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GHS’ Ramage answers higher calling

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For former Goddard basketball player Taylor Ramage, life is full of adjustments. A year ago, he wasn’t afraid to tangle with players bigger than him for a rebound. Taylor has come so far in the last two years and knows what it is to work hard.

Reflecting on his senior year at Goddard, Taylor said that anything is possible and with God, all things are possible. When his senior year began, Goddard was hit by injuries allowing him to become a contributing member of the basketball team. Through sheer will and hard work, Taylor made himself into a player and it gave him the confidence to play college basketball at Wayland Baptist University.

“It meant a lot to play my senior year,” Taylor said. “Looking into it, I didn’t think I would get much playing time because, I was standing behind Noah Reese, Hunter Beene, Ryan Terry and Anthony Panto. When Hunter was hurt in football, that’s when it hit me that now is my time to step up and really get going.”

Taylor said when that happened, coach Anthony Mestas saw his effort and passion and saw how much he was improving, so he received more playing time.

The one thing that Taylor said he had was confidence in himself and his abilities. He never played on the basketball teams in middle school. As a freshman, some players quit, and Taylor stuck with basketball and continued to practice and develop his game and improve. When his time came, he said he was ready.

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Taylor Ramage shoots a free throw during a game against Roswell High at the Coyote Den. (Submitted Photo)

During his senior year, Taylor said he didn’t know how much he would play, but because of injuries, and his nonstop hustle, Taylor said he turned himself into a player who was counted on to rebound and play defense.

“During practice,” Taylor said, “coach would tell me to rebound, play defense and to get after it, and to do the dirty work. I found a lot of joy in throwing people around.”

Taylor said his favorite memory was when Portales came to Ground Zero and the Rockets won, 67-64 in overtime. Goddard outscored the Rams 10-7 in overtime.

“I felt like I played my best defensive game there,” Taylor said. “I helped contribute to that win.”

Not wanting basketball to end, Taylor decided to continue his education and basketball career at Wayland Baptist University. As a freshman, Taylor said he is enjoying the college life and the chance to play basketball. He is on the junior varsity team and just had his first practice last week.

At 6-foot-3 and 150 pounds, Taylor said playing on junior varsity will make it easier for him to transition into college basketball. The Pioneers play position-less basketball. Taylor says he is trying to hit the weights and bulk up.

As much as he loves playing basketball, Taylor said he knew he was called to live for a higher purpose. Taylor plans to be a youth minister when he is done playing basketball.

Taylor found out about Wayland Baptist from former Goddard baseball player Derek Farmer, who went there and played baseball for the Pioneers. Farmer told him that Wayland had a good ministry program.

“My parents are excited,” Taylor said. “They see God working in my life and moving through me and go and bring more people into his (God’s) kingdom. That is one thing that really excites me.”

Taylor’s advice to his former teammates would be to never take basketball for granted, because it goes so fast. Taylor said, “You never know when each game could be your last. Enjoy playing basketball.”

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.

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