The Bay High Tornadoes are 16-4 on the year, and 7-1 in 5A District 1 play, and for senior point guard Markeis Goodman, it's a great season he hopes to make even greater, as making it to the Class 5A State Finals is something he thinks about often- especially in his final season as a Tornado.
"You gotta put in the work," he said. "Senior year, you have to be a leader and step up and will these young guys into playing hard."
Playing hard is something Markeis is used too- be it on the basketball court-
"He's a very hard practice player," said Head Coach Michael Grady. "He brings it every day every day. He sets the tone for my team."
Or on the football field, where as a senior, Markeis led the team is solo tackles, and was second with three interceptions.
"I really wish he had another year," said Head Coach Jimmy Longerbeam. "He turned out to be a pleasant surprise, and he did everything we asked him to do."
"Ever since I was a kid, I played football, basketball, I actually played baseball too, but I gave it up when I got to high school," laughed Markeis.
One thing Markeis doesn't plan on giving up is his education, as along with football and basketball, Markeis balances a 3.5 GPA in the classroom.
"After practice, you have to do your homework," he said. "It's hard, but you still have to do your homework. You have to do what's right."
"Where it's really beneficial is when it comes time to go to college," said Coach Longerbeam. "He's going to have a lot of options because of how well he's done academically."
For right now, Markeis is benefiting the basketball team, leading the offense as point guard, and looking to finish the season strong.
"We're just trying to get to state," he said. "I know we had that tough loss to Rutherford, but we hope we get them next time."
"Markeis is actually a coaches dream," said Coach Grady. "I know it sounds cliche, but it's the truth in this instance. He's a great student, he's a student of the game. If a coach had to draw up and design a player himself, then Markeis would be the epitome of the player he would design."
If in that design a trip to Lakeland is involved, Markeis is okay with that too. That match-up with the Rutherford Rams is set for Friday the 24th at 7/CT at Bay High. While Markeis said he loves hoops, it's football he wants to continue at the next level, and in college, he wants to study Psychology.