Edwardsburg’s Sidenbender picks Bethel

EDWARDSBURG — While Edwardsburg senior Colby Sidenbender waits to see if there is going to be baseball played this spring, at least he does not have to worry about picking a college.

Sidenbender signed a national letter of intent to continue his education and athletic career at Bethel University back in late November.

While many high school seniors pick and choose between multiple schools, Sidenbender knew precisely where he wanted to go.

“I really wasn’t looking at a bunch of schools,” he said. “I was pretty set on Bethel.”

Not only was the Pilots’ baseball program a draw for Sidenbender, so was the educational opportunity Bethel presented.

“Academics was really important to me with the engineering program they have with Notre Dame,” he said. “The proximity to home so that my parents could come to see me play, and then I really like Seth Zartman as a coach. He seemed like someone I could really vibe with.”

Sidenbender said that is has been strange sitting around waiting to see if sports will return to Michigan before graduation.

“I have been working on stuff with my dad [Brandywine baseball coach David Sidenbender],” he said. “Just throwing and hitting here. Not being able to do much has been really tough.”

Sidenbender has also been in touch with teammates on the Edwardsburg squad to see how they are doing.

“They are trying to get some workouts started,” he said. “I do not even know if they are doing that now because of how bad the virus has gotten.”