Porter receives McDonald’s All-State Academic award

5 years ago

HOULTON, Maine — Nolan Porter, a senior at Houlton Middle-High School, was honored Friday, March 8, at the 2019 Maine McDonalds/Maine Association of Basketball Coaches banquet at the Anah Shrine Hall in Bangor. 

Porter was one of 14 senior boys from around the state named to the 2019 Maine High School Boys All-State Academic team.

Porter, a senior captain for Houlton, helped the Shires to the Class C 2019 Northern Maine Regional champions and state runners-up title. Houlton beat Lee Academy, 74-55 in the preliminary round; defeated Penobscot Valley, 72-32 in the quarterfinals; bested Sumner, 60-34 in the semifinals; and defeated three-time defending state champs George Stevens Academy, 54-34 in the North championship.

In the state Class C contest, Houlton fell 61-49 to Winthrop. The team finished with a record of 18-5.

Porter’s best game in the tournament came in the quarterfinals against Penobscot Valley when he led the Shires with 22 points, including four 3-pointers.

During the season, he averaged 12 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists. A sharp-shooter from behind the 3-point arc, Porter made 51 3-pointers during the season (44 percent) and was even more impressive from the foul line, making 91 percent of his free throws.

Along with the academic honor, Porter was named to the 2019 BDN Northern Maine Regional Class C all-tournament team, was a 2019 All-Aroostook player, and a second team Penobscot Valley Conference (PVC) all-star.

Porter has been accepted and is planning to attend Rochester Institute of Technology in New York in the fall, where he will study software engineering.