As the fall sports season at Bethel has come to an end, several athletes with the Bees have been honored by the coaches in the Cross County Conference for football, soccer and volleyball.
For girls’ soccer, the Bees placed three athletes on the all-league team, highlighted by a pair of first team selections Erica Turner and Kelsey Hackney.
“Erica is a striker who is an incredibly hard worker,” said Bethel coach Dru Bescoe. “She works tirelessly to win the ball and score, or set up her teammate.”
As for Hackney, she was one of the top goalies in the area, and had a great year in the CCC.
“She was a rock on defense,” Bescoe said. “She kept her opponents to 0.88 goals against average, and gave the team great confidence going forward knowing that Kelsey had their backs.”
Earning Special Mention was Kayla Grable, who according to Bescoe was the defensive leader
“She was able to stop many opponents scoring opportunities by disrupting everything that came her way.”
In volleyball, Alaina Hawthorn was named second-team all CCC, and Jackie Ontiveros was honorable mention.
“I'm proud of the way Alaina filled her new position this year,” said Bethel volleyball coach Lauren Siebenaller. “We looked to her to be an all-around skill leader for us, and getting to watch the process of her owning that role was very rewarding. She has very high standards for herself, and worked hard all season to get better and more consistent.”
Ontiveros led the team in aces and assists and was a great addition to the team according to Siebenaller.
“Her calm and cool presence guided our team through chaotic situations in a match, and her high volleyball IQ really helped the team increase its overall level of play.”
Boys’ soccer had four players earn first-team all-conference including the Player of the Year Korry Hamlin.
“He had 18 goals and 19 assists this year,” said Bethel coach Bob Hamlin. “He was a center midfielder that definitely plays from endline to endline. In our run to winning 10 of our last 11 games Korry had four game winning goals. He was a very smart player with good skills. Another one of our captains.”
Also earning first-team was Tyler Brueckman, along with Alex van Haaren and Daniel Ross.
“Tyler was our leading scorer with 23 goals and 14 assists. Naturally a center midfielder we converted to forward this year. He was an intense competitor who is very skilled with the ball at his feet. Daniel finished the season with 14 goals and 3 assists. He had a great second half of the season showcasing the skills the coaching staff knew he possessed. He was very composed on the ball and finishes the ball well.”
“Alex was our goal keeper who finished the year with 123 saves, 8 shutouts, 1.75 gaa. He had seven of those shutouts in our 10 game win streak at the end of the year and allowed only three goals during that time same time frame. He also scored a header with five seconds to go to help us tie Miami Valley early in the year.”
Ben Lawson was named special mention in the league also.
“Ben was a solid defender for us,” Hamlin said. “He played a center back for us and is a very intelligent player that reads the game well and has very good vision. He had a goal and an assist this year but was a presence on our corner kicks.”
As for the football team, their all-conference selections were the latest to be released, and Bethel had two first-team players, one second-team and two honorable mention.
Ian Anderson was a first-team player, and Bethel coach Scott Clodfelter felt it was deserving.
“Ian showed great improvement this year, he was our most consistent defensive lineman and ran the ball very well this year,” Clodfelter said. “The last 5 games this year he played like a man possessed. He is a very solid, skilled player.”
Also on first-team was Hunter Shelley, the most consistent lineman for the Bees this year.
“We ran most of our offense over him. He has good hips and has a knack for driving people off the ball. He also has a great mentality to play line.”
Earning second team was Jacob Evans, who finished up his junior year at the quarterback spot.
“He has shown great improvement as a 3 year starter,”Clodfelter said. “He is one of the smartest quarterbacks I have ever coached, I trust him to check plays at the line and run the offense. In our offense, it is critical the quarterback makes great decisions and Jacob is an excellent decision maker. He also played some defensive back for us in critical situations. I’m glad we have him for one more year.”
Nate Rimkus was named honorable mention and rushed for over 1,000 yards this season, along with leading his team in tackles.
“He played hurt some this year but just kept getting better as the season went on. He played defensive back for us as well and was very good in run support. He is physical and a very good tackler.”
Another player who earned honorable mention was Kellen Calhoun.
“Kellen played hurt all year and was still a very good lineman for us. He truly loves the game of football. He is very intense and physical and gets off the ball faster than any lineman I have coached. He is a junior and we expect more great things from him next year.”