Crusader basketball begins play in Georgetown tonight
Nov18

Crusader basketball begins play in Georgetown tonight

Basketball season has returned, and fans should start yelling and getting out their keys to send the other team home. The men’s basketball season is beginning tonight against the Southwestern University Pirates in Georgetown with tip-off at 7 p.m. The team is returning from last year’s championship in the ASC division and the advancement in the NCAA Division III National Championship. The Crusaders are ranked 10th for the beginning of the 2008-09 season. The guys have some returning starters but also lost some at the end of last season. As a result, new freshmen are being trained so they know the expectations of the team. Entering his tenth year of being the head coach for the Cru basketball team, Ken DeWeese believes that it’s just a transitional stage for the new members of the team. “The adjustment does not happen immediately,” he said. “(It) happens gradually over the entire season and from game to game and practice to practice.  That is the way it is done every year.” Senior shooting guard, Tim Lytle, believes the incoming players will bring their own spark to the team this season. “I think the rookies have a pretty solid idea of what we’re striving for as a group,” he said. “They realize that they were brought here for a reason, and some of them are going to make an impact instantly. I’m really excited to see what they will bring to the squad.” The new players have to adjust from high school play to colligiate play. The fans get more into the game, coaches are harsher and practices are more rigorous. Senior post Michael Ivey spoke about what the workouts are really like. “Practices consist of a lot of post and guard work,” he said. “(We) work on our defense. We work on our offensive play and play up and down full court in game like situations.” Ivey wants to re-live what the team did last season, but with one thing different. “Our goal is to return where we got last year, only not to lose, but to win a national championship,” he said. With a slightly different goal in mind, Lytle would like to accomplish a personal hope. “My main goal for this year is to be consistent,” he said. “I really want to know how it feels to dunk the ball in a game, but if not, warm-ups will do.” Regardless, the players are ready for the upcoming season to get under way. The team’s first game against  Southwestern University is tonight in Georgetown with tip-off at 7 p.m.  The first home, which is over Thanksgiving break, is Nov. 29 against...

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Football recap against ETBU

The Crusader football team bounced back from an upset loss last weekend and won against East Texas Baptist University Saturday afternoon in Marshall, Texas. UMHB goes to 7-1 in division play and has a 27-game winning streak in the ASC Conference. The Cru took the lead in the first quarter with 3-0. Tailback Matt Hurst would stretch the lead to 10-0, running in for the touchdown. Even though the Crusaders fumbled the ball seven times, four of which were lost and went to ETBU, the guys still came away with the win. Junior linebacker Bryson Tucker had 18 carries, resulting in 138 yards and a touchdown. With those statistics, Tucker became one of six UMHB players to run for over 100 yards in a game. The starting quarterback for the game was Kyle Noack and went for 7-10 passes, throwing for 110 yards. The Cru totaled 410 yards. Of those yards, 298 were from rushing alone. The defense of the team was dominating as well. The Crusaders only allowed 19 rushing yards by East Texas Baptist. To go one step further than that, ETBU could only total 140 offensive yards. After having two games on the road, the Cru will return to Tiger Stadium for their final regular season game against the Howard Payne University yellowjackets. A win in that game will allow UMHB a share of the ASC title and will also guarantee a spot for the team in the ASC championship...

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Unbeatable football team continues streak
Oct21

Unbeatable football team continues streak

With a slow first quarter for the football team in its fight against the Mississippi College Choctaw’s, the Cru refocused and came away with a win. The final score on Oct. 18 was 26-14, improving the team’s record to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the American Southwest Conference. Coach Fredenburg is happy with the win and optimistic about the future of the season. “We are excited to be undefeated, but we know we must improve each week and continue to grow as a team,” he said. “We need to continue to focus on one game at a time and let the results take care of themselves.” When the Cru found itself behind for the first time this season, a combination of great plays put the points at 7-2 Mississippi College. After gaining a safety, UMHB gained 72 yards; 30 of which were from a run by wide receiver Brain Scott. With this huge advance, the Cru took the lead 9-7. The halftime score was 12-7. Tailback Matt Hurst knows the potential of the team and looks forward to the rest of the season. “The best part is just getting to know my teammates better. We have a really great group of guys.” The Cru finished with 342 total offensive yards. Quarterback Josh Saenz threw for 161 yards and a touchdown. With 12 tackles, linebacker Bryson Tucker led the Cru in defensive plays. Defensive back Derrick Williams contributed with an additional 10 tackles. Senior kicker James Crawford said the season has been successful but, the result of a lot of hard work. “Since last semester, before the season even started, we have been preparing,” he said. “But we need to keep improving. There have been a couple of setbacks, but we were able to strive through.” The team has faced a multitude of challenges, but is making the necessary changes to see victories. “On offense, we’ve had to work through a lot of injuries and moving people around in different positions,” Crawford said. “We’ve been throwing the ball around more which is a different form of attack than last year. Defense is also pretty consistent.” All the members of the team enjoy being a part of something positive. Defensive end Eric Forward is in his second year on the team and has enjoyed watching the team advance. “Crusader football is amazing,” he said. “We work hard everyday and it pays off on the field.” The football team will take the road in their next match against the Southern Oregon University red tail hawks in Asland, Oregon. Kick off is scheduled for 3 p.m.. With a slow first quarter for the...

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ROTC program expanded
Oct21

ROTC program expanded

The university has a new program this fall that promotes building bonds with fellow students and teaches how to become a responsible leader in various situations. The Army ROTC organization has now expanded its courses to UMHB. The headquarters for the curriculum is based out of Tarleton University in Stephenville, Texas, but has a detachment in Killeen and on the UMHB campus. Five students participate in the program, while Killeen has about 60 who are stationed there. Among the UMHB students, the leader is Cadet Sgt. Major Alex Petrowski, who is a junior and a criminal justice major. Petrowski was in the Army for two and half years before joining the ROTC program and is excited the campus has joined the program. “UMHB really wanted to have an Army program of their own,” he said. “The university has had an Air Force ROTC program based out of Baylor University for some time now. We just thought there should be an Army detachment,” he said. However, with only five students participating, the program is small. Junior sports management major Ariel Bush is one of the five. Both Bush and Petrowski stress the want and need of new recruits to join and become a part of the new organization. “Army ROTC is a great opportunity and learning experience,” Bush said. “There are many different scholarship opportunities associated with the program for anyone that is interested. Whether you are prior service, active duty, National Guard, reserve or none of the previously listed, it is definitely a life—changing experience, and I love every minute of it.” For those who are nervous about the demands of the Army, the ROTC program prepares people for the commitment of the Army. “As ROTC cadets, we must first learn to be great followers before we are great leaders,” Bush said. “In class we learn all the mechanics of how to lead tactical squad missions, and then we apply what we learned in the classroom to practical exercises. We also participate in land navigation classes, combat water safety training and field training exercises.” Head of the recruiting at UMHB is Major Chris Jay. He was in the Army for more than 21 years and is now trying to get students to join the challenging program. “My main hope for the program is just wanting it to grow,” he said. “The students here at UMHB that have committed to the organization are outstanding.” Jay also believes that, along with building ROTC on campus and recruiting more students, the university can also have an advantage from it. In his eyes, UMHB has the potential of enrolling more students now that...

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Football foes flabbergasted
Sep30

Football foes flabbergasted

With approximately 1,100 in attendance at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, the Crusader football team rolled over the Indians, 46-0. The Cru is 3-0 overall and 2-0 in division play. Both the offensive and defensive teams contributed to the Sept. 27 game. On the opening possession, UMHB took the ball 62 yards in six plays, ending with a touchdown, giving the Cru a 24-0 game lead. After a 10-yard toss from senior quarterback Josh Saenz to sophomore wide receiver Brian Scott, all of the points were scored in the first quarter. In the second quarter, sophomore tailback Matt Hurst scored two touchdowns.  The Cru’s halftime lead was 39-0. Head coach for nine years,  Coach Pete Fredenburg has an  overall record of 75-25, he is proud of what the team has accomplished over the years, including this season. “We want to improve each week and see where that takes us,” he said. “We always have high expectations.” The team’s hopes were met at Saturday’s game. A mile stone marker was also crossed as Josh Saenz threw a total of 214 yards making UMHB history as the third person to pass more than 200 yards in a single game. Past record holders are Cody Fredenburg and Orlando Garza. Sophomore wide receiver Aerttrail Robinson believes it is more than just the players contributing to the dominating Cru football team. “Both our coaches and our athletes are very good,” he said. “The coaches are very prepared every week, and the players have to be great learners and athletes.” The Crusaders overall statistics for the game turned out to be supreme. Saenz attempted 18 passes, completing 10 of them. Of those successful passes, a total of 214 yards and three touchdowns proved to be successful. Junior wide receiver Pi’Dadro Davis caught two touchdowns and had 106 yards, earning him the honor of having two straight games of running more than 100 yards.  The football team’s total offensive yards turned out to be 375 while 236 of those came from passes. On the defensive side of the game, sophomore defensive back Ben Beckworth and sophomore defensive back Shawn Prettyman each had six defensive tackles. Sophomore No.48 Eric Forward believes that teamwork is how they win games. “Obviously the players are a big part of if we win or lose,” he said. “But also the coaches help and especially the fans. All of these play a huge effect on the outcome.” Saturday, Oct. 4,  will show a test of who has the better team this season, when the Crusaders host their arch rivals—the so far undefeated Hardin-Simmons University. The Cowboys are ranked 24th in the  Division...

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