MAYFIELD – Football was an ideal choice for Mayfield High School, Great Britain Goodemote – it is a sport that penalizes a player on the field for touching the ball with his hands – because the Mayfield valedictorian and star of the three sports had the hands busy throughout his high school career.
Goodemote scored 30 goals and had nine assists for the Section II Class C men’s soccer champions. He was an all-star of the Western Athletic Conference Big School’s first men’s basketball team and the leader of the Panthers in points, assists, rebounds. and steals during his senior season. In the spring, Goodemote won the triple jump, long jump and ran one leg on the winning 400m relay at the WAC League championship match – and is ranked No. 1 in the senior class with an average of 100%.
“I think playing sports helps you fit into everything because it almost forces you to manage your time more wisely,” said Goodemote. “When you have a smaller block of time, it’s more important to know how to use it and fit all of your work to that time.”
He was grateful to be returning to a busy daily schedule during his senior year at Mayfield High School.
“During COVID without sport, there is so much time that I don’t know what to do with it,” Goodemote said. “So you can start things later than you expect and it’s not that easy.”
Time management by athletes is not a new concept created by Goodemote, but it has been passed on to them.
“I’d like to thank my parents and teachers for instilling in me the importance of getting everything done before deadlines and trying to participate in as many extracurricular activities as possible at the same time,” said Goodemote.
The star of the three sports also plans his upcoming classwork.
“I try to keep track during the lessons, write down what I need to do for each and then look forward,” said Goodemote. “If I have a workout or a game, I use the time it takes to get the job done. There is still time to do other things outside of school with friends; you are still able to be spontaneous enough if you get all your work done in the time you have.
Goodemote is not only efficient with its assignments, its 100% average equates to its passion for accuracy.
“I’m not a complete perfectionist, but I love to learn and do whatever I can,” said Goodemote. “I like to keep reviewing everything I have until I know I have no mistakes in a project.”
He identified his perfectionism with sport.
“You try to perfect your shooting form or yours [high jump] jump form, “Goodemote said.” I keep doing it over and over until I feel it’s the best you can get.
Goodemote’s commitment to his class work was not ridiculed by his teammates, but emulated by them.
“I have very supportive teammates here and I think all the teams I’ve been on have a team average of over 95 percent,” Goodemote said. “They are right with me.”
The focus on academics has translated into smarter and better play on the pitch for Goodemote and his Panther teammates.
“If you work hard in the classroom, chances are you are fully committed to the team as well,” Goodemote said. “You are less likely to have someone who is there some days and not others. Everyone is fully engaged and with that we were able to bring two section titles to Mayfield.
Goodemote will attend Castleton University as a business management major. She took a full list of AP classes and took advantage of Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s first-year undergraduate course offer.
“It should allow me to graduate a year earlier if I wanted to or take a lighter class load if I wanted to,” Goodemote said. “I might as well spend five years and get a master’s degree.”
Goodemote pledged to compete for the Spartans outdoor track and field team only in the spring – college football remains an option.
“If I really miss football, I’ll talk to their manager and at least try early next year,” Goodemote said.
While still working on his graduation speech, Goodemote, a student-athlete of few words, was willing to share some thoughts.
“Try to get involved in as many things as you can and complete everything to the best of your ability,” said Goodemote. “I leave things like this”.
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