Barclay College Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams competed in Wichita, KS on Saturday, September 7th. Friends University hosted the meet and created a course that consisted of many long hills and stretches of uneven surfaces of sand.

Being the first meet of the season, both teams set out to achieve their first time marks. They ended up accomplishing far more than just getting a time down on paper. Each athlete worked extremely hard on a very difficult course.  Barclay athletes finished with respectable times and places. They never gave up and pressed on with fast finishes. This meet is just a starting point for the Barclay athletes. Katlyn Ogle, Katie Barber, Brandi Brown and Caitlin Young represented the women’s side this weekend. Skip Harris and Joseph Spiegel represented the Men’s team.

Their next meet will be on October 28th at Tabor College. Thanks to all who are supporting the team with encouragement and prayers.

On Friday September the 6th, the Bears traveled to the Lone Star state to face off against two NCCAA DII Southwest Region rivals, the Patriots of Arlington Baptist (Arlington, TX) and the Crusaders of Dallas Christian (Dallas, TX).

The first match was against the defending ACCA National Champions, Arlington Baptist. As the match began it was evident Arlington’s front court duo of  6’0″ Senior Amanda Carlson and 6’3″ Freshman Rosalyn Thorpe, would be a handful. The Bears dropped the first set 8-25. Even though the Bears were able to sustain some rallies in the second set, they still dropped the set 14-25. The third set, unfortunately, went the same as the first, and the Bears dropped the set 8-25 and the match in straight sets.

Statistically the Bears were led by Senior Sarah Sullivan with 6 kills, while Junior Danielle Gressel had 6 assist. Defensively, Senior Hannah Williams and Junior Kalyn Switzer added 6 digs a piece.

After the rough loss Friday night, the Bears traveled across town to take on the Crusaders of Dallas Christian on Saturday afternoon. The Bears came out ready to play and made the Crusaders earn every point. The match was well played by both sides with many long rallies but the Bears, however, found themselves falling short and losing again in straights sets, 15-25, 23-25, and 17-25.

Seniors Sarah Sullivan and Hannah Williams led the Bears with 9 and 7 kills respectively. They also added 6 blocks together. Junior setters Danielle Gressel and Kalyn Switzer led their team with 13 assists collectively. While Sophomore Lauren Wells added 8 digs defensively.

The Bears (0-5, 0-1) will be hosting NCCAA DII nationally ranked Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) on Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00PM CST in an MCCC match.

The Barclay College Bears soccer team has given the home fans plenty to cheer about to open the 2013 season. Fresh off their OT win over Grace University the night before, they did not disappoint. On yet another blistering Saturday afternoon, the Bears stayed unbeaten (4-0) with a come from behind  2-1 victory over Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA). The game also marked the start of MCCC play for the Bears.

Eighteen minutes into the match, the Eagles of Faith worked their way through the Bears defense and found the back of the net for an early lead. However, similar to the second half the night before, the Bears dominated possession of the ball and kept Faith back on their heals most of the afternoon. Finally, after several great opportunities, a cross from Freshman Forest Turner was volleyed in by Freshman Eli Dahir to tie the game at 1-1 in the 35th minute.

Following the half, the Bears remained relentless on the offensive end. Then in the 66th minute Freshman Pedro Chavez made a run from his defensive position and made a cross that Sophomore Kingsley Assibey was able to get his head on for the goal. Assibey’s fifth goal of the season was not only the go-ahead goal but also proved to be the game winner. The win puts the Bears  atop the MCCC with a 1-0 mark in conference play.

On Tuesday, the Bears will be on the road for the first time this season as they head to Winfield, KS to face NAIA Southwestern College at 6:00 PM CST.

With the Bears and Royals of Grace University all knotted up under the lights in Haviland at the end of regulation, Bears Freshman midfielder Melvin Lara lazered a shot from just outside the box into the back of the net to give the Bears a 3-0 start to their 2013 campaign.

Five minutes into the game, the Bears got on the scoreboard first when Freshman Eli Dahir cranked in a goal in the 14th minute of the game. As the first half wore on, however, the Bears lacked energy and the Royals capitalized. Their first goal came in the 24th minute when Senior goalie Austin Ogle was caught off the goal line and the Royals chipped one in over his head and then they added a second goal in the 35th minute when Ogle was beat on another 1 v. 1 play.

Trailing 2-1 at intermission, the Bears came out on a mission.  Less than five minutes into the half, in the 49th minute, Lara bent a shot into the left corner of the net to tie the game up at two apiece. Possession was dominated by the Bears in the second half and they outshot the Royals 7-0 in the second half alone, but the score remained locked at two. In the closing seconds of regulation the Bears had one more opportunity. Sophomore Kingsley Assibey found a window int the defense with less than a minute left and blasted a shot, but it hit square off the post and ricocheted high into the night sky to take the game into overtime.

In the golden goal overtime, it was Lara who put the Bears on his back and led them to the victory. His second goal of the game came in the 97th minute of the contest and his fourth on the season.

The Bears are back in action in Haviland 1:00 PM CST on Saturday against an MCCC opponent, Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA).

On Tuesday night, September 3rd, the Lady Bears found themselves facing their first NCCAA Division II Southwest Region opponent, the Saints of Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK).  The Bears entered the contest after a tough loss over the weekend to the hands of Calvary Bible and both teams were hungry for a victory.

As the first set got under way, the Saints jumped out to an early lead behind the serving of Hannah Horner and the Bears could never crawl back into the set, losing 15-25. After some adjustments, the second set included multiple long rallies and good all-around volleyball, but found the Bears coming up short again, 20-25. Continuing with the momentum built in the second set, the Bears took the lead in the third set and fought off the Saints rally to win 25-22. As the forth set got under way, the Bears simply ran out steam losing 9-25.

The Bears were lead again by the dynamic senior duo of Sarah Sullivan and Hannah Williams, who combined for 15 kills and 6 blocks. Junior setters Dani Gressel and Kalyn Switzer contributed 13 assist while Sophomore RaeLyn Epp added 16 digs on defense. The Bears had an impressive serving game, only missing three out of 67 serves.

The Barclay Bears (0-3, 0-1) will be in action against two more Southwest Region opponents this weekend. First, they will travel to Arlington, TX to face the defending ACCA Champs from Arlington Baptist on Friday, September the 5th at 8:00 PM CST. Next, they will play Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) on Saturday at 1:00 PM CST.

Fresh off their 8-0 victory over Calvary Bible College (Benton, MO) over the weekend, the Barclay Bears soccer team was electric under the lights on Tuesday night. Hosting Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK), the Bears were able to take care of business in an exciting game on the pitch.

On a beautiful night for soccer, the Saints of Hillsdale found the back of the net first when, in the eighth minute of the game, Senior goalkeeper Austin Ogle couldn’t quite coral the ball after a diving save and the ball was punched in off the deflection. However, the Bears went on the offensive and had a multitude of opportunities in and around the box. Then in the 22nd minute, Senior David Jaimes played an amazing ball behind him to Sophomore Kingsley Assibey who easily out-maneuvered the keeper to knot the score up at 1-1.

The game seemed to be heading for overtime when, in the 65th minute, the Saints were whistled for a handball inside the goalie box, resulting in a penalty kick for BC. Assibey’s initial shot was blocked by the keeper but he was able to knock in the goal off the rebound to give the Bears a 2-1 lead. As the Saints frantically pursued the tying goal, the Bears countered in the final ten minutes of the match when Freshman Melvin Lara juked the final defender and curved a ball into the lower corner of the net from outside of the box to seal the victory.

The 3-1 victory improved the Bears to 2-0 on the season as they will be back in action at home this Friday night at 7:00 PM CST against Grace Bible College (Omaha, NE) and then at 1:00 PM Saturday against Faith Bible College (Ankey, IA).

On a blistering Saturday afternoon, the Barclay College Bears soccer team began a new season in dominating fashion. The Bears hosted Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO), an MCCC opponent in a non-conference game. Last season the Warriors were able to beat the Bears twice, but not this time.

With a core group of returners, the Bears seemed to be in sync from the beginning, controlling ball possession from beginning to end. At the 28 minute mark, BC went up 1-0 on an own goal from Calvary off a Bears cross and the route was on as the Bears added five more goals before intermission. Freshman Melvin Lara scored from outside the box at the 19 minute mark to make it 2-0 and then Senior David Jaimes craftily lobbed one over the goalie’s head from near the center circle just four minutes later to make it 3-0. In the final ten minutes of the first half, Freshman John “Forrest” Turner punched one in from short range after the CBC keeper misplayed a cross, and then Sophomore Kingsley Assibey and Freshman Eli Dahir both connected on headers to push the score to 6-0.

In the second half, the ball rarely made its way onto the Bears half of the field. Senior Austin Ogle only had three shots on goal as he recorded his first shutout of the year. The Bears connected two more times on beautifully played through balls from the midfield to make the final score 8-0.

BC (1-0, 0-0) is back on the pitch at home Tuesday night at 8:00 PM CST against NCCAA Southwest Region opponent Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK).

Friday evening the Lady Bears played their first match at Hockett Auditorium in Haviland, KS. The Warriors of Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO) were in town as the two opened up MCCC play as well.

In front of a packed crowd, the Bears roared out of the gates to take the first set 25-13. The second set started in same fashion for the Bears as they carried a five point lead late in the set only to see the Warriors climb back and take the set 25-23. Losing the second set in such fashion took the wind right out of their sail, while the Warriors’ momentum helped them withstand a couple rallies from the Bears to win the final two sets 25-16, 25-16.

Statistically, Sophomore RaeLyn Epp led the Bears with ten digs, Junior Morgan Stander had four aces, and Seniors Sarah Sullivan and Hannah Williams combined for 23 kills.

The Bears (0-2, 0-1) will host Hillsdale Freewill Baptist (Moore, OK) on Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:00PM CST in a NCCAA Southwest Region match.


The Barclay Bears Volleyball team opened up the 2013 season on the road Tuesday night with a trip down to Bethany, Oklahoma to play NAIA Division II Southwestern Christian University.

As the first set got underway, it was evident this was the Bears first match of the year. The Lady Eagles of Southwestern would cruise to a 25-8 win to start the best of five match. With the first set behind them, the Lady Bears responded with a fury of offense, winning 25-19. The remaining two matches where hard fought but found the Bears coming up short 19-25 and 20-25.

Offensively,  Senior Sarah Sullivan led the way with seven kills while Senior Hannah Williams added four kills along with twelve digs. Defensively, Junior Morgan Stander had 14 digs and Junior Kalyn Switzer had nine assists.

Coach Shari Bryan had this to say about the season opener and how her team played, “Overall I was very pleased with the level of play for our first match. The girls pulled together and played well as a unit. As the match progressed, we found our rhythm in both offense and defense. I am excited to see where the season leads.”

The Lady Bears are back in action for their home opener on Friday, August 30th at 5:00 PM CST against conference rival Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO).


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.