When it comes to lucky numbers, that number is “19” for Steilacoom High School’s basketball team. Why “19?”
Because the team is focused on making its 19th trip to the State Basketball Tournament this year. According to Marcus Reaves, shooting guard for the team, the Sentinels are focused on heading to the Tacoma Dome in early March.
Reaves, who averages about 14 points per game, spoke with KING TV’s High School Game Time host, Mike Cooley, on Jan. 14 about his basketball career in general, and his responsibility to his teammates as they move toward that state goal.
Like those same teammates, Reaves is optimistic about the outcome of the in-progress basketball season. To date, the Nisqually League team has made 18 trips to state tournaments with its Coach Gary Wusterbarth. (Wusterbarth, SHS History teacher, has coached the sport since 1984).
Marcus, who’s earned a 3.85 cumulative GPA during his high school career, spoke about the importance of blending studies with sports. He’s worked at that goal since his Freshman year, and he credits his parents, especially his Dad, for helping him become an outstanding athlete/scholar.
Having personal coaching has “definitely helped” his game.
“He keeps me on track and focus,” Marcus said.
Reaves said he “got into basketball when my dad became a coach.” His father, Mario, assistant coach for the Sentinels, also is a SHSD counselor.
The Sentinels’ basketball coaching staff includes Wusterbarth, Reaves, and Bruce Hayes.
It’s not all about basketball Reaves emphasizes. Besides the court sport, Marcus says he especially enjoys his History (specifically Colonial history) and Marketing classes.
Community service is another aspect of this scholar/athlete’s interests. He’s active with fundraising efforts for the “Coaches for Cancer” program. He’s counseled at the Miracle Ranch Muscular Dystrophy program in Gig Harbor, assisted with the community youth basketball camp program and serves as a student representative on the Town of Steilacoom’s Public Safety Advisory Board.
Marcus’ introduction to the game came when he took part in the SHSD recreational basketball program at Saltar’s Point. The game grew in importance to him as he reached middle school. SHS’s team has gone to the State Tournament twice during the past four years. He’s optimistic about making the trip this year, too.
Marcus’s future goal is to attend a four-year college to continue his education as well as play basketball.
His long-range goal is to become “a History teacher and coach basketball.”
Next to basketball, Marcus also enjoys Fishing: both the salt- and freshwater varieties. Fans of Steilacoom High School basketball are encouraged to tune in to KING TV’s High School Game Time at 10 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 26. The program also will be shown that same day at 5 p.m. on NW Cable News and on KONG TV at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 27.
Visit the high school website at www.steilacoom.k12.wa.us for the current SHS game schedule.
By Nancy Covert