December 2, 2010

Four Owens Community College Student-Athletes Named NJCAA Academic All-Americans

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PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Four Owens Community College student-athletes have been selected to the 2009-10 Academic All-American Team by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom and on the athletic playing field.

Jahvan Russell of Montego Bay, Jamaica (men’s soccer) Distinguished Academic All-American, Jon Moore of Toledo (men’s soccer) Distinguished Academic All-American, Calvin Edwards of Delaware (men’s basketball) Academic All-American and Lorenzo Carrion-Bistolfi of Medell”n, Colombia (men’s soccer) Academic All-American are among only 55 student-athletes since 1994 to receive the award at Owens.

“Owens Community College is extremely proud of our four Academic All-Americans for their hard work and dedication exhibited within the classroom,” said Michael Rickard, Owens Director of Athletics. “Their success as scholars is a positive reflection on the College’s athletic programs and commitment shown toward educational values.”

Russell, a sophomore midfielder (accounting) from Cornwall College, was an OCCAC Academic All-Conference selection and achieved a 3.91 grade point average for the academic year. Last season, he totaled one goal, four assists and six points for the Express men’s soccer program, which finished with a 12-7-1 overall record and a 3-3 mark (second place) in the OCCAC. Additionally, Russell was an OCCAC All-Conference Second Team selection.

A sophomore defender from Toledo Christian Schools, Moore (pre-business administration) earned OCCAC Academic All-Conference honors and received the team’s Coaches Award. He recorded two goals, six assists and 10 points for the 12-win Express men’s soccer program. Moore also earned OCCAC All-Conference Second Team honors and achieved a 3.88 grade point average during the academic year.

Edwards (business management) is a freshman guard/forward from Rutherford B. Hayes High School. His postseason accomplishments included OCCAC Academic All-Conference selection. Edwards helped the program finish fourth in the OCCAC (8-6 record) with a 15-16 overall record by averaging 5.6 points and 2.1 rebounds. He achieved a 3.75 grade point average during the academic year.

A sophomore defender from Centro Educacional Conquistadores, Carrion-Bistolfi (international business) earned OCCAC Academic All-Conference honors and was an NJCAA All-Region XII First Team and an OCCAC All-Conference First Team selection. Also named team Defensive MVP and OCCAC Defensive Player of the Year, he achieved a 3.74 grade point average during the academic year and totaled one assist and one point as a defender for the Express men’s soccer program. Last year, Carrion-Bistolfi was named NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American.

Selection criterion for the honored recipients is based upon achieving between 3.60-3.79 grade point average for NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American honors and 3.80-4.0 grade point average for NJCAA Academic All-American status.

Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit