium in Seattle to watch their home team compete in the National Tournament of Champions. The championship game was fierce. Finally, in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 0-0 game, Tyee/Bel-Kirk scored the only run and the 1975 National Senior Babe Ruth Championship.

Ron Brown - Manager Cam Ackley Mike Gibson Tom Neir
Jerry Zylstra - Coach Ron Bess Dan Grager Jeff Pollard
Ken Broches - Asst. Coach Roger Blier Rod McHattie Tony Provenzo
Mike Brown - Bat Boy Lew Bodman Greg Hunter Jim Reynolds
Bill Petter - Sponsor Steve Burns John Lecoq Frank Rutt
E.B. Sargeant - Sponsor Jeff Dilley Jeff Maltese Frank Williams

Steven Earl Todd - Wheelchair Athlete and Coach
Inducted 1989

Like many young boys, Steve loved sports and his dream was to be a professional baseball player. He was a star athlete and excelled as he advanced through the Kirkland baseball system. But when Steve was 15 he started having terrible pains in his back and legs, by the time he graduated from Lake Washington High School, he was paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Victimized by a rare malformation of his vascular system, Steve’s professional sports aspirations had ended. He found new ways to enjoy his love for sports, becoming president of the Kirkland Slow Pitch Softball Association and leading a team of able-bodied players as a coach and pitcher. He became the star on a champion wheelchair basketball team and even found time to coach local Little League Baseball. Steve also worked with Bellevue Community College administration to help make the campus more accessible for handicapped individuals. In 1980, three years after Steve passed away, he was inducted into the Seattle Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame for significant contributions to the advancement of local and national wheelchair athletics.

Andrew S. Okada - 1981 National Collegiate Boxing Association Champion
Inducted 1989

Andrew Okada had been an achiever ever since his high school days. He distinguished himself by becoming a wrestling champion during his sophomore and junior years. Unfortunately, Andrew was hit by an automobile, shattering his leg and preventing him from competing in his final season. After graduation he moved on to college where his focus turned to boxing. After only 10 lessons Andrew won the regional title for his weight class. By his junior year he had won the Silver Medal at the National Collegiate Boxing Association Championships. In his senior year, Andrew was selected as a wild card entry and went on to win first place in the 112 pound division, National Collegiate Boxing Association Championships, where Sugar Ray Leonard was one of the judges.

1982 Kirkland National Little League All-Stars - Little League World Champions
Inducted 1989

In June of 1982, coaches from the Kirkland National Little League Association gathered to choose an all-star team to compete in the upcoming district tournament. No one knew just how far the team would go over the next two months. They practiced twice a day while the coach and manager took leave from work so they could prepare the team. Soon after, the all-star team had won district and state championships. Once they had won the title, it was off to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. After beating out other teams for the chance to play in the World Championship and with family and friends in the stands and millions of others viewing from home, the Kirkland All-Stars beat Taiwan 6-0 and were crowned the Little League World Champions.

Don Cochran - Manager Bill Cook Taikan Sekine
Pat Downs - Coach Chad Hartvigson Mark Swain
Mike Adams Erik Jonson Perry Travis
Brian Avery David Keller Cody Webster
Gibbie Black Greg Miller
Shawn Cochran Mark Peterson

1980 Kirkland National Little League All-Stars - First team from Washington to play in the Little League World Series
Inducted 1989

Third in the world, second in the nation, and the first team from Washington state to play in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Don Cochran - Manager Pat Coyle Rich Miailovich
Pat Downs - Coach Doug Demetre John Nipper
Richard Miailovich - Coach Doug Flajole Aaron Rawley
Clay Carlson Greg Hunter Tom Ricketts
Mike Chow Rick Matthews Nick Wharf
Todd Coleman Darin Mercado

Hot Dog USA - World Rope Skipping Team Champions
Inducted 1989

When Bob Melson first organized a group of rope skippers at Mark Twain Elementary School, it was to promote physical fitness and to help raise money for the American Heart Association. Hot Dog USA went on to become the elite rope skippers in the world. Competitors were always astonished to learn the team was not a state or even a city all-star team, they were just a group of elementary school kids. The team has competed in more than thirty states and six countries. The American Heart Association was so impressed they flew the team all over the country to promote the “Jump Rope for Heart” program. In 1989, Mr. Melson was presented with the prestigious Presidential Award by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance for his work with Hot Dog USA in promoting physical fitness.

Bob Melson - Coach Sarah Hamlin - 1988 Marie Nobriga - 1987
Allison Bell - 1989 Randi Kimura - 1989 Caryn Shiroyama – 1984, 87
Rene Bibaud – 1984, 87 Shelby Kraus - 1988 Jeni Smedberg - 1986
Kellie Cheadle – 1985, 86 Stacie Kraus - 1989 Amy Smith – 1984, 87
Amy Dawson - 1988 Kristi LoDolce - 1984 Gerry Tritz - 1989
Lisa DeGuire – 1985, 86 Kellie Neilsen - 1988 Heidi Wharf - 1985
Katie Funai - 1989 Heather Nobriga – 1985, 86 Kari Zwiefelhofer - 1989

Dorothy (Didi) Anstett - 1968 Miss USA
Inducted 1989

Opportunities for educational scholarships initially attracted Didi to pageants. She was crowned Miss Kirkland on April 23, 1966, in the old Junior High School auditorium on Waverly Way. Other pageants and awards soon followed. In 1968, Didi represented Kirkland at the Miss Washington Universe Pageant in Ocean Shores, where she won the Miss Washington title. It was on May 18, 1968, in Miami Beach, Florida, with a viewing audience of over 60 million when Didi was crowned Miss USA.

Richard M. Acton - Professional Golfer
Inducted 1989

In 1989, Mr. Acton had won more major Pacific Northwest golf tournaments than any other player in the history of the Northwest. His many triumphs have included:

  • Pacific Northwest PGA Champion – 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982
  • Washington State PGA Player of the Year – 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
  • Washington State PGA Championship – 1973,1975, 1984, 1985, 1987
  • Pacific Northwest Open – 1973,1978, 1983
  • Oregon Open – 1972, 1977 1978, 1985
  • Washington Open – 1979, 1981, 1982
  • Spokane Open – 1981, 1983
  • Alaska Open – 1981, 1982
  • Idaho Open – 1982

The Professional Golf Association (PGA) recognized Richard as the Top Golf Teacher in Washington as well as the Pacific Northwest region for 1988 and 1989, it's the first time a teacher has won the award two years in a row.

JoAnne Gunderson Carner - Professional Golfer
Inducted 1988

During her professional golf career, Ms. Carner had recorded a total of 42 victories as of 1988, including the esteemed U.S. Open in both 1971 and 1977. In 1982, in recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LGPA), the world’s foremost women’s golfing organization, honored Ms. Carner by inducting her into the LGPA Hall of Fame. JoAnne Carner was chosen to be the first Kirklander honored in the Plaza of Champions, in recognition of her accomplishments as a professional athlete and champion, and as a community role model.

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