Bethel women's basketball is pleased to announce that Kelsey Brickner from Northridge High School has signed a letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic career at Bethel College beginning in the fall of 2017.
Brickner, daughter of Mike and Tricia Brickner, is a four-year letter winner for the Raiders of Northridge High School where she helped the program to their first-ever IHSAA Sectional title in 2014 and first-ever IHSAA Regional title in 2017. The 5'10" forward was named to the All-Northern Lakes Conference First Team and was an IBCA All-State Honorable Mention selection following the Raiders' historical 28-2 campaign in 2016-17. Helping Northridge to the best record in school history, Brickner was named Northridge's player of the game five times, including following their IHSAA Regional contest where she led the team with a career-high 21 points, eight rebounds, a steal and a block. Over the 30-game season, Brickner averaged 10 points per outing coupled with five rebounds.
In addition, Brickner was also named to the Goshen Times All-Area Team, was a four-year Indiana North vs. South All-Star selection, a two-year participant in the Northern Indiana All-Stars, was selected as an Indiana vs. Ohio All-Star, was a 2016 Michiana McDonald's All-Star and earned WHME-46 Student-Athlete of the Week honors. Also getting it done in the classroom, Brickner is also a four-year scholar-athlete.
During her tenure at Northridge, the Raiders not only won their first IHSAA Sectional title in 2014 but also won back-to-back Northern Lakes Conference titles in 2016 and 2017. The Raiders also added a Bankers Classic Championship to their resume in 2016-17 that accompanies their 28-2 record and the program's first IHSAA Regional Championship.
When asked about her decision to attend Bethel, Brickner noted, "I chose Bethel because I wanted to be a part of a program where Christ was the center, and I found that here. The coaches and players were also very welcoming, and I felt part of the team right away."
The Bethel College Pilots compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. While accumulating 3 NAIA National Championships and 32 NCCAA National Championships by 10 different athletic teams, Bethel has also produced 143 NAIA All-American honors and 309 NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors over the past decade. Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees in more than 70 areas of study. Connect with Bethel Athletics online at BethelCollegePilots.com or via Facebook, Twitter (@Bethel_Sports) and Instagram (@BethelPilots).