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 fans wore black as part of a blackout. Players wore armbands with Seth's No. 3. Multiple signs of respect were displayed for his family.

A moment of silence was held before the girls game. The crowd even stood at halftime of the boys game for nearly five minutes, holding three fingers in the air before the Bulldogs finished off a 58-27 victory.

“He meant so much to everybody in this gym, that was just natural,” Cement senior captain Talon Reynolds said after helping present game balls to Martin's parents. “He impacted our lives too much not to give him that respect.”

The respect filtered in from athletes in the nearby communities of Fletcher and Cyril. They attended the games Thursday night, and all hugged Martin's family.

For the small town in southwest Oklahoma, this started the healing process. But more importantly, the love for Martin was put on display.

“That's what Seth means to these people,” Cement boys basketball coach Michael Wynne said. “This is not fake. None of this was fake. These kids and these grown-ups and these kids from other schools, everyone in this gym knew Seth Martin and loved him like a brother or their own son. It's just unbelievable.”

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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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