Sports Spotlight: Soccer player Caleb Latson takes the field
Sep28

Sports Spotlight: Soccer player Caleb Latson takes the field

Caleb Latson is a senior transfer student from St. Edward’s University who is majoring in Business Management and playing soccer for the school. Business Management may be his major, but his passion is for overseas mission work. Latson said, “If I end up using my degree then great, but if not…it’s a backup plan”. Caleb seems like a person who wants to do what he loves rather than make money from something he hates. His carefree attitude is a trait that the majority of college students would love to obtain. Latson is a transfer student and explains that he transfered because he had friends that attended UMHB and decided to give UMHB a shot as well. His soccer career did not start late in life, Caleb has been playing soccer for most of his life, and knows the game pretty well. When asked why he loves soccer, he says that “[he] loves to win!” Latson plays forward and his strengths are knowing the game, being fast, being technical with the ball, making good passes, and overall having a passion for the sport. Obviously, he is very passionate for the sport, but also depends on his team. He certainly is not a showboat and believes his team has great teamwork and sportsmanship. Latson said, “We are a very good team and they have a lot of heart for the game. We have each other’s backs and we want to win!” In their recent game they won 6-0. He believes that his team has lots of heart and that is how they work so well together. Caleb has dabbled in other sports in his life for fun such as football, tennis, and baseball, but soccer is his passion. The life of a college athlete seems as if it should be difficult, but for Caleb, it is a simple task. He states that “it’s really not that hard,” and he refuses to stress out about it too much. He realizes that he is able to handle the pressure and have great time management skills. He is not only an athlete and student, but he also works for C-Life a few hours a week. When asked what keeps him going in college life he states, “Well, it’s the most logical thing to do. I do not want to dedicate all this time and not receive my degree. Plus, my relationship with the Lord. I look to him for my strength and my purpose. I truly believe that He has me here for a reason and a good purpose”. All in all, Caleb is a carefree guy and has a clear vision of what...

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Inside look at upcoming Crusader Fall Sports: Find out how your favorite sports teams are gearing up for the season

Published in the September 14, 2016 issue of The Bells UMHB football isn’t the only sport in the spotlight this fall semester. The Cru soccer, volleyball, and basketball teams are also gearing up for the season. While each team wants to win their region’s conference tournament and advance to nationals, there are also other goals the coaches are keeping in mind. Basketball The women’s basketball coach, Mark Morefield, is planning to win the division and go on to host this year’s conference. And if they don’t get the chance to host, the team aims to win the conference and progress to the NCCA nationals. “I feel good. I think we are finally starting to put our stamp on the program,” Morefield said. The coach admits that this season will have its ups and downs, but he says during this time the team will grow closer together and sharpen each other’s skills. He also hopes to improve their conference record. Volleyball This season the women’svolleyball team will also be going all out for the upcoming tournaments. “We want to win, but there’s a lot more to athletics and being on a team than just winning,” says head coach Rob Frost, “We had a lot of success on the court last season and lost in the conference championship match. We are working hard to learn and get better, and go further this year.” Soccer Women’s soccer is also on the rise this fall. The team has already played some pre- conference games, and are looking forward to representing the university on the field. At this point, the conference championship is the team’s number one goal, according to coach Barry Elkins. “We have gotten progressively better each year and currently have an experienced team,” says Elkins. The soccer team is comprised of returning players, so each player is well versed in her role on the field. They know how each other works, the coach said. The team plans on building each other up, and picking up where they left off last year. The men’s soccer team is also taking the field once again, with more determination than ever before. Head coach Brad Bankhead said the men had a rough start to the season because of rain delays. But an early win has given the team a positive outlook on the season. Forward, junior Caleb Latson said the team’s morale is boosted when the fans show up to cheer the team on. “We want more people out here with energy to cheer us on as a team,” Latson said. “ You know we are doing it for the school and ourselves, and we love...

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Sophomore Karley Free shines on and off the field
Apr20

Sophomore Karley Free shines on and off the field

Sophomore first baseman Karley Free has played softball for almost all of her life. As a leader both on and off the field, Free has played a significant role in the team’s success this season. “I started playing tee ball at age four,” Free said. “I’ve played select softball since I was eight and I was also on the varsity team at Henderson High School for four years.” While Free has had many people throughout her softball career that have made her into the player she is today, there is a particular person that has been the most influential. “My dad has inspired me most in softball because he’s always been there to push me to get better on and off the field,” she said. Choosing to continue her softball career at UMHB was an easy decision for Free, as it was a perfect place to call home. “I chose to come play at UMHB because it was a different place for me to move to and continue playing that wasn’t too close or too far away from home,” Free said. “My favorite part about playing here is the people. My teammates never fail to make me laugh.” Although Free is only a sophomore, her strong leadership and team skills on and off the field can be seen every single day. “I feel I am a leader on the team because I try to encourage my teammates every day and push them to work hard,” she said. With a 14-15 overall record this season, Free and the rest of the team hope to become more and more successful as this season continues to improve their record. “For the rest of the season, I hope we continue to get better every series and work as a team. Hopefully we can get a spot in the conference tournament,” Free said. The seasoned softball player plans to continue playing softball and hopes to continue her passion for sports in her future career. “I am planning on getting my masters in sports administration/sports management and working in college athletics or at a professional level in baseball,” Free said. Softball has become more than just a game for Free, as it has taught her many more things about life and about herself. “Softball is so important to me because it helped me build a strong work ethic, good character, and become responsible,” Free said. Playing this season hasn’t always been easy for Free, as she recently lost someone who had a huge impact on her sotball career. “I had a close friendship with an umpire since I was about 10 years old that passed...

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Cru scores walk-off win against HSU
Apr20

Cru scores walk-off win against HSU

UMHB baseball went into a three-game series against Hardin-Simmons last weekend, sporting a six-game losing streak. But after dropping the first two games to the Cowboys, the Cru managed to find the win column again with a dramatic, walk-off victory in Saturday’s series finale. On Friday night, Hardin-Simmons tagged UMHB’s junior starting pitcher Seth Hill for six runs, off nine hits, in 3 2/3 innings of work. The Cru didn’t put up the bats, however. In the bottom of the fourth, senior center fielder Chase Burrow hit a triple and then scored on a double from Cody Stone. Later in the inning, catcher Max Conway drove in Stone with an RBI single to make it a 6-2 game. Senior Will Stafford led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a double and then scored on a triple by Seth Martin. The Cru added another run when Martin scored on a wild pitch to make it a two-run game at 6-4. UMHB Head Coach Ben Shipp said his team did a good job of battling back against the early six-run deficit. “When you get down like that, you’ve got to focus on the little things, get one good at bat and extend the pitcher a little bit,” Shipp said. “We got there, but we just couldn’t get the big hit that we needed. But I really like the effort from our kids.” UMHB chased HSU’s starter Jeremy Hallmark out of the game after 4 2/3 innings in which he gave up four runs on seven hits. Burrow said the hitters were able to settle in against Hallmark as the game went along. “Early in the game, we just didn’t swing at our pitch. We swung at bad pitches early, and that’s what hurt us,” Burrow said. “In our second and third at-bats off of him, we started being more patient and that really helped.” The Cowboys would widen the gap again in the seventh inning. Colson Craddick hit an RBI double down the left field line and Jamie Ball scored on a wild pitch to make it a 7-4 affair. UMHB tacked on one more run in the bottom of the seventh when Dakota Parsons scored on an error, but that’s all they would get as the Cowboys took the first game of the series 8-5. While the Cru came up short in the series opener, Shipp said his players showed they can compete with one of the better teams in the conference. “We took their best punch, but it didn’t knock us out. We kept coming back,” he said. “I think that when you play the guys who...

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Cru comes up short on second day of Central Texas Weekend
Feb13

Cru comes up short on second day of Central Texas Weekend

      In both its games Saturday, the Crusader baseball jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. Neither lead would prove to be enough, however as the Cru dropped its first game to Whitworth University before falling to Piedmont College. Seth martin led off the game against Whitworth with a double before shortstop Dakota Parsons launched a ball over the left field wall to give the Cru an early 2-0 lead. Scott Stephens followed the homer with a double of his own and scored when Cody Stone hit another double. The Cru added a fourth run when Matthew Mazoch brought in Stone with an RBI single. Whitworth got on the board in the third when Daniel Casanova hit an RBI single to make it 4-1. The Cru responded in the fourth inning when a Riley Davis double scored Martin. Matthew Nelson led off the fourth inning for the Pirates with a walk and scored on a home run from Zach Thibault to make it a 1-run game at 4-3. Whitworth then tied the game on an RBI single from Casey Isa. The Pirates took the lead in the seventh on an RBI double from Jeremy Druffel, who would later score on a base hit from Nelson to put the Pirates up 6-5. In the eighth inning, Cru outfielder Will Stafford reached on a fielder’s choice, then stole second and scored on a single by Davis to tie the game at 6. Druffel led off the top of the ninth with a single for the Pirates and advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt. Whitworth took the lead when Nelson scored Druffel with a base hit. Nelson would then come in and score on a fielder’s choice to make it an 8-6 game. Nelson then moved from first base to the mound for the bottom of the ninth and earned his second save of the season by striking out all three Crusaders he faced. Martin went 4-for-5 and scored two runs in the game. Cru starter Casey Frazier went six innings and gave up four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. An RBI fielder’s choice from Mazoch got the Cru on the board in the second inning. Martin added an RBI single before Davis knocked in two with a base hit to put the Cru up 4-0. The lead wouldn’t last long, however, as the Lions scored a run in the third and took a 5-4 lead with a 4-run fourth inning. The managed to tie the game at eight in the seventh inning when Davis scored on an error by the third baseman, but the Lions...

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Cru drops first two games of 2016 season
Feb12

Cru drops first two games of 2016 season

The Crusader baseball team started its season with a tough test as they faced off against No. 7 Rhodes College on a cool Friday afternoon. Senior pitcher Aaron Barteau took the bump for the Cru and pounded the zone early as he struck out the side in the first inning. The Cru got on the board first when Senior Chase Burrow tripled to drive in Scott Stephens. Burrows then scored when Max Conway hit a fly ball that was dropped by the right fielder to give the Cru an early 2-0 lead. The Lynx responded in the fourth inning when Bill Munson scored on a fielder’s choice before Bennett Notestine stole home to tie the game. Rhodes took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when an error by third baseman Dakota Parsons allowed Jackson Lourie to score. Barteau gave up three runs on two hits over five innings. “His stuff was really good. Being a strikeout pitcher is a double-edged sword, because you get a lot of strikeouts, but you throw a lot of pitches,” UMHB head coach Ben Shipp said. The Cru tied things up in the bottom half of the inning when Cody Stone’s RBI single knocked in Will Stafford. Rhodes regained the lead in the seventh inning when Nathan Foshee dropped a squeeze bunt down the line. Parsons doubled to start the eighth for the Cru and scored on an error by Rhodes second baseman Zac Lange to make it 5-4. Riley Davis singled to start the ninth for the Cru, but Lynx pitcher Jack Mercer shut the door and closed out the win for Rhodes. Even though the Lynx got the win, Rhodes head coach Jeff Cleanthes didn’t feel like his team played the better game on the afternoon. “We were outplayed by a really good baseball team,” Clanthes said. “We just got the plays and they got the bad hops.” The Cru took the diamond for a second time Friday evening to face the Ponoma-Pitzer Sagehens. Ponoma-Pitzer got the scoring started in the third inning when Tanner Nishioka’s double allowed Simon Rosenbaum to score on a throwing error by UMHB right fielder Will Stafford. The Sagehens added another run in the inning on an RBI single from Bryce Rogan. In the home half of the third, Stafford came through with a two-out double and then scored on a base hit from Seth Martin to make it 2-1. However, Pomona-Pitzer added RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings to pull away 4-2. Crusader starter Seth Hill gave up four runs on eight hits, but managed to strand seven on base. “Seth didn’t have his...

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