3 Swede football players honored for academics

By Steve Sell
December 22, 2014

DAYTONA Beach, Fla. – Three Bethany College football players recently were named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. 

"I want to congratulate these guys on their accomplishments,” new Bethany coach Paul Hubbard said. “These young men show the academic excellence that the Bethany football program strives for."

Prestyn Atherton is a junior wide receiver who hails from Wichita. He played in six games and caught six passes for 96 yards, with a long of 27 yards.

Brett Crome is a junior punter from Bremen, Kansas who played at Marysville High School. He is an accounting major at Bethany. Crome unleashed a KCAC-record 84-yard punt against Graceland University that was downed on the 1-yard line. Crome was also named the KCAC Champion of Character.

Mike Hlavaty is a senior linebacker from Otis-Bison High School in Olmitz, Kansas. Hlavaty is an athletic training major, who has been on the Dean's Honor Roll at Bethany, and is also a KCAC Scholar-Athlete. Hlavaty played in nine games this season, recording eight tackles on Senior Day against Bethel College, and also had seven tackles at Graceland. Hlavaty finished the season with 15 unassisted tackles, 10 assisted and also forced a fumble in the Swedes’ upset win at Ottawa.

"These student-athletes represent the best of what we would like in our department — excellence on and off the field,” Bethany Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich said. “Congratulations to these Swedes for their significant accomplishment."

In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.