Cru drops first two games of 2016 season
Feb12

Cru drops first two games of 2016 season

The Crusader baseball team started its season with a tough test as they faced off against No. 7 Rhodes College on a cool Friday afternoon. Senior pitcher Aaron Barteau took the bump for the Cru and pounded the zone early as he struck out the side in the first inning. The Cru got on the board first when Senior Chase Burrow tripled to drive in Scott Stephens. Burrows then scored when Max Conway hit a fly ball that was dropped by the right fielder to give the Cru an early 2-0 lead. The Lynx responded in the fourth inning when Bill Munson scored on a fielder’s choice before Bennett Notestine stole home to tie the game. Rhodes took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when an error by third baseman Dakota Parsons allowed Jackson Lourie to score. Barteau gave up three runs on two hits over five innings. “His stuff was really good. Being a strikeout pitcher is a double-edged sword, because you get a lot of strikeouts, but you throw a lot of pitches,” UMHB head coach Ben Shipp said. The Cru tied things up in the bottom half of the inning when Cody Stone’s RBI single knocked in Will Stafford. Rhodes regained the lead in the seventh inning when Nathan Foshee dropped a squeeze bunt down the line. Parsons doubled to start the eighth for the Cru and scored on an error by Rhodes second baseman Zac Lange to make it 5-4. Riley Davis singled to start the ninth for the Cru, but Lynx pitcher Jack Mercer shut the door and closed out the win for Rhodes. Even though the Lynx got the win, Rhodes head coach Jeff Cleanthes didn’t feel like his team played the better game on the afternoon. “We were outplayed by a really good baseball team,” Clanthes said. “We just got the plays and they got the bad hops.” The Cru took the diamond for a second time Friday evening to face the Ponoma-Pitzer Sagehens. Ponoma-Pitzer got the scoring started in the third inning when Tanner Nishioka’s double allowed Simon Rosenbaum to score on a throwing error by UMHB right fielder Will Stafford. The Sagehens added another run in the inning on an RBI single from Bryce Rogan. In the home half of the third, Stafford came through with a two-out double and then scored on a base hit from Seth Martin to make it 2-1. However, Pomona-Pitzer added RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings to pull away 4-2. Crusader starter Seth Hill gave up four runs on eight hits, but managed to strand seven on base. “Seth didn’t have his...

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Campus and community fellowship as one

The university’s Baptist Student Ministries has teamed up with four local churches to present ONE, a series of on-campus worship events designed to create unity between the student body and the community. ONE replaces FOCUS, a similar event that the university hosted for several years. “With the growth of local church ministries, changes in campus culture, multiple options competing for evenings, and the life cycle of events, FOCUS was fading for a couple of years,” said BSM Director Dr. Shawn Shannon. “It had served its purpose. We were officially saying farewell to it by the spring of last year.” The BSM connected with Vista Community Church, Temple Bible Church and First Baptist Church to create the worship experience. “Graciously, Austin Fischer of Vista Community church sparked a dialogue about coming together as multiple ministries as a testimony to the unity we have in Christ,” Shannon said. “The four of us met throughout the past summer, talking, listening, discerning, praying, planning, and learning to trust and delight in one another.” After laying out the groundwork for what ONE was to be, Shannon assembled a student leadership team of students including senior public relations major Katie Valenzuela and sophomore music education major Jacob Burlingame. “We were having coffee one day and Dr. Shannon asked, ‘Do you want to be a part of ONE?’ and I thought, ‘What’s ONE?’” Burlingame said. “She described it, and it was a new concept. At the time, I wasn’t really sure about it. But I prayed about it and as time went on, I eventually said yes and I haven’t doubted it yet.” The principle of ONE is that on a college campus, everyone comes from a different spiritual setting, so the goal of the event is to give students a place where they can step out of their comfort zones and interact with new people. “We each have our own church backgrounds, and some of us don’t have church backgrounds at all. So ONE is UMHB coming together to worship,” Valenzuela said. “A lot of us go to different churches, so to be able to come together to worship the same God and learn the same things in the same place is really neat.” Burlingame said it’s easy for people of faith to fall into a rut when they engage in the same worship patterns each week, but ONE is a way to break through the monotony. “You get in the habit of meeting with the same seven or eight people every Wednesday at church. ONE is a way for us to connect with the full body of Christ, not just my body of Christ,”...

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A tale of two games
Jan28

A tale of two games

The Cru never trailed Jan. 21 against Howard Payne University, but had to overcome a late push by the Yellow Jackets to secure the 88-76 victory. The game was tied at 11 just over five minutes in before UMHB went on an 11-2 run to stretch its lead to nine points. The Cru continued to widen the gap in the first half and an emphatic dunk by senior Sidney Deloach made it 42-22 with 2:35 remaining in the half. The Cru held a 48-29 lead at the break. “I thought we played well in the first half. I didn’t think we played great, but we just want them to play good, and that’s what we’ve been talking about,” UMHB coach Ken DeWeese said. “You don’t have to do anything spectacular, just play good.” UMHB grabbed its largest lead with 14:15 remaining in the contest when a 3-pointer from junior Shon Lewis pushed it to a 21-point advantage at 59-38. That’s when the tides started to change. HPU chipped away at the lead before a Bryan Adams three made it a 66-61 win with 5:14 remaining. “They went into that zone to try and slow us down, and I guess we were just more passive than we were in the first half,” senior guard Layton Zinsmeister said. Tensions ran high in the final minutes of the game. UMHB senior Russell Green was ejected after a flagrant foul with 3:27 left. The Yellow Jackets cut the lead to three at 74-71 with under 2:30 to go. With 1:43 remaining, HPU guard Rickey Guillory picked up a technical foul after scoring a bucket, and was ejected 25 seconds later after receiving a second technical. “Those guys were doing a lot of talking. I told our guys, ‘Words don’t hurt you. Because if words did hurt you, as bad as I’ve talked to you the last three weeks, you’d all be dead. Let them do the talking and you just keep your mouth shut,” DeWeese said. The Cru was able to knock down its free throws in the final minute to put the game on ice and seal the 88-76 win. Zinsmeister said the team hadn’t been playing up to its full potential, but came out playing inspired basketball. “We had a little fury in our eyes. Coach has been hard on us,” Zinmeister said. “He’s been motivating us to play harder and it definitely worked in the first half.” The team returned to action Jan. 24 when they hosted the Sul Ross state Lobos. Sul Ross had the lead for most of the first ten minutes, but went cold midway through the...

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Candidates cause confusion as primaries near

Can a socialist really become president? How about someone born in Canada, or someone with no political experience? Could a candidate staring down the barrel of a federal indictment really win a general election? The first votes of the primary elections will be cast Feb. 1 in Iowa, and voters must choose from some of the most polarizing candidates in recent memory. Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has long been seen as the frontrunner to win the Democratic Party’s nomination, but growing questions about her infamous email server may be enough to derail Clinton’s campaign. In March 2015, it was revealed that as Secretary of state, Clinton used a private server to conduct federal business. Through ongoing investigations, it has also been revealed that Clinton’s server contained highly sensitive and classified material. Now, Clinton may be facing possible indictment because of the issue. But even if she isn’t indicted, the issue could very well be enough to keep her from receiving the Democratic nomination. Democratic voters who turn away from Clinton may not like the alternative either–self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders, who is proposing unprecedented tax hikes. Under his plan, those at the top of the economic ladder would be paying as much as 58 percent in taxes. While the Robin Hood theory of taking from the rich and giving to the poor sounds good on paper, in practice, it would likely end in disaster. Large corporations aren’t going to stand for such huge cuts in profit. Instead, they would probably be forced to send even more jobs overseas, which would be a devastating hit to the working class. Even though his tax reform is a cause for concern, Sanders’ character isn’t being called into question like Hillary’s. Sanders is a genuine individual who seems to want what’s best for the country. Voters may disagree with his policies, but it’s evident that Sanders has a clear advantage over Clinton at this point in the race. If the Democratic Party isn’t complicated enough, the Republicans are here to muddy the waters even more. There are still a dozen candidates in the race, but the two frontrunners – Donald Trump and Ted Cruz – are the two most polarizing figures of the group. Throughout the campaign cycle, many thought that Trump’s allure would wear off with voters. It hasn’t. In fact, he seems to be getting stronger as time goes on. Trump doesn’t have the political experience. He isn’t diplomatic and he doesn’t hold back when talking about his opponents. He may not be the logical choice for a Commander-in-Chief, but his loose-cannon style has certainly resonated with voters. But as...

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TLU too much for Cru
Dec09

TLU too much for Cru

The Crusader men’s basketball team played a tight first half against Texas Lutheran Dec. 5 at the Mayborn Campus Center, but the Crusaders weren’t able to overcome a blitzkrieg of Bulldog three-pointers. The game was dead even for the first 12 minutes as the teams traded leads 14 times. The score was locked at 23 before TLU went on a 7-0 run to pull out in front 30-27 with 3:50 remaining in the first half. But the Cru responded with a 6-0 run of their own. Freshman guard Demarius Cress was fouled as he hit a running floater and completed the 3-point play at the free throw line. On the next possession, Junior Avery Polchinski drained a three to make it a one point game at 30-29. The Cru later gained a 33-32 advantage on a bucket from junior Daniel Mills. TLU would hit two free throws to retake the lead and add to it when freshman Paris Mauquez hit a buzzer beater to put the bulldogs up 36-33 at the half. Both teams had trouble shooting in the second half, as both shot just 32 percent from the field. The difference was that TLU made all six of their free throw attempts while UMHB hit only 12 of 22. “There’s no excuses,” said senior guard Layton Zinsmeister. “We’ve just got to get up there, be mentally tough and knock our free throws down.” TLU shot attempted 16 3-pointers in the first half, but made just four of them. The Bulldogs got hot from behind the arc in the second half, however, as they hit 7 of 11. After a Crusader bucket to make it 36-35, TLU opened the half with four consecutive scores and extended the lead to 46-35. Senior center Russell Green said the Crusaders weren’t as aggressive as they would have liked to be on defense. “We let them shoot too many wide open threes. We gave them some looks,” Green said. “They like to play fast and get down the court, but so do we. We just didn’t match their intensity, especially on defense.” Those 3-pointers proved to be too much for the Cru to handle as TLU stretched its lead to 16 at one point. UMHB was never able to cut the deficit to single digits as the Bulldogs cruised to the 81-71 win. “The 3-point line has changed so many things. When a team makes two or three, for some reason, it gets them a little more excited and they start playing with a little more confidence,” UMHB Head Coach Ken DeWeese said. “[The 3-pointers] made a big difference in their competitiveness and...

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