As I walked by the Frequent School Bus parked outside the bus barn, I wandered whether or not I should bother photographing it. I have already photographed the FSB parked in this spot and nothing seemed to set the scene apart. Suddenly, I heard the roar of an approaching jet. I fumbled to pull my iPhone out of my pocket and to activate the camera, just in time to catch this snap of the FSB exchanging pleasantries with its big flying buddy, the C-17, a large military transport plane. #schoolbus#frequentschoolbus#fsb#jet#c17#barrow#utqiagvik#alaska
So grateful that we made it into the newspaper ❤️ we’ve worked so hard for the win. From sweaty practices everyday of the school week to long basketball games every Friday and Saturday. Hard work does pay off, especially if it’s for a championship! Our little team made it to the top! 💙💛
It’s hard to imagine Whaler Basketball without an Arnhart at the helm.
When I was in high school, Frankie was head coach. When I returned home (years later), Jeremy was there. He coached my brother and waves of young men.
Our first year of dating was likely his toughest year as coach - one of the most challenging for Barrow Boys Basketball. (I like to point that out to Jermey as proof of my unconditional love). Overall, he’s had an incredible run. Eight conference championships, two state titles, and a record that most could only dream. And the ‘17-‘18 season isn’t over yet.
But it didn’t come easy.
Not in Utqiagvik.
Coaches have to gain the trust of the community in towns like ours. People have doubted and critiqued his every decision. And he’s outlasted administrations, some of whom were unfriendly to sports. But, most have cheered him on, shared hugs and fist-bumps, and always kept him on his toes.
My favorite thing about him as a teacher and a coach is his sky-high expectations of the kids. He demands their very best, schedules them in games where many fear the outcome. He always says, “we can compete with anybody.” Simply put: he knows the competition is tough and there is no guaranteed win... but he never doubts the capabilities of the kids.
And when expectations are high, I believe kids rise up. Their road wins, tourney trophies, and wide fan-following is testament to some of that.
Jeremy has taught in Barrow for 17 years, coached for 12. And anyone who asks me about him leaving knows that I’m torn. Yes, I want to wake up to him every morning. But, I love him for my hometown. I love his connection with our community. I appreciate his presence in the lives of the young men.
As his last home game begins, I just want to take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate him....The guy I get to see behind the scenes - who dedicates so much of himself and only wants Barrow Basketball to be the very best.