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Owens Community College is expanding its intercollegiate athletic programs by announcing the creation of a new women’s soccer team. The Express program will officially begin NJCAA competition during the 2011 fall season and serve as a club sport this upcoming 2010 fall semester.

The recommendation for the new women’s soccer program was officially approved during the regularly scheduled Owens Board of Trustees meeting.

“Owens Community College intercollegiate athletics and our student-athletes are committed to excellence both within the classroom and on the athletic playing field,” said Michael Rickard, Owens Director of Athletics. “The Northwest Ohio region is known statewide and beyond for its exceptional soccer programs both at the high school and college levels. Owens is proud to build upon that tradition with the establishment of a new intercollegiate women’s soccer program. Our ultimate goal for women’s soccer is to become one of the elite programs in the country.”

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Four new schools were admitted into the Ohio High School Athletic Association this year — St. Clairsville East Richland Christian, Granville Christian, Cincinnati Oyler and Cincinnati Riverview East Academy.

Every year, it seems more and more Christian schools are joining the OHSAA. However, Oyler and Riverview East are charter schools.

An administrator with Toledo Technology Academy once told me that students at his school are not interested in playing athletics. Sounded like the reasoning was they were either too smart or overly interested in academics to play sports.

While that may be true for some, a number of those students have sought opportunities to play at other schools while attending TTA.

If you provide them the opportunity to represent their own school, I believe you will find these students to be even more interested in athletics. “Build it and they will come,” I say.

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How do you teach the game of football to kindergartners and first graders?

Very patiently, says Northwest Ohio Fellowship of Christian Athletes Campus Director Matt Medina.

“If you’ve been around my baseball teams, you know that we always teach everything the exact same way. From whatever grade to the time they get into college, you always want to keep it the same way,” Medina said. “The difference is in how it is structured and how they are playing the game. Of course, when they play flag football they are still playing football.”

The FCA and Maumee Bay Turf Center are teaming up to form an NFL Flag football league for kindergartners and first graders. Sign-ups will continue through August to see how much interest is there.

“I, personally, want to see what the interest is. We’re not interested in taking away from the soccer programs. When soccer is coming to an end is probably when the flag football is going to get going, so we don’t take anything away from the soccer,” Medina said.

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