Entering the 2012 Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA) national basketball tournament in Joplin, MO, the Bears were seeded 7th out of 13 teams and walked away with their second fourth place finish in the last two years. “I was really proud of the way my guys finished out the season. We had to overcome a lot of different obstacles over the course of the year and this young group was able to pull it together and play some of their best ball when it counted the most,” said Head Coach Royce Bryan.

The Bears were able to go 4-1 down the stretch of the regular season. Including wins over conference foes Calvary Bible College (Kansas City, MO) and Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) to finish tied for third at 6-6 in Midwest Christian College play.

Ironically enough, the Bears drew 10th seeded Calvary Bible College in the opening round of the ACCA tournament on February 29th. Each team won close contests at home during the regular season, and the rubber match came down to the wire as well. Thanks to a great team effort, the Bears prevailed 87-79. Freshman Charles Brodhead (Lompoc, CA) led all scorers in the game with 37 points off of 12/18 shooting. Freshman Brandon Howarth (Dodge City, KS) had 16 points, Freshman Tanner Stevens (Haviland, KS) added 15 points, and Freshman Jeremy Smith (Great Bend, KS) put in 10 points while Freshman Austin Zamarripa (Great Bend, KS) dished out 7 assists.

On March 1st the Bears drew 2nd seeded Trinity Baptist (Jacksonville, MO). Even though the odds were heavily against the Bears, they bolted out of the gate for 38-32 halftime lead. Drawing from their first half successes, the Bears went blow for blow with Trinity Baptist. With under one minute to play, the shot clock winding down, and the game tied, freshman guard Smith was fouled and he capitalized on two free throws. Trinity’s last shot was off target and the Bears pulled off the upset 69-67. Brodhead and Howarth were both in double figures again, scoring 21 and 19.

The Bears semifinal game was against the Rhema Bible Eagles (Broken Arrow, OK) on March 2nd. Once again the Bears split their two regular season matches with Rhema, losing in Broken Arrow on January 17th and winning at Hockett Auditorium on January 31st. Neither team came out shooting well. The Eagles held a narrow halftime edge 30-28. The second half showed no improvement for the Bears, finishing the game shooting 21 of 62 (33%) from the field. The Bears came up short 61-78. Howarth, Smith and Brodhead all finished in doulbe figures with 17, 14, and 13 points.

With one game remaining, the Bears had their targets set on a 3rd place finish as they faced off against Multnomah University (Portland, OR). Once again, the Bears had yet another poor shooting night and were not able to out-shoot the three-point bombers from Oregon, falling 86-94. Brodhead led all scorers with 37 points on 13-26 shooting, Howarth added 18 points, and Smith had 10 points.

The Bears finished their 2011-12 campaign 13-16 overall.

For a while now, Huntsville senior Alec Stivender had known that he wanted to play soccer in college and that soon he would have that opportunity.

On Monday afternoon, it became official as Stivender, with his family and friends around him, signed the paperwork necessary to play for Barclay College.

“I don’t think it really hit me that I was actually going to college until today,” Stivender said. “I’m a little excited. I got butterflies all over. I’m just ready for it.”

Aside from seeing him play in previous games, Barclay College head coach Kevin Lee got another good look at Stivender and the skills he’ll bring to the Bears program in Monday’s game against Porter.

“We knew he would work out for us. He’s very talented, very good with both feet,” Lee said. “Like I saw today, he’s a heads-up player, so before he’s kicking it, he’s looking down the field.

“The ability to go either right or left is huge. Some schools that we play, having that option changes the game for a lot of guys. I can see that working out on either offense or defense.”

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Steve Davis
Assistant soccer coach, Steve Davis, has competed in youth and adult soccer leagues most of his life. Steve is a graduate of Friends University with a B.S. in Business Administration, and he is NSCAA and USSF certified. He has trained with over 20 professional and college coaches and was awarded the Greater Wichita Coach of the year. Steve’s goals for the season are to provide a safe, constructive, and educational environment that will prepare committed soccer players to play the game at the highest levels they want to achieve. Steve’s winning tradition, infectious enthusiasm for life, and knowledge of the game will be a tremendous boost for Barclay’s soccer program. Steve lives in Derby, KS. He is married and has five children and one grandchild.

Mark Compton
“Growing up in Newton, Kansas I played club soccer during grade school. During high school, I played four years at Berean Academy where I was named First-Team All-State my senior year. I took a break from soccer for a while, but came back to the sport where I played three years for Barclay College. At Barclay I was named honorable-menton all-american twice, and I was named to the all-tournament team twice at ACCA national tournament, as well as a two time academic all-american. During my time away from playing I received my brief coaching experience. I had the amazing oppurtunity to work as a soccer instructor for a bunch of grade school kids at a soccer camp. In 2011, I graduated with a degree in youth ministry from Barclay College which prepared me for my current life working as the associate pastor/youth pastor at Pratt Friends Church. I am extremely excited about my oppurtunity to work with the young men on the team, and my hope for the team is that they grow together as they imitate Christ not just in soccer, but in every area of life.”

The Lady Bears Volleyball team had an exciting month of October that included 9 matches, four of which were against conference opponents. The Bears went 4-5 during the month to finish the regular season with an overall record of 16-11 (7-5 in conference).

The month started out against a very tough Manhattan Christian College at the Haviland High School gym. Despite losing the first two sets, the Lady Bears came back strong to take the 3rd before losing the 4th set and the match.

Next the Bears traveled to Springfield, MO to take on Central Bible College and Cottey College in a triangular. The Bears came away 1-1, beating CBC in four sets and falling to Cottey in three.

The following week BC traveled to McPherson, KS to face NAIA opponent Central Christian College in a doubleheader. Both matches went to five sets and play lasted nearly five hours with the Lady Bears taking the first match and losing the second.

Later that week the Bears faced MCC Conference opponent Calvary Bible College at home in a critical matchup that would determine conference standings and ACCA National Tournament rankings. The Lady Bears came out strong and defeated Calvary in 4 sets.

An undefeated Ozark Christian College team was next on the schedule and despite some very good play, the Lady Bears fell in straight sets at home.

The next match found the Bears traveling to Bethany, OK to take on another NAIA team in Southwestern Christian University. It was a hard-fought battle but the Lady Bears fell in five sets for the second time this season to SCU.

The final regular season game was a home rematch of last season’ s ACCA National Championship game against Nebraska Christian College. The Lady Bears played strong in their last appearance at Hockett this season, defeating NCC in straight sets. “I am very proud of the ladies and how they have played this season. We have had some injuries in the late part of the season that required other players to step up and fill some holes and they did a great job of it. I think we have great momentum as we prepare for the ACCA National Tournament in November,” said Head Coach Justin Kendall. The Lady Bears finish their season at the ACCA National Tournament in Kansas City, MO on Nov. 4-6 at the campus of Calvary Bible College.

The Barclay cross country team has had two meets so far this season with 3 remaining. Although we have dealt with some injuries and sickness, the team is progressing and getting better each week. We have traveled to Wichita and Hutchinson for meets with trips to Hillsboro, Emporia, and McPherson remaining.

“The team has stayed very positive in spite of the difficult competition we’ve been competing against,” noted Coach Kendall. “As I told the team at the beginning of the season, we are competing against ourselves and the clock. With that in mind, our times have been improving and I expect them to continue to throughout the rest of the season. We’ve had opportunity to help each other during races as far as pacing is concerned, and I even had to remind the guys that they needed to get ready for their race because they were so busy cheering for the ladies as they ran.”

The team is growing as a team and they are also growing as individuals. We look forward to continued improvements and growth, this season, and the seasons to come.

The Barclay College Lady Bears and Head Coach Brad Lingafelter have begun preparing for the 2011-12 campaign. As Lingafelter puts it, “someone once said, ‘what does not kill you, only makes you stronger.’ I do not know how much I really subscribe to that thinking, but, I do believe that with the right attitude, tough circumstances can be overcome and new levels of achievement can be attained.” The whole tone for the Lady Bears this season is going to reflect the attitude of everyone involved. Coach Lingafelter said, “this is a fine group of ladies and I am looking forward to walking this path with them this season. I am looking forward to seeing them mature as basket-ball players, physically and mentally. Dealing with setbacks and accomplishments will be important as we navigate through this season.”

The Lady Bears have five returning players, led by three captains: Artaya Climes (Jr., Lawton, OK), Hannah Williams (So., Haviland, KS) and Jessica Davis (So., Haviland, KS). These three are great picks for captains as they represent what Barclay Lady Bears Basketball is all about. Renelle Wyke (Jr., Charlotte, NC) and Sarah Sullivan (So., Universal City, TX) also return after making solid contribu-tions last year. They have added new players that add a great deal of depth and versatility to an already a solid core. Brandi Moral (So., Great Bend, KS), Kaylee Miller (Jr., Great Bend, KS), Jamie Larsh (Fr., Haviland, KS), Morgan Stander (Fr., Elmwood, NE), Clara Konsky (So., St. Louis, MO), Keela Leal (Fr., Amarillo, TX) and Hannah Matheny (Jr., Mesquite, TX) should help the Lady Bears in a variety of ways.

Their schedule this year includes home and away games with the top four teams from the ACCA last year. The ladies will also play two NCAA Division II teams, and two of the top Junior College programs in the Jayhawk Conference. The tough schedule to begin the season will prepare the Lady Bears for the National Tournament at the beginning of March. This group of ladies has the talent to take another step forward for the program. Come out and support the Lady Bears!

Entering the 2011-12 season, 2nd year Head Coach Royce Bryan had a lot of holes to fill. After ending the 2010-11 season with a Midwest Christian College Conference (MCCC) first place finish and a 4th place finish at the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA), the Bears graduated five seniors, four of which were starters.

“We knew that we had our work cut out in order to replace the five outstanding seniors that we had last year. They will be missed greatly, but we are thrilled with the players that God has sent our way,” said Bryan.

The 2011-12 squad features only five players from last year’s team that finished 14-14 overall, 10-2 in the MCCC. Patric Garrison (Eldora, IA) is the lone senior and team captain. Bryan stated, “We are expecting big things from Patric this year. He is a hard worker and has as great basketball IQ, but we will lean most on his leadership skills this year.”

In addition to Garrison, post presence will have to come from returner junior Ryan Tarver (Eatonton, GA). Other returners are sophomore guards Austin Ogle (Newton, KS), Dave Nolen (Morristown, IN), and Tyler Mullikin (Legrand, IA).

Among the new faces are freshman guard/forward Charles Brodhead (Lompoc, CA), forward Brandon Howarth (Dodge City, KS), sophomore guard Aaron Taylor (Palm Bay, FL), sophomore guard Jeremy Smith (Great Bend, KS), junior guard Jesse Waller, and sophomore guard/forward Austin Zamarripa (Great Bend, KS).