UMHB baseball hopes to bounce back after difficult season
Feb13

UMHB baseball hopes to bounce back after difficult season

The weather is warming up and it is starting to feel like spring. This can only mean one thing: UMHB baseball is back. As a fan, I am feeling optimistic about this season. Head coach Ben Shipp shares this point of view. “I am optimistic. I am excited to see what this year’s roster does. Looking at them during practice I can tell they are hungry. They want this season.” Shipp has been impressed by the team’s commitment to practice, great work ethic and determination. One of the team’s strengths last season was their fielding percentage. Out of the 36 players on last season’s roster, 12 of them had a perfect fielding percentage, and 10 others had a fielding percentage of above .900. When asked how he plans to attain the same success this year, Shipp said, “We had a great season defensively, and a few of the players this year are returners. We felt as if we were lacking at shortstop last year. We had a shortstop last year that left us after 15 games, and this year we have a committed freshman shortstop. We also signed a great defensive freshman first baseman from Round Rock. We have great speed in the outfield, and with the returners, we always hope to see improvement.” Practice makes perfect. This is a saying that still holds true because practice does produce good results. As Shipp stated, the returners are expected to have a great season defensively. The new players can look up to the strong team leaders who have experience and wisdom to share. This year’s roster has seen a large number of freshmen joining the team. When asked if he thinks this could be a detriment to the team, he stated, “No, I don’t feel like it does. Most of the freshmen we have joining us this year are pitchers, and that happens sometimes. They are very talented, and I am confident that they can get the job done.” The Cru kicked off their season on Friday, Feb. 8, in Grand Prairie against the Bulldogs of Texas Lutheran University. Although the team started off strong, earning two runs in the first inning, they were ultimately defeated 9-5. On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Cru played the Tornados of Concordia University at the same location. It was a tough game for UMHB, and the team ultimately lost 10-1. This past Sunday, the Cru faced Hendrix College in Grand Prairie. It was a hard-fought battle all the way to the end, but ultimately, Hendrix got the upper hand and defeated the Cru 6-4. This weekend, the team will face Schreiner University in Kerrville....

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UMHB softball anticipates a successful season
Feb13

UMHB softball anticipates a successful season

Cru softball is in full swing, and fans are excited to see what the team has in store this season. Last season, the team finished with a record of 10-29. The Cru advanced to the American Southwest Conference Championship tournament and finished the championship series 3-1. Despite this loss, the softball team still had an outstanding season, finishing with a 21-8 record in their conference games. They started the season off hot, not allowing more than four runs until the seventh game when they lost by a margin of two points. One of the team’s greatest strengths was their offensive power. The team’s overall batting average was .307, and they had 34 home runs and 225 RBIs. Key pitching and solid defense led the team to a 2.54 ERA, 118 strikeouts and a .964 fielding percentage for the season. Head Coach Larry Hennig, who has coached softball at UMHB since 2010, said, “We’re pretty optimistic every year. We have a good blend of experience and new talent on the roster. I feel like we have the opportunity to do very well this year talent wise. [It] doesn’t look like we have any shortages. The scrimmages looked very well. Our pitchers did great, and the defense also did well. Our offense was a bit up and down during the scrimmage, but that was due to it being the first at-bats of the season. Many people don’t realize we had a good reputation for home runs and we stole over 80-something bases last season. Hopefully, we find the right combination of power and speed this season.” It is hard to gauge whether this year’s team will have similar statistics because the roster has a large number of freshmen. There are 22 players on the roster, 10 of whom are freshmen. However, Hen- nig does not feel as if this will be a detriment because the upperclassmen have stepped up to guide them. He said “The upper- classmen understand that this is the first [time] in a while that they have fresh- men that can step up and fill these roles. In previous years, we had only one or two freshmen, and this year we have several. All they lack is experience. They are great athletes and are very talented. It brought the team much closer with the older players stepping up and guiding the freshmen.” In most sports teams, a leader emerges quickly in the beginning of the season. When asked if there were any particular players that have stepped into a leadership role, Hennig said “There are two, actually. Emily Bounds, our senior catcher, has stepped up to lead the...

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Women’s basketball expected to finish season strong
Feb13

Women’s basketball expected to finish season strong

The women’s basketball team is victorious again after winning their home game against Concordia University on Saturday, Feb. 9. During the first half of the game, both teams had great form and strategy, each fighting to keep the lead. The Tornados quickly took the lead during the first quarter, but the Cru gave them little time to celebrate as they quickly edged ahead. In the second quarter, the Cru kept the lead, and the Tornados only managed to get within fifteen points of the Cru. By the end of the first half, the score was 39-22. As the second half started, the Cru didn’t let the Tornados breathe before scoring within the first few minutes of the quarter. They continued to grip tightly to the lead for the rest of the game. UMHB won 72-50 and earned the right to host the American Southwest Conference Championship. The Cru’s teamwork was impressive. Excellent footwork, great passing skills and great aim helped secure their win. Senior criminal justice major Antania Newton complimented the team’s efforts. “It was great,” Newton said. “They played like a team and played with a lot of patience and poise.” This is the team’s second consecutive ASC division championship. “It was a good win,” head women’s coach Mark Morefield said. “After having five games on the road it was good to come back home and get back into the winning streak.” UMHB will close out the regular season with home games against Sul Ross on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Then, the Cru will play Howard Payne on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. Both games will be held in the Mayborn Campus Center arena. The ASC Championship Tournament will be played Feb. 21-23 at Mayborn. This will be the first time the Crusaders have hosted this event. The team is looking forward to a strong season finish and a victory in the championship...

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Spending this Valentine’s Day with your pet?
Feb13

Spending this Valentine’s Day with your pet?

Many people on Valentine’s Day don’t always have a special someone to spend their time with. Instead, many choose to enjoy it with their pets. Statistics show that American households this year alone will spend about $647.9 million on gifts for their cats and dogs (finder.com). However, whether it’s spoiling them with a treat, hitting the outdoors, or just watching a movie together, pets will always enjoy getting the attention from their owners. After all, Valentine’s Day is about spending it with the ones you love, even the furry ...

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Spreading the love
Feb13

Spreading the love

When February 14 is mentioned, shades of pink and heart-shaped candies immediately come to mind. Valentine’s Day is a time when love is celebrated all over the world. While Valentine’s Day is devoted to showing the people around you that you love them, we often get caught up in the commercial side of the holiday. So, in addition to the mass amount of sweets consumed throughout the day, try challenging yourself to share love with others in simple but impactful ways. Here are a few ways to share the love around campus and the community: 1. The small things: Sharing love doesn’t always have to be a large, romantic gesture. Everyone has those days where nothing seems to be going right. Small acts of kindness can turn a person’s day around and lift their spirits. You can hold a door or elevator open for someone, compliment a friend, offer to help someone with their homework or give someone a hug. 2. Write a note: Back in elementary school when it came time to open valentines, the small card with a simple ‘to’ and ‘from’ written on it was quickly torn away to reveal a sweet treat. If you plan on sharing valentines with your friends, try taking the time to write them a note telling them how much they are loved. Kind words can let people know how much they are appreciated. 3. Donate: A big part of sharing love with others is giving. There are people in every community who struggle daily with providing for themselves and their families. If you have old clothes or coats, donate them to Goodwill or a homeless shelter. Instead of buying that third tub of ice cream, buy a few cans of food to donate to a local food pantry such as The Source at UMHB. 4. Pay it forward: More often than not, people have things they need or want to pay for, but they are not able to because of limited funds. Offering to pay for someone’s meal or coffee can be more beneficial to them than you know. Whether you’re helping a friend or a complete stranger, you could help make someone’s bad day great. 5. Take a meal: Nothing eases the soul quite like the smell of a homemade meal or a fresh-baked dessert. While at college, students tend to eat out often because it is convenient or because they do not have the time or the means to cook a homemade meal. Make a friend’s day by offering to bake them some fresh cookies or by inviting them over for a homemade meal. Of course, this doesn’t...

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Dazzling date ideas
Feb13

Dazzling date ideas

Valentine’s Day is a day for celebrating love. While many people choose to celebrate using heart-shaped balloons, boxes of chocolate and romantic dinners at expensive restaurants, a unique date is sure to make a lasting impression this year. If you have found yourself scrambling around trying to figure out how to impress that cute person from class who you finally got the nerve to ask out, The Bells has you covered. Here are five fun date ideas to make your Valentine’s Day the best one yet. 1. Bake something together. It’s no secret that everyone loves a tasty treat. Whether you bake brownies, cookies or a decadent chocolate cake, you and your date will end up with delicious sweets that you can both enjoy. To make things even more interesting, make it a competition! To see who can make the best treat, invite some friends to taste your baked goods and make it a double date. Whether you win or lose, this date idea will definitely impress the person you’re spending this Valentine’s Day with. 2. Have a game night. Board games are always fun, especially if you play them with loved ones. You and your date could play some fun card games, or you could make it a double date and play endless rounds of Trivial Pursuit with your date and friends. This date would also save you money on that expensive Valentine’s Day dinner because everyone knows board games and pizza delivery make the best team. 3. Try a new dinner recipe. If you’re trying to plan a nice dinner on a tight budget, you can surprise your date with a new recipe that you can prepare together. Pick a few recipes for your date to choose from and head to the grocery store together to grab the ingredients you need. After you’re done preparing and enjoying your meal, you can package your leftovers and deliver them to people in need this Valentine’s Day to help spread the love. 4. Have a movie night. Everyone loves a good movie. This Valentine’s Day, you and your date can visit a local theater to watch a good movie together. If you want to save money, you can make a list of your favorite movies and watch them together with a bowl of popcorn and some hot chocolate. You could even invite some friends over for a fun double date or watch some classic musicals for a sing- along. 5. Write a cheesy love poem. If you want to make your date laugh this Valentine’s Day, you can take turns writing cheesy love poems for each other. Pick some classic...

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