Faces Off the Field: Abi Fleischmann, senior forward, Wimberley


What’s your favorite memory of playing basketball for Wimberley?

A block I made during a game. I swatted the ball so hard that it landed near the three-point line.

What do you remember most about the first time you played organized basketball?

My first memory of basketball would be face-planting. Eighth grade was the first year that I played organized basketball, and I didn’t have a real understanding for the sport. That said, I was on the ground a lot because the game was fast and I was slow.

Do you have a favorite bonding experience with your teammates?

I do not because we continue to outdo the previous best bonding experience. Every time that we are together is so exciting because of how much fun we will have. I really feel that the group of girls this year has some of the best relationships on and off the court.

What’s the best part about living in a small town?

Living in a small town is great because people know who you are. For example, at my school I am not just another student ID. The teachers, coaches and administration do a great job at simulating a small, community-like environment.

If you could have dinner with any four people in the history of the world, whom would you invite?

Albert Einstein, Johann Sebastian Bach, James Naismith and Morgan Freeman.

Why did you choose Bach?

Because I find inspiration through him. He produced some of the world’s most beautiful classical music that is still listened to today.

If you had the choice of being all-state in basketball or valedictorian of your senior class, which would you choose?

I would have to choose being valedictorian. I have always valued academics and consider them a top priority even ahead of basketball.

What’s the best advice anyone has given to you?

“A single string can be easily broken, but a braided cord of multiple strings will not be easily fragmented.” — Pastor Rob Campbell of Cypress Creek Church. I took this quote as a metaphor for humanity. The work of multiple people will have a better lasting impression on the world than one person’s doings. Also, people working together can accomplish more.

What are your plans after you graduate?

I plan on attending the University of Houston to study civil engineering.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Before every game, the basketball team circles up and prays for those in the game (no injuries, having courage and strength). I love this pre-game ritual because it’s something that not a lot of teams do.

— Rick Cantu



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