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PORTA Bluejays
Petersburg, Illinois
Coaches Megan Murphy
State Championships 2008 IHSA
Program Status Unknown
School Size Unknown
NAQT Page link

PORTA High School is a public high school in Petersburg, Illinois, which is near Springfield. The school is named PORTA because it draws from the towns of Petersburg, Oakford, Rock Creek, Tallula, and Atterberry. It is classified as Class A, the "small school" division, in the Illinois High School Association's (IHSA) State Championship Series.

PORTA enjoyed success under coaches Connie Davis and then Debbie Martin during the 1990s. Martin on occasion hosted the Masonic tournament and traveled with Team Illinois to PAC. The team also won many matches under coach Mark Grant, including the 2008 IHSA State Championship. During the 2010-11 season, they won their Class A Tournament and place in the Regular Division at New Trier Varsity. Both of whom have since been inducted into the IHSSBCA Hall of Fame - Grant (2016) & Martin (2019), one of only a few programs in Illinois to boast multiple Hall of Fame honorees.

During the 2010-11 season, PORTA hosted an IHSSBCA Kickoff, Scobol Solo Mirror, Frosh/Soph Tournament (using an NAQT A Set), Class A Tournament (using an NAQT IS Set), and IHSA Regional and Sectional.

Notable Team Accomplishments

  • IHSA State Tournament (1st Place): 2008
  • IHSA State Tournament (3rd Place): 2007
  • IHSA State Tournament (4th Place): 2011
  • IHSA State Sectionals: (6) 2011 (1A), 2008 (1A), 2007 (1A), 2003 (1A), 1999 (1A), 1992 (1A)
  • IHSA State Regionals: (7) 2012 (1A), 2011 (1A), 2010 (1A), 2009 (1A), 2008 (1A), 2007 (1A), 2003 (1A)
  • Masonic State Qualifier: 2011 (1A), 2008 (1A), 1999 (1A)

IHSSBCA Individual Honors

All-Sectional Honorees

  • 2010-11: Justin Brooks
  • 2009-10: Justin Brooks, Tucker Lynn (1A)
  • 2008-09: Justin Brooks, Tucker Lynn (1A)
  • 2007-08: Cody Dirks, Isaac Shelton, Simon Bauer (1A)
  • 2006-07: Kenneth Knuppel (1A)
  • 2005-06: Chris Weitzel (1A)
  • 2002-03: Robert Weitzel (1A)

All-State Honorees

  • 2010-11: Justin Brooks (First Team) Class 1A
  • 2009-10: Justin Brooks (First Team) Class 1A
  • 2008-09: Justin Brooks, Tucker Lynn (First Team) Class 1A
  • 2007-08: Cody Dirks, Isaac Shelton (First Team) Class 1A
  • 2006-07: Kenneth Knuppel (First Team) Class 1A
  • 2002-03: Robert Weitzel (Second Team) Class 1A

Team Illinois

  • 1998: Kory Knous