Astoria can claim partial credit for a basketball state championship this year, as former Fisherman Eric Viuhkola now the head coach at West Linn led the Lions to the Class 6A boys title Saturday night.
West Linn defeated Central Catholic 45-41 in the state championship game, capping a 23-6 season.
The Lions narrowly got past Grant in the quarterfinals Wednesday, 51-50, then scored another one-point victory (37-36) over Lake Oswego in the semifinals Friday.
Viuhkola is a Class of 1987 Astoria graduate.
Meanwhile, Astoria grad Kevin Goin is the boys basketball coach at West Salem High School, where he led the Titans to a league championship in the Class 6A Central Valley Conference this year.
West Salem (23-3 overall, 10-0 in league) lost a first-round OSAA playoff to David Douglas Feb. 26.