Six high school student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play NJCAA intercollegiate men’s soccer for the Owens Community College Express during the upcoming 2009-10 academic year.
Among them are Genoa midfielder Cody Katschke and Clay forward Ricky Dempsey.
The Owens men’s soccer program is led by Coach Art Johnson and competes at the NJCAA Division II level. The men’s soccer program recently completed its 11th season finished with a 10-8-2 overall record. The Express finished in third place in the final OCCAC (2-3-1 record) standings.
“These six individuals are leaders both on the soccer field and in the classroom and have garnered many accolades at their respective schools. They will certainly provide a strong nucleus of talent at each skill position, which improves our chances of making a run at a conference championship,” Coach Johnson said.
Katschke was a record-setting All-Ohio and First Team Suburban Lakes League center-midfielder at Genoa who played his senior year for Coach Kenny Katschke, his father. His junior season, playing for Coach Dave Bertz, Katschke was SLL Player of the Year and Third Team All-Ohio.
Dempsey finished his four-year career with 112 goals and was a four-time All-Northwest Ohio State Soccer Association selection. He was a first-team all-league and second team all-district pick his senior season.
“He’s blazing fast and has incredible quickness. Couple that with fundamentals and foot skills and an inability to knock him off the ball, he’s a hard kid to cover and he’s going to go a long ways,” Clay first-year coach Richard Parrish told The Press in the fall.
Others receiving soccer scholarships are goalkeeper Dustin Lamon (Liberty Benton) and defenders Jerry (Bristol Harry S. Truman, Pa.), Adam Beat (Norwalk); and John Caldwell (Holly, Mich.).
First-year student-athletes receiving Owens men's soccer scholarships include (Back Row L to R) Adam Beat, John Caldwell, Cody Katschke, Dustin Lamon, (Front Row L to R) Jerry Doekieh and Ricky Dempsey.