While Bethel has been giving out Thresher Awards for academic achievement for well over 50 years, 2014 saw the first-ever THRESHPY Awards presentation, modeled after ESPN’s ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards.
Nominations were announced April 23, followed by a two-week online voting period. The awards ceremony took place May 8 in Memorial Hall.
In the photo on the right, April Harpe (women’s basketball) shows a bit of what garnered her the Student Spirit Award. The Faculty/Staff Spirit Award went to Dale Schrag ’69, campus pastor and director of church relations.
Soccer player Eric Preheim was named Mr. Thresher. Katie Regier, a member of both the women’s basketball and volleyball teams, claimed the title of Ms. Thresher.
Other THRESHPYs handed out were: Athlete of the Year, Logan Palenske (men’s tennis), Madison Wiles (women’s soccer) and the men’s tennis team; Best Supporting Role, Jared Kaufman (football) and Angelina Adame (women’s soccer); Champion of Character, Wesley Goodrich (men’s tennis and cross country) and Katelyn Fatten (cross country); Fan of the Year, Loren Reusser ’59, Newton; Newcomer of the Year, Stephen Scott (football) and Tori Pickens (volleyball); Student Trainer of the Year, Stephanie Shogren; and Student Worker of the Year, Jared Regehr.
Performance of the Year awards went to tennis players Clinton Chlumsky and Jesse Voth-Gaeddert, who defeated McPherson’s nationally ranked men’s doubles team; Lauren Ulrich, for women’s basketball’s 89-88 win over Kansas Wesleyan University Jan. 19; and the women’s basketball team for defeating the #8 team in the NAIA, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Dec. 30, 2013.