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

Dubuque, IA -  The Lady Bears of Barclay traveled north to participate in the Emmaus Bible College Classic to start the spring semester.

On Friday night the Lady Bears took the floor against the host Emmaus Bible College. The new look Lady Bears came out ready to go from the start. A steal and lay-up on the first defensive possession proved to be foreshadowing of how the game would go. At halftime the Lady Bears were cruising along with a 52-21 lead. The second half was much of the same the Lady Bears won 79-40.

The Lady Bears had five girls in double digits led by Sophomore Jamie Larsh’s 16 points which included 4-7 from three point range. Junior Brandi Moral chipped in 15 points and 14 rebounds, Freshman Raelyn Epp had 14, and Seniors Kaylee Miller and Artaya Climes had 13 points and 10 point.

Saturday’s game was against Grace Bible College out of Grand Rapids, MI. The Lady Bears played well in every facet of the game, except shooting the ball. Grace built a 16 point lead by halftime, and then held off a couple rallies in which the Lady Bears were able to cut the lead to single digits before prevailing 53-40.

Head Coach Brad Lingafelter concluded, “I was proud of these ladies. We played our best two games of the year. We cut down turnovers, we rebounded well, we got on the floor after loose balls, and we executed our offense. One bad shooting half, but other than that, I absolutely loved the effort on the court and the fellowship off the court.”

The Lady Bears (3-8) take their 2-1 MCCC conference mark on the road to face Calvary Bible College (Kansas City, MO) at 5:30 PM CST on Friday, January 18th and Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) on Saturday at 1:00 PM.

On Saturday, January 26th, Barclay College will conduct their annual homecoming ceremonies at half-time of the men’s game against Central Christian College of the Bible.

 

There will be a women’s game at 1:00 PM and the men’s game will start at 3:00 PM with the homecoming ceremonies at halftime.

 

Immediately following the conclusion of the men’s game, the alumni basketball game will be played. Please contact Athletic Director Royce Bryan at royce.bryan@barclaycollege.edu if you plan on participating in the alumni basketball game.

Dubuque, IA – To start the spring semester, the NCCAA Division II #9 ranked Barclay College Bears trekked all the way to the north country for a pair of games at Emmaus Bible College over the weekend. Playing host Emmaus Bible and Dayspring Bible College out of north Chicago, the Bears were able to start the spring semester off with two wins.

On Friday, January 11th the Bears tackled the Eagles of Emmaus Bible. Thanks to Sophomore Brandon Howarth’s 18 first half points, the Bears were able to head into the half with an 8 point lead. In the second half, the Bears adjusted to the Eagle zone and were able to pull away late for a 77-61 road win. Four Bears reached double figure scoring for a balanced offensive attack.

Saturday afternoon the Bears were up against Dayspring Bible. Dayspring’s athleticism kept the contest close through the first half and into the second half. However, early in the second half, the Bears went on a run to push the lead to double digits. Dayspring mounted one last run to cut the lead to five before the Bears cruised to a 91-79 victory.

Senior Toney Hatton led the way for the Bears with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Sophomore Charles Brodhead also netted a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Spencer Huiatt contributed 9 assists.

The Bears (9-2, 3-0) travel to Kansas City, MO for an MCCC contest with Calvary Bible College at 7:30 PM CST on Friday, January 18th and then to Joplin, MO to face Ozark Christian at 3:00 PM CST.

A 2012 graduate from Northeast Magnet located in Wichita, KS, Adrian Maloney Jr. signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the Barclay College Bears in the fall of ’13.

Maloney is a 5’6″ point guard who was selected as a Kansas Southwest All-star in 2011-12 while he led his team in scoring during his senior year.

“Adrian is an exceptionally quick point guard with a great feel for the game. His high basketball IQ and competitive spirit will allow him to be a huge asset for our program in the years to come,” stated Head Coach Royce Bryan.

Maloney plans to major in business at Barclay College.