Younger sister wears Casey Goodwin's No. 8

The Casey LeAnne Goodwin Memorial Water Polo Tournament will be held for the second year on Sept. 10-11 at the Exeter Aquatics Facility.

But this year, instead of hanging her cap on a nearby chair, No. 8 will be worn by Casey's younger sister, Kellie, a freshman on the varsity squad for Exeter Union High School. Unfortunately for the Goodwin family, another cap will hand from a chair this season - No. 9 worn by Kyle Goodwin on the varsity boys team.

"The tournament will be both good and sad," Lynne Goodwin said.

Kyle, 16, died on Friday, Jan. 2 when his car went off the road and rolled down an embankment after he lost control coming around a curve on Mineral King Road near Three Rivers. The accident happened a little more than nine months after Casey, 20, was killed by a drunk driver near Kettleman City while driving home from college in San Luis Obispo for her mother's birthday on March 12, 2003.

Lisa LoBue, a teammate of Casey's and assistant coach for EUHS water polo, organized the event and helped recruit the six visiting teams. "Casey loved water polo and her family thinks the event is great," LoBue said.

This year's tournament will include Hanford West, Mt. Whitney, Tulare Union, Granite Hills, Dinuba, Reedley in addition to Exeter. The first game between Exeter and Hanford West will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 followed by Mt. Whitney vs. Dinuba, Tulare Union vs. Granite Hills and Hanford West vs. Reedley. Exeter will play its second game against Dinuba at about 5 p.m. followed by Mt. Whitney vs. Tulare Union and Granite Hills vs. Reedley. LoBue said all of the teams are local because they are teams Casey would have played against. On the second day of the tournament, Hanford West and Tulare Union will play the first game at 8 a.m. followed by Mt. Whitney vs. Reedley, Exeter vs. Granite Hills and Dinuba vs. Hanford West. After lunch, championship games will be held between the top two seeds and the third and fourth seed. The tournament will conclude with a game between EUHS Alumni and the EUHS girls varsity team at about 2:30 p.m. For more information on the tournament call Lisa LoBue at 936-4084.

"Casey was a great player and everyone wanted to be like her," LoBue said. "It is an honor to be a part of this and to have been a part of Casey's life."

Kellie, the youngest of the Goodwin children, will be the last of four Goodwins to play water polo at EUHS. In addition to Kellie, Casey and Kyle, Christopher, 19, also played at EUHS and currently plays water polo for California State University, Northridge in Southern California. After Kellie graduates in 2008, Lynne said the CIF will retire Casey's No. 8.

"She has some big footsteps to follow in but she has already accomplished a lot making varsity in her freshman year," Lynne said. "All these girls are like big sisters to her. I think this is great for her to be involved in."

Donations can be sent to the Casey Goodwin Memorial Fund at P.O. Box 601, Exeter, CA 93221. Proceeds from the tournament go toward the Casey Goodwin Memorial Scholarship and the water polo program. Casey always said, "Be kind, live life with no regrets, and don't take yourself too seriously … Dance like nobody's watching."

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