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Six sports teams receive NAIA academic honors

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Six Bethel College athletic teams earned the honor of being named 2009-10 NAIA Scholar Teams, according to a release by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The Bethel women’s tennis team tied for fifth highest GPA among the 857 teams that received Scholar Team awards. The women’s cross country team was not far behind, tying for seventh highest GPA. Other Bethel teams receiving the academic award included volleyball, men’s cross country, men’s golf and women’s basketball.

Bethel’s tennis coach is Lonnie Isaac and the cross country coach is Gary Histand. Chad Schilling coaches volleyball, Gregg Dick men’s golf and Mark Fox women’s basketball.

“The Bethel College athletics program requires our student-athletes to stretch themselves both academically and athletically,” said Diane Flickner, Bethel athletic director. “The blend of athletic and academic excellence is a priority for our coaching staff and we are exceptionally proud of this accomplishment for our student-athletes and Bethel College.”

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average must include all varsity student-athletes certified as eligible.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2009 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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