The tears and screams mount as a state championship nears, while an unlikely bond between Charlestown's brainy headmaster and his hard-nosed coach grows stronger. A dramatic finish lifts the school and propels its players to a better place.
This is the conclusion of a three-part series by Neil Swidey, who followed the Charlestown High boys basketball team on its hunt for a state title. The series explores bonds that transcend race and one coach's drive to push players beyond their troubled neighborhoods and into college. (Full article: 4495 words)
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