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‘They gave us the tools to succeed.’ As Tualatin celebrates 6A boys basketball title, Timberwolves players are quick to point out it was their coaches who made it all possible

“Without them, we don’t get this. They pushed us every day. They gave us confidence. They told us every day that we could be state champions.”

By Dan Brood | Photos by Dan Brood 

The Timberwolves took it all. 

The Tualatin boys basketball team made history, winning the program’s first Class 6A state championship by defeating Summit 66-49 in the state title contest, played Saturday, March 12, at the University of Portland’s Chiles Center. 

And, like with any wolf pack, so much depends on leadership. Wow, did this wolf pack, the title-winning Timberwolves, have strong, strong leadership.

The Tualatin squad seemed to thrive this championship season behind the leadership of head coach Todd Jukkala and his top assistants, Tom Duggan and Brandon Lemon.