This archived article was written by: Whitney Fieldsted
For those people that know the game of basketball, it is obvious that the point-guard position is possibly the most important position in the game. They not only need to be quick, have ball-handling skills and smart, but they also need to be a leader. Let’s just say it isn’t the easiest position and Sarah Fletcher has been a point-guard her entire life.
Fletcher has been playing basketball since she was 9 years old, and lucky for her, her career didn’t end after high school. She was able to continue her basketball days as a point guard for the USU Eastern Lady Eagles. This is Fletcher’s second year on the Eastern basketball team and probably her last year of playing ball, but before coming to Eastern, Fletcher played club basketball during the off-season. “Club ball is way different than high school. It’s more intense and aggressive and I knew I would miss it if I didn’t play college,” Fletcher said.
She came to Eastern because she had scholarship money, it was close to relatives, it was far from home and, of course, the opportunity to fulfill her lifelong dream of playing college basketball. “It is my biggest accomplishment, to see all my hard work payoff and my dream come true,” Fletcher said. She loves playing ball at Eastern and loves Coach Dave Paur. Overall, her time in Price, America has been good even though it was a big adjustment from her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. She had lived in Phoenix her entire life, with her two older brothers and younger sister. Coming to Price wasn’t easy.
Unlike most teenagers today, Fletcher didn’t attend a public school. She attended a charter school, which is much like a private school, but you don’t have to pay tuition to enroll. During Fletcher’s high school years, basketball was her life. She participated in one other sport and that was track. However, she didn’t run track because she loves to run, she did it to stay in shape. If you have seen Fletcher around campus, you know she does a good job of that by looking at her muscular build and slender body.
Besides basketball, Fletcher enjoys a lot of other things in life. She loves to build homes. Last winter break she spent time in Mexico building homes. Being from Arizona, she is fairly close to the Mexican border so she also enjoys doing things in the ocean like scuba diving.
Fletcher is someone that a lot of people like to spend their time with. Teammate Harley Earl said, “ She always works hard and has a fun personality.” After she finishes her last semester in Price this spring, she will be moving home for the summer, but then she will have the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad in Italy through BYU. In the future, she plans on becoming physical therapists and wants to be a marathon runner in her free time.