Basketball hopes to clinch ASC
Feb08

Basketball hopes to clinch ASC

Currently 17-4, the men’s Crusader basketball team has high hopes of winning the American Southwest Conference this season but has to get through a few other teams before accomplishing that. The four games lost were all conference games, which have hurt their standings in the ASC, despite the fact that they are currently leading the conference rankings. Head coach Ken DeWeese has an alright opinion about the team record but doesn’t like the fact that they have lost four conference games. Whether they should have won those games or not, DeWeese knows that basketball is an unpredictable sport. “There is no college basketball game relatively easy for anyone. If not, Duke wouldn’t have lost to St. John’s by 15,” he said. One of the conference games the Cru lost was against Howard Payne University. HPU currently has one of the worst records in the ASC, and that makes it a hard loss for forward accounting major Greg Wiernas. “We simply didn’t play well. Nobody could make a free throw or a field goal, but the main reason was our defense,” Wiernas said. “We really were unable to stop one of their players, and as a result he made the game winning shot.” DeWeese agrees about the lack of defense on the court. However, he thinks a bigger problem has caused the team to slip at times. “We could be better defensively, but the big thing we are having a problem with the last month or so is scoring consistently,” DeWeese said. “You want to score one out of every three possessions, and we’ve had periods of time where we go seven or eight possessions in a row and don’t score.” Howard Payne came to Belton Feb. 3 for another showdown against the Cru. They weren’t as lucky. The final score was 115-69 in which the Cru dominated since the tip-off. Guard Dean Pele is happy the way the game turned out especially since losing to the Yellowjackets in their first meeting. “The second time, though, I think we were trying to prove a point and I think we did,” Pele said. With the ASC title so close, the men’s basketball team is trying just to stay focused on each game and not look ahead. Wiernas said, “I do believe we have the talent to win the ASC but we need to take one game at a time right now due to the importance of each and every game this time of the year.” The Crusaders recently played the Sul Ross Lobos in Mayborn Arena on Feb. 5 which proved to be a close game. The men lead at the...

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Kirkpatrick’s strong love of God, game
Jan25

Kirkpatrick’s strong love of God, game

If there is a greater love in head Coach Kim Kirkpatrick-Thorton’s life other than women’s basketball, it is her relationship with the Lord. And she hopes that all the players on her team are able to have as great a love for Him as she does. “It’s awesome for me to see them grow as people, and I hope that they grow and have a stronger relationship with God than when they left here,” she said. Recently going on a trip to Uganda with the Baylor College of Business for two weeks, Kirkpatrick worked with the Uganda Christian University women’s basketball team and provided them with some new equipment which was donated by UMHB. She also worked with children and helped at a local carnival. “I think it is important for us to take care of those in need,” she said. Aside from her strong faith, basketball has been a passion for many years. Receiving a bachelor’s degree in exercise sport science and a master’s of education with an emphasis in exercise physiology, Kirkpatrick had been coaching more than 19 years before coming to coach the Lady Cru. Once getting her master’s from Baylor University, she coached at the high school level for both volleyball and basketball. “I loved high school and I loved being a public school educator. I like coaching at that level because I love the players, and I like teaching fundamentals,” Kirkpatrick said. Despite enjoying the high school level, she does like the collegiate level as well, and her players can vouch for that. Senior guard Caitlin Barganier likes that Kirkpatrick is always concerned with the women, whether it’s for their personal lives or them as players. According to Barganier, she is always wanting the best from the Lady Cru. “I feel that Coach K has a big heart and passion for the game,” Barganier said. “She wants us to get every type of experience from basketball that we can in order to take it into the real world.” Attending some of the women’s games, senior nursing major Ashley Hibbard can see from her seat in the Mayborn Arena that Kirkpatrick loves the game. “You can tell that she has coached the players to play the game well and when they do something wrong, she’s not afraid to let them know,” she said. Barganier admits that Kirkpatrick loves winning and hates losing. But losses now and then are inevitable. What has always drawn Kirkpatrick to the sport was the fast speed at which it is always played. “One thing I love about it, but you can find this in every sport, is that it teaches...

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Black Swan a dramatic twist to Swan Lake
Jan25

Black Swan a dramatic twist to Swan Lake

In an intense movie from every aspect, Black Swan is definitely worth the high expense of movie tickets. Almost immediately it has the ability to suck the audience into a thriller that has not graced the silver screen for several years. Black Swan tells the story of an exquisite ballerina, Nina, played by the captivating Natalie Portman. The ballet company Nina dances for is about to come into its new season of performances in which the main ballet to be performed is the timeless Swan Lake. After winning the lead role as the Swan Princess, Nina becomes crazier and more insane in every scene. She feels threatened that the new ballerina to the company, Lily, played by Mila Kunis, is after her lead part. Nina is also exhausted from all the practice and time she puts in to it and not to mention a pretty insane mother at home. Nina is in a downward spiral through the whole movie which creates more drama. Black Swan is much like the ballet Swan Lake, just with a slight difference. The new rendition has a dark twist of an evil black swan. The story line of the new rendition is almost the same. However, the swan princess in the movie has an evil twin, the black swan. Though Black Swan shows what it is like for Americans to be competitive and the problems of pressure, this movie does have scenes that are not for the faint-hearted. Caution should be known when viewing this movie. One of the first mysteries laid before the audience is a marking on Nina’s back. Half of it resembles a scratch, but the other mark looks as if she has permanent goose bumps. It doesn’t take the audience long to figure out that she is actually becoming the black swan. As Nina becomes more paranoid, she ultimately embraces the evil black swan role instead of the sweet-hearted white swan. She gives the viewers some eerie and uncomfortable squirms in their seats during these scenes. On a whole, this movie is phenomenal. Portman completely embraces her role and has the audience believe that she is completely crazy. Not only her acting, but some of the risque scenes Portman has to do, should definitely put her in the lead running for an Oscar. The only negative about the film is that it is very sexual. Two scenes could make people cringe in their seats. Advice: if you choose to go to this movie, go with someone you are comfortable with while seeing certain things. Overall, the acting, storyline, choreography and music, which uses Tchaikovsky’s  Swan Lake, deserves every bit of...

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Cru season halted by Wesley College
Jan11

Cru season halted by Wesley College

The Crusader football team went undefeated in the regular season, but that wasn’t enough to help them in their quest of once again winning the NCAA Stagg Bowl. With a whole season full of point-making plays and high scoring blowouts, the Cru couldn’t seem to get anything working in the first half of their quarterfinal game against Wesley College. Falling to the Wolverines 19-9, the football team ended its overall season with a record of 12-1. Head Coach Pete Fredenburg is proud of how the year turned out but wishes they could have played better against Wesley. “I thought the season was awesome with so many players stepping up and contributing to the success of the team,” he said. “Wesley was very good, and we didn’t play our best. We still had a chance to win but did not take advantage of our opportunities. We have to play at championship level.” Championship level football is exactly what they played for all of their games in the regular season. With eight of their 10 regular games being won by more than 10 points, few people could say the team lacked talent. However, in what became the season finale, sophomore quarterback LiDarral Bailey only finished the game 8-23, passing for 97 yards “We played good defense, I just failed to get the offense rolling,” Bailey said. “With turnovers like we had, it’s hard to win, and, unfortunately, we ended up on the losing end.” Even with the playoff disappointment, the team celebrated its sixth straight American Southwest Conference title and is looking forward to next season and another shot at the Stagg...

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Players receive fewer gifts due to bad decisions

It’s possibly the most famous list in the entire world. It’s the list to see if you have been good or bad in the past year. That’s right, it’s Santa’s “naughty and nice” list. In weeks just prior to Christmas, some sports stars landed themselves on the forever feared naughty list. The most recent publicized scandal concerned Ohio State University’s star quarterback Terrelle Pryor. This leader of OSU’s offense was caught with four of his teammates in nights just before Christmas at a tattoo parlor. Simply getting tattooed wasn’t why he made Santa angry, though. While at the parlor, Pryor and his teammates sold awards, jerseys — and now for the big one — their championship rings. Maybe it’s just because I’m a female and most women dream about rings and diamonds and such, but who in their right mind would sell a championship ring? Rings for which players have worked so hard, one of the biggest accomplishments in life, something they will forever be able to have and reflect on. Not knowing what sort of scholarships these players get, it is almost certain that Pryor gets most of his schooling free, if not all. He needs to get a grasp on what is important and stop thinking about money. He’ll make enough of it in the NFL. The result of this stupidity is the five players have been suspended for the first five games of the 2011-2012 season. The university is hoping to appeal, wanting to get the number of games reduced. The players were able to play in the Sugar Bowl Jan. 4 despite their trouble. Someone else in the football world was not so nice in the month of December either. For this incident, it isn’t a player involved, but a staff member of the team. In the New York Jets game against the Miami Dolphins, strength and conditioning coach for the Jets, Sal Alosi, blatantly tripped cornerback for the Dolphins, Nolan Carroll, as he ran back a punt for what would have probably been a touchdown. Forming a wall with about five other Jet affiliates, including players, they stood as close to the field as they could without actually being on the field and did not back down as they saw Carroll sprinting toward them. Since this very controversial incident, Alosi has officially apologized to Carroll, to the Jets and to the NFL. Apologizing didn’t help his case, however, because Alosi has been indefinitely suspended. On top of the suspension, he has also been fined $25,000. Since this sideline scandal, the NFL has further enforced the rule of being the proper distance away from the...

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