Porter a steady influence for FDSH

Competing in high school athletics has provided Jake Porter with countless memories.

During his tenure at Fort Dodge Senior High, Porter has been active in football, track and basketball at various points.

On the gridiron, Porter was a three-year starter in the trenches for the Dodgers. The 275-pound senior recently earned a spot on the INA Class 4A all-state third team. Porter was also a two-time 4A-2 all-division nominee.

This year, Porter helped pave the way for sophomore Sam Cook’s record-shattering campaign of 1,608 rushing yards, which tied Jontel Clayton’s 2009 performance for the best in FDSH single-season in history.

“I was really happy to get on the all-state team, which was always one of my goals off in the distance,” Porter said. “I enjoyed playing for Coach (Matt) Miller, too, who backs his players and is very passionate about the game.”

Porter also recalled his favorite football moment.

“Beating Mason City for a 10th straight time (to keep the Decker Sporting Goods Trophy) is something I’ll never forget,” said Porter. “Getting to ring the victory bell at home (after a 24-21 triumph over the Mohawks on Sept. 20) was just a great experience.”

In track, Porter regularly threw the shot put for the Dodgers.

“I just enjoyed being around the guys and having fun,” Porter said. “We came to practice and tried to work hard every day to keep getting better. Coach (John) McBride and Coach (Andy) Kavanaugh made things a lot of fun.”

As a junior, Porter saw action in 21 games on the hardwood. The 6-foot-3 center contributed 27 rebounds and 16 points in a reserve role.

“I was very lucky to play with all of my different teammates,” said Porter. “I liked representing our hard-working, blue-collar community. The support I received from my teammates, coaches and family is what I’ll remember most.”

Porter plans on continuing his football career at the collegiate level. He remains undecided on what school he’ll attend.