Joplin, MO – The Barclay College Men’s Basketball team went into this last weekend’s MCCC Tournament as the #2 seed following a respectable 8-2 conference record. Tournament time, however, put all the teams back on level playing ground.

On Valentine’s Day, the Bears were pitted against #7 Calvary Bible. The Bears had beaten them twice this year already but the Warriors came revved for an upset. The Bears built their biggest lead in the opening minutes when they went up 10-2 only to see the Warriors get back within 4 at half, 37-33. The score was back and forth in the second until the Warriors built a small lead in the closing minutes of the game before a steal and lay-up by Sophomore Charles Brodhead forced overtime. In the overtime session, the Bears held the Warriors to one point to prevail 81-74.

Brodhead led all scorers with 31 points and 13 boards. Sophomore Brandon Howarth added 17 points and 12 rebounds while Freshman Titus Gwess contributed 14 points.

Friday night’s semi-final match-up featured Ozark Christian. Even though the Ambassadors were playing on their home court, the Bears exploded to a 42-35 halftime lead thanks to 61.5% shooting from three point range. Unfortunately the tables turned in the second half as the Bears ran out of gas. The Ambassadors shot 60.7% from three point range while holding the Bears to 21 second half points to earn themselves a spot in the championship game, 77-63.

Brodhead once again led the Bears with 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists while Howarth added 15 points and 6 rebounds.

Saturday’s consolation game was with Central Christian College of the Bible. Once again the Bears controlled the first half and went into the locker room up 33-22. The Saints came out in the second half extremely physical and fought back into the game, but their physical play sent the Bears to the charity stripe 29 times in the second half alone to help the Bears lock up a 74-70 victory, good for third place in the tournament.

Brodhead had 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the way. Howarth had 18 points, Junior Austin Ogle had 16 points, and Gwess added 11.

The Ambassadors of Ozark were able to take advantage of their home court advantage to win the tournament.

The Bears (17-8, 8-2) are next in action in the single elimination NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament against Arlington Baptist on Friday, February 22nd at 8:00 PM CST in Joplin, MO.

Last Week Barclay College received word that midfielder John Forrest Turner would be playing soccer for the Bears this coming Fall.  Turner is currently a senior at Huntsville High School where he plays and is also a member of the 93 Huntsville Eclipse.


Head Coach Kevin Lee and Assistant Coach Steve Davis recently traveled south to watch Turner in person. Coach Lee commented, “Forrest is a midfielder with wheels, good passing skills, and solid defense. With such a humble and engaging attitude, a strong academic performance, and solid soccer playing experience, Forrest will be a great addition to Barclay and the soccer program.“  


He is the son of Michael and Monica Turner, the 2012 scholar athlete of the year at Huntsville High, and was a member of the National Honor Society. 


“All student athletes should be helpful in all aspects of education and athletic experiences to help in the development of future student athletes. We should be the bookends to keep all others from falling and be solid and supportive at all times,” said Turner.  

To close out the 2012-13 regular season schedule the Bears had a  critical NCCAA Southwest Region match-up against Dallas Christian on Friday, February 8th and a rematch with Rhema Bible the following Saturday.

The Bears entered Friday’s game 3-2 in region play and a win would guarantee them a first round bye in the five team tournament. Early on in the first half, the Bears suffered two key injuries and found themselves finishing the game with seven players but were still able to give themselves an opportunity to win. However, in the final five minutes of the game, the Bears gave up some crucial offensive rebounds which the Crusaders capitalized on as they pulled out a 95-81 victory.

Saturday, the Bears faced Rhema Bible. The Bears beat the Eagles in the first game of the year 118-117 but this game featured two much different teams. The Bears came out slow and watched the Eagles build a double digit lead by halftime. In the second half, the Bears made one rally to get the game back to single digits but ran out gas. The Eagles won 87-64.

The Bears finished the regular season 15-7 and 8-2 in conference play. They will play Calvary Bible in the opening round of the MCCC Tournament on Thursday, February 14th at 2:30 PM CST.

Lady Bears were on the road this last weekend, playing games in Dallas, TX and Tulsa, OK.

Friday night the Barclay women’s team arrived in Dallas, TX to face Dallas Christian. The Lady Bears came out flat and lacked the energy needed to stay in the game. The Lady Bears were in for a long haul the second half if they were to make up for their 10 point deficit. Dallas Christian came out and controlled the second half, much like the first, leaving the Lady Bears with a 40-72 loss.

Saturday evening the Lady Bears made their way north to play Rhema Bible College in Tulsa, OK. The Lady Bears showed improvement from the night before coming out with scrappy defense. However, their inability to keep the Lady Eagles from crashing the offensive boards amounted to them losing 36-65.

The Barclay women’s team will be back in action this weekend for their MCCC Tournament held in Joplin, MO playing their first game against Ozark Christian Thursday at 6:00PM CST.

Haviland, KS – On Senior night for Shane Brown and Toney Hatton, the Bears were able to come away victorious against the Central Bible College Spartans.

Even though the Bears found themselves in foul trouble early in the game, Senior Shane Brown and Sophomore Brandon Howarth helped the Bears maintain an eight point lead heading into the half.

In the second half it looked like the Bears were getting ready to pull away, but the Spartans picked up their defensive intensity, forced some turnovers, and got hot from behind the arc. In a matter of minutes the Bears found themselves down nine with roughly five minutes to go. However, the Bears mounted a come back of their own with some interior scores and several trips to the free throw line. In the closing minutes the Bears went up five and held on to win 91-88.

The two seniors were huge contributors in the win. Brown went for 15 points and 4 rebounds while Hatton added 17 points and 7 rebounds. There were three other Bears in double digits including Sophomore Charles Brodhead with 19 points and 10 rebounds, Howarth with 16 points and 7 rebounds, and Sophomore Spencer Huiatt with 12 points and 8 assists.

The Bears completed their 2012-13 home schedule with a 9-1 mark. They stand 15-5 overall and travel to Dallas Christian this coming Friday for an 8:00 PM CST start. On Saturday they will travel to Tulsa, OK to play Rhema Bible at 6:00 PM CST.

Haviland, KS – The Barclay women’s basketball team faced NCTA on Tuesday night for their last home game of the season.

It was obvious the momentum from this weekend carried over when the Lady Bears jumped to a 21-4 lead early in the game. The Lady Bears were in complete control for the duration of the game, winning 69-46 over the Aggies.

Leading the way for the Lady Bears was Sophomore Jamie Larsh (Santa Cruz, CA) with 27 points. Her 9-12 outing from behind the arch broke the Barclay women’s record for most three pointers made in a game.

Senior Kaylee Miller (Great Bend, KS) shared her thoughts on the game, “Having the whole team come out with a lot of energy was key to setting the tone for the game. Not only did that make for an easy win, it made my last home game at Barclay a lot of fun because I got to see my teammates come together and play for each other.”

Next action for the Lady Bears will be this Friday vs. Dallas Christian at 6:00PM CST and Saturday vs. Rhema Bible at 4:00PM CST.

Haviland, KS – This last weekend home stand brought positive results for the Lady Bears as they hosted two MCCC teams.

Friday night the Barclay Women’s had a rematch with Calvary Bible. The Lady Bears led wire to wire this time around and the result was a 63-40 win. Leading the Lady Bears with 7 three pointers was Sophomore Jamie Larsh (Santa Cruz, CA). Also contributing was Junior Brandi Moral (Great Bend, KS) with 15 points.

Saturday the Barclay Women’s team hosted Ozark Christian. After already beating the Lady Ambassadors once this season, the Lady Bears knew what needed to be done. Although the Barclay Women were in control of the game throughout, their poor shooting allowed the Lady Ambassadors to stay within striking distance. Tough defense prevailed as the Bears won  58-49. Leading Barclay in scoring was Freshman Raelyn Epp (Weatherford, OK) who poured in 23 points.

The Lady Bears will play their last home game of the season this Tuesday at 7:00PM CST vs. NCTA. It will be senior night and the Bears will honor seniors Kaylee Miller and Artaya Climes.

Haviland, KS- Heading into their final two Midwest Christian College Conference regular season games, the Bears needed two wins to keep their hopes alive for a conference championship. On Friday they hosted Calvary Bible and then Ozark Christian was in town on Saturday. Friday night, the Warriors of Calvary took on the Bears for the second time in the last two weeks. Although the Warriors zone defense caused the Bears fits in their prior meeting, this time around the Bears knifed through the zone and built a 37-19 halftime lead on their way to a 77-56 victory. The Bears had five players in double figures in the scoring column. Saturday afternoon, the Bears were in for a real battle with Ozark Christian. In their prior meeting in Joplin, MO the Bears held a lead deep into the second half before the Ambassadors snuck out a two point victory. The only thing different about this match up was the end result. The two teams were evenly matched and the action was back and forth throughout until the Bears stormed back from eight points down to take the lead with four minutes remaining. Down the stretch the Bears made free throws and capped the game off with a dunk by Freshman Titus Gwess. The Bears stellar 29-32 free throw shooting performance and some timely three point buckets in the second half allowed them to pull out the victory 82-73. Sophomore Spencer Huiatt led the Bears with 21 points and five assists, Sophomore Charles Brodhead added 20 points and 9 rebounds, and Gwess chipped in 17 points. The Bears finished MCCC play 8-2 which was good for second place behind Manhattan Christian. Overall the Bears are 14-5 and will play their final home game against Central Bible College at 5:00 PM CST on Tuesday, February 5th. It will be the final home game for seniors Toney Hatton and Shane Brown.