• HOF Class of 2024


    Zak Porath


    Class of 2008



    Zak Porath excelled as a versatile athlete at Carl Junction High School, earning eight varsity letters across three sports: baseball, football, and basketball. His standout achievements include setting numerous baseball records for hitting and pitching, such as season records for doubles, slugging percentage, innings pitched, and strikeouts, as well as career records in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. His baseball talent garnered several team honors, including the Silver Bat, Cy Young (2006, 2007), and MVP (2007, 2008) awards. Porath's stellar performance led to multiple recognitions, including selections to All-Conference, All-District, and All-Area teams, along with 1st Team All-State honors in 2007 and 2008. He was also honored by the Baseball Coaches Association as an All-District player and received All-American recognition for his outfield play in 2007 and 2008. In football, Porath shone as a running back and defensive back, earning numerous accolades during his senior season, including Big 8 Conference Player of the Year, 1st Team All-Conference, All-District, All-Area, All-Ozark, and 3rd Team All-State as a running back.

    Zak Porath's remarkable achievements across multiple sports exemplify his exceptional talent and dedication to athletics during his time at Carl Junction High School.


    David Nicholas Ross

    Nick Ross

    Class of 2005

    Football/Track & Field


    David “Nick” Ross left his mark on the football field from the outset of his high school journey. As a four-year letter winner as a running back and linebacker, Nick’s talent was evident early on, and he contributed significantly to the district, sectional, and semi-finalist teams during his freshman year. His junior year proved monumental, as Nick not only helped secure the team’s Tri-Conference Championship in the Big 8 but also earned accolades as the Big 8 Offensive Player of the Year. Additional honors that season included 1st Team All-Conference, 2nd Team All-Area, 1st Team All-District, and 2nd Team All-Ozark. As a senior, Nick’s legacy solidified further, with his exceptional performance earning him recognition as the First-Team All-Conference, All-Area, All-District, and All-State Running Back.

    Nick’s athletic skills extended beyond the gridiron. He showcased his talent on the track, earning three varsity letters and contributing significantly to his team’s Conference Championship victories. His proficiency in sprint relays, notably as a member of the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams, propelled his team to numerous victories, including being State Runners-up in 2004.

    Though Nick’s time with us was tragically cut short following a car accident in November 2004, his enduring spirit and remarkable achievements continue to inspire.


    2009 Carl Junction Baseball Team - 2nd Place in State

    team photo

    Front Row (L to R): Jack Luton, Dylan Degani, Payton Walker, Chase Marrs, Nathan Skaggs, Jared Forker

    Second Row (L to R): Garrett Carden, Justin Brookshire, Russel Richardson, Jared Doyle, Trevor Hill, Jacob McClarnon, Logan Deem

    Third Row (L to R): Ryan Anderson, Andrew Wheeler, Brandon McCoy, Matt Thompson, Jordan DeGraff, Jake Stevenson

    Back Row (L to R): Jonathan Wengert (asst. coach), Flave Darnell (head coach), Travis Green, Seth Spencer, Nathan Eddy, Jake Hale, Rich Neria (asst. coach), Zach Morey (asst. coach), Keith Robertson (asst. coach)

Last Modified on May 3, 2024