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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Remembering 9-11: 15 years after the tragedy

Published in the September 14, 2016 issue of The Bells It was the deadliest attack our country had ever seen. Thousands lost their lives, and life as we knew it changed forever. Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and while not everyone on campus was old enough to recall the events of that day, the attack had lasting effects that have touched every generation. “I was in college when 9/11 happened,” Professor Dr. Ted Babin said. “I had a meeting that morning for school, and when I got in the car and turned on the radio, I heard them talking about a plane hitting a building. I didn’t think that much of it, but they weren’t playing music on the radio, so I was confused as to what was going on. “When I got to the school, I waited in my evaluator’s office for a while, and eventually she comes in panicking and talking about planes hitting a building. I still had no idea what was going on, so I decided to go find a television to find out. I remember walking into the dorms and seeing a bunch of people crowding around the TV. By this time, both of the towers had been hit.” Professor Dr. Renate Hood was also going about her normal day that September morning when she heard about the attacks. “My mother called from the Netherlands and told me to turn on the television. The first tower had been hit. I was getting my 9-month old dressed and ready to go to her checkup.” Hood’s most vivid memory of the day was sitting in the pediatrician’s office watching young children running around without a clue of what was happening in the world. “We all wanted to see the news but decided that we needed to show cartoons for the children. Every once in a while we would switch the channel and quickly check if the missing plane that crashed in Pennsylvania had been found.” While neither Hood nor Babin knew anyone who was directly affected by the attacks, they both remember the thoughts and emotions they had that day. “I wasn’t really in fear for my safety,” Babin said. “I mean I obviously called my family to make sure they were okay, but it was more the feeling of uncertainty of what was going to happen next. Was there going to be another plane or was something else going to happen? And how was our country going to change because of it?” Hood had a different perspective, having come from a Western European background. “I grew up amidst terrorist groups from...

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BTX; the places to be for Cru and locals alike
Aug24

BTX; the places to be for Cru and locals alike

Published in the Aug. 24, 2016 issue of The Bells Students have officially arrived to their home away from home in the great city of Belton, Texas and the fall semester is in full swing. For some, it is a new adventure full of excitement. For others, it’s just another year in the place they now call home. While it is important to study and be successful in your academic career, college is also a place to make memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you are new to the area, or have been in Belton for years, there is something for everyone to make the best out of your college experience. Go Hiking Hiking is a great way to see the beauty that central TX has to offer. There are many hiking trails located around Lake Belton for all skill levels. Chalk Ridge Falls Park Trail is a great spot for those looking for some adventure. It is a 2.5 mile, moderate trail that features a waterfall and a suspension bridge. Just a short drive up the road in Temple, Texas, Miller Springs Park located at the Miller Springs Nature Center is also a popular spot for hikers. It is a somewhat easier 1.2 mile trail that also features a waterfall. Hiking trails can be found all around Belton, so get out and explore the area. Enjoy the Lake Since the summer heat is still in full effect, going to the lake is a great way to cool down and have some fun. There are two lakes in the Belton area, and they are just a short drive up the road. Belton Lake features picturesque beaches for swimming, while Stillhouse Hollow Lake contains camping spots, fishing, and water skiing. Going to the movies Grand Avenue Theater in Belton, which is located near the Sonic and Walgreens, has movies to offer for everyone. This theater also has deals for UMHB students, including $5 movie Tuesdays with your Cru Card. It’s a perfect way to have some fun with your friends without breaking the bank. Explore downtown Belton Every Crusader should explore the town of Belton outside of campus. A great place to immerse yourself in the local culture is to travel downtown Belton. Not only is it a great place to experience the town’s history, but it is also a great way to take advantage of the shopping and eateries that are nestled on the bank of Nolan Creek. You can also check out the Bell County Museum or shop in antique shops in the downtown area. Either way, get out and see these amazing things our town has...

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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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