A team of KIRO/ESPN personalities led by Dori Monson will be taking on Governor Jay Inslee and his squad of local politicians in The Clash on the Court, Wednesday at Shorecrest High School, take a look at the lineups.
Dori Monson – 5’9
Ballard H.S.; U of Washington; I have never played organized basketball. Notable basketball stats: Blown Achilles (1989); Dislocated ankle and foot (1992); Right knee torn meniscus (1998); Left knee torn meniscus (2004); Thankfully, can no longer jump high enough or run fast enough to get injured.
I host a talk show and am the girls Varsity coach at Shorecrest H.S. In my spare time, I enjoy writing biographies of myself for basketball events.
Jake Skorheim – 6’1
Jake is the Executive producer for the Dori Monson Show at KIRO Radio. He was a very successful Tee-ball player as a child, but his baseball career was cut short due to his crippling fear of the ball. Currently, Jake enjoys playing FIFA on Xbox. He jogs occasionally but feels like he doesn’t really need to worry about exercising until he’s in his forties.
Brandi Kruse – 5’7
Brandi is an investigative reporter for KIRO Radio, focusing on crime and government accountability and also covers breaking news. She last touched a basketball in high school, and is more comfortable in stilettos than sneakers.
Jessamyn McIntyre – 5’8
Jessamyn is an Executive Producer at 710 ESPN Seattle as well as a sideline reporter for Washington State Football. She also is a co-host of the Fone Zone Seahawks post-game show on Northwest Cable News. She played basketball from 4th grade through high school and played volleyball from 5th grade through college. She has run several half marathons and two full marathons; the most recent was the Seattle Rock ‘N Roll marathon this summer and plans to continue to train for them. She has also played for the UNDEFEATED CHAMPIONSHIP RAT LEAGUE SOFTBALL TEAM THIS SUMMER!
Don O’Neill -6’1
Don is the co-host of the Ron & Don Show on KIRO Radio. He has TWO WORLD RECORDS for riding his bike across America in less than 12 days. Every game to him is FOOTBALL so he plays basketball like football. In middle school he was such a bad shooter, he wasn’t allowed to shoot. He can’t jump BUT he can say “outlet.” He was also spin instructor of the year 07/08!
Dave Wyman – 6’2
In addition to co-hosting “Wyman, Mike and Moore,” Dave Wyman co-hosts the Seahawks pre- and post-game shows on 710 ESPN Seattle. Dave was an All-American and All-Pac-10 linebacker at Stanford – where he received a degree in communications and is a member of the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame – before entering the NFL as second-round pick in 1987 and spending nine seasons with the Seahawks and Broncos.
Paul Moyer – 6’1
Former professional American football player who played safety for seven seasons for the Seattle Seahawks. Coached Seattle Seahawks Secondary 1990-1994. Led team in interceptions with six in 1988. He played in 98 games, starting 30. He currently appears as an analyst and occasional host on the Seahawks pre-game and post-game shows.
Mack Strong – 6′
Former professional American football fullback for the Seattle Seahawks. He currently is a football sportscaster for Root Sports Northwest. Strong was selected the Pro Bowl twice in his career, in 2005 and 2006.
Craig Terrill – 6’2
Craig was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft after playing college football for Purdue. He is only the fourth player chosen from Purdue University in club history.
Ron Upshaw – 6’1
Ron Upshaw has zero organized basketball experience. He is quite proficient at HORSE, especially with the bounce shot from the free throw line and the behind the backboard rainbow shot. In 7th grade he thought he was pretty good at the sky hook.
John Curley – 6′
John is the co-host of the “Tom and Curley Show on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM.” John is an elite triathlete and has completed multiple Iron Man competitions. John notes that if there is swimming, biking and/or running involved in this basketball game, he’ll likely be the winner. The lefty has previous experience with charity basketball events, having played alongside Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and comedian Will Ferrell once. His experience throwing javelin this summer won’t help him at all, but it’s an accomplishment nonetheless.
Donald Watts – 6’4
Building on this commitment started by his father, Seattle Sonics NBA legend Slick Watts, Donald Watts was selected Washington State’s High School Basketball Player of the Year. Donald went on to lead the University of Washington basketball team to two NCAA tournament appearances, including one Sweet Sixteen appearance. Watts continued to play professional basketball all over the world, including the NBDL, the NBA’s minor league system. In addition to mentoring many current NBA and NCAA players from the Seattle area, Donald shares his wealth of knowledge of both life and basketball with young people through the widely acclaimed Watts Basketball individual and group workouts.
Governor Jay Inslee – 6’2
Inslee is the 23rd Governor of Washington State, and has been in office since January 16, 2013. Previously, he served in the United States House of Representatives, first from 1993 to 1995 from Washington’s 4th Congressional district in the central part of the state around Yakima, and from 1999 to 2012 from Washington’s 1st Congressional district, which included many of Seattle’s northern suburbs in King, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties.
Inslee and his wife Trudi were high school sweethearts and were married on August 27, 1972. They have three sons, Jack, Connor, and Joe, and live on Bainbridge Island. Inslee is an avid basketball player and a member of “Hoopaholics,” a charity group dedicated to the “treatment of old guys addicted to basketball who can no longer jump,” as Inslee has often joked. In October 2009, he played basketball at the White House in a series of games featuring members of Congress on one team and members of the administration, including President Obama, on the other.
Steve Haizlip – 6’1
Haizlip is currently on his fourth season as the Newport Boys varsity basketball coach. Newport finished 6th in state last year in 4A. Steve owns a landscape design and maintenance company called New Leaf Creations in Issaquah. He’s married to his wife Kristen Haizlip, and has three boys (Milo 6, Cole 5 and Owen 2) who currently live on Bainbridge Island. Steve graduated from Newport High School in 1995 where he played basketball and ran track. He also played one year of basketball at Central Washington university and one year at Chabot College in Hayward California before completing his degree at the University of Idaho.
Steve Lee – 5’10
Steve has coached youth sports in the Seattle and Shoreline area for over 15 years. He is currently coaching in the Shorecrest Girls Basketball Feeder program. He has two kids, Christopher and Amanda, who both play on the top travel teams of the Emerald City Basketball Academy.
Lieutenant General Robert B. Brown (Commanding General, I Corps and Senior Army Commander, Joint Base Lewis-McChord ) Goes by Bob – 6’5
Brown was the number two Basketball Recruit from Michigan; played Starting Forward for USMA and was coached by Coach Mike Krzyewski (Coach K)! LTG Brown was commissioned into the Infantry in May of 1981 after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point. His education includes a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy; a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Virginia; and a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies as a Distinguished Graduate of the National Defense University.
He is married to his high school sweetheart, the former Patti Pope of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. They have three daughters and one granddaughter.
Keith Nelson – 5’11
Keith is a Young Life Director in Shoreline and the JV Boys basketball coach at Shorecrest. His wife Lisa and his 3-month-old daughter Brooke are his two best friends, and his favorite mythical creature is probably a Yeti.
Ku’ulei Lealao – 5’8
Lei was born and raised in San Francisco California – she is one of seven children. Lei is the biggest 49er fan in the entire city of Seattle and has been playing basketball since the age of 5. She hopes to one day hoop it on the court at University of Hawaii.
Veronique Soriano – 5’2
Veronique was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and has a twin brother Nathaniel. Veronique has been playing basketball since the day she could walk. She would like to do a BIG shout out to the Soriano Family for all their support. Family rocks!
Jovan Owens – 5’8
Jovan grew up in Seattle, Washington. He started his sports career as a football player and then switched to basketball. Jovan has a calm demeanor on and off the court and has excellent grades in school.
Oliver Gibb (nickname – “OG”) – 6’3
Oliver has lived in Seattle his entire life. He enjoys playing basketball for Ingraham High School and running track and cross country. Outside of school Oliver enjoys reading and volunteering in the community.
Representative Terry Nealey (16th district)- 5’9
Terry has played basketball since age 3 and continues to do so, playing in national Master’s Basketball Tournaments. He played for Lacrosse High School in the highly competitive Whitman County league and played one year at Whitworth College in Spokane.
Brian Fischer- 6’2
Brian grew up in Brighton, Colorado. He played college basketball at Wheaton college, graduated in 1995, and was an assistant basketball coach at LeTourneau University in Texas. He’s currently serving in his 9th year as science teacher and varsity basketball coach at Shorecrest High School. Favorite hobby: cave tubing.
Frank Inslee – 6′ 0
Ingraham High School, WWU Football
Frank Inslee was a teacher and coach at Squalicum High School in Bellingham for 34 years.
Simon Vila – 6’0
Born in Cincinnati Ohio, Simon went to the College of Charleston in South Carolina, Currently works for Governor Inslee in his office in Olympia.
Rep. Marcus Ricelli – 6’3
Marcus was born and raised in Spokane, where he lives with his wife Amanda and their two young children. Before being elected to the House of Representatives, he served as US Senator Maria Cantwell’s Eastern Washington Director and later as Senior Policy Advisor to State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown. The proud organizer of bi-partisan legislative basketball, Marcus is committed to promoting health and wellness among children and adults in Washington state.
Paul Hoberg -6’6
Paul lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife, Mev, and two children (Maggie, a high school junior, and Charlie, an 8th grader). He is a volunteer board member and coach for Roots Basketball, a K-12 basketball program designed by the coaching staffs of Bainbridge High School and other Kitsap Peninsula schools, with a mission to develop kids into fundamentally sound basketball players and positive contributing members of our community. Paul is a CPA, and works as an international tax specialist with Moss Adams LLP, the largest accounting and business consulting firm headquartered on the West Coast. Paul played high school basketball on the San Francisco peninsula, and was on Stanford’s practice squad during his junior year there.