Women’s soccer leaves a lasting impact
Nov07

Women’s soccer leaves a lasting impact

The women’s soccer team is currently sitting in second place in the American Southwest Conference standings. But what’s more impressive than their on-field production is the impact the players are having in the community. Inspired by Head Coach Barry Elkins, whose 2-year-old daughter has special needs, sophomore forward Kristen Hoelscher and her teammates have become mentors to special needs children in the area.   Elkins and his wife signed their daughter, Molly Kate, up for the Texas Angels Pagent for special needs children, which led to an opportunity for Hoelscher to serve as well.   “She’s always had a heart for special needs kids, but having a coach with a special needs daughter has given her an avenue,” Elkins said.   The majority of the players volunteered to help with the pageant, assisting in a variety of tasks ranging from registration to doing hair and makeup.   Elkins said working at the pageant gave the players a feeling of what it’s like for parents of special needs children.   “It’s really impacted my girls in that as hard as it was for them to chase after a special needs kid, their parents are doing it every day,” he said. “As much as they were impacted, they impacted the lives of a lot of parents.”   The team also participated in the Downs but Not Out Walk for Down syndrome awareness, which led to an opportunity to help serve food veterans at the American Legion in Temple.   This work in the community gave Hoelscher a desire to make a more meaningful impact, which she is attempting to do by bringing the Best Buddies program to UMHB.   “I had heard of Best Buddies before but couldn’t be a part of it because we didn’t have it at UMHB. So I took the initiative to get it started here because I wanted to be a part of the program,” she said. “Best Buddies is an organization built to create one-to-one friendships between college students and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”   Hoelscher said the work she has done to his point has been rewarding, with blessings constantly coming.   “Working with special needs has made such an amazing impact on me because they have so much heart,” she said. “They are always happy, and no matter how my day went they put me in a great mood.”   Coach Elkins talks to his team about having faith like a child. Through the Best Buddies program, he believes his players will gain a true understanding of what that means.   “Special needs kids probably live out the Bible better than...

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Crusaders prove to be too much for HSU
Nov07

Crusaders prove to be too much for HSU

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team faced-off against their conference rival Hardin-Simmons University this past Saturday for the 20th time in school history.   The Cru and Cowboys have a history against each other, with the Crusaders winning 15 of the 20 match-ups. The Cru has won 13 games in a row against the team from Abilene.   This year, the rivalry was played at home for the first time in Crusader Stadium. The Cru and Cowboys battled, and the Cru trailed going into halftime for the first time this season, 14-10.   The home team then responded with a huge third quarter, outscoring HSU 28-0. The Cowboys pushed a late 14-3 run, but finished short as the Cru defeated their rivals 41-28. UMHB is now 8-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play.   Sophomore exercise sport science major Baylor Mullins reflects about the team’s ambitions this season.   “Our main goal this year is to win a national championship, before we do that though, we have to just take it one game at a time and take care of our business each week,” he said.   Senior accounting major Kamray Runnels is a wide receiver for the Cru agrees with his teammates.   “(The) team’s goal is to first and foremost win the national title, (but) first we have to win the conference championship … everyone is hungry for a national title,” he said.   Runnels also serves as one of the team captains. Runnels believes his team’s relationship is key to their success.   “As a captain of the team, I have a great relationship with my teammates. Every week and weekend I’m only hanging out with my teammates in everything we do. We have the ultimate chemistry and bond that no one could break,” he said.   Graduate Assistant Coach Rudy Nerio played for the Cru from 2009 to 2012. He now serves as the assistant offensive line coach. Nerio reflects about the switch.   “I think the transition has been a great one overall, because I think me playing here has allowed me to have a close relationship with the young players. I can relate and know exactly what they are going through because I went through it,” he said.   The Cru will finish their regular season with two games on the road. Next Saturday they will travel to Brownwood to take on Howard Payne University. Kick-off is set to begin at 1 p.m. at Gordon Wood Memorial...

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Tennis concludes fall season with success
Oct23

Tennis concludes fall season with success

The men’s and women’s tennis teams finished their seasons after two road-trips this fall. The Cru returned seven players and invited four freshmen to make up their 11-man roster. The Lady Cru had six returners and welcomed one freshman to complete their team. The Cru and Lady Cru travelled to University of Texas-Dallas for the UTD Invitational. The women’s ITA Southwest Regional Championships tournament was in San Antonio, Texas, at Trinity University. The men’s ITA Southwest Regional Championships event was hosted by the University of Texas-Tyler.   Head men’s and women’s tennis coach James Cohagan is excited for his teams.   “Our first goal is always to compete in and qualify for the conference tournament, and then to win the conference tournament. This is a good year,” he said.   The first event was a round robin with schools all across Texas including: Austin College, Sul Ross State University, UMHB and host UT-Dallas. The team’s played singles and doubles before the rain. All matches were best of three sets against the competitors.   The Lady Cru found success against all three teams in singles and doubles. The men also won tough matches against the three schools.   In their second tournament, the Lady Cru went to Trinity University where the ladies won multiple matches. Junior Hannah Warren defeated the No. 16 ranked player from ETBU 6-4 6-4, and followed up that victory with a 6-4 6-1 win over Trinity. She then fell to the eventual tournament champion from Texas-Lutheran University. Senior exercise sports science major Angelie Juaneza won her first match against Southwestern 6-1 6-2 before losing to Hardin-Simmons. Warren and Paola Nunez won their opening round in doubles 8-5 against Hardin-Simmons before falling to Trinity.   Juaneza is pumped for tennis season to begin.   “The fall season is always a great way to see what we need to work on as a team and as an individual. We had teammates go pretty deep in the ITA tournaments, which is always a good thing. The tournaments that we play in not only help us realize what we need to work on, but it also gives us a sneak peek into what we’ll be fighting against in the spring,” she said.   In the men’s other tourney, the Cru went to UT-Tyler where the men found success in singles and doubles. Jacob Stamps won his first match 6-3 6-4 against Schreiner before falling to a seeded player from Southwestern. Sophomore nursing major Scott Wilding fell in the first round against Trinity, but bounced back with multiple wins before falling to UT-Tyler. The freshmen duo of Brendan Thompson and Mark...

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Crusader soccer teams start seasons strong
Oct14

Crusader soccer teams start seasons strong

The men’s and women’s soccer teams have kicked off the 2014-15 season.   Currently, the Cru is 4-4-1 and began conference games this past weekend against Louisiana College and East Texas Baptist University.   The Cru went 1-0-1 on the road, starting with a tie and finishing with a victory. The Lady Cru are 6-3 and also played against LC and ETBU.   The women took care of business and won both games over the weekend, outscoring their opponents 11-0.   Head men’s soccer coach Brad Bankhead is ready to execute the team’s goals this year.   “The number one thing is to get to the post-season. We understand that, so it’s obviously a goal. We would like to host the (conference) tournament, but our ultimate goal right now is getting to the post-season and see what happens from there,” he said.   Over the weekend, the Cru defeated ETBU 2-1. Senior cellular biology and psychology major Nate Fagnant helped secure the victory for the Cru by scoring early in the first half.   Fagnant believes in his squad. He said, “The team that Coach Bankhead has assembled this season believes in his vision of a superior and dominant squad. (We) have been training our tails off preparing for conference play.”   What’s the key to success?   “To walk through fire this season and come out together, victorious, while making life long lasting relationships on the way,” Fagnant said.   Head women’s soccer Barry Elkins believes in his team and the goals they have set this year.   “Our main goal is to make the national tournament. That is either going to come two ways: through winning our conference tournament or getting our ranking up high enough and getting an at-large bid,” he said.   The Lady Cru are off to a great start as they have begun conference play undefeated at 3-0.   Junior nursing major Ashley Stenack enjoys being a part of the team.   “I absolutely love going to practice every day and being a part of this soccer family. I love that when I step on the field, everything and anything that is bothering me fades away, and nothing matters except the girls standing next to me. I have their backs, and I know they will have mine,” she said.   The Cru and Lady Cru will return home for two matches this Friday and Saturday at the Crusader Soccer Field.   They will take on rival Hardin-Simmons and Howard Payne University. Women begin at 5 p.m. followed by the men at 7...

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Sport Spotlight: Chandler Henson
May06

Sport Spotlight: Chandler Henson

THE BELLS — Chandler Henson is a senior education major from Van Alstyne, Texas where she attended Van Alstyne High School.   Henson has been a key player for the Cru earning many awards during her career. She was credited with Honorable Mention All-West Division her freshman and sophomore year. Last season, she was named to the Second Team All-West Division.   She chose UMHB for multiple reasons. “I loved the beautiful campus. I also came from a small high school, so I liked the small class sizes offered by the school. And it gave me an opportunity to continue my softball career,” she said.   Henson has collected many memories during her career, but her favorite came this season. “The LeTourneau game this year…. We went twelve innings, and I finally hit the walk-off hit to win the game, one to nothing,” she said.   Henson has enjoyed every moment with her softball family. “I’m going to miss being with the team, and when I throw people out. I’m going to miss the excitement that not only I get but all the other teammates get when that happens,” she said.   Chandler has already set her goals after she graduates. She doesn’t know where she will go but plans to get a teaching job....

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