Evart football player looking forward to trip ‘down under’

EVART — Derek Bowen has wrapped up his Evart High School sports career but has intriguing plans lined up for the summer.

He'll  be playing football this summer in Australia.

Bowen said recently he's working out and working on fund-raisers such as selling T-shirts.

He's making the trip under the auspices of Down Under Sports.

“It's a tournament they have in Australia every year,” Bowen said. “I'll be playing with a team from the USA. They split USA into East and West.”

Bowen will be on the East team. Invitations were from earning all-conference honors in football.

“They send it to all the conference kids,” Bowen said, adding that it's up to players like himself to make the commitment. “We make a downpayment. After it's all organized, they'll meet with players and coaches and you'll get a playbook. The practices are over there in Australia. You get four practices and two games.”

Players are of high school age. Bowen's teammate, Robert Burge, had originally also been hoping to attend, but said this week he wouldn't be able to make the trip.

Bowen said this week he's waiting for his plane tickets and playbook. Bowen will be playing linebacker and will leave June 28 and stay until July 7. That will be followed by a three-day pleasure trip to Hawaii. His team will play Australia in the first game and then a team to be determined later.

Bowen will be going to Ferris and is focusing on academics right now with the possibility of walking onto the football team.

It will be the first time for Bowen that he's been out of the country. He was a key player for Evart's football team that made the playoffs his last two seasons. He also played basketball in the winter.