Cru comes up short in playoffs
Dec08

Cru comes up short in playoffs

Rain, shine and wind. The UMHB football team weathered it all to secure a spot in the quarterfinals round of the NCAA Division III National Championships. Although Cru defeated the Huntingdon College Hawks 43-23 Nov. 28 in the Second Round of the playoffs, a last-second field goal the following week allowed Linfield College to knock the Cru out of the playoffs for the second consecutive year. Last year, the Wildcats ended the Cru’s playoff run with a 31-28 victory in Crusader Stadium. This year, the Cru traveled to McMinnville, Oregon to write the budding rivalry’s next chapter. Entering the game, the Cru had an overall record of 11-1 and were 4-1 in conference play. Their lone loss came midway in the season to Hardin-Simmons University, when the Cowboys defeated the Cru 29-26. After the loss, the Cru rallied a 4-game winning streak and defeated the Tigers of East Texas Baptist University in the regular season finale to clinc a share of the regular-season ASC Champion Title. In the first round of the playoffs, the Cru travelled to Abilene, where they defeated the Cowboys 37-19. In the second round, The Cru hosted the Hawks and won 43-23. Junior exercise sport science major Matthew McVey recalled the game against the Hawks and playoff tradition. “It’s always good to have a playoff game at home, and to get the victory is an even better feeling. We knew coming into this game, this was not going to be an easy one. Huntingdon was going to fight like crazy to knock us out of the playoffs,” McVey said. “This is the 12th year in a row the Crusaders have made the second round of the playoffs, I think that’s a tradition of its own.” Before the game, the team was hopeful to pull off a win against the team who stole their chance at the Stagg Bowl a season ago. “We feel that we let that game slip away from us last year and beat ourselves with too many mistakes,” said junior exercise and sport science major Baylor Mullins. “In life, you don’t get many second chances and for us that were all here last year, this is another chance at Linfield. We will make sure to take care of business this time.” Sophomore sport management major Haston Adams agreed with Mullins and couldn’t wait for a chance to beat Linfield. “Just by looking at last year (and) how they (Linfield) came and embarrassed us in our own home. I think everyone just wants revenge from that. It’ll be great to go beat them in their house,” he said. The Cru will have to...

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Soccer has strong showing in ASC tournament
Nov19

Soccer has strong showing in ASC tournament

Both the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s and women’s soccer teams qualified for post-season play and finished their seasons in the semifinals round at the ASC Conference Tournament. The men finished with an overall record of 8-5-3 (4-2-2) and defeated Hardin-Simmons University 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the playoffs before falling to the University of Texas-Tyler 1-0. The women finished with an overall record of 12-4-1 (8-1-0) and won their quarterfinal match-up against the University of the Ozarks 1-0. They then fell to eventual ASC Champion Hardin-Simmons University 4-0. Combined, both programs had four seniors including: Ben Hammonds, Colby Case, Jorge Marquez and Ashley Stenack, all of whom played important roles for their teams. Stenack, a nursing major, will cherish the memories she made with her teammates forever. “Honestly, I am going to miss everything about soccer. I’m going to miss having practice every day, that adrenaline you get before the start of each game, making tackles, the excitement after we score a goal, and most importantly my teammates,” she said. Stenack enjoyed each season as she enters the next chapter in her life. “I absolutely loved playing soccer here these past 4 years. I have learned a lot about myself from playing soccer and studying to be a nurse. It takes a lot of time management and dedication, and I feel like I can accomplish anything now, because doing both soccer and nursing is probably one of the hardest things I have ever done regardless of the difficulty, I’m going to miss every second of my collegiate soccer career here at UMHB,” she said. For the returners, both squads are already preparing for next season to get another chance at earning a conference championship ring. Sophomore pre-physical therapy major Case Carnes believes the Cru has what it takes to win it all next season. “We had a great team full of guys that worked hard every day and we all worked for each other. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys. Next year, our goal is definitely winning conference and I believe we have a strong chance, especially with most of the players returning,” he said. Junior nursing major Kathryn Parker also believes in her team and reflected about the season. “The season was good, it was our second best for all the returners. We have a lot of room for improvement so that’s something to work for. As for going into next year, it’s always exciting going into your senior year and we have a lot of high goals and a lot of returners all looking for the same goals,” she said. The Cru...

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Sports Spotlight
Oct29

Sports Spotlight

Senior psychology major Elizabeth Ostroff is from The Woodlands, Texas and graduated from College Park High School. Growing up, she enjoyed being outside, whether it was adventuring, traveling, running, hiking, soccer or playing tennis. Going into high school, she began to focus on playing tennis. “I started playing tennis seriously my freshman year of high school. When I was younger I played soccer, then I moved on to try cross country and track, but I never enjoyed these as much as I have enjoyed tennis,” she said. At UMHB, Ostroff has contributed each season. Her freshman year, she helped the Cru capture the ASC West Division Team title and earned ASC West Division Second Team honors for line No. 2 doubles. As a sophomore, she earned ASC Honorable Mention for line No. 5 singles and the Second Team for line No. 3 doubles. Last year, she earned ASC West Division Second Team honors for line No. 3 singles. She has also been named to the ASC Winter/Spring Distinguished Scholar-Team and ASC All-Academic Team. “Over the past 3 years this team has taught me so much; I have learned from the coach, past players, and even opponents from other teams. My way of saying thank you would be to do all I can possibly do to get us in the position to win.” Ostroff and the Cru have been to the post-season each of her three tennis team seasons, falling in the ASC Semifinals each year. She hopes to take the next step by winning the conference. “I am personally seeking to win as many of my matches as I can this season. As a team, I want us to win conference. I think we have the potential, but it won’t be easy,” she said. The Crusader life was the perfect choice for Elizabeth. “I chose UMHB because I felt like this was where God was calling me at the time. It’s been the best experience of my life thus far, and I couldn’t be more thankful,” she said. Off the court, Elizabeth is a student athlete representative for the UMHB Student Advisory Athletic Committee (SAAC). She is also participating in the Miss MHB pageant and is involved at The Vista Community Church. She also believes tennis is a sport that provides lifelong lessons. She said, “I love the competition that tennis provides, both in the team aspect and individually,” she said. “It’s a sport that I believe builds character and encourages independence....

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Tennis players wrap up fall season with strong showing
Oct14

Tennis players wrap up fall season with strong showing

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s and women’s tennis teams wrapped up their fall season after competing in the American Southwest Conference Individual Tournament Sept. 9-11 and the Intercollegate Tennis Aassociation Southwest Regional Tournament Sept. 24-27. Both tournaments were on the road with the ASC Individual Tournament being hosted by Hardin-Simmons and McMurry University. The ITA Regional tournaments were hosted by Trinity University (men) and Southwestern University (women). For the men, the Cru have three returners including: Scott Wilding, Brendan Thompson and Bright Ihezue. The team also has four freshman, who look to help make an impact this season. Freshman nursing major Julian Dunmore has already learned about the difference of high school versus college tennis. “In high school, a player could get away with playing a not-up-to-par match and still win because that kid just simply wasn’t good at tennis,” he said. “In college, everybody is recruited to play for these teams, meaning that they are at the very least, solid players. No more easy match wins, 100 percent effort, 100 percent of the time.” The Cru started the season well, with Wilding and Thompson both making it to the finals of the Flight No.1 and Flight No.2 Singles draws of the ASC Individual Tournament. Wilding fell to Concordia University in a tough three-setter. Sophomore pre-med major Brendan Thompson won a thrilling third set to capture his singles flight title. “Winning my flight was a big stepping stone for building my confidence. I also think it was good for the team because I was able to show the new freshman how to persevere when losing a close first set and how to win an incredible match,” Thompson said. “I’m excited to see how much growth our team is going to have from match to match as we continue through the season. Because once we all have the lineups set up and everyone is in the daily grind, I think we’re going to show the ASC just how mature and talented our young team is.” The Lady Cru have five returners and welcomed three freshman to the squad this year. The ladies picked up multiple wins in both of the fall tournaments. Freshman business major Hope Nash has already enjoyed being a part of the team. “My teammates are really nice and fun to be around. It’s always good to be surrounded by people who have the same passion for tennis as me,” she said. “Also, I enjoy traveling with the team because that allows us all to bond and make special memories with each other as well as make friendships that will last a lifetime.” The Cru and...

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Sports Spotlight

Junior nursing major Scott Wilding was always a determined athlete. Even though he was born in Japan, Wilding enjoyed playing American sports like football and basketball. But his true passion was tennis. Before going into his 9th-grade year, Wilding decided that he wanted to focus on becoming a tennis player. “Tennis is my favorite sport because of the energy that it brings when I am on the court. I love the feeling of hitting a winner in a big match and turning to my teammates to hear them cheer me on,” he said. Wilding is currently the team captain for the UMHB tennis squad and has played a key role every season. Last season, he helped lead the Cru to the American Southwest Conference Tournament Championship match for the first time in the school’s history. Wilding and the squad also helped UMHB capture the ASC-West Division Team Title. He was awarded ASC-West Division Player of the Week twice and was named to the ASC-West First Team for doubles and Second Team for singles. He was also named to the All-Tournament team. He earned multiple wins last year, including a victory over a Division I opponent. His freshman season, he led the Cru to the postseason and was named ASC Freshman of the Year and earned All-Conference honors. Although Wilding has received many personal accolades, he enjoys being part of a team. “My favorite thing about tennis is the team atmosphere. Specifically, when you’re all on court and all cheering for each other after each point. It really makes a difference in a match,” he said. Outside of tennis, if Scott isn’t studying, he enjoys playing golf, basketball and hanging out with his friends. He is also involved with Young Life, where he serves as a leader for Temple High School. Upon graduating, Wilding hopes to pursue a career in nursing. “After I graduate, I would like to be a nurse anesthetist. A nurse anesthetist works under the anesthesiologist. I think it would be really cool to be able to put people out for surgeries,” he said. But before he graduates, Wilding wants to earn All-American honors and lead the Cru to their first ASC Championship. “I think it would be awesome if I could leave a legacy of winning the first ASC Championship,” he said. “We came really close last year, so I think we can make another run for...

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