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Published 7/13/2004

Owens Community College Signs Baseball Student-Athletes to Scholarships

Back Row (L to R) Assistant Coach John LoCascio, Thomas Arvay, Mike Ramlow, Adam Blachuta, Justin Geiner, Jeffrey Telmanik and Head Coach Bob Schultz. Front Row (L to R) Assistant Coach Gabe Medina, Brett Tscherne, Brian Rachuba, Kirk Kozlowski and Jeff Hartwig. Absent: David Handy and Austin Taylor. Owens Community College has signed 11 first-year student-athletes to baseball scholarships for the upcoming NJCAA intercollegiate season.

Led by third-year Head Coach Bob Schultz, the baseball program is beginning its fourth 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 finished with a 20-17 overall record and 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 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 very positive season."

Schultz added, "This year's baseball team possesses a strong combination of athletic abilities, which will allow Owens to contend for its second consecutive OCCAC regular season championship."

First-year student-athletes receiving baseball scholarships include:
  • Thomas Arvay of Toledo is a graduate of Start High School. He is the son of Al and Bonnie Arvay. (Shortstop)
  • Adam Blachuta of Wayne is a graduate of Elmwood High School. He is the son of Edward and Patty Blachuta. (Outfield and Pitcher)
  • Justin Geiner of Toledo is a graduate of Whitmer High School. He is the son of Rob Geiner and Sherry Willis. (Pitcher)
  • David Handy of Blissfield, Mich., is a graduate of Blissfield High School. He is the son of Jeff and Penny Handy. (Pitcher)
  • Jeff Hartwig of Toledo is a graduate of Bowsher High School. He is the son of Marty and Jennifer Hartwig. (Second Base)
  • Kirk Kozlowski of Toledo is a graduate of Whitmer High School. He is the son of Ronald and Paula Kozlowski. (Pitcher)
  • Brian Rachuba of Toledo is a graduate of Whitmer High School. He is the son of Bernie and Bobbi Rachuba. (Pitcher)
  • Mike Ramlow of Maumee is a graduate of Maumee High School. He is the son of Michael and Patricia Ramlow. (Pitcher)
  • Austin Taylor of Rossford is a graduate of St. Francis de Sales High School. He is the son of Bob and Roxanne Taylor. (Catcher)
  • Jeffrey Telmanik of Maumee is a graduate of Anthony Wayne High School. He is the son of Dennis and Linda Telmanik. (Catcher)
  • Brett Tscherne of Oregon is a graduate of Clay High School. He is the son of Gary and Candy Tscherne. (Pitcher)

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest 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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