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Published 8/8/2003
Owens Community College Signs Baseball Student-Athletes to Scholarships

Owens first-year student-athletes for baseball include (back row, left to right) John LoCascio (Assistant Coach), Kyle Blachuta, Head Coach Bob Schultz, David Quiroga, Scott Tucker (Assistant Coach), (front row, left to right) Mike Shaneck, Derek Kozlowski, Gary Tscherne and Jon Reynolds. Not pictured are Tom Hunyor and B.J. Ogden. Owens Community College has signed eight first-year student-athletes to baseball scholarships for the upcoming NJCAA intercollegiate season.

Led by second-year Head Coach Bob Schultz, the baseball program is beginning its third year at the Division II level. Participating in intercollegiate athletics at the Division II level allows the College to offer scholarships to pay for tuition, fees and books for its student-athletes.

Last season, the Express completed the year with a 38-23 overall record and a 14-6 mark (second place) in the regular season standings of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC). The 38 victories mark the highest win total in program history. Owens men's baseball finished the regular season ranked No. 24 in the NJCAA Division II poll.

"The exceptional skills of each first-year student-athlete will complement a very experienced group of players returning from last year's successful ballclub," said Schultz. "With the addition of the incoming first-year players, I anticipate the baseball program achieving another record-breaking season."

Schultz added, "This year's baseball team possesses a strong combination of athletic abilities, which will allow Owens to compete for an OCCAC regular season and tournament championship."

First-year student-athletes receiving baseball scholarships include:
  • Kyle Blachuta of Bloomdale is a graduate of Elmwood High School. He is the son of Curt and Shelley Blachuta. (Pitcher and Outfield)
  • Tom Hunyor Jr. of Maumee is a graduate of Maumee High School. He is the son of Tom Sr. and Cathi Hunyor. (Catcher)
  • Derek Kozlowski of Toledo is a graduate of Whitmer High School. He is the son of Ron and Paula Kozlowski. (Pitcher)
  • B.J. Ogden of Montpelier is a graduate of Montpelier High School. He is the son of Brian and Susie Ogden. (Pitcher)
  • David Quiroga of Toledo is a graduate of Waite High School. He is the son of Arturo Quiroga and Carol Olshefski. (Infield)
  • Jon Reynolds of Walbridge is a graduate of Lake High School. He is the son of Don and Brenda Reynolds. (Infield)
  • Mike Shaneck of Northwood is a graduate of Northwood High School. He is the son of Randy and Christine Shaneck. (Outfield)
  • Gary Tscherne Jr. of Oregon is a graduate of Clay High School. He is the son of Gary Sr. and Candy Tscherne. (Pitcher)
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 25 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, 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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