Borror to be honored by PC
So will Lansford, Perez; Neal featured
In three years, Jennifer (Borror) Gilliam won a section title, a conference crown and made a Final Four appearance. No wonder Borror is being inducted into the Porterville College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Borror, one of the greatest women’s basketball players to ever come out of Porterville, will be inducted into the PC Hall of Fame along with Kristi Lansford during a ceremony to be held on March 9 at River Island. Bob Perez will also receive the Distinguished Alumni Award during the ceremony. Keynote speaker for the event will be former Fresno State and NFL Football star Lorenzo Neal.
Borror participated in water polo, track and basketball at Porterville High. with the exception of her freshman year in volleyball in which she was on the junior varsity, Borror played on the varsity level in all her sports at PHS when she began as a freshman.
She served as a team captain for three years in water polo and basketball. She earned Most Valuable Player and Tulare County Player of the Year honors, scored more than 1,000 points in her career in basketball and led PHS to the 2003 Valley title.
At PC under coach Dave Kavern in basketball, Borror earned all-tournament honors four times, was a team captain in both of her years at PC, earned all-Central Valley Conference first team honors in both of her years at PC and earned CVC MVP honors along with be named the state’s co-Player of the Year. She was named to the all-state first team, was the Northern California Player of the year, named as an All-American and set her share of records at PC.
In 2005, Borror led the Pirates to their only CVC title. PC was ranked third in Northern California and in the top 10 in the state that season.
Borror went on to play at Chico State where in 2006 she started for a team that won conference and regional titles and advanced to the Division II Final Four.
Borror lives in California with her husband and five children. She competes in horse show competitions and has won many honors in several states. She and her husband serve as foster and adoptive parents and also coach local basketball teams. Borror is pursuing her master’s in education while working as a social worker for a foster care agency.
Lansford played volleyball, basketball and softball at PC. She went on to become San Francisco State’s softball coach, leading that program to the College World Series. She also served as an assistant coach at Cal State Bakersfield. Lansford, a 1983 Strathmore High graduate, is now the softball coach at Metro State in Denver.
Perez is a long-time Porterville educator and has been a leader in anti-gang efforts in the community. After Fresno State, Neal had a long, successful career as an NFL fullback. He’s now involved in www.worldwideathlete.com, a web site that helps student-athletes in the recruiting process. More details on the Hall of Fame event will be featured in the Recorder leading up to the event.
Social hour for the event begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30. Tickets are $50 each, $275 for a table of six, and $350 for a table of eight. Seating is limited and the event is expected to sell out. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Foundation office, 791-2319, or 784-5300.