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How Good is the red-headed wolf?

"When senior starters Ty Blouin and Pat Bennett went down before the season started, things looked bleak for Coupeville's boys basketball team. But out of the ashes came someone Good. Junior Chris Good of Coupeville wasn't expecting to play 30 minutes a game, to be his team's leader on the court, and he definitely wasn't expecting to be his teams highest scorer each game. But, before his recent ankle injury, Good had been thrust into a leadership role and thrived.He has been pretty much unstoppable, said Good's coach Randy King. I have always wanted to lead but I have never really gotten the opportunity to, said Good. I never thought in my mind that this would happen. But it is not just me, the younger guards have been stepping it up too.Good's passion for basketball is evident by the way he plays. Against Mount Vernon Christian Good rolled his ankle during the first quarter. He played the second quarter wincing in pain and grabbing his ankle. But Good endured as much as he could and at one point stole the ball from a Hurricane player and took it coast-to-coast for the score. My ankle was killing me, said Good after the game. I was just trying to run as fast as I could. Good eventually had to leave the game at the half, but for the third straight game he was his team's leading scorer.The injury this season is not the first time Good has been hurt playing basketball.I broke my arm in sixth grade really bad, said Good. It happened right here (Coupeville High School gymnasium). It was during a fast break and I got undercut. The bone popped out and it was the worst thing I have ever seen. The tall red head got interested in the game at a young age and has not stopped playing since. Watching the NBA players, said Good about how his interest in the game started. Dunks and stuff made me want to play. He says that there are a lot of players that he likes to watch now, but like a lot of players his age the Jordan era really got him interested. Although his passion for the game exceeds most things in his life, he has not always had the benefit of a place to practice. I have never owned a hoop, said Good. I just play whenever I can and I grew fundamentally. I started when I was living in California because I could always find a hoop.Good moved to Coupeville with his family when he was 11 years-old. Although he likes living on Whidbey Island he says that he could do without all the rain. Good's first passion in life was in-line hockey, which he played when he lived in Redding, Calif. One thing that the 6-foot-2 forward says he loves about basketball and hockey is the physical play and contact. Everyone says I should play football, said Good. But I have never really gotten interested in it. I like watching it but I don't really like playing it. I liked hockey because you got to hit people, but basketball is closer to hockey (style-wise) than football is.When he is not shooting around or studying, Good says that he loves watching movies.Anything that is on TV I will watch, said Good. Actually I watch mostly basketball movies and games. Good not only works hard on the court but he gives it everything he has in the classroom.School work is No.1, you have to get that done, said Good. Good says that the one subject that he likes to study is history, and, of course, basketball. Although he loves basketball, Good is realistic about his future in the sport after his days at Coupeville High School are over. Good wants to move on to a college to play and to study. I want to go somewhere to play basketball, said Good. I may have to go to a community college and just try out. I know I will have to work hard. Anybody who wants me, that's probably where I will end up. I think he is deserving of some looks, said King. Everybody can use a good post player. "

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