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Basketball teams place four on academic All-American teams

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Four Bethel College basketball players were named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Daktronics All-America Scholar-Athletes on March 21. Junior Emily Rothlisberger, Riley, was named an All-America Scholar-Athlete in women’s basketball. She is a two-year letter winner and starter for the Threshers. Rothlisberger, a 5'6" guard, averaged 5.7 points and 3 rebounds per game this season. She led the team in three-point field goals made, with 25.

The Thresher women finished the season 1-17 in KCAC and 3-24 overall.

Rothlisberger, the daughter of Laura and Royce Rothlisberger, will forgo her senior year of basketball, as she plans to graduate in December 2006 with an elementary education major.

For the second year in a row, three Bethel men’s basketball players were named to the All-America Scholar-Athlete team.

Senior Jimmy Charles, Clearwater, a 6'5" forward, averaged 9.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this season. He led the team in free throw percentage, making 79 percent. Charles is a two-year letter winner and one-year starter for the Threshers. He is the son of Debbie and Jim Charles and is a mathematics and secondary education major.

Junior Kent Peters, Goessel, a 6'3" guard, averaged 5.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. He led the team in three-point field goal percentage, making 36 percent of his attempts. Peters is a two-year letter winner. He is a business major and his parents are Delbert and Janine Peters.

Junior Ricky Snyder, a 5'10" guard from South Hutchinson, averaged 4.6 points and 2 rebounds per game this season. Snyder is a transfer from Hesston College and is a one-year letter winner for the Threshers. He is a chemistry and secondary education major and is the son of Bob and Judy Snyder.

The Thresher men finished the season 6-12 in the KCAC and 8-19 overall.

To be considered for the honor of NAIA Daktronics All-America Scholar-Athlete in basketball, students must be at least a junior, must have attended the institution a minimum of one full term, must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 and must be a member of the varsity basketball program.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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