Whatever The Sport, He Can Play

Senior's A Winner In Classroom Too

December 08, 1991|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff writer

It doesn't matter where South Carroll senior Joe Goodwin is. One thing's for certain: He's a winner.

On the gridiron, he finished his high school career last month throwing four touchdowns in a season-finale win against Westminster.

On the diamond, he threw a no-hitter last spring and hit a homer in the state playoffs.

On the basketball court, he directs the Cavaliers team at point guard.

And perhaps most importantly, in the classroom, he has a 3.9 grade-point average.

"He's a winner and a person I enjoyed coaching," South Carroll football coach Ken Parker said.

Other words can be found to describe Goodwin. One that comes to mind is "leader."

"He's provided outstanding leadership on and off the field," Parker said. "He's been the main player on our team the past two seasons but just enjoyed being part of it as one of the guys.

"It was always team first, player second. He's the most dedicated football player I've ever had."

His leadership qualities show in the positions he plays in all three sports. Quarterback, point guard and catcher/pitcher -- all take-charge positions that Goodwin thrives on.

"I've been playing football and baseball since I was 4 andbasketball since I was 6. I've had the same kind of role on all the teams I've played with," Goodwin said.

"I always expect the best from myself and hope that motivates others around me. There also are times when I get motivated by others."

This fall, Goodwin became the Cavs' all-time leader in passing yards, with 3,012. This season alone, he threw for 1,584 yards, completing nearly 61 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and only two interceptions.

"I didn't want that last game to come," Goodwin said.

"South Carroll high school football will be a big part of my life forever. If I could, I'd always play high school football."

A week removed from the football field, Goodwin was busy lacing up his sneakers in preparation of the upcoming basketball season. His focus is now directed toward basketball.

"We should be right in the thick of things in the CMC (Central Maryland Conference) and the county," Goodwin said.

"I just look to have a good floor game -- create for the guys who can score and play good defense."

The Cavs finished last season with a 12-10 mark, reaching the regional semifinals. With a solid group returning, the Cavs could reach even greater heights, and Goodwin will be a key.

"He's a steady, take-charge guy who sets up our offense," basketball coach Jim Carnes said.

"He's started for us last year and has shown great improvement. He leads by example and hustle."

Of all the incredible numbers and awards Goodwin has racked up -- numerous all-county and All-CMC selections, among others -- one thing has eluded him inhis high school career.

"I would throw all my stats and awards away for a chance to play in a state final," Goodwin said.

His last chance may be his best chance when spring rolls around.

"Our baseball team has a good foundation returning, and I'd like to get back tostates," he said.

Goodwin says the one thing that will stick out the most when he graduates and goes on with life will be what he has learned from his coaches.

"They taught me the proper way to conduct myself, not only in sports but life, and the importance of commitment, discipline and putting 100 percent in everything you do."

Goodwin has yet to decide on a college. He is considering political science or criminal justice as possible majors.

"Right now, I'm leaningtoward a school where I can play baseball. Playing football is stilla possibility.

"I'm going to take in all the options and make thebest decision for myself."

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