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High schools: Cement, other community high school teams honor Seth Martin

Martin, a Cement basketball player, died at age 15 on Tuesday night from an unknown heart condition.
by Jacob Unruh Published: January 30, 2014

CEMENT — As Seth Martin's mother, Lisa Kinder, and her family entered the Cement High School gym Thursday night, the crowd fell silent.

Warm-ups for the girls basketball game between Cement and Indiahoma stopped. Some confusion even set in.

The entire gym focused for more than two silent minutes on the family of Martin, who collapsed in the third quarter of the Cement boys game Tuesday night and later died due to an unknown heart condition.

It was a sign of respect that was completely unplanned on an emotional night dedicated to Martin's memory.

“I was a little bit nervous, and I'm proud of my town for showing up tonight and showing some respect for Seth and his family,” said Heather Peters, a longtime family friend and school board member. “I was sad, though, because it brings back all those memories of what happened that night. A lot of those people are here tonight that were here (Tuesday) night, so it's difficult to be here.”

Martin's funeral is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday in the Cement Auditorium.

But Thursday was a chance to honor the 15-year-old freshman around the sport he loved, and that's how his family wanted it to be.

“(We) talked to the family, found out if they had a preference of what we did for these ballgames and (Kinder) was very adamant that she wanted us to play,” Cement superintendent Danny Pittman said. “They want to play for Seth, they want to play for the family.

“I don't really know that I wanted to play, but the kids wanted to.”

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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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