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Honoring Seth

by Bryan Terry Published: January 31, 2014
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The normal low rumble inside a high school gym before a basketball game was absent as I opened the door to the Cement High School gym Thursday evening. I stood in silence inside the small entry with fans waiting to enter. After a few minutes, the familiar sounds returned, and the crowd around me filed in to watch basketball.

Once I entered the gym, I discovered the entire crowd had stood as family members of 15-year-old basketball player Seth Martin entered the gym.  Martin had collapsed two nights before during a boys basketball game and later died of an unknown heart condition.

Seth Martin's mother Lisa Kinder hugs Cement basketball coach Mike Wynn before the start of a girls basketball game in Cement, Okla., Thursday, January 30, 2014.
Seth Martin's mother Lisa Kinder hugs Cement basketball coach Mike Wynn before the start of a girls basketball game in Cement, Okla., Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Just two days after his death, Martin’s family wanted Thursday’s game to be played. The crowd was dressed in black, and  players wore Martin’s number 3 on wristbands. There was a moment of silence before the start of the girls game.

Students and residents of Cement, Okla., pause during a moment of silence for Seth Martin, 15, before the start of a girls basketball game in Cement, Okla., Wednesday, January 30, 2014. Seth Martin, 15, collapsed during Tuesday's game game and later died at the hospital. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Students and residents of Cement, Okla., pause during a moment of silence for Seth Martin, 15, before the start of a girls basketball game in Cement, Okla., Wednesday, January 30, 2014. Seth Martin, 15, collapsed during Tuesday's game game and later died at the hospital. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

 

Colton Carpenter of Cement runs out to the court holding three finger in the air for teammate Seth Martin before a basketball game in Cement, Okla., Wednesday, January 30, 2014.
Colton Carpenter of Cement runs out to the court holding three finger in the air for teammate Seth Martin before a basketball game in Cement, Okla., Wednesday, January 30, 2014.

 

The Cement and Indiahoma basketball teams pray before the start of their basketball game in Cement, Okla., Thursday, January 30, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry
The Cement and Indiahoma basketball teams pray before the start of their basketball game in Cement, Okla., Thursday, January 30, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry

The evening turned into a chance to honor Seth. Read a great story about that night by Jacob Unruh by clicking here.

Seth Martin's father Mark Martin, second from left, holds up three fingers in honor of his son before the start of their basketball game in Cement, Okla., Thursday, January 30, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Seth Martin's father Mark Martin, second from left, holds up three fingers in honor of his son before the start of their basketball game in Cement, Okla., Thursday, January 30, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

 

Cement basketball players sit on the bench during their boys basketball game in Cement, Okla., Thursday, January 30, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Cement basketball players sit on the bench during their boys basketball game in Cement, Okla., Thursday, January 30, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Students and friends leave messages on a poster before the start of a basketball game in Cement, Okla., Thursday, January 30, 2014. Seth Martin, 15, a Cement basketball player collapsed during Tuesday's game and later died at the hospital. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Students and friends leave messages on a poster before the start of a basketball game in Cement, Okla., Thursday, January 30, 2014. Seth Martin, 15, a Cement basketball player collapsed during Tuesday's game and later died at the hospital. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Members of the Cement girls basketball team stand before the start of a girls basketball game in Cement, Okla., Wednesday, January 30, 2014. Seth Martin, 15, collapsed during Tuesday's game and later died at the hospital. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Members of the Cement girls basketball team stand before the start of a girls basketball game in Cement, Okla., Wednesday, January 30, 2014. Seth Martin, 15, collapsed during Tuesday's game and later died at the hospital. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Members of the Cement girls basketball team wear wristbands with Seth Martin's number before the start of a girls basketball game in Cement, Okla., Wednesday, January 30, 2014. Seth Martin, 15, collapsed during Tuesday's game and later died at the hospital. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Members of the Cement girls basketball team wear wristbands with Seth Martin's number before the start of a girls basketball game in Cement, Okla., Wednesday, January 30, 2014. Seth Martin, 15, collapsed during Tuesday's game and later died at the hospital. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

 

Seth Martin's father Mark Martin is greeted by Cement players before the start of their basketball game in Cement, Okla., Thursday, January 30, 2014. Seth Martin, 15, a Cement basketball player collapsed during Tuesday's game and later died at the hospital. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Seth Martin's father Mark Martin is greeted by Cement players before the start of their basketball game in Cement, Okla., Thursday, January 30, 2014. Seth Martin, 15, a Cement basketball player collapsed during Tuesday's game and later died at the hospital. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

-Bryan Terry

 

 

 

 


by Bryan Terry
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Bryan Terry is a native of Oklahoma and is a graduate of Yukon High School. He first picked up a camera while attending the University of Central Oklahoma. After working for the school newspaper, The Vista, he interned at The Oklahoman. He...
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