Goals high with national and regional ranks
Oct04

Goals high with national and regional ranks

With a  4-2 season for conference play, men’s Cru soccer is looking to extend the winning streak as they continue through the rest of their season games. One key factor to their success has been the teamwork they have formed. With many new players and returners alike, it has been important for everyone to come together to be one. “Teamwork is critical to our success. There isn’t one player on the team that is the sole reason for us winning. We need every player fully committed to the team in order for us to get better,” senior forward and accounting major Trevor Shoppach said.  After four years on the team, Shoppach is confident about the season and the group of men that make up men’s soccer this season. “This year we have the best team we have ever had. I can count on each player to give their best every practice and every game,” he said. Senior midfielder and exercise and sport science major Logan Nance agrees with his teammate on how crucial working together has been for their season thus far. “Teamwork is huge for us. Without our chemistry and closeness as a team, I don’t think (we would be) nearly as successful as we have been. There really isn’t one star out there on the field; we all bring something to the team that makes us the team we are,” he said. This past week, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America ranked Cru soccer both nationally and in the West Region. They are 14 in the nation and number two in the region, with only Trinity University in front of them. The Sept. 27 game against the Tigers was cancelled due to lighting, and there has been no reports of rescheduling this game. However, the Cru still know there is room for improvement in every game. The men want to make sure they stay focused the entire game and don’t allow opponents to have an upset over them.  “I hope we haven’t reached our peak yet. We want to be more efficient when we have the leads taken care of and not let the teams come back,” Head Coach Brad Bankhead said. With their aim set on making it far into playoffs this season, the team knows it is important to take each game one at a time and not get ahead of themselves. “One of the main goals we have for every game is to outwork the other team, and we have done just that. We fly around the whole field and it causes the other team to make mistakes and get worn down,” senior...

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As Texas faces historic drought, campus attempts to reduce water waste

With record-breaking temperatures and drought conditions throughout the summer and beginning of the fall semester, conserving water has been a big topic of discussion. For 2011, there have been more than 80 days with 100 degree or higher temperatures in Central Texas cities. This poses a problem for not only UMHB but all campuses that want to keep their university looking nice and presentable. Numerous times in the quad, the sprinklers will be running in the heat of the day. Many students have noticed this and were instantly reminded of the money they spend on tuition. Director of Facilities Services Rick Martinez said that the university tries to limit the watering of the university from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. to insure that the maximum amount of water can be used and is not being wasted by the heat. However, this is not always possible because the four ground technicians sometimes have to check the irrigation lines to make sure that the sprinklers are working properly and watering the correct areas.  This can be why students see water on the sidewalks or throughout campus. Recently, the intramural field was redesigned to create a more efficient and effective watering system for the grounds. When first installed, the new sod had to be watered more frequently than usual to make sure the grass didn’t die. Now that the flag football season has started, Facilities Services have gone back to a more regular watering cycle. One thing that people always comment on when they see our campus for the first time is how beautiful it looks.  With all of the old trees and manicured grass in the quad, it’s hard to forget the university after a visit. However, with our growing campus and additions of many buildings, this could pose a risk with new grass being planted and landscaping that will need to be watered. With fall just around the corner, cooler temperatures are a welcomed sight. This will provide relief from the amount of water that was being used in the previous months. Facilities personnel ask that if students see any areas being watered improperly to contact them at extension 4586. This will ensure that they can take care of the problem and contribute toward a more water-efficient...

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Alumnus signed with Green Bay Blizzards of indoor football league

One of the most versatile players in Cru football history played in the Indoor Football League this past season. Alumnus Bryson Tucker spent most of his time as a defensive back for the Crusaders, but he contributed on either side of the game. “Bryson was a very unselfish player who played both offense and defense depending on where the team needed him to play,” Head Coach Pete Fredenburg said. Tucker has been the only Cru player to have touchdowns in six different ways during his four-year career at UMHB. He was also chosen to the American Southwest Conference All-Conference three times. “It is very rewarding to see the hard work those players put in every day pay off with the opportunity to play professionally,” Sports Information Director Jon Wallin said. “We are proud to have members of the Cru advance to the professional ranks, and it just helps get the name of UMHB football out to the public.” With offers to play in the IFL since February, Tucker had a tough decision to make. It was important to him to graduate with his sport management degree before he signed a professional contract. On May 11, Tucker signed to play for the Green Bay Blizzards, the indoor team for the Packers. “I wanted to make sure I graduated before I made the decision to move on to play football,” Tucker said. “Once that happened, I went (to Green Bay) in mid-season and played with them the rest of the season.” Although the basics of the game are the same from college to the indoor league, one big difference is timing. “The game is a lot faster indoors. The speed of the game is really the biggest difference, especially with the timing for the quarterback and receivers,” Tucker said.  One of the most rewarding parts for Tucker was the loyalty of the Blizzard fans and the interaction he was able to have with each of them after the games. “You really get to share the experience with the fans with them being right there on top of the field,” he said. “The fans are just as loyal to us as they are the Packers and love both of the teams.” Although the season ended in July, Tucker is thankful for the time he was able to spend with the team. “It was an experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I got to play with a lot of guys that I watched on TV, so that was pretty cool,” he said.  Tucker wants to continue his football career and eventually open his own sport management company that helps to recruit athletes...

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Gettys receives new furniture, paint and smell
Sep13

Gettys receives new furniture, paint and smell

Over the summer there were many changes made to one of the dorms on campus, Gettys. The much-needed renovations took more than three months to complete, but were well worth the wait when the new residents moved in.  “It is just total night and day from the way the rooms looked,” Resident Director Phil Jones said. Jones worked alongside maintenance and construction services manager James Garcia to make the renovations come to life. Although Jones is new to being the RD in Gettys, discussions about redoing the dorm had been swirling around for several years by Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life Donna Plank. “When they gave the green light, it was like the heavens opened up,” Jones said.  Some of the renovations included redoing the bathrooms and adding new beds, desks and vanities to better accommodate their residents. There was also new two-tone paint on the walls, along with retexturing them to get rid of the years of repairs and imperfections. All new flooring was put in throughout the whole building, and, the study area on the second floor was completely redone with computers, tables and couches. Jones said they tried to hit “all the functional areas of the dorm to make it more appealing.” One group of students that has really been able to enjoy the renovations are the resident assistants. “I love all the renovations. It was an old dorm and needed renovations. One big complaint was always the smell, and now it is gone,” Gettys RA and sophomore exercise and sport science major Jonathan Hanson said.  Jones loves the positive reactions from residents, or people who just stop by to take a look.  “Hearing feedback from my RAs and former residents who have moved to other places on campus is the big thing. The feedback has been great,” Jones said. Many people who have lived in Gettys before the renovations wish the changes had happened sooner. “It looks so much better now. I wish it would have been like this when I lived here, but I’m happy for the new residents,” junior Christian ministry major Ryan Klopack said.  After doing surveys at the end of last semester, Jones realized the one thing that everyone loved about Gettys was the community among its residents. “Aesthetics are important, but that’s not what creates the environment. All in all, I have great RAs with great leadership, and I have a great group of residents,” Jones said. With it being a men’s dorm, one thing that all the residents are happy about are the larger beds. “Before, my feet would hang off the end of the...

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New coach, season goals set high
Sep13

New coach, season goals set high

With a new head coach from Bowling Green State University, the Lady Cru are looking to put the last season behind them and start afresh. Rob Frost joined the volleyball team in February and has been working with them on their game ever since. Coming from a career at bigger schools, Frost has added something new to the Lady Cru. “His experience has brought us so much,” senior exercise and sport science major and setter Anissa Garcia said. “He has so much passion for volleyball, and you can tell that he genuinely cares for every one of us, not only for volleyball, but off the court as well. His confidence, experience and work ethic has really turned us around.” Although Frost wasn’t looking to move to Texas or a D-3 school, this is where he felt God was leading him next in his coaching career. “I think coming to UMHB was the result of a lot of prayer,” he said. “I had one opinion of what was best for me and where I wanted to go. Finally, I prayed and told God I would go wherever and submitted.” The women on the team are glad he made the move. He has also helped the team become closer to their end of the season goal of winning the ASC title.   “We have the tools to be good this year. We have a tremendous amount of talent, and we have a coach that knows how to get that talent and put it together to make us the best we can be,” senior exercise and sport science and psychology major and middle Sara Hayward said. Frost believes it is important to keep Christ in everything the team does and to pray before each practice. This has made a difference to the players and helped them grow closer. “Coach has brought so much to the team with keeping our team centered on Christ and pushing us,” Garcia said.  “With him, we’ve completely done a 180, and everything is different, the environment of the team, the chemistry, and we are working so much harder together. It’s all because of him. We are just truly blessed to have him.” This is the year that the Lady Cru want to take it all the way and make a name for their team. Frost knows it is possible and wants their goals to be met now, not in two or four years. “The girls here want to win and work hard, so that makes my job great. I’ve got a great group of girls to work with,” he said. The Lady Cru compeated in the Austin...

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