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2 Lanesville grads sign to play college sports

2 Lanesville grads sign to play college sports 2 Lanesville grads sign to play college sports
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

Two 2020 Lanesville Junior-Senior High School graduates signed their national letter of intent to continue their athletics at the collegiate level.

2 Lanesville grads sign to play college sports
On hand for Abby Duncan’s signing are, from left, Tom Rupert, coach of Indiana Gators, Deonne Duncan, Abby Duncan, Darin Duncan and Lanesville softball coach Steve Sonner. Photos by Kaitlyn Clay

Abby Duncan, a softball player, will move on to play for Centre College in Danville, Ky., and Gabe Gowens will continue playing baseball at Hanover College.

While they weren’t able to play their senior seasons, due to the COVID-19 pandemic requiring students to finish the year virtually, the two will still get to keep playing the sport they love for the foreseeable future.

Abby, the daughter of Darin and Deonne Duncan of Elizabeth, has played softball since she was 9. A competitor at heart, Abby said athletics were something that always clicked with her as a way of expressing herself.

“I have just always been a fierce competitor, I guess I was just born with it,” Abby said. “As soon as I started playing softball, I fell in love with every part of it. I love competing and am so excited to be able to do it at the next level.”

Abby plans to major in economics and finance at Centre College, where she also hopes to pursue an MBA.

“The second we walked around Centre, it felt like home, and I can’t wait to continue my education there while doing something I love,” she said.

2 Lanesville grads sign to play college sports
Those gathered for Gabe Gowens signing are, from left, Lanesville athletic director Mark Lambertus, Cindy Gowens, Gabe Gowens, Joe Gowens and Lanesville baseball coach Zach Payne.

Gabe, the son of Joe and Cindy Gowens of Lanesville, will major in business administration with a minor in sports marketing at Hanover. The location of the school is what really drew Gabe to Hanover, as he will be able to stay close to home and still continue doing something he loves.

“I’ve played baseball since I was 5 years old,” Gabe said. “It’s in some of my earliest memories, so it is really exciting to me that I get to keep playing at the next level.

“My dad also played in college, so it’s cool to follow in his footsteps,” he said.