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McPherson could set new all-time record at Bluffton
McPherson led the Bluffton offense with 53 hits, 31 RBI, 29 runs scored and a .368 batting average. McPherson, who was named second team All-HCAC as a freshman in 2007, started all 37 games for the Beavers this year, including eight on the mound where he went 2-5 with a 7.09 ERA.
His 53 hits and 12 doubles tied him for fourth on the single season list at Bluffton while his 31 RBI and 77 total bases place him in the top 10 all-time for a season. A career .353 hitter, McPherson stands in the top 15 all-time with one season to play: slugging percentage (.521), runs scored (63), doubles (25), home runs (9), total bases (161), and he has a legitimate chance to take over as the all-time hits leader at Bluffton with 109 now, trailing co-leaders Tony Moore and Brad Buckingham, who both finished with 168.
Led by Head Coach Kevin Skaggs, the Express men’s basketball team finished the 2008-09 campaign with a 15-16 overall record and an 8-6 mark (third place) in the OCCAC regular season standings. Owens lost to Cuyahoga Community College in the NJCAA Region XII Championships.
Men’s Basketball awards presented were: Most Valuable Player - DeAngelo Jordan of (Detroit Highland Park). Most Improved Player - Brandon Drake (Ann Arbor Huron, Mich.) Coaches Award - OCCAC All-Conference Second Team - DeAngelo Jordan and Tommie Clark (both Romulus, Mich.) OCCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention - Justin Manns (Winston-Salem East Forsyth, N.C.) NJCAA All-Region XII Tournament Team – Manns.
Members of the Owens Express men’s basketball team also were Fletcher Noble (Springfield), Eric Thomas (Ypsilanti Willow Run, Mich.), Nick Owens (Lambertville State Line Christian, Mich.), Donald Lucious (Milwaukee Pulaski), Michael Lee (Inkster Wayne Memorial, Mich.), Chris Wade Okla. (Lawton MacArthur, Okla.), Joshua Robinson (Elkhart Central, Ind.), Ronnie Phillips (Cincinnati Harmony Prep) and Mario Graham (Detroit Madison).
The Express women’s basketball program is led by Head Coach Mike Llanas and completed their season with an 18-12 overall record and finished in third place in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (7-5 record). Llanas’ squad lost to Oakland Community College in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships. Brittany Darling (Genoa) is a member of the team.
Women’s Basketball awards presented were: Most Valuable Player - Unique Lane (Xenia). Most Improved Player - Ashley Hooker (Whitmer). Defensive Player of the Year - Brittany Simon (Lewisville, Tex.). Coaches Award - Stephanie McCord (Fayette) . Mark Henry Award - Jeanne Bockey (Delphos St. John’s). OCCAC All-Conference First Team – Lane. OCCAC All-Conference Second Team - Sarah Clark (Delphos St. John’s). OCCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention - Josie Smith (Galloway Central Crossing) NJCAA All-Region XII Team - Unique Lane NJCAA All-Region XII Tournament Team - Ashley Hooker.
Express women’s basketball team members also included Rachelle Allen (Whitmer), Kaila Corrothers (Detroit Consortium), Kelsey Perry (Willard), and Molly Boetz (Stryker).
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