Reese's girlfriend claims to be pregnant. If that's the case they must make plans for their future that depend on scholarships, employment and marriage. That's a heavy load for high school students, are they old enough to manage?
Coach Reeves sees a kid hustling basketball in a playground. Reeves him in a bets a one on one where if Reeves wins this kid comes to Carver to play basketball and finish his schooling. Coach soon learns not everyone can be helped.
Reeve sees Bobby Magnum hustling in a playground and that is his living. Coach has his own bet. If Reeve wins, Magnum will come to Carver and finish high school. He can not only play basketball but finish high school. But its not that easy.
Reeves is teaching gym. A kid refuses to conform and hits him. Coach returns a punch but feels being an adult he is more responsible. As the story unfolds Reeves is hit with the fact that not all kids can he helped.
The school system attempts to interlink kids with disabilities into the mainstream. An attempt is made to place an autistic boy on the team. Tom doesn't dominate, but the players show a nice side despite their tough veneer.
Goldstein's shyness makes him the forgotten man on the team. When his grandfather takes ill, the players show him partial compassion. But only til his grandfather comes home. Goldstein must grow out of his shell and command respect.
The basketball seasons ends with some promise of am improved team next year. The players had gotten in the habit of singing together as a pastime. The music teacher helps them start an a Capella band for the school dance.
Witherspoon writes for Carver's newspaper. While covering the basketball team he finds out Jackson is involved in a betting ring. Witherspoon must decide between exposing Jackson or repressing the truth.
Reeves convinces the parents of an academically gifted student to let him join the team. Although good at basketball, young Randy seems to lack endurance. Unbeknownst to everybody he has some internal problems causing his death.
Jeff Simpson joins the team. For a time he is able to hide a big secret, he is deaf. The players assume his lack of social participation is a stuck up attitude. Its only a matter of time before the truth shows itself.
Due to a house fire, Coolidge is forced to spend a few weeks with Coach. Coolidge is enjoying the roommate atmosphere and finds the coach less strict than his mother he does begin to wear thin his welcome with the coach.
Coach Reeves teaches sex education and the subject is VD. The startling reality hits home when two of the basketball team's leading players may be infected after encountering the same girl. Friendships and confidence is tested.
Mack Wade, a "can't-miss" basketball prospect, transfers to Carver to finish out high school. Wade has tons of scholarship offers from colleges, both academic and athletic. However, when Wade starts having troubles in the classroom, Coach Reeves realizes Mack has been passed through because of his basketball potential, even though he's a group two functional illiterate.
Christmas is approaching. Sybil Buchanan is pregnant and ready to reunite with her husband. While he isn't a bad man, he isn't quite as strong on commitment as a husband and father needs to be. Some very important decisions are made.