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Owens Express Baseball Team Hosts Doubleheader at Fifth Third Field April 30 Copy link to clipboard

Posted on April 19th, 2022

The Owens Express baseball team, led by head coach John Parisho, is returning to Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo for an exciting doubleheader in preparation for the postseason and another run to the NJCAA Division III World Series. The Express will take on the Bryant & Stratton Bobcats on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 4 p.m. in the final “home” regular season games this season.

The Bryant & Stratton games will conclude Ohio Community College Athletic Conference play for the Express, who are in contention for the conference championship before beginning postseason play Tuesday, May 10.

Between games at Fifth Third Field, the Express athletic department will also celebrate its two national championship teams with on-field recognition. The Owens Express women’s volleyball team and head coach Sonny Lewis won its third consecutive national championship in November. Then, in March, the Owens Express women’s basketball team and head coach Stephen Perry, cut down the nets as the team won its first national championship. This was the first time since 2003 that the same school won the national championship in both sports in the same school year.

“We invite the entire Owens community, students and baseball fans to Fifth Third Field because it’s going to be a great Saturday for Owens Express sports in downtown Toledo,” Shelley Whitaker, Owens Express Athletic Director, said. “Our baseball team can’t wait to play a doubleheader at the best minor league stadium in America.”

The Express doubleheader is the start of a multi-year partnership with the Mud Hens and Fifth Third Field. “We are so excited for the return of baseball and look forward to our continued partnership this season and beyond,” said Troy Hammersmith, Manager of Special Events with the Toledo Mud Hens. The Express has inked a deal to host doubleheaders in downtown Toledo for the next two seasons.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids ages 6-17 as well as Senior/Military tickets. Owens Community College and Bryant & Stratton Students will be able to unlock free tickets using the promo code provided on their respective campuses. Students may present their student ID at the box office as well.

Purchase tickets HERE

For more information about the Owens Express, visit www.owensexpress.com.


Owens Community College Welcomes Students, Faculty and Staff to Toledo- and Findlay-Area Campuses Copy link to clipboard

Posted on August 24th, 2021

New College president Dr. Dione D. Somerville kicks off academic year, athletics

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College began its 2021–22 academic year with Opening Week all-campus meetings led by the institution’s new president, Dr. Dione D. Somerville. Fall Semester will begin on Monday, August 30.

Owens will offer a variety of class options this fall, including in-person, traditional online, hybrid and synchronous online courses. At September’s Fall Fest event, students will also be able to begin getting involved in campus organizations and taking advantage of everything Owens has to offer. Dr. Somerville met with faculty and staff on Monday, August 23 to update them on the state of the College.

“Speaking for the entire Owens community, I am so excited to move forward together this school year as we embark on a new semester and a new Owens Express athletics season,” said Dr. Somerville. During her presentations at the Toledo- and Findlay-area campuses, Dr. Somerville noted the following highlights:

  • Owens awarded 970 degrees and certificates in Spring 2021 and 1,841 degrees and certificates in 2020.
  • Assistant Professor of Broadcast Technology Rob Thomas won Owens’ first Presidential Teaching Award.
  • The Coalition on Adult Basic Education named Aspire Program Director Heath Huber Outstanding Administrator of the Year. Workforce and Community Services faculty Dionne Dolsey and Lisa Dowling both won Outstanding Teachers of the Year.
  • The American Association of Community Colleges awarded the Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Recognition to Sarah Long, Associate Professor of Mathematics.
  • The baseball team had a 35-15 overall record in 2021, won the Great Lakes District and Region XII Championships and were College World Series Qualifiers.
  • The softball team had a 13-7 overall record in 2021 and won the Great Lakes District and Division III Region XII Championships.
  • With the allocation of CARES Act grant funding, the Counseling Services Office hired a third full-time counselor to provide more mental health support to the community.
  • More than $12 million in financial relief has been allocated to students since the onset of the pandemic.


OWENS EXPRESS ATHLETICS RETURN IN FULL FOR 2021- 22 ACADEMIC YEAR Copy link to clipboard

Posted on May 7th, 2021

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio, May 7, 2021 – Owens Community College announced today that all five Owens Express sports will return in full for the 2021-22 academic year after being partially suspended this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball.

With the updated CDC and local regulations, Owens Community College Express Athletic Department feels confident they can provide a safe atmosphere for student-athletes, game personnel and spectators. Safety protocols are in place and will continue to evolve with recommendations and mandates from State and Federal government. Owens will continue to adhere to requiring masks, social distancing and reduced spectator capacity.

“We are committed to full conference and post-season schedules, enabling our programs the opportunity to compete for championships,” stated Shelley Whitaker, director, Owens Athletics. “Institutionally, we feel it is important for our student-athletes to get back to the court/field not only for competitive purposes but also for their mental and social health. We have a rich tradition of success both on the court/field and in the classroom as well as within the community.”

Led by head coach Sonny Lewis, who will begin his 20th collegiate season in 2021, the Express volleyball team won back-to-back national championships in 2018 and 2019 with records of 40-6 and 43-4, respectively. The team has 18 Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) titles and has won the NJCAA Region XII championship for the past five seasons.

During the 2019-20 season, the men’s basketball team was 15-15 overall with a 6-5 record in the OCCAC, while the women’s basketball team was 10-14 overall with a 6-3 record in the conference.

The baseball and softball teams are competing on the field this spring season.

For more information about Owens Express athletics, please contact Shelley Whitaker, director of athletics at shelley_whitaker2@owens.edu.

Owens Community College has served Northwest Ohio since 1965 as an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education with an open-door admission policy. 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. Owens offers associate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and multiple programs that are also accredited through their discipline-specific accrediting bodies. For more information, visit www.owens.educall (567) 661-7000, like our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter @OwensCC

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OWENS COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES RETURN TO ORIGINAL FIVE ATHLETIC TEAMS AT THE DIII LEVEL Copy link to clipboard

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 Copy link to clipboard

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 Copy link to clipboard

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 Copy link to clipboard

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 Copy link to clipboard

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 Copy link to clipboard

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 Copy link to clipboard

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 Copy link to clipboard

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 Copy link to clipboard

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 Copy link to clipboard

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.


Owens Express Women’s Basketball Competes in NJCAA District I Regional Tournament, March 8-9 Copy link to clipboard

Posted on March 7th, 2013

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The Owens Community College women’s basketball team begins its postseason run toward a national title as the Express compete in the NJCAA Region XII (District I) Women’s Basketball Championship, March 8-9.

The semifinals and finals will take place at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Cincinnati.

Led by Head Coach Michael Llanas, the Express will take a 23-7 overall record into the single elimination tournament where they will play Sinclair Community College (16-11) in semifinal action at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 8. If they would advance, the Express would play at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 in the championship game.

Other teams participating in the tournament include Edison State Community College (17-6) and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (24-6).

This season, Owens captured its first Ohio Community College Athletic Conference title (10-2 record) since the 2010-11 campaign. The Express is ranked No. 9 in the most recent NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball poll.

The NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship will take place March 19-23 in East Peoria, Ill.

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 Basketball Competes in NJCAA District 11 Regional Tournament, March 8-9 Copy link to clipboard

Posted on March 6th, 2013

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The Owens Community College men’s basketball team begins its postseason run toward a national title as the Express compete in the NJCAA Region XII (District 11) Men’s Basketball Championship this week, March 8-9.

The semifinals and finals will take place at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Cincinnati.

Led by Head Coach David Clarke, the Express will take a 22-8 overall record into the single elimination tournament where they will play Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (21-8) in semifinal action at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 8. If they would advance, the Express would play at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 in the championship game.

Other teams participating in the tournament include Cuyahoga Community College (13-15) and Lakeland Community College (23-5).

In addition, Clark’s team finished in second place in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (10-2 record).

The NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship will take place March 19-23 in Danville, Ill.

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 Golf Opens Season at Myrtle Beach Invite, March 5-7 Copy link to clipboard

Posted on February 21st, 2013

Golf Team 13PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College golf will make its 2013 season debut at the MGM Sports National Invitational, March 5-7. The non-conference invitational will take place at the Barefoot Resort and Golf in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Express will compete against St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Elizabethtown College and Marywood University.

Owens’ home intercollegiate golf events will occur at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg.

Owens’ golf program is guided by first-year Head Coach Josh Williams. Express Assistant Coaches are Chris Hummer and Ryan Brown. The Express golf team captured and/or finished tied for four match and invitational titles during the season, highlighted by a third-place finish in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Championship Invitational. The program also finished second in the NJCAA Region XII Sub-Regional championship after a round of 316 at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg. Additionally, Owens placed fourth in the NJCAA Region XII Golf Championship.

“I am extremely pleased with the progress that this team has made since the start of the year,” said Williams. “We have a great group of student-athletes who push each other to get better every day. They want to succeed and become a championship-caliber team.”

The golf program has three players returning from last year’s team, including Luke Berger of Temperance, Mich. (Bedford H.S.), Darren Gessner of Okolona (Napoleon H.S) and Walter Dorosh of Pinckney, Mich. (Pinckney H.S.).

In 2012, Berger, a sophomore, finished tied for 32nd at the NJCAA Division II National Championships after shooting a total score of 305 (77-74-79-75) over four rounds. His postseason honors included First Team OCCAC All-Conference and NJCAA All-Region XII Team. Berger, also an OCCAC All-Academic selection, compiled a 78 scoring average. Gessner is a sophomore and earned Second Team OCCAC All-Conference honors. He compiled a 77 scoring average last year. Also a sophomore, Dorosh compiled a 79 scoring average for the Express.

First-year players to the Express golf program are 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 Board of Trustees Honors Express Volleyball Team Copy link to clipboard

Posted on January 2nd, 2013

Express Volleyball Honored

Owens officials and volleyball team members pose for a photo after being honored at the College’s Board of Trustees meeting.

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College’s Board of Trustees recently honored the Express women’s volleyball team for exhibiting leadership, teamwork and excellence during their highly successful 2012 season. Team members were recognized for their achievements at the College’s Board of Trustees meeting.

“We are incredibly honored to be recognized by the Owens Community College Board of Trustees,” said Rudy Yovich, Owens Director of Athletics. “Our student-athletes would not be able to realize their full potential, both in competition and in the classroom, if not for the support of our Board of Trustees and our outstanding administration. For that, we are truly grateful.”

The Express women’s volleyball team recently completed one of its most successful seasons in program history finishing fourth among 16 teams in the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament. Owens served as the host site for the national tournament.

Owens totaled two victories and two loses during the three-day double elimination consolation tournament. Tournament wins came againstKirkwood Community College and Iowa Central Community College. The Express’ tournament loses were to Cowley County Community College and Parkland College. This was Owens’ third trip to the NJCAA Division II National championship tournament and their best finish in program history at this level, besting the 2003 team’s fifth place finish. Additionally, the Express participated in five Division III national championship tournaments and finished third in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Express women’s volleyball completed the 2012 season with a 37-11 overall record and captured its 12th Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season championship in the last 13 years. Coach Lewis’ squad finished 12-0 in the OCCAC regular season standings and was ranked No. 17 in the latest NJCAA Division II national volleyball regular season poll.

Team members are Molly Hilfinger of Whitehouse, setter (Anthony Wayne H.S.); Alyssa Meis of Curtice, outside hitter (Genoa H.S.); Brandi Schimming of Martin, defensive specialist (Genoa H.S.); Kennedy Geyman of Monroe, Mich., defensive specialist/outside hitter (Jefferson H.S.); Tiffani Hobbs of Toledo, rightside hitter (Toledo Central Catholic H.S.); Kenzie Kleinhenz of St. Henry, rightside hitter (St. Henry H.S.); Dakia Sellers of Mansfield, outside hitter/middle blocker (Madison H.S.); Jazmine Thomas of Lima, middle blocker (Lima Senior H.S.); Lisa Urbanski of Toledo, defensive specialist (Notre Dame Academy); Bailey Windham of Monroe, Mich., setter (St. Mary Catholic Central H.S.), and Dominique Yates of Toledo, middle blocker/outside hitter (Bowsher H.S.).

The College’s Board of Trustees is comprised of six community leaders from Lucas, Wood, Hancock and Sandusky counties who are appointed by the Governor of Ohio. Owens Board of Trustees members include Diana H. (Dee) Talmage of Ottawa Hills, H. Richard Rowe of Findlay, Dr. Ronald A. McMaster of Perrysburg, Edwin J. Nagle of Toledo, William E. Takacs of Toledo and Thomas R. Uhler of Rossford.

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 Volleyball Program Finishes Fourth in NJCAA National Championship Tournament Copy link to clipboard

Posted on November 19th, 2012

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – The Owens Community College women’s volleyball team recently completed one of its most successful seasons in program history finishing fourth among 16 teams in the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament. Owens served as the host site for the national tournament.

Owens totaled two victories and two loses during the three-day double elimination consolation tournament. Tournament wins came againstKirkwood Community College and Iowa Central Community College. The Express’ tournament loses were to Cowley County Community College and Parkland College. This was Owens’ third trip to the NJCAA Division II National championship tournament and their best finish in program history at this level, besting the 2003 team’s fifth place finish. Additionally, the Express participated in five Division III national championship tournaments and finished third in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

“I am extremely proud of our Owens Community College Express volleyball team,” said Owens Express Head Coach Sonny Lewis. “We had a great year, which is a direct reflection on this team. This is one of the best groups of student-athletes I have ever coached. Team was first and foremost on their mind whenever they set foot on the volleyball court. They have represented Owens Community College with dignity and class and should proud of their very successful season.”

Express women’s volleyball completed the 2012 season with a 37-11 overall record and captured its 12th Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season championship in the last 13 years. Coach Lewis’ squad finished 12-0 in the OCCAC regular season standings and was ranked No. 17 in the latest NJCAA Division II national volleyball regular season poll.

Team members are Molly Hilfinger of Whitehouse, setter (Anthony Wayne H.S.); Alyssa Meis of Curtice, outside hitter (Genoa H.S.); Brandi Schimming of Martin, defensive specialist (Genoa H.S.); Kennedy Geyman of Monroe, Mich., defensive specialist/outside hitter (Jefferson H.S.); Tiffani Hobbs of Toledo, rightside hitter (Toledo Central Catholic H.S.); Kenzie Kleinhenz of St. Henry, rightside hitter (St. Henry H.S.); Dakia Sellers of Mansfield, outside hitter/middle blocker (Madison H.S.); Jazmine Thomas of Lima, middle blocker (Lima Senior H.S.); Lisa Urbanski of Toledo, defensive specialist (Notre Dame Academy); Bailey Windham of Monroe, Mich., setter (St. Mary Catholic Central H.S.), and Dominique Yates of Toledo, middle blocker/outside hitter (Bowsher 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.

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Owens Community College Express Women’s Volleyball Program Advances to NJCAA Division II National Tournament, Nov. 15-17 Copy link to clipboard

Posted on November 8th, 2012

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College’s volleyball program is one step away from being crowned national champions after winning the NJCAA Region XII District E Women’s Championship. As a result of their postseason success, the Express women’s volleyball team will now advance to the NJCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball National Championship Tournament, Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 15-17.  Owens is serving as the host site for the national tournament.

This marks Owens’ third trip to the NJCAA Division II National championship tournament. Additionally, the Express participated in five Division III national championship tournaments and finished third in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

The Express earned their trip to nationals by winning the regional title at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich. Owens defeated Columbus State Community College (25-13, 20-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-10) in the championship match to advance to the national tournament.

Led by Express Head Coach Sonny Lewis, the volleyball program’s overall record now stands at 35-9. In late October, the Express women’s volleyball team captured the outright Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season championship with a victory over Columbus State. Owens has won 12 out of the last 13 OCCAC regular season championships. Lewis’ squad finished 12-0 in the OCCAC regular season standings and is ranked No. 17 in the latest NJCAA Division II national volleyball regular season poll.

This marks the second consecutive year that Owens will host the national championship tournament. The College has hosted the national championship tournament on eight previous occasions. In addition to last year, Owens served as the host site for the NJCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball National Championship Tournament from 2001-04 and the NJCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball National Championship Tournament from 1998-2000.

The top 16 NJCAA Division II teams from across the country will compete in the double elimination consolation tournament. All matches will occur in the College’s Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

Tournament competition in the 16-team event begins on Thursday, Nov. 15, with first round matches taking place at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The second round will begin at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. On Friday, Nov. 16, the national volleyball tournament continues with losers’ bracket and national semifinal matches at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The tournament will conclude on Saturday, Nov. 17, with consolation bracket matches at 12 p.m. followed by the fifth place match at 2:30 p.m., the third place match at 4:30 p.m. and national championship match at 6:30 p.m.

Owens will play Kirkwood Community College in their first match of the national tournament at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15. If they would advance, the Express will play the winner of the Iowa Central Community College/Monroe College match at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The list of 16 teams competing in the tournament are Cowley County Community College, Arkansas City, Kan. (35-0); Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Mich. (35-1); Parkland College, Champaign, Ill. (42-7); Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, Iowa (34-10); Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (37-8); Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, Ill. (35-0); Phoenix College, Phoenix, Ariz. (19-10); Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Ill. (31-7); Kansas City Community College, Kansas City, Kan. (30-6); Kishwaukee Community College, Malta, Ill. (30-13); Central Community College, Columbus, Neb. (30-10); Owens Community College, Toledo, Ohio (35-9); Monroe College, New Rochelle, N.Y. (35-5); Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory, N.C. (34-0); Hagerstown Community College, Hagerstown, Md. (24-3), and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Miami, Okla. (17-7).

Express volleyball team members include Molly Hilfinger of Whitehouse, setter (Anthony Wayne H.S.); Alyssa Meis of Curtice, outside hitter (Genoa H.S.); Brandi Schimming of Martin, defensive specialist (Genoa H.S.); Kennedy Geyman of Monroe, Mich., defensive specialist/outside hitter (Jefferson H.S.); Tiffani Hobbs of Toledo, rightside hitter (Toledo Central Catholic H.S.); Kenzie Kleinhenz of St. Henry, rightside hitter (St. Henry H.S.); Dakia Sellers of Mansfield, outside hitter/middle blocker (Madison H.S.); Jazmine Thomas of Lima, middle blocker (Lima Senior H.S.); Lisa Urbanski of Toledo, defensive specialist (Notre Dame Academy); Bailey Windham of Monroe, Mich., setter (St. Mary Catholic Central H.S.), and Dominique Yates of Toledo, middle blocker/outside hitter (Bowsher H.S.).

Tickets for the NJCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball National Tournament are $15 (day tournament pass) and $35 (three-day tournament pass). Children under 12 are $5 per day. For more information, call (567) 661-7973 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7973.

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 Basketball Opens Season Against Henry Ford Community College, Nov. 7 Copy link to clipboard

Posted on October 31st, 2012

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College women’s basketball will look to continue its longstanding tradition of excellence as the Express open its 2012-13 campaign against Henry Ford Community College on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The season opener will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Owens women’s basketball program is led by ninth-year Head Coach Michael Llanas. Last year, Llanas led the Express to a 25-6 overall record and in second place (10-2) in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) standings. Owens, which was ranked No. 7 in the final NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball poll, lost to Sinclair Community College in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.

All home games are held at the College’s Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

“The coaching staff is excited about the upcoming season,” Llanas said. “We return a great group of veterans from a year ago and have added a very talented incoming class of first-year student-athletes. Depth, size and speed will be strengths to this year’s team. However, we have to be focused on getting better each and every day we set foot on the basketball court. If we can do that, a very successful season is good possibility.”

The Express have six players returning from last year’s team, including Emma Ricketts of Waterville (Anthony Wayne H.S.), Uniqua Mitchell of Detroit (Martin Luther King H.S.) and Mackenzie Heacock of Arlington (Arlington H.S.). Last year, Ricketts was an OCCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention selection. The sophomore forward was second on the team in scoring with a 13.1 points per game average. Ricketts also averaged 6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Mitchell is a sophomore guard and averaged 12.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3 assists per game for the Express last season. Her postseason honors included OCCAC All-Conference Second Team. During the 2011-12 season, Heacock averaged 8.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. The sophomore guard was named the team’s co-recipient of the Mark Henry Award.

Also returning to Owens are Danielle Bezeau of Swanton (Swanton H.S.), Karahn Scott of Toledo (Scott H.S.) and Bailee Adams of Genoa (Genoa H.S.). A sophomore guard, Bezeau averaged 3.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game for the Express. Scott is a sophomore forward and averaged 7.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Additionally, she was named the team’s Most Improved Player. Adams is a sophomore forward and averaged 1.9 points and 2 rebounds for the women’s basketball program last year. Her postseason honors included being named the co-recipient of the Mark Henry Award.

First-year players to the Express women’s basketball program are Jordyn Bond of Romulus, Mich., guard/forward (Romulus H.S.); Nandi Taylor of Mt. Morris, Mich., point guard (Hamady H.S.); Kamilah Carter of Ann Arbor, Mich., point guard (Pioneer H.S.); Eboni Adams of Cleveland, guard (Maple Heights H.S.); Taylor Marks of Flint, Mich., guard/forward (Beecher H.S.); Breonna House of Pontiac, Mich., guard (Pontiac H.S.); Meshia Smith of Pontiac, Mich., forward (Pontiac H.S.), and Malaysha Cammon of Dearborn, Mich., center (Divine Child 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 Volleyball Competes in NJCAA Region XII Tournament, Nov. 2-4 Copy link to clipboard

Posted on October 31st, 2012

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The Owens Community College women’s volleyball team will look to advance to their eighth national tournament as the Express compete in the NJCAA Region XII District E Women’s Championship this weekend. The tournament will be held at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich., Friday-Sunday, Nov. 2-4.

Coached by Sonny Lewis, the Express will take a 31-9 overall record into the double elimination tournament where they will play against the Schoolcraft College (19-13)/Oakland Community College (21-8) winner at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 in semifinal action. If they would advance, the Express will play in the winner’s bracket finals at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. The championship match will occur at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.

Teams participating in the tournament include Owens, Schoolcraft, Oakland, Macomb Community College (10-16), Columbus State Community College (24-7-1), St. Clair County Community College (17-18) and Mott Community College (19-3).

On Friday (Oct. 26), the Express women’s volleyball team captured the outright Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season championship with a victory over Columbus State Community College (25-21, 17-25, 25-23, 25-21). Owens has won 12 out of the last 13 OCCAC regular season championships. Lewis’ squad finished 12-0 in the OCCAC regular season standings and is ranked No. 17 in the latest NJCAA Division II volleyball regular season poll.

Owens will serve as host to the upcoming NJCAA Division II National Championship, which will take place Nov. 15-17 in the College’s Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.

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 Basketball Opens Season Against Morton College, Nov. 2 Copy link to clipboard

Posted on October 30th, 2012

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College men’s basketball will begin its 2012-13 campaign with a season-opening contest against Morton College at the Triton College Tournament in River Grove, Ill. on Friday, Nov. 2. The game will begin at 6 p.m.

The Express will open its home season against Lorain County Community College on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The start time is 7:30 p.m. Home games will occur in the College’s Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

The Owens men’s basketball program is led by second-year Head Coach David Clarke. His Assistant Coaches are Keith Raine and Carl Thomas. Owens finished the 2011-12 season with a 24-8 overall record and a 9-3 mark (second place) in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference regular season standings. The Express lost to Lakeland Community College in the finals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.

“Expectations are high for this year,” stated Clarke. “We have a great group of veterans and an extremely talented group of incoming freshmen that are playing very well as a team during the preseason. Our depth is a huge advantage as we expect to use a lot of players off the bench. The men’s basketball student-athletes and coaches are really looking forward to beginning the season and competing for a conference title and a possible trip to the national championship tournament.”

Owens has five returning players, including Justin Edmonds of Albion, Mich. (Albion H.S.), James Kelly of Ann Arbor, Mich. (Pioneer H.S.) and Jay Marquette of Rossford (Central Catholic H.S.). During the 2011-12 season, Edmonds earned NJCAA All-Region XII First Team and OCCAC All-Conference First Team honors. The sophomore guard averaged 18.8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists for the Express. Kelly, a sophomore forward, averaged 17.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks during the season. Additionally, he was an OCCAC All-Conference Second Team selection. Marquette is a sophomore guard and averaged 5.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists last year.

Clarke’s team also includes returning sophomores Franklin Lindsey of Toledo, guard (Whitmer H.S.) at 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game and Kelvin Clark of Chicago, guard (Bogan H.S.) at 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

First-year players at Owens are Andy Bachman of Fort Wayne, Ind., small forward (North Side H.S.); Javon Rice of Dayton, point guard (Dunbar H.S.); Markese Allen of Detroit, point guard (Crockett H.S.); Cody Begley of Tekonsha, Mich., guard (Tekonsha H.S.); Joe Retic II of Fishers, Ind., point guard (Fishers H.S.); Tony Boykins of Kalamazoo, Mich., guard (Loy Norrix H.S.); Reneillio Morrison of Kingston, Jamaica, forward/center (Florida State University H.S.); Darius Washington of Toledo, forward/center (Start H.S.), and Chris Wilson of Danville, Ill., forward (Start 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 Women’s Soccer Competes in NJCAA Region XII Tournament, Oct. 27-28 Copy link to clipboard

Posted on October 25th, 2012

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The Owens Community College women’s soccer team will make its second trip to the postseason as the Express compete in the NJCAA Region XII Women’s Soccer Championship this weekend. The tournament will be held at Jackson Community College in Jackson, Mich., Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 27-28.

Led by second-year Head Coach Mary Whisler, the Express will take a 12-2-3 overall record into the four-team single elimination tournament where they will play Muskegon CC (5-6-2) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. If they would advance, the Express will play the Schoolcraft College (13-4-2)/Delta College (10-5) winner at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 in the championship match.

Whisler’s team finished in first place (9-1-2 record) in the final NJCAA Region XII women’s soccer regular season standings. The Express is ranked No. 14 in the latest NJCAA Division I women’s soccer regular season national poll.

The NJCAA Division I National Championship will be held Nov. 12-17 in Melbourne, Fla.

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 Soccer Competes in NJCAA Region XII Tournament, Oct. 24-28 Copy link to clipboard

Posted on October 25th, 2012

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The Owens Community College men’s soccer team will look to advance to their first national tournament as the Express compete in the NJCAA Region XII Men’s Soccer Championship at Grand Haven High School in Grand Haven, Mich., Oct. 24-28.

Coached by Art Johnson, the Express will take a 14-5-1 overall record into the six-team single elimination tournament where they will play the Ancilla College (3-8-3)/Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (13-5-1) winner at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The championship match will occur at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Teams participating in the regional tournament include Owens Community College, Ancilla College, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Schoolcraft College (14-2-1), Muskegon Community College (10-7-1) and Jackson Community College (8-7-2).

If they should win, the Express will host the NJCAA Region XX champion for the District North Central title and right to advance on to the NJCAA Division I national tournament. The championship match would occur on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Johnson’s team recently captured its first Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (5-1 record) regular season championship in program history.

The NJCAA Division I National Championship will be held Nov. 12-17 in Albany, Ga.

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 to Host NJCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball National Tournament, Nov. 15-17 Copy link to clipboard

Posted on October 2nd, 2012

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The top 16 community college volleyball teams from across the country will once again converge on Northwest Ohio this fall as Owens Community College serves as host venue for the 2012 NJCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball National Championship Tournament, Nov. 15-17.

This marks the second consecutive year that Owens will host the national championship tournament. The College has hosted the national championship tournament on eight previous occasions. In addition to last year, Owens served as the host site for the NJCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball National Championship Tournament from 2001-04 and the NJCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball National Championship Tournament from 1998-2000.

Sixteen NJCAA Division II teams from across the country will compete in the double elimination consolation tournament. All matches will occur in the College’s Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

In addition to serving as host, the Owens women’s volleyball team will look to advance to the NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament. The Express has participated in two Division II and five Division III national tournaments. Owens finished third in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

The 2012 edition of the women’s volleyball program has amassed a record of 20-5 and is 8-0 (first place) in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference regular season standings. Lead by Head Coach Sonny Lewis, the Express is ranked No. 5 in the most recent NJCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball national poll.

Tickets for the NJCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball National Tournament are $15 (day tournament pass) and $35 (three-day tournament pass). Children under 12 are $5 per day. For more information, call (567) 661-7973 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7973.

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 Names New Express Men’s Golf Head Coach Copy link to clipboard

Posted on August 27th, 2012

Josh WilliamsPERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College has named Assistant Coach Josh Williams to the position of Head Coach for the Express men’s golf program. Williams becomes the third Head Coach in program history and succeeds Gil Guerrero, who retired after coaching the program for the past six years.

“Coach Williams really stepped up and took on a number of added responsibilities last year with the men’s golf program,” stated Rudy Yovich, Owens Director of Athletics. “I was impressed with his work ethic, knowledge, concern for his student-athletes and love for Owens Community College. He is incredibly well respected by his peers within the conference and local golf community, and I am truly excited to see him lead the program.”

Williams has been part of the Express men’s golf program since its inception. From 2005-07, he was a student-athlete in the program, and he has been an Assistant Coach for the past five years. In those seven years, the program has sent either an individual or the team to the NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament on five occasions.

“That goes to show you the quality of players and young men that have came through this golf program over the years,” Williams said. “I look forward to bringing more success to the already rich tradition of achievements of the Express men’s golf program. I can assure you that I will bring more quality players to represent, not only the golf program, but Owens Community College.”

Last year, the Express golf team captured and/or finished tied for four match and invitational titles, highlighted by a third-place finish in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Championship Invitational. The program also finished second in the NJCAA Region XII Sub-Regional championship after a round of 316 at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg. Additionally, Owens placed fourth in the NJCAA Region XII Golf Championship.

During his two years as a student-athlete, Williams was a First Team All-OCCAC selection, an NJCAA Division II Sub-Regional Medalist, a team captain, a Coaches Award recipient and was a member of the 2005-06 NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament qualifying team, where he finished 114th individually. Williams still holds the program record for lowest nine hole score (30).

Additionally, Williams played four years of basketball, golf and track, along with one year of football at Arcadia High School. He is a member of the Arcadia High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Perrysburg resident serves as the Vice President of Operations at Lakeland Golf Course in Fostoria, and he also teaches golf lessons at Maumee Sports Mall. For the past six years, Williams has taught classes as an Adjunct Instructor for Owens. He is currently working towards a degree in sport management and athletic administration from Ashford University.

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 Soccer Opens Season Against Cincinnati State, Aug. 25 Copy link to clipboard

Posted on August 24th, 2012

Mens Soccer Team 2012PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College men’s soccer will look to contend for its first-ever conference title by opening the 2012 schedule at home against Cincinnati State Technical and Community College on Saturday, Aug. 25. The match will begin at 1 p.m.

All home matches are played at the College’s Soccer Field on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. Admission to all home matches is free.

The Owens men’s soccer program is led by Head Coach Art Johnson. Johnson’s Assistant Coach is Dave Prediger. In 2011, the Express finished with a 13-8 overall record. Johnson’s team finished in third place (10-6 record) in the NJCAA Region XII men’s soccer regular season standings. The Express lost to Jackson Community College in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.

“We have a great group of student-athletes representing the Express men’s soccer program,” stated Johnson. “They are a very cohesive group that plays together. We are also very balanced on both sides of the field. Our schedule is extremely difficult with tough non-conference opponents. We will need to play at a very high level in every match. I expect our team to be in the hunt for a championship and much more.”

The Express has seven players returning to the roster. Among the second-year players on Johnson’s squad are Nickyle Webber of Trelawny, Jamaica (Cornwall College), Novak Vuk Janicic of Belgrade, Serbia (Electro Tehnicka School) and Blake Niemiec of Bowling Green (Otsego H.S.). In 2011, Webber earned team Most Valuable Player honors and was an OCCAC All-Conference First Team and an NJCAA All-Region XII Second Team selection. The sophomore midfielder totaled 11 goals and 27 points. Vuk Janicic is a sophomore forward and was named the team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player and OCCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year. His postseason honors also included OCCAC All-Conference First Team and NJCAA All-Region XII Second Team. Vuk Janicic led the team with 14 goals and 37 points. Niemiec, a sophomore defender, was named the team’s Most Improved Player recipient. He totaled one point for the Express.

Also returning to the Express program are Juavanie Cole of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Coconut Creek H.S.), Glenroy Miller of Newark, N.J. (St. James H.S.), David Ortega-Gonzalez of Madrid, Spain (Nazaret Oporto College) and Chris Kervick of Waterford, Ireland (De La Salle College). Last year, Cole, a sophomore midfielder, totaled six assists and 12 points. His postseason honors included OCCAC All-Conference Second Team. Miller, a sophomore forward, totaled 16 goals and 37 points for the Express in 2010. Ortega-Gonzalez was an OCCAC Academic All-Conference selection last year. The sophomore midfielder totaled three points. Kervick, a sophomore defender, recorded five goals and 13 points for the Express in 2011.

First-year players to the Express men’s soccer program are Josh Kleinow of Holt, Mich., goalie (Haslett H.S.); Jacob Martin of Maumee, midfielder (St. John’s Jesuit H.S.); Odaine Edwards of Colorado Springs, Colo., defender (Cornwall College); Vijay Gentles of Tamarac, Fla., midfielder (Cedric Titus H.S.); Brandon Cruz of Mentor, defender (Lake Catholic H.S.); Virgil Garcia of Holland, midfielder (Toledo Christian School); Piet-Lennart Louwes of Sycamore, midfielder (Upper Sandusky H.S.); Troy Watson of Toronto, Canada, midfielder (Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School); Abraham Adoure-Zehaim of Maumee, defender (Springfield H.S.); Bryant Philo of Millbury, defender (Lake H.S.); Derrick Skillman of Upper Sandusky, forward (Upper Sandusky H.S.); Osvaldo Paredes of Pemberville, midfielder (Eastwood H.S.); Nate Seeman of Maumee, defender (Springfield H.S.); Tyler Kortokrax of Kalida, defender (Kalida H.S.); Jeffery Harding of Howell, Mich., goalie/midfielder (Howell H.S.), and Caleb Vespi of Pemberville, defender (Eastwood 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 Women’s Soccer Opens Season Against Cincinnati State, Aug. 25 Copy link to clipboard

Posted on August 15th, 2012

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College women’s soccer will make its 2012 season debut as the Express hosts Cincinnati State Technical and Community College on Saturday, Aug. 25. The season opener will start at 3 p.m.

All home matches are played at the College’s Soccer Field on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. Admission to all home matches is free.

“Our team is really looking forward to the start of the regular season,” said Mary Whisler, Owens Head Coach of the women’s soccer program. “We had a very successful season last year as a new Owens intercollegiate athletic program. I really believe we can build on that success. We have a very talented incoming class of freshmen to complement our veteran returners. I expect our team to be in the hunt for a regional title and much more.”

The 2011 season marked the first as an intercollegiate program for Owens women’s soccer. The Express finished with a 12-8 overall record and in fourth place (5-5 record) in the NJCAA Region XII women’s soccer regular season standings. Owens lost to Schoolcraft College in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.

Owens has five student-athletes returning from last year’s team. Among the second-year players on Whisler’s squad are Kendra Eitniear of Swanton (Swanton H.S.) and Haley Gasser of Sylvania (Sylvania Northview H.S.). In 2011, Eitniear earned NJCAA All-Region XII Second Team honors. The sophomore forward totaled 21 goals and eight assists. Gasser is a sophomore midfielder and was named the team’s Coaches Award recipient. She recorded seven goals and led the team with 15 assists.

Also returning to the Express program are Sarah Weaver of Castalia (Margaretta H.S.), Jaime Sesock of Davisburg, Mich. (Holly H.S.) and Kristina-Marie Rutherford of Norton (Norton H.S.). Last year, Weaver, a sophomore forward/midfielder, recorded three goals and six assists. Sesock is a sophomore midfielder for the Express and totaled four goals and four assists. Rutherford, a sophomore defender/sweeper, tallied three goals and six assists for women’s soccer during the 2011 season.

First-year players to the Express women’s soccer program are Tayler Redinger of Fremont, goalkeeper (Fremont Ross H.S.); Erika Brinkman of Cloverdale, goalkeeper (Kalida H.S.); Jill Burkholder of Bryan, midfield (Bryan H.S.); Tara Preble of Millbury, defense (Lake H.S.); Haley Kreger of Temperance, Mich., midfield (Bedford H.S.); Taylor Avers of Gibsonburg, forward (Woodmore H.S.); Marissa Ramirez of Northwood, defense (Northwood H.S.); Samantha Starkey of Bowling Green, midfield/defense (Eastwood H.S.); Melanie Gregory of Northwood, defense (Genoa H.S.); Elizabeth Theaker of Maumee, defense (Maumee H.S.); Drew Plummer of Walbridge, forward (Lake H.S.), and Jessica Grindle of Northwood, forward/midfield (Northwood 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 Volleyball Opens Season at Lansing Tournament, Aug. 24-25 Copy link to clipboard

Posted on August 9th, 2012

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – The Owens Community College women’s volleyball program will open its 2012 season with a tournament, Friday-Saturday, Aug. 24-25 at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Mich.

The Owens volleyball program is led by Head Coach Sonny Lewis. Last year, Lewis led the Express to 45 wins. Lewis’ Assistant Coaches are Denny Caldwell and Angie Parisho.

The Express will open its home campaign by hosting the Owens Express Invitational, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 31 – Sept. 2. All home matches are played at the College’s Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

The women’s volleyball program ended their 2011 season with a 45-5 overall record and finished 12-0 (first place) in the OCCAC regular season standings. Owens has won 11 out of the last 12 OCCAC regular season championships. Lewis’ squad also was ranked No. 4 in the final NJCAA Division II volleyball regular season poll. The Express lost to Oakland Community College in the finals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.

“This year’s Owens Express volleyball team is extremely young as we have eight incoming freshman on the roster and only three returning veterans from last year’s team,” said Lewis “I am very happy with our progress during the preseason. We are getting better every day. The veterans are showing a lot of leadership and the freshmen are quick learners. I expect our team to once again be in the hunt for a conference title. We have to remain focused and work together in order to accomplish our goals.”

The Express have three players returning from last season’s team, including OCCAC Academic All-Conference selection Molly Hilfinger of Whitehouse (Anthony Wayne H.S.). In 2011, the sophomore setter was second on the team with 828 assists. The team’s Most Improved Player Award recipient, Hilfinger also recorded 45 aces and 281 digs.

Lewis’ squad also returns Alyssa Meis of Curtice (Genoa H.S.) and Brandi Schimming of Martin (Genoa H.S.). Meis, a sophomore outside hitter, recorded 163 kills, 73 digs and 49 blocks. Additionally, Meis earned OCCAC Academic All-Conference honors. Schimming is a sophomore defensive specialist and recorded 8 aces and 77 digs for the Express in 2011.

First-year players to the women’s volleyball program are Kennedy Geyman of Monroe, Mich., defensive specialist/outside hitter (Jefferson H.S.); Tiffani Hobbs of Toledo, rightside hitter (Toledo Central Catholic H.S.); Kenzie Kleinhenz of St. Henry, rightside hitter (St. Henry H.S.); Dakia Sellers of Mansfield, outside hitter/middle blocker (Madison H.S.); Jazmine Thomas of Lima, middle blocker (Lima Senior H.S.); Lisa Urbanski of Toledo, defensive specialist (Notre Dame Academy); Bailey Windham of Monroe, Mich., setter (St. Mary Catholic Central H.S.), and Dominique Yates of Toledo, middle blocker/outside hitter (Bowsher 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 Presents Annual Express Four-Person Golf Scramble, Aug. 18 Copy link to clipboard

Posted on August 6th, 2012

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Area residents are invited to enjoy a day of golf to benefit men’s golf student-athletes and the intercollegiate program as Owens Community College presents its annual Express Four-Person Golf Scramble. The event will occur on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Coordinated by the Owens men’s golf program, the golf outing will be held at Spuyten Duyval Golf Club in Sylvania. The event will feature 18-holes of golf, lunch and an awards program.

The four-person golf scramble competition will begin at 8 a.m. Owens’ event will conclude with participants recalling their golfing experience during a short awards program, which will recognize the top foursome, as well as the longest drive, putting and closest to the pin contests.

Individuals, businesses and organizations are invited to support the Express Four-Person Golf Scramble by entering a team. The entry fee is $75 per player and all proceeds from the event will benefit the intercollegiate athletic men’s golf program.

The Express golf team captured and/or finished tied for four match and invitational titles during the season, highlighted by a third-place finish in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Championship Invitational. The program also finished second in the NJCAA Region XII Sub-Regional championship after a round of 316 at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg. Additionally, Owens placed fourth in the NJCAA Region XII Golf Championship. The men’s golf program is led by first-year Head Coach Josh Williams.

Space is limited. Individuals must register prior to the date of the Express Four-Person Golf Scramble. For more information, call (567) 661-2643 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2643.

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.