Outdoor rec courts getting a work-out with increased use and participation
Sep22

Outdoor rec courts getting a work-out with increased use and participation

By Emily Whitaker Contributing Writer  Every night since the school year started, students are going to the outdoor rec courts to play sand volleyball, basketball, tennis, and pickle-ball. Participants say that last year’s COVID-19 restrictions along with a growing uneasiness surrounding the virus made it tough to socialize. However, much has changed with the start of this semester.  “Courts are always used a great deal during the first several weeks of school…[and] this year was no exception,” said Sue Weaver, Director of Campus Recreation. Students say the recent improvements made to the courts are a contribution to the popularity.  Joshua Janis, a student who goes to the rec courts multiple times a week, estimated there are “75% more students going out to play each night compared to last year.” Another student by the name of Colby Arnold goes to the courts about four to six times a week and believes there is “only about a 55-60% increase” in students playing each night. The popularity of these courts is due to a multitude of reasons. The first being that they are a “way to step away from homework and be active and social,” Janis said. Students are also able to play intramural sports such as sand volleyball and the newly famous pickleball which can be found and signed up for on the Cru Rec mobile app. The Campus Rec Instagram page promotes these intramural sports and different ways to get active. Along with spreading the word, they also post tips to keep yourself healthy even if you are not going to play each night.  Recently, the outdoor recreational courts got a new and improved look. According to Weaver, “all new sand was in- stalled on the volleyball courts, all court surfaces were refinished with a new coat of the specialized paint, two of the old tennis courts were transformed into six new pickleball courts, and new glass backboards were installed and new single-rimmed, break away rims were installed.” Janis and Arnold both enjoy the newer aspect of the rec courts and believe it plays a factor in the rise in popularity.   During the 2020-2021 school year, the campus implemented restrictions set in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the rec courts were no exception. According to Weaver, intramural play was kept to “sports that are naturally more distant of other players.” They also set up hand sanitizer stations around the courts. This year there are no COVID restrictions, however Weaver tells us that once intra- murals start again, they “will provide hand sanitizer on the side of the courts.”  According to the UMHB website, campus recreation has “something fun and active for every BODY.” This includes sand volleyball, basketball, tennis, and pickleball outside along with an open indoor court, aerobics room, weight room, and...

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The Cru take second game:  this time against ETBU
Sep18

The Cru take second game: this time against ETBU

By Jaykwon Thompson Editor in Chief Before the game, the Crusaders paid homage to the victims of 9/11 with five Apache helicopters from Fort Hood flying over the home field. They also flew over a large United States Flag, covering a sizable portion of the field, which was carried in by students in the First Year Collective. The 6:00 p.m. game against ETBU started fast with the Crusaders scoring on their first drive with a field goal; then, on their defensive drive, the Crusaders made the ETBU offense punt the ball downfield. Jefferson Fritz returned the ball for a touchdown—making the score in the first quarter with 10 minutes left, 10-0. Defensive Back Jefferson Fritz runs away with the ball for the first touchdown in the game with ETBU at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 11. Photos by Rebecca McEntee ETBU would stand no chance offensively as their quarterback Troy Yowman would constantly face defensive pressure and overthrow his receivers; Caleb Johnson would stuff the run early while Jefferson Fritz would break up passes downfield. During their offensive drive on the field, Kyle king would throw a pass to Brandon Jordan would jump over the defender’s back and catch the pass. This would lead to a QB keep by Kyle King for a touchdown, making the current score in the game 17-0, with ETBU scrambling to find a way to respond as they received the ball on kickoff. The defense would continue to shut out ETBU’s offense as Khevon Shepard would push past the line of scrimmage and sack the quarterback for a loss of seven yards. At the start of the second quarter, ETBU would try to mount an offensive only to be stumped by the Crusader’s defense, being forced to punt it. However, a penalty on the field allowed the ETBU offense another chance on the field with a 1st down. ETBU would find their footing as Troy Yowman would throw a pass to Tariq Gray for a considerable gain, bringing their offense to Cru’s 28 -yard line. However, their spark would end when Jefferson Fritz recovered a fumble from ETBU’s ball carrier, placing the Crusader offense on their own 13-yard line. However, nothing would come of this drive; ETBU would begin their offensive and drive up the field with a big break run from Cornelius Merchant. However, the Crusader’s defense would again stuff the offense as no more momentum would be gained. Even after Troy Yowman would attempt a pass to his receiver, which was open in the end-zone; however, the thrown ball was out of reach, resulting in an incompletion. The Crusaders on their possession...

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Sader Belles excited for the new year of opportunities
Sep05

Sader Belles excited for the new year of opportunities

By Shelby Davison The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Sader Belles Dance Team has action-packed plans for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. More opportunities have opened up for the Sader Belles as the team continues to grow and succeed, especially with pandemic restrictions loosening. Dancers are set to perform at football games, basketball games, the homecoming pep rally, and the American Dance and Drill Team (ADTS) contest. The dancers are ready to support and cheer on their fellow Crusaders. “I am excited for the multiple performance opportunities since we did not get that many last year,” Director Christy Hawkins said.  She hopes to see more growth in the team’s popularity and to have more chances for the team to spread their school spirit and love for dance. She is also hoping for another National Championship this coming March at ADTS. The Sader Belles are two-time national champions for the ADTS. The team also hopes for an opportunity to move on to a larger national competition out of state called the National Dance Association (NDA) contest. “I believe we impact people on campus in many ways,”  Co-captain Sydnee Cassidy said. “At sporting events, we obviously help keep spirits high and just genuinely make the games even more fun than they already are. In other ways, we help out other organizations. We help move in freshman during welcome week, some of the team members help choreograph for the men and women’s pageants that our campus hosts, and other things of that nature,” Cassidy said. Co-captains of the Sader Belles for 2021-22 are at left: Sydnee Cassidy, and right: Sophie Brown. Courtesy Photo Cassidy said that she is most excited for “a normal football season,” and for everyone to experience that. “The new girls from last year did not get to experience it so I’m really happy that they finally get to have a true Cru football experience, as well as our new members,” Cassidy said. New Sader Belles members for Fall 2021 are: all the 2021-22 new members, L-R: Rikkia Nichole, Emily Epps, Emily Crocker, and Isabella Pena. Courtesy Photo New member Bella Pena said that she is more than happy that she has joined the group. “Sader Belles has been my safe zone where I can relax from schoolwork and dance with the teammates who are nothing but talented, nice, and welcoming,” Pena said. “From the start, they were sweet and inclusive and made me feel like I belonged. We work together and not against each other and we just have fun most of the time but still get our dances locked down perfectly. It’s a neat organization to be a...

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The Crusaders take first game with Simpson College
Sep05

The Crusaders take first game with Simpson College

UMHB took an early lead in their first football game of the Fall 2021 season with Simpson College at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. They would go on to win the game at 84-6. Senior E’Monte Smith emerges with the rest of the Crusader football team as they run onto the field at Crusader Stadium Saturday, Sept. 4. UMHB hosted their first football game of the fall 2021 season with Simpson College. At far left running out with Smith is teammate Kobe Giles. Courtesy Photos UMHB’s mascot CRUnk cheers with the cheerleading squad as their team hosted the first football game of the fall 2021 season, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Sophomore running back Kenneth Cormier, Jr., resists the eventual tackle as he carries the ball in the first quarter of play with Simpson College at Crusader Stadium in Belton Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. UMHB’s Brenton Martin fights being tackled by Simpson College’s Wyatt Schaben in the first quarter of play Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Martin is a senior communications major. UMHB’s senior quarterback Kyle King hands the ball off to sophomore Kenneth Cormier in the game with Simpson College at Crusader Stadium in Belton Saturday, Sept. 4,...

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Crusaders bring ASC title home
Apr13

Crusaders bring ASC title home

By C.J. Halloran Staff Writer Running back Kenneth Cormier, Jr., in the championship game with Hardin-Simmons in Abilene on March 27. Photo courtesy of AMZImages. In a year where nothing has felt familiar, one thing remained consistent, and that is The Cru’s dominance of the American Southwest Conference on the gridiron. Case in point:  the Cru made huge plays on both sides of the ball at the end of the game with Hardin-Simmons University to hold off and defeat HSU, with a score of 23-15 for the ASC Championship. The stage was set for the Cru coming into the Championship game in Abilene on Saturday, March 27. According to the only media that has been ranking Division Three Football this year, Jay Sports Network, UMHB and Hardin-Simmons were batting for the number one spot in all of D3, prior to their game, on top of an ASC Championship. Wide receiver Brenton Martin runs with the ball toward the end zone In the Championship game with Hardin-Simmons at Abilene on March 27, 2021. Photo courtesy of AMZImages. When championship day came, the Cru started strong, as a blocked kick and 43-yard reception by Kadarius Daniels set up a 3- yard touchdown run by Cru QB Kyle King. Both teams were held scoreless the rest of the quarter, and UMHB Kicker Brandon Cunningham pulled off two field goals before the half, giving the Cru a 13-0 lead going into the second half. That second half saw much more action, as Hardin-Simmons’ Mark Reed threw for a touchdown on the first possession of the half. After another Cunningham field goal, the Cru forced a punt and drove down the field, capping off the drive with a sneaky trick play that saw wide receiver Brenton Martin make a 7-yard pass to Gary Ruckman. Defensive back Jayden Smith tackles a Cowboy In the Championship game with Hardin-Simmons at Abilene on March 27, 2021. Photo courtesy of AMZImages. Hardin-Simmons attempted to battle back with a 4-yard touchdown run by Myles Featherston, but the Cru defense had them shut down. A Drake Johnson interception to end one possession, followed by a lock-down performance by the Cru defense to force four straight incompletions. Their very next possession shut out any hopes of Hardin-Simmons winning the Championship. The Cru rushing game dominated the Hardin Simmons defense as Kenneth Cormier, Jr., Kyle King and Montana Miller combined for 231 yards on the ground, setting up nearly every scoring opportunity the Cru had. King also showed his prowess in the air, throwing for 148 yards. Kadarius Daniels showed out in his final game as a Crusader, receiving the ball three...

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UMHB football takes the game from Louisiana College
Mar20

UMHB football takes the game from Louisiana College

It was a good competition but the Crusaders came away with the win against Louisiana College Saturday, March 20. The final score was 65-20. The referee hurries to get out of the way as quarterback Tommy Bowden runs by him to the end zone for a touchdown in the game with Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium Saturday, March 20. Louisiana Wildcats Logan Bremmer, at left background, and Daylon Charles, at left foreground, could only watch. Courtesy Photos The CRU’s running back Kenneth Cormier soars over a Louisiana Wildcat during the game with Louisiana College Saturday, March 20 at Crusader Stadium. UMHB’s wide receiver Kadarius Daniels, at far right, watches Cormier jump over Louisiana College’s defensive back Brandon Isaac, with Isaac’s teammate, linebacker Julius Johnson at center, also looking up at Cormier. The CRU’s cheer team supports the Crusaders in their game with Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, March 20. Wildcat running back Devin Briscoe is taken down by three Crusaders during the game with Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium Saturday, March 20. The Sader Bells performed at half time at the game between UMHB and Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, March 20. The CRU’s defensive back Jefferson Fritz fights for the ball with Louisiana College’s tight end Jacob Ganote over him in the game at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, March 20. Crusader corner back Keith Gipson assists at left foreground against Wildcat defensive lineman Micah Latin. Crusader and defensive back Drake Johnson has the ball but he eventually gets taken down by Wildcat defensive back Keyante Jett in the game with Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium Saturday, March 20. UMHB’s defensive back Drake Johnson toughs it out against Wildcat defensive back Brandon Isaac during the game with Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium Saturday, March...

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