Posted On: 12/6/18 11:52 AM

Eastside Catholic has become a contender in the 3A classification, and it sort of happened overnight. Prior to 2014, when they made it all the way to the state championship before losing to Rainier Beach, they had never made the 3A state tournament. Eastside went on to finish 3rd the following year before failing to qualify the next two seasons. Last season, the Crusaders returned to the postseason where they took 6th. Losing to eventual champions Garfield High School in the semis. Even with a disappointing finish last season, the Crusaders are just getting started.

The culture at Eastside has always been about hard work and team first. Third year head coach, Brent Merritt is determined to build on the already rich culture. Coach Merritt brings an abundance of basketball knowledge and experience. Brent Merritt played basketball and ran track at the University of Washington from 1989-91. After a successful career playing for the Huskies, Merritt played 11 seasons as a professional basketball player in Brazil. He has coaching experience from Garfield High School, where they won back-to-back state championships. He also coached at Lakes High School in Tacoma, and Ingraham High School.