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Thresher Stadium facility gets go-ahead

Submitted by mzuercher on Wed, 12/15/2021 - 10:38
THresher Stadium

The Bethel board's approval of a major addition to the Thresher Sports Complex begins the public phase of a capital campaign to build a football locker room after nearly four years of “quiet” work by athletics and advancement staff.

The facility will also have features that serve each of the 19 varsity sports in which Bethel competes.

The current locker room, in the basement of Goering Hall on the north side of campus, has been subject to flooding and water damage from groundwater seepage – “three times over the past four years,” said Tony Hoops, athletic director.

Smith nominated for national College Football Hall of Fame

Submitted by mzuercher on Fri, 06/19/2020 - 14:44
Ed Smith as a Bethel College Thresher

Bethel football legend Ed Smith, Orlando, Fla., has been nominated for induction into the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Football Hall of Fame for 2021.

Smith, a 1987 Bethel graduate originally from De Leon Springs, Fla., is considered one of the greatest student-athletes ever to put on the helmet and shoulder pads as a Thresher.

He played wide receiver 1983-86 and was part of a squad that turned in an overall record of 29-8 over four seasons.

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