UMHB Men’s Golf wins another ASC Championship title
Apr26

UMHB Men’s Golf wins another ASC Championship title

Published in the April 26, 2017 issue of The Bells The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Men’s Golf team rallied together to win their 7th American Southwest Conference Championship title in the program’s history on Wednesday April 19 in Kerrville, Texas. The Cru had a team total score of 844, beating the previous UMHB record of 850. “We’re thrilled. It’s exciting because of all the hard work that the guys put in to get here,” Men’s golf head coach Jordan Cox said. “They set a goal and worked so hard to get to this place. The other thing that’s kind of a factor in all of this is that there is such a legacy of success in the program. So for these guys to continue that legacy and to win that trophy, there’s a lot of satisfaction for a lot of people that has come from it and it makes everyone feel really good to continue that legacy that has been left.” Senior Mats Heien stole the spotlight in the tournament, shooting a 64, 69 & 68 for the UMHB record-breaking tournament total of 201 and was able to finish 15 under par. He also earned ASC All-Conference First Team honors and individual medalist honors. “It was incredible to watch a perfect card, shooting 64 the first round and following that the same exact day and shooting 69. His demeanor throughout the entire tournament was fantastic,” Cox said. “He was stellar, I mean he was record-setting, so it was absolutely incredible.” However, each member of the team played a vital role in the Cru’s ability to come out on top this season. “It has truly been a team effort all season,” Cox said. “We have had different players at different times during the season kind of step forward with their game and help us at various times. I think that’s one of the things that has made our squad so tight. They’re good friends and they are now extremely successful as a golf team. They all pull each other together and keep moving forward.” This team has proved to be very successful this season, but Coach Cox believes that their best attributes go beyond just their talent on the golf course “Work ethic and desire have to be right at the top of the list,” Cox said. “They have a lot of qualities as golfers and a gigantic work ethic and desire to be successful at it. So, those things spill over into their game. It also spills over into the classroom as well. We have the highest GPA of any team in the athletic department, which is over 3.5....

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Cru Baseball on the path to success this season
Mar29

Cru Baseball on the path to success this season

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells With a little over half of the 2017 season behind them, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor baseball team is working hard to bounce back from all of the challenges they have faced. The Cru has an overall record of 10-11 and a 4-5 conference record, but the team is constantly striving to improve and is confident heading in to the second half of the season. “We are pretty happy with how our season has gone up to this point,” assistant coach Nate Shipp said. “We had a lot of turnovers in our lineup since we’ve had injury issues. We lost four of the nine guys in our starting lineup, so that was a tough start to our season.” But the team is really fighting through it and playing hard, Coach Shipp said. They have many young players in the lineup, but they’ve come a long way. “We had a really difficult schedule to start this season with some of the nation’s top competition, but we got through it and played some good ball, and we’re really starting to roll now,” he said. “They’ve done such a good job and they are playing so hard. That’s what makes this group so special.” Struck with the injury bug early in the season, the young players have had to step up and work together to be successful this season. “Our biggest challenges this season have been our injuries,” Shipp said. “On the first day of the season, the team lost two of our junior starters. Just after that, they lost another hitter in their lineup and then this last weekend, we lost a senior pitcher and another starter from the offense. “So we are really trying to recover from all those losses,” Shipp said. “We are also trying to move the guys around and find where they all fit and what their role is on the team.” Looking forward to rest of the season, the team is hoping to continuously improve in all areas of the game. “Since this is a young team, there are some things that these guys just have to learn through playing,” Shipp said. We swing the bat pretty well, but we will get more consistent as we go. “The team’s infield defense is also a lot of young guys in pressure situations, so they are trying to clean that up as well.” “But overall, our pitching is starting to throw better and our guys are starting to figure it out, so we are on the right pace,” he said. After suffering a pair of losses against Concordia...

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Association of Black Students hopes to unite campus
Mar08

Association of Black Students hopes to unite campus

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells With over 60 current members in the Association of Black Students, this growing club continues to work toward one goal: to form unique and genuine relationships between all students, regardless of their ethnic background and to spread awareness of black culture throughout campus. “The Association of Black Students is a club that strives to bring the university’s diverse population as one, while also making it understandable to students what it means to be a black student on a college campus,” ABS event coordinator Nicole Ikefuna said. “It also provides an avenue for black students to interact with other races.” Ikefuna said that anyone can get involved in ABS by coming to one of the group’s meetings, paying dues, and being involved with the different events they host on campus. “There is so much to gain from becoming a member of ABS,” she said. “People can gain knowledge as to how to deal with others and be a part of a community and a family. And most of all, they can gain experiences that will help mold them into who they will become.” The coordinator said she has personally gained an understanding and love for others by being a part of the group. “I love getting to meet people from different backgrounds, and those who have been in similar situations,” she said. “I have been able to appreciate where we all come from and appreciate that we all have different views.” ABS is more than just a club, it’s a way for members to experience different cultures and gain experiences they might not have otherwise. “We put on many events throughout the semester,” Ikefuna said. “For example, with February being Black History Month, we had a keynote speaker, CJ Wilson, come and speak to us. He talked about what it means to be black and Christian. We also have many different get-together events, which are like little mixers, where all members can meet and get to know each other.” The club even has a buddy system in place, where members can find someone in the club with similar goals or someone they feel comfortable expressing their goals to. And through this partnership, they are able to hold each other accountable and make sure they are making steps toward achieving their goals. “We also have outings where we go out and do things together,” she said. “For example, a couple semesters ago we went to a STEP show and this past semester we went to the Southwestern Leadership Conference, which was a really cool experience.” The group is now working on...

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Sport Spotlight: Heien begins final season
Mar08

Sport Spotlight: Heien begins final season

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Senior men’s golfer Mats Heien has played golf for as long as he can remember, and his passion and dedication to the sport has not only contributed to the success of the team, but has also inspired his teammates to strive for excellence both in golf and in life. “I think I have been playing golf for about 10 years now,” Heien said. “My father played golf and that’s how I got into it. I loved it ever since I hit my first golf ball.” Heien said his inspiration comes not only from his father, but also from professional golfer Rory McIlroy. “I like how hard he works at his game, and this makes me want to work even harder so that one day I will beat him,” he said. Heien traveled 5000 miles from Royken, Norway to Belton to continue his golf career at the collegiate level. “I chose to come play at UMHB because of the weather,” Heien said. “I also got a good feeling about Coach Rodeffer, so I took a chance that this place would help me be the best golfer I could be.” While Heien is thousands of miles from where he grew up, UMHB has become his home away from home over the last four years, with a little help from his teammates. “My favorite part about playing here at UMHB is the golf team. They are definitely the best part,” Heien said. “It is a lot of fun going to tournaments with this team, and we help each other get better every day.” While there are many aspects of golf that helped Heien fall in love with the game, there are a few in particular that have stood out to him over the years. “I love the competition side of golf the most,” Heien said. “I prepare for hours and hours so when I go out to play tournaments, I know that I can beat everybody out there. Golf is basically turned into my entire life. And this is the only thing I want to do in life.” Heien’s dedication to perfecting his skills has paid off. In the last two years, Heien has had the best individual seasons in UMHB men’s golf history and was named a Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year Semifinalist. This season is Heien’s last season here at UMHB and he hopes that he can lead the team to achieve their goals one last time. “I feel that I work hard on my game and my scores reflect this so that I can help my team each...

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Men’s and women’s tennis optimistic in the start of 2017 season
Feb22

Men’s and women’s tennis optimistic in the start of 2017 season

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells With just a little under a week until the start of the 2017 spring season, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams have been working around the clock to make their final preparations. Head Coach James Cohagan is optimistic that all of the hard work will lead both of these teams to success this season. Women’s: The women’s team looks to start the season strong and will face Austin College in their season opener on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. in Sherman, TX. The home opener will take place on Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m. versus LeTourneau University. “The ladies are working very hard and practice has been purposeful and fun for the most part,” Cohagan said. “Those are great signs, and the ladies are all pulling for each other even while competing. The coach said the team has been playing a lot of round robin matches and trying to get off to a great academic start since the main focus of their conference season occurs after spring break. There are many new faces that will be joining the women’s team this season, and Coach Cohagan is hopeful that the few returning players will step up to lead the others to be successful this season. “Ashlee Montgomery, Hope Nash and Shannon Kelly are our returning players this season,” Cohagan said. “They have to both play hard and serve as leaders for the other five ladies.” Coming off a 4-11 record last season, Cohagan and the girls have placed their focus on ways to improve in many different areas of the game and have been working very hard to do just that. “I think the ladies are working hard on the basic strategies of tennis — how to combine various patterns of play to defeat various opponents,” Cohagan said. “Specifically, it is our desire to get off to faster starts in our singles and doubles matches.” Men’s: The Cru men’s team will also face Austin College on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. in Sherman, Texas to start what looks to be a promising season.“I am very excited about our men’s group,” Cohagan said. “We have only one senior but he has been our number one player for three years. This year we have much better depth to our lineup and players are fighting to be in the top 6 singles spots and the top 3 doubles spots.” Cohagan and the team have high expectations for what’s to come this season. “We need to win more matches in the 3-6 spots in the singles lineup and the 2...

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