Mia Fishman

Mia Fishman patrols the sideline at a 2021 Broncs football game.

If someone were to ask fifth-grade Mia Fishman what she would be doing in high school, she never would have mentioned being a part of a football team. Well, four years of high school have come and gone and I spent each one being a part of, that’s right, the Broncs.

I became team manager of the Broncs during my freshman year. Since then I have walked the sidelines at 46 varsity football games with a six-pack of water bottles. I have spent countless hours on a school bus and I have traveled far and wide across Wyoming and Idaho for competition. During my time I have grown a weird fondness for gas station food (especially the ice cream at The Jackalope) and the prime-rib team dinners. I have perfected the definition of “high-quality H2O’’ — put forth by Bobby Boucher himself — and I have become accustomed to the reality of blood, sweat and tears. Most importantly, I have developed an immense love for the people I’ve met in this program.

I am quite honored to have been able to be a part of one of the most dominant senior classes in program history. The athletes I have watched compete since middle school have influenced the conference and the state as they broke all-time records and governed the field on both sides of the ball.

This senior class that I grew up with completely changed the game as well as the program. Not only are they the most committed and dedicated group of people I know, but they are also the most humble, kind, considerate and most humorous. Without fail, each and every one of my fellow seniors is able to put a smile on my face, especially when it’s needed the most. Without them I would have never been able to get through the hardest of times, the freezing practices or the physics test that I failed while they all succeeded. To my senior football class — I love you all so very much. Thank you for the great laughs, incredible plays, and unforgettable times.

I am grateful to have experienced the aspect of family on a team like the Broncs. I have never seen a more devoted group of moms than in this community. These ladies do not mess around, and we were lucky enough to indulge in their home-cooked team dinners every Thursday and their hot chocolate after brutally cold practices. I simply don’t know what we would have done without our beloved “mom squad.” Not only were we lifted up by our mommas, but by the football dads’ cowbells and air horns. too.

The dads converted a shed into a locker room and drove to each and every away game, no matter the distance. The support we received from all the parents, including my own, was huge. To my extended football family — I love you all so very much. Thank you for the hugs, astounding meals and dedicated cheers.

I am utterly thankful to have been involved in such an extraordinary coaching staff. From arguing about which SEC team is the best to planning which day of the month the school would serve ravioli for lunch, the bond I have with this group is something I will never leave behind. With each and every moment I spent on the football team, I felt an immense amount of support from my coaches. I was able to experience moments of triumph and moments of tragedy, with some of the most influential people I have ever met.

To my coaches — I love you all so very much. Thank you for the unforgettable jokes, insightful talks and moments of patience.

It’s hard for me to accept the fact that my four years of football are over. This program has had such a profound impact on my life and I cannot imagine my life without these experiences. I entered this realm as a freshman with no idea about what I would get out of it ... but here I am. I’m a senior in high school and now have a great amount of love for my 50 plus brothers, Pizza Ranch and the game of football. To the Jackson Broncs football program — I love you all so much. Here’s to all those good times ... it sure has been a pleasure.

No. 11, signing off.

Mia Fishman recently finished up her fourth season as team manager, strolling the sidelines at Jackson Hole High School Broncs football games.

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