By Nicholas Huenefeld/OCCAC Sports Information
Springfield, Ohio---Owens Community College has been named the 2016-17 Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) All-Sports Award winner, and it is the college's fifth win in the past six years.
The award is tallied by awarding points to each school for its place of finish in each respective sport and dividing that total by the number of sports at each respective school. For example, each conference champion gets 10 points, second place gets nine and so on. Ties are divided. So, for example, in a case of a two-way tie for second place, each team would get 8.5 points. A three-way tie for second would give each team eight points.
Owens, which captured conference championships in women's basketball and women's volleyball, finished third in men's basketball. In doing so, they finished just two points shy of a perfect 10.0 average and finished at 9.33.
Cuyahoga Community College, which averaged 8.50 points in five sports, achieved its highest finish since at least 2008-09 by coming in at second place. The Challengers won the conference championship in softball outright and shared the men's basketball championship with Cincinnati State. They also finished second in baseball, third in women's basketball and tied for fourth in women's volleyball.
Sinclair Community College, which won the conference title in baseball, finished third in the standings with an 8.20 average over five sports. They finished second in softball and women's volleyball, fourth in women's basketball and fifth in men's basketball. It was the school's highest finish since also finishing third in 2013-14.
Cincinnati State, which has finished either first or second in the standings in each of the past four seasons, fell to fourth place with a 7.33 average in three sports. After splitting the men's basketball title with Cuyahoga, the Surge finished second in women's basketball and eighth in women's volleyball.
Columbus State (6.67), Edison (5.75), Lakeland (5.10), Lorain County (4.33) and Clark State (4.00) rounded out the standings. Hocking College was in its probationary season within the OCCAC in 2016-17 and was ineligible for the standings.
For the full standings from this year's OCCAC All-Sports Award, and the past history of the award, visit here