NAPPANEE — Taylor Fielstra, a NorthWood High School senior, has committed to continue her academic and basketball careers at Bethel College in Mishawaka.
Fielstra, a 5-foot-9 guard and three-year letterwinner for coach Steve Neff's NorthWood Black Swish, was averaging 5.0 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals going into the past weekend.
As a junior, she averaged 5.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game and was NorthWood's defensive player of the year.
During her career, the Black Swish has won more than 70 games, two sectionals and three Northridge Bankers Classic titles.
She was a two-time Indiana Elite 3A North All-Star selection.
The daughter of former Bethel men's basketball player and Elkhart Memorial High School head girls basketball coach Larry Fielstra is also involved in student council, National Honor Society (ranked seventh in her class with a 3.99 grade-point average) and Nappanee Missionary Church youth group.
"Taylor's skills, dedication to the game and her leadership abilities have been outstanding attributes for NorthWood High School in many ways, but they are exceeded by her commitment to faith and family," said Neff. "Taylor has developed into our No. 1 on the ball defender in addition to being in the top three on the team in many offensive categories, including scoring, assists and 3-pointers made."
Said Bethel head coach Jody Martinez of Fielstra, "I have known Taylor and her family a very long time. It has been exciting to see Taylor's development as a student-athlete. She is one of the best defensive players in the area. Taylor does a great job playing her role for Coach Neff and the "Black Swish." She is an outstanding student-athlete on and off the cour. She runs the floor well and is a great team player. Taylor also has a great work ethic in the classroom."
Said Fielstra, "I fell in love with the Christ-centered atmosphere at Bethel. The coaches and players are great and the opportunity to play basketball for a good program made choosing Bethel College an easy decision for me."