Alec Fisher is a senior at Harper Creek High School, where he scores straight A’s.
Fisher is a soccer player for the Beavers, and is on pace to break his own single-season scoring record at the school.
Fisher is also a football player on Friday nights, breaking a Harper Creek PAT scoring record and booting some clutch field goals.
“Just balancing the two,” Fisher said. “Remembering I need to get it under the bar Tuesday and Thursday nights. And Friday night keeping it over the bar. It’s not too much different.”
Fisher is hardly the first soccer player-turned football kicker — he’s among four in the Cereal City this year along with Habeeb Salimon (Battle Creek Central), Jake Herbers (Lakeview) and Brayden Bennett (Pennfield) — but he is racking up points in his two Beavers jerseys at a phenomenal pace.
For the Harper Creek soccer team, Fisher has 17 goals through nine games. He is on pace to break the school’s single-season record for goals of 21 — a benchmark he tied as a junior.
“The kind of player every coach dreams of having,” said Harper Creek soccer coach Andrew Evans. “He can defend, and he can definitely score goals. He’s the kind of person you want on the field all the time because he can do just about everything you need him to do. Wins balls, plays hard and inspires others.”
Soccer is Fisher’s first love, a sport he has played for about 15 years. He said he is being recruiting by Division 3 Hope College and Division 1 Western Michigan University, but added Hope is currently No. 1 on his list because he feels the school is a good fit.
Evans said sharing his team captain with the football team is only a problem when Fisher misses Friday’s practice to play in football games.
“As long as he doesn’t get injured playing football, I’m OK with him doing his thing on the football field, too,” Evans said. “And if (football coach) Ed (Greenman) wants to send me some players some time, that would be great.”
In football, Fisher broke the Harper Creek record for career points after touchdown (PAT) this past week with No. 71. He is 9-of-9 on PATs this season, and successfully booted a 36-yard field goal on his only attempt.
Last year he broke the school’s career field goal record with six makes. He also now handles kickoff duty this season, where he has four touchbacks after 14 kicks, and one ‘tackle’.
“I pushed him out of bounds,” Fisher said with a laugh. “But I guess it counts.”
Last season was the first time Fisher ever played football, and on the second game of his career, he was put to the test. With only seven seconds remaining in an epic contest against Stevensville-Lakeshore, he connected on a game-winning 20-yard field goal.
“I didn’t even think about it at the time or going into the game,” Greenman said.
“It just happened. Talk about nerves of steel. To come in in the second game of your career and drill one to win a game for us. Everything since then has been just like that.”
Greenman, who is also the school’s athletic director, said he wouldn’t hesitate using Fisher if he needed a field goal from the 40-45 yard range. But he said Fisher brings so much more to Harper Creek than just points on a couple scoreboards.
“He’s been very special for us. Added a lot to our program. Setting records obviously is great, but the neat thing about him is him as a person,” Greenmand said. “He’s a 4.0 student. A great kid. Someone you can trust and count on. Our student body loves him. ‘Field goal Fish’ is the cheer whenever he comes out on the field to kick the ball. He’s a done a great job for us.”