Arapahoe High School senior Bobby Baltzer has a good view of what to expect this spring in lacrosse after playing basketball for the Warriors last season.
“A lot of basketball stuff carries over the lacrosse, especially the court vision carries over from basketball a ton, and being able to see the field in lacrosse when slides are coming and where guys are coming to cut off your defender,” said Baltzer.
“The strategy can be the same as basketball,” he continued. “We have a couple set plays but I would say lacrosse is a lot more free-flowing, you push transition more often and feel out the game more than just having a set play.”
Baltzer ranks among the top scorers in the Centennial League and will be playing lacrosse at Hobart next season.
In 11 games, Baltzer had 25 goals, six assists, 31 points and 36 ground balls.
`He is the first junior All-American we have had. He's a special player.'
Arapahoe boys lacrosse coach
Q&A with Baltzer
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Russell Westbrook. I am a big fan of his and he's my favorite player. He wears 0 and that's why I wear 0. We don't have just a single 0 in lacrosse so double 0 is a close as it gets.
What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?
Myself. Just looking at things that I can improve myself on and continue to improve. Also my teammates as well. Competing with them every day motivates me to get better.
What would be a perfect performance in lacrosse?
A perfect performance would be giving it my all and not looking back and thinking I could have done this or that. I want to know I left everything on the field.
What is your favorite class in school and why?
That's tough but I would say choir. We're singing right now “The Fire Down Below.” It's an oldie but it's a goody.
What is the key to picking up ground balls in lacrosse?
There are a couple keys. Getting physical for sure if you're near one of your opponents. Also just getting low. You have to get in that kind of squat stance. And you just also have to want it more.
What is your most memorable moment in high school sports?
Freshman year going to the state lacrosse game (11-5 loss to Regis Jesuit), the whole atmosphere and the whole day. I'll remember that forever. I'm hoping to repeat that this year.
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