Head Coach Kevin Lee and his coaching staff continue to build on their 2014 recruiting class by signing three more recruits over the holiday season.
David Kearns, the son of Darin and Shelda Cay Kearns, has signed with the Bears. Kearns has played many positions on the field as a varsity starter for Eudora High School, KS.
“David is a solid recruit for Barclay,” said Coach Lee. “He is a man of faith who loves and follows Jesus, he excels academically, and he is a tough competitor with great potential.”
In addition, the Bears were able to sign two players from Morton Ranch High School in Katy, TX . Midfielder Carlos Aguilar and defender Isaiah Shine, both were high school teammates of BC’s Melvin Lara, decided to join Lara and play for the Bears next Fall.
Shine, son of Troyveka Shine, was selected 1st Team-All District as a Senior and played a pivotal role in his high school team finishing their 2012 season as state runner-ups.
Coach Lee stated, “Isaiah is a rightback with tons of speed which will create multiple problems for our opponents.” “Carlos, on the other hand, played varsity ball for a talented high school team, and also plays club ball. He is a midfielder who is a tenacious leader on the field, and he has a great understanding of the game.”
At the conclusion of the 2013 NCCAA Division II Fall Championship season, Barclay College received word that four of its student-athletes received national recognition for their work this season.
First, Sophomore Kingsley Assibey from Ghana Africa was selected as a 2nd Team All-American. Assibey finished this season with 24 goals and 5 assists which placed him among the top three point earners in the nation for division II. His ability to maintain a one-goal-per-game average created havoc for opposing defenses this season as he helped lead the Bears to a 13-5 record.
On the volleyball side, Senior Sarah Sullivan from San Antonio, TX earned Honorable Mention All-American. As a senior she totaled over 175 kills with near a 3.0 kill average while also being named to the Southwest Region First Team. Sullivan’s significant contributions this year, in addition to her four year career at Barclay College, helped earn her this special recognition.
Senior Hannah Williams from Haviland, KS and Junior Morgan Stander from Omaha, NE were also recognized for their achievements in the classroom as they were both named 2013 Scholar Athletes. To garner this recognition, student-athletes must be a junior or senior and maintain a cumulative GPA at or above a 3.5 on 4.0 scale.
“This is much deserved recognition for our student-athletes,” said Athletic Director Royce Bryan. “I am just very proud of these young men and women for the extra commitment and effort they put in in order to help their respective teams strive for excellence and I want to say thank you on behalf of the Barclay College community for all they have done for their teams, the BC Athletic Department, and the community.”
On Tuesday, Dec. 3rd the Bears played their second Midwest Christian College Conference game. This time they were on the road at Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS). The early part of the schedule has been extremely tough for the Bears, playing against NCAA Division II and NAIA Division I and II schools for more than half of their games.
The Bears jumped out to an early 7-2 lead thanks to some hot shooting. After causing an early timeout by the Crusaders, the depth and senior leadership of Manhattan Christian allowed them to make a late rally to take a six point lead into the locker room at the half. In the second half, the Bears went through one stretch where they went cold from the field and the Crusaders took full advantage of it. They maintained a double digit lead for remainder of the game as the Bears fell 64-74.
“Its never fun to lose, but it was another step in the right direction for us,” said Head Coach Royce Bryan. “Its encouraging to know that when we play with maximum effort and play as one unit, we can play with some of the best teams at our level.”
The Bears travel to Oklahoma Wesleyan (Bartlesville, OK) for the last game before Christmas break. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST.
The Barclay College Lady Bears were back in action Tuesday night after a two week layoff over Thanksgiving Break. They set out for Manhattan, KS to see how they stacked up against the best team in the Midwest Christian College Conference, Manhattan Christian.
What they found out was that Manhattan Christian College was as good as advertised as they cruised to a 85-33 victory. The Lady Crusaders played with great intensity, execution and confidence while the Lady Bears’ youth and inexperience were evident. Junior Morgan Stander led the Lady Bears in scoring with 9 points.
Head Coach Brad Lingafelter concluded, “This game is one of those “draw the line in the sand” kind of games. We can continue to go through the motions or we can realize that we are a much better basketball team than that. We had a productive film session and we are going to get these things fixed.”
The Lady Bears will not play again until Saturday, January 11th when they host Arlington Baptist College (Arlington, TX).
This past weekend, the Barclay College Men’s Basketball team traveled to Lincoln, NE to take part in Nebraska Wesleyan University’s annual Thanksgiving classic. Both schools the Bears competed against were NCAA Division III schools.
Friday night the Bears took on Luther College (Decorah, IA). Luther used their depth and experience to bottle up the Bears. By the midway point the Bears had connected on only 25% of their shots and then followed that up with 29% shooting in the second half. In addition, Luther out-rebounded the Bears 51-26 to cruise to an easy victory.The Bears were led by Freshmen Cole Hibler and Tanner Huck with 14 and 12 respectively.
The second night, the Bears took on host school Nebraska Wesleyan, who also returned all five of their starters from a year ago. This time, however, the Bears came out ready to play. On 4 of 10 shooting from behind the arc, the Bears found themselves down by only seven at halftime. A slow start to the second half allowed Wesleyan to build a double digit that the Bears could never recover from. The Bears once again lost the rebounding battle 20-40 in route to a 61-92 loss.
On a positive note, Junior Tommy Leach was named to the All-Classic team following his 16 point performance on 5-11 shooting. Freshmen Caleb Davis, Hibler, and Huck were also in double figures scoring.
The Bears are back in action at Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) on Tuesday. Game time for this MCCC event is set for 7:00 PM CST. The women’s game will proceed the men’s game at 5:00 PM.
The Christmas Pageant is a biannual musical presented at Barclay College.
Saturday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, Dec 8 at 7:00 p.m.
The musical evolved out of an annual Sunday school program given each year in a church basement in 1985. The sets were crude and the program just like other Sunday school programs. However, the audience became so large that the youth minister of the church began to look for another venue for the program. He was able to stage the next year’s program in the Banbury Auction building on Highway 54 at Haviland. Again, the crowd was “standing room only.” Today, 28 years later, the musical is held in the gymnasium of Barclay College. When the college president knew that the auction building was being sold, he offered the college gym and had a doorway enlarged so the camels could enter. The 70 member cast includes the college choir and other people who volunteer to be a part of the cast. If you would like to be a part of the musical, just ask. The attendance has grown to about 1200 people for the three performances. Included in the musical are camels, doves, sheep, a donkey, a horse and numerous other animals. The wise men are led in on camels through the street of Bethlehem by a 15 member entourage. The background of shops in Bethlehem encompasses one side of the gym and with that background “The Story of Christmas” becomes a meaningful setting for Christ’s birth. Children enjoy the excitement brought to the scene by the animals.