STRATFORD–Carrie Pfister gave her all to the Stratford High School Red Devils.
Over the course of a four-year athletic career, Pfister put in 10 varsity seasons, rising to the level of a three-sport captain who surpassed the 1,000-point scoring milestone in varsity basketball.
Her latest honor, 17 years after she graduated, is an induction into the Stratford High Athletic Hall of Fame.
Pfister, along with two other former Stratford High stand outs, will be honored tonight as part of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame and Senior Athlete Recognition banquet at Vazzano’s Four Seasons Banquet Hall.
“Actually, it means a lot,” Pfister said. “I’m very proud to be in there. I worked really hard in high school, being a three-sport athlete, just trying to be the best I could be. I felt like I wasn’t acknowledged much back then, so get acknowledged like this now shows all that hard work paid off.”
Growing up, she always seemed destined to become a top-notch athlete at SHS.
“Yeah, that’s who I am,” Pfister said. “I knew I definitely wanted to be an athlete. That’s all I wanted to do.”
The daughter of Wayne and Donna Pfister arrived at Stratford High in 1998 and immediately made an impact on two sports as a starter—as a point guard on Gary Schmidlin’s basketball team and as second baseman for Gary Mucci’s softball squad.
She would go on to hold those positions for the remainder of her four-year career.
During her junior and senior season, Pfister was the captain for both the basketball and softball team.
Her sophomore year, she joined the volleyball program and after one year at the JV level rose to the varsity ranks where she also captained that team her senior year for Coach Lisa Buccieri.
Following her senior season on the hardwood, she was named the team MVP, was honored as an All-SWC player and set a school record for most assists in a season.
The point guard finished her career with 1,098 points in her career.
“I think I was original put there (at point guard) because I was 5-foot-2,” Pfister said. “But I excelled in that role. I guess I could be called a shooting point guard.”
After graduating from Stratford in 2002, Pfister attended Southern Connecticut State University, where she majored in Psychology.
For the past 13 years, Pfister has worked at Milestone Behavioral Services, working with children with autism.
She lives in Trumbull with her partner and one son.