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Owens Community College Hosts Men's Basketball Shootout, May 1-2
Prospective high school seniors and area residents interested in playing intercollegiate basketball are invited to participate in an Express Men's Basketball Open Shootout at Owens Community College, Saturday-Sunday, May 1-2.
The Open Shootout runs daily from 1-4 p.m. in the College's Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo.
During the 2003-04 campaign, the Express finished with a 23-8 overall record and a 7-7 mark (fourth place) in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season standings. Owens advanced to the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII (District 7) Men's Basketball Championships before losing to Columbus State Community College.
The Owens Men's Basketball program is led by Head Coach Jim Welling. In his 18 years as head basketball coach at Owens, he has guided the Express to many notable achievements including two NJCAA Division II National Championships in 1992 and 1993. He holds a career 497-114 record and has won the OCCAC title eight of the past 15 years.
Since 1989, Welling has sent 57 players to NCAA Division I programs. Among the colleges and universities are Hampton University, St. Bonaventure University, Walsh University, Wayne State University, Indiana University/Purdue University Fort Wayne (IUPFW), Central State College and the University of Cincinnati.
The registration fee for the Open Shootout is only $10 and space is limited to 40 players per day. For more information, or to register for the event, call (567) 661-7934 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7934.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio 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.