Swede cagers earn academic honors

By Bethany College Sports Information
July 03, 2014

The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) has announced the 2013-2014 Scholar-Athletes for men's and women's basketball. Bethany College is represented by nine athletes, three from the men's team, and six from the women's team. 

The three Bethany KCAC Men's Scholar-Athlete award winners are:

• Devin Smith, a junior from Salina. Smith is a biology and forensic science major. He is the son of Allen and Shalonda Smith.

• Brandon Huskey, a junior from Kansas City, Kansas. Huskey is a criminal justice major. He is the son of Brenda Huskey.

• Derek Knopp, a junior from Chapman. Knopp is a psychology and criminal justice major. He is the son of Mark and DeAn Knopp.

"Derek, Devin and Brandon are three student-athletes who are very focused on preparing for their careers by concentrating on and working hard in their courses that will lead toward their respective degrees,” Bethany coach Clair Oleen said. “All three of these young men display the same work ethic on the basketball court.”

The six Bethany KCAC women's Scholar-Athlete award winners are:

• Maddy Shetlar, a sophomore from Salina. Shetlar is an art education major. She is the daughter of John and Deb Shetlar.

• Alex Brammer,  a sophomore from Dillon, Mont. Brammer is a sport management major. She is the daughter of Jim and Sue Brammer.

• Kaitlyn Norton, a junior from Yukon, Okla. Norton is an elementary education major. She is the daughter of James and Christina Norton.

• Afton Lutters, a junior from Elkhart. Lutters is an accounting and finance major. She is the daughter of Angie and Hubert Lutters.

• Kendra Austin, a senior from Wheat Ridge, Colo. She is a secondary math education major, and is the daughter of Tara and Dale Austin.

• Kristi Ohlschwager, a sophomore from Morrison, Colo. Ohlschwager is a psychology and physical health and wellness major. She is the daughter of Brenda and Mike Ohlschwager.

"I'm really proud of the six players who received KCAC Scholar-Athlete recognition,” Bethany coach Brett Morehouse said. “We emphasize that activity and achievement in the classroom directly relates to success on the court. It is no surprise that the six student-athletes who were honored played significant roles on last year's team. I'm also proud of the fact that all six have earned the right to return next season and are committed to the process of rebuilding the Bethany College women's basketball program."

Student-athletes must hold a sophomore standing at the start of the sport season, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.33 on a 4.0 scale and letter in their sport.