Barclay’s Lady Bears had a pair of games over the weekend at Hockett Auditorium. The weekend started with a game against the Dallas Christian Crusaders on Friday night and then finished on Saturday afternoon with their homecoming game against Grace University of Omaha, NE.

Things looked bleak to start the game on Friday night as the Lady Crusaders came out scorching hot from behind the 3 point line. However, the Lady Bears showed a lot of poise to close the gap before Dallas went on a little run to take a 47-36 lead at halftime. In the second half, it was the Bears turn to light up the nets from behind the arc. Using an aggressive man-to-man defense and phenomenal 3 point shooting, the Lady Bears roared back to win going away, 88-81. Sophomore Raelyn Epp was the catalyst as she scored 25 of her 33 points in the second half.

On Saturday, Grace University came to Hockett Auditorium. Grace has had a very good program over the last few years and the Bears were ready for the challenge. The first half saw the Lady Bears lead all 20 minutes, but Grace kept it close. The halftime score was 32-29. Once again the Lady Bears came out with an aggressive man-to-man defense and began to attack the basket on the way to building a 22 point lead. The Lady Bears cruised to the finish for a 67-54 win. Epp led the way again with 16 points, while Freshmen Brooke White and Mercedeez Bell chipped in with 14 and 12 points respectively.

Head Coach Brad Lingafelter commented following Saturday’s game, ” I have been seeing some signs of real mental toughness and focus begin to emerge over the past few weeks. Talent is not the issue. We have talent. What I see is a team that is beginning to compete in all three phases of the game and they are not letting bad stretches bury them. The whole team played great and I have to give special recognition to Raelyn Epp for a phenomenal weekend.”

The Bears were scheduled to play Tuesday, February 3rd at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist, but due to the weather, the game is being rescheduled for Thursday, February 13th in Moore, OK at 2:00 PM CST. This weekend two MCCC teams will pay a visit to Haviland. On Friday night, Calvary Bible College will be in town at 5:30 PM and then Ozark Christian will play the Bears at 1:00 PM on Saturday.


This last weekend, the Barclay College Men’s Basketball had two great opportunities to pull off an upset. On Friday night, Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) visited Hockett Auditorium for a Southwest Region game and then on Saturday afternoon for homecoming, soon to be NAIA Division II Grace University (Omaha, NE) traveled south.

Friday evening the Bears had a rematch with Dallas Christian. First semester the Crusaders easily handled the Bears down in Dallas, but they were in for surprise this time around. In the first half, despite shooting just 33 percent from the field, the Bears trailed by just ten, 23-33. In the second half, the Bears were able to hang with Dallas Christian until two Crusaders caught fire from behind the arc to extend their lead and hold on for the win, 83-61.

On Saturday afternoon, the Grace University Royals were able to put a damper on the Bears upset bid very early in the game. Once again, the Bears shot poorly in the first half (27%) and found themselves trailing 40-23 at the midway point. This group of Bears continued to compete, however, trimming the lead to 13 on several occasions before the Royal’s height and athleticism took their toll, 80-59.

On the weekend, the Bears were led by Junior Tommy Leach and Freshman Cole Hibler. Leach went for 15 points on Friday and 20 on Saturday while Hibler connected for 17 points on Friday and 12 on Saturday. On a bright spot, Senior Austin Ogle was named the homecoming king on Saturday afternoon.

The Bears were scheduled to play Tuesday, February 3rd at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist, but due to the weather, the game is being rescheduled for Thursday, February 13th in Moore, OK at 4:00 PM CST. This weekend two MCCC teams will pay a visit to Haviland. On Friday night, Calvary Bible College will be in town at 7:30 PM and then Ozark Christian will play the Bears at 3:00 PM on Saturday.


The Barclay College Lady Bears traveled to Moberly, MO on Saturday afternoon to square off against MCCC opponent Central Christian College of the Bible.

The game started off well for both teams as the score remained tight for the first 15 minutes. The last 5 minutes saw the Lady Saints take advantage of the Bears youth and missed opportunities to take a 15 point lead into the halftime, 38-23.

The second half began much differently. The Lady Bears came out strong and shot the ball with confidence. With 5 minutes left in the game, Barclay had cut the lead to 55-54. From there the game see-sawed back and forth and ultimately the Lady Saints held on to win 64-57.

Brooke White continued her string of strong performances with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Raelyn Epp chipped in 13 points and Sarah Sullivan and Mercedeez Bell each had 10 points.

Head Coach Brad Lingafelter concluded, “I hope that 2nd half is a sign of what we can expect from here on out. At halftime I told the girls the rest of this season will be determined by two things. One is how hard they want to work. Two, our mental toughness needs to improve. Everyone misses shots, everyone throws the ball away. But we have to stop hanging our heads and keep playing. I thought the second half was the best we have done that this year.”

The Lady Bears will host Hillsdale Free Will Baptist on Tuesday, January 28th at 5:00 PM CST.


Saturday afternoon the Bears limped over to Moberly, MO for their game against Central Christian College of the Bible following a tough loss the night before at St. Louis Christian College (Florissant, MO). While the Bears neared the midway point of conference play, the stakes were increased against CCCB as both teams battled for seeding in the looming MCCC tournament.

It was a familiar tune early in the game for the Bears as the Saints knocked down some early threes and controlled the offensive glass to build an early lead. However, thanks to the sharp shooting of Freshman Caleb Davis, who finished 3-6 from three, the Bears stayed in contact with Saints even though they would trail by a score of 28-43 at halftime.

While the situation looked bleak, the Bears were able to inch back into the game. In the early portion of the second half, CCCB’s best post picked up his third foul and they were forced into a zone. The Bears took advantage of the Saints interior play as they slashed through their zone and attacked the basket with abandonment, capitalizing on 25 of 34 second half free throws. In the waning minutes of the game, the Bears were able to get key stops defensively and knock down free throws to seal the win, 78-74. The Bears improved to 2-4 in MCCC play with three home conference games remaining.

Four Bears scored in double figures: Senior Austin Ogle (16), Davis (14), Junior Tommy Leach (13), and Freshman David Lewis (10). Ogle also pulled down 12 boards for his first ever double-double.

On Tuesday, the Bears will take on Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK) at Hockett Auditorium at 7:00 PM CST.


Team 1 (Red): Pilo  Miranda-Troup (Capt.), Matt Schaefer, Omar Reyes, Hannah Williams, Kaylee Kershner, Clara Konsky, Adrian Maloney, Eric Day

Team 2 (White): Josh Sanchez (Capt.), Austin Ogle, Katelyn Ogle, Shane Brown, Adele Brown, Aaron Colliatie, Tony Graham

Team 3 (Grey): Royce Bryan ( Capt.), Marcus Mitchell, Pat Garrison, Ryan Kendall, Eliot Hinshaw, Larry Lewis, Shari Bryan, Paige Garrison, Tony Wheeler (or other faculty and staff)

Team  4 (Black): Pat Hall (Capt.), Joey Spiegle, Jacob Pribble, Jake Spencer, Ryan Tarver, Sharese Mullikin, Tanner Huck, Sarah Sullivan

Team 5 (Green): Matt Fitch (Capt.), Ross Smedley, Chris Racchini, Matt Jarrell, Ethan Chance, Hannah Rohde, Emily Entz, Melynda Lujan, Breanna Hack

Team 6 (Sky Blue): Brandon Palmer (Capt.), David Lewis, Cole Hibler, Eli Dahir, Dylan Palmer, Morgan Stander, Mikeal Wilder, Michael Vance

Team 7 (Dark Blue): Tommy L (Capt.), Garrett Allen, Caleb Davis, Mercedeez Bell, Alec Stivender, Ashleny Lara

Team 8 (Orange): Melvin Lara, (Capt.), Carlos Agular, Isaiah Shine, Brooke White, Kayla Powell, Marcus Collic, Gydal Sorrell, Forrest Turner

Schedule: (each team should have three regular season games from your pool. Pool A = teams 1-4, Pool B = teams 5-8)

Sunday 1/19

7:30 – Team 1 (0-1) v. Team 2 (1-0)

8:30 –  Team 3 (1-0) v. Team 4 (0-1)

9:30 –  Team 5 (0-1) v. Team 6 (1-0)

Monday 1/20

9:00 – Team 7 (1-0) v. Team 8 (0-1)

10:00 – Team 1 (1-1) v. Team 4 (0-2)

Thursday 1/23

7:00 – Team 2 (2-0) v. Team 3 (1-1)

10:00 – Team 5 (0-2) v. Team 7 (2-0)

Sunday 1/26

7:30 – Team 6 (2-0) v. Team 8 (0-2)

8:30 – Team 1 (1-2) v. Team 3 (3-0)

9:30 –  Team 2 (2-1) v. Team 4 (0-3)

Monday 1/27

9:00 – Team 5 (0-3) v. Team 8 (1-2)

10:00 – Team 6 (3-0) v. Team 7 (2-1)

Double elimination tournament would be played on the following dates: Thurs. 1/30. Mon. 2/3, Thurs. 2/6, Sun. 2/9, Mon. 2/10, and Thurs. 2/13.


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.


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.



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.


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.