Genoa’s Brittany Darling keeps on rolling along in her college basketball career at Owens Community College, scoring 20 points, grabbing 23 rebounds, and blocking 16 shots in two wins last week.
Darling’s eight blocked shots in each of two games was one short of a school record.
Last week, the No. 7 ranked (NJCAA Div. II national poll) Owens women defeated Jackson CC 83-51. The Owens women are now 12-2 on the season while Jackson falls to 5-6 on the season.
Leaders for the Owens women were Jasmine Blanton (Notre Dame) - 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists; Kaila Corrothers (Detroit Consortium) - 12 points, 3 steals; Ashley Hooker (Whitmer) - 12 points, 7 rebounds; and Darling - 8 points, 7 rebounds, 8 blocks
The Owens men defeated Kalamazoo Valley CC 83-64. The Owens men are now 6-8 on the season. Kalamazoo Valley C.C. is now 8-4 on the season.
Leaders for the men were: Earl Hardison (Westland John Glenn, Mich.) - 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals; Michael Lee (Inkster Wayne Memorial, Mich.) - 14 points; DaLante Heard (Rogers) - 12 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks; Jon Dunn (St. John's Jesuit) - 12 points, 4 assists; and Josh Robinson (Elkhart Central, Ind.) - 11 points
Then, the Owens women defeated Mott CC 75-61 and the men lost to Mott, 90-69.
Leaders for the Owens women were Corrothers - 14 pts; Darling - 12 pts, 16 reb, 8 blocks; Nasumbi Beard (Mansfield Ontario) - 11 pts; Hooker - 10 pts; Rashanna Johnson (Columbus Whitehall) - 7 pts, 7 reb, 10 steals; Blanton - 8 pts, 9 reb, 7 assists. Johnson's 10 steals tied a school record.
Leaders for the Owens men were Michael Lee with 18 points; Dunn - 13 pts; Robinson - 11 pts; Hardison - 10 pts.
The next game for each team is Dec. 29 at home. Both teams will play Lake Michigan CC. The women's game is at 3 p.m. and the men's game is at 5 p.m.
Comets get taste
Genoa junior wrestlers Justin Upham (145), Shawn Gantka (119), and Garrett Scott (160) came out of last week’s tri-meet between Oak Harbor and Fremont Ross at 2-0 apiece.
However, it was the Rockets who gave the Maroon and Grey their first look at top notch, state caliber competition (see related story about Oak Harbor in this week’s issue).
Genoa first engaged Division I opponent Fremont Ross in a dual in which the Comets won 8 of the 11 matches wrestled, beating the Little Giants 52-21. Half of the Comet's victories over Ross came by pin.
Perennial Division II state power Oak Harbor, fresh off their third consecutive top 10 (fifth place last year) in the state meet, returning all five of state qualifiers including three of their state placers, gave the Comets a reality check as they won all but three of the matches wrestled and pummeling Genoa by a final score of 56-14.
Going 1-1 for Genoa was freshman Seth Morrison (103), freshman Drew Keenan (125), senior Scott Traver (135), freshman Nathan Breuer (140), senior Dustin TenEyck (152), sophomore Jaron Bintz (171), and freshman Nick Keller (189). Going 0-2 were sophomore Josh Pierce (130) and senior Jake Winters (215).
Wharton, Greggila competing
Justin Wharton (Clay) is in his freshman season wrestling for NCAA Division III Heidelberg in the 165 pound weight class. Heidelberg has been a dominant wrestling force in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
The Berg is looking to defend its OAC regular season and tournament titles for the third-straight season. Overall, Heidelberg has claimed three of the last four regular season trophies and the last four-staight tournament championships. Nationally-ranked Heidelberg claimed five first-place votes in the OAC tournament poll to defend, while receiving six first place votes for the regular season.
Stephanie Greggila (Oak Harbor) is a junior freestyle swimmer at NCAA D-II Ashland University. The Ashland women are currently 4-0 in non-league dual meet action so far and will be entering the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule after the holidays.
Owens Community College will offer a three-day Express Baseball Hitting and Pitching School, Jan. 15-17 for youth ages 8-18.
The baseball pitching school will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Friday while the hitting school will occur from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The Owens 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 baseball, which was ranked No. 10 in the final NJCAA Division II poll, lost to Lakeland CC in the NJCAA Sub-Region XII Championships.
Parents and coaches are invited to attend the camp to listen and observe at no additional charge. Participants are encouraged to wear baseball pants or sweats, t-shirts and tennis shoes.
The camp fee for the three-day school is $85 per player, which includes a camp t-shirt. Owens’ camp fee is $35 per player for individuals interested in attending the pitching school only, while the camp fee for only the hitting school is $65 per player. Call (567) 661-7936 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7936.
The Lake Baseball Association will be holding registration/tryouts for the 2010 baseball season on January 9-10 at the Lake High School Field House for the following times: ages 8-10, 2-4 p.m.; ages 11-14, 4-6 p.m.
These dates will include registration only for rec-level teams; registration and tryouts for travel-level teams; a non-refundable deposit due of $50 (total fee = $100/player; family discounts - $175/2 players and $225/3 or more players). For those individuals interested in trying out for the travel-level teams, you will be required to attend both days of the tryouts. Come prepared with your baseball equipment. For more information visit http://www.leaguelineup.com/lake-baseball.