Athlete of the Week: Bethany Snow
by Kymee Noll – Horizon Editor-in-Chief
Every team needs a positive and encouraging leader; sophomore Bethany Snow (Wichita, Kansas) is that beam of light for the Hesston College women’s basketball team. Head coach Dan Harrison and teammates agree on the characteristics of their team leader.
Sophomore teammate and co-leader, Sydni Carter (Muskogee, Oklahoma), believes she couldn’t have a better person to help her lead the Larks for the 2014-2015 season.
“Bethany is such an amazing teammate and she makes everyone on the team feel happy,” Carter said. “I mean you can’t help but smile when you are around her. She’s such a great player and always gives 110 percent.”
Freshman teammate, Amanda Cockrell (Wichita, Kansas), looks to Snow for support and confidence. Cockrell says that Snow likes to end each game on the word “family” after every game.
“She is such a great encouragement even in the tough situations,” Cockrell said. “At the end of our games, win or lose, she always wants us to breakdown with the word ‘family.’ This reminds us that even if we had a bad game, as an individual or a team, we are all family and we all support each other no matter what.”
“She is an all-around kind person,” Harrison said. “She is a great teammate who is always putting others ahead of herself.”
Snow, both a leader in character and gameplay, is leading the Larks in rebounds per games and blocks per game, 6.4 and 1.5, respectively. Playing in Region VI, one of the hardest regions in the country, currently home to three ranked teams, Snow and the Larks come out every game ready to play with a competitive face.
Snow is heavily involved in campus activities other basketball. A Resident Assistant being one of them. Carter says that Snow is always there for her “modlings.” Stephanie Swartzendruber, resident director, is Snow’s supervisor as an RA and thoroughly enjoys working with Bethany.
“She is responsible, and is able to balance a number of different activities while still leaving room to interact with and build relationships in her mod,” Swartzendruber said. “She is easy to talk to, and also has a great sense of humor.”
An early education major, Harrison believes that Snow is truly wanting to make a difference. According to Harrison, Snow takes her studies very seriously. Her spot on the fall 2014 Dean’s list can back that up.
The Larks’ next game is Wednesday at Kansas City Kansas Community College at 5 p.m.