Owen athletes continuing their careers

Fred McCormick

At least six graduates from Owen High School's class of 2017 and one from Asheville Christian Academy will pursue playing their respective sports in college next season.

Five Owen athletic programs at the school produced college-bound athletes in the most recent graduating class. A pair of rising senior softball players have committed to playing in college too.

Anissa Avila, who played center field for the Warlassies softball team, will attend East Tennessee State University to play for a Pirates program that a season ago won its first Southern Conference championship.

Avila's former teammate, Bria Crompton, who played third base for the Warlassies, will continue her career at Brevard College after signing a letter of intent to play for the Tornados on May 31.

The football program at Owen produced Tyler Sexton, the leading receiver for the Warhorses in 2016. Sexton not only led the team in receiving yards with 500, but his six touchdown receptions were the most on the team as well. Sexton will continue his football career at Mars Hill University.

Tyler Sexton led the Warhorse in receiving as a senior last season. He plans to play for the Lions of Mars Hill University.

James Murray made plenty of big stops in goal during his career with Warhorse soccer team. His signature performance was against top-seeded Forbush in the playoffs last year when he defended the net in a shootout, helping Owen upset the previously unbeaten Falcons. Murray will bring his goalkeeping skills with him to Sewanee, Tennessee at The University of the South.

Max Hill, whose goal in sudden death gave the boys soccer team at Asheville Christian Academy its second N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A state championship in as many years, will play for the Fighting Scots of The College of Wooster in Ohio.

Sarah Muncy will join her former Warlassies volleyball teammate Emily Price on the team at Montreat College after impressing the coaching staff with her leadership skills during a workout with the Cavaliers.

Brian Bartlett, who starred for the Warhorses on the basketball court and baseball diamond, will continue his career in the latter at Montreat College. Bartlett is the third member of his family to play baseball for the Cavaliers program.

Rising seniors Jaiden Tweed and Ashley Valencia, who have both enjoyed success at the varsity level in softball since their freshmen season, have already committed to college teams. Tweed plans to attend Presbyterian College in South Carolina following her senior year, while Valencia recently signed to play for Pensacola State College in Florida.

ACA rising senior Kate Condra has already committed to playing volleyball for Harvard University.