Here to Stay by Sara Farizan
When a cyberbully sends the entire high school a picture of basketball hero Bijan Majidi, photo-shopped to look like a terrorist, the school administration promises to find and punish the culprit, but Bijan just wants to pretend the incident never happened and move on.
The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring
In the summer before high school, Tessa's decision to play football, instead of running cross-country, affects her blossoming romance with football prospect Caleb, her relationship with best friends Marina and Lexie, who are counting on Tessa to try out for cross-country, and her home life with her politically ambitious mother.
Hooper by Geoff Herbach
When Adam is tapped to play on a select AAU team along with some of the best players in the state, it just confirms that basketball is his ticket to the good life: to new friendships, to the girl of his dreams, to a better future. But life is more complicated off the court. When an incident with the police threatens to break apart the bonds Adam’s finally formed after a lifetime of struggle, he must make an impossible choice between his new family and the sport that’s given him everything.
Second Impact: Making the Hardest Call of All by David Klass, Perri Klass
When Jerry Downing, star quarterback in a small football town, gets a second chance after his drunk driving had serious consequences, Carla Jensen, ace reporter for the school newspaper, invites him to join her in writing a blog, mainly about sports.
Goldfish: A Novel by Nat Luurtsema
Louise, a British Olympic swimming hopeful, finds unlikely friends and a new focus after spectacularly failing to qualify to attend a prestigious training camp. She feels rudderless until an unlikely group of popular boys hire her to coach them to be synchronized underwater swimmers.
Always a Catch by Peter Richmond
Jack's arrival a boarding school triggers a deep-seated need to see what he's really capable of-a need that leads him to enter the high-pressure world of varsity football, experiment with his music, and develop a relationship with Caroline, a fellow musician.