Intramural sports give students opportunity to exercise, make friends
Sep28

Intramural sports give students opportunity to exercise, make friends

For students looking for a great way to relieve some stress and have a great time, intramural sports might be the perfect fit. Offering a variety of sports in both the fall and spring semesters, intramurals give students the chance to connect with fellow students and get involved. This opportunity is available for everyone, whether you are a retired athlete, or just someone looking to join a competitive activity. There are currently four intramural sports being offered this fall, including Men’s and Co-Rec Flag Football, 4 vs. 4 Sand Volleyball, Outdoor Soccer, and Indoor Volleyball. Although the flag football and sand volleyball seasons are already in session, students can still register for Co-Rec Indoor Volleyball through midnight on Oct. 18 and outdoor soccer through midnight on Oct. 19. “The best way to get involved is to create an IMLeagues account online,” said Director of Campus Recreation Sue Weaver. “You can access this on the intramural & rec sports page of the Campus Rec webpage umhb.edu/rec/intramural-sports. This account will allow you to receive announcements about upcoming deadlines, create teams, join teams and see the semester schedule.” Students can create their own teams with like-minded friends who are interested in playing, or they can ask to join a team online as a ‘free agent.’ “This does not ensure you will be put on a team, but captains can look at the free agent list and invite you to their team if they want.” Intramurals are different from other school-related activities and organizations because they allow students to get involved without all of the responsibilities and time commitments. “Teams will play one to two games per week. Most teams don’t really have formal practice times. The only equipment students might want to provide for themselves is a pair of non-metal cleats. We also don’t provide gloves to everyone who plays softball in the spring. However we sometimes have a few extra for people to use.” It is important for students interested in playing on an intramural team, and even those already on a team, to read the rules and regulations hand guide in order to maintain a safe and fun experience for everyone. “Students can find the manual on the campus recreation website,” Weaver said. “We also host a captain’s meeting for each sport. At that meeting we go over any sport specific rules or changes, sportsmanship, and eligibility guidelines.” Any current UMHB undergrad, or those attending for a graduate or doctoral degree, and UMHB faculty and staff are all eligible to play. However, there are some other eligibility requirements concerning NCAA athletes playing in their same sport. Weaver said there are...

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Cru volleyball starts 2017 season undefeated, 8-0
Sep14

Cru volleyball starts 2017 season undefeated, 8-0

Volleyball season is back in full swing and the Cru has already made their mark, sweeping away the competition. The Cru went 4-0 at the UMHB 2017 Invitational and now has a record of 8-0. After going an impressive 20-11 in the 2016 season, the Cru is ready to come back even stronger this year. “We are proud of how things went in our opening tournament, but we know we have a lot of work to do to reach our best play this season,” said head coach Rob Frost. “This group is very good and we are working hard to be our best.” Although it’s very early in the season, Frost and the rest of the team have set the bar high as to what they want to accomplish this season and are determined to make it happen. “Our focus is to be our best selves on and off the court,” Frost said. “Every year we want to win the ASC conference tournament or get a bid and be in the NCAA national tournament. Ultimately, we want to win a national championship.” In order to achieve their goals for the season, the girls have been pushing themselves on the court and beyond, even throughout the offseason. Frost and the team know there are many areas they will have to continue to work on, but they are prepared to do whatever it takes to get to the place they want to be. “We worked hard through our spring season. Over the summer they had certain goals and things to work on in the weight room and on the court,” Frost said. “It is a year round process.” The team voted senior Natasha Evans and junior Sarah Paolini as captains to lead them to what will hopefully be a successful season. “They are both skilled at their role on the court, and they are hard workers with great character,” Frost said. “We rely on every player doing her job well. It is a very selfless environment.” Although this season has just begun, Frost knows there is something special about this group of girls. “We have a young starting lineup learning a lot and growing in about every area of the game,” he said. “However, the group of young women we have this year are great people, a lot of fun to be around and hard workers. UMHB attracts great people across campus.” Frost isn’t the only one excited and optimistic about beginning a new season, the players also have high hopes about what is to come. “I expect great things for this season,” junior outside hitter Laryssa Wills said. “We are...

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Natty champs return to the field
Aug23

Natty champs return to the field

It’s been a little over nine months since the Cru were crowned National Champions that chilly December night in Salem, Virginia and a new season is just around the corner. For head coach Pete Fredenburg and the rest of the program, it’s an exciting but pressuring time. “We have very high expectations and are excited to go into the season as the National Champions, but knowing we have to fill some big shoes and work extremely hard to create the same team chemistry it takes to win all your games,” Fredenburg said. With just a few weeks away from the first game of the 2017 season, the Cru is ready to focus on doing whatever it takes to make this year another successful one. “The first game is always a concern to get over the excitement and make sure we are doing the things we need to grow as a good team,” Fredenburg said. “We just need to continue to work on our tempo on offense and continue to strive to be balanced. We play Sul Ross and they are getting much better so we will work very hard to get prepared for that game.” The Cru will be facing some changes to the roster this season, but there are no shortages of players who aren’t willing to step up to lead this team into success this season. “The biggest change will be the players who are moving into the leadership roles of our team, Fredenburg said. “Among others, I believe Haston Adams is prepared to be a great player.” With a fresh set of faces joining the team this season, Fredenburg believes the guys will have to work very hard to build the bond that will lead them to a successful season. “These guys want to win the first game and continue the process to develop into a great team,” he said. “Our biggest challenge this year is just going to be developing the team chemistry needed to do so. It is important that we stay healthy as well.” Fredenburg has been a vital part of the program since it began 19 years ago, and it’s no secret that his passion for the game and coaching has made a huge impact on every team he has coached. “I love watching guys grow into new roles needed to make a team function and grow,” he said. “It is a process that evolves with maturity and dedication.” The Cru will face Sul Ross State University in their first game of the season at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, September 9 at 6...

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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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