By Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information
Toledo, Ohio---The Owens Community College athletic department has been named the winner of the 2015-16 Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) All-Sports Award, which goes to the department with the best overall performance from all of its teams.
The award, which is calculated by awarding points for how high each respective team finished and dividing the total number by the total sports at each college, is the second consecutive and fourth over the past five seasons for Owens. Each conference champion gets 10 points, the second place teams get nine, third get eight and so on. Owens finished top among eight conference schools.
In the past year, Owens produced four teams that captured outright conference championships - women's volleyball, women's basketball, softball and men's golf. Additionally, they also finished second in baseball and men's soccer, as well as fourth in men's basketball to garner an average of 9.357 points. The women's soccer team was not eligible for a conference championship due to the conference not having enough teams to warrant it becoming a conference sport.
Furthermore, Owens continued its success at the national level. The women's volleyball program captured the Region XII District I championship and finished ninth at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II national tournament. The women's basketball program also captured the district championship en route to a fifth place finish at the national tournament, and the men's golf program captured the Region XII championship and finished fifth in the nation.
For the full results of this year's OCCAC All-Sports Award, visit here
The Owens athletic department has captured at least two conference championships every season since 2010-11. In fact, the department has won 20 conference titles overall over that span, which is the most among all schools in the conference.
Despite the suspension of five sports beginning next year, Owens will look to continue its conference domination with the sports of women's basketball, men's basketball and women's volleyball. Those three sports have combined for 11 of those 20 previously mentioned championships.
Since the inception of athletics at Owens, the college has captured 63 conference championships, 36 region or district championships and had 37 teams make the NJCAA national tournament. Among those 37 teams, they have two nationals championships, two national runner-up finishes and 20 total top five finishes.