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2014 Media Guide
At The Gate
We Appreciate You!...and your always positive response to Wilson baseball's general fundraising opportunities
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Donations TO WHBB
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On The Bench
Supporters Line the Bench
Loyal supporters and long time lovers of the game;those new to the sport as well as parents, grandparents, other relatives, staff, community,and friends; all have reached out to take part in the 'great American past-time'...if not by batting, pitching, catching and running bases; then, by making sure that the game at Wilson is played with the best, using the best, to teach and encourage all the best baseball has to offer our students.
By:Portland Tribune PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Wilson shortstop Brendan Freeman fields the ball as Lincolns Nate Ostmo slides into second base at Gabriel Park. Lincoln won Mondays nonleague PIL game 10-6.
Lincoln High got the better of Portland Interscholastic League rival Wilson 10-6 Monday in a nonleague baseball game at Gabriel Park. Fifth-year Lincoln coach Roy Herder says the Cardinals, are athletic, but need more experience, even with 12 seniors on the roster.
“We’re just trying to get better every day,” Herder says. “Some days, we can be very competent and a contending team. At other times, we’re still learning.”
Lincoln (5-3) went to Phoenix, Ariz., over spring beak to play in the Coach Bob National Invitational Tournament. The Cardinals went 3-1, winning 4-3, 14-6 and 10-1 and losing 16-6.
“We played some good baseball against some good teams,” Herder says. “We also had opportunities to learn what it takes emotionally to stay in every game. The game we lost, we had the lead 6-3 against a good team. We had some emotional breakdowns that we learned to get on top of. It didn’t feel too good letting the game get away. But, in the long run, that’s going to bear more fruit.” Continue reading
The Harvison brothers, Matt and Tommy, were part of the team that won the
State Swimming Championship in the 200 yd. Freestyle Relay event. Both are
pitchers and outfielders. Matt is a junior and Tommy a sophomore.
WILSON FIELD PARTY A SUCCESS February 22, 2014
Forty-one players, coaches, and parents spent 60 person hours working on the baseball field today. Softball Coach Steve Walmer helped cut-up the old field tarps in useable sizes. Weeding, cleaning out the outside hitting cage, and hanging the outfield signs were the main tasks. Thanks to all PLAY BALL!
NEW COACH USES BOZICH TEE AT YOUTH CAMP February 16, 2014
New Varsity Assistant Coach Jacob Hocket works the "Bozich Tee" during a Little League camp tonight. Hockett will be in charge of the catchers and baserunning this year, teaches Physical Education at Lane Middle School.
The "Bozich Tee" was invented by longtime baseball coach Stan Bozich. Bozich was also a Portland Park supervisor at Sellwood Park when Coach Clopton was in Little League. Bozich passed away in 2011. His son, Dan, played baseball at Wilson and
graduated in 1987.
OLD TIMER'S BB BANQUET FUNDRAISER January 18, 2014
Ten players and 4 coaches sold raffle tickets at the Old Timer's Baseball Banquet at the MAC to raise money for the upcoming Spring Trip to the Bay area.
OFF-SEASON CONDITIONING January 15, 2014
Week 1 on 6 off-season workout weeks was completed today. Twist Sport Conditioning Center and the Wilson Track had 23 players starting to prepare for the first game on March 17, and are getting in shape.
Brendan Freeman, Orlando Lorang, Jonathan Lee, and John Venables pictured at Twist.
YOUTH BB CAMPS December 29, 2013
Varsity Wilson Pitching Coach K C Wiser instructs pitching at the 2-day Winter Camp at Wilson today. Camp continues Monday.
JACK DUNN September 10th
One spring day last April, before a baseball game at Wilson High School, a member of the opposing team turned to his friend, pointed to an aging man sitting in the home team bleachers and said in a hushed, reverent tone reserved for talking about a living legend, “Do you know who that is? That's Jack Dunn.”
To anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Oregon baseball history, Jack Dunn is a household name. He played minor league ball for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Salem Senators and coached for Cleveland High School, Wilson High School and Portland State University.
This 84-year-old bastion of baseball has also lived in Southwest Portland's Multnomah neighborhood on and off since he was 2.
Growing up with his family in a house off Southwest Alice Street — which he said may have been named after his grandmother — Dunn witnessed a pivotal time in the shaping of Southwest.
Back Row: Coach Daniel Morales, Coach Tabor Reid, Zach Madsen, Evan Charlone, Coach Phil Johnson, Tommy Harvison, Steffen Jacobsen, Sean Haxby, Jackson Miller, Coach Ryan Arditi
Front Row: Joey Hermann, Riley Tindell, Jack Williams, Nick Slenning, Evan Shreeve, Ben Turker, Samuel Kidoguchi, Bernard Villagomez, Laddie Wirth Jr.
D-2 STATE TITLE GAME SUNDAY July 20, 2013
Sean Haxby tags out runner at home plate on throw from centerfielder Tommy Harvison in Jake's Crawfish win over South Medford today. Jake's advances to the D-2 Jr. State Championship game at Canby Sunday. The game is
scheduled at 6pm. The team is coached by Phil Johnson, Daniel Morales, and Taber Reid.
Photo by Julie Jacobsen.
2013 GOLF FUNDRAISER & ALUMNI GAME
Friday July 19th
For a recap of both events check out the fundraiser page.
BASEBALL SPECIAL AWARDS FOR V, JV & JV-2 July 11, 2013
Most Inspirational Player
Junior Varsity II
Jesse Johnsen, Kevin Shimomaeda
Junior Varsity II
Defensive Player of the Year
Junior Varsity II
TOMMY HARVISON THROWS NO-HITTER July 6
Freshman Tommy Harvison no-hit Madison 8-0 in a League win Saturday at Wilson. Harvison threw 92 pitches, struck out 15 and walked three and hit three batters. The win brings the Jake's Crawfish D-2 team record to 8-3.
MOSER NAMED TO ALL-AMERICAN TEAM June 23, 2013
Gerhett Moser was selected to the 2nd team of the 2013 ABCA/Rawlings High School All-American teams as a Multi-Position Player. Moser hit .425, had an 1.37 ERA, and was selected second-team all-State
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STATE PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 AT WILSONVILLE May 22nd, 2013
Wilson 5 West Albany 0
WILSONVILLE — Wilson pitcher Philip Blatt threw a complete game shutout and slugger Austin Andrews hit a no-doubt 2-run home run to propel the Trojans to a 5-0 victory over West Albany in the OSAA Class 5A baseball playoffs Wednesday.
Blatt, the PIL Pitcher of the Year, allowed just four hits and struck out five in an efficient outing, but almost didn't get to finish the contest. A 35-minute rain delay in the top of the seventh appeared to put his complete game in jeopardy, but the stoppage didn't phase him — he struck out the first batter he faced when play resumed, then induced a game-ending double play on a soft grounder.
“The conditions made it tough. I didn't have my best stuff... the ball was a little slick,” Blatt said. “I just kept throwing strikes and they hit the ball, but my defense kept making plays. They've had my back all year.” Continue reading on oregonlive.com
WILSON BEATS MADISON 4-3 May 10th, 2013 Wilson reliever Matt Harvison stepped into a pressure-packed situation in the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon and did exactly what the Trojans were counting on the sophomore right-hander to do.
He threw strikes.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Harvison retired Madison's Jonah Lutton on a game-ending strikeout as the Trojans edged the upset-minded Madison Senators 4-3 and clinched their third consecutive Class 5A Portland Interscholastic League baseball championship at Clopton Field.
Harvison also went 2-for-3 with two singles and scored twice, but his biggest contribution of the day came on the mound, snuffing a two-out rally that helped the defending Class 5A state champion Trojans (18-5, 14-0 PIL) extend their longest winning streak of the season to 14 games.
Wilson took a 4-2 lead into the seventh, but was in need of a pitching change after starter Gerhett Moser had allowed six hits and seven walks with nine strikeouts, while also throwing 124 pitches. Continue reading online
PLAQUE ADDED TO CLOPTON FIELD
May 8th, 2013
600 WINS! May 6th, 2013
Congratulations to Coach Clopton!!! Tonight's win marks his 600 career coaching victory...earlier this season he moved into 4th place on the all-time career wins list for the state of Oregon.
WILSON 15 GRANT 11 April 29th. 2013
The Wilson Trojans held off the Generals of Grant, 15-11, to earn their eleventh-straight victory Monday at Grant High School. Wilson led throughout and built a 15-4 lead through six inning and then held off a frantic Grant comeback to preserve the win.
After a scoreless first inning, the Trojans jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning. Grant responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, but Wilson came right back stretching the lead to 11-2 with three runs each in the fourth and fifth innings. The Generals notched two in the bottom of the fifth, but a four-run sixth inning from Wilson seemed to put the game out of reach.
BLATT THROWS 1 HITTER April 22nd, 2013
Wilson's Phil Blatt tossed a one-hitter with one walk and nine strikeouts, leading the defending Class 5A state champion Trojans to an 8-1 Portland Interscholastic League victory over Cleveland on Monday.
Brendan Freeman and Josh Hagge had two hits each to pace a 10-hit attack that helped lift the Trojans (11-5, 10-0 PIL) to their seventh consecutive win and 11th in 12 games. Cleveland fell to 4-10 overall, and 3-4 in league.
Blatt, the 6-foot-2 senior right-hander, retired the first 15 Cleveland batters in order and took a perfect game into the sixth when the Warriors' Galen Koon and Jacob Ham each reached base on errors and Spencer Smyth walked. With one out, Koon scored on Vincent Van Dell's grounder to second.
REMEMBERING JACKIE ROBINSON
April 15th, 2013 Modeling on a tradition in Major League Baseball, all players at Wilson High will wear number 42 on their jersey. Honoring Jackie Robinson, who was the man who walked up to the plate on April 15, 1947 as the first to break the color barrier in American professional sports. Junior catcher Jonah Harris has worked on this project and is quoted in the New York Times.
THE HOUSE THAT MIKE BUILT April 1st, 2013
It will be a great honor today to be the master of ceremonies for what should be a very big Portland Interscholastic League event. At 4 o'clock this afternoon a very big crowd is expected at the Wilson High School baseball field to pay tribute to long-time coach Mike Clopton, whose team opens the PIL season there at 4:30 vs. Benson.
Nobody has coached more high school baseball games in this state than Clopton, who last week coached his 1,000th game during Wilson's spring trip to California and Arizona. He's won 58 percent of those games, along with 10 PIL championships and two state titles. He's been named state coach of the year twice and last season, along with winning Wilson's 5A state championship, he was named the national high school baseball coach of the year -- obviously, an enormous honor.
And that field on Southwest Vermont ought to be named after him -- it's really The House That Clopton Built. During his 30 years coaching at Wilson, he's masterminded the fund-raising and participated in the sweat equity to construct countless field improvements -- Continue reading
CLOPTON FIELD April 1st, 2013
In Southwest Portland, there stands a cathedral of prep baseball.
The cathedral sits on a hill that leaves it exposed to whipping winds in the spring. The infield grass is always perfectly manicured, the dirt meticulously groomed, and the outfield stretches farther than at some major league ballparks.
Over the years, countless boys have spent so many spring and summer days playing the game they love on that field. The field has seen triumph and heartbreak, joy and sorrow, wins and losses.
The cathedral, which is home to the Wilson High baseball team, never had a name until Monday, when it was christened “Clopton Field” in honor of Wilson coach Mike Clopton, a man who has devoted his life to the game of baseball and the young men who have traveled through his program.
Clopton began coaching high school baseball in 1977 at the now-defunct Jackson High. He coached there until 1982, when Jackson and Wilson merged. Clopton took over Wilson in 1983 and has been the Trojans' skipper ever since.