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Willie Davis
[1977]

School: Jefferson

Sports Played: Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field

High School Honors: 1 Basketball letter, starting forward as a Senior.

1 Track & Field letter, sprints and relays.

3 Baseball letters, 2nd Team All-PIL as a Junior; 1st Team PIL and 2nd Team All-State as a Senior; team MVP, .386 batting average. Played in State-Metro All-Star game; Hopkin Jenkins Best Athlete award as a Senior. 5th round draft pick of the Oakland A's.

Post High School Career: 4-seasons of College baseball, 1 year each at Canada College of Redwood City, CA, and Oklahoma State, and 2 years at Washington State University. Graduated from Oregon State University. Was a 1st and 2nd round supplemental draft pick of the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers in 1979, but an arm injury precluded professional play. Worked 16 years with Allstate Insurance and has been with the State of Oregon the last 14 years.

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Sports have always been an important part of my life. I've had many experiences and learned a lot of life lessons. I've learned the value of competition and hard work. I also learned the importance of team work and what it takes to work with others in order to achieve a common goal. I have valued the lessons and knowledge I've acquired from coaches and teammates throughout my life. I've shared them and try to instill their value in my own family and those I've had the pleasure to encounter.

My parents were my biggest inspiration and support. They encouraged me to participate in sports and they supported me throughout all my athletic endeavors. Without them and their desire for me to reach all my life goals, academically and athletically, would not have been possible.

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