Sophomore Karley Free shines on and off the field
Apr20

Sophomore Karley Free shines on and off the field

Sophomore first baseman Karley Free has played softball for almost all of her life. As a leader both on and off the field, Free has played a significant role in the team’s success this season. “I started playing tee ball at age four,” Free said. “I’ve played select softball since I was eight and I was also on the varsity team at Henderson High School for four years.” While Free has had many people throughout her softball career that have made her into the player she is today, there is a particular person that has been the most influential. “My dad has inspired me most in softball because he’s always been there to push me to get better on and off the field,” she said. Choosing to continue her softball career at UMHB was an easy decision for Free, as it was a perfect place to call home. “I chose to come play at UMHB because it was a different place for me to move to and continue playing that wasn’t too close or too far away from home,” Free said. “My favorite part about playing here is the people. My teammates never fail to make me laugh.” Although Free is only a sophomore, her strong leadership and team skills on and off the field can be seen every single day. “I feel I am a leader on the team because I try to encourage my teammates every day and push them to work hard,” she said. With a 14-15 overall record this season, Free and the rest of the team hope to become more and more successful as this season continues to improve their record. “For the rest of the season, I hope we continue to get better every series and work as a team. Hopefully we can get a spot in the conference tournament,” Free said. The seasoned softball player plans to continue playing softball and hopes to continue her passion for sports in her future career. “I am planning on getting my masters in sports administration/sports management and working in college athletics or at a professional level in baseball,” Free said. Softball has become more than just a game for Free, as it has taught her many more things about life and about herself. “Softball is so important to me because it helped me build a strong work ethic, good character, and become responsible,” Free said. Playing this season hasn’t always been easy for Free, as she recently lost someone who had a huge impact on her sotball career. “I had a close friendship with an umpire since I was about 10 years old that passed...

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Sports Spotlight: Senior carries out family legacy
Feb16

Sports Spotlight: Senior carries out family legacy

On and off the court, Senior Exercise and Sport Science major and women’s basketball player Tori Tucker has always led by example, and aspires to be the best that she can be. With 15 years of basketball experience under her belt, Tucker hopes to finish this season strong, and along with the help from the rest of the team, have a shot at winning the conference championship in a sport that she has devoted her entire life to playing. “Both my parents are coaches, so I kind of grew up with the game. I started by playing with Little Dribblers. That’s where it all started,” Tucker said. “My mom was my coach, so I grew up playing for her, and I played Amateur Athletic Union for about 10 years. All of that led up to me coming to play here at UMHB.” Tucker’s biggest inspiration in basketball, however, didn’t come from her parents or other coaches, but instead came from her older sister, who also played basketball for UMHB. “My sister, Taylor played basketball here for three years,” she said. I have always looked up to her on the basketball floor. I have always tried to strive to be like her because her work ethic was exceptional.” While Tucker loves playing for UMHB for many reasons, there are a few that stick out to her specifically. “My favorite part of playing here is probably the facilities. However, it is also because of the EXS staff and how they give me insight and background on the sport,” Tucker said. “I love being a part of a team because of the team chemistry. Doing things together outside of the court kind of helps us on the court.” Tucker has used the sport to help her in many different ways. Besides getting to play the game that she loves, basketball has also taught her a lot about life. “Basketball is important to me because it is my getaway. It always has been. If I am going through something, I kind of use basketball to help me cope,” she said. “It helped me find myself when I didn’t know who I was.” This season, Tucker is looking to put her best foot forward and do everything she can to help this team to be successful. “Even though for about three years I wasn’t able to contribute to the team because I was hurt, I feel like this year I am a contributor through leadership,” Tucker said. “I lead by example with how to do stuff full speed and giving 110 percent. Nobody can say that I am not giving it my all. I...

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Softball strives to improve
Jan28

Softball strives to improve

As the 2016 spring season draws closer, Head Coach Larry Hennig and Assistant Coach Melissa Maler, along with the rest of the Cru softball team, are gearing up to take on their opponents. Coming off of a 21-18 record last season, the Cru has high hopes that they’ll get a chance at a successful season. “We are very excited for this season,” Henning said. “We’ve been going at it since August and had a month of fall softball. We feel like we are improved from where we were at last year and we we are going to improve even more.” The Cru looks to start the season strong as they face-off against Texas Lutheran University Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the season opener. Freshman firstbaseman Ainsley Skopik said the team is eager to start the season. “We are very excited to open our season. We have worked hard throughout the offseason and we are ready to take the field,” Skopik said. “We have an incredible team of talented and dedicated players.” The home opener will take place Feb. 12 at 4 pm against LeTourneau University. “This season the team is committed to improvement,” Henning said. “We want to put up more wins and be one of the top teams in our league.” The team struggled to fend off the top three teams in the conference last year and is determined to make a better showing than last season. But even though the team will be focusing on defeating their toughest opponents, they will also be focusing on enjoying the season. “Softball is a passion for these girls,” Henning said. “They are players that grew up playing the game and they had other family members that were softball players. So, they are really just living a dream playing here at Mary Hardin-Baylor. Being able to get a college degree and getting to do something that they love is near and dear to them, so we want them to enjoy it”. Hennig has spent his entire life committed to this sport and loves to share his passion with the team every single day. “I enjoy coaching softball because I’ve been on some sort of sports team my whole life,” he said “I started playing sports when I was 10 or 11-years-old and I have been on a team ever since.” While there are many reasons that Hennig loves coaching the game, there are a few things that stick out to him. “It’s so cool to see the different personalities that come into play. There are no two people alike and it keeps me on my toes,” he...

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Tis’ the season for a movie marathon
Dec08

Tis’ the season for a movie marathon

The Christmas season is finally here and it’s time to spread some holiday cheer. If you’re looking for the perfect holiday movie for your next Christmas movie marathon, these films are a must-add to your list. 1. Elf, 2003, PG Buddy, a human raised among Santa and his elves, travels to New York City after finding out his true identity. He goes on a quest to meet his real father, and has to adjust to the crazy life outside of the North Pole and win over his not-so-caring father’s heart. This favorite Christmas comedy combines Will Ferrell’s hilarious sense of humor with classic Christmas spirit. It is sure to leave both children and adults singing and laughing out loud. Whether you’ve seen it or not, this movie is a must-add to your annual holiday movie list. 2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000, PG Everyone in Whoville is excited and full of Christmas spirit, preparing for the Christmas holiday. Everyone, that is, except for the Grinch, who is insistent on stealing Christmas. This classic film is based on Dr. Seuss’ book ,and continues to be a childhood favorite for both kids and adults. A definite must-see this Christmas season. 3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 1989, PG-13 In hopes of impressing both his wife and children and his visiting extended family, Clark Griswold sets out to have the perfect Christmas. But unfortunetely for the unlucky family man, everything goes wrong. With many of the same cast members and producers of National Lampoon’s Vacation, this timeless comedy is still a popular movie choice during the holiday season. If you are looking for a good laugh to add to your Christmas movie marathon list, Christmas Vacation should definitely be on the top of your list. 4. The Polar Express, 2004, PG In this modern holiday film, a little boy goes on the journey of a lifetime to the North Pole on a train ride that teaches him bravery and how the spirit of Christmas will never leave those who believe. The Polar Express is the perfect way to relive your childhood and the magic of believing in Christmas. So, make sure to include it in your next Christmas family movie night. 5. Home Alone, 1990,PG After accidentally being forgotten at home by his parents during Christmas vacation, an 8-year-old boy is left to protect himself and his home from two burglars. This scary experience soon turns into a hilarious experience for the young boy. It is the perfect Christmas movie to laugh at with a group of friends or loved...

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#WBW: favorite Halloween movies
Oct29

#WBW: favorite Halloween movies

For those looking for some classic Halloween films to add to their scary movie marathon list, these chillers will keep people of all ages entertained and spooked. Halloweentown (1998), TV-G Halloweentown is a story about a young girl named Marnie who discovers she’s a part of a longline of witches. Through a chain of unexpected events, Marnie must help her grandmother save her hometown of supernatural creatures. Between the shrieks and giggles, Halloweentown combines two of my favorite things: Disney and Halloween. And while it lacked complexity like most other TV movies, its spooky storyline and fun special effects makes this a must-see Halloween movie for people of all ages. Casper (1995), PG Casper is a story about a friendly young ghost who haunts a Maine mansion, and befriends the young girl who lives there. The girl and the ghost share their stories of loss and find healing while having spooky fun. This adorable film is sure to capture viewers’ hearts, while still being scary. This movie is timeless, and the storyline is enjoyable for all ages. Twitches (2005), TV-Pg A more recent Halloween film, Twitches is another Disney Channel original movie about two girls that uncover the secrets of their past. They discover that they are twins. Not only are they twins, but separated at birth. They must work together to save their homeland from the dreaded force of Darkness. This goofy and fun film is just scary enough to capture viewers’ attention, but also is light-hearted enough for younger children to enjoy. This movie is the perfect film to incorporate into your next Halloween movie marathon. Scream (1996) R This horror film, about a town terrorized by a serial killer, will have viewers on the edge of their seat “screaming.” This timeless movie has inspired many scary series to this day, including MTV’s 2015 series “Scream” and Fox’s 2015 series “Scream Queens,” along with three other sequels to the original movie. While this film is certainly intended for an older crowd, its creepy and terrifying storyline will leave viewers sleeping with their light on with chills running down their spines. Hocus Pocus (1993), PG This wonderful charming tale of three Salem witches who wreak havoc on a small new England town on Halloween is sure to make your movie list. The witches are resurrected by a teenage boy, who, with the help of his little sister and the girl next door, must try to stop the menacing sisters from stealing the souls of children. This classic film is a must see for viewers of all ages, as it combines the spook of the Halloween spirit with a...

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