Sport Spotlight: Kitrick Bell
Apr02

Sport Spotlight: Kitrick Bell

THE BELLS — Kitrick Bell is a senior computer information systems major from Houston, where he attended Fort Bend Marshall High School. Bell has played a key role for the Cru all four seasons. The Cru found Kitrick four years ago, and he became a perfect fit. “I didn’t choose UMHB—UMHB chose me,” he said. His freshman year, Bell was voted to the ASC West Division All-Freshman Team. By his sophomore year, he played in 26 matches and averaged 10 points per game. His junior year, he started in every game and led the Cru to the NCAA Division III National Championship Game. By his senior year, he was named to the D3hoops.com Preseason All-America Team. Kitrick enjoys playing with his teammates. “My favorite thing about basketball is playing together as a team,” he said. This season, the senior helped lead his team back to a 17-9 overall record and 15-7 in conference play, but most importantly a berth into the postseason. In his final home game, Bell helped the Cru defeat nationally ranked #17 UT-Dallas 75-71. He contributed by getting a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. The ASC awarded his outstanding play by naming him the ASC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 20-24. The Cru then went into ASC Tournament as the #3 seed, but, but fell to Louisiana College 81-71 in the quarterfinals. Bell averaged just shy of a double-double with 12.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game throughout his senior year. He also finished his career with the all-time record of most rebounds in a career at UMHB. One thing most people don’t know about Kitrick is that he enjoys to sing. “Alicia Keys is one of my favorite. I like to dabble with John Legend a little bit and Lauryn Hill,” he said. After college, Bell has made up his mind on what he wants to do. He said, “My absolute dream job is to become a computer programmer, but if that doesn’t work,...

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Crusader baseball receives votes in top 25
Apr02

Crusader baseball receives votes in top 25

The Crusader baseball team is off to its best start since 1999. Even though the team has been plagued with injuries over the first half of the season, a recent six-game win streak propelled the Cru to a 19th ranking in the first American Baseball Coaches Association poll of the season. The Cru pulled off a three-game sweep of Mississippi College March 14 and 15. The team took the first game of the series in a 4-3 contest in which junior Tripp Reese hit an RBI single in the sixth to put the Cru ahead for good. In the second game of  a doubleheader, the Choctaws took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth before  the Cru rallied back to claim a 4-3 walkoff victory off a hit from sophomore Chase Burrow. Head Coach Ben Shipp said the wins were proof of the team’s resiliency. “Our guys really battled all three games, but the first two were classics,” he said. “Clutch at-bats in the last innings and tough defense were key to the wins.” Junior Ian Ekery gave up two runs off six hits in 5.1 innings. Even though he didn’t feel he was at his best, Ekery put his team in a good position with his performance. “Personally, on the mound, I didn’t think like I had my best stuff, and I was constantly fighting an uphill battle all night but as a starting pitcher, your job is to give your a team a chance to win,” he said. “That’s all I was trying to do. Our guys are just so resilient.” The Cru completed the sweep with an 8-0 win fueled by a complete game shutout from senior Jordan Mattke. Mattke held the Choctaws to just four hits and struck out six in a performance that gained him ASC Co-Pitcher of the Week honors. “I felt like establishing the strike zone early and changing speeds was a huge key to my success,” Mattke said. “I was locating well with all of my pitches, and that makes it difficult on hitters. Burrow said the sweep shows how the team has matured over the past year. It was “a good illustration of how tough mentally we are compared to last year,” he said. “We have a different mindset when things aren’t going our way or when our back is against the wall.” The team’s win streak came to an end March 18th in a 5-4 loss to the hands of #1 ranked Trinity. The Cru grabbed a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, but weren’t able to hold on as the Tigers put up...

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Women’s golf team soars through spring
Apr02

Women’s golf team soars through spring

THE BELLS — By Thanh Duong The No. 7 NCAA ranked women’s golf team set off for Georgia over spring break to compete in the Jekyll Island Invitational March 14-16. Junior exercise sport science major McKenzie Ralston climbed the board from 10th place coming out of the second round and led the Cru to finish 2nd individually with an 82-75-72=229. “I worked a lot on my short game. And while I was there, it definitely paid off,” Ralston said. “I wasn’t hitting the ball great and that course played hard hitting into the greens so my short game saved me and secured me second place.” The Cru finished 12 strokes behind team champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for fourth place with a 322-315-318=955 total. Fellow junior sports management major Victoria Thane felt the team didn’t play to  its full potential.  Coming off a national championship year, expectations are always high. “As a team, we’ve played mediocre,” she said. “Going into the tournament we felt we could win, considering we won last year. Most of us play well at Indian Mound but it just wasn’t there this year, unfortunately.” Expectations for the remainder of the season are high. Coach Jackie Ralston,  named as the new head coach for the lady Cru in July, felt fortunate to have inherited the team from ex-coach Darla Kirby. “These girls have a lot of talent, and I think that with a little more hard work, dedication and some personal commitment, I see no reason why they can’t conquer and win the conference championship. Get to the national championship and also do well again. I really think they can do a repeat,” she said. Going blind into an unfamiliar course, the team is headed to Bossier City, La.  March 24 to compete in the Hal Sutton Invitational held by Centenary College. “We’ve never seen the course. Sometimes that’s a good thing. Sometimes you’re better off maybe not knowing what all is out there,” Ralston said. “Just look at the shot, play that shot. Go to the next shot.” In order to mold their craft to perfection, she said  several things needed work. “We’re going to get there. They’re making their personal commitments, continuing to work on it, and we’re trying to stay positive,” she said. “Just the air that we’ve had at our practices since then is totally different,” she said. A loss like Jekyll Island had affected the team greatly. It forced them to stay focused and be prepared for the Hal Sutton Invitational. “Something clicked, I’m sorry that it had to be  a fourth place finish to make that click happen, but I think they’re ready...

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Softball taking care of business in ASC play
Apr02

Softball taking care of business in ASC play

THE BELLS — The softball team completed a sweep of the University of Texas at Dallas over the weekend, winning the games 8-0, 4-3 and 7-5. The series improves the team’s record to 11-10 on the season and 9-9 in American Southwest Conference play.  The wins broke a five-game losing streak for the Cru and provided a surge of life to take the team into the back half of the season. “I think the ‘x-factor’ that we have as a team is that we never give up,” said senior education major Chandler Henson. “We are not giving up, and this second half of the schedule we plan to climb back up to the top one game at a time.” The team has experienced both victory and defeat in streaks this season. After starting off with losses in five of the first six games, the Cru bounced back with a seven-game winning streak before suffering five straight losses, which led into the weekend’s match-ups against UTD. The biggest adjustment for the Cru at this point is on offense, and players believe that the key to second-half success is to score more runs, especially in strategic situations. “A lot of times this year we have left runners in scoring positions,” Henson said. “If we were to string hits together at those crucial times, we could be scoring more runs.” Getting runs early in the game is another point of focus, said freshman pre-physical therapy major Emily Marrs. She is also quick to point out the deep talent on the roster and the pool of strong freshmen. “All the hard work we put in, in the fall season and the help of great coaches and teammates have prepared us to play.” Marrs said, “The x-factor that this team has is the deep talent that we have…. Any person can step up at any time and get the job done.” Much of the credit for the team’s work ethic and resilience is directed toward the upperclassmen on the squad, as well as the team’s solid chemistry. “The upperclassmen push us to work hard and make us better,” Marrs said. “We play really well together on the field, and everyone is supportive of each other. We have a lot of fun together on and off the field.” The team feels optimistic that the struggles of the early part of the season are passing and that the back half of the spring shows promise. “Whenever we play to the best of our ability, we have the potential to be … one of the best teams out there,” Henson said. “This team has overcome many things...

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From Belton to Afghanistan: one student’s quest to serve his country
Apr02

From Belton to Afghanistan: one student’s quest to serve his country

THE BELLS — Last year, freshman political science major Ishmael Pulczinski left the university to serve with the United States Army in Afghanistan. Pulczinski seeks ways to serve those around him and his country. He planned to become an officer in the Army through the university’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program and had already been serving in the Army Reserves at a chemical unit as a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear operations specialist, or 74D. “Growing up, I would always play with G. I. Joe men outside, so it was always in the back of my mind,” Pulczinski  said. “What really propelled me into wanting to join was Sept. 11. I was in the third grade when it happened, and when I heard the news, it woke me up that there are people who wish to do harm against this nation and its citizens. I felt compelled to join to help defend this country from those people.” Pulczinski first came to UMHB in the 2011 spring semester after completing Army basic and has always wanted to serve in the political realm. He was in Beall House Council where he lived during the fall and spring semester of the 2012 to 2013 school year. During the spring semester, Pulczinski heard from some of his fellow reservists that a unit was looking for volunteers to deploy during the summer to Afghanistan. He jumped at the opportunity. “I felt like it was something that God wanted me to do. It was something I needed to do,” Pulczinski said. “I added my name to the list of volunteers. It wasn’t until February after I had started my next semester that I learned my name had been selected. So, I dropped my courses and started the training I had to do in order to deploy.” As Pulczinski started to drop his courses, friends and the university were supportive of him. His classes were reimbursed, and his status as a student was left open for him to come back when his service is over. “The fact that he volunteered at the age that he is and quit school completely embodies the person that he is,” said Beall Hall resident director Christan Hammonds. “He cares about people and has a servant’s heart, a genuine gentleman. I have the utmost respect for military personnel, but the fact that he volunteered in the middle of college to go over there says exactly who he is. I’m ready for him to come back.” Currently, Pulczinski plans to be back in May and has already begun the process to return to the university in the fall. Although he misses his...

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Students earn class credit, life experience in trip to Europe
Apr02

Students earn class credit, life experience in trip to Europe

THE BELLS — Pure adrenaline is the only way to explain the overwhelming excitement felt as the surging engines of a Boeing airplane lift the monstrous machine off the ground and into the air, sending a group of 16 Crusaders on their way to Europe. It isn’t every day that students get the opportunity to study abroad in Belgium and Germany, but 14 students had their chance to go overseas during spring break. Those who went on the trip were enrolled in either international economics or international finance. Senior international business major Daniela Loera is no greenhorn when it comes to traveling. She’s been on three trips with the McLane College of Business. “Study abroad is a chance to not only learn about stuff from professors but see it happen and play right out in front of you,” she said. “It’s important for Americans to understand other cultures instead of staying in their own little bubble.” The group of students, led by international business professor Dr. Michelle Reina and economics professor Danny Taylor, hit the ground running after a seven-hour flight from Chicago to Brussels, Belgium, where much of the European Union work occurs. The group spent three days in Belgium. They visited the Parlamentarium, where they learned about the European Union’s parliament. They also met with senior trade adviser Ira Bel and economic officer Marco Sotelino at the U.S. Embassy Annex. These men explained the economic state of Belgium and how Belgians do business much differently from Americans. Sophomore finance major James Ewing had gone on a trip to Europe before but never to study abroad. Before college, Ewing visited Italy, but he found Belgium and Germany to be quite different. “It really showed me that just because you’ve gone out of the country once, you’re not even near to seeing the whole world yet,” he said. “Every single place is totally different. The way of life is different, and to really understand that, you have to go experience it for yourself.” After their time in Belgium, the students traveled by train to Frankfurt, Germany, a large European banking center and home to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. At the stock exchange, they had a VIP tour and learned about how differently Americans and Europeans look at the stock market. The group also visited the Deutsche Bank headquarters where they listened to a presentation about the international vision of the German bank. Their last banking visit was to the German Central Bank. The students heard a lecture on European economics and the European banking system and then explored the Money Museum at the German Central Bank. With the Transatlantic...

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