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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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The Barclay College Women’s Basketball Team will have a new face to lead them onto the court in 2014-2015 and his name is Ryan Kendall. It will be the first time in four years that Kendall will be back in the saddle on the bench as a head coach, however, he is no stranger to the Barclay College Athletics Department. This will actually be his fifth season as the Bears Head Women’s Basketball Coach as he also led the Lady Bears from 2002-2006.  Most recently he served as the Barclay College Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach from 2002-2010.

“I love coaching and I’m very excited to be back on the bench. It will also be great to be able to coach with one of my former players, Marcus Mitchell,” said Kendall. “Brad (Lingafelter) always recruited good athletes with character and now I get to benefit from a great core of those returning players.” The Lady Bears only graduate two players and look to benefit from returning most of the roster.

His vision for the Lady Bears moving forward is to carry on the mission of Barclay College on the basketball court. He aims to not only help these women develop as basketball players but more importantly  in their Christian walk. Using basketball as a tool he wants his players to use their talent to both glorify God and to develop into who God has called them to be.

Most recently Kendall has been instrumental in the development and launching of the new Sports and Recreation Ministry Degree where he has served as chair over the past three years from 2011-2014.

His coaching career started back in 1995 at Wallace County High School in Sharon Springs, KS. While there he coached jr. high football, high school boy’s basketball, and high school track and field until 2000. After one year teaching and coaching junior high in Sherwood, OR, and one year at Greensburg High School, Kendall found his way back to Haviland and Barclay College. In addition to coaching men’s and women’s basketball, he has also played a vital role in starting the men’s and women’s cross country program at Barclay College.

Educationally Kendall has a Bachelor of Arts in History from George Fox University (Newberg, OR), a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Newman University (Wichita, KS), and a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from Liberty Theological Seminary (Lynchburg, VA).

He recently celebrated his 20th anniversary with his wife, Hannah. Together they have three daughters: Kaelie (18), Marissa (15), and Lauren (13).

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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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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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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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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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Friday and Saturday saw Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO) and Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) come to Hockett Auditorium for a pair of Midwest Christian College Conference games.

Up first were the Lady Warriors from Calvary. The game was a tough one in the first half as both teams fought hard. After 20 minutes the Lady Bears held a 5 point lead, 32-27. The beginning of the second half was dominated by the Bears as they raced out to a 16 point lead. Then Calvary put on a press that really bothered the Bears and as time winded down, it was the Bear’s Sophomore ReaLyn Epp that connected from three to knot the game up at 60-60 and force overtime. The Lady Bears regrouped and outscored Calvary in overtime by four to win 68-64. Freshmen Mercedeez Bell had her best game of the year, leading the Lady Bears with 21 points. Senior Brandi Moral chipped in 16 points and Freshmen Mikeal Wilder also put in 15 points.

Head Coach Brad Lingafelter remarked, “First I want to give Calvary a ton of praise. They could have quit when we built the big lead but they just kept on coming back. I also think my team did a great job of regaining composure and closing the deal.”

On Saturday the Lady Bears faced a much improved Ozark Christian squad from a year ago. The game was neck and neck the whole way through. The Lady Ambassadors were able to outscore the Bears in the first half by a score of 42-37. The second half seemed to be a mere replica of the first half as the Lady Ambassadors once again out-scored the Bears in the second half 44-38 for a 86-75 win on the Bears’ home court. Moral led the Bears with 18 points while Epp and Freshman Brooke White contributed 16 and 15 points respectively. Following the game, Lingafelter loved the growth and improvement he has seen in his young squad but also noted that they need to keep pushing on.

This week the Bears will host Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) at 5:00 PM CST on Tuesday. They will travel to Moore, OK to take on Hillsdale Free Will Baptist on Thursday at 2:00 PM and then head north to Omaha, NE to play Grace University at 2:00 PM on Saturday.

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The NCCAA Division II Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of February 3, 2014 is the Lady Bear’s Sophomore point guard from Corn, OK, RaeLyn Epp. She has exemplified the Christian ideals held by the NCCAA and has been rewarded for her accomplishments for the preceding week.

Epp went 10-14 from the field on Friday in the Lady Bears’s 88-81 win over Dallas Christian, including 5-5 from three and 8-10 from the free throw line. In addition, she had 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals. Twenty-five of her thirty-three points came in the second half alone to lead the Bears to victory. On Saturday she followed up her stellar performance with 16 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals on 43 percent shooting against Grace University. Her weekend averages were 24.5 points, 4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 4 steals on 57 percent shooting from the field (8-12 from three) in two wins.

Upon hearing the news, Head Coach Brad Lingafelter was ecstatic and said, “The NCCAA Student-Athlete of the Week is a great honor for RaeLyn. She certainly earned it with her fantastic weekend in two big wins for us. She is a special player, and I am very proud of her as a player and a person.”