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Genoa’s Alexa Ansell transfers to play volleyball at Owens
Former Genoa volleyball player Alexa Ansell will be playing volleyball at Owens Community College this fall. The right side hitter is transferring from Northern Kentucky University.

Ansell is one of nine first-year student-athletes who have signed national letters of intent to play NJCAA intercollegiate women’s volleyball for the Owens during the upcoming season.

The Owens women’s volleyball program is led by Coach Sonny Lewis and competes at the NJCAA Division II level.

The Express women’s volleyball program completed their 2009 season with a 32-20 overall record. Owens finished in second place in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (9-3 record). The team’s season concluded with a loss to St. Clair County CC in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.


Dave Shaffer, Lake High School’s director of athletics and director of buildings and grounds, probably doesn’t remember what a summer vacation feels like.

Shaffer, along with other Lake staff, students, members of the community and local businesses, have been hard at work trying to get things back in semi-order since the June 5 tornado blew threw Millbury and destroyed the high school.

The Lake  Field House was destroyed, but on Friday Shaffer received good news.

“Owens Community College has graciously allowed Lake HS to play it’s high school boys & girls basketball games at their facility,” Shaffer wrote in an e-mail. “We will also hold our JV Wrestling Invitational at Owens.”

That is one of Shaffer’s many tasks this spring and summer — to figure out a way for the Flyers’ athletic teams — for fall sports in particular — to continue their schedules as planned.


          Alyssa Shimel


One day a recently graduated high school senior at Eastwood, the next day Alyssa Shimel qualifies to play with the world’s best female professional golfers.
Shimel played in the weekend’s Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic LPGA Tour event after qualifying against three professionals and another amateur at a qualifying round at Sylvania Country Club. The top two qualified, and Shimel finished second by carding a 74 over the 18-hole round.
“It feels great. I’m really excited,” Shimel said. “I was just trying to keep calm and play it one shot at a time. I just thought I’d shoot the best I could and see what happened. I knew I could if I played well, and if I put in the time and the work at it, it was realistic.”
“(Sylvania CC) is a pretty difficult course. It has some tight holes and some pretty long rough, and some pretty slick greens. You have to hit the ball pretty straight.”


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