The old and the new came together to get the West Linn boys basketball team back to its familiar stomping grounds. Coach Eric Viuhkola, back from a three-year absence after leading the Lions to four consecutive Class 6A state championships, and freshman point guard Jackson Shelstad helped steer West Linn back to the state tournament for the first time since with a road win over Mountainside on Saturday night in Beaverton. Shelstad, who has received offers from several Big Sky schools, had 18 points, six steals, five assists and five rebounds, and senior Micah Garrett scored a game-high 20 points to lead the No. Viuhkola surprised some observers when he stepped down in the spring of after cutting the nets for a fourth consecutive season. He again surprised some when he decided to return last summer after his former assistant and successor, Tyler Toney, resigned following the playoffs , which saw the Lions fall in the second round to South Salem. The players learned right away that a new sheriff, same as the old one, was back in charge. He pushed us to our limits, and we appreciate that now. Maybe not back then, though. When Viuhkola left in , it was to spend more time with his children, including his son, Zeke, who was in middle school at the time.
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Whether the No. The Pac leader in scoring The West Linn native has scored plus against nine different Pac teams and taken over games down the stretch on numerous occasions, scoring in double figures in the last five minutes of regulation and overtime five times this season, all of them Oregon wins.
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This was his second time sharing a senior night with Payton Pritchard, they also had a senior night together in high school at West Linn. What a special moment for the two best friends. Anthony Mathis had a short lived career in Eugene, but his reunion with his life long friend and teammate Payton Pritchard was a fun sight for the state of Oregon to relive their West Linn days. Shakur Juiston speaks from the bottom of his heart in his senior speech, thanking Eugene for his one season at Oregon.