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In 2004-05, Brad Lingafelter was hired as the Head Coach for the Lady Bears Women’s Basketball team. After a brief time away from Barclay College, he resumed his position as head coach in 2007 and maintained that position all the way to the present.  During his time of leadership, Lingafelter has grown the program immensely. He has amassed a record of 87-105 in those eight seasons and has made the program relevant in both the Midwest Christian College Conference and in the NCCAA Division II Southwest Region. Despite his successes leading the team, Lingafelter has decided it is in the best interest of both his family and the program to step away from coaching the Bears.

“I feel like it is time for the program to have a new face and voice. I respect the program and what we have built to just keep coaching. I realize I may not be the best guy for the job any longer,” Lingafelter commented. “I also had family obligations that I felt like I was missing out on. I plan on doing what the Lord has for me and being in the stands for all my kid’s games and performances.”

Lingafelter’s eight seasons as head coach have had many highlights and achievements. Among them was the 2010-11 season in which the Lady Bears had one of the greatest season’s in school history for a women’s program when they finished 15-9. However, Lingafelter remembers the 2012-13 season as one of his favorites. That team ended up winning 13 games against all odds. They came to together as one cohesive unit and worked so hard for everything and in the end it was very rewarding. They “maximized” their potential as Lingafelter remembers it.

“I was told that Barclay was a hard place to coach and not to plan on beating the Manhattans, Hillsdales, Ozarks, Dallas Christians, and Graces of the world… We beat all of them,” recalled Lingafelter with great pleasure. “Sure they beat us our fair share of times, but no one can say Barclay can not compete with the best our  association has to offer.”

“The girls that poured so many tears  into the idea that we were building a program, deserve all the credit,” according to Lingafelter. Getting to be a part of their lives and developing meaningful, lasting relationships seemed to be at the heart of Lingafelter’s coaching philosophy and is thing he most cherishes about his time working at Barclay College.

In his final remark, Lingafelter said, “I just want to thank God for all the people he brought to the program. I want to thank my wife for always being patient. I want to thank the great assistant coaches I have had over the years, Travis Ross, Marshall Ballard, Ryan Kendall, Marcus Mitchell and Josh Sanchez. Each one of them taught me more about the game than I would ever teach them. I want to thank the Barclay community for your support. I want to thank Dave Kingrey. He may be the greatest fan of Barclay and the women’s program ever!”

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Although the Bears Men’s Basketball season ended in the first round of the NCCAA Southwest Region, two members earned All-Region honors. Junior Tommy Leach was named to the All-Region Second Team while Senior Austin Ogle was given Honorable Mention.

Leach concluded the season averaging 12.5 points a game while shooting 36 percent from the field and a blistering 79.3 percent from the free-throw line. He was also named to the Midwest Christian College Conference Second Team, and was named to the Nebraska Wesleyan Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team back in November.

The Southwest Region tournament brought to a close the basketball career of Ogle. This season he averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds a game. His relentless effort and perseverance over his four year career earned him recognition by the region.

“I’m very proud of both of these men,” said Head Coach Royce Bryan. “They have been above reproach both on and off the court and they are very deserving of all the recognition they have received.”

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At the conclusion of the NCCAA Division II Southwest Region Tournament held February 28th-March 1, the region announced the all-region members. Among the winners were three Lady Bears: Seniors Sarah Sullivan and Brandi Morale and Sophomore RaeLyn Epp.

Sullivan averaged 9.2 points, 8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks a game during her senior season to earn SW Region Honorable Mention honors.

Morale only played second semester this season but managed to lead the Bears in scoring with 15 points a game, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. In her two region tournament games she went for 36 and 18 points to help earn her Second Team All-SW Region honors.

Epp has probably been the most consistent Lady Bear during the course of the season as she averaged 11.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.6 steals, and 3 assists per game in her second season. She also made the Second Team All-SW Region Team to go along with being a Second Team MCCC winner and the NCCAA Division II Student Athlete of the Week once this year.

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Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) hosted this years NCCAA Division II Southwest Region Tournament in which the Bears were the 5th seed. They faced Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) for the fourth time. In the three previous meetings, the Ambassadors were able to come away victorious every time but in their final two matches, the Bears had narrowed the gap and looked to have a chance at an opening round upset.

The Ambassadors came out in their usual 2-2-1 press but gave the Bears a new look by falling back into a 2-3 zone. This new look proved to be a great switch as the Bears turned the ball over with great regularity in the half court. By the midway point, the Bears had already committed 18 turnovers and had dug themselves into a deep hole, trailing 24-49. Unfortunately, the Bears could not alter the course of the game, as the Ambassadors forced another 14 turnovers in the second half to easily win 85-52.

The loss officially ended the Bears 2013-14 campaign. They ended the season 3-21 overall and 3-6 in MCCC play.

Head Coach Royce Bryan concluded,”Losing isn’t fun and it will never be fun. I feel bad that our seniors had to end their basketball careers on a note like that but am very proud of the growth that I have seen in them while they have been in the program and the men they have become. Many valuable lessons were learned by all people involved with the program this year and I am excited to see what fruit comes from it in the days to come.”

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On Thursday, February 27th the Lady Bears went into their loaded Southwest Region Tournament seeded 5th and looking for some payback against Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO), who had already handed them three loses this year. With three of the top 10 teams in the nation in the Southwest Region, the Lady Bears first focused on gaining momentum with a win against the Ambassadors.

The game was back and forth for most of the first half as the Lady Bears, without three starters, played very good defensively. At halftime the Lady Bears held onto a 36-33 lead. The second half was more of the same as these two familiar opponents would not give ground. In the end, a late push by the Lady Bears propelled them to a 69-61 victory. Senior Brandi Moral lead the Bears with a monster 34 point and 15 rebound performance while Senior Sarah Sullivan continued to make her presence felt with 12 points and 9 rebounds.

#1 seed Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK) was up next for the Lady Bears. The Saints went into the game ranked 4th in the nation and they proved why. Even with the Lady Bears 3 main scorers having good games, the Saints were able to pull away for a 90-60 victory. Morale led the team again with 18 points, Sullivan chipped in 16, and Sophomore RaeLyn Epp added 15 points.

In conclusion Head Coach Brad Lingafelter said, “I was very proud of the girls. Playing in a tournament of this caliber without three of your starters is a tall task to overcome. We played really well in both games. The biggest key was that we played really hard and gave great effort. Brandi and Sarah were both fantastic this weekend and it is a nice performance for these two seniors to go out on.”

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Friday evening the Midwest Christian College Conference paused at their annual tournament to acknowledge both the men’s and women’s all-conference winners from the regular season. On the women’s side, Sophomore RaeLyn Epp received Second Team honors while Junior Tommy Leach received Honorable Mention honors on the men’s side.

Epp has had a memorable second year with the Bears. She has already been name the NCCAA Student Athlete of the Week once this year and leads the Bears in multiple statistical categories.

Leach, also in his second year at Barclay College, has led the Bears in scoring for most of the season, including being among the leaders in the nation in free-throw percentage (80%).

“Both RaeLyn and Tommy have done an incredible job representing Barclay College and their teams both on and off the court. They have been thrust into leadership roles and their God-given talents have shown through. We are very proud of them in their accomplishments and look forward to watching and partnering with them in their future endeavors,” commented Athletic Director and Men’s Basketball Coach Royce Bryan.

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Last week the Barclay College Men’s Basketball team traveled to the campus of Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO for their annual Midwest Christian College Conference Tournament.

The Bears entered the tournament as the 6th seed and took on #3 Ozark Christian College in the opening game of the tournament at high noon on February 20th. Two weeks prior, these two teams squared off in Haviland where the Amabassadors closed the final four minutes out with some clutch free throws to win 106-94. This time around Ozark jumped out to an early lead before the Bears started firing on all cylinders to close the gap to six by halftime. The game was back and forth in the second half. The Ambassadors would stretch the lead to double figures on several occasion but every time the Bears would answer their run with a run of their own. Freshman Caleb Davis kept the Bears within striking distance with a 36 point performance on 13-21 shooting from the filed, but the Bears could never get closer than six points. In the end the Bears would fall 82-96.

The following day, the Bears faced Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO) in a consolation game. The Bears had won by double digits in the previous two meeting between the two, but this one would come down to the wire. Even though the Bears connected on their first three shots from long range and led by twelve just five minutes into the game, the Warriors roared back and took a seven point lead into the second half. Taking advantage of mismatches, the Bears erased the deficit quickly and seemed in control only to fail to score a field goal in the final four minutes to lose 65-66.

In the two tournament games, Davis scored 57 points on 20-36 shooting, including 8-18 from three, 6 assists, 8 rebounds and 3 steals.

The Bears are next in action Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) against Ozark Christian College in the opening round of the NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament. It is a win or go home tournament with a bid to the National Tournament in Ohio at stake. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST on Thursday, February 27th.

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On Monday, the Midwest Christian College Conference released the 2014 Tournament Bracket for both men’s and women’s basketball. This year’s men’s and women’s tournament will be hosted by Central Christian College of the Bible located in Moberly, MO.

On the women’s side, the Lady Bears earned the #4 seed and will play #5 Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) at 2:00 PM on Thursday, February 20th with an opportunity to take on top-seeded Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) at stake.

The men, on the other hand, lost out on being the 5th seed because Central Christian College of the Bible had one less loss than the Bears and, therefore, had a higher winning percentage. The Bears will take on #3 Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) to open up the tournament at 12:00 PM on Thursday afternoon.

Brackets can be seen below:

MCCC 2014 Tourney Bracket – Womens

MCCC 2014 Tourney Bracket – Men’s

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Saturday afternoon the Lady Bears concluded a busy week when they took to the court in Omaha, NE for their final regular season game. Two days before they played at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist in Moore, OK and in the same week played their final home game of the season against Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS).

On the heals of two tough losses against NCCAA Division II nationally ranked opponents, the Lady Bears rose to the occasion on Saturday. Grace University matched the Bears shot for shot in the early minutes of the game, but the Bears found their stride and took a lead into the locker room at the midway juncture. In the second half the Lady Bears overcame adversity and some sketchy officiating to hold onto their lead. In the final minutes the Lady Bears connected on their free throws to escape with a solid road win, 72-62

With the win on Saturday, the Bears finished the season winning four out of their last seven games to earn the #4 seed in the Midwest Christian College Conference Tournament set to begin on Thursday, February 20th. The Bears will take on #5 Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) at 2:00 PM CST on the campus of Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO.

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The Barclay College Bears Men’s Basketball team concluded its regular season this last week with their last home game on Tuesday, February 11th against Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) and then a pair of road games at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK) and at Grace University (Omaha, NE) over the weekend.

Saturday afternoon the Bears traveled to Omaha, NE for what will probably be the last time the Bears will take on Grace University since the Royals will be transitioning into NAIA Division II. Out of the gate the Bears connected on their first couple of shots to put the Royals on their heals and then kept the game within reach at 20-27 with just over 8 minutes left in the first half. However, that was when Grace hit a barrage of threes to ignite a 19-2 run to close the half. Even though the Bears outscored the Royals in the second half, the Bears could not compete with unbelievable 61% shooting from behind the arc as the Royals put the game out of reach early in the half.

Last Thursday afternoon, the Bears played their last Southwest Region game of the year against Hillsdale Free Will Baptist. The game was originally schedule for early February but was rescheduled because of the weather. The Saints started the game on an 18-0 run before the Bears finally connected from the field. Seconds before the half, the Bears only trailed by 12, but the Saints sank a three at the buzzer to extend the lead to 15. The Bears would once again close the lead to 12 several minutes into the second half, only to see Hillsdale extend the lead back to twenty where it remained. The Saints would win 85-60.

Senior night was Tuesday, February 11th for the Bears as they honored Seniors Austin Ogle, Tyler Mullikin, and Pilo Miranda-Troup. Manhattan looked to remain undefeated in the MCCC with a tough road test. Earlier in the year the Bears fell to the Crusaders on the road by just ten. This time around Manhattan took advantage of the Bears 28% first half shooting from the field to build a 13 point lead. Once again, a Bears opponent got hot from behind the arc as the Crusaders connected on an unheard of 62% of their shots from behind the arc to win 93-68.

Post Season play begins on Thursday afternoon for the Bears on the campus of Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO. #3 Ozark Christian College will be the Bears first round opponent and game time is schedule for 12:00 PM CST.