The Franklin High School gym floor echoed with the sounds of squeaky tennis shoes and basketballs being dribbled on the hardwood as 16 teams from four states and Canada participated in the 2018 High School Basketball Tournament of Champions at Franklin High School. The teams came from as far away as Miami, Florida. High School teams from all around the state of Washington also showed up for the tournament. Along with the host team from Franklin, Nathan Hale and Cleveland teams also participated.
The four-day tournament included a dunk contest. At 6-feet-6-inches, 14-year-old Kaeden “KJ” McGlothin from Stanwood High School won. His mother said he started dunking at 12 when he was only 6-foot-1. Local basketball stars Aaron Brooks and Joyce Walker, former Seahawk Edwin Bailey and community members Lance Randle and Reggie Ball judged the dunk contest, which was sponsored by the Royal Esquire Club.
The tournament served as a fundraiser for the Franklin High School Basketball team, helping them pay for uniforms, travel and their annual Summer Basketball tournament. It was an opportunity to see some great basketball and support a local school. Although the tournament included some blowouts, there were also several close games, including one between the Camas High School Papermakers and the Cleveland High School Eagles that went into double overtime. Miami Florida’s Westminster Christian School Warriors won the championship game against the Las Vegas Canyon Spring Pioneers. The score was 62 to 58.
Featured Photo: The Cleveland High School Eagles took on the Peninsula Seahawks in their first game in the tournament. (Photo: Susan Fried)