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Owens Community College women’s basketball will open its 2009-10 season against Mott Community College on Monday, Nov. 2. The season opener will begin at 6 p.m.

The Owens women’s basketball program is led by sixth-year Head Coach Michael Llanas. During his fifth year at the helm, Llanas led the Express to an 18-12 overall record and a third-place finish in the OCCAC (7-5 record). Owens lost to Oakland Community College in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships last year. Llanas’ Assistant Coaches are Stephen Perry and Melanie Schroeder.

All home games are free and occur at the College’s Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

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Clay's volleyball team was the only public school to qualify for the City League's

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Clay volleyball’s season
is over, having lost in the
City League final four and
tournament, but in this
contest against Waite the
Eagles have a 21-3 lead and
going for another kill. (Press
photo by Harold Hamilton/
www.hehphotos.com).

final four tournament.

The Eagles, the No. 4 seed, lost to top-seeded and eventual league champion St. Ursula Academy in the semifinals. St. Ursula went on to defeat Central Catholic in the finals. The fourth final four participant was defending champion Notre Dame Academy.

The question posed to first-year Eagles coach Tracy Donnelly was, what will it take for a CL public school to win a league dominated by the three Catholic schools?

"It's going to take a lot of hard work, obviously," said Donnelly, who won four Toledo Area Athletic Conference titles in her six years at Cardinal Stritch.

Donnelly said teams like St. Ursula, Notre Dame and Central Catholic, which won the 2007 Division II state championship, have more of a mental edge over their CL brethren than a physical advantage.

"They have great athletes," Donnelly said, "but the mental part separates us from them. When they make a mistake, they know it's OK and they're not going to do it again. When we make a mistake, they let it get into their head and they know they're going to make another mistake.

"With hard work and defense you can override the physical differences. The mental part is where those teams are just way above us ... their confidence and believing in themselves and (knowing) if you do what the coaches have you do, you can have success."

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As far as Woodmore coach Lou Bosh is concerned, all of the credit for the Wildcats' turnaround these last three weeks goes to the players.

After starting out 0-6, a streak that included back-to-back 55-0 and 76-34 losses to Genoa and Eastwood, respectively, the Wildcats have bounced back to win their last three games. Woodmore (3-6, 2-3 Suburban Lakes League) hosted winless Otsego on Friday to close the regular season.

"They have continued to come back and come back," Bosh said of his squad. "What do you say when you're 0-6? We at times were starting to search in Week 5 and Week 6, (saying), 'What can we give these guys to keep their focus and keep their drive there.'

"I credit the kids. They stayed positive and kept coming back and working hard. They were focusing on the things we were doing in the whole process of getting better week by week. We started to see some rewards there and how hard we were playing. It worked out well for the guys."

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Giving money to people along road

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