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Published 10/26/2004

Owens Men's Basketball Opens Season Against Siena Heights University JVs, Nov. 2

Owens Community College men's basketball will begin its 2004-05 campaign with a season- opening home contest against Siena Heights University JVs at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2.

All home games are played at the College's Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from downtown Toledo. Admission to home games is free.

The Owens men's basketball program is led by Head Coach Jim Welling. In his 19 years as the head basketball coach at Owens, he has guided the Express to many notable achievements including two NJCAA Division II National Championships in 1992 and 1993. Welling holds a career 497-114 overall record. His Assistant Coaches are Leroy King and Jack Trainer.

Welling's team finished the 2003-04 season with a 23-8 overall record and a 7-7 mark (fourth place) in the OCCAC. The Express advanced to the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII (District 7) Championships before losing to Columbus State Community College.

"I'm really looking forward to this basketball season," said Welling, who is three victories shy of 500 career wins. "We have nine very experienced players returning from last year's team. Their veteran leadership, along with the addition of our seven talented first-year players, will enable this team to once again contend for an OCCAC championship."

In addition, the Owens men's basketball program has earned the distinction of being ranked No. 3 in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll. Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan, received the No. 1 ranking.

Owens has nine returning players from last year's squad, including Willie Tisdale Jr. of Lima (Lima Senior High School). During the 2003-04 season, the sophomore guard averaged 9.3 points, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

The other returning players to the Express roster include Jerimy Robinson of Elkhart, Indiana, guard (Elkhart Central High School); Calvert Davis of Opelousas, Louisiana, guard (Marine Military Academy); Steve Switzer of Toledo, guard (St. John's Jesuit High School); Anthony Calo of Westerville, guard (Westerville South High School); Lawrence Logan Jr. of Kalamazoo, Michigan, guard/forward (Loy Norrix High School); Sean Washington of Columbus, forward (Briggs High School); Anton Hubbard of Sylvania, forward (Southview High School), and Jeremy Diekman of Martin, center (Genoa High School).

First-year players are Kendrick Miller of Muncie, Indiana, guard (Muncie Central High School); LJ Kilgore of Grand Rapids, Michigan, guard (Creston High School); DeAuntay Scott of Cleveland, guard (East Tech High School); Brian Sellers of Cincinnati, guard/forward (Western Hills High School); Ronnell Isom of Toledo, guard/forward (Libbey High School); Scott Hughes of Kalamazoo, Michigan, forward (Loy Norrix High School), and Zach Diekman of Martin, center (Genoa High School).

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 new 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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