Sarah Betts and Scott Bergman honored as Bluffton Athletes of Decade
July 22, 2009
BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference recognized 18 athletes
as the conference's "Athletes of the Decade" on Monday, April 13, 2009, at the league's
"Decade of Excellence" luncheon in downtown Indianapolis. Each member institution
had one male and one female athlete honored at the celebration.
The conference held a luncheon to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of becoming the
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The HCAC formed before the 1998-1999 season
since the former Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference saw some significant changes
in membership. Current members Bluffton University and the College of Mount St. Joseph
joined original Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference members and current HCAC members
Anderson University, Franklin College, Hanover College, and Manchester College to
form the HCAC. Defiance College, Transylvania University and Rose-Hulman have since
been added, giving the HCAC nine member schools.
Bluffton's Sarah Betts (Bryan, Ohio/2002-2006) and Scott Bergman (Elmore, Ohio/2002-2006) were honored at the celebration. Betts, a softball pitcher
for the Beavers, finished her career with school records in career ERA (1.36), opponent
batting average (.176), strikeouts (749), shutouts (22), wins (60), and complete games
(80). She tossed three no-hitters during her career and was the HCAC MVP as a sophomore.
Bergman, a guard for BU's men's basketball team, finished his career third on the
all-time Bluffton scoring list (1,660 pts). He set a single game school record with
50 points against Anderson during the 2005 season and also earned the conference's
MVP award and first-team All-District honors by the NABC his junior year.
Betts made an indelible mark on the softball record book at Bluffton. She holds every
significant season and career pitching mark for the Beavers. Betts finished her career
with a 1.36 ERA, .176 opponent batting average, 8.12 strikeouts per seven innings,
60 wins, 80 complete games, 749 strikeouts and 22 shutouts. She holds single season
marks with a 0.74 ERA, .146 opponent batting average, 9.14 strikeouts per seven innings,
25 wins, 29 complete games, 209 innings pitched, 11 shutouts and 273 strikeouts.
She was named first team All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference during each
of her four years at Bluffton University, including being named Most Valuable Player
of the HCAC in 2004 when she earned third team All-America honors.
Betts, who was an Academic All-American while majoring in chemistry and physics at
Bluffton, is the daughter of John and Joy Betts, Bryan, Ohio.
As a first team all-conference selection in 2005-06, Scott Bergman again led the HCAC
with 607 points, including 335 in conference play which gave him two of the top three
scoring seasons in HCAC history. He averaged 23.9 points per game in conference contests
which was nearly six points higher than anyone else in the HCAC. Bergman put up 22.5
points per game as a senior and finished his career as the third-most prolific scorer
in Bluffton University history, behind only Pete DuMonte (2,416) and Clair Recker
(1,667), with 1,660 points. Bergman scorched the nets for 30 or more points on seven
occasions during his senior campaign after dropping a Bluffton record 50 points on
HCAC rival Anderson as a junior.
Following a superb junior season that saw Bergman named HCAC Player of the Year, he
was honored as first team All-District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches
and third team All-Region by D3hoops.com. Bergman capped off his 2004-05 honors by
being selected third-team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Bergman ended his career as a Division III second team selection on the 2006 Midwest
Region All-District Team as voted on by the NABC. Longtime Hanover College head coach
Mike Beitzel had this to say about Bergman, "He is the most complete player in the
HCAC; great scorer, passer and rebounder. Scott is the type of player who makes everyone
else on the team better."
Bergman is the son of John and Julie Bergman, Elmore, Ohio.