KCChronicle.com/preps athlete of the week: St. Charles North boys basketball's Alec Goetz

Why he was selected: Scored 36 points Friday in triple overtime loss to Simeon; named to first-team Pontiac all-tournament team

St. Charles North senior guard Alec Goetz had the crowd buzzing Friday at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament as Goetz scored 36 points to spark North throughout its triple overtime loss against Simeon. Goetz, who was named to the all-tournament first team, added 17 points in Thursday's opening-round win against Bloomington. Goetz, this week's Kane County Chronicle-St. Charles Bank and Trust Athlete of the Week, spoke with sports editor Jay Schwab after the Simeon showdown. The following is an edited transcript: 

How fun is the whole Pontiac tournament? The atmosphere, the competition, staying at a hotel – everything that goes into it.

It's honestly one of the best weekends of my life. I love Pontiac. I've been here the last three years, and this gets better every, single year. It's so much fun. It's an awesome tournament. I love it.

With this team kind of redefining its makeup this year, what's impressed you most about the way you guys have come together?

Just that, coming together as a team. That's something we really wanted to stress over the summer. We're all like best friends, we all love each other so much. That right there, the team chemistry and the togetherness and the unselfishness is really what defines St. Charles North basketball. 

If you had to pick one teammate to help you with some tricky homework, who would it be and why?

Keith Hedges. Keith Hedges has helped me out with some tricky homework because he's my best friend. He's been my best friend since, I don't know, fourth grade. He's a really good student.