Pete graduated from Lyons Central School in 1975. During his varsity football years from 1973-1975, Pete wore #14. In 1974-’75 football season, Pete was co-captain, was selected as Wayne Finger Lakes West All-Conference quarterback, was voted the team’s Most Valuable Running Back, and he was given the Sportsmanship Award.  He was second in scoring for the entire Wayne-Finger Lakes League, racking up 12 rushing touchdowns and 6 extra points. In a game against Red Jacket, Pete rushed for 137 yards on 13 carries, scoring 3 TDs and against Honeoye Falls-Lima, he ran for 101 yards on 8 carries. Pete also threw for 8 touchdowns to a variety of talented receivers.

    During Pete’s high school athletic career, he also participated in varsity track where he ran the 100 yard dash, the 220 yard and 800 yard relay.  Pete’s best time in the 100 was 10.4 seconds! He also recorded a time of 22.9 seconds in the 180 low hurdles. Pete was also a member of the 880 yd relay:  1:34.6 (Section V Class B Record in 1972) / Class B Champions (Dale Morris, Pete Kitchen, Larry VanHoesen, Larry Bailey). He was voted Top Sprinter in the spring of 1975!


    “The thought that I am remembered for my sports enthusiasm and accomplishments is surreal to say the least. I loved playing football, as number 14, and running track. The coaches were always so encouraging and helpful, the student body and all the adults were also so enthusiastic. I can remember the stands being full of classmates, their parents and my family; everyone came out in full force to rally on the Lyons Lions. I can still hear roaring from the crowds. I remember big pep rallies and parades and bonfires. I also remember being the point of play on a float from another team where I was hanging from a noose, all in fun of course. Sports certainly meant a lot to me and helped me to become the man I am today. Not just the competitions but the sportsmanship that we all showed on the field. There was a true camaraderie among all of us players, and we became friends and allies for many years.  But for sure my most memorable moment was winning a certain race that was as close as close could be.”



    In 1977 Pete married Diane Calabrese; they have two wonderful children Kira and Grant. Kira was married on August 6, 2011, and Pete and Diane have welcomed a new son in law Craig Wadsley into their family. Son Grant has a wonderful girlfriend Leslie Hicks and a beautiful baby boy Brayden Gregory Kitchen, born in April, the very first grandson. Pete and Diane still live in Lyons. The Kitchens have many wonderful friends that have remained in Lyons; they take great pride in being able to say that their family and friends are some of the most important things that they are lucky to have.