Senior Athlete Spotlight: Rafe Garrett

A conversation about basketball and setting and accomplishing goals.


Bria Garrett

Cannelton Basketball player Rafe Garrett poses with his nephews after scoring his 1,000th point. February 2, 2019.

Rafe Garrett is a varsity basketball player for our very own Cannelton Bulldogs. Standing at 6’2, Garrett plays at stretch-five. Garrett is the son of Brian and Maria Garrett, who both work for Cannelton City Schools. Garrett plays basketball and baseball for the Bulldogs, and he’s very talented at both. I recently sat down with Rafe to talk about his senior year.

Basketball has always been Rafe’s favorite sport. He said, “I’ve always gravitated towards basketball. I enjoy working at it and I just have a lot of fun playing it. It’s just my favorite sport.” His dedication and passion for the sport definitely show – he was voted Southern Roads Conference Player of the Year for 2018-2019 and was in the top three in the county for many statistical categories.

Rafe loves to play for Cannelton and he will always remember playing for us. When asked what he will miss most, he responded, ”Playing in front of the community and playing with my classmates and friends that I see everyday.” Rafe will be missed by Bulldog fans, too, as many community members compliment him and mention how much fun it is to watch him play.

Since it is his senior year, Rafe is starting to think about his future. “I do plan on playing basketball in college,” Rafe says. Being his last season, he’s setting goals for himself to accomplish this year. “My main goal is to win sectional,” he says. The Bulldogs are also looking to repeat as Southern Roads Conference Champions again this year.

Again, Rafe is a very talented basketball player, so he gives good advice for upcoming high school basketball players, here’s a piece of it: “Do the work, don’t put off getting in the gym and making yourself a better basketball player.” Thankfully, we will be able to see a little bit more of Rafe in the future, as his legacy will continue at CHS through his advice to future players.

He didn’t become talented all on his own; he had lots of help from his coach, Mr. Bill Dickerson, and he has a lot to thank him for. “I’d like to thank him for pushing me to be the best basketball player that I can be.” As well as his coach helping him, he’s had motivation from his teammates that he would like to thank them for. “They made every year of my basketball career memorable, and they’re the best teammates I could ever have,” Rafe says. Rafe credits other people for his success as well, including his father and past coaches.

Rafe will be missed dearly here at CHS by fellow classmates, teammates, coaches, and teachers. He’ll always be remembered for being such a talented player. He was a great inspiration to many young players that watch him every varsity game. It’s an honor to have such a great player in our school, and we can’t wait to see all of the great things he will accomplish after high school.


Bria Garrett
Junior Rafe Garrett scoring his 1,000th career point on a three-point basket, during a home game against South Central. February 2, 2019.