Athlete of the Week (Sept. 25-29): Owen Bowers


ROCKINGHAM — Owen Bowers has been named the Daily Journal’s Athlete of the Week for the week of Monday, Sept. 25.

Bowers is a senior middle hitter for the Richmond volleyball team who totaled 24 kills, six digs and three blocks in the teams’ two victories last week. She helped the Lady Raiders tie the single-season record for most wins with her 10-kill performance at Pinecrest last Tuesday, and then finished with a team-high 14 kills in the record-breaking win over Jack Britt at home last Thursday.

“Those kills were helpful because our team is really big on hits. We have some big hitters in me, Bri (Baysek) and Altman (Griffin),” Bowers said. “I’m just glad I could help my team come away with victories in two big games.”

Bowers also plays softball at Richmond and has already verbally committed to continue her career on the diamond at Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers. She was selected to both the All-Conference and All-District 4 teams at the end of last season after recording 42 hits, 37 RBI and nine home runs.

The senior is currently tied with softball teammate Greyson Way for the most home runs in a career (22) at Richmond.

“She’s very athletic and works really hard outside of her sports. She’s the strongest girls we have in this school — she really is,” head volleyball coach Shellie Wimpey said of Bowers. “She’s gotten so much better all around because of the time she puts. She’s a workout machine.”

Bowers and the Lady Raider volleyball team will be back in action tonight versus Hoke County, Wednesday against West Montgomery and Thursday at Lumberton. They boast a 17-0 overall record this season, making them one of only two 4A teams — alongside Reagan — who have yet to lose a game this year.

“We click very well,” Bowers added. “I just try to enourage my teammates…so we don’t get too down on ourselves. And I think that’s something that’s really helped up be successful this year.”

Below are Bowers’ answers to five of the questions presented by the Daily Journal:

Q: What’s your favorite sports memory so far?

A: My freshman year when we played Scotland (in softball) in the second round of the playoffs, I hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning. That was definitely my favorite.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do outside of sports?

A: I like volunteering at the Richmond County Animal Shelter. We wash the dogs, clean cages, take the dogs out, etc.

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?

A: I would fly because I want to travel the world.

Q: Who’s your favorite actor or what’s your favorite movie?

A: Probably George Clooney. And my favorite movie is The Descendants.

Q: Who’s your biggest influence?

A: My parents. They’ve helped me throughout my life by telling me I can be whatever I want to be as long as I work hard.