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San Antonio, Whitewater seniors sign to play women’s basketball

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College head women’s basketball coach Mark Fox recently announced Sybella Sandoval, San Antonio, Texas, and Kylee Schunn, Whitewater, as the latest additions to the team.

Sandoval played for John Jay High School in San Antonio, where she was a standout guard.

As a senior, the 5'7" Sandoval was first on the team in 3-point percentage (35 percent). She was 48 percent from inside the arc and an 80 percent FT shooter. She averaged 11.5 PPG, 3 SPG and 3 RPG. The Lady Mustangs finished the 2010-11 and 2012-13 season as district champs.

In 2013, Sandoval made the Northside Independent School District All-Tournament Team. In 2011, the Lady Mustangs were the McDonalds All-American Tournament champions.

Sandoval plans to study athletic training at Bethel.

“I’m very happy to be bring Sybella into our women’s basketball family and to Bethel College,” said Coach Fox. “She will bring a good skill set with her, including the ability to stretch a defense, which is an area we’re looking to improve in this recruiting class.

“Our team enjoyed meeting her and playing with her during her campus visit, and I think she’ll fit in very well. We look forward to seeing her grow and develop as both a player and a young lady over the next four years.”

Kylee Schunn is a 5'8" guard who averaged 14.6 PPG, 3.9 APG, 5 RPG and 3.8 SPG at Frederic Remington High School, Whitewater. A four-year letter winner, she was First Team All-League and Honorable Mention All-State as a junior.

In her senior season, Schunn was team captain, Marion Tournament MVP and All-Tournament Team. She earned First Team All-League and Honorable Mention All-State honors.

In addition to her basketball accolades, Schunn was also a three-year letter winner in track, where she was a state qualifier in shot put and a school record holder with a throw of 34"10". She also lettered three years in volleyball and was All-League Honorable Mention as a senior.

Schunn said she has “grown to love Bethel College through the years. I have had many family and friends go through the institution and absolutely love it.” Schunn’s parents, Diana and Robb Schunn of Whitewater, are Bethel graduates and her brother, Casey Schunn, graduates May 18.

“I went on my visit and nothing felt more comfortable and welcoming than the Bethel community,” Kylee Schunn continued. “I have watched the women’s basketball program develop over the years and I am blessed to be able to join such a great group of girls and coaches. I look forward to furthering my education and beginning my college experience at such a great institution.”

Coach Fox said he is “thrilled” to be adding Schunn to the program.

“She’s a young lady who started coming to our camps years ago, and she immediately caught our eye with her tenacity, her competitive desire and, of course, her skills,” Fox said. “She’s also such an engaging young lady, from a terrific family, and she will be an asset to Bethel College as well as our program.”

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2013-14. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA.

In sports, Bethel competes within the 10-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. For more information, see www.bethelthreshers.com and www.bethelks.edu.