BC senior named top special teams player in KCAC

— With 200 yards in total returns, Bethel College senior Mervin Brookins was named Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference special teams player of the week.

Brookins, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound, kick returner, punt returner and defensive back from Stockton, Calif., had five punt returns for 160 yards and a touchdown. He had another kickoff return to the one. His long was 86 yards.

Brookins had two kickoff returns for 40 yards with a long of 27.

It was the second time this season Brookins has been named special teams player of the week. It was the third straight week a Bethel player has received the honor and fourth time overall.

Audrey Schellenberg of Tabor was named setter of the week in volleyball. Schellenberg, a 5-6 senior from Wichita, played in eight games during two matches with 46 assists, 16 digs and two aces.

Tabor’s Jessica Burden was named women’s soccer offensive player of the week. Burden, a junior forward from Little Elm, Texas, scored three goals in two games.

Peabody-Burns grad Andrew Topham of Southwestern was named men’s cross country runner of the week. Topham, a sophomore, finished eighth at the Southwestern College National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Mid-States Classic Saturday in Winfield with a time of 25:48 for 8,000 meters. He was the highest finishing KCAC runner in the race.

Other KCAC players are listed below:


Co-offensive — Chad Tormey, Friends, 6-2, 290, sr., OL, Valley Center (helped Friends to 387 yards total offense in win over Southwestern; had grade of 95 percent); Ethan Haller, Ottawa, 6-0, 195, jr., QB, Anaheim, Calif. (39-50-2 passing, 4 TDs, 456 yards; 3 rushes, 0 yards, 1 TD; set school records for passing yards in a game, total offense, passing attempts and completion percentage at 78 percent).

Defense — Art Rubio, Ottawa, 6-3, 210, jr., LB, Filmore, Calif. (13 total tackles, 3 solo, 2.0 tackles for loss of 4 yards; 1 interception).


Hitter — Sarah Claborn, Kansas Wesleyan, 5-8, sr., OH, Aurora, Calif. (6 games, 2 matches, 32 kills, 2 assists, 10 digs, 7 aces, 1 block assist).

Libero-defensive specialist — Laura Jeanin, Ottawa, 5-5, sr., L, Tonganoxie (5 games, 1 match, 34 digs, 1 ace).

Men’s soccer

Offensive — Jose Garay, Kansas Wesleyan, jr., MF, Palmdale, Calif. (2 games, 4 goals).

Defensive — Juan Mundo, Kansas Wesleyan, sr., D, Sun Valley, Calif. (2 games, defense allowed one goal in two games).

Women’s soccer

Defensive — Marisa Brownell, Kansas Wesleyan, sr., D, Mission Viejo, Calif. (2 games, defense allowed 3 goals, 1 by PK).

Cross country

Women — Ericka Joiner, Southwestern, sr., Loveland, Colo. (at Southwestern NAIA Mid-States Regional finished fourth in 17:56 for 5,000 meters. Top finishing KCAC runner).