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Sarah Palin and the Wasilla Warriors

The True Story of the Improbable 1982 Alaska State Basketball Championship

Mike Shropshire

St. Martin's Press

Long before the whole world knew Sarah Palin as “Momma Grizzly,” the handful of girls on her high school basketball team called their starting point guard Sarah “Barracuda” for the tenacious defense she played. Hers was the kind of determination that fit in well on a scrappy team from a small town where people were proud to call themselves Valley Trash and happy to take on the big-city schools to prove which team was really the best.

As beautiful as Alaska is, it’s also unforgiving. It’s a place where your first mistake may be your last. When the winter comes and the nights are long and the temperatures plunge, everyone starts looking for an escape. All across Alaska, those gyms—bright and warm—become a sanctuary not only for the players but for their isolated hometowns as well.

With Sarah Palin and the Wasilla Warriors, acclaimed sportswriter Mike Shropshire goes beyond Sarah Palin’s media profile to tell the incredible untold story of how she and a team of young women came together to overcome daunting odds as they battled their way to the Alaska state championship.

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Chapter 1
 
 
The Sleeping Lady.
That’s how generations of Alaskans refer to Mount Susitna, a geological masterpiece that has maintained a one-hundred-thousand-year vigil above the arctic valley that contains the community of Wasilla. Susitna reigns as a central character in native Aleutian mythology. She belonged to a race of giants and lapsed into a slumber of grief when her lover strode off into battle and never returned. An image of the contours of Susitna reflected off the serene waters of Lake Lucille—the eighty-acre centerpiece of the banquet table of topographic
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Praise for Sarah Palin and the Wasilla Warriors

Praise for Sarah Palin and the Wasilla Warriors

“Here’s a book for people on both sides of the political spectrum in need of a Palin fix.”
--New York Post

“A veteran sports writer with a snappy style.”
--Publishers Weekly

“There is something uniquely special about the bond of being part of a team. The Wasilla girls’ title team from 1982 will have these memories forever to love, share, and cherish.”
—Nancy Lieberman, Basketball Hall of Famer and author of Playbook for Success

Praise for the Works of Mike Shropshire

“One of the funniest baseball books I have ever read.”
New York Daily News on The Last Real Season

“Mr. Shropshire, Texas’ greatest journalistic raconteur, has created a relentlessly entertaining narrative.”
The Wall Street Journal on Runnin’ with the Big Dogs

“A remarkably entertaining sports book . . . Mike Shropshire’s prose snaps, crackles, and pops.”
The New York Times on When the Tuna Went Down to Texas

“Disastrously hilarious.”
USA Today on Seasons in Hell

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Mike Shropshire

  • Mike Shropshire is a veteran journalist and the author of seven books, most recently the acclaimed title The Last Real Season. He has written for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, Playboy, and Sports Illustrated. Raised in Fort Worth, he now lives in Dallas, Texas.
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Sarah Palin and the Wasilla Warriors

The True Story of the Improbable 1982 Alaska State Basketball Championship

Mike Shropshire

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