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Sydney Bowles

Sydney Bowles

Sydney Bowles ’22 - Varsity Girls Basketball - Shooting Guard

How long have you attended Woodward? How did you get started with basketball?
I have been at Woodward since the 7th grade. I started off playing basketball and soccer at the YMCA when I was very young. I also played tennis. I later decided that I liked basketball more. I knew if I wanted to be really good at one of those things I would have to quit the other activities. I think I made the right decision!

The girls basketball team has had tremendous success over the past couple of years! What have been some of your personal highlights?
Nothing beats the State Championship. The moment was really just a full circle for myself and the team. I remember my sophomore year we lost in the Elite 8 to a really good Carver Columbus team. Our boys were still in the tournament so we went to the Final Four to support. We ended up catching the girls Final Four game and then we all had a moment where we told our Coach [Kim Lawrence ’00], “We should be here. Next year we are going to be here.” So from that moment on the goal was a State Championship. 

What do you enjoy most about being a War Eagle?I enjoy being a part of a diverse Woodward community. Woodward has given me the opportunity to make many friends from different backgrounds, races, and ethnicities. 

What are your academic interests or other interests outside of basketball?
I'm a math and science girl. I took Engineering 101 and really enjoyed it. I love building things with my hands. I really enjoy reading books and watching anime. I am a self proclaimed foodie. I love food, I love trying new foods. 

Who at Woodward inspires you? Why?
My coach, Coach Kim. There's so much I can say about how she has impacted me as a person, not even just a player. She pours so much into her players and pushes us to be our best. It's impossible not to want to buy in. She has really helped me improve as a leader, and I always look to her for advice. I will always be grateful that I was blessed to have a mentor like her in my life. 

What will you miss most about WA?
The people. I am really going to miss the faces in the hallways, in the cafeteria, in the lounge. The community has always been so kind and supportive to me. I am going to miss the friends that I have made over the years as well. 

What are your plans for college and beyond?
I plan to study mechanical engineering at the University of Georgia. I am not sure exactly what I want to do with it yet, but I am looking forward to figuring that out. As far as basketball, I plan to keep improving and hopefully win an NCAA championship, or two. After my college career, I want to play professionally in the WNBA.  

Shortly after writing this, Bowles was named the 2021-22 Gatorade Georgia Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Bowles as Georgia's best high school girls basketball player. 

The girls basketball team went on to win the 5A state championship over Forest Park on March 10, 2022, giving them two consecutive state titles. Bowles led Woodward with 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists in the championship game.