Prep notebook: Goodman enjoys experience at VTO Sports camp
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
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With still a year left at Wellborn High, Chantz Goodman is starting to prepare for college football.

The rising senior running back attended the VTO Sports 100 camp Sunday in Atlanta. He received an invitation late last week. College coaches use the camp to evaluate talent, and the workouts drew scouts from numerous schools, including the Southeastern Conference.

“We split up into our position groups, stretched and ran over plays and passing routes,” Goodman said. “We had a 7-on-7 game going on. We had a match-up one-on-one between running backs and linebackers with the best players on offense and defense.”

Goodman, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season, said his strength at the camp was running routes out of the backfield.

“I got some good experience out of doing that,” he said. “Then we did some agility and footwork, and I think I did well at that. We didn’t get a chance to run 40s, but I think if we would have I would have done well at that, too.”

Although Goodman has not received any offers, he said he expects some interest to come during his senior season.

“We’re sending in information on him, and schools are sending questionnaires,” Wellborn coach Jeff Smith said. “We’re sending those back right now, but come May they can actually come out to the school and take a look.”

OXFORD CHEMISTRY: Oxford’s soccer team ran through its own Yellow Jackets Invitational last weekend defeating Donoho 11-1, Faith Christian 3-1 and Talladega 3-1 in the championship game.

“Our team chemistry was the key,” Oxford coach Dwight McDonald said. “We’ve already won one area game. We’re looking really good.”

Luis Gomez led the way for the Yellow Jackets (6-1-1), scoring five goals in three games. Fili Ruedas and Gustavo Rios each had three goals, and Luis Nieto and Johnny Becerra had two each.

PITCHING AND DEFENSE: It was strong pitching and defense that allowed sixth-ranked Alexandria to win last week’s Calhoun County baseball tournament for the first time since 2007.

The Valley Cubs’ solid defense allowed runs in only two in 22 innings. Alexandria also threw two team no-hitters, coming against Anniston and Saks.

“We played well,” Valley Cubs coach Andy Shaw said. “We’ve got to sustain it, play well and that’s baseball. You’ve got to continue to be focused and do the things that got you to where you’re at.”

Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star.

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