Crusaders clinch playoffs with win
Nov13

Crusaders clinch playoffs with win

By Brenton Martin Contributing Writer On a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon last weekend, the Crusaders took on the Wildcats of Louisiana College, and placed themselves in the playoffs. The captains took the field for the coin toss and at 1:00 p.m. UMHB kicked off their last home game of the regular season at Crusader Stadium in Belton, Texas. The game was not as much of a full house as it would normally be; however The Cru spirit was there with full effect! UMHB punched the Wildcats in the mouth first as the Crusader defense stood tall, gathering in two interceptions on the Wildcats’ first two drives. These turnovers lead to the first score of the game with a 9- yard rush by senior running back, Markeith Miller, to put the Crusaders up 7-0 over Louisiana College. At the start of the second quarter, UMHB put together a 6-play, 40-yard drive to cap off a 9-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver, Aaron Sims, from junior quarterback, Jase Hammack, to put the Crusaders up 14-0. As UMHB comes up with yet another defensive stop to force a 3-and-out, they turn it around quickly with a 1-play, 69-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver, Jonel Reed, from junior quarterback, Jase Hammack. The crowd erupted as soon as the pass was caught and nobody was around to tackle Reed. The band played as the crowd sang along with the Crusaders in celebration of going up 21-0 in just a 10 second drive. As the Wildcats take the field and come up short again, the Crusaders force another 3-and-out. Louisiana College is forced to punt to the Crusaders’ dangerous return man Aaron Sims. The freshman wide receiver returned the punt for a 74-yard touchdown to spark the crowd’s enthusiasm and put UMHB up 28- 0. The Crusader defense takes the field again looking to force another turnover as they stop the Wildcats from moving the chains. UMHB takes advantage of the stop on defense and caps off a 3-play, 23-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back, Marquis Duncan to put UMHB up 35-0 over the Wildcats. The running back duo between Duncan and Miller was marvelous as always. Following up after a Duncan touchdown, senior running back, Markeith Miller punched in a 1- yard touchdown run to put the Crusaders up 42-0 at halftime. To kick off the second half, UMHB turns a 5- play, 47-yard drive into a Markeith Miller touchdown reception from quarterback Jase Hammack. As the Crusaders celebrate, the crowd goes wild and UMHB furthers their lead to 49-0. After a tough defensive stand, the Wildcats...

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Cru soars over McMurry at homecoming
Nov13

Cru soars over McMurry at homecoming

The UMHB Crusaders faced off against the McMurry War Hawks at home on Saturday, Oct. 27. Coming into Saturday’s game the War Hawks were 2-5 while the Cru remained undefeated. The Crusaders had already been a force to be reckoned with, as the closest score gap that any team reached when facing the Cru was 26 points. The first two minutes of the game with the War Hawks did not make it look like things were going to be any different. The Cru scored a touchdown in the first minute and thirty seconds. Junior quarterback Luke Poorman threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver K.J. Miller, and the offensive onslaught did not stop there. The Cru scored two more times in the first quarter. The Cru scored their second touchdown on a 39 yard punt return by K.J. Miller. The Cru scored a third touchdown again in the first quarter. This scoring drive took eleven seconds in only one play with a 58-yard run by senior running back Markeith Miller. Overall this was just a great showcase on both sides of the ball. The fast scoring from the offense was exciting to watch. The offensive showcase from the Crusaders was on full display through the game. Markeith Miller had three more rushing touchdowns, totaling four in the game. He was close to having a rushing touchdown in each quarter, but he did not score in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Luke Poorman started this game, and he was 14-16 for 143 yards and had two touchdowns with his longest being a 43 yard pass. The Crusaders had two running backs passing 100 yards rushing for this game. Senior running back Markeith Miller rushed for 146 yards on 11 attempts and sophomore running back Marquis Duncan rushed for 126 yards on 21 attempts. The Cru defense totaled nine tackles for losses and one sack. The only sack the Crusaders collected during the game was by junior defensive tackle Joey Longoria from Pearland, Texas. Freshman defensive back Jefferson Fritz and junior defensive back Jon Hughes both picked up an interception for the Cru. This was a great game for the defense as they held the McMurry War Hawks to just seven points and 15 yards rushing. The Crusader defense caused the War Hawks to lose 26 yards on rushing plays. The Crusader defense almost had McMurry at a standstill only allowing six first downs all game and that includes first downs received through penalties. This was another wonderful game for the Crusaders. Only one team was able to score more than one touchdown against the Crusaders this season. On...

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Olivia Robinson excelling on and off the golf course
Nov13

Olivia Robinson excelling on and off the golf course

UMHB’s Olivia Robinson has been playing golf since she was in fifth grade. Robinson is a junior public relations major with a minor in marketing. She used to accompany her father on his trips to the golf course, where she grew to appreciate the sport. She began to play for fun at golf camps and eventually she played competitively at her high school in Houston. There she won over fifty medals ranging from first to fifth place, and the district championship for three consecutive years. When it came time for Robinson to choose a college, she settled on The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Although she received scholarship offers from other schools, her heart was set on UMHB. When asked about what helped her make her decision, she commented on the welcoming campus and staff. “I came to UMHB because of their unapologetic faith. In my first ever meeting with Coach Ralston, I could see her love for the Lord and knew that she would be an amazing coach and leader in my life. When I visited the school, I saw the same light that I saw in her all over campus and I knew that that was where I wanted to be. I also met Randy O’Rear in my first visit and saw how much he cared about me, just as a prospective student. Ever since I’ve been here, he’s proven to me over and over how much he really does care.” Since she has joined the team, Robinson has had many successes. In addition to multiple top-five awards, she finished sixth out of 93 golfers at a nationally ranked tournament in Florida. She commented about how her experience with the Women’s Crusader Golf Team has been. “The team dynamic is good. I have met my best friend and roommate, Cassidy Rawls on the golf team. I have met some of my future bridesmaids on the golf team. This year is different because we have five freshmen, which basically creates a completely different team. But we have good chemistry and are always laughing.” Her favorite experiences with the team have been winning the playoff conference, which she will remember forever. Also, she enjoyed spending time with her team in Florida at Nationals. “We got to go to Universal in Orlando and it was just an exciting tournament overall.” Comparing high school to college in terms of golf, she said, “College golf is different for me personally in the fact that it is more of a team sport. When I was in high school, it was all individual but at UMHB we compete as a team and care about each...

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UMHB hosts and wins ASC Volleyball Championship
Nov13

UMHB hosts and wins ASC Volleyball Championship

To win the American Southwestern Conference Volleyball Championship Tournament (ASC) that UMHB hosted last week, the Cru began by winning the game Friday night, November 2, 2018. Then the Crusader Women’s Volleyball team took two, 3-1 victories on day two of the tournament. In the match against the McMurry War Hawks, the team began strong with two set wins. After the War Hawks took the third set, UMHB fought back and won the fourth. Later that day, the Cru played the University of Texas at Dallas Comets and took the victory. On Saturday, the team faced the Comets once again to battle for the championship title. Both teams alternated wins in the first four sets, resulting in a fifteen point face-off in the fifth. The Comets took the lead at the start, but the Cru fought back to win the match against UT Dallas and ultimately, the 2018 title. Three UMHB team members, Jenna Gillean, Corinne Novak and Miranda Klein, received the All-Tournament Team award. Miranda Klein also received the MVP award for the tournament. The UMHB Women’s Volleyball team will now move on to Regionals this weekend. Freshman pre-physical therapy major, Kayla Janikula, shared her thoughts about this season so far. “We have a really special team. We have worked hard all year to win the conference tournament and it paid off. The team can’t wait to go to regionals this coming weekend and bring home some more success back to...

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Cru soars over McMurry at homecoming
Nov13

Cru soars over McMurry at homecoming

The UMHB Crusaders faced off against the McMurry War Hawks at home on Saturday, Oct. 27. Coming into Saturday’s game the War Hawks were 2-5 while the Cru remained undefeated. The Crusaders had already been a force to be reckoned with, as the closest score gap that any team reached when facing the Cru was 26 points. The first two minutes of the game with the War Hawks did not make it look like things were going to be any different. The Cru scored a touchdown in the first minute and thirty seconds. Junior quarterback Luke Poorman threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver K.J. Miller, and the offensive onslaught did not stop there. The Cru scored two more times in the first quarter. The Cru scored their second touchdown on a 39 yard punt return by K.J. Miller. The Cru scored a third touchdown again in the first quarter. This scoring drive took eleven seconds in only one play with a 58-yard run by senior running back Markeith Miller. Overall this was just a great showcase on both sides of the ball. The fast scoring from the offense was exciting to watch. The offensive showcase from the Crusaders was on full display through the game. Markeith Miller had three more rushing touchdowns, totaling four in the game. He was close to having a rushing touchdown in each quarter, but he did not score in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Luke Poorman started this game, and he was 14-16 for 143 yards and had two touchdowns with his longest being a 43 yard pass. The Crusaders had two running backs passing 100 yards rushing for this game. Senior running back Markeith Miller rushed for 146 yards on 11 attempts and sophomore running back Marquis Duncan rushed for 126 yards on 21 attempts. The Cru defense totaled nine tackles for losses and one sack. The only sack the Crusaders collected during the game was by junior defensive tackle Joey Longoria from Pearland, Texas. Freshman defensive back Jefferson Fritz and junior defensive back Jon Hughes both picked up an interception for the Cru. This was a great game for the defense as they held the McMurry War Hawks to just seven points and 15 yards rushing. The Crusader defense caused the War Hawks to lose 26 yards on rushing plays. The Crusader defense almost had McMurry at a standstill only allowing six first downs all game and that includes first downs received through penalties. This was another wonderful game for the Crusaders. Only one team was able to score more than one touchdown against the Crusaders this season. On...

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Crusader soccer seasons going strong
Nov13

Crusader soccer seasons going strong

Both of UMHB’s soccer teams have had an amazing season so far, and as the season comes to a close, the teams continue to succeed. So far, the men’s team has won eleven games, lost three and tied one. The women’s team has nine wins, four losses and two ties. The men are currently ranked second in the NCAA Division III West Region poll. In addition to the great team records, players from the men’s and women’s teams have had many personal achievements this season. Senior goalkeeper Travis Aday was named the American Southwest Conference (ASC) Defensive Player of the Week for the last week of August. He has played over 1,300 minutes this season, and he has had 32 saves. “This season has been great so far,” Aday said. “One of our major themes has always been about working hard every game for 90 minutes and building on our performances. We want to be playing our best soccer when November rolls around for post-season play, and a large part of that is fighting for the guy next to you at every opportunity and taking responsibility for your own actions. As long as we do that and everyone does their job, we are a great team.” Junior forward Chelsea Graham was named ASC Offensive Player of the Week for the last week of September. She has played over 930 minutes this season and has scored 10 goals. “I love soccer at UMHB because our team is all so close,” Graham said. “We are a family and we play together very well because we play for each other. There’s something different about playing for a team that is all so close because you are always having a fun time and practice seems like two hours of hanging out and playing with your best friend¬¬s.” On Monday, Oct. 22, both the men’s and women’s teams played home games at UMHB against Hardin-Simmons University. The women’s team lost 0-1, and the men’s team won their game with a 1-0 shutout. Each team will have one more season game at Sul Ross State University in Alpine on Saturday, Oct. 27. The women will play at 1 p.m. and the men will play at 3:30...

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