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Summit at Franklin: A true family affair

Franklin girls coach Kari Goodwin (right) will face off against her husband, Summit coach Josh Goodwin (left) tomorrow night when the Spartans visit the Rebels.  It will be the first time the two have gone head-to-head on the court. Photos by Becky Williams

Franklin’s girls hope to keep pace with district leader Brentwood tomorrow night when Summit visits, hoping to even their district record. Coach Goodwin says it should be a nail biter.
Both of them.
Franklin coach Kari Goodwin has the Lady Rebels on a roll in District 11-AAA, sitting on a 3-1 district record with the lone loss at the hands of undefeated district leader Brentwood. Summit coach Josh Goodwin has led the Lady Spartans into the middle of the pack in their first year in the district and is looking for a break-out win. Half of the household will be happy when the game is over.
It will be the first time the pair has met as adversaries on the court, and Franklin’s Coach Goodwin is not worried about the effects off the court.
“I don’t believe there is any extra pressure on the game,” she said earlier this week.  “This one just feels a little bit ‘special’.”
Summit’s Coach Goodwin understands the “situation” is big for the players, but not for the coaches.
“It’s not a big deal to us. We pretty much know what each other is going to do and the kids are going to have to get the job done. It’s going to be a player’s game.”
Kari Goodwin agrees, but is taking no chances. “I won’t be leaving my scouting report lying on the kitchen table this week.”
Franklin will rely on Anna Patton (10.7 ppg), Jodi Hill (9.3 ppg) and Meredith Ovies (8.3 ppg) to keep their streak rolling, while the Lady Spartans will be looking to Zacharyia Esmon (13.2 ppg), Teondra Crawford (9.8 ppg) and Carlye Grandy (8.4 ppg) to grab a victory.
Both stay busy during the season, teaching classes and coaching, something that can put a strain on some families. Not so with the Goodwins.
“Our schedules are very similar, which makes everything much easier with our little boy.  He was sitting in the bleachers two weeks after he was born for summer camp,” said Kari.
While there may be some good hearted ribbing at home, the fact is they share each other’s successes and struggles, said Josh.
“We steal stuff from each other all time,” he said with a chuckle. “There are going to be several plays that will have different names but are the same.”
The family duel is the first game on the schedule tomorrow night, set for a 6 p.m. tip-off.  The Franklin boys will face Summit at 7:30 p.m.

Posted on: 1/8/2014


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