Players by Joyce Sweeney

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Senior Corey Brennan is the star shooter and newly elected captain of St. Philip's varsity basketball -- a team that's poised to make all-city. There is only one slot to fill on the roster, and the team chooses hot-shot transfer student Noah Travers for its second string. But Noah's ambitions are bigger -- he wants, and expects, to play starting center. When starting-center Luke mysteriously faints before a game, and Theo suddenly quits the team, everyone suspects Noah is at the root of the trouble -- everyone except Corey. Corey can't believe anyone would be malicious enough to drug one player and force another off the team. But as each player is sabotaged and the trust among the teammates disintegrates, Corey can no longer ignore the obvious. The all-city championship is too important, and he must find out the truth before he becomes the next target.

About Joyce Sweeney

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Sweeney graduated with honors from Wright State University.
Published October 1, 2000 by Winslow Pr. 222 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"Sweeney explores the disastrous effects of competitiveness gone too far in this suspenseful story about a high school basketball team," wrote PW .

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His hot-dogger antics breed resentment among players, who soon blame Noah for mysterious misfortunes such as starting center Luke's fainting spell before the first game, another key player's sudden decision to quit the team and the discovery of a gun in Luke's locker.

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Perhaps out of respect for the refined tastes of the Conejo audience, director Reidell eases up on the blood--as did the touring company, when it played Los Angeles--and somewhat lowers the volume of the industrial whistle that punctuates the show.

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Arts Sarasota

Brittney Klepper also is fun as Moonface’s squeaky-voiced companion as she rollicks with some sailors in an ocean-inspired routine to “Buddy Beware.” The cast is well-accompanied by a band led by musical director Aaron Cassette, who puts a jazzy spirit behind Porter’s familiar songs, including “I...

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