The Pilots returned to the NAIA National Championship in Wichita, Kan., where the round of 16 was played indoors for the first time in NAIA recorded history. They beat #13 Westcliffe 2-0. No. 18 MidAmerica Nazarene knocked the Pilots out of the tournament 2-0, and the game was played outdoors for the quarterfinal round. The Pilots won the Crossroads League Regular Season for the fourth year in a row and the Crossroads League Tournament for the third straight year.


Under Jason Freeman’s direction, the Pilots won their first-ever NCCAA National Championship in program history after securing an 11-8-2 record. This is their best record since 2000, when the Pilots achieved a 12-8-3. Their best in program history occurred in 2006 at 13-4-1.


The Pilots won two tournaments, including the NCCAA North-Central Region Championship and the Battle at Blackthorn. Aaron Pasqualone and Earl Williams earned NCCAA All-Region honors, and Pasqualone was the Region Player of the Year. Bethel placed fifth of nine teams at the NCCAA National Championship, with Nico Sabogal, who finished seventh with 78-70-77 (225).


The Pilots earned an 18th ranking in the NAIA, won four tournaments in their fall slate and won the NCCAA National Championship for the third straight year under Chris Hess’ direction. Maria Pardo Victori earned the Medalist Honor after winning the NCCAA individual medal; Selah Unwin took runner-up, and Taeyon Kwon took third in an impressive team performance.


The men’s cross country team had an impressive finish at the Midwest Classic in Bourbonnais, Ill., taking third place out of eight teams. They placed fifth out of 15 teams at the NCCAA National Championship, and ninth out of ten at the Crossroads League Championship in Upland, Ind.


The women’s cross country team placed second at the Midwest Classic in Bourbonnais, Ill., and fourth in the NCCAA National Championship in Warsaw, Ind. The Pilots also took 10th in the Crossroads League Championship.


Men’s tennis went 6-4 going into the Crossroads League Tournament, where the Pilots won 4-0 over IWU and lost 4-0 to the Grace Lancers in the semi-final.


Women’s tennis is receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches Poll and has held a record of 8-1 in Crossroads League play going into the Crossroads League Tournament. The Pilots won 7-0 over Huntington in the quarterfinal but lost 4-2 to Marian in the semi-final.


The Pilots bounced around the NAIA top-25 but settled into 24 by the final poll. In the Crossroads League Tournament, Bethel swept Grace at home and was swept by #2 IWU. The Pilots drew Columbia International in the NAIA first and second rounds for the second year and lost 3-1. A total of 17 awards were given to the Pilots between the NAIA, NCCAA and Crossroads League this season.


Shane Glasco took runner-up in the high jump at the NCCAA National Championship with a jump of 2.02 meters and 13th at the NAIA National Championship with the same mark. The team took seventh of 18 at the NCCAA Championship and ninth of 10 at the Crossroads League Championship.


The team finished runner-up at the NCCAA National Championship, with Grace Conway winning the pole vault and Ariel Manns winning the high jump. Alecia Parker won the NCCAA shot put with a 13.38-meter mark, and Gabrielle Zeilenga won the long jump with a 5.72-meter mark. Zeilenga was the runner-up at
the NAIA National Championship with a PR of 5.80 meters in the long jump.


The Competitive Cheer team won their first-ever entry into the CCA National Competition. This is the first non-NCCAA or NAIA National Championship for Pilot Athletics since Rugby in 2016.


After the regular season, the Pilots finished fifth with a record of 19-9 and 10-8 in conference play. In the Crossroads League Tournament, the Pilots fell to (RV) Marian 91-82 in Indianapolis. The Pilots made it to the second round of NAIA tournament play, falling against Central Baptist, 79-76. Drew Lutz was listed on the Bevo Francis Top 50 Watch List.


The Pilots ended the season 6-22 and 1-17 in Crossroads League play. In the US Highway 20 Cup standings, Women’s Basketball tacked on one more win toward the win total. Maiah Shelton earned All-Crossroads League Honorable Mention and NCCAA 1st-Team All-Region.

Congratulations on the 3-Peat!

Women’s golf won their third NCCAA National Championship in three consecutive years, a first for Bethel Pilot Athletics! Congrats, ladies! We are so proud of you!

Women’s golf team celebrates championship.