California coach recalls Sarah Palin's high school heroics

Merced Sun-StarSeptember 1, 2008 

Alaska governor Sarah Palin is the second from left in this 1982 of her high school basketball team.


During Alaska's varsity basketball state championship, Sarah Palin, suffering from a sprained ankle, nailed a free throw that sealed her team's unlikely victory.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., hopes she can still work the same magic.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee tapped Palin, Alaska's first female governor, to be his vice president on Friday, a gamble that's undeniably changed the White House race against Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

Merced resident Cordell Randall, one of Palin's coaches during the 1982 victory, heard about McCain's choice when his phone rang in the middle of the night. A truck driver friend on the East Coast called to tell him the news.

He didn't believe it.

Then his phone rang again. This time, it was a local friend telling him the same thing. The TV news confirmed it.

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