Summer: the start of fun, sun, and a whole lot of basketball.
That life started June 1 when 39 teams showed up in
the Mountlake Terrace High School parking lot suited up
and ready to hoop.
The Summer League Basketball Program started five
years ago with just 18 teams and has grown now to 39 and
includes schools such as Seattle Prep, Glacier Peak, and
even Roosevelt High School. The summer league is not
all fun and games though; the basketball program raises a
lot of revenue from this month-long event, for things like
summer camp at Washington State University, basketballs,
and anything the program needs.
One benefit of the summer league is that it is a great
Coach Nalin Sood said, “The summer league builds program
unity. A lot of work is put in to make each game
The summer league is not just fun and games. Every year
at the end of summer, there is a tournament. Summer
league is everyday with teams alternating every other day.
According to Sood, “Coaches are tired but players are
not. 16 and 17 are your peak years of energy; fatigue is
not a factor.”
Basketball is a team game but there are always players
who need to fill their role in order for a team to win
and those people include “everyone,” according to Sood.
“Last year, [ Jacob] Champoux stepped up and really carried
the team. Last year’s team had good character,” Sood
said. “Seniors need to show character and commitment in
order for this year’s team to leave a mark on the Mountlake
Terrace Basketball program.”
If practice makes perfect, then the Hawks and other
participating schools are sure to be neck and neck in next