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#BethelPilotTop10 – No. 1 Rico Swanson

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A second is a measure of time, but a moment describes much more. In one second, Rico Swanson cemented a moment in the hearts of Bethel fans everywhere. Time was winding down in the 1998 NAIA National Championship game. Just days before, the star point guard fo... More »

#BethelPilotTop10 – No. 2 Eric Brand

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Eric Brand’s record speaks for itself – he has made four national championship appearances in his four years at Bethel and he is the career scoring king. Brand was dominant. He came to Bethel as a part of the famed 1996-1997 squad that went 34-5 and won the 19... More »

Mike Lightfoot achieves 700 wins

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“Seven hundred wins just kinda came along with the road.” That’s how Mike Lightfoot summed up Bethel’s 84-70 victory over Taylor on Tuesday night that gave the legendary coach his 700th career win. “Twenty-seven years ago I didn’t go into this to get 700 wins,... More »

#BethelPilotTop10 – No. 3 Jody Martinez

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The fact that Jody Martinez is No. 3 on our list shows just how great a history Bethel basketball has. Martinez exemplified what it meant to be a Bethel Pilot. He worked hard, gave his best every game and was a leader on and off the court. Because of that, Mar... More »

#BethelPilotTop10 – No. 4 Will Walker

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Force is defined as physical power or strength possessed by a living being. Will Walker played with force. From 2005-2009, Walker mesmerized fans and reenergized the Bethel program. During his freshman year, the Pilots had the worst start in program history, b... More »

#BethelPilotTop10 – No. 5 Dave Troyer

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Some are good post players. Others excel at passing the ball. Some work harder than everyone else and just play scrappy. Then there are the pure scorers. Very few Pilots, if any, have had scoring ability quite like the No. 5 player on our list – Dave Troyer. T... More »

Bethel/St. Francis postponed until Wednesday

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We will have to wait a little longer to see the Bethel College men’s basketball team take on St. Francis. Due to adverse weather conditions in the area, the scheduled game between the no. 5 Pilots (14-2, 3-1)  and the no. 16 Cougars (12-4, 4-0) on Tuesday nigh... More »

Pilots rout Grace 110-69 behind 37 from Benner

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Ryan Benner has been on fire. After posting the third-highest single game point total in Pilots’ history last week, the senior guard led Bethel (14-2, 3-1) to a 110-69 rout of archrival Grace (8-7, 0-4) by scoring 37 points. This was the 121st meeting between ... More »

Pilots and Lancers renew epic rivalry

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It is hard to imagine a better way for the Bethel College men’s basketball team to ring in the New Year. The number 5 Pilots (13-2) face off against the Lancers of Grace College (8-6) in a big Crossroads League matchup Saturday at 3 p.m. in Winona Lake. Both t... More »

#BethelPilotTop10 – 6. Mark Galloway

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The year was 1995. The game was the NAIA Division II National Championship – Bethel College vs. NW Nazarene. The Crusaders had just made two free throws to stretch their lead to three with only 5.9 seconds to go. Then the no. 6 player on our list stepped up. S... More »