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Owens Men's & Women's Basketball Dominate Regional Honors and Head to Nationals

  The Owens Community College men's and women's basketball teams walked away with all of the honors at the NJCAA Great Lakes Region 12 Championship.

  Owens Express Head Coach Jim Welling and Lady Express Head Coach Bill Gomoluch each were named "Coach of the Year" for Great Lakes Region 12, which covers nearly 30 community/junior colleges in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

  The Owens Express defeated Glen Oaks CC 65-56 to win the regionals. Sophomore Jon Powell (Springfield Central Catholic), Owens' leading scorer, was named the "Tournament MVP" and "Region 12 Player of the Year". Sophomore Center Marcus Evans (Detroit Cody) was named to the All-Tournament Team.

  The Lady Express defeated Mott CC 68-66 to win the Region 12 Championship - for the first time in Owens' history. Amy Amstutz (Pandora-Gilboa) was named First Team All-Region and "Region 12 Player of the Year".

  On to Nationals.....

  Owens Community College is setting yet another record this season as the first college in Great Lakes Region 12 history to ever send both their men's and women's basketball teams to the NJCAA National Championship.

  The Express has a bye in the first round of the nationals and plays in the quarterfinals Thursday, March 18, in Danville, Illinois. This is their fifth trip to nationals during the 1990s: winning the National Championship in '92 and '93, taking second place in '94 and third place in '96. The Express' overall record now is 28-6 and they are nationally ranked No. 4 for the final NJCAA Division II season poll.

  The Lady Express, with an overall record of 26-6, take on Northwest-Shoals CC of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in the first round of the national championship at 12 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, played in Hagerstown, Maryland this year. Northwest-Shoals is the Region 24 champion and was ranked No. 7 nationally -_just above the Lady Express. Last year was the first season the Owens' women's team travelled to nationals, finishing seventh.

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