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Goss follows in family footsteps to Fort Valley

By Doug Gorman

When Morrow senior basketball player Calvin Goss III steps on campus at Fort Valley State next fall he will be following a family legacy.

His grandfather Calvin Goss I is an alumnus of the college located in middle Georgia.

The young Goss is enrolling at his grandfather's alma mater on a basketball scholarship after helping lead the Mustangs to a second straight Region 2-AAAAA title and a trip to the state tournament this past season.

Goss earned several post-season accolades, including a first-team selection on the News-Daily All-Southern Crescent basketball team.

"I know I have to take advantage of the opportunity I have been given," he said. "It's far enough from home where I can have a good college experience, but close enough so I can get home."

Strong family ties when it comes to selecting a college are nothing new for the Goss family.

Three years ago, Lauren Goss left Morrow after an impressive high school career to play basketball at Johnson C. Smith, her parents' alma mater.

Lauren has just completed her junior year where she was named the team MVP in both basketball and tennis. She also stays in shape by running on the school's cross country team. A third sister Morgan is a multi-sport athlete in middle school, including a standout on an AAU team.

As Calvin III prepares to graduate from Morrow later this year, he will take with him some fond memories from his high school basketball career.

His favorite was from the region tournament this past season. After struggling during the regular season, the Morrow Mustangs put aside some off-court differences and got down to the business of playing basketball.

That renewed dedication translated into the second straight region title for the Mustangs.

Along the way, they shocked Stockbridge, a team that had lost just once, and then beat Henry County in the Region 2-AAAAA championship.

"We won the region title my junior year, but I think winning it as a senior was more special," Calvin III said. "When we beat Stockbridge, I think that really gave us a lot of confidence."

At his scholarship signing on Thursday, the Fort Valley-bound basketball player had plenty of friends and family on hand to witness the event, including two proud parents.

"He has worked very hard for this," said Calvin II. "It's a special day."

His mother, Kathy Goss echoed her husband's sentiment.

"He is a special kid," she said. "He has a chance to go to a great school and I'm am thankful for his opportunity. We are grateful to (Fort Valley Athletic Director) Gwendolyn Reeves for making this happen."

Morrow head coach Jay Livingston says it won't be easy to replace his talented basketball player.

"He led us in just about every category," said Livingston. "He was a leader on and off the court."

Lauren offered her brother plenty of advice as he was getting ready to select a college.

"I'm proud of what he has accomplished," she said. "I hope I set a good example. I tried to convince him to go to a place where he would be happy as a student, not just a basketball player."

Calvin Goss I plans on being a regular at Forest Valley games next year.

"I'm ecstatic that he is going to Fort Valley," he said. "I can't wait to see him play."