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This last weekend, the Bears Soccer team went into a competitive NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament in Joplin, MO as the #1 seed. The four team tournament featured Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK), Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) and the host school Ozark Christian College.

The Bears first game of the tournament was a rematch with the Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College Saints. Previously Barclay split with Hillsdale, with both teams winning at home. Once again BC maintained possession of the ball for most of the game, but even playing two men down because of two first half red cards, the Saints battled to the very end. The Bears first strike was in the first half when Sophomore Kingsley Assibey placed a ball just outside the Saint’s back-up keeper’s reach. Later in the half Freshman Eli Dahir chipped a ball over the defense to the feet of a cutting Sophomore Sam Thompson who calmly placed it into the net for Barclay’s second goal.  Even though, the Saints managed to score off of a combination play, Assibey wasn’t finished yet. He scored one of his best goals of the year when he received a ball in mid-air with his back to the goal, gave it a touch, pivoted, and hammered a shot into the net for his second goal of the game giving Barclay a 3-1 victory.

The regional championship game between Dallas Christian College and Barclay would determine who would move on to the national tournament.  Barclay came out looking strong, maintaining control of the ball and having most of the shot opportunities on goal, but it was Dallas who scored first right in the middle of the first half as a quick footed DCC player slashed his way to the goal and found the back of the net.  Tailing 1-0 at the half, Barclay answered by scoring early in the second half off of a shot from Assibey, who finished the season with 24 goals in just 18 games.  His shot, ripped from 30 yards out, ricocheted off the post and into the back of the net.  Dallas, however,  capitalized on another opportunity to go up 2-1.  Minutes later the Midwest Christian College Conference MVP, Freshman midfielder, Melvin Lara, beat a couple of Crusader defenders, and passed to an open Dahir for an easy goal.  Moments later, with the score tied, the Crusaders once again slipped through the Bears defense and managed to regain the lead and then in the closing minutes of the game, added on one more goal.

Dallas Christian’s 4-2 win propels them to the NCCAA National Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida where they will take on two time defending champion and top ranked Moody Bible College (Chicago, IL)  in the first round.

Following the game Coach Lee stated, ” It was a great disappointment to come so close to qualifying for the national tournament, and to see the better team lose.” Coach Lee added that he was pleased with the direction the program is heading and hopes to bring in a solid recruiting class next year to keep pursing a championship team.

For their efforts during the Southwest region play, four BC Bears players wound up on the All-Region Team. Senior goalkeeper Austin Ogle was at the top of the list, Assibey, Lara, and Freshman defender Pedro Chavez all accompanied him on the team.

Coach Lee ended his assessment of the season by saying, “I praise God that we had few injuries this year, and those with injuries are healing; I praise God for the missions experience over fall break; I praise God for the seniors and for all of the players; I praise God for the assistant coaches and staff; and I am thankful for all of the supporters of Barclay College Bears!”

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The Lady Bears Volleyball team finished off their season this past weekend after dropping their first two matches in the NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament hosted by Arlington Baptist College (Arlington, TX).

Barclay went into the tournament as the 5th seed and found themselves in the opening game Friday morning against #4 Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX). As the Lady Bears took the court for the third time this season against the Crusaders, they were hoping for a different outcome than the previous two matches. However, the Crusaders proved to be too much and jumped out to win the first two sets quickly, 15-25 and 11-25. The Bears were able to rally a little in the third behind Senior hitters Sarah Sullivan and Hannah Williams, but fell short and lost 19-25 in the third.

Later that day, the Bears would face the #2 seeded Saints of Hillsdale Baptist, who had been beaten by #3 seed Arlington Baptist earlier that day, to keep their season going. The Lady Bears jumped out to an early lead behind William’s serving, and kept the pressure on the Saints. The lead went back and forth before the Bears dropped the set 21-25. The next two sets were played well by both sides with long volleys and hard hits, but the Saints would be the ones who would be victorious, winning the last two sets 16-25 and 11-25. The loss eliminated the Bears from further post season play and ended their 2013 season.

The Lady Bears had two ladies recognized by the Southwest Region. Sullivan was awarded to the NCCAA Southwest Region First Team for the second year in a row, while Williams was named Honorable Mention for her contributions.

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Friday afternoon at 1:00 PM CST, the 12-4 Barclay College Bears, who earned the top seed in this years Southwest Region tournament, will take on #4 Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College (Moore, OK) in Joplin, MO for a chance to advance to the region finals and keep their post season hopes alive.

The Bears split with the Saints during the regular season, with each team winning at home. Back in early September the Bears beat the Saints in a night game in Haviland 3-1 and then the Saints repaid the favor when they beat the Bears 2-1 on October 1st.

Following the Bears/Saints match at 1:00 PM will be the other  region match featuring host school Ozark Christian College and the Crusaders of Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) at 3:00 PM. The two winning teams from Friday will play on Saturday at 12:00 PM for an automatic birth to the national tournament in Kissimmee, Florida the second week of November.

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The Barclay College Volleyball team heads to Arlington, TX for the NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament. This double elimination tournament is hosted by Arlington Baptist College and will determine the SW region representative at nationals the second week of November. The Bears received the fifth seed for the tournament.

At 10:00 AM CST on Friday, November  the Bears will open tournament play against #4 Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX). The Bears narrowly lost both regular season matches against the Crusaders. If the Bears pull off the upset, they would play at 2:00 PM against #1 Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO). If they lose their first match, they would then play at 4:00 PM.

 

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Men’s Basketball practice started the first Monday of October in preparation for their first contest on Oct. 29th in Plainview, TX against NAIA Wayland Baptist University in an exhibition match for the Bears. The Bears welcome a plethora of new faces as they return just four players from the last year’s squad.

Seniors Austin Ogle, and Pilo Miranda-Troup, and Tyler Mullikin along with Junior Tommy Leach will provide experienced leadership to a brand new supporting cast. Junior Robbie Gray joins the team from McCloud, OK via Pratt Community College and Sophomore Adrian Maloney Jr. is a transfer from Wichita, KS. The remainder of the recruiting class consists of Freshman Tanner Huck (Coldwater, KS), Caleb Davis (Haviland, KS),  Cole Hibler (Ponca City, OK), David Lewis (Minden, LA), and Dallas Franco (Lakin, KS).

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Last weekend, the Barclay College Bears soccer and volleyball teams were well represented in the Midwest Christian College Conference. At the MCCC Tournament’s in Ankeny, IA for soccer and Belton, MO for volleyball, six soccer players and one volleyball player were recognized for the exceptional play during the regular season.

The Barclay College Men’s Soccer team roared to a first place tie in conference play with a 5-1 record thanks to the play of Freshman midfielder Melvin Lara who was named the MCCC’s Most Valuable Player. Accompanying him on the first team was Senior goalkeeper Austin Ogle, Sophomore Kinglsey Assibey, and Freshman defender Pedro Chavez. Senior Pilo Miranda-Troup and Freshman Eli Dahir were named to the second team.

On the volleyball side, the Bears finished in fifth place in conference. Senior Sarah Sullivan was named to the second team for the second year in a row as she she has been a top hitter in the country for most of the season.

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Friday afternoon in Ankeny, IA the #2 BC Bears soccer team came up empty in the Midwest Christian College Conference tournament semifinals. The Crusaders of Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) were able to win 5-1 to advance to the Finals where they will face top seeded Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO).

The Bears will take on host school Faith Baptist Bible College at 1:00 PM CST on Saturday in the second consolation match of the day. Games will once again me livestreamed on Faith Baptist’s athletic page.

Later in the afternoon, the Bears learned that six of its players earned MCCC All-Conference recognition, including the Most Valuable Player Freshman Melvin Lara.

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Friday morning the Barclay College Bears volleyball team found themselves in yet another dog fight with the Warriors of Calvary Bible College, this time in the first round of the Midwest Christian College Conference.

The 5th seeded Bears jumped out to an early lead until the Warriors narrowed the gap as the set progressed. Unfortunately, the Bears could not capitalize on a couple of set points as the Warriors took set one 27-25. In the second set, the Bears again found themselves with multiple set point opportunities before the Warriors squeaked out the marathon set 32-30. Up two sets, the Warriors’ momentum allowed them to build a substantial third set lead but the Bears made one last comeback. Even though they managed to narrow the lead from 17-23 to 22-24, they didn’t have enough in the tank. The loss was the Bears third loss to Calvary Bible this season.

“They just had our number this year,” said Head Coach Shari Bryan. “We did a lot of things well but were unable to take advantage of any of those set points we had to finish off a set.”

The Bears are back at it Saturday morning in a consolation match at 10:00 AM CST against Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO). Back in September, the Bears went on the road and won an exciting five set match against Central Christian. This consolation match will be played at Calvary Bible College.

On a more positive note, Friday afternoon Senior Sarah Sullivan was recognized as a 2nd team all-conference player.

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Calvary Bible College is hosting the 2013 Midwest Christian College Conference Tournament. They will be live streaming all the tournament matches at the following link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/calvary-athletics.

The Barclay College Bears received the #5 seed for the tournament and will face off against #4 Calvary Bible College at 10:00 AM CST on Friday, October 25th. The Bears and the Warriors have went at it two times this year with the Warriors getting the better in both matches, one being a five set win.

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Thursday afternoon, the #2 seeded Barclay College Bears soccer team easily advanced out of the first round of the Midwest Christian College Conference Tournament with a 10-0 win over #7 St. Louis Christian College (Florissant, MO). The match was played in Ankeny, IA on the campus of Faith Baptist Bible College.

The win propels the Bears into a semifinal match-up with #3 Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) who beat #6 Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO) 7-0 earlier in the day. Game time is set for 1:00 PM CST.

Once again the game will be streamed live at the following link: http://www.fbbceagles.com/multimedia/livebroadcast.

An updated bracket can be viewed at the following URL: http://www.fbbceagles.com/events/upcomingevents/Soccer_Tourney_2013.pdf.