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Published 5/18/2004
Owens Community College Honors Men's and Women's Basketball Programs

Owens Community College recently honored its basketball programs for displaying excellence during intercollegiate competition. Thirty-one student-athletes participating in men's and women's basketball were recognized for their athletic achievements.

Led by Interim Head Coach Matt Godfrey, the Express completed their season with a 24-11 overall record and a 9-5 mark (fourth place) in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season standings. The women's basketball program made its fourth trip to the NJCAA Division II National Championships, finishing ninth in the tournament. Godfrey's squad was ranked as high as No. 7 in the NJCAA Division II women's basketball poll.

The men's basketball program, led by Head Coach Jim Welling, finished with a 23-8 overall record and a 7-7 mark (fourth place) in the OCCAC. Owens advanced to the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII (District 7) Men's Basketball Championships before losing to Columbus State Community College.

Women's Basketball awards presented were:
Most Valuable Player - Niccole Brown of Toledo (Central Catholic High School)
Most Improved Player - Caroline Eboumbou of Paris, France (Lycée Jean Zay High School)
Defensive Player of the Year - Lauren Strong of Grosse Ile, Mich. (Grosse Ile High School)
Coaches Award - Sarah Johnson of Sylvania (Northview High School)
Mark Henry Award - Laura Wilson of Fremont (Fremont Ross High School) and Catina Stubleski of Lambertville, Mich. (Bedford High School)
OCCAC All-Conference Second Team - Stacey Weiland of Pemberville (Eastwood High School) and Niccole Brown
OCCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention - Laura Wilson
NJCAA Division II National Championships All-Tournament Team - Niccole Brown
Owens Express women's basketball team members also included Jodelynn Stiriz of Wauseon (Wauseon High School), Katie McClure of Liberty Center (Liberty Center High School), Heather Peer of Ypsilanti, Mich. (Huron High School), Rachel Dedrick of St. Mary's (St. Mary's Memorial High School), Sarah Morgart of Wayne (Elmwood High School), Sammantha Schneider of Fremont (Fremont Ross High School), Sarah Moore of Taylor, Mich. (Truman High School) and Shannon Kubicek of Toledo (Maumee High School).

Men's Basketball awards presented were:
Most Valuable Player - Andrae Martin of Ypsilanti, Mich. (Huron High School)
Most Improved Player - Calvert Davis of Opelousas, La. (Marine Military Academy)
Coaches Award - Jerimy Robinson of Elkhart, Ind. (Elkhart Central High School)
Ozone Award - Terrell Brown of Cleveland (Shaker Heights High School)
OCCAC All-Conference Second Team - Andrae Martin
OCCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention - Terrell Brown
Members of the Owens Express men's basketball team also were Ricardo Lucas of Ann Arbor, Mich. (Home Schooled), Noah Williams of Cleveland (Shaker Heights High School), Dominic Perry-Harrison of Toledo (Central Catholic High School), Anthony Calo of Westerville (Westerville South High School), Willie Tisdale Jr. of Lima (Lima Senior High School), Terrence Jones of Fremont (Fremont Ross High School), Lawrence Logan Jr. of Kalamazoo, Mich. (Loy Norrix High School), Thomas Clay of Oregon (Clay High School), Danny Rose of Taylor, Mich. (Truman High School), Anton Hubbard of Toledo (Southview High School), Jeremy Diekman of Martin (Genoa High School) and Sean Washington of Columbus (Briggs High School).

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.


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