Frosh wins XC sectional (places 19th in state), boys soccer wins conference, boys tennis sectional runnerupare just three examples of the excellent on-the-field success of this year's fall athletic teams in which five high school teams finished with better than a .500 record (photos of fall awards at bottom):Hochstetler all-state runnerHochstetler all-state runner

  • Cross country teams finished 11-4 in girls action and 7-8 in boys. Ninth grader Ali Hochstetler did not lose a regular season race and became the first Bruin to place first in sectionals. She placed second in regionals and third in semistate and 19th in state.

  • Boys soccer finished the regular season 11-6 and won the Northern Indiana Soccer Conference title. The team had key wins this year over perenially strong teams such as Elkhart Memorial and Northridge and lost to Goshen (state runnerup) 1-0 twice, including in the sectional championship game. Senior midfielder Stephen Pettifor
  • was named to the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association district 2 team, which is comprised of 18 players from approximately 60 schools in the northeast corner of the state, including the Fort Wayne area. Seniors Ryo Otsuka and Chang-wan Seo were named to the ISCA all-academic team. Pettifor and teammates Calvin Graybill ('08), Jordan Weaver ('09), Seth Kauffman ('10), and Jesse Ramer ('10) were named to the all-conference first team and Moon Shik Woo ('08) and Lewis Caskey ('09) to the second team.
  • Boys tennis finished 12-6 and were sectional runnerups, defeating Fairfield and Goshen before losing to NorthWood 3-2. All seven varsity players were underclassmen.
  • Girls soccer finished 11-6 and second in the NISC, losing to conference champion Culver Academy 1-0. Bethany lost to eventual sectional champion Wawasee 2-1 on a penalty kick shootout. Seniors Kari Heusinkveld and Jen Snyder were named to the all-conference first team. Named to the ISCA all-academic team were senior Callie Bontrager, senior Kelly M. Snyder, junior Casey Snyder, and junior Lynelle Yoder.
  • Volleyball finished 15-14 and won the eight-team Wawasee invitational, the first time since 1998. The team lost in sectionals to eventual sectional champion Elkhart Christian, a team they head defeated earlier in the year.

In addition many of the JV and middle school teams have done quite well, most notably the volleyball A team at 8-2 and the boys soccer A team at 6-3-1.

Off the field teams have done well too, whether volunteering to clean up roadsides or demonstrating sportsmanship--see related story on athletics and community.

Fall 2007 MVPs: Ali Hochstetler and Alex Brew (cross country), Stephen Pettifor and Lewis Caskey (boys soccer), Kari Huesinkveld and Jen Snyder (girls soccer), Luke Hostter (boys tennis), Stephanie Loucks and Chelsea Noble (volleyball)Fall 2007 MVPs: Ali Hochstetler and Alex Brew (cross country), Stephen Pettifor and Lewis Caskey (boys soccer), Kari Huesinkveld and Jen Snyder (girls soccer), Luke Hostter (boys tennis), Stephanie Loucks and Chelsea Noble (volleyball)

Cross country awards: The team received an award for a better than .700 record (11-4). Individual awards included Alex Brew and Ali Hochstetler (MVP), Daniel Gingerich and Leanne Hochstetler (sportsmanship), Michael Fecher and Jenae Hershberger (most improved), Nick Handrich aCross country awards: The team received an award for a better than .700 record (11-4). Individual awards included Alex Brew and Ali Hochstetler (MVP), Daniel Gingerich and Leanne Hochstetler (sportsmanship), Michael Fecher and Jenae Hershberger (most improved), Nick Handrich and Karla Mumaw (Power award), and Ellie Schertz and Eva Lapp (frosh award).

Boys soccer awards: Stephen Pettifor (offensive MVP), Lewis Caskey (defensive MVP), Calvin Graybill (sportsmanship), David Eigsti (most improved), Mitch Hawkins (leadership), Ben Bontreger (JV)Boys soccer awards: Stephen Pettifor (offensive MVP), Lewis Caskey (defensive MVP), Calvin Graybill (sportsmanship), David Eigsti (most improved), Mitch Hawkins (leadership), Ben Bontreger (JV)

Girls Soccer: Kari Heusinkveld (offensive MVP), Jen Snyder (defensive MVP), Jena Schwartzentruber (sportsmanship), Emma Gerig (most improved), Sharisse Yoder (assists), Katie Yoder and Alita Yoder (JV)Girls Soccer: Kari Heusinkveld (offensive MVP), Jen Snyder (defensive MVP), Jena Schwartzentruber (sportsmanship), Emma Gerig (most improved), Sharisse Yoder (assists), Katie Yoder and Alita Yoder (JV)

Boys Tennis: Luke Hostetter (MVP), Johnny Kauffman (Coaches), Daniel Buschert (Mental Attitude), Mike Kelly (Most Improved), Jonathan Shenk (Sportsmanship), Ben Mast (JV)Boys Tennis: Luke Hostetter (MVP), Johnny Kauffman (Coaches), Daniel Buschert (Mental Attitude), Mike Kelly (Most Improved), Jonathan Shenk (Sportsmanship), Ben Mast (JV)

Volleyball: Steph Loucks and Chelse Noble (Team Player), Collette Weaver (Sportsmanship), Hannah Grieser (Mental Attitude), Gwen Kelly (Most Improved), Andrea Born (JV)Volleyball: Steph Loucks and Chelse Noble (Team Player), Collette Weaver (Sportsmanship), Hannah Grieser (Mental Attitude), Gwen Kelly (Most Improved), Andrea Born (JV)