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Sharer, who works mostly with water-colors, describes her style as "realistic, with a tendency toward impressionism. My paintings aren't photographic representations. I don't draw things exactly as I see them. But if I draw an apple, you can tell it's an apple."
She originally attended Central Arizona, a Division I school, on a basketball scholarship, but left after only one semester. "I didn't have time for art or other classes or anything else besides basketball," says Sharer. "We'd sometimes practice three times a day. It got to the point where I almost hated basketball."
So she transferred to Marshalltown (Iowa) Community College in her hometown and was given an honorable mention juco All-America as a sophomore. The next season she enrolled at Grinnell, where she has flourished as a player and an artist. She recently sold five of her paintings in an exhibition at the campus art gallery.
"The most expensive one I sold was $75," she says. "My friends keep telling me I'm crazy, that I have to raise the prices."
But Sharer isn't completely unconcerned with the bottom line. The starving artist's life doesn't appeal to her, so she's considering a career in commercial art and graphic design—unless she can find a way to combine fine art and basketball. "Europe wouldn't be a bad idea," she said. "Maybe I can find a team to play for in Paris."
The Left Bank and bank shots. Sounds perfect.
Peter Martin of MidAmerica Nazarene, an NAIA school in Olathe, Kans., describes himself in this way: "I'm a white guy, seven feet tall, slow, and I can't jump. I'm not very pretty on the court."
True, but his statistics are things of beauty. Martin, a junior center from New Zealand, is averaging 38.7 points per game after nine games, including a 79-point effort on Nov. 23 against Northwest Nazarene College. "Actually, it was 81," says Coach Rocky Lamar. "I went back and watched the tape and the official scorer gave two points to the wrong kid." The numbers would have been even more impressive if Lamar hadn't benched Martin before halftime of another game because Martin got two technicals for mouthing off to an official.
Martin doesn't just stand near the basket shooting layups and dunks. "He's a terrific shooter out to 15 feet, with a variety of shots, including a little sky hook," says Lamar. That makes Martin's 75% field goal shooting even more impressive. In his 79-point game, Martin made 33 of 41 shots.