“Fuzzy” Bowers was a 3 sport athlete at HHS from 1941 through 1944. He was the quarterback on the half-state championship football team of 1943, and was a member of the basketball team that won the half-state championship in 1944. Fuzzy was a pitcher on the undefeated HHS baseball teams of 1943
He was drafted when he turned 18 and was still in high school. He served 2 years in the military, then entered Wake Forest University in 1946 and became a starter in both basketball and baseball. He transferred to Bridgewater College in 1948 where he became a 3 sport athlete. Fuzzy was the quarterback on the first Bridgewater College football team. In 2000 Fuzzy was inaugurated into the Bridgewater College Athletic Hall of Fame.
After college Fuzzy went to work at Merck and played and managed several teams in the Valley Baseball League. Fuzzy recalls one game in which he gave up a lead-off triple, then pitched no-hit ball the rest of the way, striking out 21 batters and winding up with a shutout. In 1957 he began coaching at Broadway High School, then came to HHS in 1963. He coached basketball and baseball and served as an assistant football coach. He coached his younger brother “Bo” in basketball and football in 1964. Fuzzy moved on to the Harrisonburg Recreation Department and retired as the Assistant Director of Athletics.