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Bethel College athletes named to Academic All-America teams

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has named five Bethel College students – two volleyball players and three soccer players – as Daktronics All-America Scholar-Athletes.

Bethany Trimble, a senior from Clyde, is an All-America Scholar-Athlete for the second straight year. She is a four-year letter winner and three-year starter for the Thresher volleyball team. Trimble, a 6’1’’ opposite hitter, averaged 2.5 kills and .98 blocks per game this season. She was selected as a first team All-KCAC performer for her efforts this past season.

Trimble, the daughter of Mike and Lalana Trimble, will graduate in May with a degree in psychology and plans to study physical therapy after graduation.

Heather Palmateer, a junior from Topeka, is a one-year letter winner and starter for the Thresher volleyball team. Like Trimble, she is a 6’1’’ opposite hitter, who averaged 1.09 and .57 blocks per game this season.

Palmateer, the daughter of Joyce and Rick Palmateer, is majoring in business administration.

The Thresher volleyball team wrapped up the season with a 25-8 record, its best overall record since 2000, and finished tied for 2nd in the KCAC with a record of 14-4.

The Bethel College men’s soccer team had one member earn Academic All-America Scholar-Athlete status. Braden Hiebner, a senior from Hampton, Neb., was a three-year letter winner for the Threshers.

Hiebner, the son of Denese Hoegh and Robert Hiebner, will graduate in May with a degree in history.

The Thresher men’s soccer team finished the season with a 9-8 overall record and 4-4 conference record.

The women’s soccer team had two players who received Academic All-America Scholar-Athlete honors, Robin Montano, a senior from Newton, and Jessica Yocum, a senior from Sedgwick. Montano is a two-year letter winner and starter and Yocum is a three-year letter winner and starter for the women.

Montano is married to Justin Montano and is the daughter of Bob Heller. She will graduate in May with a degree in English and secondary education. Yocum, the daughter of Jerry and Kelly Yocum, will graduate in May with a degree in psychology.

The Thresher women’s soccer team finished the season with a 2-15 overall record and 1-8 conference record.

To be considered for NAIA Daktronics All-America Scholar-Athlete honors, a student 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 his/her respective varsity 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. In sports, Bethel is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). For more information, see the Bethel web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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