Goodell to mirror Bolognani's journey
BRATTLEBORO — Taylor Goodell is following in the footsteps of one of the best.
Just like Twin Valley graduate Tarryn Bolognani did before her, the Bellows Falls senior will play basketball at Castleton University while studying to become an Athletic Trainer.
"My career goal is to be able to help young athletes with injury and injury prevention. My hope is to be on the sidelines of any sporting event, ready to help if needed," said Goodell.
She helped the Terriers to a 59-26 record in her four varsity seasons on the court. During a playoff victory over Winooski on March 3, she made a left-handed shot from close range in the second quarter to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
"Basketball is the only sport that I started at a young age and continued through all my years," Goodell mentioned. "I love the intensity of the game and the rush that comes along with it. I've always had a special place in my heart for basketball. It's my favorite sport and favorite thing to do."
After being introduced to the game as a second-grader, she remembers being allowed to dribble and pass with her brother inside their house. She started out on a grades 3-4 co-ed team called the Westminster Vikings.
"I've always loved and looked up to Katie Lou Samuelson," said Goodell.
The smooth-shooting forward racked up 345 points, 75 assists and 55 steals in her final season with the Terriers. She led her team in scoring and dimes as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior.
"Taylor was a silent leader. She just shows up every day and works hard to be the best she can be to help her team win games. Taylor has been an inspiration to a lot of young, future Lady Terriers in our community. This was evident the night that she got her 1,000th point, by the line of young girls waiting to have their picture taken with her.," stated Bellows Falls varsity girls basketball coach Todd Wells. "I think Castleton will be a great fit for her, and look forward to watching her play basketball at the next level."
The daughter of Jason and Bridget Goodell is about to join a team that has former Vermont high school stars such as Brooke Raiche (West Rutland) and Elise Magro (Rutland) on its roster.
"As a Spartan, I will bring a great attitude and my love for the game," said Goodell. "I will bring hustle and play my heart out every practice and game, as well as the effort of being the best teammate I can be. I hope to bring a great shot, as well as my selflessness and passing ability."
It was seven years ago that a young woman from Whitingham known as "T-Bo" had 43 dimes as a senior to help Castleton to an impressive 29-2 record. And she spent her fall seasons with a football team, tending to injuries.
Soon, Goodell will get her chance to dish the rock on the court and also assist players on the sidelines at the school in Rutland County.
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