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Bethel coaches sign three more athletes

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The temperatures may be sub-freezing but the spring signing season is underway at Bethel College.

Ryan Bourque, cross-country coach, announced the latest addition to the team: Hesston High School's Kiley Varney, a four-year runner for the Swathers.

“Kiley was a solid performer for the Hesston High School cross-country team for four years,” Bourque said. “She is an outstanding student in the classroom. I believe she will give our program a lift. I am looking forward to working with her.”

Tennis coach Lonnie Isaac has signed two more players for the women's team.

Newton High School's Kate Joliff is a three-year varsity letter winner for NHS and an academic standout as well. She was a four-year academic letter winner, a member of the National Honor Society for two years and the Spanish Honor Society for three.

Joliff has also been involved in her community as a member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, active in music theater and drama and a member of the First Mennonite Church youth group.

“I'm very excited to attend Bethel College next year and be a part of their outstanding tennis team,” Joliff said.

Isaac echoed Joliff, saying, “I'm excited that Kate has chosen to continue her career at Bethel College. Kate will be a great addition to both our tennis program and the campus in general. I look forward to working with her has she continues to develop as a player.”

Topeka High School's Kimberly Buzbee has also signed a letter of intent to play collegiate tennis at Bethel.

Buzbee was a three-time state qualifier, All-City and All-League two years in a row and was Academic All-State her senior year. She compiled a 31-12 record her senior year, placing her second in city, third in league, fourth in regionals and 11th in the state.

Buzbee's junior-year overall record was 27-6. She was first in city, second in league and fourth in regionals. She also made it to state in doubles both her junior and senior years.

“I am extremely pleased that Kimberly has decided to continue her playing career at Bethel,” Isaac said. “Kimberly has had a very strong high school career which culminated with her winning a medal at the 6A State Tennis Championships this past fall.

“Kimberly will be a great addition both on and off the court, and I look forward to her continued development as a collegiate player.”

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