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Eleven sports teams achieve NAIA academic honor status

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by Joshua Booth

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 1,658 teams to earn Scholar-Team designation for the 2016–17 academic year.

Bethel College had the great distinction of having 11 different athletic teams meet the requirements to be NAIA All-Scholar.

Leading Bethel overall in team GPA was the men’s golf team, Gregg Dick, coach. Their cumulative GPA 3.60, with women’s tennis (Richard Southern), with a 3.51 team GPA.

These 11 teams almost double Bethel’s six NAIA Scholar-Teams for 2015–16.

The complete list of Bethel teams with GPAs follows: men’s golf, 3.60; women’s tennis, 3.5; women’s soccer (Anthony Turini), 3.39; women’s cross country (Jeff Hoskisson), 3.37; men’s tennis (Southern), 3.35; men’s cross country (Hoskisson), 3.27; women’s outdoor track and field (Hoskisson), 3.26; women’s indoor track and field (Hoskisson), 3.26; softball (Stacy Middleton), 3.18; volleyball (Scott Weston), 3.17; and women’s basketball (Adam Esses), 3.10.

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 includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016–17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

In sports, Bethel competes within the 12-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, and the NAIA For more information, see www.bethelthreshers.com.

Bethel College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, parental or marital status, gender identity, gender expression, medical or genetic information, ethnic or national origins, citizenship status, veteran or military status or disability. E-mail questions to TitleIXCoordinator@bethelks.edu.

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