Seaside passed the road test over the weekend, and the Gulls showed that they are officially ready to make a new state title run in a new year, following a pair of nonleague boys basketball wins Dec. 27 and 28 in La Grande.
The No. 3-ranked Gulls opened the long two-day road swing with a 60-48 win over the Tigers on Friday, then followed with a 62-56 victory over the same team Saturday morning.
La Grande held first half leads in both games — 15-14 after one quarter in Game 1, and a 27-26 halftime lead in Game 2 — but Seaside outscored the Tigers 32-19 in the second half of Friday’s contest, and 36-29 in Saturday’s win.
The Gulls had big offensive performances from the usuals: Ryan Hague led the Gulls in Friday’s first game with 24 points, followed by Stephen Snyder with 17 and Brayden Johnson with 11; Johnson had 27 Saturday, followed by Snyder with 11 and Hague with nine.
Seaside could have a chance to take over the top spot in the state with a win Friday over current No. 1 Marist.