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Published 7/28/2004

Owens Community College Signs Softball Student-Athletes to Scholarships

(L to R) Cortney Simmons, Mackenzie Heban, Monica Brinkman, Tracy Lehman, Kari Bockbrader, Lindsay Guinn and Allicia Lawrence. Owens Community College has signed seven first-year student-athletes to softball scholarships for the upcoming NJCAA intercollegiate season.

Led by second-year Head Coach Duane Lanham, the softball 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.

The Express women's softball program finished last year with a 28-9 overall record and a 12- 4 mark (second place) in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC). 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.

"I am looking forward to another successful season for the Owens softball program," said Lanham. "These seven incoming student-athletes will be a welcome addition, enabling Owens to take the next step and contend for the OCCAC title."

First-year student-athletes receiving softball scholarships include:

  • Kari Bockbrader of Toledo is a graduate of Whitmer High School. She is the daughter of Don and Gayla Bockbrader. (Third Base and Pitcher)
  • Monica Brinkman of Oregon is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy. She is the daughter of Tom and Mary Brinkman. (Outfield)
  • Lindsay Guinn of Erie, Mich., is a graduate of Mason High School. She is the daughter of Larry and Vicki Guinn. (Shortstop)
  • Mackenzie Heban of Grand Rapids is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy. She is the daughter of Michael and Christine Heban. (First Base and Pitcher)
  • Allicia Lawrence of Fostoria is a graduate of Fostoria St. Wendelin High School. She is the daughter of Gary Lawrence and Pam Wiechman. (Catcher)
  • Tracy Lehman of Whitehouse is a graduate of Anthony Wayne High School. She is the daughter of Les and Brenda Lehman. (Catcher and First Base)
  • Cortney Simmons of Rossford is a graduate of Rossford High School. She is the daughter of Matt and Renee Brouillard. (Outfield)

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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