Bethany student-athletes once again displayed exceptional dedication, sportsmanship, and skill through the spring sports season. Athletes were recognized for their accomplishments for the spring sports season, awarded senior scholar athletes, and the Bodiker Loyalty Award winners were announced. This was the inaugual season for the new outdoor athletic complex which doubled gate admissions. This season two more Hoosier Plains Conference (HPC) titles were added. That makes Bethany winners of 8 out of 11 HPC titles this school year!!! Way to go, Bruins!!
Let’s take a closer look at the spring sports accomplishments.
Golf team, led by senior Cam Heinisch fielded a very young team exhibiting incredible improvement throughout the season. Several golfers who picked up a club for the first time last year showed remarkable improvement from last year to this year. The team fell just 12 strokes shy of an HPC title. View their season records here.
Although girls tennis lost several winnable matches due to weather, they had a strong year finishing 7-6, and the JV was 7-2. They had exciting 3-2 wins over Central Noble, Prairie Heights, and knocked off a strong Mishawaka Marian team. View their season records here.
Baseball won a share of the HPC title in dramatic fashion - after dropping a heartbreaking 10-11 game against Elkhart Christian Academy (ECA) the first game, the team had to win the next night to secure a share of the title. During the second game Breece Erickson hit a double which batted in the winning runs, as the Bruins held on for a 3-2 win and a share of the title. View their season records here.
Girls track & field had a great year finishing 5-2 and winning the HPC championship on Bethany’s new track. They won by 4 points over ECA. Congratulations to Kolette Kern for setting a school record in the discus, and Bailee Brown for setting school records in both the 100m and 300m hurdles, while also advancing to regionals. View their season records here.
Boys track & field went 4-3, finishing 2nd in the HPC, just 15 points behind Trinity. Congratulations to senior Avery Rusel who advanced to the regionals in the 200m dash. View their season records here.
2022-23 Year-end Athletic Awards for Bethany Christian High School
Outstanding Athletes (Male and Female): Breece Erickson and Kolette Kern
Bodiker Loyalty Awards (for seniors who played a sport each season all four years): Kolette Kern, Julia Moser
Senior Scholar Athletes (seniors with gpa over 3.0 earning 6+ varsity letters career or 4+ varsity letters during junior-senior years): Bailee Brown, Jessa Caffee, Breece Erickson, Cameron Heinisch, Kolette Kern, Sam Klopfenstein, Julia Moser, Simon Moshier, Annika Nice, Avery Rusel, Kiersten Todd
Baseball: Breece Erickson, Tyson Chupp, Josiah Yoder
Girls Track: Bailee Brown, Kolette Kern, Elena Stutzman, Shalom Solomon, Mariah Stoltzfus
Boys Track: Sam Klopfenstein, Avery Rusel, Kaden Paul, Jesse Bontrager, Justin Hochstedler, James Lind, Tristan Mast
Golf: Cameron Heinisch
Baseball: Breece Erickson, Tyson Chupp, Jacoby Reinhardt
Girls Track: Bailee Brown, Kolette Kern
Boys Track: Eliott Borden, Justin Hochstedler, James Lind, Avery Rusel
Golf: Cameron Heinisch
Sportsmanship Award Winners:
Girls Tennis: Alina Bergstresser
Baseball: Carter Miller
Girls Track: Bailee Brown
Boys Track: Sam Klopfenstein
Golf: Keagan Meyer
MVP Award Winners:
Girls Tennis: Julia Moser
Baseball: Breece Erickson
Girls Track: Distance, Senper Solomon; Field, Kolette Kern; Sprints, Bailee Brown
Boys Track: Distance, Sam Klopfenstein; Field, Justin Hochstedler; Sprints, Eliott BordenGolf: Cameron Heinisch
Bodiker Loyalty Awards: Julia Moser, Dan Bodiker, Kolette Kern
MVP Winners: Back row; Bailee Brown, Breece Erickson, Justin Hochstedler, Cam Heinisch, Eliott Borden. Front row; Senper Solomon, Juila Moser, Kolette Kern, Sam Klopfenstein