Michaela Wiggins, EPHS 2011: Townie 1,000 Point Club, Now an Actor
The first girl to score 1,000 points for Townie basketball is Michaela Wiggins, class of 2011. Currently Wiggins is a successful actress of film, television and theatre. Wiggins who lives in Florida, flew to Rhode Island in March to watch her alma mater Townies in state playoff action. "I flew in to see the girls play in the division two championship a few weekends ago, once a Townie always a Townie!" Wiggins told The Reporter.
"Playing basketball at East Providence helped shape me into the person I am today. We worked hard every day in practice and were held to a very high standard. I developed a great work ethic and was taught to never quit," recalls Wiggins. "Scoring my 1000th point was a huge milestone and it felt good knowing that those points went towards helping my team win. The points record was great but I do think that surpassing 1000 rebounds was bigger for me because I wasn’t the tallest girl in the league. I loved playing hard under the basket. I was extremely lucky to have some wonderful teammates who helped me get there," said Wiggins.
Wiggins moved to Florida for school a few years ago and shortly after became an EMT. Regarding her acting career Wiggins said that : "it is such an interesting culture and has opened my eyes to the world in ways I never expected. In addition to my acting for film, theatre and television, I hope to do some work on stage soon. Acting has taken me to many places and has given me so many incredible experiences so far. I am currently filming a pilot for a series and have several other projects lined up this year. I return home to EP as often as my schedule allows to see my family and visit my favorite spots," added Wiggins. One thing that Michaela Wiggins is not an actor for, is her basketball skills.
EPHS and Bay View 1,000 Point Club Members:
EPHS (Girls): Michaela Wiggins, Class of 2011; Angie Leonardo, Class of 2016. St. Mary's Bay View: Lisa Ercolano, 1244 pts., Kerri Augenstein, 1202 pts., Deirdre Fuller, 1123 pts., Meredith McGair, 1049 pts.
EPHS (Boys): Kevin Bliss, Class of 1992, Bobby Perry, Class of 2007, Derek LaCroix, Class of 2002 (Alex Butler and Kenny Bliss reached this goal in college ball).