Wausau WR Ben Fischer will sign LOI Wednesday

Ben Fischer, a 6-foot-2 wide receiver from Wausau East who committed to Minnesota in November, will sign his letter of intent Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. Fischer is one of the Midwest's top three-sport athletes. He was named All-Wisconsin Valley Conference in football, basketball and baseball as a junior. Fischer attended Gopher games versus Ohio State and Wisconsin and the Golden Gopher camp this summer. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Fischer's father Tim to learn the latest on the future Gopher.

Ben Fischer was named first-team All-Wisconsin Valley Conference this season. Fischer helped the Lumberjacks reach the playoffs after an 0-2 start. He finished with 284 yards receiving on 23 receptions and two touchdowns, and rushed for 397 yards on only 29 carries and four touchdowns.

Fischer led the Lumberjacks to a 5-5 season as they lost to top seed Menomonie (9-0 overall and 7-0 in conference play) at UW-Stout in the playoffs.

Fischer was named to the 2004 Journal Sentinel All-State Football Team as he caught 38 passes for 797 yards, a 20.9-yard average. He also had 707 return yards. Fischer shined in a performance against state finalist Marshfield as he scored on a 54-yard reception, an 89-yard punt return and a 74-yard run and had 390 total yards.

Fischer made first-team despite missing two conference games and the majority of a third game with an elbow injury suffered against Antigo on Sept. 30.

"The other teams showed their respect for Ben by selecting him to the first team," East coach Jack Synold said. "He was such an impact player and it is nice to see him selected. Fischer and the senior class were good leaders. Fischer is a quiet guy who gets things done. He works hard with his natural talent. He's a great example for our kids to follow."

Fischer is not only a standout on the gridiron. He was named co-Wisconsin Valley Conference Player of the Year last season as he led Wausau East to a 20-4 mark in boy's basketball. He was an unanimous selection as a junior and an honorable mention pick as a sophomore. Fischer was named 2005 honorable mention Associated Press all-state team.

The Lumberjacks lost to River Falls 68-57 in the Division I Sectional finals last season. Unfortunately, he suffered a wrist injury in June, which prevented him from playing AAU basketball this summer for the Wisconsin Swing. The injury prevented many basketball programs from evaluating him this summer.

Fischer has led Wausau East to a 12-1 start this season and they face 5-8 Antigo tonight. Fischer's father, Tim told Golden Sports.Net last week that Minnesota- Mankato and Winona State had expressed interest in him in basketball.

Fischer's scoring numbers are down this season to 14.2 points per game this season, but Tim said that is due to the team winning most games in easy fashion.

"They've been blowing everyone out. Their average margin is 26 points. Their only loss was to defending state chmapion Madison Memorial 54-52 in overtime. They hope to go to state."

There had been some talk that Fischer might bypass football to play hoops in college. However, Tim said that once he committed to play football, some of his basketball recruiting quieted.

"If Minnesota basketball would have stepped up their recruitment, he would have listened. However, there are lots of good things with Minnesota. He is comfortable with his decision."

Fischer was named to the 2004 Baseball Wisconsin Valley All-Conference team as a designated hitter/utility player and as a pitcher this past year.

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