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Published 5/9/2005

Owens Honors Men's and Women's Basketball Programs

Owens Community College recently honored its basketball programs for displaying excellence during intercollegiate competition. Over 20 student-athletes participating in men's and women's basketball were recognized for their athletic achievements.

Led by Head Coach Jim Welling, the Express finished the 2004-05 campaign with a 27-6 overall record and an 11-3 mark (second place) in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season standings. Owens advanced to the finals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships before losing to Cuyahoga Community College. Welling's team was ranked as high as No. 2 in the NJCAA Division II men's basketball poll.

Men's Basketball awards presented were:
Co-Most Valuable Player - Larry Logan Jr. of Kalamazoo, Michigan (Loy Norrix H.S.) and Cal Davis of Opelousas, Louisiana (Marine Military Academy)
Most Improved Player - Brian Sellers of Cincinnati (Western Hills H.S.)
Coaches Award - Steve Switzer of Toledo (St. John's Jesuit H.S.)
Ozone Award - Jeremy Diekman of Martin (Genoa H.S.)
OCCAC All-Conference First Team - Larry Logan Jr.
OCCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention - Cal Davis and Willie Tisdale Jr. of Lima (Lima Senior H.S.)
NJCAA All-Region XII Tournament Team - Larry Logan Jr. and Kendrick Miller of Muncie, Indiana (Muncie Central H.S.)
Members of the Owens Express men's basketball team also were: Anthony Calo of Westerville (Westerville South H.S.), Zach Diekman of Martin (Genoa H.S.), Anton Hubbard of Sylvania (Southview H.S.), Scott Hughes of Kalamazoo, Michigan (Loy Norrix H.S.), Ronnell Isom of Toledo (Libbey H.S.), Lloyd Kilgore of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Creston H.S.), Jerimy Robinson of Elkhart, Indiana (Elkhart Central H.S.), DeAuntay Scott of Cleveland (East Tech H.S.) and Sean Washington of Columbus (Briggs H.S.).

The Express women's basketball program is led by Head Coach Mike Llanas and completed their season with a 19-12 overall record and a 9-5 mark (third place) in the OCCAC regular season standings. Llanas' squad advanced to the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships before losing to Schoolcraft College.

Women's Basketball awards presented were:
Most Valuable Player - Niccole Brown of Toledo (Central Catholic H.S.)
Most Improved Player - Ashley Williams of Toledo (Start H.S.)
Defensive Player of the Year - Kelly McPherson of Northwood (Lake H.S.)
Mark Henry Award (Coaches Award) - Sarah Johnson of Sylvania (Northview H.S.)
OCCAC All-Conference First Team - Niccole Brown and Sarah Johnson
OCCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention - Bridget Buss of Toledo (Whitmer H.S.) and Katie McClure of Liberty Center (Liberty Center H.S.)
NJCAA All-Region XII Team - Niccole Brown and Sarah Johnson
NJCAA All-Region XII Tournament Team - Niccole Brown
Express women's basketball team members also included: Caroline Eboumbou of Toledo (Rudolph Steiner H.S.), Kristen Hammer of Fremont (Fremont Ross H.S.), Misti Horton of Toledo (Woodward H.S.), Jessie Murcko of Defiance (Tinora H.S.), Heather Peer of Ypsilanti, Michigan (Ann Arbor Huron H.S.), Sashay Price of Fremont (Fremont Ross H.S.) and Kira Sayles of Toledo (Start H.S.).

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, and 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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