Owens high risers make history in basketball poll
The Owens’ women’s basketball team beat two top ranked teams. First, then-No.3 ranked Schoolcraft, 73-72, and then-No.2 Kalamazoo Valley, 69-58, in the Turkey Shoot-Out to ascend to the No. 6 ranking in this week’s NJCAA Poll. Prior to this week’s poll, they were in the Top 30. This marks the highest regular season ranking in the history of women’s basketball at Owens.
The Express (6-4) are lead by sophomores Jeanne Bockey, averaging 13 points and three rebounds and Unique Lane, averaging 12 points and five rebounds per game. Brittany Darling (Genoa) is a 6-foot-5 freshman center for the Express this season. The Express are coached by Mike Llanas.
Jim “Basketball” Jones (JBJ) will be at Oak Harbor High School on December 14 at 3 p.m. in the auxiliary gym. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and admission is $1 for all. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
JBJ is considered “one of the country’s top basketball handlers and is a highly demanded motivational speaker,” a press release said. “Struggling with Dyslexia, his inspirational story shares his struggles of having to learn the hard way how to get things done — hard work and lots of determination.
“Jim’s positive attitude and determination motivated him to spend countless hours learning to spin, juggle, and dribble basketballs,” the release continues. “At age 16, he started performing at halftimes of the Cleveland Cavalier’s games and entertained thousands. He makes over 350 appearances annually to help children realize their dreams…and never, never give up. Come hear his story, ‘Three Pointers for Life’ while JBJ provides a high energy, interactive program that will keep both children and adults spellbound.”
B-C-S Community Education invites all attending the program to enjoy a free one-hour open swim at the OHHS pool immediately after JBJ’s program. The holiday special is sponsored by B-C-S Community Education and the Acorn Alley before and after-school childcare program. Call Wendy Sautter, program coordinator, at 419-898-3315.
A Sport for All
Curling is a sport that is enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.
The Bowling Green Curling Club schedules a few Friday evenings in January and February when anyone from the community can come out and give curling a try. All are invited to come out to the Bowling Green State University Ice Arena and for $10 per person, BGCC members will review the basics of the game, including the curling delivery, then you will get to play a short game.
You need bring nothing except clean athletic shoes and warm clothes: all special equipment is furnished. Additional information is available by calling Mike at 419-262-1143 or at the club website: aroundbg.com/sites/curling.
Due to Genoa’s extended playoff run during the football season, The Press is holding basketball previews back one week so the Comet boys’ basketball teams can finalize their final schedule and roster. Press basketball previews and the 36-page publication documenting the Comet football season, “Soaring Comets: A Profile of the 2008 Genoa High Football Season,” will be distributed in the December 15 issue of The Press. Extra copies of “Soaring Comets” will be available for sale at The Press office for $2.