Express soccer enters tourney at No. 19 nationally
The Owens Community College women's soccer team entered the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) D-I poll at No. 19.
It is the first time the team has been ranked this season despite a program record 13-game winning streak, which included a 2-1 double overtime victory over current No. 15 Schoolcraft College along the way.
During their 13-game winning streak, the Express has outscored opponents 59-9. Additionally, they have allowed one goal or less in 12 of those matches (11 straight) and pitched five shutouts over that period.
|Abby Groll and the No. 19 Express women's
soccer team played in the Region XII tour-
nament this past weekend. (Photo by Nicholas
Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information)
Local sophomores include defender Tara Preble (Lake), forward/midfielders Taylor Avers (Woodmore) and Justin Grindle (Northwood), defender Marissa Ramirez (Northwood), midfielder/defender Samantha Starkey (Eastwood), and midfielder Kelly Zurvalec (Oak Harbor).
Local freshmen include midfielder Abby Groll (Clay), forward/midfielder Kendyl Christian (Clay), midfielder/goalkeeper Megan Soncrant (Clay), and forward Amber Burnette (Oak Harbor). Third-year head coach Mary Whisler is assisted by second-year coach Caitlyn Theaker and first-year coach Stacey Lucas. Janeen Ramirez is in her first season as the team’s athletic trainer.
The Express, who are currently 15-2 overall, entered this past weekend's Region XII tournament as the No. 2 seed behind Schoolcraft College. They opened up play in the four-team tournament against No. 3 seed Delta College on Saturday with the championship Sunday.
The winner advances to the 12-team NJCAA D-I National Championship tournament in Melbourne, Fla. Nov. 18-23.
With the addition of the women's soccer team being ranked, the Express athletic department currently has four teams ranked in the nation's top 20. The others are men's golf (No. 1 at the NJCAA D-II level), women's basketball (No. 9 at the NJCAA D-II level) and men's basketball (No. 8 at the NJCAA D-II level).
Howard national candidate
Florida State senior forward Natasha Howard (Waite) has been named one of just 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, announced on Wednesday by the annual award’s voting committee.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Candidates selected have made a strong impact in the four C’s - community, classroom, character and competition. Howard has been a visible presence on the court heading into her final year as a ‘Nole. As an All-America contender this upcoming season, she is one of just 10 Seminoles ever to score 1,000 points and grab 700 rebounds in her career.
The versatile performer is also on track toward breaking the school record for career doubles-doubles, sitting just six away with 26 in her first three seasons. Howard is a three-time all-conference player who earned first-team accolades last season averaging 12.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
Howard was named the sole captain of the 2013-14 FSU women’s basketball team by head coach Sue Semrau, exemplifying how far her leadership principles have come. The Social Sciences major has proven to be a leader by example and has thrived in the maturation process that began in her freshman season in 2010-11 and has culminated to her current reign as team captain.
Like many of her teammates, Howard has been an extremely active member in the community. Just this year, she has participated in many charity functions including the Big Bend Heart Walk to promote heart disease awareness, as well as fundraising for a United Way event for City of Tallahassee employees.
On Florida State’s recent Foreign Tour trip this past summer sponsored by Nike, much humanitarian work was done including volunteering at an orphanage in Dakar, the capital of Senegal on the African mainland.
Howard and the Seminoles unofficially kick off their season this Sunday, Nov. 3, when they host an exhibition against Faulkner at the Donald L. Tucker Center at 2 p.m.
Florida State plays its first regular-season game at home on Friday, Nov. 8, against UNC Greensboro with tip time scheduled for 5 p.m. The game will also be live streamed on ESPN3.com.
Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four®.
Heading to World Series
Harry Young Builders captured the Mid-American Masters Baseball League (45 and over) championship by posting a 22-0 record and are heading to the Roy Hobbs World Series at the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins spring training stadiums in Fort Myers, Fla. East Side representatives for the Builders are Keith Belcik (Clay 1979), Mike Kornasiewicz (Rossford 1985), and Dave Minarcin (Northwood 1987).
Boys and girls ages 5-14 who would like to play coach pitch/t-ball/baseball or softball for the 2014 season may register on Nov. 17 and Nov. 24 from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Josie Reinhart Community Center, corner of Cram and Wales Road, or Nov. 18-22 at the municipal office from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Deadline is Nov. 24. Parents must accompany children to sign registration cards and non-returnable copies of birth certificates are required. The registration fee may be higher than last year, and it is non-refundable and due at time of registration. Families that meet low-income requirements may obtain a fee waiver, but a request must be made in writing. Umpires and coaches should also register. Call 419-693-9328.