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Owens Community College 6-foot-5 basketball player Brittany Darling (Genoa) will sign with NCAA Division I Tennessee Tech.

The soon to be newest member of the Golden Eagles, Darling averaged 10.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks in her two years at Owens.

She helped lead Owens to a 27-6 record this past season, where the Lady Express were ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation before finishing the year at No. 6 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) D-II poll. The sophomore center earned First Team OCCAC All-Conference honors and was named the team’s co-MVP.

Led by Coach Michael Llanas, the Express finished the 2009-10 campaign with a 27-6 overall record and an 11-3 mark (second place) in the OCCAC regular season standings.

Owens lost to Schoolcraft College in the finals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships. The Express finished ranked No. 6 in the final poll. In the three-game regional tournament Darling had 58 points, 58 rebounds, and 12 blocks.

She set the single season school record for blocks with 127 this past season. She also tied the single game school record for rebounds with 21, which she did twice.


The Toledo City League defending champion Clay Eagles didn't mess around with their difficult non-league schedule this season.

After nine games, Clay is unbeaten and looking like the 2009 squad that reached the Division I regional title game before losing to top-ranked and eventual state champion Elyria.

“I didn't expect us to be undefeated at this point, with all the strong teams we've faced,” Coach Brenda Radabaugh said Monday night. “That's been a nice surprise.”

The Eagles swept a doubleheader against Sylvania Southview, a district finalist a year ago, and have taken care of Waite, Findlay, Bowling Green, Perrysburg (nine innings), Notre Dame Academy, Sandusky and Amherst Steele.

Clay beat Sandusky, which it beat in the district finals last year, by a 3-0 margin and blanked Amherst Steele 1-0 in a 12-inning game. Amherst Steele defeated the Eagles last season.

In the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, seven-time defending Cardinal Stritch has a new coach in Don Zbierajewski, who served the last four years as an assistant to head coach Rick Henning.


Connor Ryan figures he'll earn his black belt in tae kwon do in about a year.


“I'm really looking forward to it,” Connor said, “because it's really fun and I like doing it. I like just having fun and learning self-defense and discipline. I don't misbehave anymore ... not as much as I used to.”

The 11-year-old Oregon resident, who has been involved in martial arts for three years, is working his way up the “belt” ladder – he is currently a red belt. Connor's younger sister, Delaney, 9, has been in martial arts for two years. Both Ryan siblings train at Toneff’s Tae Kwon Do, 4320 Navarre Ave.

“Connor had started with (martial arts) at the YMCA and kind of swayed away from it, and then he showed interest again,” said Connor's mother, Lorianne. “We took him to Mr. Toneff and he fell in love with it from day one.

“Delaney was taking dance across the hall, at Brewer's Dance Studio, and she


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