Haviland, KS – Tuesday night, the Barclay women’s basketball team hosted Manhattan Christian a Midwest Christian College Conference game.

Not long into the first half, the Lady Bears dug themselves into a hole and it wasn’t until the last five minutes of the half that their intensitiy on defense kicked it up a notch. However, this still left the Lady Bears trailing 47-25 at the half.

Barlcay women came out the second half and played their best pressure defense of the season but this was not enough to help them climb out of the hole they got themselves into the first half, leaving the Lady Bears with an 80-41 loss to the Lady Crusaders .

Next action for the Barclay women will take place this weekend with two home games played Friday vs. Calvary Bible at 6:00PM CST and Saturday vs. Ozark Christian at 1:00PM CST.

Haviland, KS – With first place in the Midwest Christian College Conference on the line, the Crusaders of Manhattan Christian and the Bears went toe to toe on Tuesday night. Early on in the game, it was a defensive juggernaut for both squads. The Bears took the early lead thanks to their interior play, however, the Crusaders began to break down the Bear defense with their drive and kick offense to take a 33-29 halftime lead. Midway through the second half, the Crusaders put together a run which built a double digit lead in which the Bears could never recover from. With under two minutes to go, the Bears trailed by just three, 63-60, but the Crusaders were able to knock down enough free throws and hit a clutch mid-range jumper to seal the victory 72-65. The Bears picked the wrong night to go cold from the field, shooting a dismal 33% from the field, including 23% from behind the arc, and 58% from the free throw line. Senior Toney Hatton led the Bears with 28 points and 7 boards but was one of only two players to score double digit points on the night. “It was a grind-it-out type of game which you would expect in this caliber of a game,” said Head Coach Royce Bryan. “We made improvements in some areas but were just unable to make enough plays, especially down the stretch. Hopefully we will learn from our mistakes and use this as fuel to finish out strong.” The Bears (12-5, 6-2) will finish MCCC play with a pair of games in Haviland this weekend. On Friday at 8:00 PM CST they host Calvary Bible and then Ozark Christian is in town on Saturday at 3:00 PM.

Haviland, KS – On Saturday the Barclay Lady Bears were once again matched up against another NCCAA top ten ranked team, Central Christian College of the Bible.

The Lady Bears went into the game knowing that the Lady Saints bench was packed with incredible athletes who could all shoot the ball. Not far into the game, this came into reality for the Lady Bears as their pressure defense could not stop the Lady Saints from scoring, leaving CCCB up 49-25 at the half.

In the second half the Lady Bears switched up their defense hoping to hinder the Lady Saints, but in the end it was not enough as the Lady Saints won 85-47.

Barclay women are back in action at home this Tuesday, January 29th against Manhattan Christian at 5:30PM CST.

Haviland, KS – Following a tough NCCAA regional road loss on Tuesday, the Bears bounced back in a big way with home victories over St. Louis Christian and Central Christian College of the Bible.

On Friday, January 25th the Bears hosted MCCC opponent St. Louis Christian. The Bears started the game out on a 15-0 run in route to a 111-65 win over the Warriors. The Bears had five players in double figures led by Senior Toney Hatton’s 18 points and 8 rebounds, Sophomore Charles Brodhead’s 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Sophomore Spencer Huiatt’s 17 points and 11 assists.

CCCB was in town for homecoming on Saturday and the Bears didn’t skip a beat from the night before. Heading into the half, the Bears led by 24 points and finished the game with a win, 94-58. Sophomore Brandon Howarth led all players with 20 points and 14 rebounds.

With two more conference wins the Bears improved to 6-1 in conference with three games remaining. They host Manhattan Christian on Tuesday, January 29th at 7:30, who is also 6-1 in conference play.

On Tuesday the Lady Bears went to play #3 ranked Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Moore, OK.


The Lady Bears came out and played right with the Lady Saints. Great offensive execution and aggressive defense kept the game close. The Lady Saints went on a run in the middle of the first half to open up a cushion that they took to the locker room, 36-22. The Lady Bears came out flat to start the 2nd half and allowed the Lady Saints to get ahead by as many as 24 points. After that Barclay hit stride again and played really well to cut the lead down to twelve points at one point. Barclay, however, was unable to get any closer and lost to the Lady Saints 68-50.


“First and foremost, Hillsdale is a good basketball team,” commented Head Coach Brad Lingafelter. “Well coached, aggressive and very tall. At the same time, our offensive execution was great. We got really great looks all night. We have these bad droughts in which we cannot get the ball in the basket. We also do too many little things that begin to add up over the course of the game that really puts us in a hole. You cannot do that at this level. We will get it fixed.”


The Bears (4-10, 3-2) are back in MCCC play when they host Central Christian College of the Bible on January 26th at1:00 PM CST for homecoming.

Tuesday, January 22nd the Bears were on the road again, this time in Moore, OK to face region opponent Hillsdale Free Will Baptist. Even though the Bears defeated the Saints by double digits the first time around, this time it was the Saints who defended home turf.


The game was back and forth throughout with many lead changes and ties. With a ton of fouls called in the first half, both teams were forced to the bench and then heading into the half it was the Saints who converted a deep three to give them a three point advantage heading into the break. Early in the second half the Bears built lead after lead but the Saints came pulling back even. In the final four minutes, the Saints made more plays to beat the Bears 89-83.


Sophomore Charles Brodhead led the Bears with 26 points and 9 rebounds, Freshman Titus Gwess added 16 points and 7 rebound, and Senior Toney Hatton chipped in 15 points while Sophomore Spencer Huiatt dished out 9 assists.


The Bears (10-4, 4-1) are back in MCCC play when they host St.  Louis Christian on Friday, January 25th at 7:30 PM CST and then Central Christian College of the Bible on Saturday at 3:00 for homecoming.

The Barclay Lady Bears made their annual trip to play MCCC conference opponents Calvary Bible College and Ozark Christian on the 18th and 19th of January.


On Friday the 18th, Barclay took on the Warriors of Calvary in Kansas City, MO and the two teams played a great game. Even though the Bears had multiple opportunities to jump ahead, missed lay-ups and a 5-18 performance from the free throw line allowed Calvary to hold off the Lady Bears, 54-51. The Bears were led in scoring by Jamie Larsh with 13 points.


Following the game, Head Coach Brad Lingafelter said, “That was a great game. Both teams competed hard for 40 minutes and they were three points better than us. We did a few things to shoot ourselves in the foot, but, Coach Shoemaker and Calvary deserved that win.”


After a short trip down to Joplin, MO the ladies played Ozark Christian. Barclay was able to ride a phenomenal shooting performance by Jamie Larsh in the first half to keep the game close, trailing 33-29 at halftime. After the break the Lady Bears took control early and led most of the second half in route to a 65-61 victory.


“Jamie really saved us in the first half. We were struggling shooting as a team, except for Jamie. She kept us close and then we really picked it up as a team,” Lingafelter concluded. “I also feel Kaylee Miller deserves a lot of praise. She had 13 points and 14 rebounds, but where she really shines is on defense. She started out guarding the point guard and finished the game guarding Ozark’s 6’2″ center. She was awesome!!”


Larsh led the way with 24 points and her seven three pointers tied the school record.

The Barclay College Bears took their undefeated MCCC record on the road this weekend to Kansas City, MO to face Calvary Bible College and then to Joplin, MO to face Ozark Christian.

On Friday, January 18th the Bears took on the Warriors of Calvary. The home team jumped out to an early lead thanks to a plethora of early turnovers by the Bears before the tide began to turn midway through the half. The Bears clamped down the defense and went into the locker room with a 30-22 lead following a tip in at the buzzer by Freshman Titus Gwess. The Bears controlled the second half, holding a double digit lead through most of the second half, before winning 68-59.

Sophomore Charles Brodhead led the way with 17 points and 9 rebounds while Senior Toney Hatton controlled the paint with 14 points and 8 rebounds.

The following afternoon the Bears took on Ozark Christian for a battle for first place in conference. Once again, the Bears came out slow as Ozark built a lead of 18 points before the Bears chopped the lead down to nine just before the half. In the second half, senior posts Shane Brown and Hatton went to work. Less than five minutes into the half the Bears took the lead, which the held until the five minute mark when Ozark rallied. Down the stretch it was the Ambassadors that made the plays and pulled out an 85-83 victory to put the Bears in a tree way tie for first in conference with Ozark and Manhattan Christian. Brown ended up with 20 points while Hatton added 19 and 7 rebounds.

The Bears (10-3, 4-1) travel to Oklahoma City on Tuesday for a Southwest Region match-up with Hillsdale Free Will Baptist at 7:30 PM CST.

As we just finished the season of giving, I want you to look at the children in your room or center and unwrap the joy of learning for each one of them. Have you ever had the desire to get into their little minds to see how they operate and what makes them tick? That is my passion as an Early Childhood Special Education specialist and the mother of three girls, all three with special gifts and great challenges according to this world.

What are the keys to unwrapping this gift? Psalms 139:13-14 states, “…you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I’m fearfully and wonderfully made…” This statement ensures that God alone instilled every child with certain gifts and abilities that others may or may not have. The way the brain takes in, processes and executes information is unique for each child. Our primary challenge as educators is how we look at a child’s “normal” abilities or the characteristics we want to see each of our children develop.

The first key is to have a firm understanding of the five developmental domains in Early Childhood (cognitive, physical, speech/language, social emotional, and self-help.) An additional domain often added is behavior. Whether it is a chart that you keep handy, researching information on the internet, or whatever specific tool you can utilize to assist you with a quick reference to these, it is essential that you keep them as a ready reference. In other words, we must keep our minds sharp with what is “normal” and continually hone our ability to identify these desired traits at a specific age. This skill is crucial and will serve any parent or educator well in their desire to touch the life of a child.

Jeremiah 1:5 states, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.” As you know, God has created all children in a fashion that they develop differently and at different paces. This is especially obvious between boys and girls. Each child has different talents, abilities, and challenges, regardless of the current functioning developmental level. Dr. Carolyn Leaf, author of The Gift in You, (Leaf, 2009, p. 25) has done extensive brain research and states, “Because each of us has a unique gift, we each walk in our gifting differently. You can’t compare your gift to anyone else’s and when you walk in your own gift a few things will follow. Love is one, wisdom is another.”

I truly believe that every child that walks through your door is a gift from God. You are the one that God has chosen to assist them to use their gifts that He gave them to their utmost potential. We will be spending time this year developing these “gifts” in your children!

Blessings & Joy in Learning!

Cheryl Couch, M.Ed

Barclay College

Early Childhood Special Education Specialist