Emily Fisher, Aberdeen High School’s two-sport senior standout, has signed a letter of intent to play women’s soccer at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.
The 18-year-old Fisher not only had to choose between schools but sports as well. She was a two-time Evergreen 2A Conference first-team selection in both soccer and basketball.
While she maintained a somewhat higher profile in basketball (a sport in which was Aberdeen’s leading scorer and rebounder), she determined that her love for soccer was greater.
“I think everyone thought I was going to play basketball, because I focused on it more in the summer,” Fisher said Thursday. “I picked soccer because I like it. I think I enjoyed it more in the end.”
The University of Pacific in California, Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., and Colorado State were among the schools that pursued her in soccer. Several factors figured in her decision to choose UPS.
“It was closer to home and I liked that,” she said. “I really like the campus and the school.”
Also an outstanding student (she will graduate ninth in her class with a 3.91 grade point average), Fisher will also receive the $20,000 Scott Weatherwax Scholarship, administered by the Grays Harbor Community Foundation. That is awarded to a Harborite planning to attend UPS, the late Weatherwax’s alma mater.
Whitman in Walla Walla, Saint Martin’s University, Lewis &Clark in Portland and Occidental College in California were among the schools recruiting Fisher in basketball.
“It was pretty much Whitman in basketball or UPS in soccer,” said her mother, Renee Fisher. “Then we did the drive (to Walla Walla)…”
A soccer-basketball double at Puget Sound was considered but eventually rejected due to the overlapping seasons.
Veteran Puget Sound coach Randy Hanson told the Fisher family that Emily will likely play forward for the Loggers.
“He liked Emily’s size,” said her father, Todd Fisher.
Fisher will be joining a perennially powerful UPS soccer program.
The Loggers won their 12th consecutive Northwest Conference championship last fall and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Hanson has earned 11 conference Coach of the Year awards.
Fisher plans to major in biology at Puget Sound, with the plan of eventually becoming a pediatric dental hygienist. She also hopes to take classes in studio art.