UMHB Crusaders win         2021 National Championship
Dec18

UMHB Crusaders win 2021 National Championship

Coach Pete Fredenburg holds the National Championship trophy for 2021 as he is greeted upon arrival back to UMHB in Belton on Saturday, Dec. 18.Photos by Rebecca McEntee The UMHB Crusaders arrived back at the UMHB field house Saturday as the 2021 National Champions for NCAA’s Division III. They won the night before, on Friday, December 17 at the Stagg Bowl in Canton, Ohio, against the North Central Illinois Cardinals, 57 to 24. North Central is the team that won the title in 2019, and because the season was cancelled last year, this was the first chance the Cru had to challenge the defending champions at the bowl. This is not UMHB’s first championship, but it may be the team and coach’s most satisfying. Wide receiver and senior Aaron Sims walks with his teammates past cheering fans after arriving back at the UMHB field house Saturday, Dec. 18. The Crusaders walk through fans to the field house at UMHB Saturday, as they are welcomed back by family, friends and fans. At left walking, and about to shake hands with a fan, is defensive back and senior Jefferson Fritz. Coach Pete Fredenburg held the trophy close as he stepped off the bus first and was greeted by family and fans. As Fredenburg carried the trophy off the bus, the team filed out after him and the tired football team walked through a cheering crowd of fans as they entered the field house. Friends, family and fans take pictures of the newly arrived 2021 National Championship Trophy outside the field house at UMHB on Saturday, Dec. 18. Outside, Belton Mayor Wayne Carpenter welcomed back the team. Then fans took photos of the trophy, set on a podium behind the speakers.  Fans had braved some rapidly changing weather with chilly winds to wait for the arrival of the team’s two busses from the airport, and to then celebrate their champions. The weather seemed to blow in just ahead of the buses with cold air from Ohio, but celebrations would...

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The Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band shares the field with Jonesboro
Nov15

The Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band shares the field with Jonesboro

By Allyson Hinkle, Assistant Editor On Saturday Oct. 16 during the game against Texas Lutheran University, the Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band was joined by the Jonesboro Middle School band for the day. There were three other middle schools invited by the university for the game against Texas Lutheran as well as several members of the community for Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Before the 1 p.m. kickoff time, the Jonesboro Middle School arrived at Mary-Hardin Baylor at around 9:30 that morning in order to join the Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band for their 10 a.m. rehearsal at Crusader Stadium. It was during this rehearsal that the Jonesboro students were placed on the field for where they would stand while they all played the fight song before the game. The rehearsal ended around thirty minutes later before the CRUise, and in the half hour of wait time members of the Blackshirt Spirit Band passed out goodie bags and other treats to the middle schoolers. During the CRUise spirit rally, the middle school student lined up around the railing of the second floor with the Blackshirt Spirit Band for a small glimpse of the energy that the band would be performing with at the game later that day. After the CRUise had ended, the musicians took a break for lunch and were bale to interact more with their guests. “It wasn’t what I was expecting,” thirteen-year-old Jonesboro student Riley said of her interactions with band members. “Everyone was so open and nice.” Relationships between band members of both schools were deepened as the game started at 1 p.m. and the Jonesboro students got to play their instruments with the Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band in the stands as four songs were added for the middle school to play with the Blackshirts that day. Many of the Jonesboro students would try to play along with the Blackshirts’ music as well by looking off their music flipbook. Both bands had fun trying to hype up the crowd with their music. When it came time for the halftime performance, the Jonesboro Middle School stood on the sidelines as the Blackshirt Spirit Band performed a medley of jazz tunes. This in itself was very eccentric with the Sader Belles dance team joining in to play during a drum solo. Members of the Jonesboro band found the performance very exciting and already wanted to come back next year. “I would love to come back and play with [the Blackshirts] again!” twelve-year-old Emma said. The experience was good not only for the Jonesboro Middle School band but also for the Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band. It gave the middle school players...

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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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