MAYFIELD – Football was an ideal choice for Mayfield High School senior team Britain Goodemote – it’s a sport that punishes a fielder for touching the football with his hands – because valedictorian Mayfield and ‘ the three-sport star has had his hands full throughout his high school career. .
Goodemote scored 30 goals and had nine assists for the Class C Division II boys soccer champions. He was a star of the Western Athletic Conference Big School boys basketball team and the Panthers’ leader in points, assists, rebounds and steals during his senior season. In the spring, Goodemote won the triple jump, the long jump and ran a leg on the winning 400 meter relay squad at the WAC League championship meet – and is No. 1 in the senior class with a 100 percent average.
“I think playing sports helps you fit it all in because it almost forces you to manage your time more wisely,” said Goodemote. “When you have a smaller block of time it is more important that you know how to use it and fit all your work into that time.”
He was grateful to return to a crowded daily schedule during his senior year at Mayfield High School.
“During a COVID with no sports, it’s such a long time that I don’t know what to do with it,” said Goodemote. “Then you can start things later than you expect and it’s not as easy.”
Time management by athletes is not a new concept created by Goodemote, but transferred to it.
“I would like to thank my parents and teachers for giving me the importance of doing everything before the deadlines and trying to get involved in as many extra-curricular activities as you can at the same time,” said Goodemote.
The three-sport star is also planning his upcoming classroom assignments.
“I try to keep track during classes, write down what I have to do for each one and then look forward,” said Goodemote. “If I have a practice or a game I use the time around to finish the work. There is still time to do other things outside of school with friends; you can still be quite spontaneous if you do all your work in the time you have. “
Goodemote is not only efficient with its assignments, its 100 percent average equals its passion for accuracy.
“I’m not an absolute perfectionist, but I like to learn and do everything as far as I can,” said Goodemote. “I like to keep reviewing everything I have until I know I have no mistakes in a project.”
He equated his perfection with sport.
“You’re trying to perfect your shooting or jumping [high jump] form,” said Goodemote. “I keep doing it again and again until I feel it’s as good as you can be.”
Goodemote’s commitment to his classroom work is not mocked by his fellow players, but emulated by them.
“I have very supportive teammates here and I think all the teams I’ve been on have more than a 95 percent team average,” said Goodemote. “They’re fine with me.”
The focus on academics has turned to smarter, better on-field play for Goodemote and his fellow Panther players.
“If you are dedicated in the classroom it is more than likely that you will also be fully committed to the team,” said Goodemote. “You are less likely to have someone who is there some days and not others. Everyone is fully committed and with that we were able to bring Mayfield two departmental titles. ”
Goodemote will attend Castleton University as a business management lead. He took a full slate of AP classes and took advantage of what is offered in Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s first-year college courses.
“It should allow me to graduate a year earlier if I wanted to or take a lighter class load if I wanted,” Goodemote said. “We can also go for five years and get a master’s degree.”
Only in the spring has Goodemote committed to compete for the Spartans outdoor track team – college football remains an option.
“If I really miss football then I’ll talk to their coach and at least give it a try early next year,” said Goodemote.
While still working on his valedictorian speech for graduation day, Goodemote, a student-athlete with few words, was ready to share a few thoughts.
“Try to get involved in as many things as you can, and complete everything to the best of your ability,” said Goodemote. “I’ll leave it at that.”