Men's Basketball

#BethelPilotTop10 – 8. Ryne Lightfoot

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The apple does not fall far from the tree. The player at no. 8 on our list is quite familiar with the Bethel program - his dad kind of runs it. However, don't think that Ryne Lightfoot's success was only because his dad was the coach. No, he was great all on his own.
Ryne Lightfoot played more minutes than any player in Bethel history.
Ryne Lightfoot played more minutes than any player in Bethel history.
Coming out of Northwood High School, Lightfoot received several offers from NCAA Division I schools including scholarship offers from N.C. State and St. John's. He chose Bethel, and the rest, as they say, is history. Lightfoot is the only player in school history with 2,000 points, 500 assists, 500 rebounds and 250 three-pointers made. He is tenth on the all-time scoring list (2,075), fifth on the all-time assists list (702) and he is Bethel's all-time leader in minutes played. He led the Pilots to an NCCAA National Title in 2007, as well as back-to-back conference titles in 2008 and 2009. He was twice named as an NAIA All-American (Honorable Mention in 2009 and Third Team in 2010). He is also one of two Pilots (Will Walker) to be named the NAIA National Player of the Week. In 2010, he won the NCCAA Pete Maravich Award, rewarded annually for excellence in competition, skill, academics and Christian service. He is one of three Pilots (along with Brian Bechtel in 1994 and Rico Swanson in 1998) to win the award. He was a three-time NCCAA All-American (making the First Team in 2010), and won the team MVP award in 2010. Lightfoot finished tied for fourth in our Twitter voting, and he placed highly in statistics and winning. It all combined to make him the no. 8 Bethel basketball player of all-time. The top ten was created by combining expert picks, statistics, championships and awards won, as well as the voting on Twitter. Some players may have been rated high by experts but did not receive as many votes as others. Others may have received votes but their statistics did not matchup against others. The top ten is comprised of the ten players who scored the best across all categories. To see the voting, visit the #BethelPilotTop10 page on the Beacon's homepage.  
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