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Published 7/1/2004

Owens Community College Honors Baseball and Softball Programs

Owens Community College recently honored its baseball and softball programs for displaying excellence during intercollegiate competition. Thirty-four student-athletes participating in baseball and softball were recognized for their athletic achievements.

The men's baseball program, led by second-year Head Coach Bob Schultz, finished the 2004 campaign with a 20-17 overall record. They also tied with Lakeland Community College for the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season championship. Schultz's squad achieved an 11-5 mark in the OCCAC.

The Express women's softball program finished with a 28-9 overall record and a 12-4 mark (second place) in the OCCAC. Led by first-year Head Coach Duane Lanham, Owens advanced to the second round of the NJCAA Region XII Women's Softball Championships before losing to Grand Rapids Community College. Lanham's squad was ranked as high as No. 15 in the NJCAA Division II women's softball poll.

Men's Baseball awards presented were:
Most Valuable Player - Zachary Pettee of Holland (St. John's Jesuit High School)
Golden Glove Award - Adam Dunn of Toledo (Whitmer High School)
Offensive Leader - Scott Zaciewski of Toledo (Whitmer High School)
Coaches Award - Kyle Leppelmeier of Edgerton (Edgerton High School)
OCCAC Player of the Year - Kyle Leppelmeier
OCCAC All-Conference Team - Kyle Leppelmeier, Scott Zaciewski, David Quiroga of Toledo (Waite High School), Mike Shaneck of Northwood (Northwood High School) and Matt Yenrick of Toledo (Waite High School)
Owens Express men's baseball team members also included Tony Finley of Mansfield (Ontario High School), Matt Dedeluk of Monroe, Mich. (Monroe High School), Todd Schumaker of Ottawa (Ottawa-Glandorf High School), Matt Guerrero of Oregon (Clay High School), Nick Caputo of Toledo (St. Francis de Sales High School), Todd Wells of Shelby (Shelby High School), Roc Roytek of Toledo (Start High School), Jason Sparks of Whitehouse (Anthony Wayne High School), Jon Reynolds of Millbury (Lake High School), Chad McCullough of Bellevue (Bellevue High School), Alex Frank of Toledo (Start High School), Kyle Blachuta of Bloomdale (Elmwood High School), Tom Hunyor of Maumee (Maumee High School) and Derek Kozlowski of Toledo (Whitmer High School).

Women's Softball awards presented were:
Most Valuable Player - April Nietrzeba of Maumee (Maumee High School)
Most Improved Player - Ashley Correll of Fostoria (Fostoria High School)
Offensive Player of the Year - Mandy Wingate of Lambertville, Mich. (Bedford High School)
Defensive Player of the Year - Casey Wieczorek of Toledo (Central Catholic High School)
Coaches Award - Brianne Smith of Temperance, Mich. (Bedford High School)
Heart of a Champion Award - Monica Sims of Millbury (Lake High School)
OCCAC All-Conference Team - Brianne Smith, Monica Sims, Casey Wieczorek and Monica Decker of Toledo (Central Catholic High School)
NJCAA All-Region XII Team - Brianne Smith, Monica Sims and April Nietrzeba
NJCAA Region XII (District E) All-Tournament Team - Jenae Caldwell of Millbury (Lake High School)
Members of the Owens Express women's softball team also were Michelle Brose of Tiffin (Mohawk High School), Leigh Zajac of Rossford (Rossford High School), Melissa Culp of Toledo (Springfield High School), Sarah Morgart of Wayne (Elmwood High School) and Jenny Shultz of Grand Rapids (Otsego High School).

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 28 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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