Saturday, November 22, 2014

Guevaras going into Bethel College Athletic Hall of Fame

Brothers Marcel and Javier Guevara are the 11th and 12th Bethel baseball alumni to be inducted, while Erica Guevara is only the second Bethel track and field athlete to be inducted.

(Bethel College)
Posted on Aug. 13, 2014 at 6:11 p.m.

MISHAWAKA — Erica (Young) Guevara, Javier Guevara and Marcel Guevara are the newest members of the Bethel College Athletic Hall of Fame.

The trio is to be honored at a banquet at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Championships Lobby at Bethel's Wiekamp Athletic Center.

Brothers Marcel and Javier, from Caracas, Venezuela, are the 11th and 12th Bethel baseball alumni to be inducted to the Bethel Athletic Hall of Fame, while Erica, who is married to Marcel, is only the second Bethel track and field athlete to be inducted and is the first sprinter to receive the honor.

Marcel Guevara, a 2004 Bethel graduate, won three baseball letters and helped Bethel to a National Christian College Athletic Association national championship (2002) and two Mid-Central Conference titles (2002, 2003).

Individually, he was named the NCCAA National Player of the Year (2004), NCCAA National Tournament MVP (2002), NAIA first team All-American (2004), NAIA second team All-American (2003), MCC Player of the Year (2004), first team All-MCC (2003, 2004), and first team NAIA all-district (2003). Upon graduation, he held school records for career home runs (50), single-season home runs (20 in 2004), career runs batted in (186), single season RBI (72 in 2003) and single season slugging percentage (.855 in 2004).

Javier Guevara, a 2005 Bethel graduate, earned four baseball letters and was NCCAA National Player of the Year (2005), a three-time NAIA honorable mention All-American, three-time NAIA all-region selection and three-time all-MCC pick.

Upon graduation, he held school records for career doubles (63), single season doubles (24 in 2004) and career batting average (.424).

Erica (Young) Guevara, a 2006 Bethel graduate, won four track letters and was a nine-time NCCAA national champion and six-time NCCAA national runner-up as well as an NAIA All-American and 17-time NCCAA All-American.

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