Regretfully, Athletic Director Royce Bryan has canceled the 2014 Barclay College Volleyball season due to unforeseen circumstances.
This last off-season the Bears transitioned coaches. Shari Bryan, who had been on staff for three seasons at Barclay college, one year as the assistant and these last two years as the head coach, opted not to coach for family reasons. The Bears then hired a veteran coach in Larry Lewis, who is a full-time Barclay College employee, to take the reins.
Late in the summer the Bears received official word that four returning players from last season would still be attending Barclay College but not playing volleyball. In addition, two additional Barclay College student/athletes transferred to other institutions. That meant the Bears held their first week of practice with five players but were hopeful that they could pick up a player or two from within the student body. Then, the final blow was injury related. What was believed to be a season-ending injury, was the last straw and the Bears were forced to focus their attention on the 2015 season.
“We are extremely excited about Coach Lewis and what he brings to the Athletic Department at Barclay College. I really believe when it is all said and done, he will be one of the best volleyball coaches we have had here,” said Athletic Director Royce Bryan. “It is just unfortunate that circumstances played out the way they did for this season. I really feel for Coach Lewis but am confident he will do everything in his power to right the ship and be ready come August of next year with a new class of volleyball recruits.”
Saturday afternoon Barclay College took to the pitch to kick off their season with a Midwest Christian College Conference match against Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO). The Bears were coming off a strong showing in their exhibition match the Tuesday prior in addition to adding three elite, experienced players to their roster as Senior Aaron Colliatie (Bel Aire, KS), Junior Kingsley Assibey (Accra, Ghana), and last year’s MCCC Most Valuable Player, Sophomore Melvin Lara (Katy, TX), were all cleared for competition to lead the Bears to a 7-1 victory in front of the home crowd.
From the get go, the Bears controlled the action as the ball rarely found its way down to their defensive end. In the 9th minute, Freshman Julio Cobo (Katy, TX) played a beautiful cross to Freshman Tyler Wright (Mulvane, KS) who headed in the first goal of the match. Then in the 27th minute, Julio Cobo added another goal as the Bears continued to maintain possession and work through the Warriors defense. Assibey, in his first action since last year, netted the next two goals. The first was in the 37th minute and his second was in the first minute coming out of halftime, when he received a well played ball from Freshman Josh Moore (Houston, TX).
Freshman defensive back Isaiah Shine (Katy, TX) made a nice run in 54th minute to score his first goal of the season as Moore picked up his second assist of the game. Moore’s third assist of the game came when Lara calmly scored in the 60th minute. Junior Sam Thompson (Wichita, KS) finished off the scoring from distance in the 88th minute.
The win moved the Bears to 1-0 on the season as they look to take on two talented teams in their next two outings. On Sept. 2nd they begin NCCAA Southwest Region play when Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College (Moore, OK) comes to town for a 7:00 PM CST start. Then on Thursday, September 4th at 7:30 PM CST, MCCC powerhouse Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) will visit Haviland in a crucial early season match.
On August 27th, the NCCAA released their official Preseason Top 10 Rankings and Barclay College is staring 2014 off where they spent most of the 2013 season; in the Top 10. The Bears are coming off a season in which they were Midwest Christian College Conference Co-Champions and NCCAA Southwest Region Runner-Ups.
The first national poles had the Bears ranked #10. They were just one spot behind fellow MCCC Co-Champion Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO), who the Bears will host on Saturday, September 20th. Also in the Top 10 were last years SW Region Champions Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) at #7 and MCCC Co-Champion Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) at #6. At #1 was powerhouse Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL).
The Bears will take the field this afternoon in attempt to defend their ranking and start off conference play on the right note. They take on Calvary Bible College at 2:00PM CST.
August 26th marked the date for the first Barclay College Men’s Soccer game for the 2014 season. They took on a talented junior varsity squad from Oklahoma Wesleyan University (Bartlesville, OK) in an exhibition match before beginning their regular season schedule this coming Saturday.
It was a muggy evening match in Haviland, KS that was filled with excitement and drama. The Bears were slightly undermanned for the contest as they continue to solidify their roster for the regular season, but it did not matter one bit. In front of packed stands, decked out in red, the Bears gave them plenty to cheer about. Freshman Julio Cobo (Katy, TX) got some space in the 7th minute and found the back corner of the net to put the Bears in front early. The remainder of the half was a battle with both teams playing hard and keeping possession. The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Bears heading into halftime.
In the second half, the Eagles played a desperate brand of soccer, picking up four yellow cards for a variety of offenses, ranging from hard fouls to misconduct from the bench. Eventually, they were able to knot the score up at 1-1 in the 66th minute. The Eagles continued to pressure the Bears, but the back line stood the test and the midfielders competed valiantly. Then in the 81st minute, Freshman reserve, Austin Ghelarducci (Derby, KS) sent a great through ball to Freshman Tyler Wright (Wichita, KS) who calmly placed the ball in the back net from near the 18 yard line. With the Bears back in front 2-1, they played energized and even though Freshman Goalkeeper Josh Herndandez (Atascadero, CA) piled up five saves on the match in an incredible performance, the Eagles were able to capitalize on one mistake in the 85th minute to tie the game. The final score ended up being 2-2.
The Bears are back in action this Saturday as they take on a Midwest Christian College Conference opponent in Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO) at 2:00 PM in Haviland, KS. It will be the Bears first regular season game.
Another Paris, TX recruit in Jaqualion “Jay” Milton has committed to transfer to Barclay College for the Fall semester. Milton spent the 2013-14 year at a Tyler Junior College as a red-shirt and comes to Barclay with four years of eligibility.
Milton graduated from 3A Paris High School in 2013 where he was instrumental in leading the Wildcats to back-to-back Area Runner-Ups. As a junior the Wildcats went 26-7 while Milton picked up 2nd Team All-District 13 and All Red River County honors. His senior year he was 1st Team All-District and 1st Team All Red River County in leading the Wildcats to a 22-9 record. His defensive prowess and his 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists paved the way for him participating in the Element of Champion All-Star Game in Dallas, TX and the Scouts Focus All-American Game in Charlottsville, VA.
“To get someone of Jay’s character and athletic ability this late in the recruiting game is extremely fortunate,” said Head Coach Royce Bryan. “We hope to play a part in continuing to sharpen Jay athletically, academically and spiritually while he is here at Barclay.”
He is the son of Tammie Wright and Vernon Milton.
The 2014-15 Barclay College Athletics schedules were recently released. This year the Bears will compete in Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Soccer, and Men’s and Women’s Cross Country in the fall and Men’s and Women’s Basketball in the winter. In Spring 2015, the Bears will also explore regional competitions for Men’s and Women’s Track and Field.
At the end of August, both Women’s Volleyball and Men’s Soccer will open their season on August 26th. Women’s Volleyball, under new Head Coach Larry Lewis, will travel to Sterling College in Sterling, KS to begin their season while Men’s Soccer will host Oklahoma Wesleyan in an exhibition soccer match on the campus of Barclay College. Men’s Soccer looks to build on their recent successes; 2013 Co-Champions in the Midwest Christian College Conference (MCCC) and their runner-up finish at the NCCAA Division II Southwest Region Tournament. The NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament for both volleyball and soccer will be hosted by Barclay College October 24th-25th.
Cross Country will be up and running on Sept. 6th in Wichita while they continue to grow the program and qualify runners for the mid-November NCCAA National meet in Cedarville, OH for the second year in a row. They will also plan to run meets in Hillsboro, Hutchinson and Vanessa, KS leading up to nationals.
This winter, Men’s Basketball opens up against Central Christian College in McPherson, KS on Nov. 4th while Women’s Basketball will kick things off on Nov. 11 in Haviland, KS against Dallas Christian College under the leadership of new Head Coach Ryan Kendall. Homecoming will be Saturday, February 7th against Ozark Christian College. Then on February 19th-21st, the Men’s and Women’s MCCC Tournament will be played in Haviland to start post-season play for both teams. Both will travel to Arlington, TX for the NCCAA Division II Southwest Region Tournament on February 26th in hopes of qualifying for nationals.
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Brallan Manriquez, from Tyner High School (Chattanooga, TN), has decided to attend Barclay College this fall to help solidify the Bears defense. Manriquez was a 6-A/AA All-District Defender for the Rams as a Senior.
In addition to his defensive expertise, Manriquez brings playing experience in multiple positions. His high school coach, Barclay College Alumnus Randy Young, gave Manriquez his highest recommendation stating that he was a well-respected leader on the team and in the school.
Brallan is the son of Sergio and Socorro Manriquez.
Last week BC Men’s Soccer Head Coach Kevin Lee secured the talents of two Texas United FC teammates in Josh Moore and Julio Cobo. Both signed letters of intent to attend Barclay College in the fall as Lee continues to load his roster with young talent.
As a Senior forward at Cinco Ranch High School (Katy, TX), Moore was selected to the All-Region Team as well as 2nd Team All-District.
Lee commented, “I really like that this talented young man is a team player who has the talent to either score or set up a score. He will be fun to watch as he gets to play with his former teammate Melvin Lara.”
He is the son of Richard and Lucia Moore.
Cobo played fullback for Cy Lakes High School (Katy, TX) but can play in multiple positions. He will bring an incredibly strong shot, foot skills, and will bolster the Bears back line when needed.
“I love the versatility that Julio brings to the team,” said Lee. ” I look forward to seeing him develop and grow as a student athlete and as a man of God.”
He is the son of Alfredo and Haybi Cobo.
Yesterday afternoon Andre Barnes, of Conroe, TX, officially committed to attending Barclay College this coming Fall. Barnes graduated from Conroe High School in 2013 and comes to Barclay by way of Paris Junior College in Paris, TX.
Barnes is a 6’6″ power forward that averaged 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks as a senior at Conroe HS. In addition, he was named to the Class 5A Second Team All District 14 and was All Montgomery County Honorable Mention. In 2013-14, he played for Paris JC and was a part of their team that qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, KS.
“Andre seems like a quality young man and comes from a great family. He has an opportunity to really thrive on and off the court at Barclay College and we are thrilled that he has decided to be a Bear,” said Head Coach Royce Bryan.
Barnes is a business major and is the son of Albert and Lisa Barnes.
Jamondre “Buc” Odie of Mesquite, TX has decided to attend Barclay College in the Fall of 2014. Odie is a 2013 graduate of North Lamar High School in Paris, TX and comes to BC by way of junior college.
In the process of leading the Panthers into the playoffs at North Lamar HS as a junior and senior, the 6’2″ Odie earned recognition as the 2012 District Newcomer of the Year, 2012 Defensive Player of the Year, Red River Valley Athlete of the Week, and 2013 First Team All-District.
“We are extremely excited that Buc was led to come to Barclay College,” said Head Coach Royce Bryan. “His motor never stops and he has the length and athleticism that will allow him to guard virtually anyone on the court. He will be a great asset to the team and I look forward to seeing how the Lord uses him in this community.”
Jamondre “Buc” Odie is the son of James and Teffany Odie.