The Bethel College competitive cheer team won the Bethel Invitational Friday at Thresher Gym.
Bethel topped rival Tabor for the team title 70.28-65.63. Kansas Wesleyan was third at 61.96, followed by Sterling at 55.25 and Saint Mary at 32.22.
In the dance team competition, Oklahoma City University won with a score of 86.05, followed by Saint Mary at 64.73 and Kansas Wesleyan at 57.08. Bethel does not have a competitive dance team.
Bethel will compete at the KCAC Championships Friday at Kansas Wesleyan University. The Threshers are the defending conference champions.
Bethel College football coach Morris Lolar announced a group of junior college signees who transferred to Bethel at semester and will be able to participate in spring drills.
Players making the move include:
• Tawon Green, 6-0, 190, SS, San Bernardino CC (Calif.), a all-conference selection
• Kionce Roberts, 5-10, 175, CB, San Bernardino CC (Calif.), five interceptions last season
• Fred Scott, 6-2, 330, OL, San Bernardino CC (Calif.), an all-conference selection
• Jacob Rogers, 6-1, 200, QB, San Bernardino CC (Calif.)
• Antonio Espinal, 6-3, 190, S, College of The Redwoods (Calif.)
• David Kinncuitt, 6-2, 305, OL, Los Medanos CC (Calif.)
• Randy Percell, 6-3, 350, OL, Globe Tech CC (N.Y.)
• Keondre Churchwell, 5-10, 210, LB, Pima CC (Ariz.)
• Chayanne Morales, 6-2, 215, DE, Independence CC
• Xavier Brown, 6-0, 170, WR, Independence CC
• Dominic Brown, 5-11, 170, QB/ATH, Independence CC
• Joseph Patrick, 5-10, 170, WR, Butler CC
• Devonta Jones, 5-10, 175, WR, College of the Redwoods (Calif.)
transfer to Bethel
Bethel College men’s soccer coach Mario Felix named seven mid-year junior college transfers who will be able to practice with the team during the spring.
"I am very excited for this class,” Felix said. "These young men have experienced success at various high levels. In order to change the culture here, we have to bring in guys who know how to get it done. I think we established a very strong core of players last fall, and this will add to the foundation here at Bethel."
Players named include:
• Alex "Culichi" Hernandez, a 2015 all-conference forward honorable mention and 2016 first-team all-conference forward from Victor Valley College, in Victorville, Calif. In 22 games, starting 19, he scored six goals with seven assisted. The team won the 2016 Western State South Conference title. He played at Apple Valley High School (Calif.).
• Bryant "Mush" Soriano, a 2016 first-team all-conference defensive center midfielder at Victor Valley College. He played in 21 matches, started 15.
He played at Granite Hills High School (Calif.).
• Ulices Aguirre, a forward-midfielder from Victor Valley College, where he played in 12 matches, starting one and winning the Western State South Conference Championship. He scored one goal. He played for Oak Hills High School, one of the top high school programs in the California.
• Richie Ebel, an outside back from Barstow, Calif. He played two seasons at Victor Valley College, where he was all-conference in 2016 and won the conference title. In 17 games, starting 14, he scored five goals.
"Bringing in four players from the same school who dominated their league and state statistics pushes us into a new category,” Felix said. “This transfer class puts our program in the right direction.”
• Josh Clay, a forward from Palomar College (Calif.). In 20 games, starting 19, Clay scored three goals with two assists.
• Aron Lundh, a midfielder from Gothenburg, Sweden. Lundh played for Fourth Division Goteborg FF He started in all 28 matches last season, scoring four goals with four assists. In four seasons, he scored 25 goals with 60 assists. He attended "Aspero idrottsgynasium" High School.
• Albert Bratthammar, a goalkeeper from Gothenburg, Sweden. He played for Goteborgg FF Youth Academy. In 2016, he played in 24 matches, starting 14. He posted six clean sheets.
"I coached against Goteborgg in Denmark last year, Albert and Aron play at a very high level, with an extremely high work rate,” Felix said. “There will be battles at every position this spring; which naturally brings out the best in everyone."
Bethel College tennis coach Richard Southern signed Dylan Miera of Amarillo, Texas, to a letter of intent to play for the Threshers beginning this fall.
Miera played for Randall High School, where Southern compared him to Michael Jordan. Miera was cut from the team as a freshman, but came back and was undefeated in both singles and doubles district play since his sophomore year. He was first-team all-district the past two seasons and has competed in the “Super Champs” division, the highest level of junior play in Texas.
"Dylan will be an impact guy on the court for our program on day one,” Southern said. “With the work he has put in throughout high school, I have no doubt he'll continue to focus on improving and become a solid player in the KCAC."
Bethel College competitive cheer coach Joseph Gogus signed Annalee McCloud of Clearwater to a letter of intent to compete with Bethel beginning this fall.
McCloud attends Wichita Trinity Academy, where she is captain of the cheer team and a two-time Universal Cheerleaders Association All-American.
“(I am) very excited to have added Annalee to the team, and knows she will make great contributions to the further success of Bethel College Cheerleading,” Gogus said.
"I am very excited to continue my love for cheerleading at Bethel, and pursue my passion of nursing at the same time,” McCloud said.