Muddy River Showcase profile: Canton’s Macie Fisher contributes to Tigers’ winning legacy


Canton's Macie Fisher was a multi-sport standout in high school who plans to play softball at Kirkwood Community College. | Mathew Kirby photo

CANTON, Mo. — Macie Fisher is getting a double dose of all-star activities.

Not only will Fisher represent Canton on the Missouri squad for the Muddy River Showcase, which takes place June 15 at John Wood Community College’s Student Activity Center, but she participated in the Missouri High School Fastpitch Coaches Association all-star game in Columbia last week.

It was her final chance to play alongside Canton teammate Kenzie Biggerstaff and another pair of Lewis County products in Highland’s Emma Harshberger and Olivia Ritterbusch.

“It was great. Getting to play with and against people I don’t really know but maybe had seen at other games was cool,” Fisher said. “You get to talk to them and talk about softball and stuff. There were girls who play spring softball, so it was cool to hear their perspective on that. It was neat to meet new people and it was a blast.”

More of that is in store during the Muddy River Showcase, and it puts a cap on a highly successful prep career.

In four years at Canton, Fisher helped the girls basketball program win 71 games and the softball program win 81 games, including the 2022 Class 1 state championship, leading to a scholarship offer to play at Kirkwood Community College.

With it, her legacy as a winner is secure, and the Muddy River Showcase is the chance for one more victory.

Q: How cool is it knowing 10 years from now you’ll be able to go back to Cantonm and say you were part of a state championship team?

A: It’s super cool. I know whenever the 2017 team won state I was young and I had the opportunity to go watch them and I remember thinking, “I want to do that.” So I hope the younger girls who got to watch us had that same thought and were like, “That’s one of my goals that I want to strive for.” It’s cool knowing we did something as special as that.

Q: How much did you enjoy playing basketball at Canton?

A: All sports at Canton have been a really good time for me. The environment and the culture there have been really great. Basketball specifically, I love (Canton coach Danielle Baker) and I loved playing for her. All four years were great. From my freshman year to my senior year, I felt like I learned so much and grew a lot. I was around a lot of great players and a lot of great people.

Q: Why is Canton successful in all sports?

A: I think that we produce good athletes for one, and every team I have been a part of, we mesh really well. We get along really well. Another thing that’s good about it is we all play summer ball together. A lot of my teammates, especially with softball and basketball, I’ve played summer back with. It really helps with meshing. We just reload every year in every sport. That’s a really good thing.

Q: What’s your favorite high school basketball memory?

A: Definitely the years that we won the Tony Lenzini Tournament. That would be up there for me. It’s always fun beating Palmyra when you’re from Canton. The environment that gym brings makes it really fun to be there. So I have some really good memories, especially playing alongside Nariah (Clay).

Q: What about Kirkwood made you say that was the place for you?

A: I had gone on another visit right before that, and it was cool. But when I was at Kirkwood, it blew that visit out of the water for me. I’m not even sure what exactly it was. Coach (Eric) Frese and Coach Ozzie Adams were both really great to me. The campus has really nice facilities. It’s a winning program, so I was super excited. The way he talked to me mattered. He was like, “I really like your speed.” He was talking me up but he hadn’t really seen me play in person much. So I just thought that was kind of cool.

Q: Do you know what you want to study?

A: I’m going to major in early childhood education. I did some peer tutoring this year with Heather Hinton, who does the early childhood program here at Canton. I really enjoyed it. I initially thought I wanted to do psychology, and then whenever I started doing the peer tutoring with little kids, I fell in love with it. I just think it’s really interesting. It’s such a big point in their life. I think it could be really rewarding.

Q: What are you looking forward to about the Muddy River Showcase?

A: Definitely playing with people that you normally play against is going to be fun. When you’re playing against them, it’s like you’re enemies. I think it will be really fun to play with them. When I got to play with Crossover Hoops, I was able to play with people like (Palmyra’s Taytum White and Candra King) and it was really fun. So I’m looking forward to play with people I faced off against all these years.

Tickets for the Muddy River Showcase are $10
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