August 3, 2010
August 3, 2010
But as the Redmen embarked on a quest for a fifth consecutive state title, they faced a potentially destabilizing transition: the greatest senior class in school history had graduated, and Coach Barta was contemplating retirement. In Smith Center—population: 1,931—this changing of the guard was seismic. Hours removed from the nearest city, the town revolves around “our boys” in a way that goes to the heart of what America’s heartland is today.
New York Times sportswriter Joe Drape moved his family to Smith Center to discover what makes the team and the town an inspiration for miles around. And in a new afterword, Drape returns to Smith Center to chronicle even greater challenges as the streak enters its sixth year.
In November of 2007, New York Times sports reporter Joe Drape chronicled a high school football team called the Redmen of Smith Center, Kansas, who had won 56 straight games, including four consecutive state titles. Drape was bombarded with feedback from readers, but none were more intrigued than the writer himself, who was so compelled by this shining example of small-town glory that he uprooted his family and moved to Smith Center. Drape reports on the Redmen's 2008 season, another undefeated romp through the competition, focusing on the remarkable group of young athletes and their motivational leader, Coach Frank Barta. But the real story encompasses the town of Smith Center as a whole, which proudly clings to a strong set of community ethics that has become endangered in modern America.
- Genre: Sports + Recreation, Social Science
- Subgenre: Football, Sociology of Sports, Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Joe Drape
- Online Item #: 12697683
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-48-0480
- ISBN: 9780312662639
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported