A 2012 graduate from New Braunfels Christian Academy located just north of San Antonio, Texas, Joseph Sullivan signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the Barclay College Bears in the fall.

Sullivan is a 6’3″ guard with the ability to get to the rim from the perimeter. He was a member of the 29-8 New Braunfels Wildcats basketball team as a senior where he averaged just under 10 points a game and 4 rebounds. 

Head Coach Royce Bryan said, “We are excited to have Joseph coming in the fall. I am confident he will be a great asset to both the college and the basketball team.”

Sullivan is the younger brother of Barclay College Women’s Basketball and Volleyball athlete Sarah Sullivan.

RaeLyn Epp has chosen to continue her basketball career as a member of the Barclay College Lady Bears. RaeLyn is a graduate of Corn Bible Academy in Corn, OK. RaeLyn has been the point guard for a Corn Bible Academy program that has had back to back State Tournament appearances, including a State Championship her Junior season. RaeLyn is the daughter of Randy and Rachelle Epp.

RaeLynn had a solid senior season in which she had averages of 8.3 pts, 5 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2 steals a game.


Head Coach Brad Lingafelter concluded, “I loved watching RaeLyn play when she came up for her visit. I had two words going through my head as I watched her: smart and consistent. She did a good job of moving the ball where it needed to go, taking shots when she was open and even mixing it up a little for rebounds. As a point guard, ball security and offense initiation are priority number one and I think she is going to be great at that. I was impressed with her mechanics and think she can be a big threat in our style of offense. Plus, she comes from a program that has had great success. I am big believer that winning is a habit you can cultivate. Tasting success breeds a desire for more success. RaeLynn is going to be in the mix for guard position minutes and I am excited to have her coming to Barclay in the fall.”

The 2011-12 edition of the Barclay College Lady Bears was quite a ride. The season began with high expectations based on the year before, and the number of experienced returning players. However, life has a tendency to get in the way of even the best laid plans. Marriages, injuries, and a few other unforeseen issues zapped the Lady Bears of most of that returning experience. So the Lady Bears went back to square one and started building again. 


After a disappointing 1-8 start the Lady Bears showed a lot of determination and perseverance to go 8-4 to close out the season, and finish with a record of 9-12. The Lady Bears finished 7th at the ACCA National Tournament and had League as well as National Recognition for it’s players. Hannah Williams was named 2nd team MCCC, and Kaylee Miller received Honorable Mention. On the National Level, Hannah Williams was named 2nd team All-American, and Kaylee Miller was named an Academic All-American. 


Statistically, Hannah Williams led the team in scoring and rebounding at 16.8 pts and 5.8 rebounds. Hannah shot a solid 39% from the 3 point line and an outstanding 85% from the free throw line. Kaylee Miller was second in rebounding with an average of 5.4, followed by Jessica Davis at 4.2. Maurissa Shaffer, a 2nd semester transfer came in and solidified the point guard spot, leading the team in assists at 3.9/game.


The Lady Bears will lose some players, but return a very strong core that should make the Lady Bears of 2012-13 an exciting team to watch!


Head Coach Brad Lingafelter stated, “This team was fantastic. We had some really debilitating circumstances at the beginning of the year that set us back quite a bit. It is easy to say that a team and a coach can just brush that adversity aside and keep plugging along, but, as this year’s team learned, it was a tough climb. We completely changed what we were doing offensively and relied on the great defensive principles Coach Ballard worked on throughout the season to forge a new identity. The way the ladies came together as a team, competitively and from a chemistry standpoint, was really fun to watch.”


Go Lady Bears!!!

“On behalf or our 110 member institutions and over 13,000 student-athletes, welcome to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA),” were the words from the association in an acceptance letter written on May 7, 2012.

The acceptance letter also stated, “the NCCAA offers a very distinct option to its members. As the only mission-fit intercollegiate association for today’s Christ-centered colleges and universities, the NCCAA should not be viewed as an equal or even a competitor with the NCAA or the NAIA. Although you will find our championship competition to be of a very high standard, the clear difference of the NCCAA will be the Christian Service Projects conducted within our National Championships, the availability of sports ministry funding for our membership, and the Christian felllowship at championships and the Annual Convention. Your student-athletes will be challenged and blessed by giving of themselves to local communities and youth prior to competing. These projects allow us to reaffirm that the cross of Christ still has the priority over any banners we may win.”

The Bears will be a part of the Southwest Region which includes Hillsdale Baptist (Moore, OK), Ozark Christian (Joplin, MO), Dallas Christian (Dallas, TX), and Arlington Baptist (Arlington, TX).

For more information concerning the NCCAA, visit their website at www.thenccaa.org.

From May 7-13, the Barclay choir is touring the great plains. We hope you have an opportunity to join them in worship and receive a blessing from God.

The Choir began touring this year at Haviland Friends Church on Monday and now they are touring throughout Kansas and Oklahoma. We ask that you would keep them in your prayers throughout the week.


 Tuesday  Rose Hill Friends – 7:00 p.m.
 Wednesday  Ramona Friends – 7:00 p.m.
 Thursday  Chandler Friends – 7:00 p.m.
 Friday  Miami Friends – 5:30 p.m.
 Sunday  Riverton Friends – 10:30 a.m.

The recruiting season is off and running and the Lady Bears have received the first commitment of the new year. Shandy Edenborough of Goodwell, OK has signed her Letter of Intent to attend Barclay College next year. Shandy is a highly decorated athlete following her playing career at Goodwell High School. As a senior, Shandy averaged 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocks. Shandy is the daughter of Roger and Shelley Edenborough.


Shandy’s list of accomplishments is highly impressive:

          · Basketball All Area Team 2009-2010

·  Basketball All Area Team 2010-2011

·  Basketball All Area Team 2011-2012

·  Basketball All Conference Team 2009-2010

·  Basketball All Conference Team 2010-2011

·  Basketball All Conference Team 2011-2012

·  Basketball All Conference MVP 2010-2011

·  Basketball Offensive Player of the Year 2010-2011

·  Basketball MVP 2010-2011

·  HI-Plains Tournament: All Tournament Team 2010

·  HI-Plains Tournament: All Tournament Team 2011

·  Selected to attend Oklahoma Girls State for summer 2011

·  Softball MVP 2010

·  Track MVP 2009

·  Tri-County Electrics: Electrifying Student of the Month for February 2012


Head Coach Brad Lingafelter commented, “Shandy is a girl that will come in right away and help us. When she came on her visit, she was very impressive and I am ecstatic that she chose the Lady Bears! I can envision Shandy being a wing/forward hybrid. Right now she is more comfortable around the basket, but, she is more than athletic enough to work on other areas to make her a threat from multiple areas of the floor. A player of Shandy’s ability and character is a great way to kick off what I feel will be a great recruiting class.”

The Barclay Men’s Soccer Team signed Madison Mines from Tyner High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee over the weekend. “Madison is an athlete with good technical skills, which will enable him to be successful at several different positions on the field,” said Head Coach Kevin Lee. Coach Lee likes Mines’ confidence and calmness with the ball when under pressure as well as his “attacking runs” on offensive corner kicks. The Bears coaching staff hopes to bring Madison’s brother, Morgan, as well. Lee stated, “together they would make a solid “one – two combination.” These men are active in their church and are known on their high school campus as men of good character.