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Published 9/14/2004

Nine Owens Community College Student-Athletes Named NJCAA Academic All-Americans

Nine Owens Community College student-athletes have been selected to the Division II Academic All-American Team by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom and on the athletic playing field.

Monica Decker of Toledo (Softball), Adam Dunn of Toledo (Baseball), Sarah Johnson of Sylvania (Women's Basketball), Kyle Leppelmeier of Edgerton (Baseball), Isaac Metcalf of Waterville (Soccer), Zachary Pettee of Holland (Baseball), Brianne Smith of Temperance, Michigan (Softball), Laura Wilson of Fremont (Women's Basketball) and Mat Yenrick of Toledo (Baseball) are among only 27 student-athletes, since 1994, to ever receive the award at Owens.

"Owens Community College is extremely proud of our nine Academic All- Americans for their hard work and dedication exhibited within the classroom," said Michael Rickard, Owens Coordinator of Student Enrichment and Athletics. "Their success as scholars is a positive reflection on the College's athletic programs and commitment shown toward educational values."

Decker, a sophomore outfielder from Toledo Central Catholic High School, is a two-time OCCAC All-Conference selection. In 40 games, she collected 43 hits and 16 stolen bases and compiled a .386 batting average. During the 2003-04 academic year Decker achieved a 3.69 grade point average.

A sophomore infielder from Whitmer High School, Dunn was twice named the team's Golden Glove Award winner. The Toledo resident recorded 30 hits, 22 runs and compiled a .303 batting average. He achieved a 3.70 grade point average during the 2003-04 academic year.

Johnson, a freshman forward from Sylvania Northview High School, was an integral part of the Express women's basketball program which finished ninth in the NJCAA Division II National Championships this past year. In 30 games, she averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds coming off the bench as a reserve player. The Sylvania resident was named the team's Coaches Award recipient and earned a 3.63 grade point average during the 2003-04 academic year.

Leppelmeier was a sophomore pitcher from Edgerton High School. The Edgerton resident was a two-time OCCAC All-Conference selection and honored as the OCCAC Player of the Year. Named the team's Coaches Award recipient, Leppelmeier posted a 3-3 record. During the 2003-04 academic year he achieved a 3.87 grade point average.

Metcalf, a sophomore midfielder, was a Second Team OCCAC All-Conference selection and earned Offensive MVP team honors. A Perrysburg High School graduate, he recorded nine goals and led the Express with nine assists and 27 points. The Waterville resident achieved a 3.61 grade point average during the 2003-04 academic year.

Pettee was a sophomore catcher for the Owens men's baseball program. A St. John's Jesuit High School graduate, he was selected as the team's Most Valuable Player following the 2004 season. Pettee collected 31 hits, 21 runs and 20 RBIs. He earned a 3.61 grade point average during the 2003-04 academic year and resides in Holland.

A sophomore third baseman, Smith was honored with selection to the NJCAA All- Region XII and OCCAC All-Conference teams. The Bedford High School graduate also received the Coaches Award. In 44 games, she collected 51 hits, 33 runs, 24 RBIs and compiled a .362 batting average. The Temperance, Michigan, resident achieved a 3.71 grade point average during the 2003-04 academic year.

Wilson, a sophomore from Fremont Ross High School, was a guard for the women's basketball team. She played in 36 games and averaged 8.5 points and 2.5 assists, helping lead the team to a 24-11 overall record. Her postseason accolades included Honorable Mention OCCAC All-Conference and recognition on the OCCAC All- Tournament Team. The Fremont resident also was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year and earned the Mark Henry Award. In 2003, the two-time NJCAA Academic All-American was one of only 27 student-athletes in the nation to be nominated by the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) as the Scholar Athlete of the Year. Wilson achieved a 3.95 grade point average during the 2003-04 academic year.

Yenrick was a sophomore pitcher and infielder for the Express men's baseball program, which finished the 2004 campaign with a 20-17 overall record. The Toledo resident was an OCCAC All-Conference Team selection. In 26 games, he recorded 25 hits and compiled a .368 batting average. Yenrick also posted a 0-1 record. During the 2003-04 academic year, the Waite High School graduate achieved a 4.0 grade point average.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 29 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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