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!
The Legend of Zorrodir Martin Campbellout nowIn 1998, The Mask of Zorro, alsodirected by Martin Cambell,was released to general acclaim.A rousing, swashbuckling adventurewith a healthy dose of humour,it made a sequel entirely predictable.Sadly, predictable is certainlythe watchword for this latest offeringfrom the conveyor-belt that isHollywood. The film, essentially aninferior photocopy of the original,is not terrible, but it is terribly mediocre.The sultry spark of the first filmhas vanished, replaced by lazy actingand an even lazier script. Thestory, little more than a series of frequentlyillogical plot devices, opensin 1850 as California votes on joiningthe Union. Zorro is enduringsomewhat less than marital bliss,with his devotion to work resultingin estrangement from his beautifulwife. This potentially emotional storylineis instead played for laughs,as Zorro strives to win Elena backfrom a villain so bland I’ve alreadyforgotten his name. Naturally, healso has to save America.The Legend of Zorro is sporadicallyfunny, but the broad slapstickmerely contributes to its uneventone, as it tries (and fails) to find abalance between grit and sanitisedfamily fare. The introduction of aZorro Junior to the forefront of theaction was always going to be intenselyirritating. One also wonderswhy the skilful swordsman Zorronever actually kills anyone with hissword.Nevertheless, the blockbusterdoes have its moments, and it occasionallyfeels like a better story islurking just out of reach. A mealtimescene proves surprisingly macabreand the rousing fighting ofthe climax is undeniably exciting.On a different front, real emotionis felt when Zorro’s identity is revealed,yet the chief effect of this isto highlight the sterility of the restof the affair.It is a depressing thought that sausagefactory of Hollywood cannotmuster the courage to experimentwith fresh material. Recycling is agood thing when it comes to litter,but not when cinema is concerned.The word ‘sequel’ may arouse producersin Bel-Air, but for me it hasall the excitement of toast.There are exceptions, of course,that prove this rule. This film,as you may have guessed, is notone of them. No amount of scenery,swords, special effects or even(gasp) Antonio Banderas can hidethe unerring feeling that The Legendof Zorro has nothing new tosay. Far from being a legend, thisfilm proved difficult to rememberlong enough to write a review.ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005