Fall sports awards and season summaries. Setting career or season records were Byeong Min Lim in boys tennis and Tessa Clark and Sophie Miller in volleyball.
Volleyball: The Bruins defeated Hamilton in a Saturday morning semifinal at Hamilton (21-25, 17-25, 25-20, 25-19, 15-10) and then lost in the championship that night to Blackhawk Christian (12-25, 17-25, 19-25). The team finished with an outstanding record of 22-10. The Bruins were led by their defense, which racked up 1639 digs, which was 301 more than the previous Bethany mark in 1998! Four players had top-15 season marks in digs with senior Tessa Clark setting the school record for 533 in one season. She also set the career record with 1254. Senior Sophie Miller set the season mark for assists (in a 6-2 offense) with 540. Others also moved onto season or career scoring charts. Bruin awards: Megan Duckworth, Sportsmanship; Sophie Miller, MVP Offense; Tessa Clark, MVP Defense; Anya Kauffman, Team Player; Andrea Yousey, JV Leadership. Academic All-State Honorable Mention: Tessa Clark, Sophie Miller.
Boys Tennis: The Bruins lost to Goshen 2-3 in the sectional semifinals at Goshen. The Bruins finish with a 15-4 record. Byeong Min Lim advanced to individual sectionals at Concord where he defeated Northridge's No. 1 singles player and then Elkhart Christian's. He lost in the sectional championship to Angola's Jake Horner. Byeong Min (#1 singles) now holds the Bethany record for most career wins, 59, passing teammate Simon Hurst who has 57 at the No. 1 doubles position. Byeong Min Lim earned All-district honors. The Bruins were selected for team academic all-state and individually Simon Hurst was academic all-state first team and Brandon Nguyen academic all-state honorable mention. Bruin awards: Brandon Nguyen, Sportsmanship; Byeong Min Lim and Simon Hurst, co-MVPs; Lane Miller, Leadership; Daniel Robles, JV Leadership.
Boys Soccer: Bethany defeated Glenn 1-0 in a semfinal match: Cedric Brenneman scoring on an assist from KeShawn Smith. The Bruins lost to eventual state champion Mishawaka Marian 5-0 in the sectional championship. The team finished its season strong, winning 5 of 7 leading up to the sectional championship game. All-Conference (first team) Cedric Miller, Simon Graber Miller, (2nd team) Braden Miller, Natan Nafziger, Zane Zmudzinski. Bruin Awards: Natan Nafziger, Sportsmanship; Cedric Brenneman, MVP Offense; Simon Graber Miller, MVP Defense; Joel Plank, Most Improved; Nick Daub, JV Leadership.
Girls Soccer: Bethany defeated Lakewood Park Christian 2-0 and Lakeland 3-0 in quarterfinal and semifinal action. The Bruins then lost a hard-fought game to Westview in the championship. In their first season of restarting the program, the Bruins finished 8-10-1. All-Conference: Anna Barnard (first team); Caroline Cartmel (second team). Bruin Awards: Abby Hochstetler, Sportsmanship; Kassy Miller, Defense; Caroline Cartmel, Offense; Gabi Klopfenstein, Teamwork; Emma Thomas, Most Improved.
Cross Country: Girls finished 9th of 11; boys did not have a complete team. Qualifying invidiaully for regionals were Hannah Yeakey (3rd) and Elaina Youngberg (35th). Hannah also finished third in regionals and advanced to semistate where she did not qualify to move on. Bruin Awards: Carissa Mast, Sportsmanship; Kelby Youngberg, Sportsmanship; Hannah Yeakey, MVR; Fiona Yeakey, Most Improved; Sasha Dyck, Bruin Paw Coach's Award. IATCCC All-state Honorable mention: Hannah Yeakey.
Middle School Boys Soccer: Boys defeated Westview 2-0 in Hoosier Soccer Conference quarterfinal action at Bethany and then lost 4-1 to Concord in semifinals at Westview. The team finishes with a 12-6 record.
Middle School Girls Soccer: Girls defeated Westview 1-0 in Hoosier Soccer Conference quarterfinal action at Bethany. In semifinals at Westview Bethany-Concord were tied 1-1 after regulation and overtime with Bethany winning 2-0 on penalty kicks. Bethany then lost to Northridge in the championship game.
Middle School Volleyball: A Team defeated Fairfield (25-16, 25-13) and Central Noble (25-17, 25-12) to win the Fairfield tourney, finishing their season at a remarkable 21-2. The B team lost to Fairfield (13-25, 18-25) and defeated Milford (25-21, 25-24) finishing their season at 12-4. Congratulations to both teams on excellent seasons.
High School MVPs: (front) Caroline Cartmel, girls soccer offense; Anna Barnard, girls soccer all-around; Tessa Clark, volleyball defense; Sophie Miller, volleyball offense; (back) Kassy Miller, girls soccer defense; Cedric Brenneman, boys soccer offense; Simon Graber Miller, boys soccer defense; Simon Hurst, boys tennis co-MVP;Byeong Min Lim, boys tennis co-MVP. Not pictured: Hannah Yeakey, cross country.