Senior women reign as 2009 Sader Puff champions
Nov12

Senior women reign as 2009 Sader Puff champions

The intense playing of the senior class helped them on their winning streak during Sader Puff. First knocking off the sophomore class then in the championship game beating the juniors, the seniors took an easy win with the final score 40 – 6. Sader Puff is a time for the roles of playing a tough contact sport to be switched. The women play and the men coach and cheer. This year, however, there was another job that was in transition. In years past, the Student Government Association held the event, but this year Campus Recreation took on the responsibility of Sader Puff. Sue Weaver is the director of Campus Recreation and though the new task of hosting this event was stressful at times, she enjoyed taking on the game. “It’s a great fit for us. We decided to take on the new event,” she said. “The best thing about Sader Puff I think is just the tradition and girls getting to get to go out there.” Sophomore marketing major Andy Pipes is one of the referees for campus rec and was a referee during Sader Puff. Pipes believes the best part of the game is the relaxing side of seeing everyone just have fun and watching the women make the plays instead of the guys. “It’s nowhere near as competitive as when it’s just guys playing,” he said. “It gives the girls a chance to play every position on the field, make plays and not have guys trying to make every play.” One of the many women that participated in Sader Puff this year was senior nursing major, Jessica Gallagher. It was a chance for her to relive her freshman year of playing. “It’s my senior year, and I did it my freshman year. It’s just really fun to come out here and support your class,” she said. Gallagher said the uniqueness of the sport is why people are drawn to be involved in it. “It’s just different from all the other sports because it’s just a battle between the classes. It’s not just friend verses friends. Everyone gets to come out and have a really good time, and the guys are cheerleaders.” Despite the bitterly cold temperatures, there was fun and laughter on the intramural fields during the flag football tournament from the players and spectators watching the game. After seeing the outcome of the event, Weaver is looking forward to the next fall semester when Campus Recreation will hold Sader Puff again for the second time. “I don’t think it’s so much the seniors want to beat the juniors, I think it’s more of a tradition,” she...

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Football tackles important victory against Howard-Payne

Crusader football is still on the path to clinching the victory of the American Southwest Conference tournament, with a dominating win over Howard Payne University last weekend. The Cru beat the Yellow Jackets 45-7, improving their overall record to 8-1 and 6-1 for the ASC. With only one game left in regular season play next weekend against Sul Ross University, the players are beginning to think about post season. Receiver Pi’Dadro Davis understands at this point that the team has come together and really is a great team. “We will be a good contender,” he said. “Hopefully, we will win the whole thing. I truly think this is our year.” Davis caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Noack, taking the lead in the first quarter to 21-0. Noack is also someone who knows what the team is capable of. “Overall, we’ve had a good season. We lost which is unusual for us, but we have persevered and done good,” he said. “We just have to take care of what we can control right now. We have Sul Ross this upcoming game, then we can think about the ASC tournament.” Running back Bryson Tucker made the first two touchdowns for the Cru. Tucker finished the game running 119 yards and receiving three of the touchdowns. Along with the explosive plays from quarterbacks, receivers and running backs, the defense for the Cru contributed equally to the win this past weekend. They only allowed the Yellow Jackets to gain 206 yards, and they also forced three turnovers. Despite the fact that most members of the team don’t want to think about the ASC tournament right now, some are. Receiver Desmond Mays wants to see the Stagg Bowl. “I want to make it to Salem, Va.,” he said. “I’ve never been to the state of Virginia and would love (the Stagg Bowl) to be the reason why I’m there.” The Crusaders play their last home game Saturday Nov. 14 against Sul Ross University. With a win against The Lobos, the Cru will have a nearly perfect season of 9-1. With that statistic, the football team will be bound for the...

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Football patches link to grateful emotions
Oct27

Football patches link to grateful emotions

Two years ago the football team became involved with Ft. Hood and its soldiers in a way that would make a lasting impression. Gen. John Hammond came to campus and spoke to the team and a few days later was deployed to Iraq. With him, he took a UMHB football jersey the team had given him as a thank-you gift for speaking. While at the base in Iraq, he hung the jersey in a doorway as a symbol of freedom, letting the soldiers know what they were fighting for. When Hammond returned from war, he brought the jersey and gave it back to the Crusader football program as a thank you token. Coach Pete Fredenburg decided to dedicate the jersey in a similar way Hammond had done while overseas. “We have hung the jersey up as a memorial for the sacrifices the soldiers have made and what he did,” Fredenburg said. Along with the jersey hanging in Andersen Field House, the football team this season is wearing a patch on the back of their jerseys and their helmets signifying the 15th Brigade, which just deployed to Iraq from Ft. Hood. Junior wide receiver Brian Scott is honored that he was able to listen to the speech given two years ago and that he gets to play while wearing the patch. “Every time I look at the patch either on my jersey or helmet, that overseas someone is fighting for me. I hope that the team is just as honored as I am, and we really appreciate what Gen. Hammond has done for us and this country, and it will not go unrecognized,” Scott said. Another player who is grateful for wearing the patch is running back senior Bryson Tucker. He understands the dangers and hardships the soldiers face in war and is thankful for doing something to honor them. “It also gives motivation and wakes me up and makes me realize no matter how hard or tough it gets on my battlefield that there is someone on a real battle-field fighting for our lives so there is no giving in,” Tucker said. UMHB crushed the Southern Oregon Raiders this past weekend for the Homecoming game. One of the leading players of the game was Tucker who rushed his career high at 218 rushing yards. Tucker said,“It shows respect to the guys over there that sacrifice their lives so that we can live a normal...

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Family, friends join students for weekend
Oct13

Family, friends join students for weekend

The fall semester brings many joys to students — all of the intense sports, Homecoming, the Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Pageant and fall break. However, one event that is a bonding experience for relatives of the school is Family Weekend. It is an event for loved ones to visit campus instead of Crusaders going home. They get a great dinner, considering parents take them out to eat, they get to cheer for the Crusader football team and then some attend church Sunday. Freshmen often love the event because it’s a way for them to be with their families in their new environment. One freshman who has a unique story is Jenny Binford. Her family currently lives in Waco, but their permanent residence is Birmingham, England. Her family decided to stay in America while she completes her first semester of college. But in December, the Binford family will make the voyage back over the pond to England while Jenny will stay at UMHB. Binford’s mother, father, grandmother and younger sister all attended Family Weekend. However, there was another reason why her family chose to come to Belton. On Friday, Binford celebrated her 19th birthday. She said her family brought her a cookie cake and presents. She and her sister, Jocelyn, sat with the Couch Cru for Jocelyn’s first football game. Family Weekend can be beneficial for students. Binford said moving out of her comfort zone and to college is difficult, and having family visit midway through the semester makes the transition easier. “You can feel kind of homesick and instead of having to go home all the time, your home comes to you. You can share them in your environment.” The Campus Activity Board is in charge of the annual event. Jeff Sutton, assistant director of CAB, agreed with Binford. “I think it’s good for parents to get a glimpse of what life is like for the students. It’s so much fun being a student here at UMHB. There is so much going on,” he said. “Being on campus, being in that college environment, I think it gives parents a glimpse of what their students go through while here at UMHB. But it also kind of lets them relive college days and enjoy the things their student enjoys.” Sutton said Family Weekend’s concept was the same as in the past, but a few changes were made, like open dorms and a tailgate party. “We’re just trying to have more opportunities for the families to see college life, just really trying to create a typical weekend for college students but invite their parents to come along.” Freshman Dillon Mogford’s family also came....

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Lady Cru soccer continues to score
Oct13

Lady Cru soccer continues to score

They take the field every game with the inertia to win. They are there for each other and work well as a team. They are the Lady Crusader soccer team. The women are off to a pretty good season with a winning record of 8-3. Seven of those wins are division play. Out of playing just eight games, the ladies have shot for 164 goals and made 32. Erin Salyer is a junior and a forward for the team. She knows the potential of each member on the field and understands what the team is capable of. “We have a very talented group of girls this season; we are very solid in every position on the field,” she said. “We have the heart, the desire, and the unity to make this season Head coach in her eighth year at UMHB is Meg Brown, and she agrees with Salyer about the potential of the team. “We are having a good season as of right now. I think that is because we have learned each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and also all the hard work at preparing for each match.” With the positive feedback from each other, Brown admits there are a few aspects of the game they need to improve on in order to be the best. “The girls need to work on consistency,” she said. “We play 90-minute games, and we tend to have high moments and then not so great moments in the same game.” One of the goalkeepers for the Lady Cru, is Erica Harris. She believes they can go to the American Southwest Conference tournament and win the made it to the tournament in the past, only to be kicked out in the first round of play. “I think it’s very possible for us to win the tournament with the group of girls we have this year because we are all willing to work for each other and not as an individual,” Harris said. Right defender for the team Kellee Shearer knows the competition is fierce in the ASC, but if the team can work together as they have been, they can have a shot at the championship game. “I feel as if we have a good chance of winning especially that we are sitting in second right now,” she said. “We must give it our all mentally and physically during every practice and game to work towards the conference tournament.” “When we get there, it’s all or nothing because if you win, you advance. If you lose you go home,” Shearer said. For Coach Brown, the ASC Championship has been lingering in her mind from...

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