After tryouts for the school basketball team, eighth graders Zeke, Eli, Ryan, and Miles find their friendship tested when two of them make the team and two of them do not. Includes facts about Michael Jordan and BIll Russell.
Marcus is tall, strong, and the best basketball player on his team-except at the foul line. At the end of an important game, Marcus misses crucial free throws and his team loses. Afraid of being fouled and failing again, he stops playing aggressively and beings passing up chances to score. But when he learns a silly-looking technique that works, Marcus must decide if he is willing to put his pride on the line in order to succeed.
Michael and his basketball teammates are eager to compete, but don't believe their team can win without a tall player. Then they discover the full-court press, mastered in the 1960s by the UCLA Bruins on their way to the NCAA championship. Can this strategy be what they're looking for when they go head-to-head with taller teams?
Tyler is angry when his best friend Zack, their team's hotshot midfielder, leaves to play for the Panthers, an elite travel team. He's sure the Cougars' season will tank-before it even begins. The Cougars lose their season opener-and their next game, too. Tyler blames Zack, but it's clear his team needs a new attitude-and a lot more practice. Can Tyler help make a difference before it's too late?
Sam is proud that his touchdown in the final play of a game left his football team undefeated, but when a video recording of the game reveals that the touchdown was scored illegally, he and the other Cowboys must decide whether to reveal the truth. Includes facts about a similar situation faced by Cornell University's team after a game with Dartmouth in 1940.
The Reds and the Cubs are battling for the first place in the Rising Stars League. The Reds need a victory in today's game to push ahead in the standings. Kyle, the Reds center fielder, wants to win so much that he secretly cheats-just a little-to clinch the game for his team. His teammates go wild with victory. His parents beam with pride. Suddenly Kyle feels uneasy. But what can he do? He's a winner-and he can't turn back now . . .
Chris desperately wants to be more than a benchwarmer on his basketball team. Hoping he can get more playing time, he asks his friend Greta, the high-scoring star of the girls' team, for help with his shooting skills. But it is Greta's mom-a former basketball star who never even scored a basket-who teaches Chris how to change his strategy and become a success on the court.
When Jamie, a twelve-year-old shortstop, loses the glove that "magically" helped him make fantastic catches, he wonders whether it was the sole secret of his success. Includes a history of baseball gloves.
"Ninth-grader Tim Beeman, struggling as a newcomer at elite Hilton Prep, is torn between using his special talent for speed by playing on the prestigious football team or by running with the more relaxed track and field team"--