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Three Owens Student-Athletes Named Academic All-Americans

Three Owens Community College student-athletes have been recognized as Division II Academic All-Americans by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for outstanding accomplishments in the classroom and on the athletic playing field.

Sophomores Cindy Missler of Toledo, Janelle Dangler of Elmore and Heather Post of Toledo are among only fourteen student-athletes, since 1994, to ever receive this prestigious award at Owens.

"Cindy, Janelle and Heather have worked very hard as student-athletes, excelling both in the classroom and during intercollegiate athletic competition," said Michael Rickard, Owens Express Athletic Director. "I'm very proud that they are being recognized for their commitment and dedication."

Missler, a middle back and outside hitter, during the 2001 volleyball season received NJCAA All-American honors, marking the sixth consecutive year at least one Owens volleyball player has earned such recognition.

The Start High School graduate also was recognized as the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) "Player of the Year", a NJCAA All-Region XII Team selection and received OCCAC, NJCAA Region XII and College of DuPage All-Tournament Team honors.

Achieving a 3.90 grade point average during the 2001-2002 academic year, Missler was team co-captain and Most Valuable Player. She also broke the Owens volleyball career record for kills, with 451, which was previously held by All-American Jaime Banners.

During the 2002 softball season, Post set Owens records for batting average (.513), total hits (77), doubles (19), runs scored (47), home runs (5) and RBIs (49). In addition, she also ranked No. 3 and No. 9 nationally in batting average and RBI totals. The third baseman was an OCCAC All-Conference and NJCAA All-Region XII Team selection. A Sylvania Northview High School graduate, she maintained a 3.90 grade point average during the 2001-2002 academic year.

Dangler, a Woodmore High School graduate, was a first baseman and catcher on the softball team. Her 2002 season accomplishments included earning OCCAC All-Conference honors. Dangler recorded 24 RBIs and had a .350 batting average. During the 2001-2002 academic year, she achieved a 3.71 grade point average.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 37,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas 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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