Softball & Women's Tennis, 1997-00
A standout two-sport athlete, Bentley earned All-America Third-Team recognition in softball for the 2000 season and was tabbed as the 1999-00 GLIAC Women's Tennis Player of the Year. A native of Wyoming, Mich., Bentley received first-team all-region and All-GLIAC First-Team laurels in 2000 for softball as the Bulldogs were crowned GLIAC Champions after winning the conference tournament. She helped lead Ferris State to consecutive (1998 and 1999) NCAA Championship Tournament appearances, which included a program record-setting third-place finish in 1998, and two Great Lakes Regional titles in softball. Bentley, who recorded a .306 career batting average with 222 base hits in 725 at bats, produced 11 home runs to go with 43 doubles and 95 RBI's in her four-year (1997-00) career. One of the softball program's four 200-hit club members, Bentley presently ranks second among FSU's all-time leaders in base hits (222) and doubles (43), third in games played (234), sixth in RBI's (95), and tied for eighth in home runs (11). In women's tennis, Bentley was named both the GLIAC Player of the Year and All-GLIAC First Team for 1999-00 in helping the Bulldogs claim their 16th straight conference title in the fall of 1999. The Wyoming Park High product garnered all-conference second-team accolades in the 1998-99 campaign, which also included a GLIAC number three doubles crown. The 1997-98 GLIAC individual number five singles champion, Bentley concluded her career with a 65-7 singles record and a school-best .903 career singles winning percentage. Bentley's 65 career victories in singles play ranks eighth highest on the program's charts while her 67-7 career doubles mark represents the 10th-best ever in Bulldog annals, which is highlighted by a school-record .905 career doubles win percentage. She was selected the 2000 NCAA-II Conference Commissioners Association Great Lakes Region Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a three-time (1998-00) GLIAC All-Academic Team member. Bentley, who currently is a mathematics teacher at Hudsonville (Mich.) High School, resides in Wyoming, Mich.