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Bethel announces 2008 Athletics Hall of Fame class

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College athletic department has announced its 2008 Hall of Fame inductees - the 1975 football team and women’s basketball standout DeAnn Dick Huxman.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place during Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 4.

The 1975 football team is known as the “uncrowned 1975 KCAC champions.” On the field, the Threshers rolled through their conference competition with an 8-0 record, ending the season with a blow-out win over the nationally ranked St. Mary of the Plains College. However, due to an ineligible player of which the college was unaware until six games into the season, the Threshers had to forfeit their first six games. Although the Threshers were victorious on the field, they were denied the KCAC title due to the forfeitures.

DeAnn Huxman has been recognized as one of the best ever to wear a Thresher women’s basketball uniform. During her playing career, 1991-1995, Huxman broke 17 individual game, season and career records and still holds 16 of them. Most notably, she owns the single-season scoring record with 560 points and the career scoring record with 1891 points.

Huxman was a four-time All-Conference selection and was an NAIA All-American following her senior season, the first women’s basketball player at Bethel College to earn that distinction.

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 was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. 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

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