GOSHEN — A total of 23 competitors in fall sports at Goshen College have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
In the previous two-plus years, the GC programs have had an impressive 122 scholar-athletes.
This year’s fall total of 23 is just six short of the program record (29) for the fall, set back in 2009. In addition, for the third time in the last four years, the Maple Leafs’ men’s soccer team had the most scholar-athletes (seven) of any school in the entire NAIA.
Nominated by each institution’s head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.
Local honorees are junior Ali Hochstetler (Bethany Christian) in women’s cross country, senior Jordan Berkey (Westview) in men’s soccer, seniors Dana Christner (Northridge), Alisha Christner (Northridge) and Jessica Schirch (Goshen) in women’s soccer; junior Mandy Schlabach (Bethany Christian) and senior Emily Waits (Fairfield) in women’s volleyball.
Others are senior Quinn Brenneke (Fort Wayne), juniors Mitchell Brickson (Enon, Ohio), Seth Miller (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and Kolton Nay (Dover, Ohio) in men’s cross country; senior Alli Beitler (Berne), junior Rachel Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania) and Audrey Thill (Paoli) in women’s cross country; junior Aaron Bontrager (Archbold, Ohio), junior Andre Eisenbeis (Marion, South Dakota), senior Andrew Glick (Pekin, Illinois), senior Joe Gunden (Chelsea, Michigan), junior Caleb Longenecker (Grayslake, Illinois) and senior Jacob Yoder (Wellman, Iowa) in men’s soccer. Also, senior Emily Fretz (Centennial, Colorado) and Samantha Weaver (Lititz, Pennsylvania) in women’s soccer and Sam Heberling (Penn) in women’s volleyball.
• Freshman Aimee Swihart (Goshen) totaled four points, eight assists and three steals for the Bethel Pilots (7-8) in a 79-57 win over St. Francis (Illinois).
• Senior Taylor Goshert (Wawasee) canned four straight 3-pointers in less than seven minutes as the Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats opened a 36-1 halftime lead on the way to a 66-32 win over Viterbo.
• Sophomore Emily Peppers-VanNamee (Northridge) had a point and a rebound and freshman KiLee Knafel (Wawasee) two rebounds and an assist for the IUSB Titans in a 79-61 win over Goshen College. Sophomore Sydney Sample (Northridge) also played for the winners.
• Junior Marla zumFelde (Bethany Christian) had six points, a rebound and an assist for Eastern Mennonite in a 58-55 win over Washington College. The Royals improve to 8-2.
• Ferris State senior Sarah DeShone (Jimtown) scored 24 points as the Bulldogs defeated Tiffin 79-69. DeShone was 7-of-15 shooting (5-of-7 from 3-point range) and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. She also had four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block
• Freshman Franko House (Concord) tallied six points, seven rebounds, an assist and a block for the Ball State Cardinals in a 66-58 loss to Southern Illinois.
• Senior Michael Kibiloski (Elkhart Memorial) had eight points, two rebounds and an assists for the IPFW Mastodons in an 86-65 victory over Eastern Illinois.
• Sophomore Todd Johnson (Elkhart Memorial) scored 16 points for Northern Kentucky in a 72-65 come-from-behind win over Navy. The Norse (4-7) trailed 56-48 with less than nine minutes left to play. Johnson made 5-of-7 field goals (4-of-6 from 3-point range) and 2-of-2 free throws. He also had an assist and two steals.
• University Illinois-Chicago freshman Markese McGuire (Elkhart Memorial) grabbed two rebounds as the Flames (5-7) dropped a 57--56 thriller to UC-Riverside in Riverside, California. McGuire had appeared in 11 games this season and is averaging 4.2 points per game. He is 15-of-42 shooting (38.1 percent) and 13-of-23 from the free-throw line (56.5). He has a total of 12 rebounds, three assists and four steals.
• Junior Kate Fisher (Northridge) finished first in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:25.31) for Findlay University in a 145-135 loss to Ohio Northern.