McPherson High’s Adam Bowers was toughness personified.
Very few soccer players in the state were tougher pound-for-pound than Bowers, who signed a letter of intent Wednesday with Friends University of the KCAC.
Bowers was one of the state’s premier players, earning first-team All-State honors as a senior and also was first-team AVCTL Division III. He scored 11 goals and was credited with six assists. He was part of a defense that registered an amazing 13 shutouts.
He also was decorated his junior year, including honorable mention All-State, Regional Defensive Player of the Year, All-Region, first-team AVCTL and made the McPherson Invitational All-Tournament Team. He was a standout from an early age, earning second-team AVCTL honors as a sophomore.
Bowers had been looking at Friends for some time.
“It was definitely the location of the school (Wichita) and the competitiveness of them,” Bowers said. “They’re always competing, they're always working hard in games. That really attracted me to them. I always enjoy competing with people, I’m never a guy that gives less than 100 percent. It’s always nice to be somewhere where they can continue my hard work ethic.”
Bowers has the skills to play anywhere.
“I definitely feel the most comfortable at center-back,” he said. “I like being in the middle of everything, being there to help distribute, help stop stuff.”
Bowers said he would like to get down to Wichita to spend some time with his future teammates. The Falcons traditionally have been an upper-level team in the KCAC, but they are coming off a year in which they were 4-5 in the conference and 8-10 overall. Players of Bowers’ stature, though, could help them bounce back in a hurry.
Friends coach Nathan Wilkey is excited to add a player of Bowers’ caliber and it was his physical presence that attracted him to the Bullpup star.
“That’s something that you can’t look past in a player,” Wilkey said. “You need a player that hates to lose. You need a player that has a little meanness to him. That’s something that’s very valuable.”
Wilkey said he envisions Bowers playing somewhere in the midfield, because he likes the way he keeps involved in the game.
McPherson High coach Chris Adrian believes Bowers will be one of the Falcons' top recruits.
"Friends is absolutely getting a winner," he said. "Adam was a player that several schools in Kansas were fighting really hard for and for good reason. As good of a high school player that he was, I believe Adam has the potential to do even greater things at the collegiate level. With his size, strength and desire to win 50-50 balls, he is built for the college game. He is a player that is going to make an instant impact at Friends."
Bowers will be major in elementary education.