PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The Owens Community College women’s softball team will look to advance to its second consecutive national championship tournament as the Express compete in the NJCAA Region XII (District G) Women’s Softball Championship later this week. The tournament will be held in Battle Creek, Mich., Wednesday-Friday, May 9-11.
Coached by Duane Lanham, the Express will take a 39-5 overall record into the double elimination tournament where they will play the winner of the Muskegon Community College/Jackson Community College game at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9. If they would advance, the Express will play at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 10. The championship game will occur at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 11.
Teams participating in the tournament include Owens, Kalamazoo Valley Community College (35-7), Jackson Community College (18-30), Muskegon Community College (36-9), Grand Rapids Community College (29-22) and Ancilla College (35-16).
Earlier this year, Lanham’s team won its 11th regular season Ohio Community College Athletic Conference title (8-0 record) in the program’s history. The conference championship is the seventh in the last eight years. Owens is currently ranked No. 12 in the most recent NJCAA Division II Women’s Softball poll.
In 2011, the women’s softball team advanced to its second NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament where they finished second among 16 participating intercollegiate teams. Owens lost to Louisiana State University-Eunice 10-0 in the NJCAA Division II National Championship game. The Express is the first women’s intercollegiate athletic program in school history to advance to the national championship game.
The NJCAA Division II Softball National Championship will be held May 17-19 in Bloomington, Miss.
Owens Community College is an 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, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. 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 www.owens.edu.