PRINCETON — From a young age Cade Fix knew that he wanted to play a sport in college, but he was unsure which one it would be. He played basketball, soccer and baseball as a kid before focusing on the first two as he grew older.
In August he will be heading up the road to attend Concord University to study biology and play on the basketball team. Concord has seen success on the NCAA Division II level with three 20-win seasons in the past five years including a 20-10 record this year.
The Mountain Lions are losing their top scorer in guard Tommy Bolte but return 11 players who made the Mountain East Conference tournament semifinals.
“Really exciting to make that transition to the next level so I’m excited,” Fix said.
Fix played both basketball and soccer throughout high school for Princeton High. He was a center defensive back for the soccer team, which came extremely close to winning the West Virginia state quarterfinals but fell to George Washington 3-2 in double overtime.
“We thought we had it and we lost that one but we felt like we should have went farther and quite possibly won it all,” Fix said.
Princeton finished the season with a 16-2-2 record. Fix was named to the West Virginia All-Class AAA first team by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association for anchoring the Tigers’ defense throughout all season long.
On the basketball court he played point guard and shooting guard for the Tigers who had their best record in Fix’s four years on the team this past season. Princeton went 14-8 this year and lost in the sectional 69-68 to Greenbrier East in the final seconds of the game.
“It was just an unfortunate event that we lost that sectional game to Greenbrier East after beating them two times in the regular season,” Fix said.
Fix had a number of opportunities to play collegiate basketball and had to take into consideration different factors for each college. The colleges were of a varying distance from home and each team had a unique situation that Fix would step into.
“Overall Concord was the best situation I had and it wasn’t like it was ‘oh, well I’ll just pick Concord because it’s close to home’ I really wanted to go there,” Fix said.
A key influence for Fix was that the Concord coaches came to a majority of his games this season due to the close proximity from Athens to Princeton. Being only 20 minutes from Athens, he already has been there many times and feels comfortable on the campus.
Once he begins at Concord he will have fewer things to focus on and can spend more time on what he is passionate about. Fix will be able to focus on learning about biology and improving his game on the basketball court.
“Just being able to devote the majority of my time to school and basketball,” Fix said. “I’ll be able to really focus on those two and I’m excited to see what that’ll do for me.”
While playing soccer at Princeton High School Fix was coached by his father, Robbie Fix. This scenario can be a challenge as the parent can either give their kid special treatment compared to others on the team or be particularly hard on them.
“He just expected more out of me and I completely understood that and I guess the other guys did as well because they looked to me as a leader and we were able to rally the troops and get things done with that mindset,” Fix said.
At Concord everything will be tougher for Fix on the basketball court. The players are bigger, stronger and faster at the next level. He will have to earn his playing time and develop a role on a roster that returns all but two players. He has already played in some scrimmages and pickup games with his soon to be teammates.