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The Barclay College Men’s Basketball team took their NCCAA Division II #9 ranking on the road over the weekend and came up empty. On Friday, Dec. 7th they were in Springfield, MO to play perennial powerhouse Central Bible College and on Saturday they went head to head with NAIA DII Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK.

On Friday, the Spartans of Central built a double digit lead only to see the Bears whittle the lead down to nothing in the closing minutes of the first half, 44-44. In the second half, action was back and forth with 17 lead changes and 12 ties. The Bears had opportunities to pull away but could not amass more than a five point lead. With the Bears up 3 with just over three minutes left in the game, they were held to six points down the stretch and lost 87-91 for their first loss of the year.

Five minutes into the Bears contest with Oklahoma Wesleyan University (8-2), they found themselves up eight before a furious rally by the Eagles gave them a 13 point lead at the half. In the second half, the Bears chopped the lead down to single digits several times and with under four minutes of action left, had a three point attempt cut the lead to five, but it rimmed out. The Eagles went on to win 96-83.

Barclay College (7-2, 3-0) is not back in action until January 11th when they travel to Dubuque, IA for a pair of games against Emmaus Bible College and Dayspring Bible College.

On Thursday, Dec. 6th, the NCCAA Division II national rankings came out and the undefeated Bears were ranked ninth in the country. It marks the first time this season the Bears have been ranked in the top ten.

The ranking comes off a week where the Bears won at Manhattan Christian, beat then #10 ranked Grace University, and knocked off defending Southwest Region champions Dallas Christian to improve to 6-0 on the season.

“This is a great accomplishment for these guys and this program but we also realize that there is a lot of season left and we have to keep getting better each and every day,” said Head Coach Royce Bryan.


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NCCAA Top 10 Rankings as of December 4, 2012



2012-2013 NCCAA Men’s Basketball Division II Official Top 10 Ranking


Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012



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North Central University






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Barclay College






Grace Bible College





RV: Trinity Bible College-ND (2)


  As part of the school’s national accreditation requirements, Barclay College recently submitted progress reports to the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), both for the undergraduate and the graduate programs.

The College continues to be on track moving toward Higher Learning Commission – North Central region accreditation (HLC), Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) accreditation, and the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) for state teacher licensure in elementary education.

For HLC regional accreditation, the College recently submitted a “Letter of Intent to Complete Eligibility Filing” (on October 31, 2012), and the College plans to complete the “Eligibility Filing: Institutional Submission” by December 31. A panel will then review the filing, with the possibility of allowing the College to submit a “Letter of Intent to Pursue Candidacy” by the summer of 2013. A “Candidacy Visit” would be in the spring or winter of 2014.

An ACSI accreditation team is scheduled to visit Barclay College on February 18-19, 2013. For KSDE, the College submitted our Letter of Intent and received official confirmation. The College has submitted potential visitation dates for March, September, or October, 2013.

Haviland, KS – The Lady Saints from Hillsdale Free Will Baptist were in town Tuesday, Dec. 4th and the Bears were primed and ready for an upset bid.

Shortly after the tip, the Saints struck first from both the interior and from behind the arc before the Lady Bears started chipping away at the lead. They were sparked by Jr. Brandi Moral’s play off the bench, dishing out 5 assists on the game. The Bears momentarily took the lead before the Saints built the lead back up to five 31-26 at the half.

Unfortunately the second half was a different story for the Lady Bears. They were outscored 41-24 after the intermission to fall to the Saints 50-72. The Bears were led by Freshman Shandy Edenborough with 13 points and 9 rebounds, Junior Sarah Sullivan with 10 points and 7 boards and Moral who added another 10 points.  

The Bears final game before Christmas Break is at Bartlesville against Oklahoma Wesleyan University at 2:00 PM CST on Saturday, Dec. 8th.  

Haviland, KS – This year the Bears have been determined to defend their home turf. Even though the Hillsdale Free Will Baptist Saints beat the Bears twice last year in route to winning the NCCAA Southwest Region and the ACCA National Tournament, this year the Bears had a different outcome in mind.

In the first half, the Saints came out aggressively. They were more physical, out-rebounded the Bears and played like they had nothing to lose. The Saints built a commanding double digit lead before the Bears notched up the full-court pressure. A run in the final minute of the half allowed the Bears to be within three 46-49 heading into the locker room.

It was back and forth action for the first portion of the second half before the Bears interior play started to wear down the Saints. With under eight minutes left in the game, the Bears took the lead and shot 81% from the foul line to seal the game 92-81. The Bears were led by Senior Toney Hatton with 19 points and Sophomore Charles Brodhead with 18 points.  

Legendary Assistant Coach Ray Anderson said, “It was a struggle. The effort was there but we were a step slow and not mentally sharp. The bottom line is if you can find a way to win when you’re not playing your best and we did.”

The Bears (7-0, 3-0) travel to Springfield, MO on Friday, Dec. 7th to face Central Bible College at 7:00 PM CST and then to Bartlesville, OK to face Oklahoma Wesleyan University on Saturday at 4:00 PM CST.

Haviland, KS – The Bears Men’s Basketball Team took a perfect 4-0 record into their weekend games with Grace University and Dallas Christian and were able to hold off the competition.

On Friday, Nov. 30th the Royals of Grace opened the game up aggressively on the boards to build an early lead before the Bears started rolling on all cylinders. By the half the Bears led 43-29. In the second half, the Bears jumped out quickly with tactful interior passing and despite the Royals shooting 39-54 from the foul line, were able to win 84-72. Senior Toney Hatton led the Bears with 22 points on 10-15 shooting while Sophomore Charles Brodhead added 20 points and 8 rebounds.

Saturday evening the Bears found themselves down 10-0 to start the game before they heated up from long range (6-10) to take a half time lead 51-37. The Bears coasted to a victory in the second half, leading by as many as 28 and winning 103-89. Once again Brodhead and Hatton led the way. Brodhead scored 24 points including 4-5 on three pointers, Hatton went for 20 points while Freshman Caleb Stagner-Hundley secured 13 rebounds on the night.

The Bears improved to 6-0 on the season and will travel to Springfield, MO on Friday to play Central Bible College at 7:00 PM CST and then Oklahoma Wesleyan University at 4:00 PM CST on Saturday.

Haviland, KS – On Friday, Nov. 30th  the Lady Bears Women’s Basketball team had a rematch with NCCAA DII top ten Grace University. Then the following night they took on the Crusaders of Dallas Christian.

The Lady Bears were neck and neck with Grace for most of the first half thanks to their efforts on the glass before the Lady Royals went on a run to take a 36-22 lead into the half. In the second half, the Royals shot a sizzling 53% from the field to win 73-50. The Lady Bears were led by Freshman Shandy Edenborough with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Senior Kaylee Miller with 13 points and 6 rebounds.

Saturday afternoon found the Bears in control for a large portion of the game against Dallas Christian. In the closing minutes, however, the Crusaders were able to make a few more plays to squeak out a 44-43 road win. Edenborough secured an amazing 21 rebounds on the night and chipped in 19 points to boot while Sophomore Jamie Larsh added 16 points.

The Bears fall to 1-5 on the season and will play Oklahoma Wesleyan University Sat. Dec. 8th at 2:00 PM CST to close out their games for the fall semester.