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Athlete of the Year: Ellie Fisher

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Ellie Fisher is up for bat against Kimball of Tracy.

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Ellie Fisher, outstanding cross country and softball player has been named the senior female Athlete of the Year award. She played volleyball for one year, cross country for three, and softball all four years of high school.

What awards or scholarships did you get? “I got a scholarship from Santa Clara University to play softball at the Division 1 level. I also got my Athletic Block T my freshman year from playing varsity softball.”

What did you like about playing? “For volleyball, I liked how I met a lot of new people. I really enjoyed cross country because I met some of my best friends on that team and it got me in really good shape for softball. I’ve been playing softball since I was four, so, of course, I loved playing all four years of high school.”

What was your favorite experience? “My favorite experiences were doing team bonding activities, like making t-shirts and sleepovers. The bus rides and hanging out with my team for cross country was also fun. For softball, one of my favorite experiences was going to sections with my team last year and making it really far.”

How did you feel about winning games? “I always felt happy to win and it just shows that our team was working together.”

Who was your favorite coach? “Coach Smith and Coach Ed, my two softball coaches, because I have been with them for four years. They inspired me to become a better player and a better person throughout high school.”

What was the most difficult part of playing sports? “The most difficult part would be learning new things in the sport, like getting used to volleyball when I played softball for most of my life and trying to balance school with sports.”

What did you do to get pumped up for games? “In softball, we always go into this line where the outfielders and infielders high five each other, and I try to scream the loudest out of everybody to pump myself up.”

What is an important lesson you learned from playing sports in high school? In order to succeed in your sport, you have to be a good team player, a good role model, and try your best. You also have to lead by example, and that’s what I tried to do.”

What are your future goals for sports? “I just hope to continue on to college playing softball.”

How have sports impacted your life? “Sports have always impacted my life. My sisters both played softball, and I have been involved with sports ever since I was little. It taught me how to be a better person. It impacted my education and family. Without sports, I don’t think I would be the same person as I am now.”

What are your plans for college? “I’m going to Santa Clara University to play softball all four years. I don’t know what to study yet, so I still have to figure that out. I also hope to gain a new experience and meet new people.”

Who or what motivates you? “If I’m doing something wrong, that motivates me to do better and improve myself. My family and friends tell me to try and be the best person I can be and to do my best.”

What are your other hobbies? “I can play piano, I’m okay at it, and I occasionally play it when I’m bored. I also like reading during my free time as well.”

What is your favorite food? “Definitely Mac and Cheese.”

Who is your favorite superhero? “Superman, because he is strong and has the confidence to do anything.”

What is the best advice you have ever received? “There is a saying that I have always been told ‘The cream rises to the top’ which means if your at a low place, no matter what, if you work hard you will always rise to the top.”

What does is mean to be a Bulldog? “It means to have great spirit and be a good person. I love the spirit and everyone here. I would not want to change my high school experience.”

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Athlete of the Year: Ellie Fisher