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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.

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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.

The Barclay College Athletics page will have the most up-to-date news, schedules, times and match results. Please email royce.bryan@barclaycollege.edu about any Barclay College Athletics questions.

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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.

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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.

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Late last week Joe Luis Aguilar Jr. of Memorial High School in San Antonio, TX committed to attending Barclay College in the fall and playing basketball for the Bears.

As a Senior at MHS, Aguilar averaged 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game in leading the Minuteman to their second playoff appearance in 48 years. In the process, Aguilar earned class 4A All District 1st Team honors in District 29. He was also named to the Edgewood Invitational All-Tournament team as a senior. As a junior he was 2nd Team All District, and was Honorable Mention All District as a sophomore.

“Joe will have a great opportunity to step in and contribute right away because of his work ethic and his court awareness. At 6’2″ he will give us more size on the perimeter which is something we lacked severely last year”, said Head Coach Royce Bryan.  “Most importantly, however, Joe seems to be a man of high character and we look forward to working with him during his time in Haviland.”

Aguilar is undecided on his major and his mother is Elizabeth Cortinas.

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Every Spring for the past four years the Barclay College Men’s Basketball Team has partnered with USD 474 to be a part of the educational process for the youth of Haviland. This year, much like the last two years, members of the team took part in a reading initiative.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 11th, eight members of the men’s basketball team and two of their coaches read Dr. Suess books to both kindergarten and first grade students at the elementary school.

“When members of the basketball team come to read to the first graders their faces light up!  The entire class knows about Barclay College and having a “very big person” from the college, let alone the basketball team, read to them is awesome,” First Grade Teacher Joyce Bryan explained.

This partnership is another important component of the Men’s Basketball program and the development of their players. According to Head Coach Royce Bryan, the team is constantly looking for opportunities to give back to the local community and to make a positive impact on kids. “This is one of the best opportunities we have available. It’s hands on and is a great teaching moment for both mentors and students alike.”

“It forms a bond between our classes and Barclay College students,” Joyce Bryan added. “Thank you Men’s Basketball Team for taking the time for a “little person.””

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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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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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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.