Alaska Hoops Reviews

Crabtree has done an outstanding job of capturing the moment and sharing it through her personal basketball experiences in rural Alaskan villages. Her wealth of experience with the game of basketball and her devotion to the camaraderie of the game is profound. This book is a well rounded collection of stories that a sports minded person can easily relate and deeply appreciate.

– Aimee Romeijn-Boen, Former University of Wyoming Basketball player,
Sheridan College Junior College All-American

This book isn’t just about Alaska basketball – it’s a behind-the-scenes look into the challenges of coaching and living in the Last Frontier. Through heart-felt stories and detailed description, author Becky Crabtree takes you inside the mind of a high school basketball coach immersed in hoops heaven. It’s an only-in-Alaska journey that most people wouldn’t experience unless they lived in a rural village. Crabtree brings these players to life through stories that leave you craving for more. She writes with the grace of an effortless jump shot – nothing but net.

– Van Williams, Reporter, Alaska Newspapers
(former Anchorage Daily News Sports Editor)

With her characteristic quick-break humor both on and off the court, as well as her full-court mastery of the nuances involved in coaching and playing Bush Ball, Coach Becky Crabtree has scored from outside the paint using her unguarded respect for the nuances of culture and spirituality in the game, where on any long Arctic winter weekend night cheers, tears and jeers combine with a serious, near-sacred – always highly competitive – girls’ sports experience. Swish, trey!

– Randall Howell, Managing Editor, The Arctic Sounder,
Alaska Newspapers Inc., Anchorage, Alaska

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