Now that Valders’ senior standout Zack Goedeke has capped his career with the Vikings, he now has chosen a school to spend the next four years of his career at.
A 6-7 post player, Goedeke recently agreed to play collegiately for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. A deciding factor in his decision though came from the classroom, not the hardwood.
“They’ve got a major I’m real interested in,” said Goedeke of his reasoning for picking the Pointers. “UWSP has a high emphasis on studying natural resources which I want to do.”
For his play on the court, Goedeke was named a first-team all-Olympian Conference selection this season, averaging 13.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
Despite missing nine games due to injury this season, Goedeke made his impact felt on both ends of the court leading the Vikings to a 21-4 record and a trip to the WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinals, where Valders was knocked out by OC rival Roncalli 54-37. Of the Vikings four losses on the year, three came at the hands of the Jets.
A three-year varsity performer for Valders, Goedeke demonstrated an ability to control the paint with his long frame as evidenced by his 3.2 blocks per game this season. He also was able to use his size to get to the basket, shooting 57 percent from the floor.
Goedeke reached double figures 13 times and the 20-point plateau on three occasions including a season-high 22 against Kiel on Dec. 27.
When Goedeke steps onto campus in Stevens Point, he’s looking to bring the same type of focus to his new team.
“I think I can come in and help the team along,” Goedeke said.