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Clay junior Canen Smith was a wrestler through his eighth grade year, but a

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Clay junior Canen Smith

terrible bicycle accident prompted doctors to tell Smith it would behoove him to give up participating in contact sports.

"I was in BMX, and I was bunny-hopping over something and I clipped my back tire and flipped forward and landed on my head," Smith recalled. "I hit the front of my head so hard that I had a three-inch radial fracture. I was in intensive care for two days.

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It has been a tough six months for Eastwood junior pitcher Audrey Flores and her

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               Flores Family

family.

Last September, Flores and her brother, Jordan, 22, an Eastwood graduate, learned that their uncle, David Lapinski, had passed away. Ten days later, their grandfather, Gerald Spencer Sr., died.

In mid-February, Audrey and Jordan's father, Harvey, was suffering flu-like symptoms. Harvey and Marjorie Flores, who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in November, were in the process of donating a signed Ohio State football jersey for a fundraiser for Doug Seifert, who was fighting cancer.

Harvey, 47, who was feeling ill, told his wife to take the jersey to the Seifert benefit. It was Feb. 20.

"When I returned from working the benefit, Harvey had collapsed and died in our home," Marjorie said.

Michael "Mick" Foster was very close to Harvey Flores. Foster's daughter, Christine, is a pitcher at Eastwood, and Mick and Harvey had coached softball together for nine years.

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Tim DeCant (Lake) returns this spring as a sophomore outfielder for the Owens Community College baseball team.

In 2009, he was named the recipient of the team’s Coaches Award. Additionally, DeCant was the team leader with 11 doubles, five triples and 31 stolen bases and compiled a .379 batting average.

Last Wednesday, DeCant was 3-for-3 with a home run and RBI as the Express defeated the visiting Bowling Green State University club team 12-6. Owens swept the BGSU team, winning the first game 12-2 and is now 16-6 on the season.

Also playing for the Express is sophomore outfielder Michael Romano (Clay).

Waite graduate Bob Schultz begins his eighth year as coach. In the past seven years, he has guided the Express to five conference championships in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Prior to his position as head coach, Schultz served as an Express assistant for five years. His assistants are Gabe Medina and Tom DeMarco.

The Owens men’s baseball program finished the 2009 season with a 34-10 overall record and captured its eighth 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 Express men’s baseball, which was ranked No. 10 in the final NJCAA Division II poll, lost to Lakeland CC in the NJCAA Sub-Region XII Championships.

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