Senior basketball player shines on and off the court
Feb08

Senior basketball player shines on and off the court

Published in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Senior men’s basketball guard Daniel Mills has played the game for as long as he can remember. As a leader both on and off the court, Mill’s passion and dedication to the sport has not only contributed to the success of the team, but also has inspired his teammates to strive for excellence both in basketball and in life. “I started playing basketball when I was four-years-old,” Mills said. “My dad introduced me to the game and put me in a recreational league in Temple.” While Mills has had many people throughout his basketball career that have made him into the player he is today, his father has been the most influential. “[He] is my biggest inspiration because he’s been through so much fighting cancer and still puts a smile on his face every day,” Mills said. Growing up in Belton, choosing to continue his basketball career at UMHB was an easy decision for Mills. “I chose to come play at UMHB because I wanted to be close to home and my dad who was really sick,” Mills said. “My favorite part about playing here at UMHB is my teammates. We are like brothers.” As a senior on the team, Mill’s strong leadership and team skills on and off the court can be seen every single game. “I just try to be the best teammate I can be,” Mills said. “I do whatever the team needs, so at any given night it could be different. I’m a scorer, but we have a lot of people on this team that can score also.” With a 13-8 overall record this season, Mills and the rest of the team hope to be more and more successful and improve their record. “For the rest of the season, I hope we can see how far we can go and hopefully win a conference championship,” Mills said. The senior plans to continue to pursue his passion of the game in his future career. “In the future, I’m hoping to get into business, but I don’t exactly know what I want to do yet,” Mills said. “However, I do plan on trying to go overseas to play basketball professionally.” Basketball has always been much more than just a sport to Mills, it has been a way of life.. “Basketball is so important to me because I love to compete and honestly I just love playing it,” Mills said. “I love being able to play and win.” Throughout his time playing here at UMHB, Mills has always been a leader for the rest of the team. “Mills...

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Cru Baseball preparing for the 2017 Spring season
Jan25

Cru Baseball preparing for the 2017 Spring season

Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells With a little over three weeks away from the first pitch of the 2017 season, the Cru baseball team has been hard at work trying to prepare for what looks to be a tough but promising season. Coming off an 11-28 record last year, this team has a lot to prove. But Head Coach Ben Shipp is confident that they can do it. “We are apprehensive and excited to start the season,” Shipp said. “We had a tough season last year. We got hit with the injury bug and we weren’t deep enough to handle it. Obviously going into this season, we don’t want to experience that again.” Shipp said the team has worked to overcome last year’s injury struggles and is looking forward to getting back on the field. “I’m always excited this time of the year,” he said. “I just can’t wait to get started.” This year’s team has been improving every day in many different areas, and Shipp believes that these improvements will lead them to a successful season. “I really like our pitching staff this season. We have been young for several years and we are finally getting to be a little older. I’m hoping that they are going to be the glue that holds us together,” Shipp said. He thinks the team has also dramatically improved their speed. “Pretty much everyone can run well,” he said. “We’re looking forward to playing a little different type of game than we have in the past. That’s always fun.” Shipp and the rest of the team know there are areas that they need to continue to improve on and they have their sights set on doing so this season. “This [year], we are aiming to cut down on the number of walks. We had way too many free passes last year,” he said. “Also, we want to be a little more aggressive at the plate. Last season, I felt like we took too many pitches and weren’t aggressive enough.” In order to reach their goal of winning the American Southwest Conference, Shipp believes there are many steps that this team must take. “Our first goal for every season is to win our conference championship. But along with that, there are steps we need to take. The first step is to get this team to play with confidence,” he said. “They are all very talented, but if we can get them to play with confidence, I think we can do a good job. The second step is to get the team to play together and believe in each...

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Cricket league offers a piece of home
Oct26

Cricket league offers a piece of home

Published in the Oct. 26, 2016 issue of The Bells For most students here at UMHB, the word cricket is nothing more than the name of the annoying bugs that invade the campus every year. However, for the Indian students here on campus, cricket is a beloved sport and a piece of home. “Cricket is a game that was invented in England,” said Sumanth Ande. “We have 3 formats in cricket: T20 (20 overs, each over containing six balls ), ODI (one day international, in which each team plays 50 overs so 300 balls), and Tests (a five day game with two innings). There are 11 members per side, and since it’s a clash between two teams, there are 22 members needed to play a match. The team that wins the toss will have the option to bat or ball, and the second team chases the other team’s score to win the match.” Because of its popularity in India, members of the Indian Student Association decided to come together to start a cricket league for these students to participate in on campus. “The students and members of ISA together started the league because it helps the students when they miss their home country,” ISA Events Coordinator Girish Maganti said. “This place is a home away from home for all Indian students, so it’s kind of a stress buster and fun activity.” Although this cricket league is still relatively new, it has been one of the most successful ongoing events that ISA has planned in the last few years. “We decided to start the league because it is one the best games in India and we all love to play cricket,” Maganti said. “The league has been going on for the last couple of years. This is my second semester here and I came to know that they conduct this league every semester. I was the conductor for the league last semester, as I’m the event organizer for ISA. It’s been awesome.” Maganti and the rest of ISA try to make the league as authentic as it is back home for these students, down to the very last detail. “Firstly, we need teams to conduct the matches,” Maganti said. “We pair up the different teams randomly and according to winning teams, the competition changes. Based on points, we will decide the final match between two teams and we award the prizes for winners and runners.” This league plays every semester. The teams practice separately, but not in school. Last year, there were five different teams, but the amount of students that participate varies each semester. “Any student that is interested...

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Women’s soccer hopes to win championship, break records

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells It’s halfway through the season for the women’s soccer team and the Cru is already on the road to a conference championship. Despite the tough schedule they have faced this season, the Cru has gone undefeated in all of their conference games and currently hold an impressive 7-2-1 record. Head Coach Barry Elkins is confident that this year’s team is the one to beat. “Overall, I’ve been very pleased with our results this season,” Elkins said. “The regional rankings just came out. There are eight regions in the United States and we are in the West region. We are ranked #7 in our region, so we are doing pretty well so far.” But the coach admits the teams’s schedule this season is very tough. “We’ve already played two nationally-ranked teams. I think it’s a positive thing to play good competition, but it’s been very stiff competition. That has been our biggest hurdle.” The success of the season so far has relied heavily on the experience of the girls on the field. “We have a total of nine seniors and that makes us one of the most, if not the most, experienced teams in our conference,” Elkins said. “Along with that, defensively we are playing really well. We have had eight shutouts on the year, which is getting close to a school record and it’s only halfway through the season.” In the past three years, the Cru has made a lasting impression that has changed the course of the program forever. “This has been our most successful group of girls overall,” Elkins said. “The majority of our seniors have been on the field all four years, starting as freshmen. They have been the core of the team.” In the first 13 years of this program, they only had three winning seasons which have all been in the last few years. Over the past few years, we have changed our overall history and the credit certainly goes to this group of seniors,” Elkins said. “We also have improved our conference record in those past three years, so we are constantly improving.” The Cru’s ultimate goal is one that all teams look to achieve: a conference championship. “Our focus this season has been to win a conference championship and go undefeated through our conference schedule,” Elkins said. “So far, we have been able to remain undefeated, but we have a big weekend coming up against Hardin-Simmons University, who is also undefeated. It is a big weekend to reach our goals. (Update) Ultimately, it’s about getting into the conference tournament and winning it,...

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Cru volleyball set for another successful season

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells With an impressive 8-3 record to start the 2016 season, Cru Volleyball has already made their mark. After going undefeated at the Austin College Invitational Tournament in Sherman, Texas, Cru volleyball has struggled a bit, but Head Coach Rob Frost is optimistic looking forward to the rest of the season. “We’ve played some very good teams,” Frost said. “I feel we are learning fast and have competed well. We have a young group of players taking up most of our starting line up, so I like our upside as we keep working hard.” While it is still early in the season, Coach Frost is confident that this year’s team, while young, has already proved that they have what it takes to make it all the way to the end. “We have a great upside with very athletic players,” Frost said. “We are still young and need to keep learning and growing. The core of our team needs to play together longer. We should get a lot better as we go through this season together, and next year as we return a lot of players who have been together.” Frost and the rest of the team have set high expectations of what they hope to accomplish this season, both on and off the court. “Our goals every year are to win the ASC championship, get to the NCAA Tournament either by winning the ASC championship or receiving an at large bid, and win a national championship,” Frost said. “Aside from winning, we want to use athletics as a platform for ministry. If we can use volleyball to honor God or point someone to Christ, then that is a bigger success than all the wins.” Captains Abby Voskuil and Natasha Evans have stepped up as leaders on the team and have played a huge role in the success of this season. “We are very balanced, everyone contributes significantly, and this is a strength for us,” Frost said. “We are a strong team because everyone works hard at their role. Our captains Abby Voskuil and Natasha Evans have been great leaders for this team. They are easy to follow because they are great teammates and also play a great game on the court. “ Senior outside hitter Abby Voskuil, who won ASC West Division Offensive Player of the Week earlier this month, is pleased overall with this season so far and has high hopes for what is to come. “This season has been tough, yet fun. Every year is a new team and new girls are added, and we are all really...

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