Caleb Porter helped make history during his illustrious soccer career at The Dunham School, leading the Tigers to their first playoff victory over St. Thomas Aquinas in the LHSAA Division III tournament in February.
This Saturday Porter will add another chapter to his legacy with the Dunham soccer team when he becomes the Tigers’ first player to compete in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star game in Lafayette.
“Caleb had a lot of firsts that were great for not only him but the Dunham soccer program as well,” Dunham coach Willie Davis said. “This (selection) just adds to his individual success as well as the success that the team has provided him.”
Even after scoring 19 goals this past season, Porter was still “pretty surprised and very excited” when he received the news on his selection into the All-Star game.
“It feels great,” Porter said. “I scored some pretty important goals, some winners and tying goals, and this is the cherry on top of a great career.”
Davis said Porter was “invaluable” during his five years with the Dunham soccer team, laying a solid foundation for future Tiger soccer players.
“These past few years have helped put Dunham soccer on the collective map, and Caleb was a huge reason for all of the rewards that the Dunham program has received,” Davis said.
“It makes me feel pretty good to know that younger soccer players at Dunham can look up to me,” Porter said. “I know that I was on a team that made history, and that makes me feel like I will always be a part of the Dunham soccer team.”
Davis cited Porter’s “desire to win and represent the Dunham School in a positive light” as his best attributes as a player.
“He not only wanted to win but also worked hard to find ways to win,” Davis said. “No matter what people say, if it’s done in a professional manner, then winning is massive for any program.”
Davis knows the Tigers will have a tall task filling Porter’s cleats next season, but knows his team will be ready for the challenge.
“We cannot try to replace him, just rework some things and continue training, preparing and playing in the Dunham way,” Davis said.
“I think they’re going to continue to keep moving forward,” Porter said. “I want them to be successful and keep making the playoffs year after year, hopefully going further and further each year.”
Porter has enjoyed watching the United States excel in the World Cup this summer but also loves to see an “underdog team like Costa Rica” have success.
After this weekend’s game, Porter will attend Baton Rouge Community College this fall and said he will continue his soccer career playing club ball.
“I want to go in and have fun, maybe meet a few other soccer players that I could keep in touch with, but I’d also like to attract some attention.”
Porter joins several other Baton Rouge soccer players competing in the LHSCA All-Star game including, Roman Spicer of Baton Rouge High, Chris Bordelon and Ben Wenstra of Catholic and Adam Clansen of Episcopal.