The Press Newspaper
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has voted Owens Community College soccer players Jill Burkholder (Bryan) and Jessica Grindle (Northwood) to their 2013-14 All-American team.
Burkholder, a sophomore midfielder for the Express women's soccer team, was named NSCAA First Team All-American. Grindle, a sophomore forward, was named NSCAA Second Team All-American.
It marks the first time an Owens women's soccer student-athlete has been named an NSCAA All-American.
Burkholder was second on the team in scoring this past year with 13 goals and eight assists. She closed out her two-year career with 21 goals and 17 assists.
Grindle, meanwhile, led the team in scoring with 23 goals and five assists. She capped her two-year career with 29 goals and eight assists.
Burkholder, Grindle and sophomore defender Marissa Ramirez (Northwood/Northwood, Ohio) were named to the NSCAA All-Central Region team. It also marks the first time an Owens women's soccer player has been awarded that honor.
Ramirez, who had one goal and two assists this past year, closed her two-year career with one goal and three assists.
Burkholder, Grindle and Ramirez helped lead the Express women's soccer team to its best season in program history. The Express finished 17-2-2 (a program record for wins in a season), won a program record 15 consecutive matches, captured the program's first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XII tournament title, and made the NJCAA D-I National Tournament for the first time, where they nearly made the NJCAA Final Four.
Following the national tournament, Grindle was named to the all-tournament team, while the Express won the Lea Plarski Sportsmanship Award for exhibiting the best sportsmanship of any team at the tournament. (— Nick Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information)
Awarded annually since the mid-1970’s (1974 and 1976, respectively), these honors have been bestowed upon the outstanding male (O’Brien) and female (Wescott) athletes of the school’s senior class.
Chosen by the coaches within the athletics program, the O’Brien and Westcott winners are evaluated and ranked with respect to leadership, attitude, sportsmanship, value to the team, commitment, grade point average, and years of participation. In the eyes of the coaches, faculty, and administration, the O’Brien and Westcott awards are the most prestigious awards senior athletes can earn at Clay.
Nagy earned a total of seven varsity letters while at Clay, three in basketball and four in track. In his senior season, Nagy captained the team and led the Eagles in steals and was second in scoring. In the 2013 track season, he garnered first team All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference honors in the 110 hurdles and in the high jump. He was also a state qualifier in the 110 hurdles.
In addition to his athletic efforts, Jack earned All-Academic TRAC honors a total of six times during his career. He is currently attending the University of Toledo and majoring in nursing.
Schiavone earned a total of six varsity letters during her athletic career at Clay, three in soccer and three in softball. In her senior season, she captained both teams.
In soccer, Schiavone earned All-TRAC honors twice — second team in 2011-12 and first team in 2012-13. In the 2012-13 season, she also earned second team all-district honors. In softball, she earned second team All-TRAC honors.
Academically, Schiavone sported a 4.1 grade point average that earned her six All-Academic TRAC honors and All-Academic OHIO honors in her senior year. She is currently attending Ohio State University majoring in animal bio-sciences.
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