NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Along with the Bethel Thresher football team’s finish as 2006 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) co-champions, with Friends University, came some individual honors for Bethel players.
Beau Cox, a sophomore running back from Weskan, was named KCAC Offensive Player of the Year. Chad Hershberger, a junior punt returner from Hesston, was Co-Special Teams Player of the Year along with Ray Garcia of the University of St. Mary.
Bethel’s Mike Moore and Friends’ Monty Lewis were named Co-Coaches of the Year.
Other Bethel players named to the All-Conference First Team include, on offense, tight end Garrett Whorton, senior from Little River, and lineman Chase Hansen, junior from Mulvane; and on defense, linebacker Adam Gabriel, junior from Monrovia, Calif., and defensive back Brandon Kaufman, junior from Moundridge.
Named to the All-Conference Second Team were, on offense, quarterback Brett Clow, sophomore from Heath, Texas, fullback Peivi Tauiliili, junior from West Covina, Calif., wide receiver Hershberger and lineman John Morales, senior from Perris, Calif.; on defense, lineman James McCartney, freshman from Hesston; and on special teams, place kicker Michael Montez, junior from San Antonio, Texas.
Receiving KCAC Honorable Mention for Bethel College were, on offense, linemen Jason Madonna, senior from Midwest City, Okla., and Dakota Sorenson, sophomore from Crestone, Colo.; and on defense, defensive back Travon Moore, junior from Monrovia, Calif., linebacker Zach Towns, sophomore from Mount Hope, and linemen Jeff Buller, junior from Inman, and Donavon Scott, freshman from Newton.
The coaches from the 10 KCAC institutions vote annually on All-Conference awards.
The Threshers advanced to post-season play in the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for the first time since 1984 against the Missouri Valley College Vikings in Marshall, Mo., on Nov. 18, losing the game 31-14.
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 www.bethelks.edu.