Lady Cru continue hot streak
Jan29

Lady Cru continue hot streak

THE BELLS — Not five, not six, but seven. The Lady Cru basketball team is on a seven-game winning stretch and not looking to end their hot streak anytime soon. The Cru are in the middle of conference play and with 10 games left, every match-up is crucial. The Crusaders have already improved their record from last year with many games left to play. Last season, the women finished 8-17 overall and 6-13 in conference play. Currently, the team is 9-6 and 9-3 in conference play. Head women’s basketball coach Lisa Curliss-Taylor talks about the team’s seven-game winning streak. “It feels good, but not comfortable at all.  I am always thinking about the next opponent.  It’s hard for me to enjoy each win because I know we still have a lot of season left, but I am trying to work on that,” she said. The Cru are not thinking about their record. They are taking every game one at a time and not looking past any of their opponents as each game should make them stronger. “I am proud of our team so far.  We have been through a lot of adversity over the past one and a half years, but I believe that adversity is what is going to make us a tougher team.  We are learning how to win, and that says a lot from where we were last year,” Curliss-Taylor said. Freshman physical therapy major Jonelle Smith spoke about the team’s preparations before each game. “We always take it one game at a time. That’s what you have to do, have to focus on what’s happening now. And we physically prepare ourselves by getting extra time in the gym outside of practice, and we mentally prepare ourselves by listening to music,” Smith said. Of the 19 women on the roster, Jovana Miles, a computer studies major, is the lone senior. Miles reflected on her role. “Being the only senior on the team feels great to be able to contribute to my team’s success and be able to influence my teammates in a positive way,” she said. The teamwork has been a big piece to the winning results displayed by the Lady Cru. “Our team chemistry has definitely gotten better and is one of the main reasons why we have been successful,” Miles said. Junior exercise sport science major Taylor Tucker also believes the players’ relationship have improved significantly. Tucker said, “The team chemistry has gotten so much better compared to the beginning of the year. We had so many new people, but now that we all know the program and what is expected,read each other on...

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Sport Spotlight: Alison Bullock
Nov20

Sport Spotlight: Alison Bullock

Alison Bullock is a senior exercise sport science major from Rockwall, Texas, and  attended Heath High School. Bullock has been a key player for the Cru all four years and served as a team captain. Her freshman year, she earned Honorable Mention All-ASC. Her junior year, she received Third Team All-ASC Honors. This season, Bullock earned First Team All-ASC Honors and was also named to the All-ASC Tournament team. Bullock helped the Cru this year to a school record of 14 wins. The Cru fell in the ASC Championship Tournament semifinals 1-0 to UT-Dallas. Once Bullock learned about UMHB, she stuck with her plan of becoming a Crusader. “I looked into the school, and I came here, and I thought it was a really nice campus. I liked a lot of the girls that played on the (soccer) team, and it just drew me in,” she said. Bullock has enjoyed the relationships she has made playing soccer. “I really just like the friendships you make … Especially here, UMHB, it was like a huge family,” she said. Her favorite soccer experience happened this fall. “The conference tournament this year was my favorite memory. We hadn’t made it until this year and it was just a great way to end my senior year,” she said. Bullock’s sister, Taylor is also a part of the team. Taylor played for the the Cru and now serves as an assistant coach. Both sisters have enjoyed success with the Cru program. Alison said, “It’s nice to have her there all the time. She’s always been involved with soccer just as much as I have. It was fun being able to spend that time with...

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Sport Spotlight: Bianca Patterson
Nov05

Sport Spotlight: Bianca Patterson

Volleyball player Bianca Patterson is a junior math major from Killeen, Texas, and attended Harker Heights High School. Before transferring to UMHB, Patterson attended Navarro College. Patterson has added an extra threat to the Crusaders and has tallied  266 kills this season. Off  the volleyball court, Patterson enjoys being with her friends. “I like to hang out with my teammates, and I like to read,” she said. Her favorite book is My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Patterson and her teammates all have pregame rituals. “I usually listen to “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson before every game, and lately, our team has been doing crazy dances,” she said. Besides sports, Patterson also has a passion for music. “I play the piano, and I sing at my church,” she said. After college, Patterson plans to go into coaching. “My dream job is to be a high school volleyball coach. After college, I plan to maybe assist with my old high school volleyball coach,” she said. Patterson attributes her playing style and competitive spirit to her mom’s advice growing up. “When I was in fourth grade, my mom wanted to toughen me up. So she initially tried to sign me up for soccer, but the only sport in season was volleyball. So I started playing, and I’ve been playing ever since.” Patterson and her teammates have already posted the highest season win total of 28 wins in Division III Cru volleyball history. They will be working to add more victories to their record when they travel to the University of Texas at Dallas where they will participate in the ASC Volleyball Championship Tournament Nov....

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Sport Spotlight: Chad Peevey
Oct22

Sport Spotlight: Chad Peevey

Chad Peevey is a senior sport management major  from Bryan/College Station. Peevey went to St. Joseph’s High School. He was voted to the Beyond Sports network Preseason All-America squad. He was named to the Third Team as Punter. Outside of football, Peevey enjoys spending time with his friends. “I like to hang out with the guys, cook, play washers and golf,” he said. Peevey’s favorite thing about football is being with his teammates, on and off the field, as well as winning. Peevey has pre-game rituals before every contest. “On away games, we all go to the movies. Tim and I get a large popcorn and large drink before every movie. We do it every game. On home games, I do a little jog in the morning before the game,” he said. Peevey is the primary punter and kickoff specialist this season, but he has been responsible for all of the kicking duties in past years. Recently he was awarded American Southwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his  performance against Louisana College. Peevey kicked a school-record 79-yard punt. He is averaging 37.1 yards per punt, which leads all other  punters in the ASC. His dream job is to one day take his game to the big league. “Playing pro, playing at the next level, punting the football and kicking it, that would be nice,” he said. The Crusaders will not only be missing one of the best kickers in Division III when his eligibility runs out next season. They will also be missing a tremendous leader on and off the...

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Sport Spotlight: Taylor O’Rear
Oct09

Sport Spotlight: Taylor O’Rear

Taylor O’Rear is a junior nursing major from Salado, Texas. She has been a part of the university all her life. She has lived in numerous dorms and apartments across campus including Huckins, Stribling, Burt and Garner. One interesting event about O’Rear happened when she was very young. “When I was a baby, I threw up on Nolan Ryan’s wife,” she said. O’Rear began playing golf as a child but didn’t become serious until junior high. She has kept up her passion and is looking forward to her golfing future. “My favorite part about playing golf is that it’s a lifelong sport. I don’t have to stop playing when my college career is over, which is so fortunate,” she said. After college, O’Rear plans to become a nurse. However, she doesn’t know exactly where she will land. “I’m not sure what my dream job is. I just want to be a nurse somewhere,” she said. O’Rear believes her teammates’ relationships with one another are special. “My teammates are like a second family. I think that’s what makes our team so different. We all care about each other, so we play for each other on the course,” she said. Last season, O’Rear and her teammates won the 2013 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf National Championship. This year, they are planning to...

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