William Porter

Year Inducted: 1980

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations: Peoria Officials’ Association

Biography: William J. Porter is another of the fine basketball officials produced in the Peoria area. A working member of the Peoria Officials’ Association from 1941-1966, Bill also served the group as its president for 2 years. Bill teamed with Al Gebhardt to referee 15 IHSA Regional tournaments, and two IHSA Sectional tournaments. They officiated the (Ottawa) Marquette HS Holiday tournament for 13 seasons and often were on the floor for the Tri-County tournament. Porter also worked many Illinois college games along with trying to keep order several times during Harlem Globetrotter exhibition games.