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Owens gets recruits; Jim Jackson to conduct camp

Seven high school student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play NJCAA intercollegiate men’s basketball for the Owens Community College Express during the upcoming 2009-10 academic year.

The Owens men’s basketball program is led by Head Coach Kevin Skaggs and competes at the NJCAA Division II level, which allows the college to offer scholarships.

The Express men’s basketball team finished the 2008-09 campaign with a 15-16 overall record and an 8-6 mark (third place) in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference regular season standings. Owens lost to Cuyahoga Community College in the NJCAA Region XII Championships.

“The incoming freshmen class is extremely talented, both within the classroom and on the playing field,” said Skaggs. “Each of them brings exceptional athletic skills, which complement an experienced group of student-athletes returning from last year’s team. Our expectations remain the same as previous seasons with the ultimate goal of a conference championship.”

First-year student-athletes receiving men’s basketball scholarships are center Dalante Heard (Rogers); point guard Traymone Camak (Rogers); forward Derrick Sanderfer Jr. (Rogers); guard Bruce Huntley (Central Catholic); guard Tommy Kralovic (Rossford); point guard Virgil McGuire (Jackson, Mich.); and guard/forward Earl Hardiman (Westland John Glenn, Mich.).


Volleyball/Basketball Camp
On July 27-30, college and professional basketball stars Todd Mitchell and Jim Jackson host their third annual basketball camp for boys and girls entering grades 5-12 at Owens College from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Camp fee is $75 per participant and space is limited. Lunch is provided daily and each attendee will receive a basketball camp jersey. Call (419) 720-5252.

Owens will also offer a three-day Express Volleyball Camp July 13-15. The camp will offer two separate sessions daily from 9-11:30 a.m. for grades 4-7 and from 12:30-4 p.m. for grades 8-12. Camp instructors will include the Owens Express women’s volleyball coaching staff, area coaches, and current and former collegiate players.

Led by Head Coach Sonny Lewis, Owens Express women’s volleyball completed their 2008 season with a 39-15 overall record. The program captured its ninth consecutive OCCAC championship, finishing with an overall 10-0 conference record. Owens has now won 10 out of the last 11 conference titles. The team’s season concluded with a loss to Columbus State in the finals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.

Parents and coaches are invited to attend the camp to listen and observe at no additional charge. The camp fee is $80, which includes a t-shirt. Call (567) 661-7939 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7939.

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