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The Owens Community College women’s volleyball team will look to advance to their seventh national tournament as the Express compete in the NJCAA Region XII Women’s Championship this weekend. The tournament will be held at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich., Friday-Sunday, Nov. 5-7.

Owens closed the regular season by defeating OCCAC opponent Columbus State 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 25-16 and on Saturday defeated Cuyahoga 25-11, 25-5, 25-8. On the Owens team are Lauren Lind (Lake) and Alyssa LaVoy (Eastwood), Lind has 66 sets, 100 kills, 13 assists, one ace, 25 digs, 31 blocks and 119 points. LaVoy has 23 sets, two aces, 23 digs, and two points. 

Coached by Sonny Lewis, the Express took a 37-7 overall record into the double elimination tournament where they played Mott (10-13) on Nov. 5 in quarterfinal action. If they would advance, the Express would have played the winner of the Macomb (21-16)/St. Clair (22-18) match on Nov. 6 in the semifinals. The championship match was Nov. 7.

Other teams participating in the tournament include Columbus State (23-6), Henry Ford (5-19), Schoolcraft (20-13) and Oakland (32-5).

On Oct. 30, the Express captured the OCCAC regular season championship with the victory over Cuyahoga. Owens has won 10 out of the last 11 OCCAC regular season championships. Lewis’ squad finished 11-1 in the OCCAC regular season standings and is ranked No. 11 in the latest NJCAA Division II volleyball regular season poll. Additionally, the Express is currently on a 22-match winning streak.

Other Express team members include Shelby Schuster (Sylvania Southview), Jessica Knueve (Kalida), Alyssa Wielfaert (Start), Amanda Schuster (Southview), Erin Schatzle (Monroe, Mich.), Alyssa Pelish (Central Catholic), Ellie Comes (Sylvania Southview), Ashley Horak (Bowling Green), Julia Haupricht (Central Catholic), Allie McAfee (Milan, Mich.), Allison Seifker (Monroeville) and Brittany Egbert (Hopewell-Loudon).

The NJCAA Division II National Championship will be Nov. 18-20 in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.


The Toledo City Athletic League has inducted former Waite athlete and college football coach Jerry L. Berndt into its Hall of Fame. Berndt is one of five Waite graduates inducted.

Berndt attended East Side Central land Raymer elementary schools before graduating from Waite in 1957. Berndt participated in football, basketball, and baseball, achieving All-City honors in football during the 1956 City championship year.

After graduating from Waite, Berndt attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior, earning varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, and tennis. In 1959, he garnered all-conference honors in football in 1960. He transferred to Bowling Green State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree in 1962.

From 1962-65 Berndt taught biology and coached football and wrestling at Libbey. From 1965-67, he taught biology at Bedford in Temperance, Michigan and coached football, wrestling, and golf.


It was not so long ago that a lanky freshman named Luke Sutter could be seen lumbering awkwardly down the sidelines of Genoa’s Comet Stadium stuffed into a sumo wrestler costume and brandishing a mallet to beat on a traditional Chinese-style gong.

         Luke Sutter

Fast-forward three falls to the 2010 season, and the one-time “Baby Sumo” has morphed into a 6-foot-4, 240 pound two-year starter at right tackle.

“Yep, that was me!” chuckles Sutter of the “Baby Sumo” memory.

That has since been replaced by a first-team all-Suburban Lakes League offensive tackle, and an Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press pick following his first full season as a starter in ’09.

“That was definitely me as a freshman, and things have sure gone fast, and I’ve definitely come a long way, these last few years. But you know what, that freshman year was kind of neat really, because that was the year Coach Vicars and his staff came to Genoa, and that was a whole-new beginning for Comet football that I got to be a part of. I mean, I feel like I’m one of the lucky ones, you know?” Sutter said.


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