BLC Vikings bring home UMAC hardware

By Brett LaBore

Here at Bethany Lutheran College, talent is shown in different ways. One of those ways is through the athletic department where five indi­viduals have been recognized.

Bethany competes in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) for all their sports. It is a conference where Bethany competes with other Division III schools across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Each week, the UMAC names their Players of the Week within all the different sports. This is to help recognize some of the top athletes and performances across the confer­ence throughout the year.

This semester, Bethany has had five UMAC Players of the Week. They are fresh­man Megan Rutt, sophomores Stefan Prince and Haley Sandin, junior Kari Marzinske, and senior Brandyn Frelix.

They have all been recog­nized by the conference for what they’ve accomplished. What’s nice about this group is how diverse they are in terms of grade level. Freshmen seniors were recognized. Though they are diverse in that sense, these five represent two sports. They are basketball and track and field.

Sophomore Stefan Prince is a captain on the track team, propelling the team to differ­ent meets throughout the season as well as the confer­ence championship Feb. 24-25. Prince mentions his thoughts on the award.

“It’s exciting to be recognized by the conference in the sport a lot of us play,” said Prince.

Two athletes who have been instrumental to the success of their respective basketball teams have been senior Bran­dyn Frelix and sophomore Haley Sandin. Both of them have been the leading scorers for their respective teams, help­ing push the teams to victories.

“[It’s] always good to be named one, but obviously couldn’t do it without my team­mates,” said Sandin about what the award means to her.

Track and field athletes compete in various events meet after meet. This is true for both junior Marzinske and fresh­man Rutt. They both compete in hurdles as well as several jumps. Rutt explained why this is was a huge achievement.

“It’s a big honor to come in as a freshman and get recog­nized for the hard work that you did,” said Rutt.

Whenever an award or achievement like this is given out, it can be easy to get complacent and get distracted in terms of getting better.

“I keep my foot on the gas pedal,” said Prince in regards to keep moving on. “I can’t slow down.”

Even though these are individual awards, athletes will be quick to appreciate their team for the award as well. Without the team, being named Player of the Week may not be possible. Sandin likes to remember this.

“[I] just keep the team value in mind,” said Sandin.

These five athletes have represented Bethany by getting this award. They are just a select few who have been recognized for their talent amongst a talent-filled student body.


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