May 1, 2012

Fetzer stays local

Kevin McCarthy

6-foot-4 Alec Fetzer displayed production at the offensive and defensive ends of the court for the past couple of seasons as a St. Helena High Saint and his display of talent has been welcomed aboard by Cal Maritime Coach Bryan Rooney. It was a feeling of overall comfortability that did the trick.

photo of Alec Fetzer

"First, I really liked the coach," Fetzer explained. "It's [a degree from Cal Maritime] going to give me a great opportunity for after basketball and my family and friends are close by and can come see me play."

He is expected to be positioned at the two and three spots for the Keelhaulers.

What did Rooney see in his new talent?

Try 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game, the latter which influenced Fetzer's selection as the Napa County Defensive Player of the Year. A year earlier, he earned Napa County Offensive Player of the Year honors and has been selected as a First Team All North Central League pick two seasons running.

So what will this addition bring to Keelhauler basketball?

According to Fetzer, "I want to win, I'm pretty versatile in that I can play different positions, my scoring and my hard-nosed defense."

Cal Maritime just enjoyed its best season ever, finishing tops in the California Pacific Conference (CPC) with a 12-0 record -- 21-10 overall -- plus entrance into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tournament. Eight seniors are departing Rooney's squad, including Isaiah Moore, the team's leading scorer, and CPC Defender of the Year 6-foot-2 Josh Greenwell.

Besides the Keelhaulers, the conference consists of Holy Names, William Jessup, UC Merced, Simpson, Menlo and Pacific Union.

A three-year varsity starter, Fetzer's basketball future was unknown as a sophomore.

"Back then, I wasn't really sure about a scholarship. I always wanted to play college basketball but until I started getting interest and looks, I didn't know if it would happen."

Fetzer is looking to major in international business.

He wished to thank his parents and also St. Helena Coach Tom Hoppe for aiding him in his hoops journey.

"Coach Hoppe told me I'm the first St. Helena player he's ever coached to get a scholarship. He's known me since I was a kid and he would open up the gym for me when I wanted to work out."