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  • Bethel coach signs two

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  • Bethel College women's basketball coach Mark Fox looks to bolster his numbers by signing two players to letters of intent for the 2013-14 season.?Players signed include MeKale Chapple of Jones, Okla., and Mackenzie Hammond of Rose Hill, a transfer from Butler Community College.?Chappel is a 5-foot-11 guard-forward from Millwood High School, where she helped lead the team to a state title in 2012 and state runner-up spots in 2009 and 2011. She was an alternate to the all-state team in 2012.?Among her team awards are freshman of the year and most improved.?As a senior, she averaged 5.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.1 steals a game.?Chapple selected Bethel over Hillsdale Freewill Baptist, Oklahoma Wesleyan, Northern Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist and Oklahoma State.?"Mekale is a young lady who, we think, is just beginning to scratch the surface of her talents," Fox said. "She comes from a highly successful program at Millwood, where she is coached by an accomplished and veteran coach in Arnelia Spears, who also happens to be Mekale's aunt. So, she's grown up around the game and we look forward to that basketball IQ background being on display as we also watch her skill set expand and refine as she faces college level athletes on a daily basis."?"Bethel has a great environment and the team is truly a family," Chapple said. "I would love to be a port of something as strong and foundational as the Bethel Women's Basketball team."?Chapple was a member of HOSA, student council and NTHS. She was an oratorical winner for three years. She was a church youth director and Sunday school secretary.?She was on the honor roll for four years. She was on the president's honor roll and was class valedictorian.?Chapple intends to major in nursing.?Hammond is a 5-8 forward. She played high school ball at Rose Hill High School.?"We're happy to have Mackenzie joining us this fall," Fox said. "She brings a level of maturity and focus as a transfer, but is still very eager to get into our program and learn. We feel like she'll be a very good fit with our team, and with Bethel, and that her game will begin to expand as she gets back into playing every day."?"I am very excited and blessed to become a part of the Bethel Thresher community," Hammond said. "I Couldn't have made a better choice to continue my education and my passion for the game. This is a very special team and I'm honored to be a part of it."?Hammond was the salutatorian in high school. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa at Butler. She intends to major in pre-law at Bethel.

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