Bowyer shines on and off the field

Published 10:12 pm Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Former Lakeland High School standout Sarah Bowyer has been the epitome of a student-athlete at college.

Bowyer, who was the starting catcher for North Carolina Wesleyan College, has enjoyed a solid four years of college. She recently completed her senior season, and as the starting catcher, she helped the team to a 21-15 record. She finished the season with 22 hits, a double, a triple and seven RBIs. She also had 161 put outs.

The Suffolk native was happy with her season.

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“I just wanted to enjoy my last year,” she said. “I wanted to absorb every pitch, every pick off, and every hit. I didn’t care too much about my stats. I just wanted to play the game I grow up loving.”

One of the main reasons she chose NCWC was for academics to go along with a chance to play. She was able to earn a full scholarship academically. Recently, she graduated summa cum laude and with honors with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a grade point average of 3.95.

Because of her outstanding dedication to being a student-athlete, she was awarded the Outstanding Student Athlete Scholar Award to go along with the Criminal Justice Outstanding Student Award. For the last three years, she was named to the All-Conference academic team.

All the accolades Bowyer earned both on and off the field were through hard work and being able to maintain a balance. It has always been in her to be successful in her academics.

“It was pretty demanding at times, especially during my senior year with all the things I had to get done,” she said. “I had to master time management skills and learn to prioritize my work, softball, all the clubs I was in and my personal life. Overall, I felt accomplished. Not only did I earn an outstanding education, but I was lucky to play one of the best sports at the highest level.”

At Lakeland, she graduated fourth in her class with a 4.28 GPA. As a junior and sophomore, she made the All-District teams.