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Harriers: The Making of a Championship Cross Country Team [Paperback]

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Item description for Harriers: The Making of a Championship Cross Country Team by Joseph Shivers, Paul L. Shivers, W. S. Merwin, G. Richard Tucker, Victor Milan, Melissa Hyde, Becky Freeman & B. Teissier...

A true story of teamwork and dedication, describes how the Salem High School cross country team comes back to pursue the state title from an elimination the year before.

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A fresh perspective enlivens this classic story about a losing team with an energetic new coach. Written by two Ohio teenagers about their high school's cross-country team, this account offers engaging portraits of the kids and their coach, passes on lessons of hard work and sacrifice, and follows the ascent of the Salem Quakers cross-country team to a first-place ranking in their conference and third place at the 2003 state championships. Along the way the teenagers learn the unromantic truth about the athletic association that regulates their high school sport—legal wrangling and uproar ensue when officials find scoring errors in a postseason meet. As they develop their talents and teamwork, the teens also learn valuable lessons about sports rules, bureaucracy, and true success.

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Pages   150
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 28, 2006
Publisher   Holy Macro! Books
ISBN  1932802959  
ISBN13  9781932802955  

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More About Joseph Shivers, Paul L. Shivers, W. S. Merwin, G. Richard Tucker, Victor Milan, Melissa Hyde, Becky Freeman & B. Teissier

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Joseph Shivers and Paul Shivers are cousins, high-school seniors, and winners of the 2005 Fresh Writers Competition, a contest encouraging students to pursue careers in writing. They live in Salem, Ohio.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Sports & Activities > Sports > Soccer > Nonfiction
2Books > Subjects > Sports > Individual Sports > Running & Jogging
3Books > Subjects > Teens

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Not Impressing: From a high school runner  Sep 18, 2008
Personally, I found that this book wasn't very inspiring and was written quite amateurishly. The only reason I finished it was that it was given to me as gift. If you are looking for and inspiring running book I would highly recommend Bowerman and the Men of Oregon: The Story of Oregon's Legendary Coach and Nike's Cofounder.
over-rated  Jul 25, 2008
To be perfectly honest this book was an utter dissapointment. The language is impressive for the authors age however the overall story line is lacking. The book overemphasized the work effort that the boys upon this team actually underwent, and also downsized the incredible amount of luck that they were able to have 5 extremely talented athletes in two very uncompetetive years for the state of Ohio. In addition the author Joe Shivers desperatley made himself up to be an important member of the team by exagerating the importance of the sixth runner. I myself have competed in numerous major cross country meets and other than within this book I have yet to find a meet where the winner was decided by a sixth runner. This is a prime example of how joe attempted to make his inability to make the top five somehow important and relevant to the story. Overall this is a story of ten or so spoiled boys that manage to be lucky enough through enormous talent and an uncompetetive state meet become state champions. The story has no depth and lacks any sort of inspiration that a book of this nature should posess. If you want a good running book try Running With The Buffaloes by chris lear but do not buy this book for it is a complete disapointment.
not a DVD  Jun 16, 2008
I got this by mistake, thinking it was another running DVD & haven't read it.
Harriers  Jun 12, 2008
Good read - enjoyable, quick. As a parent cross country supporter, I found it insightful to get the kids' perspectives.
Great  Jan 15, 2008
This is a great quick read. I had my Girls XC team read it before the season and it really helped with getting all of them on the same page.

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