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Schwab: Goetz family doubles down on Olivet Nazarene

Checking on their twin children in college will be highly convenient for Allan and Liz Goetz.

After St. Charles North softball senior Mickey Goetz committed to Olivet Nazarene last summer, North boys basketball standout Alec Goetz signed to play for Olivet Nazarene on Thursday after accepting the Tigers’ scholarship offer last week.

Goetz is tight with his twin sister, and her earlier commitment to the Bourbonnais school was influential.

“It was a pretty big factor,” he said. “I had no idea anything about Olivet until they started recruiting my sister because they started recruiting her before they started recruiting me.”

Goetz, a combo guard with a smooth, long-range shooting stroke, was a First-Team Chronicle All-Area selection as a senior. He averaged 16.6 points a game for the North Stars and made waves with a 36-point explosion in a triple-overtime loss to powerhouse Simeon at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament.

Goetz said his performance against Simeon expanded his recruitment, with Division-I programs Bradley, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Chicago State showing varying degrees of interest. Roosevelt University in Chicago was another option.

But Goetz said Olivet Nazarene “was sold on me from the beginning” and seemed most sincere in its pursuit. He also was impressed by longtime Tigers coach Ralph Hodge, who has guided the program to 18 regular season and conference tournament titles in his 35 years on the job.

While the need to bulk up is a given for just about any high school athlete transitioning to college, it’s especially crucial for Goetz. Goetz thrived in high school despite a slender build; the 6-foot guard said he was down to about 133 pounds midway through his senior season.

His metabolism makes adding weight – and keeping it on – tricky.

“Oh my gosh, yeah, I feel like I work so hard to put on weight, then I’ll have a week of practice and lose like six pounds,” Goetz said. “It’s crazy. I’ve been trying to put on weight since my sophomore year but just never really been able to do it in high school. … It’s probably been the area that’s been the most difficult for me.”

Payne transferring to Dartmouth: Another St. Charles North hoops product – Quinten Payne – will transfer to Dartmouth from Ball State, he decided Friday.

Payne announced in March that he was leaving Ball State after his freshman season. The shooting guard chose Dartmouth – of the Ivy League – after also considering Appalachian State. Payne said he’s always been a good student and is eager for a “life-changing opportunity” to attend an Ivy League school. He plans to study finance.

“It’s not really intimidating at all,” Payne said of Dartmouth’s academics. “I think it’s something to really strive for and embrace. ... It’s something to really motivate me and excite me and really strive to be the best I can possibly be.”

Payne, the Chronicle’s Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season, originally committed to Loyola but changed his mind when his brother, Cully Payne, left the Ramblers’ program. Quinten’s sister, Katlyn Payne, recently opted to transfer to the Northern Illinois women’s basketball program from Eastern Illinois.

Bulldogs’ Knox picks Rochester: Batavia senior forward Tucker Knox recently decided he will play college basketball at the University of Rochester (N.Y.).

Knox, a three-sport athlete at Batavia, could also end up punting for the Rochester football team, according to his mother, Kellie Knox. Knox chose Rochester, a Division-III program, mostly for its academic prowess. The Yellowjackets compete in the University Athletic Association, which also includes the University of Chicago.

• Jay Schwab is sports editor of the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5382 or

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