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.