first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The 6-foot-5 Goetz leads Valencia in nearly every statistical category, averaging 15.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, totals that rank among the best in the league. “He has a good understanding of the game,” Valencia coach Robert ‘Rocket’ Collins said. “He gets people in the right place. He lets the game come to him. He’s opportunistic.” Goetz, the Vikings’ captain, has played varsity basketball for three years. He was a part-time starter as a sophomore and became a starter at forward as a junior, receiving first-team All-Foothill League honors. “His versatility has improved every year,” Phillips said. “He’s a very intelligent basketball player. Without Teddy, Valencia is a different team. They would miss a lot of front-line scoring. They would have trouble finding it elsewhere.” Goetz, who will play volleyball next season at UCLA, has scored in double figures in 19 of 24 games and has been the Vikings’ top scorer in most games. He had his best effort of the season in the second league game against Burbank, scoring 20 points with 17 rebounds in a 65-35 victory. Teddy Goetz isn’t known for electric plays. He doesn’t bring crowds to their feet with spectacular dunks, dribble between his legs and around his back en route to the hoop, nor hit 3-pointers from well beyond the arc. The Valencia High boys’ basketball player goes about his business quietly, but the results speak volumes. The senior is the leader for the Vikings, who are ranked 11th by the Daily News and are in position to win the Foothill League title. Says Canyon coach Chad Phillips: “As Teddy goes, Valencia goes.” The Vikings (19-4 overall, 6-1 Foothill) have won five games in a row, 10 of their past 11 and are a game ahead of Canyon and two in front of Burroughs of Burbank in the league standings with two regular-season games remaining. “I’m not the tallest or fastest player,” Goetz said. “I use my instincts a bit more. The fundamentals are key.” Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img