I read with great interest the Seen from Seaside column titled “The championship that got away” by RJ Marx in the March 3, 2017 Seaside Signal.
My brother Gary Williams was on that 1973-74 team. He is pictured in the team photo: #10 kneeling in the front row, second from left. I am writing to mention that there was another “championship that got away” just the very next year with the 1974-75 boys basketball team. That team did not have the services of Mark Wickman who was truly a Seaside basketball star, but did make it all the way to the state semifinals where they lost to Marist in a real nail-biter, 43-42.
My brother Gary was on that team (also coached by Larry Elliott) and I attended the semifinal game at Mac Court in Eugene with my parents Chet and Joyce Williams. They came ever so close to being in the State championship game.
On a related note, both Mark and Gary were instrumental in helping the Gulls with the Boys Track State Championship in the 1973-74 year and coached by Gene Gilbertson.
Gary passed away in 2004 and I still treasure my memories of him and his teammates in both basketball and track during his career at Seaside High School.