Didn’t get enough hoops this past week? Don’t worry, there are some great matchups coming your way on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 20) in the Roy Foundation Presents the Unity in the Community Hoop Showcase at Garfield High School. The headliner is as intriguing as it gets. Here is the schedule.
Rainier Beach-O’Dea – 3 p.m.
Garfield-Franklin – 5 p.m.
Beamer-Jefferson (Portland, Ore.) – 7 p.m.
Garfield and Franklin used to be a huge rivalry, but it has waned as of late due to reclassification. In fact, last season was the first time in four years the Bulldogs and Quakers had played each other.
Garfield coach Ed Haskins admitted that the rivalry might not be for those that are in school now, but he remembers how big-time the games used to be.
“They were just intense,” Haskins said. “I remember the wall sweating. I remember [former Garfield coach] Al Hairston just being a general of a coach. I remember just the players and just the level. I started coming up here 6th, 7th grade, mid-80s. It was just so intense. There was no middle ground, that’s what I remember. There was no middle ground.
“You were either a Quaker or a Bulldog – period.”