What are the biggest problems facing reservations today, and what would you do about them? Colton delves into Sharon's life and shows us the realities of the reservation, the shattered families, the bitter tribal politics, and a people's struggle against a belief that all their children -- even the most intelligent and talented -- are destined for heartbreak. Jerry Krause, Basketball Coach, who I worked for back in college at Eastern Washington University. Here Sharon carries the hopes and frustrations of her people on her shoulders as she battles her opponents on and off the court. He parks to watch some high school boys shooting hoops, they are joined by a girl, Sharon LaForge, whose playing almost instantly convinces Colton that the best basketball story from the reservation is about the women's basketball teams, not the men's team. An underdog myself, I'm left weighing what really defines success or failure. Many white people in Hardin are upset with this book.
He arranged college visits for Sharon, loaned money to the family, and was officially adopted as a member of the Crow tribe. This book showed how a great player who was caught up in alcohol and depression. It was very well written and descriptive of life in Hardin - with the school 50% indian. Knowing the depth of Colton's involvement, you can almost call this book autobiographical if not a bit self-indulgent. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. There were a lot of similarities and your heart goes out to these students. Although Colton manages to give a face to the different players, he is particularly fascinated by 17-year-old Sharon Laforge, an extremely talented American Indian who hopes to earn a college basketball scholarship, but whose future is threatened by several factors, including an absentee father, an alcoholic mother, a possessive and abusive boyfriend, an undisciplined lifestyle, and pressure from peers and community.
Here, he spends a season living and observing the Hardin High School girls' basketball team, a team comprised of white girls and Crow Indians. Her story is about the audacity to dream, and to claim our own worthiness when even our genetic makeup tells us to take the low road, to settle for less than who we could become. By the end of the book the car sits in disrepair, the background for her two children at play in the yard. In the epilogue, author, Larry Colton writes how difficult it was to publish this book; the story was too heartbreaking. The societal fabric of the town -- the entire region -- is textured with intrigue and conflict.
It tells a story all too frequently observed in this area of the country. What can women like Sharon LaForge do to escape the cycle? The town of Hardin spans two worlds -- literally and figuratively. The father is also absent from her life, insinuating himself into it only on Parents' Night. Some people also say that the Crows enjoy playing the role of the victim, and this prevents them from making progress. I'm sure it was a bit too honest for his subjects.
It is a sobering exposé of a part of our society long since cut out of the American dream. A recent follow-up to this story in the regional newspaper takes a look at the main character 25 years lat The book is well written. High school senior Sharon LaForge is the central character, one of the best high school athletes in the state. Spending 15 months on the reservation, he learns a lot about Native American Crow culture and the way the community views Native Americans. The girls basketball players dealed with a variety of issues throughout the season. He arrives with the intent to watch some of the Indians play and get a feel for what's going on.
It takes place in a small town of Montana that talks about the stuggles of Indian life on the reservation. I reflected often on the cultural implications for so many youth and I wonder if somewhere down deep it explains a little of what happened to my fami In the epilogue, author, Larry Colton writes how difficult it was to publish this book; the story was too heartbreaking. Colton lived in the area for over a year and seems to have a gift for getting people to open up to him. There are 4 primary ways to accomplish a coup: touc Interesting documentary of res. The mother of another player is the collections agent for the local utility. It was Colton's ability to spin a yarn that drew me into the book and kept me there. But even though I may watch the occasional Warriors game and every once in awhile long to shoot some hoops, I would never willingly choose to read a book about basketball.
The team's star was the descendent of a Crow scout at. It is a tale of alcohol, sports and tragedy, and it is emotionally linked in my mind to seeing an Eastern Oregon college basketball player die during a game I watching from the front row in January 1968. I 19ve coached high school basketball for six years, and I can 19t think of anyone I have met in the sport that I like less. Coach Mac berates her weakest players, and refuses to go to her bench except in the last minute of blowouts. Colton while rooting for Sharon and her teammates writes about what he sees and experiences versus trying to justify or preach about the circumstances. The ending will lea I really liked this nonfiction by Larry Colton - former Major League Baseball Player turned author.
How would you have steered her in different directions? The story, even though written in the early 1990s, hasn't changed much from that time and prior. Since moving to work at Inchelium, we met several times to discuss life and basketball. It is one of those stories that makes me realize what a privileged and sheltered life I live. Colton records a year 19s worth of events and interviews, with dozens of astounding profiles. The women match the men drink for drink, in part to dull the pain of abuse and poverty. This book was not for me.