PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College recently honored its fall athletic programs for displaying outstanding excellence during intercollegiate competition. Thirty-four student-athletes participating in women’s volleyball and men’s soccer were recognized for their athletic achievements, highlighted by Stephanie Champine of Lambertville, Mich., being named NJCAA Division II Second Team All-American in women’s volleyball, while Sean Bucknor of Springfield, Mass., received NJCAA Division I First Team All-American honors in men’s soccer.
Last year, Champine and Bucknor were Honorable Mention and Second Team All-American selections, respectively.
This marks 11 out of 12 years that at least one Owens volleyball player has received All-American honors. Champine’s other honors included Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Player of the Year 2007 (second consecutive year) and several NJCAA All-Region XII awards.
Champine, a sophomore outside hitter from Bedford High School, holds several Owens volleyball records, including kills for a season (595) and career (1,129) and hitting efficiency for a season (.360) and career (.330).
Bucknor is a sophomore from Cornwall College. The Express forward is the first men’s soccer student-athlete to earn All-American recognition, receiving the honor in 2006 and 2007. During the 2007 season, Bucknor broke several school records, including most goals and points for a career with 56 and 123, respectively. He was fourth in the country in points scored with 64. In addition to his All-American honors, Bucknor was named OCCAC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, and NJCAA All-Region XII First Team.
Led by Head Coach Sonny Lewis, the Express completed its season with a 36-13 overall record. The program captured its eighth consecutive OCCAC regular season championship, finishing with an overall 11-1 conference record and was ranked No. 15 in the final NJCAA Division II volleyball regular season poll. Owens has won nine out of the last 10 conference titles. The Express lost to Macomb Community College in the finals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.
The men’s soccer program, led by Head Coach Art Johnson, recently completed its tenth season as an Owens athletic program. The Express finished with a 15-5-2 overall record. Johnson’s team finished tied for second place in the final OCCAC (3-3 record) standings and was ranked No. 19 in the final NJCAA Division I poll. The Express lost to Macomb Community College in the finals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.
Women’s Volleyball Awards:
Most Valuable Player – Stephanie Champine
Most Improved Player – Kathryn Sabbagh of Fostoria (Fostoria H.S.)
Coaches Award – Lindsay Word of Edon (Edon H.S.)
OCCAC Player of the Year – Stephanie Champine
OCCAC Coach of the Year – Sonny Lewis
OCCAC All-Conference First Team – Stephanie Champine, Lindsay Word and Chelsea Stover of Wyandotte, Mich. (Roosevelt H.S.)
OCCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention – Brittney Bradner of Toledo (Cardinal Stritch H.S.)
NJCAA All-Region XII Team – Stephanie Champine and Chelsea Stover
NJCAA All-Region XII Tournament Team – Stephanie Champine
NJCAA All-American Division II Second Team – Stephanie Champine
Owens Express volleyball team members also included Kim Zimmerman of Maumee (Maumee H.S.), Karie Marroquin of Fremont (Fremont Ross H.S.), Kristen Gyori of Oregon (Clay H.S.), Chelsey Malaczewski of Toledo (Whitmer H.S.), Mallory Imbery of Curtice (Genoa H.S.), Erin Wax of Green Springs (Clyde H.S.), Katie Mullis of Clinton, Mich. (Lenawee Christian H.S.), Amanda Mick of Defiance (Defiance H.S.) and Stacia Fritz of Norwalk (St. Paul H.S.).
Men’s Soccer Awards:
Most Valuable Player – Sean Bucknor
Offensive MVP – Evan ChatÈ of Vendays, France (LycÈe Odilon Redon H.S.)
Defensive MVP – Davon Jones of San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago (Presentation College)
Most Improved Player – Lovein Babona of Toledo (Whitmer H.S.)
Coaches Award – Nathan Baer of Northwood (Lake H.S.)
OCCAC Player of the Year – Sean Bucknor
OCCAC Offensive Player of the Year – Sean Bucknor
OCCAC Defensive Player of the Year – Davon Jones
OCCAC All-Conference First Team – Evan ChatÈ, Sean Bucknor and Stephen Byer of Palmiste, Trinidad & Tobago (Presentation College)
OCCAC All-Conference Second Team – Davon Jones and Zane Polack of Bowling Green (Bowling Green H.S.)
NJCAA All-Region XII First Team – Sean Bucknor and Stephen Byer
NJCAA All-Region XII Second Team – Davon Jones
NJCAA All-American Division I First Team – Sean Bucknor
Members of the Owens Express men’s soccer team also included Nathan Stevely of Wapakoneta (Wapakoneta H.S.), David Skoczyn of Celina (Celina H.S.), Housam Adoure-Zehaim of Maumee (Springfield H.S.), Gilbert King of Norwalk (Norwalk H.S.), Joshua McKinney of Sylvania (Southview H.S.), Tyler Lange of Norwalk (Norwalk H.S.), Jonathon Kijowski of Norwalk (Norwalk H.S.), Erik Bauerle of Waterville (Anthony Wayne H.S.), Joe Cook of Swanton (Anthony Wayne H.S.), Lewis Kwai of Buea, Cameroon (Buea H.S.), Henry Quoikapor of Vineland, N.J. (Vineland H.S. South), Chris Duval of Milan, Mich. (Milan H.S.) and Brock Kennedy of Davisburg, Mich. (Holly H.S.).
Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College 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.