West Linn's Jason Porter selected to PIL Sports Hall of Fame
Anyone who knows West Linn High School sports knows Jake Porter.
During his high school days, Porter — now a redshirt sophomore defensive end for the Portland State University football team — was an all-state lineman on the Lions' 2016 state championship football team and an all-state first baseman on West Linn's state runner-up baseball team.
As it turns out, Jake's dad Jason Porter — a West Linn firefighter — was a big-time player in his own right, and he can prove it.
Jason Porter, 49 and a West Linn resident for the past 20 years, will be inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League Sports Hall of Fame in an Oct. 27 ceremony at Multnomah Athletic Club. Porter played baseball and football at Wilson High School, where he graduated in 1989.
He was notified of his impending induction at the end of July.
"I was incredibly honored," he said. "It really is an honor to be a part of it. There's a lot of legendary names that are part of it."
That's an understatement. The PIL Hall of Fame is a who's who of some of Oregon's most famous names in sports, from Dale Murphy to Damon Stoudamire — one of Jason Porter's high school classmates — to Peter Jacobsen to Mel Renfro to A.C. Green and on and on and on.
Jason Porter, who also wrestled one year during high school, found his greatest success on the baseball diamond with the Trojans. His senior season team, coached by Mike Clopton, won the PIL title, then won three straight times in the AAA state playoffs — including a 9-6 win over West Linn in the state semifinals — before falling 3-2 to McNary in the state championship game at Civic Stadium on June 3, 1989.
Even 30 years later, the details of that game stand out clearly in Jason Porter's memory.
"We lost to McNary by one run in the seventh inning on a balk at Civic Stadium," he recalled. "We were the best team all year."
Following graduation, Jason Porter's American Legion team from Wilson went on to win the Oregon state championship.
After his high school career, Jason Porter played four years of college baseball for Jack Dunn at Portland State, then was drafted by the Colorado Rockies and played in the Rockies' farm system.
Jason Porter was also an accomplished high school football player, leading Wilson to three straight PIL championships as well as a senior-season berth to the state playoffs.
"We had a heck of a class," he recalled. "It's just a great honor."
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