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Owens Express Women's Softball Voted No. 6 in the Nation by NJCAA

Continuing to build on a season of success, the Owens Community College women's softball team has been recognized as one of the elite teams in the nation, ranking No. 6 among NJCAA Division II softball programs.

"This is quite an achievement for us," said Mickey Arquette, Owens Women's Softball Head Coach. "I'm very proud of all of our players who really have been putting forth the hard work and effort required to take us to where we are."

The 2002 edition of the Owens Women's Softball team is led by an explosive offense and dominating pitching, said Arquette, who resides in Perrysburg and is in her fourth season as the head softball coach at Owens.

"Our team also is very unselfish," she said. "Each game it seems as though there is always someone different who steps up to lead the team, whether it be defensively, pitching or with timely hitting, which makes our team very versatile."

The Owens Express balanced attack has led to an impressive 27-6 overall record and 15-1 mark in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC).

In recent weeks, Owens has recorded victories over Columbus State Community College 17-4 and 12-1 and Clark State Community College 22-6 and 9-5.

"We're flattered by this ranking, however, we still have a lot of difficult games within the conference ahead of us," said Arquette, whose Express team captured the OCCAC championship last season with a 17-3 mark.

The Express have eight players returning from last year's team, including Teresa Welch of North Baltimore (North Baltimore High School), Barbie Welsh of Oregon (Clay High School), Emily Drain of Genoa (Genoa High School), Janelle Dangler of Elmore (Woodmore High School), Brandi Winrow of Brownstown, Michigan (Carlson High School), Amy Gladieux of Northwood (Northwood High School), Brandy Damron of Toledo (Whitmer High School) and Heather Post of Toledo (Sylvania Northview High School).

The freshman players are: Michelle Saunders of Northwood (Cardinal Stritch High School), Kristina Shultz of Grand Rapids (Otsego High School), Kristi Hehl of Monroe, Michigan (Monroe High School) and Ashley Lockmiller of Bradner (Lakota High School).

Arquette's squad will end their regular season with three home games. On Tuesday, April 30, the Express will play host to Lakeland Community College at 3 p.m., while on Friday, May 3, they will entertain Oakland Community College at 3 p.m. Their final home game is against Henry Ford Community College on Monday, May 6, beginning at 3 p.m.

The Owens Community College baseball team is looking to improve upon an overall record of 19-20 and 10-8 in the OCCAC standings.

This past weekend, Head Coach Rich Pivoriunas' squad split games with Sinclair Community College 0-8 and 3-1 and Cuyahoga Community College 2-4 and 6-1 in doubleheader action.

The Express will play Henry Ford Community College on Wednesday, May 1, in their final regular season home game beginning at 3 p.m.

The Express have five players returning from last year's team, including Darrell Cowell Jr. of Northwood (Lake High School), Tim Dorsey of Castalia (Margaretta High School), Corey McCloskey of Toledo (Cardinal Stritch High School), Tommy Hodgson of Toledo (Waite High School) and Jeff Rockwell of Toledo (Start High School).

The first-year players are: Jason Runion of Woodville (Gibsonburg High School), Michael Valerius of Perrysburg (St. Francis de Sales High School), Michael McKelvey of Erie, Pennsylvania (McDowell High School), Adam Bateson of Bloomdale (Elmwood High School), Keith Haney of Holland (Springfield High School), Pete Anderson of Mansfield (Ontario High School), Clint Bailey of Toledo (Start High School), Nick Morris of Lima (Lima Senior High School), Daniel Vincent of Toledo (Whitmer High School), Kacy Christian of Oregon (Cardinal Stritch High School), Nathan Eaton of Toledo (Whitmer High School), Matt Pribonic of Erie, Pennsylvania (McDowell High School) and David Short of Toledo (Rogers High School).

All home softball and baseball games are doubleheaders and played at the Softball and Baseball Complexes on the Toledo-area Campus. Admission is free.

NJCAA Women's Softball Division II National Poll as of Wednesday, April 24
Place College Location Record Points 1st Pl Votes Last Week
1 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ 49-13 44 2 1
2 Lansing Community College Lansing, MI 33-4 43 1 2
3 Kankakee Community College Kankakee, IL 26-7 39 0 3
4 College of Southern Maryland La Plata, MD 25-6 33 0 4
5 Waldorf College Forest City, IA 27-9 32 0 7
6 Owens Community College Toledo, OH 23-6 29 0 5
7 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS 17-8 27 0 8
8 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA 27-11 25 0 6
9 Black Hawk College-Moline Moline, IL 29-7 21 0 10
10 Delaware Technical & Community College Georgetown, DE 20-5 20 0 8
11 Dean College Franklin, MA 17-5 14 0 13
12 St. Louis Community College-Forest Park St. Louis, MO 17-15 13 0 12
13 Lackawanna College Scranton, PA 21-11 11 0 NR
14 Lake Michigan College Benton Harbor, MI 19-14 6 0 NR
15 Mercyhurst North East North East, PA 13-3 3 0 NR

Other schools receiving votes
College Location Record Points 1st Pl Votes Last Week
Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby, IL NA 0 0 NR
Murray State College Tishomingo, OK 14-17 0 0 11
Muscatine Community College Muscatine, IA NA 0 0 14

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering 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.

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