4 Swede gridders honored for academics

By Steve Sell
March 09, 2015

LINDSBORG — Four 2014 Bethany College football players, all hailing from Kansas, have been announced as KCAC Football Scholar-Athletes.

Prestyn Atherton, Brett Crome, Michael Hlavaty and Trevor Smith were the four Swedes among the 88 KCAC players to earn the distinction.

A KCAC Scholar-Athlete must be an individual at least a sophomore in standing at the start of the season, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.33 and letter in their sport. This is the third KCAC Scholar-Athlete honor for Hlavaty, and the second for Atherton and Crome.

• Atherton is a sophomore criminal justice major from Wichita. He is the son of Craig and Colleen Atherton.

• Crome, a junior from Bremen, is an accounting major. He is the son of Todd and Tracey Crome.

• Hlavaty is a junior from Olmitz and an athletic training major. He is the son of Mark and Kay Hlavaty.

• Smith, a senior from Phillipsburg, is majoring in sports management. He is the son of Jim and Bridgit Smith.

"We are proud of these four young men and the way they represent Bethany College," new Swede coach Paul Hubbard said. "They exemplify what it means to be a student-athlete and this is a great accomplishment that demonstrates the academic expectations we have for our program."