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Move to Tigard gives Pat Vialva opportunity to embrace his ‘first big love’ — throwing the javelin

And with his 6A state championship, Vialva helped the Tigers make history, becoming the third school to sweep the throws titles at the big-school state meet.

By René Ferrán 

Living in Long Beach, Calif., and attending football powerhouse Polytechnic did not allow Pat Vialva many opportunities to indulge in his true athletic passion. 

California does not contest the javelin as part of its high school competitions, leaving Vialva to throw at the occasional meet during the summer.

When his father’s job as a bread salesman with Franz Bakery brought him back to the Portland area, one of the selling points of moving to Tigard was a chance to work with throws coach Bruce Flaker.

“That was really a big part of it,” Vialva said. “I’ve always loved javelin. It’s my first big love.”

Pat Vialva (right) with Tigard teammate Karson Boschma

Pat Vialva (right) with Tigard teammate Karson Boschma

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