Owens Community College recently honored its spring athletic programs for displaying excellence during intercollegiate competition.
Student-athletes participating in baseball, golf and softball were recognized for their athletic achievements, highlighted by Lynsey McIntire (Eastwood) being named Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
McIntire’s teammate, Amanda Temple, was named NJCAA Division II First Team All-American in women’s softball.
Temple, a freshman infielder from Whitmer, set an Owens softball record for RBIs (54) in a season. In addition, her 54 RBIs ranked No. 34 in the country among NJCAA Division II women’s softball student-athletes. Temple also led the team in hits (55), doubles (13), triples (8), batting average (.509) and on base percentage (.567).
Her honors included selection to the OCCAC All-Conference and NJCAA All-Region XII teams. Additionally, Temple received Owens’ Most Valuable Player Award.
Express women’s softball completed the 2009 season with a 27-13 overall record and captured its seventh Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (8-0 record) title in the program’s history. Led by Coach Duane Lanham, Owens lost to Lansing Community College in the NJCAA Region XII Championships.
Other softball awards presented were: Most Improved Player - Kendall Kulakowski (Whitmer). Offensive Player of the Year - Allison Braun (Celina). Defensive Player of the Year - Danielle Hahn (Margaretta). Heart of a Champion Award - Rachel Sepesy (Ida, Mich). OCCAC Pitcher of the Year – Kulakowski. OCCAC Coach of the Year – Lanham.
OCCAC All-Conference First Team - Temple, Kulakowski, McIntire, Braun and Hahn. NJCAA All-Region XII First Team - Temple and Hahn. NJCAA All-Region XII Tournament Team - Temple, Hahn and Kulakowski.
Other local members of the team were Lydia Eckel (Genoa), Aerica Susor (Genoa) and Jolynn Brossia (Genoa).
Members of the Express softball program also were Melinda Johnson (Bellevue), Katelyn Helminiak (Springfield), Amanda Hensley (Fremont St. Joe), Kayleigh Damron (Napoleon), Aimee Stranyak (Ida, Mich.), Kristina Kruzel (Perrysburg), Jessica Russell (Whitmer), Haley Whitcomb (Perkins), Sasha Matyi (Maumee), Chelsea Lingenfelter (Lima Shawnee), Kiley Thornton (Ida, Mich.), Christine Zappone (Springfield), Magan Gerding (Northview), and Heather Whitcomb (Perkins),
Coaches Pick DeCant
The Owens men’s baseball program finished the 2009 season with a 34-10 overall record and captured its eighth regular season Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (11-4 record) title in the program’s history. The conference championship is the fifth in the last six years. Owens Express men’s baseball was ranked No. 10 in the final NJCAA Division II poll. Coached by Bob Schultz (Waite), Owens lost to Lakeland Community College in the NJCAA Sub-Region XII Championships.
Schultz and his assistant coaches named former Lake slugger Tim DeCant as the winner of the team’s Coaches Award this season.
Other men’s baseball awards presented were: Most Valuable Player - Joe Engle (Sidney). Most Improved Player - Jared Gibbons (West Carrollton). Defensive Player Award - Adam Brentlinger (Anthony Wayne). Offensive Player Award – Engle. Outstanding Batting Average Award – Engle. Outstanding Pitching Award - Eric Vaughan (Delta) OCCAC Player of the Year – Engle. OCCAC Pitcher of the Year - Nate Cress (Frankton, Ind.)
OCCAC All-Conference First Team choices - Engle, Cress, Vaughan, Gibbons and Adam Bailey (Springboro). NJCAA All-Region XII First Team - Engle
Other local baseball players on Owens team were Casey Winckowski (Clay), Justin Adkins (Genoa), Michael Romano (Clay), Ross Knierim (Clay), and Tom Wojciechowski (Genoa).
Owens Express baseball team members were Craig Kidston (North Central), Brian Shafer (Clyde), Kevin Dorsten (Huber Heights Wayne), Neal Linthicum (Perrysburg), Joe Maurer (Start), Josh Stewart (Massillon Perry), Ben Fox (Huber Heights Wayne), Bryan Daniel (Dayton Northmont), Joel Gattoni (Langstaff Secondary School, Canada), Ross Joost (Fairview), Josh Newman (Dayton Northmont), and Bryan Bogart (Canal Winchester).
Bell, Biggert honored
Led by Head Coach Gilbert Guerrero, the Express golf team captured five match and invitational titles during the recently-completed season, highlighted by its third consecutive first-place finish in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Championship Invitational. The program also captured its fourth NJCAA Region XII Sub-Regional championship after rounds of 317-314 (631) at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg.
Jimmy Bell (Rossford) was named Most Valuable Player and the OCCAC Player of the Year and Andrew Biggert (Oak Harbor) is the team’s Most Improved Player. The Coaches Award went to Jacob Williams (Fostoria St. Wendelin).
OCCAC All-Conference First Team - Bell, Biggert and Williams. OCCAC All-Conference Second Team - Jared Radabaugh (Liberty-Benton). NJCAA All-Region XII First Team – Bell.
Other Express golf team members included Chris Flynn (St. John’s Jesuit), Jordan Kalmbach (Erie Mason, Mich.), Mike Kistler (Fremont St. Joe), Jarrod Maneval (Liberty Center) and Adam Schmitz (Carey).