Bethel College women's basketball coach Mark Fox signed Kayla Bartel of Olathe to a letter of intent to play for the Threshers beginning with the 2014-15 school year.
Bartel plays for Olathe North High School, where she is a 5-foot-4 guard.
"Bethel has been a huge part of my family for several years," Bartel said. "I grew up going to Bethel's Fall Fest and several other activities. Bethel has been calling my name since I could walk, and I'm just extremely excited that I get a chance to play the sport I love. I am looking forward to bettering myself as a person, becoming a better athlete and becoming a part of the Bethel family."
"We're very happy to be bringing Kayla into our women's basketball family and to Bethel College," Fox said. "She's a great young lady who will bring a lot of positives to campus and to our team. In addition to being a terrific student, she's bringing a high energy motor and the ability to stretch a defense to our team. Coming from a league that plays at a high level, Kayla will bring a level of competitiveness and toughness, while understanding what it takes to succeed against top competition. We look forward to seeing her grow and develop as both a player and a young lady over the next four years."
Bartel also competed in track and field at Olathe North. She was a member of the Eagle Service Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Rainbow Mennonite Youth Group.
She has been on the academic honor roll since 2010 and has been awarded the Presidential Community Service Award since grade school.
She intends to major in nursing at Bethel.
TOPEKA — Rick Bowden, Jennifer Gruver Kirkpatrick and Chuck Porter have been named as the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
Bowden served as an associate director of the KSHSAA from 1993 to 2011. He helped administer football, wrestling, baseball, softball and track and field. He served on the rules committee of the National Federation of High School Associations in football, softball and track and field. A teacher and coach for 19 years, Bowden also served in the Kansas House of Representatives for nine years. Bowden will be honored posthumously.
Kirkpatrick competed from 1988 to 1992 in track and field at Scott Community High School in Scott City. She won 16 state medals in track and field, including eight state titles (four in the 100-meter high hurdles and four in long jump). She also competed in volleyball and basketball for four years, earning all-state honors as a senior in basketball.
Porter was a football coach at Buhler, Kapaun-Mt. Carmel, Wichita East and Bishop Carroll high schools. He won state titles as a head coach at Bishop Carroll (1978) and Wichita East (1982 and 1983). He was a five-time state coach of the year. He also served as a head coach and assistant coach in the Kansas Shrine Bowl.