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Bethel has four basketball All-America Scholar-Athletes

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Four Bethel College basketball players are on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics list of Daktronics All-America Scholar-Athletes for 2016'17, released today.

The NAIA named 286 Division II women’s basketball student-athletes as Academic All-Americans, including Bethel seniors Elise Gerlach, Mulvane, and Kylee Schunn, Whitewater.

The NAIA also announced March 13 that 175 Division II men’s basketball players have been named All-America Scholar-Athletes, among them Bethel junior Chase Banister, Douglass, and senior Jacob Miller, Westmoreland.

To be named to the NAIA Daktronics All-America Scholar Athlete Team, an athlete must be nominated by her/his coach or sports information director, must hold a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale and must be at least a junior in academic standing.

Banister and Gerlach received the award for the first time and Miller and Schunn for the second.

Banister is a second-year student who has achieved junior status academically. Though academically a senior, Schunn is a third-year student in social work at Bethel. Gerlach is majoring in elementary education and will complete her student teaching next academic year. Miller will graduate in May.

Earlier, Bethel had seven students in fall sports named All-America Scholar-Athletes: from women’s soccer, seniors Kelsey Peterson, Plano, Texas, and Rachael Terbush, Castle Rock, Colorado, both for the second year, and juniors Jessica Krestine, Louisburg, and Lacey Pfannenstiel, Hays; from women’s cross country, senior Katelyn Fatten, Riverside, California, and junior Kiley Varney, Newton; and from volleyball, senior Tia Goertzen, Goessel, also for the second year.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016'17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

In sports, Bethel competes within the 11-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, and the NAIA For more information, see

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