Lowery to continue basketball career

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Cassville senior Ethan Lowery goes to the hoop during a game earlier this season. Lowery's ability to go inside and out should serve him well on the college stage. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville senior signs with Ottawa University

One of Cassville's hardest-working athletes was recently rewarded for his efforts with a college scholarship, as Cassville High School announced that Ethan Lowery will be taking his basketball skills to Ottawa University next season.

"Ethan was a leader by example for our team," said Danny Powers, Cassville coach. "He always played hard, no matter the score of the game."

Cassville senior Ethan Lowery protects the ball during a game this season. Lowery has thrilled Wildcats nation for the last few seasons, and now, his hard work had paid off with a college scholarship. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

During his three years as a varsity starter for the boys basketball team, Lowery amassed 967 total points and 467 rebounds.

This past season, the 6'7" senior averaged 18.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Those numbers earned Lowery first team all-conference and second team all-district honors.

"I was very pleased with the performance of our senior this year," Powers said. "Ethan was a good role model for our younger guys, and we will miss him greatly."

After a district playoff loss ended the Wildcats' season, Lowery, took some time for reflection.

"For four years, Cassville basketball has meant everything to me," Lowery said. "I tried to give my best every time I took the court. I think if the guys [coming back] put in the work, they can win."

Going to college was always a goal for Lowery.

He helped lead the Wildcats to a Southwest Holiday Tournament Championship, where he was named the tournament MVP. His all-tournament performance in the Spokane tournament also assisted the Wildcats to a third-place finish.

"Ethan was more than any coach could ask for when developing a program," Powers said. "His hard work and dedication laid a solid foundation for the Wildcat Basketball Program. He never missed an open gym or practice, Ethan provided excellent leadership for our younger players. It has been a pleasure to coach Ethan, and we will miss him as a person and player."

Lowery thanked Coach Powers for always looking out for the best interests of his players.

"Coach Powers always wanted us to win, but you could tell he always cared about us as people first," he said.

About Ottawa, Lowery said, "I'm excited about the opportunity to play at the next level. Ottawa is a great program, and I look forward to competing for a starting in the future."

Ottawa University is a private, non-profit, faith-based liberal arts college located in Ottawa, Kan. It was founded in 1865 and is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches.

The Ottawa Basketball Program competes at the NAIA level, and is a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Braves are coached by Andy Carrier, who will be entering his 25th season at Ottawa.

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