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Academic All-America honors announced for seven Bethel sports

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College continues its tradition of producing scholar-athletes, with 21 athletes recently named by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as Daktronics All-America Scholar-Athletes for 2010-11.

The sports represented are men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross-country, football, women’s soccer and volleyball.

In men’s basketball, senior Matt Regier, Whitewater, and junior Austin Bumgarner, Moundridge, received academic All-America honors. In women’s basketball, Scholar-Athletes are seniors Holly Anthony, Sterling, Samantha Askew, Dodge City, Rachael Bachman, Emporia, and Angela Wood, Wichita, and junior Jessica Muckenthaler, Emporia.

Cross-country Scholar-Athletes for the men are senior Ben Histand, North Newton, and juniors Kevin Leary, North Newton, and Brian Skinner, Clay Center. For the women, senior Monica Schmidt, Mount Hope, and junior Jackie Kamphaus, Clay Center, received academic All-America honors.

Football Scholar-Athletes are Matt Regier in his second academic All-America sport, along with seniors Garrett Hiebert, Goessel, and Andrew Wiederholt, Hartford.

In soccer, Scholar-Athletes are senior Nakita Menefee, Wichita, and junior Renicia Yoder, Newton.

Volleyball Scholar-Athletes are senior Whitney Hiebner, Hampton, Neb., and juniors Kristen Lohaus, Noble, Okla., Alyssa Schrag, Moundridge, Melissa Volk, Newton, and Addison Wolf, Moundridge.

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 the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is in the first tier in its category in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of “America’s Top Colleges” for 2011. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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