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Brittany Darling scores 19 twice in big Owens wins
Brittany Darling (Genoa) a sophomore center from Genoa, returns to play basketball her sophomore season at Owens Community College after averaging 7.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks for the program last year.

The Owens women’s basketball program is led by sixth-year Head Coach Michael Llanas. During his fifth year at the helm, Llanas led the Express to an 18-12 overall record and a third-place finish in the OCCAC (7-5 record). Owens lost to Oakland Community College in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships last year. Llanas’ Assistant Coaches are Stephen Perry and Melanie Schroeder.

“We have a great group of both first-year and returning players who bring high intensity, great athleticism and a strong work ethic to the basketball court each and every day. This team has the opportunity to be very successful and achieve great things both during the regular season and in the postseason,” Llanas said.


Owens started the season strong, defeating Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida 83-53 to finish 2-0 on a road trip after upsetting the defending Southern Conference NJCAA Division I champion, Indian River State, the previous night 69-64. Darling (Genoa) scored 19 points, had nine rebounds, and two steals in the win over Broward.

In the victory over Indian River in Fort Pierce, Florida, Darling scored 19 points, had nine rebounds, and blocked five shots. Blanton scored 18 points and had six rebounds and Sarah Clark scored 16 points, had 11 rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

On Nov. 24 on Owens’ home court, the Express defeated 89-54 to increase their record to 5-1. The women were to play against Kirtland CC at home.

In addition, the Owens women’s basketball program has earned the distinction of being ranked ninth in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll. Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa received the No. 1 ranking.

The Express have five players returning from last year’s team, including Darling, Sarah Clark (Delphos St. John’s) and Ashley Hooker (Whitmer).

In 2008-09, Clark led the team with a 15.3 points per game average. The sophomore guard/forward also averaged 7.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals for the Express. Her postseason honors included OCCAC All-Conference Second Team selection.

Hooker, a sophomore guard/forward, averaged 3.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and one assist during the 2008-09 season. She received the team’s Most Improved Player award and was an NJCAA All-Region XII Tournament Team selection.

Also returning to Llanas’ squad are Kaila Corrothers (Detroit Consortium) and Kelsey Perry (Willard). Corrothers, a sophomore guard, averaged 4.2 points during the season. During the 2008-09 season, Perry, a sophomore guard, averaged two points, 1.6 rebounds and one assist for the Express.

First-year players to the Express women’s basketball program are point guard Rashanna Johnson (Columbus Whitehall-Yearling); point guard Nasumbi Beard (Ontario); forward/center Demi Moschetti (Perrysburg); guard Jasmine Blanton (Notre Dame Academy); guard/forward Jordan Floyd (Anthony Wayne); forward Renee Bidlack (Wayne Trace); guard Gabbie Cerovski (Lakewood); guard Saige Meyer (Patrick Henry), and forward Karrah Windau (Carey).

Clay volleyball
Clay’s volleyball team has been rewarded for its trip to the City League final four by getting two players selected to the District 7 Division I all-star team.

Senior Megan Agoston is a second team choice and classmate Lexi Laberdee is an honorable mention selection. E

Eastwood’s Jeff Beck was Division II Coach of the Year and Eagle Whitney Hoodlebrink Player of the Year. Eastwood sophomore joined Hoodlebrink on the first team.

Eastwood second team selections are junior Katie Primeau, junior Christine Foster, and junior Vicky Bruning. Eastwood senior Katie Dewyre is the only honorable mention choice.

In Division III, District 7 second team choices include Gibsonburg senior Samantha Stainbrook, Lake junior Hailey Brittenham, and Genoa junior Alyssa Meis. Honorable mention selections are Gibsonburg senior Aubrey Goetz, Woodmore senior Elishia Stone, and Genoa junior Hannah Morrison.

Zion Luckey in First
Zion Luckey leads the Wood County Church Dartball League standings after eight weeks with an 18-6 record, followed by Stony Ridge (17-7), Bethlehem No. 2 (16-8), Bowling Green Trinity United Methodist (16-8), Pemberville Methodist (15-9), BG St. Mark’s (14-10), Bethlehem No. 2 (14-10), Pemberville Presbyterian (10-14), New Rochester (7-17), BG Cloverdale (6-18), Salem (6-18), and BG Nazarene (5-19).

In a battle of two of the top teams on Nov. 23, first-place Zion Luckey captured 2-of-3 from BGTUM and enabled ZL to maintain its one-game lead atop the standings. ZL scored 14 runs in its only loss of the evening and kept its streak alive of winning every series this year.

Stony Ridge also won 2-of-3 games and still remains one game back to ZL. Of the six series on Monday, four resulted in sweeps.  Bethlehem No. 1, Pemberville Methodist, St. Mark’s, and Bethlehem No. 2 all took three games. New Rochester has lost 10 straight after starting the year at 7-6. For the second consecutive week, no extra-inning games were reported.

College World Series
The Toledo Amateur Baseball Federation has been awarded the 2010 National Amateur Baseball Federation College World Series at the NABF annual national meetings in Annapolis, Maryland in early November.

The NABF CWS will be held Aug. 5-8, 2010 at Ned Skeldon Stadium and three other Toledo-area sites for the sixth time in the past seven years. LineDrive Sportz, based at the Lucas County Recreation Center, will be title sponsor and the national tournament will be internet broadcast by For information, call City of Toledo recreation director Shawn Sobel at 419-936-3887.

Sports Announcements
Oak Harbor Junior High is in need of an eighth grade basketball coach. Interested individuals with coaching experience preferred can contact Athletic Director Drew Grahl at 419-898-6216 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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