Sport Spotlight: Kitrick Bell
Apr02

Sport Spotlight: Kitrick Bell

THE BELLS — Kitrick Bell is a senior computer information systems major from Houston, where he attended Fort Bend Marshall High School. Bell has played a key role for the Cru all four seasons. The Cru found Kitrick four years ago, and he became a perfect fit. “I didn’t choose UMHB—UMHB chose me,” he said. His freshman year, Bell was voted to the ASC West Division All-Freshman Team. By his sophomore year, he played in 26 matches and averaged 10 points per game. His junior year, he started in every game and led the Cru to the NCAA Division III National Championship Game. By his senior year, he was named to the D3hoops.com Preseason All-America Team. Kitrick enjoys playing with his teammates. “My favorite thing about basketball is playing together as a team,” he said. This season, the senior helped lead his team back to a 17-9 overall record and 15-7 in conference play, but most importantly a berth into the postseason. In his final home game, Bell helped the Cru defeat nationally ranked #17 UT-Dallas 75-71. He contributed by getting a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. The ASC awarded his outstanding play by naming him the ASC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 20-24. The Cru then went into ASC Tournament as the #3 seed, but, but fell to Louisiana College 81-71 in the quarterfinals. Bell averaged just shy of a double-double with 12.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game throughout his senior year. He also finished his career with the all-time record of most rebounds in a career at UMHB. One thing most people don’t know about Kitrick is that he enjoys to sing. “Alicia Keys is one of my favorite. I like to dabble with John Legend a little bit and Lauryn Hill,” he said. After college, Bell has made up his mind on what he wants to do. He said, “My absolute dream job is to become a computer programmer, but if that doesn’t work,...

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Tennis teams prepare for spring season
Feb25

Tennis teams prepare for spring season

THE BELLS — The men’s and women’s tennis teams are coming off one of the best seasons in school history last year. Both squads won the 2013 American Southwest Conference West Division Titles and earned the right to host the ASC Individual Tournament earlier this fall. Although they found success last year, they are not content. Both teams began their spring seasons this past weekend on the road in San Antonio. They started their schedule by taking on the national ranked Trinity University. The men and women fell 8-1 and 9-0 to the Tigers. This season, the men return six players and add five newcomers to their roster. The women bring back seven returners and welcome three freshmen to their team. Head men’s and women’s tennis coach James Cohagan talks about the expectations for his teams. “The goal is always to win enough conference matches to qualify for the (conference) tournament. That is the first step to the NCAA Playoffs and that is where we want to go,” he said. Also returning this year is junior business marketing major T.J. Kittrell who missed last season due to injury. He’s back and ready to hit the courts. “It is a good feeling, especially after coming back much sooner than expected. It’s been a struggle having my mind wanting me to do things, but my body not yet ready for it. Each day gets better, and soon I’ll be back to helping the team out the best way I can,” he said. Kittrell also thinks this crew has a great relationship with each other. “This year’s team has developed a quicker bond than previous years. The freshman class coming in has done an excellent job fitting into the program. We all enjoy hanging out on and off the court,” he said. Junior exercise sport science major Angelie Juaneza also added about the team’s bonding. “The girls and guys are working really hard to improve and be better than we were last year. The upperclassmen on both sides are doing the best they can to be at the top of their game as well as helping the underclassmen step up to the plate. Both teams are working on different aspects of the game to be at the top of the conference. Even though we don’t practice with each other, we are always there for each other emotionally and mentally,” she said. Freshman history major Jordan Jackson has enjoyed joining the team. “It’s been a dream come true to play college tennis, and a lot of fun and an honor to play with everybody on the team. I didn’t really know what to...

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Sport Spotlight: Thomas Orr
Feb25

Sport Spotlight: Thomas Orr

THE BELLS — Thomas Orr is a senior sport management major from Hutto, Texas, where he attended Hutto High School. Before joining the Cru, Orr attended Panola College in Texas and State Fair Community College in Missouri. He played two seasons for the Cru and helped lead his team to the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship Game last season. He now serves as the student assistant basketball coach. Orr chose UMHB “for multiple reasons—basketball, the winning tradition is excellent here, it is also close to home so my parents can watch me play, and I just like the feel of the community walking around campus and the surrounding support that they have,” he said. He talks about the change of roles. “The transition was kind of hard, especially losing in the National Championship game. I kind of feel like I still have a little bit left to prove, but my time is up. It’s hard to say. Playing to now coaching… you are right there in a game. It’s like you’re injured and just waiting to get back on the court. But I have enjoyed the transition, and it feels good,” Orr said. Throughout his basketball career, he has collected many favorite memories. “My first one would be my senior year of high school when I scored a career high 41 points in a playoff game. My second one would be in the conference tournament against Hardin-Simmons where I scored 38 points, my career high at the college level. And then the national championship dunk of course,” he said. After college, Thomas hasn’t made a final decision on what he wants to do. But basketball will surely be involved. He said, “My dream job is to become a head basketball coach somewhere. I don’t know where. People always say they want to go to Duke or something like that, but I could go coach anywhere. As long as I am the head coach, I will be...

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Sport Spotlight: Taylor and Tori Tucker
Feb11

Sport Spotlight: Taylor and Tori Tucker

Taylor and Tori Tucker are sisters and compete together on the Lady Crusader basketball team. Taylor is a junior and Tori is a sophomore, and both are exercise sport science majors. They went to many different schools growing up across Texas, attending Bryan Rudder and Oakwood, but graduated from A&M Consolidated High School in College Station. This season, the Lady Cru are 14-7 overall and 14-4 in conference play and currently are tied for second place with the University of Texas-Dallas in the American Southwest Conference. The Tuckers picked UMHB because of the opportunity to keep playing basketball with each other. “We chose to play together and also like the atmosphere and how family orientated everyone is,” Tori said. Outside of all the time spent on basketball, both sisters agreed that they enjoy sleeping, hanging out with teammates and play videogames. “I love playing, I love the atmosphere, and I love the audience. I also love playing with my teammates and just basketball pretty much takes away any problems you might have at the time, it’s a whole new thing when you step on the floor,” Taylor said. The sisters’ favorite memory was last season on the road against Concordia University. “We went into double overtime, so we had a lot of time on the court to play together, and we all fought really hard to win that game,” Tori said. In the game, Taylor and Tori combined for 38 total points and memories that will last forever. The sisters spend a lot of time with each other off the court as they also live together. “It can be challenging at times, but she’s not only my sister and my roommate, she is my best friend, so it makes things a lot easier,” Taylor said. After college, both have set their plans on what they hope to do. “I want to play overseas, and then after that I want to be a strength and conditioning coach and work with kids and train them,” Taylor said. Tori wants to stay near the Belton area. “I plan on attending PT school and be a PTA or physical therapist around the area,” she said. Though Taylor has only one more year left of basketball, the Tucker sisters want to enjoy it all while it lasts. “Taylor has one more year, and I’m just trying to get back out there ASAP with her. God has blessed us both with talent, and to be able to use it together on the same court is amazing,” Tori said. “Taylor pushes me to be a better player myself. I don’t compare myself to her, but we...

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Sport Spotlight: James Allen
Jan29

Sport Spotlight: James Allen

THE BELLS — James Allen is a senior business management major from The Woodlands, Texas, where he attended College Park High School. Allen has played a crucial role for the Cru in the past four seasons. Since his arrival, he has started in games every year and increased his numbers significantly. His freshman year, he averaged 8.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. His sophomore year, he totaled 8.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. His junior year he averaged 13.1 points per game. This season, he is averaging 19.3 points per game. Allen also holds the record for most steals at UMHB with many more games to be played. Once Allen learned about UMHB, he stuck with his plan of hooping. “I chose UMHB because I got recruited by one of the former players here,” he said. Besides attending classes and playing ball, Allen enjoys being with his friends. “Outside of basketball, I like to hang out with my friends and play video games. Me and my roommates like to play Super Smash Brothers on the Wii,” he said. Allen also was a member of the 2012-13 Crusader basketball team that advanced to the NCAA Division III Men’s  College Basketball National Championship game, where the Cru fell to Amherst College 87-70. Though there are many more memories to come, Allen talks about his most memorable. “My favorite memory was going to the national championship my junior year. It was something we never accomplished before. It was a fun experience for us,” he said. He talked about his favorite aspect of basketball. “Just getting to play the sport and getting to play with new faces.” What most don’t know about Allen is his dominant hand. “I am left-handed, and most people do not know that,” he said. After college, Allen has set his ambitions on what he plans to do. He said, “No dream job for me. (I) just want to raise a family and take care of that...

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