The Eric Goedde injury is disheartening but, hopefully, not catastrophic.
In a 68-58 win against Englewood on Feb. 8, the Peak to Peak senior was contacted by two players as he drove to the hoop. He braced the resulting fall with his right (shooting) hand, and injured his wrist. X-rays revealed only a sprain, not a break.
Goedde, one of Class 3A’s top players with averages of 25 points and 12 rebounds, sat out the Pumas’ 57-41 loss at Lutheran on Feb. 10 and was scheduled to remain shelved on Valentine’s Day in the regular-season finale against Manual.
Pumas coach Tony Peters said he hoped to have Goedde back by the opener of the Metro League Tournament on Feb. 21. He didn’t want to rush his star player back for the Manual game because Peak to Peak (13-5, 4-4) couldn’t move much from the middle portions of the league standings.
“We’re taking it day by day, but the hope is he’ll be back by the 21st,” Peters said. “But injuries happen, and in the meantime we’ll just have to adjust.”
The Pumas likely will open the league tourney against either Holy Family or Bishop Machebeuf. They lost to each team in the regular season, but narrowly. Holy Family triumphed 56-50 and Machebeuf 84-77 in overtime.
Goedde’s younger brother, Brian, a junior, has been replacing Eric in the starting lineup.
Reached by text message Tuesday, Eric Goedde indicated that the pain “isn’t that bad” but that he will have the wrist X-rayed once again on Thursday to confirm the initial negative diagnosis. Asked whether he believes he’ll be ready for the league tournament, Goedde responded: “not sure yet.”