Owen athletes earn recognition for winter sports

Fred McCormick
Black Mountain News

The winter sports season may be over for Owen High's Warhorses and Warlassies, but accolades for the athletes are just coming in. 

Nine athletes from the school were recently recognized for their performances on the basketball court and wrestling mat. 

Additionally, two seniors will represent Owen in the annual Blue-White All-Star basketball game at Enka High School on Saturday, March 17. The game gets underway at 6 p.m.  

Kendal Marlowe earned a spot in the Blue-White All-Star Game at Enka High School on Saturday, March 17. Marlowe was also named to the Western Highlands Conference all-conference team.

Kendal Marlowe was a key player during the 20-7 campaign for the Warlassies last season. She averaged 8.4 points, 3.2 assists, 3.3 rebound and 1.7 steals per game in her final season at Owen. She will suit up for the Blue Team, which will be coached by R-S Central head coach Darius Fuller. 

D.J. Garnett was the second-leading scorer for the 3-22 Warhorses last season. The guard averaged nearly 10 points per game in his only season at Owen. He was named to the Blue Team, which is being coached by Reynolds High School head basketball Ryan Stevens.

The annual all-star contest benefits the Rhododendron Civitan Club, a volunteer organization that serves the special needs population in Western North Carolina. The boys game will be the 66th Blue-White contest, and the girls game will be the 42nd such contest. Tickets are available at bluewhiteallstar.com

In other recognition, Owen junior Chesney Gardner was named  to the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association District 12 all-district second team, announced March 7. Gardner led the Warlassies in scoring with 17 points and 9 rebounds per game. 

All-district teams are selected based on the vote of the coaches that make up the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association. 

Gardner and Marlowe were two of four Warlassies named to the all-conference team of the Western Highlands Conference. Seniors Dee Graves and Ashley Valencia also earned spots on the team. 

Graves was the second-leading scorer (9.1 points per game) for the Warlassies, whose 20 wins were more than the program has put up in a season in over a decade. Valencia contributed 7.6 points per contest and led the Warlassies with 3.7 assists per game. 

Garnett earned a spot on the WHC's all-conference boys team, as did teammate Noah Moore, the leading scorer for the Warhorses last season.

Moore, a junior, averaged 15.2 points per game for Owen. He also led the team in steals per game. 

Three members of the Owen wrestling team earned honorable mentions on The Asheville Citizen Times All-WNC squad. Kaleb Woods, Tanner Riddle and Wesley Melton were recognized for their performances last season.