Women’s Basketball Picks Up First Conference Win at Allen

maebry-mcneese-action-shotNovember 30, 2016 – The Bryan College Lions Women’s Basketball returned to the hardwood after a long Thanksgiving Break and traveled to fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference school Allen University (S.C.) on Wednesday where the Lions silenced the Yellow Jackets with a double-digit lead in the end of the first quarter and was never surrendered as Bryan earned their first conference victory in convincing fashion, 88-61.

Bryan’s offense was led by Megan Billingsby down low who recorded 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting and a perfect 4-of-4 at the foul line. Freshman Katie Wolfe turned in her most impressive performance of the season shooting a spotless 6-of-6 and going 2-of-2 on free throws for 14 points. Both Amber Levi and Tonesha Allison followed with a notable 13 points apiece, while Levi was 5-of-7 for the game and 2-of-3 from deep and Allison shot 4-of-6 and went 5-of-7 on free throw attempts. Bryan’s rebounds leader was Levi who corralled six misses, and five separate Lions chipped in one assist, respectively.

A major factor that aided Bryan was the successful 63.3 percent shooting in the game, 54.5 percent from behind the arc, and 87 percent free throw shooting (20-of-23) compared to Allen’s 42.9 percent shooting, 23.5 percent from three-point territory, and 50 percent from the foul line. Despite losing the edge in turnovers 20-12, the Lions made up for it by winning the boards 30-26.

Bryan started strong with 11 points through three and a half minutes following the opening tipoff while holding Allen to a lone three-pointer. The Yellow Jackets swarmed their way back to a one-possession ballgame two times in the first period at 13-10 and 16-13, but the Lions rallied for seven unanswered points to grab their first double-digit lead of the contest as the quarter came to a close, 23-13. The run was sparked by two made free throws by Allison and a trey sank by Billingsby. Allison added one more foul shot, and Wolfe knocked in a two-point look with 33 seconds on the clock for the ten-point advantage.

There was no stopping Bryan as they continued their dominating play for a 22-point lead as the second quarter unfolded. In the first minute Wolfe made a basket, Brandi Whitted’s three-pointer was good, and Erisha Talley connected on two foul shots that brought the score to 30-13. Talley followed with two shots made from inside, Wolfe added two points, and the Yellow Jackets sank one free throw for a 36-14 score with seven minutes remaining in the quarter. The difference dipped to 17 in the final minute, but Maebry McNeese hit the last shot of the half to extend Bryan’s lead to 47-28 at the half.

The Lions allowed the Yellow Jackets to cut the lead to 17 twice in the beginning of the third quarter, but a three-pointer by Levi at the 5:33 mark gave Bryan a 21-point lead at 58-37. Allen was unable to lower the margin to below 20 points for the duration of the evening as Bryan carried a 66-46 lead into the start of the final quarter.

Two made free throws by Savanna Cummings with just over two minutes left in the game gave the Lions a 26-point edge, which was their largest of the contest. After two successful foul shots by Allen with one minute remaining, Marlee Sells countered for Bryan with a bucket from the three-point line to raise the difference back to 26 points for a 88-61 final.

The win improved the Lion’s overall record to 2-5 and 1-3 in conference play, and the Yellow Jackets dropped to 5-5 overall and 2-2 in the AAC.

Bryan remains away this weekend when they hit the road Saturday, Dec. 3, for a conference matchup against the Rams of Bluefield College (Va.) with tipoff slated for 2 p.m.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Bryan College Presents Annual Christmas Concert Dec. 9-10

christmasposter-webNovember 28, 2016 – Christmas spirit abounds! Join us Friday & Saturday, December 9-10 for the annual Christmas concert presented by the Bryan College Fine and Performing Arts Departments. Each performance starts at 7:30 p.m. in Rudd Auditorium and features the Bryan Chorale, Chamber Singers, String Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Piano Ensemble.

The theme for this year’s concert is “An International Christmas” and will feature musical sounds and styles heard around the world.

“The Fine and Performing Arts department is excited to celebrate ‘An International Christmas’ this year,” said Kimberly Keck, the department chair of the Fine and Performing Arts department. “It is our hope that we can use this beautiful music from around the world to point others to the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

A Christmas dinner will be held before Friday’s concert at 6 p.m. in Brock Hall. For more information and to purchase tickets for the dinner, visit here,      

Concert tickets for both nights are available here or at the Box Office in Rudd 303.  For more information, call 775.7500.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

AAC Runner of the Year Tyler Boone Places 39th at National Championship

dsc_0669November 21, 2016 – After piecing together a remarkable year highlighted by two wins this season, including crossing the finish line first in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship which earned him the AAC Runner of the Year crown for the second consecutive season, Tyler Boone paced his way to an impressive 39th finish on Saturday at the 61st Annual NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championship. Boone finished with a time of 25:23.8 in the 8K event held at North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, Ill.

The field was packed with 331 talented runners with Bacone’s (Okla.) Jackson Thomas outlasting defending national champion Geoffrey Kipchumba of William Carey (Miss.) in the final 1K to win the program’s first-ever individual title. The senior of Naschitti, N.M., flew through the course in a time of 23:50.2.

The Raiders of Southern Oregon, who entered the national championship ranked No. 3 in the final regular-season coaches’ poll, accumulated 122 total points to become national champions for the second time in program history.

The quality performance by Boone over the weekend marked the fifth best finish at the nationals in Bryan College Cross Country history. Bryson Harper (‘12 grad.) registered 10th and 27th during his time as a Lion, Anthony Simpson (‘14 grad.) had a 15th place finish, and Connor Hatfield finished just shy of the All-American rank with a 32nd place finish.

Boone made history this year as Bryan’s first-ever back-to-back AAC Champion, and his efforts gave way to him being recognized as conference runner of the week three times this season. At last year’s AAC Championship meet, he won in convincing fashion by setting a new course record at Victor Ashe Park with a time of 25:02.32.

Two other occasions that Boone shined this year were at the Greater Louisville Classic where he placed 11th in a field of 300 that included a large amount of NCAA DI runners, and at the Royal invitational hosted by Queens University where he came in behind only one NAIA runner with a notable time of 24:47.

With the cross country season coming to an end, the Bryan Lions now turn their attention to the approaching track & field season.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Lady Lions Fall to Conference Foe Reinhardt Eagles 71-63

brandi-whitted-and-tonesha-allison-action-shot-resizedNovember 20, 2016 – After dropping a nail-biter 73-71 decision to the Union College Bulldogs (Ky.) on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in their Appalachian Athletic Conference season opener, the Bryan Lions Women’s Basketball looked to respond on Saturday night against fellow AAC opponent Reinhardt University Eagles (Ga.). The Lions trailed the Eagles 30-28 at the half but couldn’t keep the pace as Reinhardt rallied for a 23-19 third quarter and got the tilt 18-16 in the final period for a 71-63 victory, improving their overall record to a perfect 6-0 and conference record to 2-0. Bryan drops to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the AAC.

The Eagles finished the game shooting 43.6 percent from the floor, outshining the Lion’s 33.3 percent. Reinhardt also finished better behind the arch at 37.5 percent compared to Bryan’s 11.8 percent. Both sides had notable performances from the foul line as the Eagles were 17-of-23 and the Lions were 13-of-20. Despite being outshot, Bryan won the rebound battle 41-39 and corralled 15 offensive boards to Reinhardt’s seven. The Lions also forced the Eagles to 25 turnovers as Bryan turned the ball over 18 times. On the defensive end, the home team showed quick hands as they tallied five blocks and 16 steals.

A three-pointer by Reinhardt’s Erika Woodfin gave the Eagles a 14-7 lead six minutes into the first quarter, but Bryan countered with an 11-2 run in the final four minutes to regain a two-point lead, 18-16, heading into the second quarter. The run was sparked by a two-point basket made by Tristan McClellan and followed by a made shot from Brandi Whitted. Reinhardt interrupted with two made free throws, but the Lions were not affected as Whitted ran the floor and took a pass from McClellan, put up the trey, and pulled Bryan within two. In the final minute, Tonesha Allison added two points to level the score and Erisha Talley sank the go-ahead bucket to put the Lions up.

Reinhardt continually battled Bryan for the lead, but the Lions went ahead 24-20 midway through the second quarter. Woodfin and Rebecca Cheeks hit daggers, each connecting on shots from deep, giving the Eagles a 26-24 advantage. Bryan couldn’t hold off Reinhardt as the Eagles controlled a 30-28 lead heading into the break.

The Lions allowed the Eagle’s lead to grow to eight points through the first three minutes of play after halftime, 39-31, but Bryan was poised and never backed down which gave way to a 44-44 tie with 2:48 on the clock in the third quarter. Two made foul shots by Talley gave the Lions their last lead of the game at 46-44. Reinhardt held Bryan to only one more point in the period as they worked their way to a 53-47 lead.

Two back-to-back scores by Reinhardt in the final quarter provided them with their first double-digit advantage in the game, 57-47. The Eagles continued to soar, expanding their lead to 13 at 65-52 with five minutes left in the game. Bryan responded with five unanswered points to decrease the margin to eight, but that would be the closest the Lions would come as Reinhardt held on for a 71-63 win.

Only two Lions reached double-digits in scoring as Talley led the team with 11 points while shooting 4-of-9 from the floor and also aided with six rebounds. Kaylee Smith finished 5-of-13 for 10 points and was followed by McClellan who was one point away and one assist away from a double-double as she totaled nine points, going 3-of-8 and 3-of-4 at the foul line, and dished out nine assists. Megan Billingsby boarded a team-high seven rebounds and was 2-of-8 for six points. Katie Wolfe was efficient as she shot 2-of-2 and was 2-of-2 at the free throw line for six points. Ashli Chew came up empty on the offensive end but helped defensively with five steals.

Bryan stays at home on Tuesday, Nov. 22, as they host a tough conference opponent in Tennessee Wesleyan who downed the No. 1 team in the country, Marian University (Ind.) one week ago, 92-89. Tipoff between the Lions and Bulldogs is slated for 5:30pm.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Lee Scores Career High 21 Points In 93-74 Loss To Reinhardt

oteriah-lee-action-shotNovember 20, 2016 – Despite their season-opener win, the Bryan College Lions Men’s Basketball team has struggled to put another “W” in their record this year after dropping five consecutive games by ten points or less and coming up short earlier in the week in the Appalachian Athletic Conference opening game against the No. 11 team in the country, Union College (Ky.). On Saturday night, the lions looked to claim a victory in both their overall and conference record, but the impressive Eagles of Reinhardt University (Ga.) proved too much as they claimed the lead directly after tipoff and never surrendered it for the rest of the game.

Reinhardt jumped to an early double-digit lead at 18-7 and built their advantage to 24 points by the end of the first half, 53-29.

Ahead 60-34 with 16:34 left in the game, the Eagles pieced together eight unanswered points to claim a 34-point lead, their largest of the contest. The Lions responded with a nine-point rally initiated by a two-point bucket from Oteriah Lee, three-point shot by Tyler Yoder, another basket from inside by Lee, and a shot from underneath by Brice Cusick. Reinhardt was unshaken by any momentum shift and continued to play their game, holding off Bryan with a comfortable lead. With three minutes remaining, a trey by Yoder and a two-pointer plus two bonus free throws by Lee dropped the Eagle’s lead to 16. The Lions sustained the applied pressure, and Lee capped the run with a basket at the two-minute mark to cut the margin to 12 points, 86-74. Bryan was forced to send Reinhardt to the foul line in hopes to close the gap by missed free throws and capitalizing on the opposite end of the floor. Unfortunately the plan didn’t pan out as the Eagles connected on 5-of-6 free throws and added a last second fast-break layup, while the Lions came up empty on three chances from behind the arch resulting in a 93-74 Reinhardt victory.

Bryan struggled shooting 38.2 percent in the game and 28.9 percent from downtown, and Reinhardt impressed firing 53.2 percent from the floor and 46.7 percent behind the three-point line. The Eagles also dominated the glass 45-29 and held their turnovers to 15, while forcing the Lions into 19 turnovers.

Lee scored a career-high 21 points shooting 8-of-13, 1-of-4 from deep, and 4-of-5 at the foul line. He also led Bryan in the assists column with three. Yoder followed with 20 points going 7-of-18 and 6-of-14 from three-point territory. Cusick chipped in 13 points after shooting 6-of-11, and both he and Yoder registered a team-high seven rebounds apiece. Reagan Johnson was the only other Lion to collect double-digits in scoring with 11 points on 2-of-6 shooting, 1-of-5 from the outside, and a perfect 6-of-6 on free throws.

Up next for the Lions is conference opponent Tennessee Wesleyan who are receiving votes in the top-25 poll. The game is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7:30pm in Summers Gymnasium.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Men’s Soccer Season Ends In Opening Round Upset by Spring Arbor

Photo by Curtis Jolley
Photo by Curtis Jolley

November 19, 2016 – The No. 21 ranked Cougars of Spring Arbor University (Mich.) overcame a two-goal deficit in the first half with a two-goal second half performance to level the game 2-2 before sophomore forward Janum Sailor netted the game-winner just over one minute into the first overtime period to upset the 10th seeded Bryan College Lions. The 3-2 win sends the Cougars to Delray Beach, Fla. where they will take on Appalachian Athletic Conference Champion, No. 7 seed Union College (Ky.) on Tuesday, Nov. 22, with kickoff slated for 1:30pm EST. Union College tied American Midwest Regular-Season Champion Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) and advanced on PKs, 5-3.

Just as they have done all season long, the Bryan Lions controlled an early lead while not allowing their opponents to do much offensively. It was the host team’s leading scorer, sophomore forward Charlie Clarke who found the back of the net to put Bryan on the board first at 16:39. It marked his 14th goal of the season, and it was freshman midfielder Brad Spooner’s fifth assist of the year as he connected with Clarke.

It was just over 20 minutes after the initial goal that Bryan’s sophomore defender Cooper Loftin, scored his first goal of the season and second in his career when he stole a pass from a Spring Arbor defender and sent a strike from the top of the box past the outstretched hands of the Cougar’s goalkeeper, Cobi Piper, providing the Lions with a multi-goal lead that was carried into the break. At halftime, Bryan carried a slight shot advantage at 7-5.

The Crossroads League Champion, Spring Arbor, gained their composure at the half and took to the pitch with the mindset that the game was far from over. It took the Cougars less than five minutes to cut the margin to one when Sailor capitalized on a shot missed by Lewis Jones that was saved by the Lion’s keeper, Alex Horton, for his ninth goal of the season. Spring Arbor continued to apply the pressure, as it eventually paid off in the 68-minute mark when junior midfielder Kevin Veeder found freshman midfielder Jacob Crull open who settled the ball and slotted a shot into the goal for his fourth time this season, notching the equalizer which brought the score to 2-2.

Bryan created three looks and Spring Arbor followed with two in the final 22 minutes of play, but neither team could end the game in the first 90 minutes of action. In need of overtime to figure a winner, both teams pieced together game plans and returned to the field.

It was all Spring Arbor as the overtime period got underway with the Cougars attacking and the Lions unable to slow down the pace. In the first minute, two attempts by Spring Arbor led to a pair of corner kicks by Crull. Junior defender Mitchell Simon corralled the ball off a corner kick and delivered a shot but was blocked by Spooner. Freshman defender Alex Sokalski positioned himself to control the rebound and hit an open Sailor who found the back of the net for the second time of the contest and 10th of the year, giving the Cougars the 3-2 win.

Spring Arbor improves their overall record to 15-3-4 and moves their record to 2-2-2 against teams either ranked or receiving votes this season.
Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Men’s Soccer Hosts NAIA Tournament Game Saturday

mens-soccer-naia-championshipNovember 16, 2016 – The Bryan Lions Men’s Soccer team looks to extend their season with a home playoff match against Spring Arbor University on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. in the opening round of the NAIA tournament.

Admission for the game is: Adults – $5, Students – $1, and Ages 10 & under – free.

If you can’t make it to campus, you can live-stream Saturday’s game and keep up with live stats provided by Bryan’s Sports Information department.

Finishing the regular season at No. 11 in the nation, the Lions pieced together a remarkable year, knocking off three opponents ranked in the top 25 along the way. This season, the Lions have outscored their opponents a combined 56-16 with only one loss on their record.

Bryan’s back line has been anchored by Jordan Dunstan who earned AAC Defensive Player of the Year honors and Brad Spooner, who was named the AAC Freshman of the Year. Bryan also had four members named to the All-Conference First Team and two named to the Second Team.

This is Bryan’s 4th NAIA tournament appearance in program history and the 5th for Spring Arbor. The winner of Saturday’s game will head to Delray Beach, Florida for the tournament’s second round of 16 teams at the Seacrest Soccer Complex.

To stay up to date with the Bryan Lions Men’s Soccer team, follow them on Twitter @BCLionsMSoc. Visit bryanlions.com for information about Bryan Lions Athletics.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director 

Bryan College Joins in Giving Tuesday Holiday

giving_tuesday_logostacked1November 14, 2016 – Beginning this year, Bryan College will participate in the global social media holiday known as Giving Tuesday on Nov. 29. All donations received will go towards the Bryan Scholarship Fund, which provides students with financial assistance to be able to attend Bryan.

“Together, we can give a Christian worldview education to a deserving student,” said Janice Pendergrass, Director of Advancement at Bryan College. “Whether you can give $5 or $500, every gift matters.”  

Everyone is welcome to contribute including students, parents, alumni, and friends of Bryan. An anonymous donor has offered to match each Giving Tuesday gift received up to a total of $1,000. This means that your $5 gift becomes $10 or your $25 gift becomes $50.

Now in its fifth year, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving designed to break away from the mindset of buying and instead focus on a spirit of giving. Last year, more than 115,000 colleges, universities, and nonprofits participated, raising a total of $116 million for their causes.

Throughout the coming days, Bryan students will be sharing stories about how donors’ contributions have impacted their lives through scholarships on the school’s social media accounts and in emails sent to supporters.

You can support Bryan’s Giving Tuesday campaign by giving a secure donation online here.  

Follow our Giving Tuesday campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Bryan College Celebrates Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

soccer-championsNovember 8, 2016 – In 1977, Bryan College’s men’s soccer program made history by winning three straight NCCAA National Championships. Their tremendous accomplishments on the field will now be forever remembered as all members from the ‘75 and ‘76 team were recently inducted into Bryan’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

“These team members and the legacy they represent at Bryan College is one of courage, determination and the hearts of champions,” said Paulakay Hall ‘84, Alumni Director at Bryan College. “These team members came from every walk of life and many different countries, yet I have never seen classmates so dearly knit together. They are true Lions.”

In 1975, Bryan defeated Judson College 2-1 to win their first title. The subsequent championships came with wins against Grace College in 1976 and Eastern Mennonite College in 1977. Following the 1976 season, Luke Germann ‘78 and John Shalanko ‘77 were named to the NCCAA All-American Team.

Inductees include:

Head Coach – John Reeser

Assistant Coach – Bob Andrews ’67

Steve Bailey ’77

Ken Baker ’76

Randy Ballard ’76

Tim Becker ’81

Sam Blanchard ’77

Don Blanton ’76

Brian Chapman ’79

Skip Cline ’77 – Team Assistant

Jerry Cline ’78

Archie Cole ’79

Rocky DaCosta ’80

Tim Faugl ’76

Benny Gati ’78

Luke Germann ’78

Ngugi Githuka ’77

Charlie Goodman ’79

Chuck Grant ’76

Nyles Huffman ’81

Erkki Lahdeaho ’80

Seppo Lahdeaho ’78

Neil Magnussen ’77

Rodman Miller ’76

Glenn Porcella ’77

Biff Quarles ’76

Mastin Robeson ’76

John Shalanko ’77

David Shaver ’79

Jim Soyster ’80

Carlos Vega ’79

Jose Vega ’78

To view a list of past inductees into the Bryan Athletics Hall of Fame, click here.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Bryan in Review: Oct. 31 – Nov. 4

November 7, 2016 – See what happened on campus this week with this collection of photos, stories, and other highlights from our social media accounts!
Compiled by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator