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Graham duo looks to next challenges


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Anayah Noell and Kennedy Flowers finished their high school careers for Graham in vastly different manners, yet they intend to keep playing at the next level.

Noell, a basketball player, is set to join the Division III Salem College women’s team in Winston-Salem.

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Anayah Noell
Kennedy Flowers

Flowers, a soccer player, will go to Division II Lenoir-Rhyne to play women’s soccer, though she’s going through a bit of a pause.

Flowers didn’t play as a Graham senior this spring because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained during the fall while playing with her travel team, NC Fusion. With the high school girls’ season in the spring and college women’s season in the fall, it means the midfielder also will sit out this year with Lenoir-Rhyne.

Still, Flowers said she found an ideal place to continue playing.

“I fell in love with it, and everyone I talked to was great,” Flowers said of Lenoir-Rhyne. “Interacting with the team made me feel at home.”

Flowers said she tried to make the best of the final season with the Red Devils.
“I still got to be part of the team,” she said.

Noell, a guard, was a big part of Graham’s basketball team as one of two seniors on the roster. She was a three-year starter, averaging about 15 points in her final season.

“I think I can better myself on and off the court,” Noell said.

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