April 12 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has announced that men’s tennis freshman Rhone Thrash (Parkersburg, W. Va./Parkersburg) and softball senior Kayla Kelly (Pasadena, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) have been selected as the Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Week.
Thrash earned the honors after leading the Bison men’s tennis team to a 3-1 record (2-1 PAC) this past week. The freshman continued his dominant play in singles and doubles action, helping improve Bethany’s overall record to 6-2, marking the best start for a Bison tennis team since the turn of the century.
Individually, Thrash posted a 3-1 mark at No. 1 singles during the week. He began with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Muskingum’s Levi Hall in non-conference play. Thrash then picked up victories over Presidents’ Athletic Conference foes, defeating Waynesburg’s Tim Harris (6-2, 6-1) and Thomas More’s Christian Gil (6-1, 6-3). In addition, he finished 3-1 in doubles action, giving him an overall record of 13-3 this season and a 7-1 mark in doubles play.
Kelly was awarded Athlete of the Week after helping guide the Bison softball team to a 2-0 record. The Green & White moved to 3-1 in the PAC as they rolled over Chatham, earning a 13-2 victory in the opener and a 6-1 win in game two.
The senior outfielder set the tone of the Bison offense, recording five hits in the two contests against the Cougars. Bethany recorded a total of 25 hits in the doubleheader, and Kelly led the way as she finished a combined 5-for-6 (.833) at the dish. She had a total on-base percentage of .857 while hitting two doubles, two runs, and two RBIs. Kelly had a total on-base percentage of .857 during the week.
Honorable mentions for the men included baseball’s Ryan Bisi (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) and John Lee, as well as track & field junior Ryan Donnelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills). On the women’s side, softball sophomore Samantha Binkley (Ontario, Canada/St. James) and track & field junior Lauren Simpson (Washington, Pa./Trinity) received nominations.