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On August 10th, many of our Fall athletes will begin arriving on campus to begin training for their 2013 seasons. It will be a week of skills, conditioning, and team building as they construct a foundation for what’s to come.

Cross Country is up and running again! Wendy Williams will be leading the men’s and women’s teams while Brad Lingafelter will assist her. Williams brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program from her days at Black Hills State University (Spearfish, S.D.). Both teams will run at the Wichita Winds Festival on September 7th, the Tabor Invitational (Hillsboro, KS) September 21st, Fort Hays St. Tiger Open (Victoria, KS) October 12th, Run For Missions (Haviland, KS) October 26th and, if they qualify, at the NCCAA National Meet (Cedarville, OH) November 16th.

Head Coach Kevin Lee enters his third season at the helm of the Men’s Soccer Team. Steve Davis will also be in his third season as an assistant coach while former Bears Soccer standout Eliot Hinshaw comes on board the coaching staff as well. Last season, the Bears enjoyed a ton of success in route to a .500 season. This season they return Senior captain and defender Pilo Miranda-Troup while they also acquired the talents of several promising recruits. Those recruits include incoming Freshman Pedro Chavez (Lakin, KS), John Forrest Turner (Huntsville, TX), Melvin Lara (Katy, TX) and Idle Dahir (Murray, UT). Their 2013 campaign begins with a home match Saturday, August 31st against Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO) at 2:00 PM CST.

The women’s volleyball team will be led by second year Head Coach Shari Bryan and assisted by Barclay College adjunct business professor Kayleen Stevens. After a rebuilding 2012 season, the Bears return most of their roster including their Senior All-American Sarah Sullivan. In addition, Senior Hannah Williams and Junior Morgan Stander will add some much needed depth. The Bears open their season on the road against NAIA Southwestern Christian in Bethany, OK on Tuesday, August 27th and then will host MCCC rival Calvary Bible College on Friday, August 30th.

Excitedly this year the Athletics Department is hoping to get most contests streamed live on the internet so that Bears fans across the globe can stay connected.

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Kevin Lee and the Barclay College Soccer family are excited to announce that Melvin Lara, the son of Santos and Evelyn Lara, has chosen to attend Barclay College.

Lara was first spotted by Assistant Coach Steve Davis on a recruiting trip last spring. He played 5A ball for Katy Morton Ranch High School located in Katy, Texas, and was a member of Texas United Elite Futbol Club.  Some of Melvin’s accomplishments include being selected as a First Team All-District player and being voted MVP for his High School team.

Coach Lee stated, “Melvin is the quintessential midfield play maker.”

After the Lara family made the ten hour drive from Katy, TX to Haviland, KS to check out the campus, they commented about how they felt right at home.

 

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Tanner Huck has decided to play basketball for the Bears this coming winter. Huck is a 6’2″ small forward from Coldwater, Kansas.

As a Senior for the South Central Wildcats homeschool organization he averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals, and 1 block per game. With the help of Huck, the Wildcats took first place at the Sunflower Invitational last January and finished their season with a fifth place finish at the National Division II Christian Homeschool Association Tournament held in Topeka, KS in mid-March.

“Tanner is a great addition to the team.,” commented Head Coach Royce Bryan. “He not only posses the ability to stretch the defense with his shooting but gives us a little bit more size around the basket. However, the best part about Tanner is that he is a great young man that loves the Lord.”

Huck is undecided on a major but is moving in the direction of something in the communication field. He is the son of Duane and Beth Huck.

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Barclay College Men’s Soccer added more depth last week by signing Idle Dahir from Murray, Utah. Playing in the defensive back position, Dahir helped lead Murray High School to a 4A region championship and a state finals appearance. In addition to playing high school soccer, he has also played both club soccer and in the Olympic Development Program since arriving in the United States from Somalia in 2004.

Dahir considers soccer a blessing from God and his goal is to achieve a bachelor’s degree, and to someday work in the area of physical therapy. He concluded, “I have found the right home.”

Head Coach Lee said, “Eli has great talent, and a great spirit, he will be a perfect addition to our team.”

 

2013 Pedro Signee

Pedro Chavez from Lakin, KS has signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Barclay College.  Pedro was involved in football, track, and basketball at Lakin High School. He is the son of Jose and Luz Chavez.

Head Coach Kevin Lee stated, “I am excited for Pedro, his family, and for Barclay College.  Pedro will be the first in his family to attend college, and I can already tell from his determination that he will accomplish great things as a student athlete.” Coach Lee also noted, “I was surprised by his skill level because I knew Lakin does not have a soccer program. However, Pedro has developed his skills playing locally in leagues.  Because of his physicality and his technique, he will be a solid player for us.”