Women’s Basketball finished home season with historic performance
Feb25

Women’s Basketball finished home season with historic performance

Mayborn was host to one of the most memorable games in the history of the UMHB Women’s Basketball program on Saturday, Feb. 8. Not only did the Crusaders completely crush the visiting Howard Payne Yellowjackets 112-70, but two major milestones were reached. Coach Mark Morefield achieved his 100th win while with the Crusader program and senior Guard Hannah Holt, a marketing major from Lumberton broke the school record for most career points (in the NCAA era). These two major milestones were just the icing on the cake for this college team, whose passion and hard work are on display in their win-loss record for this year. Following the impressive performance of the national anthem by the Black Shirt Cru the game was finally underway. The Cru won the opening tip-off and started their offensive onslaught without any delay. Within the first opening minutes of the game, the score was quickly 5-0 as the Yellowjackets failed to score any points within their first few drives. Then the Cru managed to make one of their free throws, making the score 7-1. After that, both sides tried their best to score, however it was obvious to everyone watching that the Crusaders’ defense was tightknit and would not buckle under any pressure. The same could not be said for the Yellowjackets, however, as the halftime score was Cru 59, Yellowjackets 39. If the Yellowjackets had hoped that they could regroup and come back in the second half, that was simply not the case. The lead had grown larger and larger until it was obvious to everyone, including the Howard Payne roster, that this game was a lost cause. Regardless, the Yellowjackets played on and in an admirable attempt to make the gap between the two scores as small as possible, playing their best basketball of entire game from then on. Had the Yellowjackets been able to play the entire game as hard as they did in the final quarter, then perhaps they would have had a shot at a victory. By the conclusion of the 112-70 blowout, the announcer told everyone to bring their attention to the center of the court. There stood Coach Morefield getting doused by a single water bottle in celebration for his milestone of 100 wins with the Crusader program. Following this was the celebration of the four seniors. This game marked the final home game of their college careers and the school made sure that they went out in style. All four received framed jerseys with their numbers and a bouquet of flowers as well. The senior guards Hannah Holt, Kendall Rollins, Alicia Blackwell, and Ke’Aunna Johnson all...

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Coach Mike Stawski on board to invigorate Crusader Baseball
Feb25

Coach Mike Stawski on board to invigorate Crusader Baseball

With the retirement of Coach Ben Shipp last January, it was only a matter of time before UMHB hired a coach who would meet the school’s numerous requirements. “When our head baseball coach position became open, our goal was to hire a great coach who would also be a great fit at UMHB,” President of UMHB Randy O’Rear said. “We believe we accomplished that and hired one of the best coaches in the country. Coach Stawski is a faithful Christian, strong leader, and has a proven track record of building championship NCAA Division III baseball programs.” The timing for this change in leadership for the baseball program could not have been more well-timed. With football, volleyball and women’s basketball teams coming off of fantastic seasons in both 2018 and this year so far, it is time for baseball to have its time in the spotlight. Coach Stawski has the ability to turn programs from average into championship contenders. However, that is not the only goal that Stawski has in mind for the program at UMHB. “We’re going to graduate really great kids from here,” Stawski said. “Kids that we are going to be proud of…what we are doing is developing the full person here, which is unfortunately lost sometimes in college athletics. But it will not be lost on us here. I will retire before I put winning ahead of my players,” Stawski said. “People are going to walk away saying, the baseball program developed great people who have made an impact.” Coach Stawski’s devotion to these tenants was reflected in what the players think of him. “He is definitely a genuine guy,” junior pitcher Andrew Hutchings said. “It was obvious that the player-coach relationship really matters to him. Right off the bat, I could tell he was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the game.” “I think having Stawski as the new face of the program is going to get Cru base-ball exactly where we need to be,” Hutchings said. “His attitude and coaching skills are already having a positive impact on all of the players. There is no doubt that this program is heading in the right direction.” Hutchings seemed very positive. “I can guarantee that we will be in the best physical and mental state possible because of [Coach] Stawski, Wilson, J-Rod, and Coach Ram. We are going to play every game hard and we are going to win. Stawski’s strategy and mindset will show on the field through us players,” he said. Stawski had a slightly different outlook regarding the performance of the team these next couple of seasons. “The most important thing…is for the guys...

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Get involved with intramural sports

On college campuses across the nation, intramural and recreational league sports have become a huge part of campus life as they incorporate community, teamwork, and wellness into students’ lives. Even on small campuses such as the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, intramurals can play a big role in student life. UMHB currently offers six intramural and recreational sports including basketball, soccer, sand and indoor volleyball, football, and the university is open to suggestions from the student body. “Intramural sports at UMHB give me the chance to participate in sports without the big commitment of playing on a varsity team,” junior business major Coby Kidd said. “I love that I can just come together with my friends on a Sunday night and goof around,” she said. Many students just like Kidd have the same feelings towards intramural sports. These programs are the perfect option for students who enjoy exercising and being active but are not involved in varsity sports. Exercise is not the only positive attribution that intramural sports bring to college campuses, they can also be a way to avoid the party scene. According to a 2018 study by Torstveit, Johansen, Haugland, and Stea in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, young adults who participated in organized sports had a lower likelihood of engaging in unhealthy lifestyle choices such as unhealthy dietary habits, low physical activity levels, high screen time, and sleep duration. This study is one example of the positive qualities that intramural sports promote. By students replacing partying with intramural sports on the weekend, college drinking levels can decrease while overall student wellness is improved. A 2007 study in the Journal of American College Health by Ward and Gryczynski found that students who feel pressured by the partying culture, which is cultivated by American pop culture, can use intramural and recreational sports as a positive activity outside of school. Participating in intramural sports can also form a sense of community and friendship with people that would not normally meet. Students create friendships and memories with people outside of their majors, classifications, and social circles. “In high school, I was on the volleyball team and made the majority of my friends that way,” Rachel Lucas, sophomore communications major at Colorado Christian University said. “So when I got to college, I didn’t know if I would find ‘my people’ again. “Joining an intramural volleyball team helped me to form relationships outside of my major and track team. I love my intramural pals,” Lucas said. Intramurals are an easy way to be involved on campus in a casual way. They create a sense of community and fun on...

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Crusader cheer team participates in national cheer tournament in Orlando
Feb11

Crusader cheer team participates in national cheer tournament in Orlando

The Crusader Cheerleaders returned to UMHB this month with some good memories and lessons learned. The cheer team went to Disney World in beautiful Orlando, Florida to compete in the National Cheer Competition on January 17. They competed against 24 other teams and eventually ranked seventeenth in the competition. The cheer teams were judged on spirit, technique, difficulty, and a game-day routine. The UMHB Cheerleaders performed the fight song, a chant, and a timeout routine. Freshman nursing major Ansley Howard had a good time competing at Nationals and thought highly of her cheer team members. “Our performance went well for our team,” Howard said. “We all felt like that was the best we had ever done, but the judges thought otherwise.” Howard went on to say that what the team took away from the competition was that “everything happens for a reason.” Freshman Lauren Berry remembers a positive experience at Disney. “When things aren’t perfect you can still have fun,” Berry said. She went on to say that the best part of the trip was “competing at ESPN Wide World of Sports, and that “…we got to compete in front of the castle.” Berry also said that she was looking forward to “continuing to grow the [cheer] team and learn more about the competition. Even though the cheer team did not win the National Cheer Competition, they did come back to UMHB with good memories and lessons...

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The architecture of agility explained: scoring, tumbling, and acrobatics
Dec05

The architecture of agility explained: scoring, tumbling, and acrobatics

UMHB now has an Acrobatics and Tumbling team. But what does that mean? How does that differ from gymnastics in the Olympics? In women’s gymnastics competitions there are three apparatuses used: vault, uneven bars and balance beam. Men’s gymnastics involve parallel bars instead of unevens, and rings instead of the balance beam.) In contrast, acrobatics and tumbling does not involve equipment. Acrobatics and tumbling consist of tosses, tumbling, pyramids and acrobatic lifts. Teams typically compete in six events: compulsories, acro, pyramid, toss, tumbling and a team event. The meets consist of two to four teams competing in head to head and team events. The National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association defines acrobatics and tumbling as, “the evolution of different forms of gymnastics.”  Gymnastics is defined as a physical exercise of coordination and strength. A typical meet would go like this: The first event is compulsory. Each team competes with identical previously determined skills with a 10.0 starting value. This skill can be a back salto to ground or possibly a front salto (a flip that does not involve hands) dismount. These examples were used because they are the types of skills that most people think of when referencing gymnastics or similar sports. The second event is acrobatics (often shortened as acro), which is where two to four athletes compete against another team in acrobatic movements. Teams compete to win a total of 30 points in this event. “Acrobatics looks like athletic stuff that is really hard to do, and with just one wrong move something very bad could happen,” freshman pre-med biology major Chloe Wilson noted. Event three is the pyramid; teams compete to win a maximum of 30 points. For this event, teams want to use as few athletes as possible. This can help create more difficult pyramids, thus earning more points. The athletes manipulate their bodies to create the pyramids. Next, there is a halftime of approximately 15 minutes where teams warm-up for the second half of the competition. The team may practice on the practice mats, stretch their muscles or amplify their level of excitement for the next events. The next even is the toss. This event consists of four athletes tossing a fifth athlete in the air, while the fifth athlete completes flips and/or twists forward or backward. Two of the tosses will be solo while the third while is synchronized with another athlete who is being tossed in the air by four athletes of the same team. This event has a possible overall score of 30 points. The fifth event is tumbling. This event has a maximum of 60 points. Athletes have the option...

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Crusaders defend title against Texas Lutheran
Nov26

Crusaders defend title against Texas Lutheran

  By Sterling Dube Editor in Chief and Jaykwon Thompson Contributing Writer   The atmosphere at Crusader Stadium on Nov. 9 was electric as the stands were filled with fans ready to see the final home game of the regular season get underway. The captains for the game: Jonel Reed, Keith Gipson, Joey Longoria and Jefferson Fritz  won the coin toss and gave the first possession to Texas Lutheran. As if it was a precursor to the slaughter that would happen throughout the game, the Bulldogs’ return team bobbled the ball and barely recovered it for a small gain. This slowed down any momentum that the Bulldogs had at the start of the game and resulted in a quick punting situation. The Crusader offense was off to a very early start and got the football down to the Bulldogs’ 20 yard-line. However, two consecutive false starts quickly killed any chances of an early touchdown for UMHB. Kicker Anthony Avila completed an impressive field goal in an attempt to salvage the drive. The score was UMHB, 3, Texas Lutheran, 0. While the Crusader defense prevented the Bulldogs from ever having any real momentum, it did not mean that they had an easy time. There were many plays when the Bulldogs’ quarterback, Wade Freeman, forced the defense on a wild goose chance in the back field. He was often dodging and breaking tackles for 10 seconds at a time before either scrambling the ball himself or throwing a quick pass for a gain of a couple of yards. Defensive end Khevon Shepard was one of the only people who could say they sacked the elusive QB. After getting the ball back from Texas Lutheran, the Crusaders did what they do best. They battered the Bulldog’s defense until an opening was made. Running back Marquis Duncan used that opening in the defense to run into the endzone for UMHB’s first touchdown of the day, increasing the Crusaders’ early lead 10-0 after a successful field goal (PAT). Any attempt for the Bulldogs to retaliate to the touchdown in the second quarter were snuffed completely when a 4-yard sack followed by a key interception by defensive back Jefferson Fritz killed the Bulldogs’ offensive momentum for the rest of the game. From their now advantageous field position, the Crusader offensive, led by QB Jace Hammack easily got back into the endzone with a touchdown pass to WR Jonel Reed. After a successful PAT, the score was 17-0. The half continued at a snail’s pace with neither team getting the upper hand.  The Cru eventually got within field goal range and managed to snag an additional...

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