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Mike Doherty, the No. 1 winner in Oregon boys basketball history, said he has coached his last high school game.

The 75-year-old Doherty, who compiled a record of 850-389 with three state titles in 50 years, resigned after one year as the coach at Newberg (Ore.). He led the Tigers to a 15-11 record last winter after previously coaching at eight other schools.

A 22-mile commute from his home in Beaverton could have been the deciding factor.

Doherty told the Oregonian, "It's not an easy thing to do. In fact, it's almost painful to stop. But you have to stop sometime. I'd initially planned on another three or four years at Newberg, but just a lot of things combined to cause me to decide that this would be a good time to make the break.

"It's particularly hard to let go of the kids. But as my family pointed out to me, they said, 'Well, when won't it be difficult to let go?' There's always another group coming up. I worked with eighth graders all spring and by the time I was done with that, I was getting to where I was pretty fond of that group. How do you keep that from happening? I love to coach."