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Published 4/22/03
Owens Community College Basketball Player
Named NJCAA All-American

Owens Community College women's basketball player Michelle Vorst of Ottoville has been named First Team All-American. The award was announced at the College's athletic banquet for the Owens Express men's and women's basketball programs.

This marks the eighth time that an Owens women's basketball student-athlete has achieved All-American honors and the 33rd player in the history of the College. Vorst's other honors included Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) "Newcomer of the Year", OCCAC All-Conference First Team, NJCAA All-Region XII and Owens' Most Valuable Player. She also was a member of the OCCAC, NJCAA (District H) Region XII and NJCAA Division II National Championship all-tournament teams.

Vorst, a freshman guard from Ottoville High School, holds the Owens basketball record with 344 free throws attempted and 265 free throws made in a season. Both marks also are single season national records for NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball. This season, Vorst was the team leader averaging 18.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

Led by second year Head Coach Mark Henry, the Express completed their season with a 25-11 overall record and tied for third place with a 9-5 mark in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season standings. The program made its third trip to the NJCAA Division II National Championships, finishing sixth in the tournament. Henry's squad also was ranked as high as No. 5 nationally in the NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball regular season poll.

The men's basketball program, led by Head Coach Jim Welling, recently finished their season with a 28-6 overall record and a 12-2 mark (second place) in the regular season standings of the OCCAC. The Express also advanced to the NJCAA Division II National Championships by capturing the regional (District 7) title. Owens men's basketball finished the regular season ranked No. 4 in the NJCAA Division II poll.

Women's Basketball awards presented at the College's athletic banquet:
Most Valuable Players - Michelle Vorst of Ottoville (Ottoville High School) and Tonia Willis of Waterville (Anthony Wayne High School)

Most Improved Player - Shannon Kubicek of Maumee (Maumee High School)

Defensive Player of the Year - Laura Wilson of Fremont (Fremont Ross High School)

OCCAC Newcomer of the Year - Michelle Vorst

OCCAC All-Conference First Team - Michelle Vorst

OCCAC All-Conference Second Team - Tonia Willis

OCCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention - Stacey Weiland of Perrysburg (Eastwood High School)

OCCAC All-Tournament Team - Michelle Vorst and Laura Wilson

NJCAA All-Region XII Team - Michelle Vorst

NJCAA Region XII (District H) All-Tournament Team - Michelle Vorst and Tonia Willis

NJCAA Region XII (District H) All-Tournament Most Outstanding Player - Tonia Willis

NJCAA Region XII (District H) Coach of the Year - Mark Henry

NJCAA Division II National Championships All-Tournament Team - Michelle Vorst
Members of the Express women's basketball program also are Latoya Cooper of Battle Creek, Michigan (Battle Creek Central High School); Natalie Davis of Payne (Wayne Trace High School); Misti Horton of Toledo (Woodward High School); Sherita Jackson of Toledo (Start High School); Joanna Lewandowski of Genoa (Genoa High School); Dannielle Rayle of Ottawa (Pandora-Gilboa High School); Jodelynn Stiriz of Wauseon (Wauseon High School), and Catina Stubleski of Lambertville, Michigan (Bedford High School).

Men's Basketball awards presented at the banquet went to:
Most Valuable Players - JaMar Wesley of Canton (Canton McKinley High School) and Mark Church of Columbus (Westland High School)

Most Improved Player - Marques Fobbs of Toledo (Libbey High School) Coaches Award - Justin Freer of St. Joseph, Michigan (Stevensville/Lakeshore High School) and Kevin Thomas of Detroit, Michigan (Romulus High School)

OCCAC All-Conference First Team - JaMar Wesley

OCCAC All-Conference Second Team - Mark Church and Marques Fobbs

NJCAA All-Region XII Team - JaMar Wesley

NJCAA Region XII (District 7) All-Tournament Team - JaMar Wesley

NJCAA Region XII (District 7) Coach of the Year - Jim Welling

NJCAA Division II National Championships Sportsmanship Award - JaMar Wesley
Owens Express men's basketball team also includes Andrew Brown of Pontiac, Michigan (Pontiac Central High School); Terrell Brown of Shaker Heights (Shaker Heights High School); Kevin Jones of Toledo (Start High School); Ricardo Lucas of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Home Schooled); Andrae Martin of Ypsilanti, Michigan (Ann Arbor/Huron High School); Kevin Shorter of Clinton Township, Michigan (Chippewa Valley High School); Dajuan Tate of Columbus (Columbus East High School), and Noah Williams of Shaker Heights (Shaker Heights High School).

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, 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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