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Bethel breaks ground for new facility in Thresher Stadium

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 10/25/2022 - 12:12
Fall Festival groundbreaking for stadium locker room

The college and the athletic department celebrated the start of construction of a new locker room facility on the Bethel campus with a groundbreaking Oct. 8 as part of the annual Fall Festival.

Representatives of the college and project contractors McCownGordon Construction of Wichita, along with coaches, and current student-athletes, joined athletic and other alumni and friends, on campus for Fall Fest, to mark the occasion.

Kansan comes home to coach cross country at Bethel

Submitted by mzuercher on Fri, 01/07/2022 - 12:34
Kameron Blanding

Bethel athletics announces the appointment of Kameron Blanding as the next head coach of Thresher men’s and women’s cross country and as assistant track and field coach.
“We are very fortunate to have Coach Blanding join our Bethel team,” said Athletic Director Tony Hoops. “His coaching strengths fill immediate needs within our programs.

Bethel names first women’s flag football coach

Submitted by mzuercher on Fri, 01/07/2022 - 12:29
Angela Rowe

Angela Rowe has been named head coach of Thresher women’s flag football, the first in program history, tasked with building the newest athletic program.
“It’s with great excitement and anticipation that we announce the hiring of Coach Rowe to lead our inaugural women’s flag football program,” said Bethel Athletic Director Tony Hoops.

Hoops named conference AD of the Year

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 06/15/2021 - 15:18
Tony Hoops in mask at the Threshpy Awards

Tony Hoops has been named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Athletic Director of the Year for 2020-21, and will be formally recognized by the conference later this summer.

“I’m extremely humbled and honored to receive this award, voted upon by the amazing network of athletic directors we have within the KCAC,” said Hoops.

“This year was challenging for us all, so I’m extremely grateful for all of their support and dedication to the conference this year.”

Bethel President Jon Gering, Ph.D., spoke to Hoops’ deep commitment to the college.

Bethel mourns death of former basketball coach Sowers

Submitted by mzuercher on Mon, 06/22/2020 - 15:53
Floyd Sowers coaching women's basketball at Bethel

Bethel athletics and members of the campus community are mourning the loss of Floyd Sowers, former head coach of Thresher women's basketball.

Sowers died June 19 in Overland Park, Kan., with his family at his side. He was 72.

According to his obituary, Sowers was born in 1947 in Elkhart, Ind., and was the first person in his family to graduate from high school. At Wakarusa (Ind.) High, “he was a star basketball player and also got straight As in music – a real-life Troy Bolton.”

Softball takes another step forward with new facility

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 06/16/2020 - 12:55
Softball groundbreaking

Bethel softball celebrated an infrastructure milestone with the June 4 groundbreaking for a new building.

Representatives from the college and Vogts Construction were on hand at Wedel Field on the Bethel campus with hard hats and shovels to kick off construction of a combination locker room and clubhouse.

Basketball athletes take top conference honors

Submitted by mzuercher on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 13:49
Abby Schmidt with her parents, Matt and Amy Schmidt, after Abby joined the 1K/1K Club

When the KCAC recently announced the recipients of the 2019-20 All-KCAC basketball awards, Bethel claimed the Defensive Player of the Year for both men and women.

Abby Schmidt, junior from Newton, earned the award for the second straight year, and also takes her place on the All-KCAC 1st Team as well as headlining the KCAC All-Defensive Team.

Sophomore Jaylon Scott, Allen, Texas, follows up his Freshman of the Year designation in 2018-19. He was named to the All-KCAC 2nd Team and leads the KCAC All-Defensive Team.

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