Golf teams prepare for start of season
Feb21

Golf teams prepare for start of season

With the spring season coming up fast, the men’s and women’s golf teams are preparing for what they hope will be another successful outcome. During the fall season, the Crusaders won two out of the four tournaments they played. They finished by winning their last contest, the Schreiner Fall Classic, over host Schreiner University by four strokes. In the latest rankings from Golfstat.com, the Crusaders are ranked 24 in the nation in Division III. Head men’s Coach Aaron Rodeffer is ready for the season to start even though the team lost senior Johnathan Sustaita over the break. “Were trying to build on the momentum from the fall season, despite the loss of Johnathan. It’s hard to replace someone like that, but it allows somebody else on the roster to step up and show their contribution to the team,” Rodeffer said. The next tournament for the men is the UMHB Spring Invitational at Wildflower Country Club in Temple, Feb. 27-28. The Crusaders have won the tournament three times in a row and hope to do the same this time. Senior pre-physical therapy major Mike McQuaid is eager for the tournaments to start. “I’m excited to get the season rolling, especially since our first tournament is our home one. We’ve never lost it the three years I’ve been here, so it would be pretty cool to win it all four years,” he said. McQuaid is aiming not to let his team down as the lone senior, hoping for another conference title. “It’s been a crazy ride, and I was lucky to win the conference tournament my freshman year. This being my last year, I’m making sure I don’t take anything for granted, and I’m enjoying every part of the season. Whenever I don’t feel like going to 6 a.m. workouts, I tell myself I’m going to miss it when I’m gone.  It would be amazing to end my college career with another conference tournament victory and a trip to the national tournament,” he said. During the fall season for the Lady Cru, the team won three out of four tournaments, but won the division III title in all four. Golfstat.com recognized their great performances and in the latest update, they ranked them 14 in the nation in Division III. Head women’s Coach Darla Kirby wants to keep the goal level high for the spring season. “We want to continue the level of play, with what we were doing in the fall. We won three out of four tournaments, and we want to get better to win conference to go to the national tournament in Indiana,” she said. Freshman education major Victoria...

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Softball: high hopes of successful upcoming season
Feb07

Softball: high hopes of successful upcoming season

New lights, new teammates and a new season are about to start for the Lady Cru softball team. Last year, the team won the ASC West Division title with a record of 28-14 and 21-3 in conference play. The team will be working hard to defend the title and make an impact in the conference tournament in April. Head softball Coach Larry Hennig is preparing his team for the new season that starts soon. “We have had two-a-days for some time and even three-a-days some days. We are giving them opportunities to get ready, from extra at bats to throwing, to be physically ready,” he said. Junior psychology major Hannah White believes in her team and all the hard work they have put in. “We are all conveying that hard work and team unity is really going to put us ahead of the rest,” she said. “There is no quick or easy way to be conference champs, and everyone has to put forth 110% every day on and off the field to achieve our team goal.” Junior exercise and sport science major Caitlin Bollier agrees with White. “We are preparing by practicing, conditioning and lifting weights. We are working hard every day and doing everything we can to become a stronger team physically and mentally,” she said. The softball team was picked to finish first in the ASC West in the ASC Preseason Coaches and Media Poll. The Cru had 15 of the 21 first-place votes and 139 total points. Hardin-Simmons was picked second with the other six first-place votes and 123 total points.  The poll is based on ballots from head coaches, sport information directors and media members in the West Division. “Being picked to win the ASC West is an honor. It shows that our hard work last year and this year has not gone unnoticed. We take great pride in being picked to win our side of the West Division, and we will not let the voters down as we know they chose the right team,” Bollier said about the first-place decision. The Lady Cru will start the season by traveling to Georgetown Feb. 17. Their double header against the Southwestern University Pirates will begin at 1:00 p.m....

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Lady Cru working to improve
Jan24

Lady Cru working to improve

Coming off a 16-10 record and 13-8 in conference play last spring, the Lady Cru basketball team is working hard to return to the American Southwest Conference Championship tournament this season. The team is young with only seven women returning, and just three are seniors. The team will need some of the  12 newcomers to step up and play a leading role for the rest of the season. The Lady Cru has struggled so far this season with a 2-15 overall record and 1-12 in conference play but are striving to make a late-season run for the ASC West #4 seed. Achieving this goal will allow them to go to the ASC Championship tournament and give them a shot to secure a position in the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship. With eight games left in the season, all ASC West Division rivalries, the team still has a shot at making the post-season. Every game is crucial, as a win or loss may be the deciding factor in determining the future. Head women’s basketball Coach Kim Kirkpatrick-Thornton has her game plan ready. “We want to come out each game like it is the most important. One game at a time, one half at a time, and one possession at a time,” she said. Senior exercise and sport major Brittany Zamora is not worried about the last eight crucial games. “We are approaching each game the same way. We know that we have to attack the offensive and defensive boards and keep the turnovers down in order to be successful. We’ve had a rough season …but we are continuing to make progress,” she said. “There’s no other group of girls I’d rather be playing these last games with. We will continue to work hard, learn from our mistakes, and everything else will take care of itself.” Freshman computer graphic design major Carmen Maciel believes in her teammates regardless of the record they currently hold. “I think the whole team is still fighting to get better each practice, and we will continue to work hard to get to the tournament. We are a team, and we all desire to win and represent UMHB in a winning way,” she said. The Lady Cru’s latest win was a 70-55 victory over Texas Lutheran University at home. Junior nursing major Brandy Dittert expressed her team’s feelings. “It’s really boosted our confidence. It shows us that we can excel and have success when we work together as a team,” she said. Dittert also stated their key to winning. “Being consistent and working hard in practice to get those wins marked down in the book.” The...

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