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Barclay College traveled to Missouri last weekend for two conference games against Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO) and Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO). The Lady Bears came up with a split on the weekend and their conference record is 2-2 after the weekend.

On Friday night the Lady Bears took on the Calvary Lady Warriors. Even though Calvary Bible has one of the toughest environments to play in, the Lady Bears took an early lead which they were able to hold onto for most of the game. The Lady Bears ultimately prevailed 67-62.

On Saturday the Lady Bears traveled south for a contest with Ozark Christian College. The game was a back and forth affair with the Ambassadors holding a narrow advantage at halftime. In the second half, the Bears couldn’t quite get over the top as Ozark pulled away late with some free throws to win 67-59.

“I thought we did some good things this weekend. One thing this team needs to do is to learn how to close out games. We did that against Calvary and we struggled against Ozark. We are young and still learning that we have to play with great effort in every area of the game for the entire game,” commented Head Coach Brad Lingafelter.

The Lady Bears next action is Saturday at 2:00 PM CST in Moberly, MO against MCCC opponent Central Christian College of the Bible.

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Friday night the Bears found themselves in Belton, MO for the first of two road MCCC games. Calvary Bible College was no push over on their home court as the Bears eyed their first MCCC win.

Even though the Bears were on the scoreboard first, the Warriors took control of the game taking a nine-point lead into the halftime. Freshman David Lewis was the lone Bear to play well offensively to keep the Bears within striking distance. In the opening two minutes of the second half, Calvary pushed their lead to as many as 14 points before the Bears made their push. A three in the corner by Junior Tommy Leach and an and-one by Freshman Tanner Huck, turned the tide of the game. Near the half way point of the second half, the Bears took the lead for good and never looked back as they cruised to an 84-71 MCCC road win.

Leach scored 19 of his 21 points in he second half to lead the way while Huck and Freshman Caleb Davis chipped in 18 and 15 respectively.

Saturday afternoon the Bears traveled south to Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) for their second game of the weekend and failed to match the Ambassadors intensity. Their full-court pressure limited the Bears to 26% shooting while put on a shooting clinic on their own end. Ozark finished the game shooting 57%, including 58% (14-22) from three point range.

Davis led the Bears in scoring with 16 points, Huck had 15, and Senior Austin Ogle added 14 points.

The Bears head to St. Louis Christian (Florissant, MO) this coming Friday. Game time is set for 7:30 PM CST. Then on Saturday at 4:00  PM they take on Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO.

 

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The Lady Bears opened up the second semester with a tough non-conference opponent in Arlington Baptist College (Arlington, TX). Arlington came into the game ranked #3 in the most recent NCAAA Division II standings.

Arlington proved to be a very tough opponent for the Lady Bears. The Lady Patriots used their athletic advantage to attack the basket which led to 48 free-throw attempts. They also hit enough 3 point shots to keep the defense honest. Another factor in the Lady Patriot’s favor was a physical, aggressive full-court defense that gave the Lady Bears problems all afternoon. Arlington prevailed by the score of 94-49.

“First of all, that was very good team we played, but we continue to hurt ourselves by not matching the intensity and physicality of our opponents. I was happy to see some girls begin to understand that the effort they were playing with was not good enough. For a good stretch of that game I thought we competed very well with them. We have to find a way to stop allowing teams to bury us at the beginning of the game,” said Head Coach Brad Lingafelter.

The Lady Bears are back in action as they open up conference play this semester Friday, January 17th at Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO) at 5:30 PM CST. Then on Saturday they will face off against Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) at 1:00 PM.

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Barclay College athletic department is pleased to announce that Larry Lewis will be the new head women’s volleyball coach for 2014. Lewis was the volunteer assistant for the Lady Bears volleyball in 2013. Prior to that, Lewis coached at Haviland High School for 6 years from 1978-1987. During that span his teams accumulated 141 wins and 32 loses, won 6 league championships and qualified for the Kansas State Volleyball Tournament two different years, one of which they finished in fourth place.

In his 35 years in education (Kansas and California), he has taught physical education 16 years, been an assistant principal 16 years, and been a principal for 3 years. He has coached basketball, volleyball, track, tennis, and softball at both the junior high and high school level. He has also served as the Director of Recreation for Rose Drive Friends Church in Yorba Linda, California for 19 years. While at that post he directed adult sports leagues, ran a youth basketball league of 400 kids for 15 years, and directed summer basketball camps.

“It is a privilege to coach Barclay athletes who desire to be ambassadors for Christ at school, in the community and on the court.  It is my desire to help each player grow first in Christ, and secondly, in their volleyball skills. Athletes are confronted with many types of circumstances that run parallel to life situations, and it is a perfect opportunity to build Christ-like character and eternal values. True victory only comes when athletes please the Lord with their effort, attitudes and actions on and off the court. My goal is to help athletes understand that they train and play for an audience of One- Jesus Christ,” commented Lewis in response to his coaching philosophy.

Lewis received his BS in Christian Education from Fort Wayne Bible College (Fort Wayne, IN) and then continued his education at Friends University (Wichita, KS) where he received a BS  in Physical Education/Health. He also obtained his MS in Education from Wichita State University (Wichita, KS).

He is married to Sheryl, for 35 years, and they have three children (Lyndie, Landon, and Brock). Lewis also currently serves as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Barclay College.

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Saturday afternoon the Barclay College Men’s Basketball team resumed their game schedule after a month-long layoff when NCCAA Division II #2 Arlington Baptist College (Arlington, TX) traveled to Hockett Auditorium.

The first meeting of the year between the two teams revealed a serious experience and height advantage for the Patriots but this time around the Bears competed well. In front of a raucous crowd, the Bears went toe to toe with the Patriots until Arlington’s Junior shooting guard Raphael Garcia connected on his first of six three pointers midway through the half. Behind Garcia’s shooting, the Patriots took a 21 point lead into the half even though a last-second running lay-up from Freshman Caleb Davis excited the crowd. In the second half, the Patriots interior advantage wore on the Bears as they out-rebounded the Bears 60-32 to walk away with a 107-76 victory.

“I really thought we made some huge strides this afternoon. We had every opportunity in the world to quit and my guys never did. They played their hearts out all they way to the end. Couldn’t be more proud of them,” said Head Coach Royce Bryan. “There is a reason that team is ranked second in the nation and I would say we at least competed with them today unlike the first time we played.”

Junior Tommy Leach led the Bears in scoring with 23 points and 3 assists. In addition, Freshman David Lewis added 19 points while Freshman Pedro Chavez pulled down 6 rebounds.

The Bears travel to Belton, MO to take on Calvary Bible College on Friday at 7:30 PM CST. On Saturday they will go up against Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) at 3:00 PM.

Signing David Kearns 2014

Head Coach Kevin Lee and his coaching staff continue to build on their 2014 recruiting class by signing three more recruits over the holiday season.

David Kearns, the son of Darin and Shelda Cay Kearns, has signed with the Bears. Kearns has played many positions on the field as a varsity starter for Eudora High School, KS.

“David is a solid recruit for Barclay,” said Coach Lee. “He is a man of faith who loves and follows Jesus, he excels academically, and he is a tough competitor with great potential.”

In addition, the Bears were able to sign two players from Morton Ranch High School in Katy, TX . Midfielder Carlos Aguilar and defender Isaiah Shine, both were high school teammates of BC’s Melvin Lara, decided to join Lara and play for the Bears next Fall.

Shine, son of Troyveka Shine, was selected 1st Team-All District as a Senior and played a pivotal role in his high school team finishing their 2012 season as state runner-ups.

Coach Lee stated, “Isaiah is a rightback with tons of speed which will create multiple problems for our opponents.” “Carlos, on the other hand, played varsity ball for a talented high school team, and also plays club ball.  He is a midfielder who is a tenacious leader on the field, and he has a great understanding of the game.”

 

BC Athletics

At the conclusion of the 2013 NCCAA Division II Fall Championship season, Barclay College received word that four of its student-athletes received national recognition for their work this season.

First, Sophomore Kingsley Assibey from Ghana Africa was selected as a 2nd Team All-American.  Assibey finished this season with 24 goals and 5 assists which placed him among the top three point earners in the nation for division II. His ability to maintain a one-goal-per-game average created havoc for opposing defenses this season as he helped lead the Bears to a 13-5 record.

On the volleyball side, Senior Sarah Sullivan from San Antonio, TX earned Honorable Mention All-American. As a senior she totaled over 175 kills with near a 3.0 kill average while also being named to the Southwest Region First Team. Sullivan’s significant contributions this year, in addition to her four year career at Barclay College, helped earn her this special recognition.

Senior Hannah Williams from Haviland, KS and Junior Morgan Stander from Omaha, NE were also recognized for their achievements in the classroom as they were both named 2013 Scholar Athletes. To garner this recognition, student-athletes must be a junior or senior and maintain a cumulative GPA at or above a 3.5 on 4.0 scale.

“This is much deserved recognition for our student-athletes,” said Athletic Director Royce Bryan. “I am just very proud of these young men and women for the extra commitment and effort they put in in order to help their respective teams strive for excellence and I want to say thank you on behalf of the Barclay College community for all they have done for their teams, the BC Athletic Department, and the community.”

 

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On Tuesday, Dec. 3rd the Bears played their second Midwest Christian College Conference game. This time they were on the road at Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS). The early part of the schedule has been extremely tough for the Bears, playing against NCAA Division II and NAIA Division I and II schools for more than half of their games.

The Bears jumped out to an early 7-2 lead thanks to some hot shooting. After causing an early timeout by the Crusaders, the depth and senior leadership of Manhattan Christian allowed them to make a late rally to take a six point lead into the locker room at the half. In the second half, the Bears went through one stretch where they went cold from the field and the Crusaders took full advantage of it. They maintained a double digit lead for remainder of the game as the Bears fell 64-74.

“Its never fun to lose, but it was another step in the right direction for us,” said Head Coach Royce Bryan. “Its encouraging to know that when we play with maximum effort and play as one unit, we can play with some of the best teams at our level.”

The Bears travel to Oklahoma Wesleyan (Bartlesville, OK) for the last game before Christmas break. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST.

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The Barclay College Lady Bears were back in action Tuesday night after a two week layoff over Thanksgiving Break. They set out for Manhattan, KS to see how they stacked up against the best team in the Midwest Christian College Conference, Manhattan Christian.

What they found out was that Manhattan Christian College was as good as advertised as they cruised to a 85-33 victory. The Lady Crusaders played with great intensity, execution and confidence while the Lady Bears’ youth and inexperience were evident. Junior Morgan Stander led the Lady Bears in scoring with 9 points.

Head Coach Brad Lingafelter concluded, “This game is one of those “draw the line in the sand” kind of games. We can continue to go through the motions or we can realize that we are a much better basketball team than that. We had a productive film session and we are going to get these things fixed.”

The Lady Bears will not play again until Saturday, January 11th when they host Arlington Baptist College (Arlington, TX).

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This past weekend, the Barclay College Men’s Basketball team traveled to Lincoln, NE to take part in Nebraska Wesleyan University’s annual Thanksgiving classic. Both schools the Bears competed against were NCAA Division III schools.

Friday night the Bears took on Luther College (Decorah, IA). Luther used their depth and experience to bottle up the Bears. By the midway point the Bears had connected on only 25% of their shots and then followed that up with 29% shooting in the second half. In addition, Luther out-rebounded the Bears 51-26 to cruise to an easy victory.The Bears were led by Freshmen Cole Hibler and Tanner Huck with 14 and 12 respectively.

The second night, the Bears took on host school Nebraska Wesleyan, who also returned all five of their starters from a year ago. This time, however, the Bears came out ready to play. On 4 of 10 shooting from behind the arc, the Bears found themselves down by only seven at halftime. A slow start to the second half allowed Wesleyan to build a double digit that the Bears could never recover from. The Bears once again lost the rebounding battle 20-40 in route to a 61-92 loss.

On a positive note, Junior Tommy Leach was named to the All-Classic team following his 16 point performance on 5-11 shooting.  Freshmen Caleb Davis, Hibler, and Huck were also in double figures scoring.

The Bears are back in action at Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) on Tuesday. Game time for this MCCC event is set for 7:00 PM CST. The women’s game will proceed the men’s game at 5:00 PM.