SEASIDE — The Seaside City Council rolled out the red carpet for Seaside’s boys and girls basketball teams Monday night. They celebrated the Gulls first-ever state boys basketball championship and the best girls season ever.
Players from the boys and girls teams — along with coaches and supporters — heard councilors celebrate the season’s success in a civic proclamation.
Mayor Jay Barber applauded the “dozens of businesses and community members who have helped support the team throughout the years, along with the many parents, students and of course the coaches.”
The proclamation was read by the council’s Seaside High School student representative, Lizzy Barnes.
The Gulls closed out their season with only one loss, finishing the season with five wins in a row under coach Bill Westerholm. Their 71-63 win over Valley Catholic at Forest Grove High School in March gave the boys the Class 4A title.
Girls coach Mike Hawes led the team to their highest finish in the program’s history, beating Marshfield 53-40 to finish third and compiling an overall record of 20-5.
“The community support for boys and girls was overwhelming,” Hawes said. “We’re really proud of both teams.”
“I’m always just honored with the support that our community gives to our kids,” Westerholm said.
Player of the Year
Jackson Januik, who sparked the boys throughout the year, was among the student athletes honored by the proclamation.
“It’s really great to see the city recognize us,” Januik said after the meeting. “We’re all very thankful for all the fans and everyone that was with us the whole season.”
What’s next for the Cowapa League’s Player of the Year?
“I’m heading off to college next fall,” Januik said. “I’m not sure where I’m going, but I’m planning to play basketball.”
Are the Gulls here to stay?
“Definitely,” Januik said. “They’ll be pretty good next season.”