Whole community celebrates as boys snag state title

by: VERN UYETAKE - The crowd mobs West Linn junior Ryan Sheamire after the boys basketball team won the state championship on Saturday.Though it was quite an athletic feat to take home the state title in boys basketball, what is perhaps more amazing is the sense of community, comradery and pride that spread infectiously across West Linn last weekend.

That sense of pride was loud and clear at the championship game Saturday night.

“With 30 seconds left to go, all of a sudden the entire Lion Country stood up,” Principal Lou Bailey wrote in an email to parents. “Our student section, students and families in the upper sections, everyone in the lower sections on the sides of the court, and every staff member who attended all rose as one. It was amazing to stand on the floor and realize that our Lion Country extended past half court and into the other team’s section and it consumed most of the court. We absolutely surrounded the Rose Garden with Lion fanatics!”

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