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Scholar Athlete of the Week
from Eyewitness Sports Online


Student: Matt Goolsby
School: Charleston Catholic
Primary Sport: Basketball

The Charleston Catholic boys' basketball program has been a part of the Class A state championship game four straight years. Matt Goolsby would love to make it five in a row.

In the blink of an eye, athletes soon become seniors...and in his final season Goolsby knows more is expected from him.

"Playing last year I had a lesser role, but now I have a little more on me," he said. "I have to score a little bit more but (I) still have the main role of playing defense; and doing everything I can to make sure I get us going on the defensive end."

Goolsby notes his defensive work gets things going on the offensive end.

The senior feels he grew as a player thanks to last year's championship game run.

"Last year was a lot of fun, we came in as a No. 4 seed," he said of the Irish team his junior season. "We beat Buffalo, a very good basketball team and then against Tucker County (in the semifinals) we were kind of the underdog. But we played our game, we played defense which we done so well and hung our hat on last year."

He's given a championship-like effort in the classroom while at Catholic.

"I like to play hard but I do work hard, too," said Goolsby. "My grades are really important to me in getting straight A's, being balanced both on the court and in the classroom."

While he didn't dress for the '07 championship team, Goolsby learned plenty and hopes to go out the same way two years later.

"I had a chance to be around it and see the attitude (and) just everything you need to do to be a championship basketball team."

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