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The Barclay College Women’s Basketball Team will have a new face to lead them onto the court in 2014-2015 and his name is Ryan Kendall. It will be the first time in four years that Kendall will be back in the saddle on the bench as a head coach, however, he is no stranger to the Barclay College Athletics Department. This will actually be his fifth season as the Bears Head Women’s Basketball Coach as he also led the Lady Bears from 2002-2006.  Most recently he served as the Barclay College Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach from 2002-2010.

“I love coaching and I’m very excited to be back on the bench. It will also be great to be able to coach with one of my former players, Marcus Mitchell,” said Kendall. “Brad (Lingafelter) always recruited good athletes with character and now I get to benefit from a great core of those returning players.” The Lady Bears only graduate two players and look to benefit from returning most of the roster.

His vision for the Lady Bears moving forward is to carry on the mission of Barclay College on the basketball court. He aims to not only help these women develop as basketball players but more importantly  in their Christian walk. Using basketball as a tool he wants his players to use their talent to both glorify God and to develop into who God has called them to be.

Most recently Kendall has been instrumental in the development and launching of the new Sports and Recreation Ministry Degree where he has served as chair over the past three years from 2011-2014.

His coaching career started back in 1995 at Wallace County High School in Sharon Springs, KS. While there he coached jr. high football, high school boy’s basketball, and high school track and field until 2000. After one year teaching and coaching junior high in Sherwood, OR, and one year at Greensburg High School, Kendall found his way back to Haviland and Barclay College. In addition to coaching men’s and women’s basketball, he has also played a vital role in starting the men’s and women’s cross country program at Barclay College.

Educationally Kendall has a Bachelor of Arts in History from George Fox University (Newberg, OR), a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Newman University (Wichita, KS), and a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from Liberty Theological Seminary (Lynchburg, VA).

He recently celebrated his 20th anniversary with his wife, Hannah. Together they have three daughters: Kaelie (18), Marissa (15), and Lauren (13).

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Over spring break, the Barclay College Men’s Soccer program added yet another recruit to the growing Bears 2014 recruiting class. David Hernandez, the son of Javier and Karen Hernandez, has signed a letter of intent to attend Barclay College in the fall.

Hernandez is from Atascadero, CA and has been a starting varsity goalkeeper there since his sophomore year. He was voted MVP for his team last year as well as Goalkeeper of the Year. He was also named 1st Team All-League, which was the third time he has earned the honor.

Considering the Bears All-American keeper, Austin Ogle, completed his eligibility and they are also without a back-up keeper, the signing of Hernandez couldn’t have come at a better time according to Head Coach Kevin Lee. “We are encouraged about how the team is beginning to take shape.”

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Every Spring for the past four years the Barclay College Men’s Basketball Team has partnered with USD 474 to be a part of the educational process for the youth of Haviland. This year, much like the last two years, members of the team took part in a reading initiative.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 11th, eight members of the men’s basketball team and two of their coaches read Dr. Suess books to both kindergarten and first grade students at the elementary school.

“When members of the basketball team come to read to the first graders their faces light up!  The entire class knows about Barclay College and having a “very big person” from the college, let alone the basketball team, read to them is awesome,” First Grade Teacher Joyce Bryan explained.

This partnership is another important component of the Men’s Basketball program and the development of their players. According to Head Coach Royce Bryan, the team is constantly looking for opportunities to give back to the local community and to make a positive impact on kids. “This is one of the best opportunities we have available. It’s hands on and is a great teaching moment for both mentors and students alike.”

“It forms a bond between our classes and Barclay College students,” Joyce Bryan added. “Thank you Men’s Basketball Team for taking the time for a “little person.””

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Tyler Wright, the son of Aaron and Shannon Wright, and Austin Storm Ghelarducci, the son of Tom and Sherry Ghelarducci, from Mulvane High School, have signed to compete for the Barclay College Bears Soccer Team in the Fall .

“Tyler is a complete package, and more specifically he is an offensive weapon.  His speed and skill will add another layer of depth to our team,” said Head Coach Kevin Lee.

Wright was chosen as an Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail All-League 2nd Team player. Tyler tied his high school’s record for goals in a game with 5, and he holds the record for most goals in a season with 22.

“Austin will provide stability, and will bring a greater level of competitiveness. He is a versatile player who can fill many roles, I see him working hard to earn quality minutes and I see him developing into a pillar for the team,” added Lee.

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In 2004-05, Brad Lingafelter was hired as the Head Coach for the Lady Bears Women’s Basketball team. After a brief time away from Barclay College, he resumed his position as head coach in 2007 and maintained that position all the way to the present.  During his time of leadership, Lingafelter has grown the program immensely. He has amassed a record of 87-105 in those eight seasons and has made the program relevant in both the Midwest Christian College Conference and in the NCCAA Division II Southwest Region. Despite his successes leading the team, Lingafelter has decided it is in the best interest of both his family and the program to step away from coaching the Bears.

“I feel like it is time for the program to have a new face and voice. I respect the program and what we have built to just keep coaching. I realize I may not be the best guy for the job any longer,” Lingafelter commented. “I also had family obligations that I felt like I was missing out on. I plan on doing what the Lord has for me and being in the stands for all my kid’s games and performances.”

Lingafelter’s eight seasons as head coach have had many highlights and achievements. Among them was the 2010-11 season in which the Lady Bears had one of the greatest season’s in school history for a women’s program when they finished 15-9. However, Lingafelter remembers the 2012-13 season as one of his favorites. That team ended up winning 13 games against all odds. They came to together as one cohesive unit and worked so hard for everything and in the end it was very rewarding. They “maximized” their potential as Lingafelter remembers it.

“I was told that Barclay was a hard place to coach and not to plan on beating the Manhattans, Hillsdales, Ozarks, Dallas Christians, and Graces of the world… We beat all of them,” recalled Lingafelter with great pleasure. “Sure they beat us our fair share of times, but no one can say Barclay can not compete with the best our  association has to offer.”

“The girls that poured so many tears  into the idea that we were building a program, deserve all the credit,” according to Lingafelter. Getting to be a part of their lives and developing meaningful, lasting relationships seemed to be at the heart of Lingafelter’s coaching philosophy and is thing he most cherishes about his time working at Barclay College.

In his final remark, Lingafelter said, “I just want to thank God for all the people he brought to the program. I want to thank my wife for always being patient. I want to thank the great assistant coaches I have had over the years, Travis Ross, Marshall Ballard, Ryan Kendall, Marcus Mitchell and Josh Sanchez. Each one of them taught me more about the game than I would ever teach them. I want to thank the Barclay community for your support. I want to thank Dave Kingrey. He may be the greatest fan of Barclay and the women’s program ever!”

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Although the Bears Men’s Basketball season ended in the first round of the NCCAA Southwest Region, two members earned All-Region honors. Junior Tommy Leach was named to the All-Region Second Team while Senior Austin Ogle was given Honorable Mention.

Leach concluded the season averaging 12.5 points a game while shooting 36 percent from the field and a blistering 79.3 percent from the free-throw line. He was also named to the Midwest Christian College Conference Second Team, and was named to the Nebraska Wesleyan Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team back in November.

The Southwest Region tournament brought to a close the basketball career of Ogle. This season he averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds a game. His relentless effort and perseverance over his four year career earned him recognition by the region.

“I’m very proud of both of these men,” said Head Coach Royce Bryan. “They have been above reproach both on and off the court and they are very deserving of all the recognition they have received.”

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At the conclusion of the NCCAA Division II Southwest Region Tournament held February 28th-March 1, the region announced the all-region members. Among the winners were three Lady Bears: Seniors Sarah Sullivan and Brandi Morale and Sophomore RaeLyn Epp.

Sullivan averaged 9.2 points, 8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks a game during her senior season to earn SW Region Honorable Mention honors.

Morale only played second semester this season but managed to lead the Bears in scoring with 15 points a game, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. In her two region tournament games she went for 36 and 18 points to help earn her Second Team All-SW Region honors.

Epp has probably been the most consistent Lady Bear during the course of the season as she averaged 11.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.6 steals, and 3 assists per game in her second season. She also made the Second Team All-SW Region Team to go along with being a Second Team MCCC winner and the NCCAA Division II Student Athlete of the Week once this year.

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Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) hosted this years NCCAA Division II Southwest Region Tournament in which the Bears were the 5th seed. They faced Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) for the fourth time. In the three previous meetings, the Ambassadors were able to come away victorious every time but in their final two matches, the Bears had narrowed the gap and looked to have a chance at an opening round upset.

The Ambassadors came out in their usual 2-2-1 press but gave the Bears a new look by falling back into a 2-3 zone. This new look proved to be a great switch as the Bears turned the ball over with great regularity in the half court. By the midway point, the Bears had already committed 18 turnovers and had dug themselves into a deep hole, trailing 24-49. Unfortunately, the Bears could not alter the course of the game, as the Ambassadors forced another 14 turnovers in the second half to easily win 85-52.

The loss officially ended the Bears 2013-14 campaign. They ended the season 3-21 overall and 3-6 in MCCC play.

Head Coach Royce Bryan concluded,”Losing isn’t fun and it will never be fun. I feel bad that our seniors had to end their basketball careers on a note like that but am very proud of the growth that I have seen in them while they have been in the program and the men they have become. Many valuable lessons were learned by all people involved with the program this year and I am excited to see what fruit comes from it in the days to come.”

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On Thursday, February 27th the Lady Bears went into their loaded Southwest Region Tournament seeded 5th and looking for some payback against Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO), who had already handed them three loses this year. With three of the top 10 teams in the nation in the Southwest Region, the Lady Bears first focused on gaining momentum with a win against the Ambassadors.

The game was back and forth for most of the first half as the Lady Bears, without three starters, played very good defensively. At halftime the Lady Bears held onto a 36-33 lead. The second half was more of the same as these two familiar opponents would not give ground. In the end, a late push by the Lady Bears propelled them to a 69-61 victory. Senior Brandi Moral lead the Bears with a monster 34 point and 15 rebound performance while Senior Sarah Sullivan continued to make her presence felt with 12 points and 9 rebounds.

#1 seed Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK) was up next for the Lady Bears. The Saints went into the game ranked 4th in the nation and they proved why. Even with the Lady Bears 3 main scorers having good games, the Saints were able to pull away for a 90-60 victory. Morale led the team again with 18 points, Sullivan chipped in 16, and Sophomore RaeLyn Epp added 15 points.

In conclusion Head Coach Brad Lingafelter said, “I was very proud of the girls. Playing in a tournament of this caliber without three of your starters is a tall task to overcome. We played really well in both games. The biggest key was that we played really hard and gave great effort. Brandi and Sarah were both fantastic this weekend and it is a nice performance for these two seniors to go out on.”