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#BethelPilotTop10 – Honorable Mention

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Before we release the first player in #BethelPilotTop10 we want to honor those who didn't make the cut. Bethel has a long line of talented basketball players who have helped make it one of the best programs in the country. The players listed below are some of the greatest in team history, but just barely missed out on the top ten.
Jody Goralski has the highest career shooting percentage in Bethel history.
Jody Goralski has the highest career shooting percentage in Bethel history.
Honorable Mention: Jody Goralski played with precision. It was rare to see him miss. Bethel’s all-time leader in career shooting percentage (65.9%) and single-season shooting percentage (70.5% in 1995) left an indelible mark during his time as a Pilot. He was a member of the 1995 team that took the program to new heights by winning Bethel’s first NAIA Championship. In that same year, Goralski was named team co-MVP with Mark Galloway. He was also on two NCCAA National Championship teams (1992 and 1993). He is sixth on Bethel’s all-time scoring list (2,131 points) and is one of only five players in the 2,000 point/1,000 rebound club. Goralski was also a two-time NCCAA All-American as well as a two-time NAIA Third Team All-American. He was inducted into the Dr. Al Beutler Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.   Brian Bechtel was a winner. A member of the first NAIA National Championship team in Bethel history (1995) as well as two NCCAA National Champions (1992 and 1993), Bechtel helped take the Pilots to lofty heights. Bechtel was a two-time team MVP (1993 and 1994). In 1994 he won the NCCAA Pete Maravich Award, which recognizes the most outstanding student athlete in the country. He is known as one of the best true point guards in Bethel history, and for good reason. He scored 1,478 points in his illustrious career, and he is second in career three-pointers (299). He is third in career assists (714) and third in career three-point percentage (42.2%). He was inducted into the Dr. Al Beutler Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Ryan Bales was one of the best shooters in Bethel history.
Ryan Bales was one of the best shooters in Bethel history.
  Ryan Bales made a big splash in his short time as a Pilot. He only played three season for Bethel, but ranks in the top ten all-time in career assists and steals in program history. He was on two NAIA Championship teams (1997 and 1998) and lost in the NAIA Championship game in 1999. That year he was also an NCCAA and NAIA All-American as well as the 1999 NAIA Tournament Mr. Hustle Award winner. Bales was also the 1999 team co-MVP with Eric Brand. He set a then-school record with 303 career three-pointers made. Bales scored 1,759 points in his career and is a member of the 1,000 point/500 assist club. He also is second with 129 threes in a single season. He was inducted into the Dr. Al Beutler Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.   Bob Knebel was named an NCCAA All-American in 1991. He is currently seventh on the all-time scoring list with 2,124 points. He is also third in career three-point percentage (43.2%), tied for fourth in career threes made, fourth in career assists, third with 114 threes made in a season, and ninth in career free throw percentage (80.4%). He was inducted into the Dr. Al Beutler Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.   Don Zawlocki helped the Pilots to their first-ever national championship appearance in 1981, and is one of nine players in program history to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds. He was an NCCAA All-American in 1982 and was named to the NCCAA All-Tournament team in 1981. He scored 1,331 points in his career to go along with 1,072 rebounds. He was also a member of the first 100-win class at Bethel. He was inducted into the Dr. Al Beutler Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.   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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