Two tribal members participate in Swain’s Signing Day

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SIGNING: Three student-athletes at Swain County High School signed to play college sports during a National Signing Day at the school’s gym on the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 7. Shown (left-right) are: Dewight Winchester, Lees-McRae College; Brodie Bowman, Carson-Newman University; and Seth Parker, Carson-Newman University. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)





BRYSON CITY – A total of three athletes, including two EBCI tribal members, signed letters of intent to play college sports during a Signing Day event at Swain County High School on the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 7.  Tribal members Brodie Bowman and Seth Parker, both standouts on the Maroon Devils football team, signed to play at Carson-Newman University.  They were joined by Dewight Winchester who signed at Lees-McRae College for cycling.

“I’m just so tickled to death for these three young men that we have signing today,” said Jeff Marr, Swain coach.  “I know them all very well, and it makes me so proud, as a coach, to know that they’re going to be able to further their career and go on to college and represent the maroon and white of Swain County High School.  So, Brodie, Seth, Dewight, we’re so proud of you guys and are looking forward to big things from you guys.”

Bowman was a three-year starter at quarterback and finished with 3,164 passing yards.  This past season, he passed for over 1,000 yards and ran for over 1,000 yards – the first Swain quarterback since Heath Shuler to accomplish that feat.

“It feels great being able to play the game again and continue it on,” he said.  “I am looking forward to the more experienced guys and being able to play at another level.”

Parker, who played wide receiver for three years, finished his career with 40 receptions for 910 yards and 9 touchdowns.  “It feels great.  It feels awesome.  It’s good to continue playing football.”

Winchester, a two-time Xterra Southeast Regional Champion in cycling (2015, 2017), also won the 2017 USAT Off-Road 19 and Under National Championship.

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