The Daily Express

Owens Men's Basketball Program Hosts Shootout, May 10-11

Owens Community College Express Men's Basketball program is hosting its annual open shootout for all unsigned high school seniors and high school graduates interested in playing collegiate basketball, May 10-11.

The event begins at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Owens Toledo-area Campus, which is on Oregon Road located four miles south of Downtown Toledo. On Saturday, play starts at 12 p.m. The registration fee is $40.

"The open shootout is a time for our coaching staff ­ as well as coaches from many other two- and four-year colleges ­ to evaluate prospective student-athletes for the 2002-2003 season," said Owens Head Coach Jim Welling.

During the 2001-2002 campaign, the Express captured their second consecutive Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season championship with a 12-2 conference record, their eighth in the last 12 years. They were defeated by Mott Community College 72-74 in the finals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships ending their season with a 30-4 overall record and ranked third in the final Regular Season NJCAA Division II poll.

Welling also was named the OCCAC's Coach of the Year. This marks the seventh time he has won the award. His career record is 445-100 in 16 seasons as the Owens Men's Basketball Head Coach. Welling has sent over 40 players to NCAA Division I programs in his tenure and currently has players at St. Bonaventure University, the University of Rhode Island, Coastal Carolina University, Southern University, Lincoln Memorial University, Armstrong Atlantic University and Defiance College.

To register or for more information, call (567) 661-7940 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7940.

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 Community College 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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