Men’s golf to tee off spring season

The men’s golf team is heading into the 2014 spring season with one word in mind: consistency. A talented group of young and experienced players will look to pick up where they left off last season and finish strong. Head golf coach Aaron Rodeffer said, “Going into the spring, I think our biggest strength is just some consistency. Some of the older guys come to mind when I say that. Those guys have been through the fire a little bit. We had a very sub-par performance at the conference championship last year, and I think they are anxious to put that behind them.” Senior exercise sport science major and four-year golfer for the university, Justin Judkins, agrees that the experience combined with the young talent will be something that could propel the team to places they haven’t reached in years past. “I’d say the fact that we have strong freshmen, as well as a group of seniors and juniors that have played together for three and four years will be to our advantage. We are going into the season with a lot of confidence and look forward to keeping up the good play that we had in the fall.” As always, men’s golf in the ASC is packed with quality teams, but the Cru believe they are right at the top of the list. “Thinking about the fall, we played really well,” Rodeffer said. “Probably the best fall we have had since I have been here. The scoring average was 296, and we were bouncing in and out of the top 25, so I think the biggest thing that I look forward to in the spring is these older guys really stepping up to the plate and performing.” The way last season ended provided the guys with a valuable lesson that anyone in the conference is capable of winning. The conference just continues to get tougher as the years go on, but the Cru know they  have to take care of business on their end, and the rest will fall into place. “With Schreiner winning last season, we’ve learned to not count anyone out, so we are just preparing ourselves the best we can,” Judkins said. The weather in just the few short weeks that the Cru have been practicing has been rough, but it is just another thing that the men will have to block out in order to keep up the low scores they experienced in the fall. “Conditions are obviously more difficult in the spring,” Rodeffer said.  “The golf courses aren’t in the best shape. The weather is usually terrible. But, I think they still have...

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FCA conference draws Cru athletes
Jan29

FCA conference draws Cru athletes

THE BELLS — The Cru Fellowship of Christian Athletes took a trip to Glen Rose, Texas, this past weekend. They weren’t looking for fossils but attending a college retreat that drew more than 500 Christian athletes from all across the state to take part in the fun-filled weekend of worship. “I had been looking forward to College Advance for a while now, ever since it was brought up in one of our weekly meetings,” senior physical therapy major Elijah Hudson said. “It seemed like such a great opportunity to get closer to the Lord.” The weekend consisted of silly games, plenty of food and, of course, praise and worship to give the athletes a break from their weekly routines. The speaker was Mikado Hinson, who is the athletic chaplain for the University of Houston. Mikado has met many athletes while being chaplain, and has become friends with a few names people might recognize. For Texans fans, Hinson and quarterback Case Keenum have a close friendship that grew strong while Keenum was playing for the Cougars. “I think he (Hinson) was the perfect speaker for the weekend. He made it clear that sports is just something we do, but our true calling is to serve our God in everything that we do,” Hudson said. Junior exercise sport science major Stanton Holland found the speaker to be very relatable and knowledgeable about the struggles of being a Christian athlete. “I have heard Mikado speak before, and he is awesome,” Holland said. “Everything that he talks about is completely relevant to what college athletes go through, and he also gave pointers on how to strengthen your walk with Christ.” The UMHB FCA group was just one of the very few small colleges that attended the retreat. “I didn’t really know what to expect going into the weekend. But when we got there, almost every big university from Texas was there it seemed like,” Holland said. The students arrived at Glen Rose around 7 p.m. on Saturday night and were kept busy until they left after lunch on Sunday. “I knew that it was going to be too busy, but when I got back, I was exhausted. It was worth it, though. I got a lot out of the weekend, and I would encourage everyone to try and make it to College Advance at least once,” Hudson said. Junior Christian studies major and FCA leader Taylor Irby hopes that this is just a kick-start to what will come for the UMHB FCA group. “I think this will light a fire underneath our group that went, and that group will impact the others,” Irby...

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Broncos, Seahawks to meet at MetLife
Jan29

Broncos, Seahawks to meet at MetLife

THE BELLS — The perfect scenario for Super Bowl XLVII—the number one ranked offense against the number one ranked defense. Can Richard Sherman and the Seattle defense keep Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ explosive offense from taking home the trophy? “I think this will be one of the best Super Bowls in a while. We are going to get to see the two best teams all year go head to head,” junior pre-physical therapy major Jeremy Corbin said. With the late game heroics of Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman sealing the team’s ticket to the Super Bowl, a lot of talk has been made about the stingy Seattle defense. But the true test will come Feb. 2. The game is full of storylines, but one of the biggest is the fact that Manning has the chance to hush his critics who say he chokes in big games. UMHB fans hope otherwise. “I really like the way the Seahawks play, but when it comes down to it, I think I am going for the Broncos because I want to see Peyton Manning win another championship. He deserves it,” senior exercise sport science major Edwin Munoz said. Another interesting factor that comes to play is the fact that the big game is going to be played in the cold at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. This could prove to be a problem for Manning and company if the weather is to the point that it affects the passing game. No matter the outcome of the competition, it will make history because it will be the first Super Bowl to be held in an outdoor stadium in a frigid northern city. “I don’t necessarily like the fact that the game is being played in the cold. I think that big games like this should be played in indoor stadiums or at least in warm temperatures so we can see both teams at their very best,” Corbin said. Although all the factors will have an effect on the outcome, Manning’s experience in the big game should come in handy. He will be making his third appearance in the Super Bowl. But this time, it is with a different organization. If Manning brings home the Lombardi trophy he will become the first player ever to win it with two separate teams. Manning and the Broncos plan to leave it all out on the field because they understand the journey  they’ve made to the MetLife Stadium. “Being in my 16th season, going to my third Super Bowl, I know how hard it is to get there,” Manning said in an interview with Fox Sports follwing...

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The Cru remain undefeated
Nov20

The Cru remain undefeated

The Cru finished out ASC conference play this past weekend against Mississippi College in a 56-30 win against the Choctaws in Clinton Miss. The win boosted the Cru’s overall record to 10-0 overall and undefeated in conference play. The Choctaws played the Cru closer than any other team this season, trailing only by a touchdown at half. But after the 56-yard pass to senior tight end Eric Nelson early in the second half, the Cru never looked back and cruised to victory. “Mississippi College is a good football team and we knew we would have to come out and fight. We weathered the storm and came out with the win with the help of big plays on offense and defense,” senior safety Cody Jones said. Jones was the leading tackler for the Cru with nine tackles and two intercepted passes to set up the Crusaders explosive offense with good field position. The competitive play was no surprise to the Crusaders, who had been preparing for a tough match all week in practice. “Mississippi College is playing well and keeping everything within the framework of the offense and defense. They have beaten everyone in the conference except Louisiana College,” head coach Pete Fredenburg said. Quarterback Zach Anderson kept up the good work, passing 14-20 with three touchdown strikes, tallying up 180 yards in all. The Crusaders were balanced against the Choctaws with senior running back Elijah Hudson carrying the ball well and racking up more than 100 yards on the ground. “I think we played well, it was good to get out there an get tested a little bit. But even 10 games in we still have work to do,” Hudson said. Most programs would be content going into the postseason 10-0 and crushing their opponents by at least three touchdowns every game.  But the Cru are not done polishing their skill sets in all aspects of the game. “We are working hard to improve our front four pass rush and our screens on offense,” Fredenburg said. But Fredenburg does acknowledge the success that his squad has had this season. “We are playing very well right now and hope to continue the improvements each week,” he said. It does not matter who the Cru face in the playoffs, players know  they own their own destiny from here on out. “I feel like we are one of the best teams in the nation, but at this point that doesn’t mean anything. From here on out, each game will be the biggest game of the season,” Hudson said. Winning on Saturday was something that will stick in the minds of all of...

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Deck the halls with boughs of duck calls
Nov20

Deck the halls with boughs of duck calls

The Robertson family from the hit show Duck Dynasty is at it again. They showed the world that their talents don’t end with making duck calls and hilarious television. On Oct. 29 they released their first Christmas album, Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas. Listen to one song, and you will quickly see that the humor in the show has transitioned into fun Christmas carols. The album has 14 songs, with some of the more popular  being “Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas,” “Hairy Christmas” and “Duck the Halls.” Every song on the track has its own personality. For instance, in the song “Christmas Cookies,” Phil Robertson talks about Miss Kay’s Christmas cookies, which will surely bring some laughter. You might think that the songs would be poorly done, but in reality the Robertson family can sing. Not only do they do a fantastic job themselves, but they brought in some of the most notable and sought-after voices in the country music industry to accompany them in this album. Luke Bryan, Josh Turner, Alison Krauss and last, but not least, the king of country music himself, George Strait, make an appearance. The songs are a mixture of traditional Christmas hymns with a southern twist, to the Robertsons’ very own construction of Christmas carols.  As many know, they are a religious family and not afraid to confess their love for Christ. This is evident throughout the album. It is currently #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. This should be encouraging—that people who may never listen to Christmas music are getting a true feel of the season The album ends with Phil Robertson saying a prayer that  emphasizes what  Christmas  is all about. Yes, some of the songs are a bit goofy, but a number of songs on the track clearly point out the reason for the season. There is a song for everyone on this album. It mixes country music and Christmas carols perfectly with relevant and meaningful lyrics. I am usually not a fan of Christmas music, but this album is different. “Camouflage and Christmas Lights” stood out to me because it paints a picture of the Christmas season that only people from a small, southern town can appreciate. As well done as these songs are, they could stick around for some time and maybe even become Christmas carols your kids will be listening to. Really, how do you make a better Christmas album than one that has Si Robertson and George Strait in the same song? If you don’t want to buy the whole album, which I strongly encourage, make sure you at least check out some of their...

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