Clearview's high-octane star

"I'm the one on the bus dancing around, screaming, laughing," said Gianna Bowe.
"I'm the one on the bus dancing around, screaming, laughing," said Gianna Bowe.
Posted: April 13, 2014

On the field or off, Gianna Bowe always seems to be in motion.

Some players prepare for games by silently psyching themselves up. They walk around with scowls, with head phones on, locked into their own world.

And then there's Bowe.

"I'm the one on the bus dancing around, screaming, laughing, anything I can do," said Bowe, the pint-size star of the Clearview girls' lacrosse team. "In everything I do, I like to pump myself up because I feel like it pumps everyone else up, too."

A 5-foot lefthander, Bowe is a tenacious, firecracker-type player. That mentality is complemented by supreme natural athleticism, advanced technical skills, and quickness.

Her high energy level is evident in everything she does. And it has worked for her.

The junior attack was one of the country's most highly recruited players before settling on North Carolina as a sophomore.

But with all that in mind, Clearview coach Megan Conklin says Bowe's off-the-field attitude, causing her to routinely display "dance moves that rival Beyonce," is most important to the Pioneers' success this season.

"The best part of Gianna," Conklin said, "which you don't get to see unless you're a part of her team, is her focus on making everybody else around her better and really pulling the team together as a family.

"Just as much as she's a powerhouse on the field, she's creating relationships and forming funny stories off the field and doing goofy, silly things that foster that real team, family environment."

Bowe thrives in team environments. It's a big reason that, even though her future is in lacrosse and it's by far her best sport, she continues to play varsity basketball and soccer.

"I love the team aspect of any sport," Bowe said. "It could be volleyball in gym class. I just love playing with the team - the atmosphere, the friendships you make. And I hate going home after school and doing nothing. I always want to be in shape and doing something."

Bowe burst into high school sports as a freshman. She broke her team's single-season record for draw controls with more than 120 in leading the Pioneers to a South Jersey Group 4 title. Along the way, she scored the winning goals in close sectional semifinal and championship games.

A broken left ankle suffered during basketball season last year stifled Bowe's production as a sophomore. She sat out a quarter of the season and spent the rest of the games working to get back to full strength on the field.

The injury offered a rare pause in a high school career that had been running full-throttle since it began.

"Getting hurt was very hard because playing three sports, I'm used to 'go, go, go' all the time. I just had to use the positivity inside of me to work through it," Bowe said.

"But you do learn a lot watching from the sidelines. You see things differently on the field. You see different opportunities."

The hard work and studying paid off.

Bowe started this season with a vengeance.

She has seven goals for the 2-0 Pioneers, ranked No. 2 in South Jersey by The Inquirer. She scored four, including the 100th of her career, in Tuesday's overtime win at No. 3 Lenape.

And in her junior season, she has become a leader for a young, talented team.

True to her nature, she can't wait to keep going.

"I have so much faith in my teammates, and I know we can go far this year," Bowe said. "I just scored my 100th goal, and I definitely want to score my 200th. I want to become more of a threat with my right hand, and I want to win another championship.

"So I definitely still feel like I have a lot to accomplish."


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