Layne, Lowrie are 2021 Express Athletes of the Year

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Mallory Layne and Carson Lowrie, two Winters High School Class of 2021 graduates, have both been selected as the Winters Express Athlete of the Year. Layne played on the WHS varsity soccer team and ran track all four years of high school. During her time on the soccer team Layne was an instrumental player in two section championships and was named to the All League team two times.  While Layne was a huge contributor to the success of WHS varsity soccer team, track is where she truly thrived and stood apart from the rest.  “She was one of the best track athletes we had. That is why it is so unfortunate that she lost most of the last two track seasons,” said Daniel Ward, WHS Athletic Director.  Layne put an insurmountable amount of time and effort into improving in her events and proved her resilience every time the sounding whistle blew. She competed in the 100-meter, 4 by 100 meter, 200 meter and occasionally the 4 by 400 meter — was the athlete to beat. In addition to her supreme athleticism, Layne was also commended on her leadership abilities and academic achievements.  “She has respect from her peers which is a great reflection of her leadership. When asked to fill in for relays or switch spots in a relay she was always willing to do what we thought was best for the team,” said track coach Christopher Kays.  While Layne proved to be an excellent leader and athlete, Layne was also unflagging in her efforts to uphold the same dedication to her academic responsibilities. Presumably, this is what earned her the honor of being elected as the valedictorians for the class of 2021.  Lowrie is the ultimate inspiration for all upcoming WHS athletes. Lowrie played baseball, basketball and ran track during his time at WHS, but was distinguished and received various accolades based on his performance under those Friday night lights.  “Carson was born to play football. He is one of the toughest kids that I have ever coached and he truly loves the game of football,” said Ward.  Lowrie excelled at football, starting on varsity for three years, making the All League team two times, the All Metro team and All Section team were just a few of his accomplishments. This year was especially exceptional for Lowrie.  He was named to the All State team as one of the best football players in Northern California and received a football and academic scholarship to play football for the College of Idaho.  Upon completion of football, Lowrie was asked to choose between baseball and basketball, after some restrictions were set in place due to the pandemic. It was a difficult decision, however, Lowrie ultimately decided to commit to playing on the varsity basketball team. Basketball coach Brenden McShea commended Lowrie for his team leadership as well as his defensive stats and consistency in scoring.  “His high energy brings a toughness to our team when we need it the most,” said McShea. The energy, hard work, toughness and commitment that Lowrie put to his athletics is extremely admirable and will certainly leave a lasting impression on the underclassmen that got to play alongside him during his time at WHS.

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