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OWENS COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES RETURN TO ORIGINAL FIVE ATHLETIC TEAMS AT THE DIII LEVEL

Posted on April 27th, 2017

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio, April 27, 2017 – Owens Community College announced today the return of baseball and softball beginning in the fall of 2018 and the move from NJCAA division II (DII) to division III (DIII) for all athletic teams. This will bring the total number of athletic teams back to the original five, including, men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball.

Baseball and softball were originally suspended along with men’s golf and men’s and women’s soccer during the 2016-2017 academic year as a cost savings measure during a period of fiscal recovery.

“This decision comes after several months of careful internal study by the College administration,” explained Mike Bower, Ph.D., president. “By moving from DII to DIII we are able to bring back softball and baseball, two of Owens’ original teams, and still realize a cost savings compared to the 2016 athletic program.”

In fiscal year 2016, the cost for the original five sports (including scholarships) at the DII level was $1,079,388.54. Three DII sports (men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball) for fiscal year 2018 will cost a total of $656,748.07. Beginning in fiscal year 2019, returning to the original five sports at a DIII level will cost $479,859.48.

Moving all athletic teams from DII to DIII will eliminate all athletic scholarships, a cost savings of $250,000.

“I would like to thank the Owens Administration for their decision to bring back Owens Express baseball and softball for the 2018-2019 season,” said J.D. Ettore, Owens athletic director. “From my perspective, by going DIII, Owens will be providing an excellent education for these student-athletes along with the chance for young men and young women to play a sport they love for a well-rounded college experience.”

For more information on Owens Community College athletics, please visit www.owensexpress.com.


OWENS NEW ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME SET TO INDUCT FIRST MEMBERS

Posted on August 15th, 2016

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio, Aug. 15, 2016 – In honor of its 50-year athletic history which began with the 1966 Penta Tech Jaguars Men’s basketball team, Owens Community College has established an Athletic Hall of Fame to recognize those individuals who have made a significant and lasting impact on Owens athletics and the community.

“It is important to me that we honor those student-athletes who gave so much to Owens Community College during their time on campus,” said J.D. Ettore, Owens athletic director. “The goal of my office is to make sure that our student-athletes are well-rounded individuals when they leave Owens Community College.”

Members will be inducted on October 15 during an inaugural awards ceremony on the Owens Community College Toledo-area Campus. Full details on the ceremony and events of the induction day, will be mailed to the charter members as well as Owens Athletic alumni, Owens Board of Directors and Owens Administration.

The charter members for Owens Athletic Hall of Fame are:

  • Leroy “Cot” Marquette – Head Men’s Basketball Coach and Athletic Director, 1966-1980
  • Jeff Massey – Men’s Basketball, 1991-1993
  • Stephanie Champine – Volleyball, 2006-2007
  • Michael Rickard – Athletic Director, 2000-2010
  • Jim Penix – Men’s Basketball, 1966-1968
  • NJCAA Men’s Basketball National Champions, 1991-1992

Inductees must have met one of four criteria: received postseason athletic honors while attending Owens, successfully coached at Owens, coached or received honors at an institution beyond Owens, or be a contributor or supporter of Owens athletic programs. In addition, inductees must also be a solid citizen in the community, completed either a two- or four-year degree and be two years removed from completion at Owens.

“First priority for our student-athletes is academics but I also expect athletic intensity and commitment to community service and social responsibility,” said Ettore. “Our local communities are great and they provide a lot of support not just for athletics, but for every department at Owens Community College.  In return we put our student-athletes to work in the community to help them understand that by paying it forward you are making a difference in people’s lives.”

For more information on Owens athletics or the new Hall of Fame, please visit www.owensexpress.com.


Owens Women’s Soccer Announces Express Summer Youth Camp, June 24-28

Posted on May 28th, 2013

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College will offer area soccer players the opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of the sport as women’s soccer hosts an Express Soccer Youth Camp, June 24-28.

The Express women’s soccer program will offer a Premier Camp starting on Monday, June 24. The five-day Premier Camp is designed for experienced players and will take place from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. The camp will conclude on Friday, June 28.

Youth ages 6-13 will be divided by age groups and abilities and receive individual instruction on various soccer technical and tactical skills. Camp instructors will include the Owens Express women’s soccer coaching staff and student-athletes as well as area high school and college coaches. Each individual will receive a camp T-shirt and a certificate of participation.

Parents and coaches are invited to attend the camp to listen and observe at no additional charge. Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate soccer clothing, shin guards and footwear for the camp. Additionally, attendees should bring their own soccer ball and a beverage.

The camp will take place in the College’s soccer complex on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

Owens women’s soccer completed its second season as an intercollegiate program in 2012. Led by Head Coach Mary Whisler, the Express finished with a 13-2-3 overall record and in first place (9-1-2 record) in the NJCAA Region XII women’s soccer regular season standings.

The cost for the Premier Camp is $85 per player. For more information, call (574) 215-5042 or e-mail mary_whisler@owens.edu. Individuals can also visit the College’s website at www.owensexpress.com/camps.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.


Owens Community College Express Men’s Golf Program Competes in NJCAA National Championship Tournament, May 21-24

Posted on May 15th, 2013

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The Owens Community College men’s golf program is one step away from being crowned national champions after winning their respective regional tournament. As a result of their postseason success, the Express golf team will now advance to the NJCAA Division II National Championships, Tuesday-Friday, May 21-24.

This marks Owens’ third trip (2005, 2008 and 2013) as a team to the national championship tournament. The Express earned their trip to the nationals by finishing first in the NJCAA Region XII Men’s Golf Championships at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek, Mich. Owens captured the two-day NJCAA Region XII tournament with an overall score of 884 (299-288-297).

“I am extremely proud of our golf team and their efforts throughout the season,” said Josh Williams, Owens Head Coach of the Express golf program. “This is a great group of student-athletes who have worked very hard from day one and earned the right to compete for a national championship.”

The Express golf team captured 11 match and invitational overall titles during the spring season, highlighted by six first-place finishes in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) to win the conference championship. The program also captured the inaugural OCCAC Ryder Cup Tournament and finished first in the NJCAA Region XII Sub-Regional Championship after a round of 310. Owens is ranked No. 3 in the most recent NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf poll.

The NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament will take place at Goose Pond Colony Golf Course in Scottsboro, Ala. A maximum of five players are allowed to compete on a designated intercollegiate team and the no-cut tournament will consist of four rounds beginning at 7 a.m. each day. However, seven Express student-athletes will compete in the individual portion of the championship tournament. Tee times will be set prior to the tournament in accordance with NJCAA rules.

Owens will compete against approximately 20 intercollegiate golf programs and 200 individuals across the country for the NJCAA Division II National Championship team and individual title.

Owens Express golf student-athletes include Luke Berger of Temperance, Mich. (Bedford H.S.), Darren Gessner of Okolona (Napoleon H.S), Walter Dorosh of Pinckney, Mich. (Pinckney H.S.), Timothy Dawkins of Big Rapids, Mich. (Big Rapids H.S.), Jason Glass of Whitehouse (Anthony Wayne H.S.), Brandon Hoelzer of Fremont (Fremont Ross H.S.), Blaze Hogan of Big Rapids, Mich. (Big Rapids H.S.), Alex Roberts of Fostoria (Fostoria H.S.) and Riley Robinson of Monroe, Mich. (St. Mary Catholic Central H.S.).

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.


OwensCommunity CollegeExpress Golf Competes in NJCAA Regional Championships, May 13-14

Posted on May 8th, 2013

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College Express golf begins its postseason run toward a national title as the program competes in the NJCAA Region XII Men’s Golf Championships next week. The tournament will take place at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek, Mich., Monday-Tuesday, May 13-14.

The Express golf team captured 10 match and invitational overall titles during the spring season, highlighted by six first-place finishes in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) to win the conference championship. The program also captured the inaugural OCCAC Ryder Cup Tournament and finished first in the NJCAA Region XII Sub-Regional Championship after a round of 310. Owens is ranked No. 2 in the most recent NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf poll.

Led by first-year Head Coach Josh Williams, Owens will compete against intercollegiate golf programs from around the region in the two-day 36-hole NJCAA Region XII tournament. The program must finish as one of the top two teams to advance to the NJCAA Division II National Championship, May 21-24. Individuals can also advance to the national championship tournament. Owens has made two trips (2005 and 2008) as a team to the NJCAA Division II National Championship.

Owens Express golf student-athletes include Luke Berger of Temperance, Mich. (Bedford H.S.), Darren Gessner of Okolona (Napoleon H.S), Walter Dorosh of Pinckney, Mich. (Pinckney H.S.), Timothy Dawkins of Big Rapids, Mich. (Big Rapids H.S.), Jason Glass of Whitehouse (Anthony Wayne H.S.), Brandon Hoelzer of Fremont (Fremont Ross H.S.), Blaze Hogan of Big Rapids, Mich. (Big Rapids H.S.), Alex Roberts of Fostoria (Fostoria H.S.) and Riley Robinson of Monroe, Mich. (St. Mary Catholic Central H.S.).

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.


Owens Express Women’s Softball Competes in NJCAA District G Regional Tournament, May 8-10

Posted on May 7th, 2013

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The Owens Community College women’s softball team will look to advance to the national championship tournament for the second time in three years as the Express compete in the NJCAA Region XII (District G) Women’s Softball Championship later this week. The tournament will occur in Battle Creek, Mich., Wednesday-Friday, May 8-10.

Led by Head Coach Duane Lanham, the Express will take a 21-15 overall record into the double elimination tournament where they will play the winner of the Ancilla College (19-23)/Grand Rapids Community College (33-16) game at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8. If they would advance, the Express will play at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. The championship game will occur at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 10.

Teams participating in the tournament include Owens Community College, Ancilla College, Grand Rapids Community College, Muskegon Community College (32-22), Lansing Community College (29-17) and Kalamazoo Valley Community College (31-14).

Lanham’s team finished the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference regular season with an 8-4 record (second place).

The NJCAA Division II Softball National Championship will take place May 16-18 in Clinton, Miss.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.


Owens Express Men’s Baseball Competes in NJCAA Region XII Tournament, May 8-11

Posted on May 6th, 2013

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – The Owens Community College men’s baseball team will look to advance to its third World Series national tournament as the Express compete in the NJCAA Region XII Men’s Baseball Championships later this week. The tournament will take place in Battle Creek, Mich., Wednesday-Saturday, May 8-11.

Led by Head Coach Devin Taylor, the Express will take a 14-27 overall record into the double elimination tournament where they will play Jackson Community College (23-15-2) at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8. If they would advance, the Express will play the Lakeland Community College (21-12)/Delta College (26-17) winner at 12 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. The championship game will occur at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.

Teams participating in the tournament include Owens Community College, Jackson Community College, Lakeland Community College, Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College (21-25), Muskegon Community College (32-13), Lake Michigan College (17-23) and Kellogg Community College (30-14).

Taylor’s team finished the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference regular season with a 7-17 (fourth place) overall record.

The NJCAA Division II World Series will take place May 25 – June 1 in Enid, Okla.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.


Owens Express Baseball Opens Home Season Against Heidelberg University JV, March 15

Posted on March 15th, 2013

Baseball Team 2013PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College men’s baseball will open its 2013 home season against Heidelberg University JV on Friday, March 15. The game will begin at 1:30 p.m.

All home games are played at the College’s Baseball Complex on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

Owens men’s baseball program finished the 2012 season with a 19-35 overall record and in fourth place in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (8-16 record).

Early in the 2012 season, Owens has a compiled a 2-6 overall record following games played in South Carolina. The Owens baseball program is led by first-year Head Coach Devin Taylor. His Assistant Coaches are John Parisho and Zach Tanner.

“We have a great group of student-athletes focused on working hard every day they set foot on the field,” explained Taylor. “Our goal is to continue to improve and ultimately be playing our best baseball at the end of the season.”

The Express has nine players returning from last year’s team, including Ryan Horvath of Madison Heights, Mich. (Lamphere H.S.), Nate Manis of Port Huron, Mich. (Port Huron Northern H.S.) and Dane Davis of Romeo, Mich. (Romeo H.S.).

In 2012, Horvath, a sophomore infielder, was one of three members of the Express lineup to compile at least a .300 batting average. He finished with a .304 batting average and collected 28 runs and 25 RBIs. Manis, a sophomore infielder and outfielder, led the team in stolen bases with 29 and compiled a .262 batting average. Davis is a sophomore pitcher and earned OCCAC Academic All-Conference honors. Last year, he posted a 5-2 record with a 3.21 earned run average.

In addition, Express returning players include Justin Elder of Seven Mile, outfield (Edgewood H.S.); Nick Collins of Chicago, infield (Rich Central H.S.); Logan Shullick of Norwalk, second base/shortstop (Norwalk H.S.); Austin Legate of Strongsville, catcher/third base (Strongsville H.S.); Sean Koerber of Harper Woods, Mich., pitcher (Grosse Pointe North H.S.), and Garrett Scott of Genoa, pitcher/outfield (Genoa H.S.).

First-year players to the Express men’s baseball program are Nolan Rao of Toledo, catcher/second base (Whitmer H.S.); Jordan Hill of Whitby, Canada, pitcher (Sinclair Secondary School); Dominic Bucci of Sarnia, Canada, shortstop/second base (St. Patrick’s Secondary School); Dru Sebastian of Fort Wayne, Ind., pitcher (Blackhawk Christian H.S.); Alex Samson of Orrville, second base/shortstop (Orrville H.S.); Kody McCall of Trenton, outfield (Edgewood H.S.); Anthony Perez of Orrville, third base/pitcher (Orrville H.S.); Nick Morrow of Fairfield, pitcher (Fairfield H.S.); Luke Whelpton of Brandon, Canada, pitcher (Vauxhall H.S.); Ardian Selmani of Sylvania, utility (Southview H.S.); Sam Hackney of Trenton, pitcher (Edgewood H.S.); Benjamin Breymier of Indianapolis, catcher (North Central H.S.); Riaz Baksh of Mississauga, Canada, pitcher/third base/outfield (Mississauga Secondary School); Michael Fry of Bellevue, pitcher (Bellevue H.S.); Nick Street of Rockford, Mich., pitcher (Rockford H.S.), and Austin Cowan of Hendersonville, Tenn., first base/catcher (Station Camp H.S.).

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.


Owens Express Softball Opens Home Season Against Muskegon Community College, March 15

Posted on March 13th, 2013

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College women’s softball will open its 2013 home season against Muskegon Community College on Friday, March 15. The first game of the doubleheader will begin at 3:30 p.m.

All home games will be played at the College’s Softball Complex on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

The Owens softball program is guided by Head Coach Duane Lanham. His Assistant Coaches are Kevin Snyder, Sara Fleming and Jeff Smith.

Express women’s softball completed the 2012 season with a 41-7 overall record and captured its 11th Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (8-0 record) title in the program’s history. Owens was ranked No. 12 in the final NJCAA Division II women’s softball regular season poll.

Early in the 2012 season, Owens has compiled a 5-5 overall record following games played in South Carolina. The Express is ranked No. 19 in the initial NJCAA Division II women’s softball regular season poll.

“Our team is extremely young, especially the pitching staff,” explained Lanham. “However, we have a great group of veteran and freshmen student-athletes that are committed to putting forth the time and effort needed to get better each and every day. I expect our team to be competitive within the conference and be in the hunt for a regular season title and beyond.”

Owens has eight players returning from last year’s team, including Mareshah Scott of Maumee (Maumee H.S.), Melanie Iacoangeli of Monroe, Mich. (Ida H.S.) and Katie Butler of Maumee (Maumee H.S.).

In 2012, Scott, a sophomore centerfielder, earned First Team All-OCCAC honors and was named the team’s Heart of the Champion recipient. She was second on the team with a .458 batting average and collected 50 runs and 33 stolen bases. Iacoangeli is a sophomore outfielder and second baseman and earned OCCAC Academic All-Conference honors last season. Her postseason honors also included First Team All-OCCAC and First Team All-Region XII selection and the team’s Offensive Player of the Year award. Iacoangeli led the team and finished 11th in the nation in hitting with a .538 batting average. She also scored 49 runs and stole a team-high 66 bases. Last year, Butler, a sophomore first baseman, collected 34 hits and 23 RBIs as well as a .291 batting average.

Returning sophomore student-athletes to the Owens team also include Olivia Reeder of Martin, catcher (Genoa H.S.); Amanda Sinay of Oregon, outfield (Cardinal Stritch H.S.); April DeCant of Delta, second base (Liberty Center H.S.); Alyssa Lassey of Ida, Mich., shortstop (Ida H.S.), and Jaylee Glad of Temperance, Mich., outfield (Ida H.S.).

Express first-year players to the women’s softball program are Kellsie Cousino of Erie, Mich., catcher/utility (Mason H.S.); Jolene Sauter of Blissfield, Mich., pitcher (Blissfield H.S.); Emily Rockman of Holland, first base/catcher (Springfield H.S.); Katilyn Turski of Toledo, pitcher/first base (Cardinal Stritch H.S.); Hannah Shank of Van Buren, second base (North Baltimore H.S.); Sydney Cherry of Ida, Mich., third base (Ida H.S.); Taylor Miller of Toledo, outfield (Mason H.S.); Tyniesha Wilson of Perrysburg, outfield (Perrysburg H.S.), and Molly Gast of Toledo, first base/pitcher (Southview H.S.).

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.


Owens Community College Express Basketball Programs Advance to NJCAA National Championship Tournaments, March 19-23

Posted on March 13th, 2013

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The Owens Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams are a few steps away from being crowned national champions after winning their respective district tournaments. As a result of their postseason success, the Express basketball programs will now advance to the NJCAA Division II National Championships, Tuesday-Saturday, March 19-23.

This marks the third occasion in which both programs have earned national tournament berths in the same year. The Express teams also accomplished the feat during the 1998-99 and 2002-03 seasons.

The Owens men’s basketball team, led by David Clarke, brings a 24-8 overall record into the NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament, which is taking place in Danville, Ill. Owens advanced to the national tournament by winning the NJCAA Region XII (District 11) Championship in Cincinnati. The Express were victorious over Lakeland Community College 99-84 in the championship game.

Owens earned its eighth berth in the national championship tournament. The men’s basketball program captured NJCAA national championships during the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons and finished national runner-up in 1993-94. The Express’ most recent tournament appearance occurred during the 2002-03 season.

During the regular season, Clarke’s team finished in second place in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (10-2 record).

Express men’s basketball will play Iowa Lakes Community College (Estherville, Iowa) in their first game of the double elimination national tournament at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19. If they would advance, the Express will play the winner of the Mott Community College/Central Community College-Columbus game at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20. The national championship game will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

Sixteen men’s basketball teams are competing in the national tournament. Participating teams include Mott Community College (29-3), Monroe Community College (29-3), Louisburg College (32-1), Rend Lake College (26-3), South Suburban College (30-3), Brown Mackie College (26-5), Moraine Valley Community College (28-5), Owens Community College (24-8), Essex County College (25-6), Grand Rapids Community College (21-8), Iowa Lakes Community College (26-6), Phoenix College (20-12), Cecil College (16-14), Central Community College-Columbus (19-13), Howard Community College (16-12) and MCC-Penn Valley (22-11).

The Express women’s basketball team earned their trip to the nationals by winning the NJCAA Region XII (District I) Championship in Cincinnati. Owens defeated Cincinnati State Technical and Community College 69-65 in the championship game to advance to the national tournament in East Peoria, Ill.

This marks Owens’ fifth trip to the national championship tournament. The Express’ previous appearances included the 1997-98 (seventh place), 1998-99 (eighth place), 2002-03 (sixth place) and 2003-04 (ninth place) seasons.

Led by Head Coach Michael Llanas, Owens’ overall record now stands at 25-7. Earlier this year, the Express captured its first Ohio Community College Athletic Conference title (10-2 record) since the 2010-11 campaign. Owens is ranked No. 9 in the most recent NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball poll.

Owens will play Community College of Rhode Island (Providence, R.I.) in their first game of the double elimination national tournament at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19. If they would advance, the Express will play the winner of the Louisburg College/Erie Community College game at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20. The national championship game will occur at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

The 16 teams competing in the national tournament include Mesa Community College (24-6), Louisburg College (28-3), Illinois Central College (29-3), St. Clair County Community College (30-1), Lake Michigan College (25-6), Highland Community College (27-5), Owens Community College (25-7), Iowa Central Community College (24-8), Monroe College (22-7), Community College of Rhode Island (24-5), Chesapeake College (22-1), South Suburban College (21-12), Elgin Community College (26-6), St. Louis Community College (19-9), Erie Community College (21-5) and North Platte Community College (15-14).

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.