West Linn ready to roar one more time at Les Schwab Bowl
One more time.
For the state's best high school football players, Saturday's Les Schwab Bowl gives them one more chance to strap on the pads, lace up their shoes and hit somebody while representing their hometown.
For this year's game — a North vs. South battle of the state's best graduated senior players — the North team's roster will have a decidedly West Linn flavor to it, with five players and two coaches scheduled to participate. The game is set for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff at Hillsboro Stadium.
Tickets are available at the door or online at lesschwabbowl.com.
West Linn players scheduled to participate include wide receiver Justin Altenhofen, linebacker Mitch Johnson, center Connor Maloney, wide receiver Jake Meisen and defensive end/offensive tackle Jake Porter. Lions head coach Chris Miller and assistant Darren McCarty will help lead the North team in the contest.
Following are bios of the West Linn participants.
• Justin Altenhofen — College: University of Idaho; Size: 6-foot-3, 180 pounds; Position: Wide Receiver; No. 6
Altenhofen was a two-time varsity letterman at West Linn and Wilsonville. He was named second-team all-Three Rivers League as a wide receiver. For the 2016-2017 season, Altenhofen was one of the top five leading wide receivers in the state of Oregon. He finished his high school career with 1,803 receiving yards on 106 receptions, and had 15 touchdowns. Inside the classroom, he carries a 3.67 GPA and has made the honor roll all four years. Off the field, he enjoys fishing, hanging out with friends, hiking and volunteering with special needs children.
• Mitch Johnson — College: Eastern Washington University; Size: 6-foot-4, 230 pounds; Position: Linebacker; No. 5
Johnson was a three-time varsity letterman in both football and lacrosse at West. He is coming off of a strong senior season, winning the Class 6A state championship, and being named first team all-state at linebacker. Johnson's impressive 170 tackles earned him co-Defensive Player of the Year honors for the Three Rivers League, as well as his team's Defensive Player of the Year designation. In his best game, he had 23 total tackles with eight for loss. He carries a 3.65 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. Off the field, he enjoys going on hikes with his family, fishing, hanging out with friends, and volunteering with youth football and lacrosse programs.
• Connor Maloney — College: Southern Oregon University; Size: 6-foot-2, 252 pounds; Position: Center; No. 52
Maloney was a three-time letterman and a team captain for the West Linn Lions. Maloney went 35-5 during his varsity career at West Linn, capping off his senior year with the first-ever state title in West Linn history. As a senior, he was named second-team all-state, second-team USA Today All-Oregon and was a unanimous first-team all-league center. Maloney also earned West Linn's coveted "TTE" award, given to the hardest off-season worker, for his efforts leading up to his junior and senior years. He was named Honorable Mention all-league as a sophomore and junior. In addition to football, Connor was team captain for the wrestling team his senior year and was a two-time state qualifier. Connor was a member of the 2015 state championship lacrosse team. In the classroom, Connor made the honor roll for all semesters his junior and senior years, including a weighted 4.0 for the first semester of his senior year. He holds a cumulative 3.5 GPA. When not working towards a championship, Maloney enjoys reporting on sports – both as the sports editor of the WLHS Now student publication and as the color commentator for the NFHS online broadcasts of West Linn High School basketball and lacrosse games.
• Jake Meisen — College: Central Washington University; Size: 6-foot-1, 183 pounds; Position: Wide Receiver; No. 81
Meisen was a three-time varsity letterman in football. He finished an impressive senior season with 20 touchdowns, earning first-team all-state honors at wide receiver. His coaches voted him Offensive Player of the Year for his standout season. His favorite memory from high school football was winning the state championship this past fall. Meisen carries a 3.4 GPA and is a member of the school's Unified Club. Off the field, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, fishing, skiing and golfing.
• Jake Porter — College: Portland State University; Size: 6-foot-4, 245 pounds; Position: Defensive End/Offensive Tackle; No. 54
Porter was a three-time varsity letterman in both football and baseball. He was named first-team all-state as a defensive end and second-team all-state as an offensive tackle. Porter earned first-team all-league recognition on both sides of the ball. He also earned first-team all-league and all-state in baseball. Porter carries a 3.3 GPA at West Linn. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
• Chris Miller — Miller took over as head coach for West Linn to start the 2014 season and led the Lions to a 9-3 mark, going 5-2 in the Three Rivers League. This was a great start under his leadership, which ended in the state quarterfinals against Central Catholic (the eventual state champ). In addition, Miller played quarterback for the University of Oregon and was selected in the first round of the NFL draft and played 10 years, mostly with the Atlanta Falcons. In addition to his playing experience, he also spent three years coaching in the NFL.
• Darren McCarty — McCarty has been coaching high school football all over the Portland area for over 30 years. Currently, he serves as the defensive coordinator for the Lions, where he has spent the past seven seasons. He is extremely proud of their team for winning the state championship this past season and going 14-0. McCarty played football at Oregon City High School and Lewis & Clark College, where he was an All-American linebacker.