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The Owens Community College women’s volleyball program opened its 2010 season with a tournament Aug. 27-28 at Grand Rapids Community College, Mich.

Owens Express returnees include Lauren Lind (Lake) and Alyssa LaVoy (Eastwood). Lind is a sophomore outside hitter and recorded 135 kills, 44 digs and 16 blocks in 66 games last season for Owens. LaVoy, a sophomore defensive specialist, played in 21 games and recorded 19 digs. Additionally, she was an OCCAC Academic All-Conference selection.

Owens is led by ten-year coach Sonny Lewis and assistants are Denny Caldwell and Alison Mugler. The Express will open its home campaign by hosting the Owens Express Invitational, Sept. 3-5.

Last season, the Express women’s volleyball program completed their season with a 32-20 overall record. Owens finished in second place in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (9-3). The team’s season concluded with a loss to St. Clair County in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.

“I am really looking forward to the start of the upcoming season,” Lewis stated. “This year’s team has really worked hard and put forth the effort in the preseason. The potential is there for this group to be mentioned among the great teams in the program’s long and storied history. However, we have to get better each and every day to achieve our goals.”


The Oak Harbor soccer team is returning Second Team All-Ohio forward and Sandusky Bay Conference Most Outstanding Player Phil Weirich for his senior season.

Last year, Weirich scored 27 goals and had 18 assists while also being chosen First Team All-District and First Team All-SBC. He also returns as the team captain.

Last year, Oak Harbor was 15-5 overall and 8-3-1 in the SBC. Key losses from last year’s team include Jesse Baker, Brandon Wasserman, and Drew Stone.

Also returning on offense are senior forward Ian Miller (six goals, eight assists), senior midfielder Tyler Eoff (20 goals, 14 assists), senior midfielder Alex Swope (seven goals, five assists), junior midfielder Caden Goldstein (three goals, six assists), junior midfielder J.J. Rathbun (two goals, one assist). Eoff was a First Team All-District and All-SBC selection, while Swope earned honorable mention honors in the SBC.

Defensive returnees include senior D.J. Reau (one goal, two assists), senior Myles Backus (one goal, three assists), junior Jake Hetrick (three goals, four assists), and junior Phil Bryant (one goal, two assists). Reau was a First Team All-SBC, Second Team District choice, Backus was Second Team SBC, Honorable Mention District, and Hetrick was Honorable Mention SBC last season.


A.J. Achter signs with Minnesota Twins

Michigan State pitcher A.J. Achter’s (Clay) college baseball career is officially over. That’s a good thing.

Achter was drafted and signed with the Minnesota Twins this week. He immediately was sent to Elizabethtown, Kentucky to begin his professional career. The Elizabethtown Twins compete in the Appalachian Rookie League.

This summer, Achter was selected to the wood bat summer college Cape Cod League All-Star Team. Achter, who was fifth in the Cape Cod with a 1.00 ERA, represented the West Division in the annual Cape Cod League All-Star Game July 28 at Fenway Park. The game was televised live on CBS College Sports.

Playing for the Cotuit Kettleers, Achter has proven to be one of the premier pitchers in the most prestigious collegiate summer league in the country. In 11 appearances and 27 innings pitched, Achter has only allowed three earned runs while striking out 23 batters. He owns a 2-2 record and has recorded three saves.


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