For Price Bowen, like most eighth grade athletes at Destin Middle School, these last few weeks of the school year would’ve been his last chance to suit up as a Marlin.
Due to the threat of the coronavirus, Gov. Ron DeSantis dismissed school from the classroom with students finishing up the year online, and student athletes are not getting a chance to show what they can do.
And for three-sport letterman Bowen, he is missing his time on the diamond.
“I miss going to practice and being with my friends and teammates,” Bowen said.
Bowen played football for the Marlins and tried his hand on the basketball team this past season as well.
As a matter of fact, he was named “most improved” on the Marlin basketball team that finished as runners-up in the county.
At the basketball banquet earlier this year, Basketball Coach Bob Davies described Bowen as “hungry to learn” and as a player that “brought a lot of energy” to the floor.
Although he did well in basketball, Bowen said baseball is his game.
For the diamond boys, Bowen has played at third, catcher and pitcher for Marlins. But most of all he just likes being part of the team. And in the past two years, the baseball team has done quite well in the county. Last year, they captured the county championship.
This year, however, the Marlins only got to play five of the 15 games on their schedule.
Here’s a question and answer The Log did with Bowen to give you a little insight into the athlete and what he’s been up too in recent weeks while social distancing.
What sports have you lettered in at Destin Middle?
I have lettered in three sports at DMS - baseball, basketball and football.
Which sport is your favorite and why?
Baseball is my favorite sport because I’ve grown up playing it my whole life.
Who are you social distancing with? Has this strengthened the family bond?
I have social distanced at mom’s house and my dad’s house and it’s helped everyone be together and talk and bond since we don’t have anything to do.
What do you miss most about being at school?
I miss going to practice and being with my friends and teammates.
What’s your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school is history because it was the easiest to understand and learn this year.
If you could look into a Crystal Ball and could see the future, what do you see the baseball team accomplishing this season if they had a chance to finish it?
I see the baseball team becoming a team and working together to build chemistry and winning the championship again.
Did you have any personal goals for baseball season? If so what were they?
I don’t have any personal goals for any sport because I’m apart of a team of all my best friends, so I was just looking to be the best leader I could.
Out of all the postponements and cancellations between pro and college, what sport do you miss the most and why?
I don’t watch a lot of games on TV because I was always practicing or hanging out with my family, but I miss watching college football and baseball with my dad and with my mom.
What does a world without sports look like to you?
I don’t really know what it would be like, but I’m really grateful for sports because it gives a chance to be great and a chance to bond with people and make friends and have fun.
How are you staying active?
I work out and run sometimes, trying to stay in shape and I’ll also go hit baseballs like twice a week.
Have you binged any good TV shows or movies? Or played any great video games?
I have binged the Netflix series “On My Block” and I’ve played “Fortnite” and “Rainbow Six: Siege” with all my friends over the distancing.
What’s your favorite go-to snack?
I don’t really have a go-to snack but I like Gushers and Oreo's when I’m not eating dinner or lunch.
What kind of advice would you give your fellow teammates during this pandemic?
I would say to try and stay active as much as you can and every time you get the chance to workout and practice take the chance even if you feel lazy or don’t want to.