FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BOOK TITLE: How Sweet It Is AUTHOR: Jarrett Van Meter PUBLISHER: The Sports History Foundation OVERVIEW How Sweet It Is chr

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BOOK TITLE: How Sweet It Is
AUTHOR: Jarrett Van Meter
PUBLISHER: The Sports History Foundation



How Sweet It Is chronicles the season-long quest of three geographically, socio-economically, and culturally diverse teams to reach the storied “Sweet Sixteen,” played in Rupp Arena. The colorful, first-hand description of the players, coaches, and supporters of these teams is interlaced with stories from the rich history of Kentucky high school basketball.

How Sweet It Is is a journey into the locker rooms, bus rides, practices, and games of the 2015-2016 Clay County Tigers, Covington Catholic Colonels, and Taylor County Cardinals. It takes the reader into the homes of players and coaches, on team trips to Las Vegas and Florida, and into the local businesses and communities that support the programs.

History is what makes traditions special, and this book dives into the past as well. There are interviews with some of the best to ever play high school basketball in Kentucky, including Dave Cowens, Cliff Hagan, and Anthony Epps. There is laughter and there are tears, as stories are recounted and memories are shared.

A video preview of How Sweet It Is accompanies this release:



"Jarrett Van Meter doesn’t just write about the tradition and frenzy of Kentucky high school basketball, he descends into the world itself, like a paratrooper into the field, embedding himself with three teams from vastly different physical, economic and social settings. Yet all are bound by their undying love for this greatest of American games. The characters are portrayed in such a caring, detailed fashion and the highs for them are so high and the lows so low that How Sweet It Is seems more like a page-turner novel than non-fiction. Yet it’s true. This is a work of passion and art and empathy. This is a beautiful book.
Rick Telander, Senior Sports Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times
Author: Heaven Is a Playground

“By focusing on three teams for a season, Jarrett Van Meter provides new depth and insight into Kentucky high school basketball as it is today. He also explains why the sport has endured and thrived in the Commonwealth for 100 years.”
Billy Reed, U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame
Eight-Time Kentucky Sportswriter of the Year

“Illustrating the perspectives of three different teams was genius. Van Meter captures the diverse individual personalities and locker room environments of each program.”
J.R. VanHoose, 1996 Sweet Sixteen Champion and MVP
1998 Kentucky Mr. Basketball

“Every boy in Kentucky who picks up a basketball dreams of playing in the Sweet Sixteen. How Sweet It Is brings back a lot of wonderful memories from my days as both a player and a coach.”
Coach Allen Feldhaus, Jr., Madison Central High School
2013 Kentucky State Champions



David Mills, The Sports History Foundation
(859) 338-0292

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