Sterling Carter, the new head coach of Cleveland STEM High School Boys Basketball Team, is no stranger to Seattle’s Metro League; in fact, he’s a product of it. He attended Rainier Beach High School before transferring to Franklin High as a sophomore. As a senior, the point guard was part of the Quakers’ 2009 championship team. Carter played division one basketball at Seattle University and Purdue, then went on to play professionally in Germany from 2015–2016.
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.
Evoking recollections of the days when fervor for high school football in south and central Seattle was higher than the average city dweller’s morning caffeine levels, the First Annual Memorial Football Classic takes place today at Memorial Stadium with both Cleveland and Franklin High Schools participating.
The Classic is the brainchild of South Seattle native and former National Football League player Joey Thomas.
“Having grown up in and around the south end, I have an appreciation for the storied rivalries that once existed between the schools in the area and how that really brought out pride and friendly competition within the community. I thought that the event would provide a wonderful opportunity to rekindle that.” Said Thomas, who is currently the head football coach at Ballard High School.
The Classic gets underway today at 12:00pm with Cleveland facing off against Bainbridge, followed by Franklin taking on Garfield at 6:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Amplifying the Authentic Narratives of South Seattle