Not every Logansport native was sad to see Penn defeat the Berries 44-41 at Saturday’s Crown Point Semistate.
Kerri Goodrich Lines, a 2004 Logan grad, is an assistant coach for Penn.
“I was kind of torn being a former Berry also being still part of this team, Penn,” Goodrich Lines said. “It was great to see Logan do as well as they did and they really put up a fight.
“It was a really nailbiter game. It was great.”
Goodrich Lines is Penn’s JV coach. She said her work with the varsity includes, “I just motivate the girls and talk to the girls and anything that needs help I do that sort of thing.”
Goodrich Lines may have given the Kingsmen an unfair advantage as she had a scouting report going way back on Logansport’s star guard, Whitney Jennings.
“Whitney, I remember back when I was in high school she came to all the camps. She was a great athlete there and you could tell she really loved the game of basketball and she’s just an amazing player. She really made us work for everything,” she said.
Goodrich Lines was a track star in high school at Logan, advancing to the state finals multiple times. Her best event was the 300-meter hurdles.
She went on to run track at Bethel College, where she graduated. She went on to get her master’s degree online at Ball State.
She is currently a teacher at Penn High School, where she is the internship coordinator and an information and communication technology teacher.
She was a member of Jerry Hoover’s first two teams at Logansport.
“I remember Hoover when he first started he brought Stephanie White in. That was really neat. She taught us a lot about the game of basketball,” she said. “Hoover bringing in his former military, saying ‘at ease,’ which for high schoolers that was an adjustment. But he really did a great job with the talent that he had.”