Astoria High School has filled the vacancies for two of its varsity coaching positions. Gordon Thomson will take over as girls basketball coach and Cam McFarland was selected as the new wrestling coach.

Thomson replaces interim coach Ralph Steinback, and McFarland will replace Allan Garvin.

Thomson has been an assistant boys soccer coach for the last five years and has coached freshmen boys basketball for the past three years. He grew up in Port Angeles, Wash., and graduated from high school in 1994.

A graduate of Willamette University with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports medicine/exercise science in 1998, Thomson earned his master's in advanced teaching in 1999.

He taught at Astoria Middle School from 1999-2002, then transferred to Astoria High School where he teaches physical education and senior transition classes. He will continue to teach PE during the 2004-05 school year.

Thomson and his wife Beth live in Astoria.

McFarland has spent the last two years as an assistant wrestling coach under Garvin. He's also currently a defensive coordinator for the Astoria varsity football team, and the head football coach at the junior varsity level.

McFarland graduated with a B.A. in speech/communications from Western Oregon University, where he played football for the Wolves from 1994 to '98.

A four-year starter, he was named as a Gazette All-American in 1998, and All-Conference in 1997 and '98.

McFarland graduated from Canby High School in 1994, where he was named as the Athlete of the Year his senior year.

He lettered four years in wrestling, three in football and two in baseball.

McFarland belonged to the elite Peninsula Wrestling Club from 1987 to '94 under coach Roy Pittman, who has trained several state champions, as well as NCAA wrestlers and national placers.

In football, McFarland spent 31/2 years as an assistant coach at WOU, and was a player-coach for one year (1999) with the Vienna Vikings Professional Football Club in Austria.

Openings for coaches at Broadway Middle SchoolBroadway Middle School in Seaside is in need of coaches for three sports in the upcoming school year. Positions are open for seventh-grade volleyball, seventh-grade football and eighth-grade football.

Qualifications include the ability to work with young adolescents, experience playing and coaching, and good organizational skills.

Responsibilities will be to provide instruction in sport and teamwork skills at daily practices, and to coach all games and matches, home and away.

The eight-week fall sports season begins Sept. 8, with after school practices running from 3:15 to 5 p.m.

To apply, contact Principal Sheila Roley at 738-6892 or 738-5591 or Seaside High School athletics director Dave Foust at 738-5586 or 738-4066.

Register for State GamesRegistrations are now being accepted for the upcoming State Games of Oregon, an Olympic-style amateur festival that offers all Oregonians the opportunity to participate in their choice of sports.

Approximately 16,000 Oregonians are predicted to participe in this year's event. The State Games of Oregon is put on by the Oregon Amateur Sports Foundation (OASF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the ideals of health, wellness and a "Sport for all Oregonians."

Participants come from every corner of the state to compete, regardless of age or athletic ability.

The Web site for this year's State Games is now updated and registration forms are available online.

The event consists of 37 competitions, most of which take place around the Portland area the weekend of July 9 through 11.

A wide range of competitions is offered, such as arm wrestling, racquetball and pickleball, along with the traditional sports of basketball, softball and volleyball. More information and registration forms can be found on the Web site at (www.stategamesoforegon.org )

Deadlines are approaching quickly.

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