While the three-sport high school star is becoming a rarity now-a-days, 1987 Madera High graduate Vince Bowen not only excelled in one but in all three of his varsity athletics including football, basketball and baseball.
His achievements didn’t go unnoticed as the 1987 20-30 Club Athlete of the Year was the first Madera and county player to be selected to the City/County All-Star games in all three sports — a feat that wasn’t matched until Madera High graduate Kenny Paolinelli did it in 2007.
“Back then, I really didn’t look at it as a big accomplishment or feat because I had been playing all three sports year-round since I was young,” Bowen said. “But now that I look at it, it built my inner drive and ability to adjust on the fly jumping from sport to sport. They’re all very different but I always looked forward to the transition plus it kept me in shape.”
Bowen, 42, will be honored with former Coyote teammates Alex and Allen Smith on Saturday at the Madera Municipal Golf Course as the Madera Athletic Hall of Fame’s fourth class which also includes brothers Frank and Ace Rodriguez, Kim Young, coach Bill Musick and the 1996 Madera Coyote baseball team...