Coach Bob Buscher remembers meeting Emily Nelson for the first time because the little guard from out of town made an impression. Buscher recalled that Nelson, who moved to Falmouth from North Attleboro during junior high school, was out on the court playing some ball, and was one of the best players on the court. She could have shot nearly every time she had the ball on offense, but like a good point guard, she looked to set up her teammates. Some of those teammates were not very good at basketball, but Emily kept passing them the ball, and encouraging them to shoot.
“She’s been that way the whole time she’s been here, an amazing pleasure to coach,” Buscher said. “I was really psyched that she was voted one of the captains... to coach a kid like that, she’s the kind of kid that you want to keep in touch with, and I’m sure we will. She’s been a great addition to our program.”
Emily, the daughter of Kerri and Brian Nelson, has been a varsity guard at FHS for all four years she’s been there. She also is active in the Unified Basketball and Unified Track programs. It should be no surprise that she’s won the FHS Good Citizen Award, as well as being a member of the National Honor Society, and a Rotary Club Student of the Week.
In school, Emily said that Peer Mentoring is her favorite subject. She said her most-prized possession is a Cape Cod bracelet that she wears, because “wherever I go in life, it will always remind me of home.” Her favorite food is sushi and “Gossip Girl” is her favorite TV show.
How did you get involved with basketball? How much do you enjoy it?
I started playing basketball because I wanted to keep up with my sister and brother. If they had a basketball in their hands, then so would I. When I was younger my weekends and school vacations were spent in a basketball gym, sometimes in Massachusetts, but also in places like Ohio, Florida, and Washington, DC. I fell in love with basketball because it was always so much fun, and still is!
You are a part of a core group of players who have been together for several years. What is the bond between you, and how does it manifest on the court?
We are all unique individuals, but on the court we work together toward a common goal—winning.
Expectations for the team this year are pretty high. What are your goals, both as a team and personally for this winter?
My goal for my team this winter is to continue to work hard every day and make improvements every day. Personally, I would like to work on consistently finishing layups and shots.
You come from a family of athletes. Do you ever feel pressure to live up to the family name?
I do not feel pressure to live up to my brother or sister. My parents taught us that we all have different strengths and weaknesses, and we are not expected to be the same. I am so proud of both of my siblings’ accomplishments, on and off the court, and get inspired by them every single day.
You moved to Falmouth from North Attleboro just before high school. How tough is the transition joining a new school system, and a team, that had already formed relationships before you arrived?
Moving to Falmouth before high school was surprisingly a very easy transition. The Falmouth School system welcomed me with open arms. I also formed friendships with Olivia Peterson, Kayla Thomas and Anya Thomas during fall AAU. This made coming to Falmouth very easy.
You’ve participated in both Unified Basketball and Unified Track and Field. How did you get involved, and what has that experience been like?
Unified Basketball and Track have been one of my favorite and most rewarding experiences in all of high school. The connections and friendships that I have made with the “athletes” are simply amazing. To participate in the joy an athlete experiences when they score a basket or get a new time in track truly is the best feeling. Mr. Femino and Ms. Lima asked me to join Unified Basketball and Unified Track, and I was honored to be able to have a role on both teams.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
A scouting report might say that I am determined and competitive.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
I don’t think I would replay any one game because each game has taught me different lessons which make me the person and player I am today.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
Who is the best teammate you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best teammate I have ever played with is my sister, Katie. Katie and I were able to play in AAU tournaments together when we were younger and we still work out together when she is home on break. Katie pushes me to be a better athlete, and I am able to learn new things from her every day.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I have to chew mint gum every game. I don’t know why, but since 4th grade I’ve always had gum in and I haven’t stopped.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
Playing sports has taught me that you have to work hard to get the results you want, that you accomplish more when you work as a team, and to have a positive attitude no matter the circumstances.
Who has been your inspiration?
My inspiration is my sister. Katie plays basketball for Boston University, and is also a full-time student. Watching Katie be a leader to her team and balance the pressures of excelling at a D1 level is truly inspiring. Katie is a huge role model for so many people, including me, and I am so lucky to have her as my sister.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents for the unconditional love, guidance, and support they give me daily. My parents and my grandparents make appearances at every game and always wait and say “good job,” to me despite wins and losses. They both are an important part of my support system and I would not be where I am today without them.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you’ve always dreamed of going? Why?
The most interesting place I’ve been to is Thailand. I was lucky enough to visit Thailand last October. It was an unreal experience! While in Thailand I swam in the beautiful waters and was taught about Thai culture and customs. My dream place to visit is Greece; it just looks so pretty!
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
The biggest difference between me as a senior and as a freshman is that I am able to step back and look at the big picture. I would tell my freshman self that whatever you are going through right now is not that big of an issue!
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
I was born in Virginia.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
If I could switch places with anyone for a week, it would be my dad. My dad travels all over the world for work and has met many interesting people. I would want to have sushi in Japan and visit the Great Wall of China.
Describe your idea of the perfect day
My perfect day is a boat day with my family and friends. We would go tubing and wake-boarding, have lunch on the Vineyard and end the day with ice cream.
What are your post-high school plans?
After high school I will attend a four-year college in New England.
Where will you be in 10 years, and what will you be doing?
In 10 years I hope to be happy and healthy and doing whatever I love at that time.