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Published 8/5/2005

Owens Community College Signs Softball Student-Athletes to Scholarships

Back Row (L to R) Whitney Ondrus, Paige Kingsborough, Kelly Acker, Tarah Dominique, Chelsea Vargyas and Danielle Stead. Front Row (L to R) Ashley Henney, Jessica Snyder, Amber Morgart, Christy Merritt and Amanda Farringer. (Not Pictured: Sara Barowski) Owens Community College has signed twelve first-year student-athletes to softball scholarships for the upcoming NJCAA intercollegiate season.

Led by third-year Head Coach Duane Lanham, the softball program is beginning its fifth 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 this past year finished with a 44-12 overall record and captured the OCCAC regular season championship with an 18-0 mark. Owens' program made its first trip to the NJCAA Division II National Championships, finishing fifth in the tournament. Lanham's squad was ranked as high as No. 8 in the NJCAA Division II women's softball poll. Additionally, the 44 victories is a school record for most wins in a season, surpassing the previous mark of 41 in 2003.

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

First-year student-athletes receiving softball scholarships include:

Kelly Acker of Sylvania is a graduate of Southview High School. (First Base)
Sara Barowski of Genoa is a graduate of Genoa High School. (Pitcher)
Tarah Dominique of Swanton is a graduate of Swanton High School. (Outfield)
Amanda Farringer of Toledo is a graduate of Bowsher High School. (Pitcher)
Ashley Henney of Oregon is a graduate of Clay High School. (Pitcher and Infield)
Paige Kingsborough of Fremont is a graduate of Fremont Ross High School. (Catcher and Third Base)
Christy Merritt of Monroe, Mich., is a graduate of Jefferson High School. (Outfield)
Amber Morgart of Wayne is a graduate of Elmwood High School. (Infield)
Whitney Ondrus of Oregon is a graduate Clay High School. (Infield)
Jessica Snyder of Sylvania is a graduate of Southview High School. (Third Base)
Danielle Stead of Maumee is a graduate of Maumee High School. (Catcher)
Chelsea Vargyas of Toledo is a graduate of Waite High School. (Outfield)

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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