Bethel College signed the following prep seniors to letters of intent to compete for the Threshers beginning in the 2010-11 school year:
• Andrea Klassen of Moundridge is a 5-foot-4 defensive specialist, who helped lead Moundridge High School to a Class 2A state title in the fall.
“It is always great to sign a player from a winning program like Moundridge,” BC volleyball coach Chad Schilling said. “Andrea was an integral part of their state championship year controlling the back row in the libero position. She is a solid passer and plays the middle back defensive position as good as I’ve seen in a long time. I look forward to see how she strengthens our ball control and defensive abilities at Bethel College.”
Klassen also competed in softball at Moundridge. She was a member of the choir, band, pep club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was on the honor roll at Moundridge.
She intends to major in special education.
Volleyball and women’s basketball:
• Katie Regier of Whitewater is a 5-foot-8 guard in basketball and a right-side hitter in volleyball. She competed for Remington High School.
In basketball, she averages 12 points, seven rebounds, 2.5 assists and four steals per game. She earned second-team All-Heart of America League honors as a sophomore and junior. She was named to the mid-season all-tournament team as a sophomore and junior and to the pre-season all-tournament team as a junior and a senior. She is a three-year starter and letterwinner. She is a two-time team captain.
“Playing college basketball has always been a goal of mine,” Regier said. “I am excited to have this opportunity at Bethel, and I look forward to seeing how I can contribute to the team.”
“What a great young lady to be adding to Bethel College and to our women's basketball program,” Bethel coach Mark Fox said. “Katie is an excellent student who will be a tremendous addition to the college community, and she is a tenacious competitor on the court. Coach (Ben) Wertenberger does a very good job of preparing his kids, so we know that Katie will be ready to go once basketball season arrives.”
In volleyball, Regier is a three-time Academic All-State selection, a first-team All-HOAL pick as a senior and a second-team pick as a junior. She was a Class 3A all-area pick as a senior. She is a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter. She helped lead the Broncos to a third-place state finish as a sophomore. She holds the school record for serve percentage.
She had 290 kills, 58 downed blocks, a 97 percent server and a 79 percent serve receiver.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to play volleyball at Bethel,” Regier said. “They have a great tradition, and I am very excited about joining the team.”
“I am very excited that Katie has made the decision to continue her volleyball and academic career at Bethel College,” Schilling said. “She is someone that has been on my radar since her sophomore year. She is an athletic player that is able to put some power behind the ball. She comes from a quality program; therefore, her learning curve will be short as she makes the transition from high school to college.”
She also is on the silver honor roll for four years, a two-time member of the HOAL All-Academic Team, a three-time academic letterwinner, a University of Kansas Honor Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society.
She is a member of the band, choir, singers, Kansas Youth Leadership Academy, Young Adult Advisory Council to the Library, the letterman’s club, the International Club, the Science Club and Target, serving as vice president for two years.
She intends to major in education.
• Jennifer Scott of Newton is a 5-4 guard from Newton High School. She played varsity as a junior.
“I am excited to play at Bethel,” Scott said. “I think it will be fun, and I will learn a lot.”
“Jennifer is simply a terrific young lady who will be a great asset to Bethel College and to our program,” Fox said. “She’s a kid who will get in and work hard in practices to not only make herself better, but to make those around her better as well. I look forward to working with her and watching her grow as a player and as a person over the next four years.”
• Zach Bear of Lindsborg is a 5-foot-10 guard at Smoky Valley High School.
“I am very excited to become a Thresher,” Bear said. “I feel that I can bring a lot to the program.”
“We are pleased to welcome Zach to our program,” Bethel coach Mark Yoder said. “He is an all-around great person and will be an excellent addition to the team. His work ethic and desire to improve and learn the game will make Zach a joy to work with.”
Bear also competed in cross country and track at Smoky Valley. He was active in art. He held a 3.5 grade-point average.
Bear intends to major in physical education at Bethel.
• Becky Johnson of Lindsborg is a two-time state qualifier for Smoky Valley High School. In 2008, she won the Mid-Central Activities Association first doubles title. As a senior, she placed sixth in Class 4A state doubles
“I’m really excited to be a part of such a great program at Bethel College,” Johnson said.
“Becky will be a great addition to Bethel College and the women's tennis program,” Bethel coach Lonnie Isaac said. “She has had a very successful career at the high school level, and she will bring immediate strength and depth to our line-up. I am very excited to have Becky at Bethel.”
Johnson is a member of the National Honor Society and was on the honor roll at Smoky Valley.
• Stephanie Shogren of Hesston is a four-year letterwinner, three-time state qualifier and two-time state medalist for Hesston High School. She was the Class 4A state double champion as a senior, finishing 35-2 and winning eight of 10 tournaments. She placed sixth at state as a junior. She holds two MCAA titles, leading the team to three MCAA team titles and a second-place state team finish both as a junior and senior.
“I’m super excited to start my academic and playing career at Bethel,” Shogren said.
“I am very excited to have Steph joining the women’s tennis program at Bethel,” Isaac said. “Steph will have an immediate impact in our lineup and will be a great addition not only to the tennis program but also to the Bethel community. Steph is the third state champion that we have signed from Kansas in the last three years, which is really satisfying. She has played for one of the top high school programs and coaches in the state and is well prepared to contribute at a very high level in college.”
Shogren is a member of the FBLA, YAK and SADD. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is on the honor roll.
She intends to major in athletic training.
• B.J. Heffernan of Lakewood, Colo., is a defender from Bear Creek High School, where he was first-team all-league, first-team all-state, the 10th pick of the All-Colorado Team and was team MVP in 2008.
He also was a member of the Colorado Rush club team, which won a state title in 2008. He was the team captain and a two-time Colorado State MVP.
“I’m extremely excited to go play college ball for a good school and good group of guys,” Heffernan said.
“I’m very excited to have B.J. join us this fall,” Bethel coach Jason Moore said. “B.J. will bring some experience of playing at a high level here to Bethel. I think B.J. will come and provide some great leadership already as a freshman.”
Heffernan intends to major in natural sciences at Bethel.
• Grant Keith of Lakewood is a forward and a teammate of Heffernan at Bear Creek and the Colorado Rush. He was a first-team all-league selection in 2009, a second-team all-league pick in 2008, the team MVP in 2009 and an all-state honorable mention in 2008. His team finished third in the fall of 2008 and second in the spring of 2009.
“Excited to play,” Keith said. “Looking forward to bringing a championship to Bethel College.”
“I am very excited to have someone like Grant in our program,” Moore said. “Grant brings a lot of experience at a high level of soccer to our program.”