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Six Defender Basketball Players Earn NAIA Scholar Athlete Honors

April 2, 2003

Six men's basketball players at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa have been named All American Scholar Athletes by the NAIA. On the list are seniors Darin Beckering, Eric Maas, Ryan Dooyema and Shawn De Stigter, all repeat selections from last season. Juniors earning the honor for the first time are Kyle Van Arendonk and Peter Anderson. Beckering is a Edgerton, Minnesota native and majors in Business Administration with a 3.90 grade point average. Beckering appeared in 29 of Dordt's 30 games this season and averaged 1.6 points and 1.5 rebounds per contest. Maas and De Stigter are both from Sioux Center. Maas is a Business Administration major with a 3.96 gpa and averaged 13.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while earning All Conference first team honors. De Stigter averaged eight points per game after missing three games early in the year due to knee surgery. Shawn was an all conference honorable mention pick this year and holds a 3.64 grade point average while majoring in Exercise Science. Dooyema, a key reserve the last three seasons for Dordt is from Brookfield, Wisconsin and appeared in all thirty games for the Defenders while averaging 6.4 points per outing. Ryan is a Human Resources major with a 3.64 gpa. Anderson is from Eureka, South Dakota and appeared in 18 games for the Defenders and is a History major with a 3.74 grade point average while Van Arendonk holds a 4.0 gpa in Exercise Science and averaged 11.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while earning all conference honorable mention for the second straight year. NAIA Scholar Athletes must be a junior or senior, maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and make significant contributions to their team. Dordt shares the honor of the most athletes on the men's basketball All America Scholar Athlete list with MidAmerican Nazarene (Kansas).

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