Joplin, MO – The Barclay College Bears Men’s Basketball team was given the #3 seed in the five team NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament held on the campus of Ozark Christian this year. With the #3 seed, the Bears received a first round bye and went head to head with Arlington Baptist. The winner would advance to the championship game and keep their hopes alive for an automatic bid to the NCCAA Division II National Tournament.

The game was on Friday, February 22nd and the Bears came out lethargic. Arlington Baptist built an early double digit lead before the Bears cut it back down to single digits halfway through the first half. Arlington’s strong interior play and their ability to brake down the Bears off the dribble allowed them to stretch the lead all the way to 23 points by halftime and they never looked back.

Early in the second-half Arlington Baptist capitalized on multiple three pointers to stretch their lead even more and defeat the Bears 93-61. On Saturday afternoon they defeated Hillsdale Free Will Baptist by 26 points and will represent the Southwest Region in the NCCAA National Tournament in two weeks.

Sophomore Charles Brodhead led the Bears with 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Bears shot 34% from the field in comparison to a blistering 58% from Arlington Baptist.

The Bears (17-9, 8-2) will be the #5 seed in the ACCA Tournament beginning on Wednesday, February 27th. They face Faith Baptist at 9:00 PM CST.

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Friday night in Joplin, MO the MCCC announced the recipients of the 2012-13 all-conference teams, among them were two members from Lady Bears squad and two members from the men’s team.

On the ladies side, Sophomore Jamie Larsh from Haviland, KS earned 2nd team all-conference recognition while Senior Kaylee Miller from Great Bend, KS was named all-conference honorable mention.

Larsh is a sharp-shooter who broke the school record for most made three pointers in a game (9). Miller, a defensive specialist and team leader, did a lot of the intangibles as the Bears locked up a third place finish during the MCCC regular season.

The men’s basketball team landed two of its players on the first team following an 8-2 run through the conference. Senior Toney Hatton from Irving, TX and Sophomore Charles Brodhead from Lompoc, CA were awarded plaques from the conference during a presentation prior to their semi-final match-up with Ozark.

Hatton shot a blistering 60% from the field as he averaged 18 points and 5 rebounds on the season playing the power forward position while Brodhead averaged 19 points and 7 rebounds playing the small forward position.

The Lady Bears post-season play began this weekend at the MCCC Tournament held in Joplin, MO.

Thursday night, the Lady Bears kicked off the tournament with a 61-40 win against the Ozark Ambassadors. This was the third time this season the Lady Bears were matched up against the Lady Ambassadors and they knew coming out with intense defense was a must in order to maintain control of the game.

Friday, the Lady Bears had to face nationally ranked Central Christian Bible College. The Barclay women’s team managed to stick with the Saints, playing virtually even with them through the first half and into the second before the Saints had an eight minute stretch where they took control of the game to win 67-48.

Saturday the Lady Bears found themselves competing against Faith Bible College for third place. In the first half, the Lady Bears allowed the Lady Eagles to stick around. After kicking up their defensive efforts in the second half the Lady Bears were able to put away the Eagles 52-34 and come home with the third place title.

Coach Brad Lingafelter concluded, “The girls played really well this weekend. Defensively we caused a lot of problems in all three games and offensively, it was the best we have looked this year.”

Next action for the Lady Bears will be at the NCCAA Southwest Regional Tournament hosted in Joplin, MO where they will face Ozark Christian on Thursday at 6:00PM CST.  

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.