Oklahoma Sooner Kyle Murray has big decisions to make
Jan30

Oklahoma Sooner Kyle Murray has big decisions to make

The chance of a high school athlete playing major league baseball is .4 percent. The odds of a high school athlete playing in the National Football League are .08 percent. The chance of having the opportunity to choose either is slim to none. Kyler Murray from Oklahoma University has achieved this rarity. After playing quarterback for Texas A&M, Kyler Murray decided to take his talents to the baseball diamond for Oklahoma University. He did not play his best right away, but after coming back from a disappointing first season, Murray began to catch the public’s attention. In his second season, he had a .296 batting average with 47 RBIs, 10 stolen bases and 10 home runs. After his second season, he declared for the MLB draft, where he was drafted ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics. In signing his contract, Kyler Murray received a $4.6 million signing bonus. However, Murray wanted to finish his final year of football for the Oklahoma Sooners. Despite being smaller than average for a quarterback at only 5’10, Murray had a fantastic second season playingfor the Oklahoma Sooners. Kyler was in the running for the Heisman Trophy, the award presented annually to the most talented college football player, from the beginning of his second season. As the season progressed, it only solidified his spot in thefront-running for the esteemed trophy. Murray finished the season with over 4,300 passingyards and was responsible for 42 touchdowns. WhileMurray was playing for Texas A&M, coach Kevin Sumlin clocked Kyler’s top speed at 22 miles per hour. This insane speed was responsible for Murray rushing for over 1,000 yards in the season. After another great season, Murray decided to also declare for the NFL draft. This has put him in a difficult situation, because as a quarterback, his team would be very dependent on him, especially if his talent carries over into the NFL. Therefore, he will not be able to play both sports like BoJackson and Deion Sanders did. His ability to translate his talent to the NFL is a big “if”, because, as previously stated, Murray is very small for an NFL quarterback. Furthermore, if you look at the history books of Heisman winners that were draft busts, it is not a positive outlook. A bright side to playing in the NFL is that he will get more endorsement deals and he will be in the spotlightfrom day one. Some fans speculated that his NFL signing contract would be larger, but the Oakland Athletics said that they would match the price that an NFL team is willing to pay for him. In the long run, he would likely...

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Crusaders clinch national title
Jan30

Crusaders clinch national title

UMHB will be celebrating their second Division III National Championship win Thursday, Jan. 31, after their third consecutive trip to the Stagg Bowl. The UMHB Crusaders met the University of Mount Union from Alliance, Ohio for the second time on Dec. 14, and won back the trophy. The Crusaders spent the majority of the season unmatched by their opponents, winning the majority of their games by a landslide. The closest score gap of the season was Dec. 1’s playoff game against St. John’s University, where the Crusaders achieved a three-point win over the Johnnies. The largest score gap of the season was the very first game on Sept. 15, when the Cru traveled to Reading, Pennsylvania to defeat the Albright College Lions by 84 points. Despite their promising winning streak, the Crusaders still played every game with skill and spirit. This was partially because Mount Union kept a zero on the Crusader scoreboard at the 2017 national champion- ship. This year, UMHB was out to prove that they could defeat this strong rival. The desire to rise to the championship again and redeem themselves seemed to be great motivation for the Cru, as they started off the season with a huge win over Albright College. This motivation carried on throughout the season, and the team was undefeated going into the championship. However, achieving the national title would be no easy feat. The Crusaders were set for a rematch against the Mount Union Purple Raiders in Shenandoah. Michael Carpenter, a former running back for the Crusaders, felt that this year, UMHB had to prove themselves as they headed into the championship. “After coming up short like they did last year, they definitely had something to prove,” Carpenter said. “I think you always have something to prove, though.” UMHB definitely succeeded in proving themselves with a 24-16 victory over Mount Union. On the night of the game, the stands were packed. Because tickets for UMHB fans hadsold out quickly, Crusader fans filled both sidesof the stadium, despite the cold weather. The game started off in Mount Union’s favor, and the first quarter ended with a score of 10-7 with the opponent in the lead. By halftime, however, UMHB had stepped up their game, and they took the lead with a score of 13-14. At the end of the third quarter, the Cru hadimproved their score to 17-13, and by the end of the game, the final score was 24-16. In the final seconds of the game, the stadium erupted. Fans were ecstatic that the Crusaders had won their second title in three years. Players and coaches gathered on the field to accept...

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Cru soars over McMurry at homecoming
Nov13

Cru soars over McMurry at homecoming

The UMHB Crusaders faced off against the McMurry War Hawks at home on Saturday, Oct. 27. Coming into Saturday’s game the War Hawks were 2-5 while the Cru remained undefeated. The Crusaders had already been a force to be reckoned with, as the closest score gap that any team reached when facing the Cru was 26 points. The first two minutes of the game with the War Hawks did not make it look like things were going to be any different. The Cru scored a touchdown in the first minute and thirty seconds. Junior quarterback Luke Poorman threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver K.J. Miller, and the offensive onslaught did not stop there. The Cru scored two more times in the first quarter. The Cru scored their second touchdown on a 39 yard punt return by K.J. Miller. The Cru scored a third touchdown again in the first quarter. This scoring drive took eleven seconds in only one play with a 58-yard run by senior running back Markeith Miller. Overall this was just a great showcase on both sides of the ball. The fast scoring from the offense was exciting to watch. The offensive showcase from the Crusaders was on full display through the game. Markeith Miller had three more rushing touchdowns, totaling four in the game. He was close to having a rushing touchdown in each quarter, but he did not score in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Luke Poorman started this game, and he was 14-16 for 143 yards and had two touchdowns with his longest being a 43 yard pass. The Crusaders had two running backs passing 100 yards rushing for this game. Senior running back Markeith Miller rushed for 146 yards on 11 attempts and sophomore running back Marquis Duncan rushed for 126 yards on 21 attempts. The Cru defense totaled nine tackles for losses and one sack. The only sack the Crusaders collected during the game was by junior defensive tackle Joey Longoria from Pearland, Texas. Freshman defensive back Jefferson Fritz and junior defensive back Jon Hughes both picked up an interception for the Cru. This was a great game for the defense as they held the McMurry War Hawks to just seven points and 15 yards rushing. The Crusader defense caused the War Hawks to lose 26 yards on rushing plays. The Crusader defense almost had McMurry at a standstill only allowing six first downs all game and that includes first downs received through penalties. This was another wonderful game for the Crusaders. Only one team was able to score more than one touchdown against the Crusaders this season. On...

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Cru soars over McMurry at homecoming
Nov13

Cru soars over McMurry at homecoming

The UMHB Crusaders faced off against the McMurry War Hawks at home on Saturday, Oct. 27. Coming into Saturday’s game the War Hawks were 2-5 while the Cru remained undefeated. The Crusaders had already been a force to be reckoned with, as the closest score gap that any team reached when facing the Cru was 26 points. The first two minutes of the game with the War Hawks did not make it look like things were going to be any different. The Cru scored a touchdown in the first minute and thirty seconds. Junior quarterback Luke Poorman threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver K.J. Miller, and the offensive onslaught did not stop there. The Cru scored two more times in the first quarter. The Cru scored their second touchdown on a 39 yard punt return by K.J. Miller. The Cru scored a third touchdown again in the first quarter. This scoring drive took eleven seconds in only one play with a 58-yard run by senior running back Markeith Miller. Overall this was just a great showcase on both sides of the ball. The fast scoring from the offense was exciting to watch. The offensive showcase from the Crusaders was on full display through the game. Markeith Miller had three more rushing touchdowns, totaling four in the game. He was close to having a rushing touchdown in each quarter, but he did not score in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Luke Poorman started this game, and he was 14-16 for 143 yards and had two touchdowns with his longest being a 43 yard pass. The Crusaders had two running backs passing 100 yards rushing for this game. Senior running back Markeith Miller rushed for 146 yards on 11 attempts and sophomore running back Marquis Duncan rushed for 126 yards on 21 attempts. The Cru defense totaled nine tackles for losses and one sack. The only sack the Crusaders collected during the game was by junior defensive tackle Joey Longoria from Pearland, Texas. Freshman defensive back Jefferson Fritz and junior defensive back Jon Hughes both picked up an interception for the Cru. This was a great game for the defense as they held the McMurry War Hawks to just seven points and 15 yards rushing. The Crusader defense caused the War Hawks to lose 26 yards on rushing plays. The Crusader defense almost had McMurry at a standstill only allowing six first downs all game and that includes first downs received through penalties. This was another wonderful game for the Crusaders. Only one team was able to score more than one touchdown against the Crusaders this season. On...

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A sports writer’s analysis on LeBron James
Nov13

A sports writer’s analysis on LeBron James

Throughout the 2017 basketball season, fans and sports analysts were plagued with one question: What would be in store for LeBron James at the end of the season? James’ history indicated that he was not solely devoted to his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, because he had left the team earlier in his career. Sports enthusiasts spent the season debating whether or not he would move to a different team. Ultimately, he decided to leave Cleveland and join the Los Angeles Lakers. James has been a major name in basketball for years. In 2003, he was drafted out of high school by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick of the draft. He spent the first seven years of his career in Cleveland, where his team was knocked out of the playoffs year after year. After being knocked out for the fifth year in a row with a loss to the Boston Celtics, he entered free agency at the end of the 2009-2010 season. On July 8, 2010, James declared that he would be playing in South Beach for the Miami Heat. There, he joined his talents with two other superstars from the 2003 draft, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The team made the playoffs every year that he was in Miami, winning two championships in four years and making the Miami Heat a force to be reckoned with. However, after a loss in the finals to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013-2014 season, James decided to leave Miami. In 2014, he took his talents back to Cleveland to join Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Since then, James and the Cavaliers have made it to the finals every year. In last season’s finals, James and the Cavaliers were defeated by a sweep from the Golden State Warriors. James’ contract expired at the end of the season, and he had previously declared that he would become a free agent after the playoffs, regardless of whether his team won or not. Many fans and analysts assumed that he would not leave his team, but Cleveland’s less-than-stellar season record may have influenced his ultimate decision to leave. At the beginning of the season, the Cavaliers were the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the championship, but once the season was underway, sports enthusiasts began to doubt these prospects. This led to an overhaul of the roster at the All-Star break. The overhaul of the Cavalier’s roster did not live up to the hype. Although they made it to the championship, they were utterly defeated by the Warriors. LeBron simply did not have the support he needed from his team to win...

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