by Kelsey Sheffield
Spurger Pirate athletes have proven to be hard workers throughout the regular athletic seasons, but some have continued to drive that effort through the summer as well.
Bailey Bowers is a part of the junior high athletic department of Spurger and is an incoming eighth grade student. Bowers became a quick hit throughout her first year of being a Lady Pirate.
She took part in the cross- country, volleyball and basketball teams. At the district cross-county meet, Bowers placed tenth place. The volleyball girls won first place at the Warren tournament in the Xcel Spring League and the basketball team won first place in the West Sabine tournament. Bowers was a key player and a leader to the girls. She took her work ethic further in playing softball for junior teams in both Texas and Louisiana.
Bowers exercised her skills as part of the Jasper All Stars softball team.
The team played throughput the end of the school year and finished in first few weeks of summer.
They came away winning first place of District 12. Bowers chose not to stop her activities there, but went on to continue playing softball for the Louisiana Rippers from Monroe, Louisiana.
The girls traveled to different cities to play in tournaments that advanced them further in the season. The Rippers just came back from Panama City Beach to compete in the 2014 USFA (United States Fast pitch Association) world series. The tournament was a week long of playing teams from several other states. Bowers played a special role, along side the remaining members, and came home with a first place win. Congratulations to Bowers and the Rippers.
Bailey Bowers has gone beyond the expectations of a junior high athlete and has continued to work hard throughout her summer break from school.
The Spurger Pirates are proud to call her one of their own and are excited to see her grow and excel in the coming years.