TLU too much for Cru
Dec09

TLU too much for Cru

The Crusader men’s basketball team played a tight first half against Texas Lutheran Dec. 5 at the Mayborn Campus Center, but the Crusaders weren’t able to overcome a blitzkrieg of Bulldog three-pointers. The game was dead even for the first 12 minutes as the teams traded leads 14 times. The score was locked at 23 before TLU went on a 7-0 run to pull out in front 30-27 with 3:50 remaining in the first half. But the Cru responded with a 6-0 run of their own. Freshman guard Demarius Cress was fouled as he hit a running floater and completed the 3-point play at the free throw line. On the next possession, Junior Avery Polchinski drained a three to make it a one point game at 30-29. The Cru later gained a 33-32 advantage on a bucket from junior Daniel Mills. TLU would hit two free throws to retake the lead and add to it when freshman Paris Mauquez hit a buzzer beater to put the bulldogs up 36-33 at the half. Both teams had trouble shooting in the second half, as both shot just 32 percent from the field. The difference was that TLU made all six of their free throw attempts while UMHB hit only 12 of 22. “There’s no excuses,” said senior guard Layton Zinsmeister. “We’ve just got to get up there, be mentally tough and knock our free throws down.” TLU shot attempted 16 3-pointers in the first half, but made just four of them. The Bulldogs got hot from behind the arc in the second half, however, as they hit 7 of 11. After a Crusader bucket to make it 36-35, TLU opened the half with four consecutive scores and extended the lead to 46-35. Senior center Russell Green said the Crusaders weren’t as aggressive as they would have liked to be on defense. “We let them shoot too many wide open threes. We gave them some looks,” Green said. “They like to play fast and get down the court, but so do we. We just didn’t match their intensity, especially on defense.” Those 3-pointers proved to be too much for the Cru to handle as TLU stretched its lead to 16 at one point. UMHB was never able to cut the deficit to single digits as the Bulldogs cruised to the 81-71 win. “The 3-point line has changed so many things. When a team makes two or three, for some reason, it gets them a little more excited and they start playing with a little more confidence,” UMHB Head Coach Ken DeWeese said. “[The 3-pointers] made a big difference in their competitiveness and...

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Cru comes up short in playoffs
Dec08

Cru comes up short in playoffs

Rain, shine and wind. The UMHB football team weathered it all to secure a spot in the quarterfinals round of the NCAA Division III National Championships. Although Cru defeated the Huntingdon College Hawks 43-23 Nov. 28 in the Second Round of the playoffs, a last-second field goal the following week allowed Linfield College to knock the Cru out of the playoffs for the second consecutive year. Last year, the Wildcats ended the Cru’s playoff run with a 31-28 victory in Crusader Stadium. This year, the Cru traveled to McMinnville, Oregon to write the budding rivalry’s next chapter. Entering the game, the Cru had an overall record of 11-1 and were 4-1 in conference play. Their lone loss came midway in the season to Hardin-Simmons University, when the Cowboys defeated the Cru 29-26. After the loss, the Cru rallied a 4-game winning streak and defeated the Tigers of East Texas Baptist University in the regular season finale to clinc a share of the regular-season ASC Champion Title. In the first round of the playoffs, the Cru travelled to Abilene, where they defeated the Cowboys 37-19. In the second round, The Cru hosted the Hawks and won 43-23. Junior exercise sport science major Matthew McVey recalled the game against the Hawks and playoff tradition. “It’s always good to have a playoff game at home, and to get the victory is an even better feeling. We knew coming into this game, this was not going to be an easy one. Huntingdon was going to fight like crazy to knock us out of the playoffs,” McVey said. “This is the 12th year in a row the Crusaders have made the second round of the playoffs, I think that’s a tradition of its own.” Before the game, the team was hopeful to pull off a win against the team who stole their chance at the Stagg Bowl a season ago. “We feel that we let that game slip away from us last year and beat ourselves with too many mistakes,” said junior exercise and sport science major Baylor Mullins. “In life, you don’t get many second chances and for us that were all here last year, this is another chance at Linfield. We will make sure to take care of business this time.” Sophomore sport management major Haston Adams agreed with Mullins and couldn’t wait for a chance to beat Linfield. “Just by looking at last year (and) how they (Linfield) came and embarrassed us in our own home. I think everyone just wants revenge from that. It’ll be great to go beat them in their house,” he said. The Cru will have to...

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Freedom of religion should extend to the field
Nov19

Freedom of religion should extend to the field

A young man crosses the goaline and points to the heavens. A coach kneels in prayer after a game. These are common scenes across the nation on Friday nights in the fall. Football and faith have gone hand-in-hand for decades, but many are starting to question religion’s place on the gridiron. On Oct. 17, New York high school quarterback Dante Turo scored a touchdown before pointing to the sky, in an attempt to take the attention from himself and give it to God. The referees saw it a different way. Turo’s act drew a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. Washington assistant high school football coach Joe Kennedy had a postgame ritual that involved him kneeling in prayer at the 50-yard line. When players started joining him, however, district officials felt this action violated the separation of church and state. Kennedy was ordered to stop, but continued praying after each game. On Oct. 28, the school district placed Kennedy on administrative leave. Separation of church and state is a good thing. In a free, democratic society, no one should be forced into religion. In the same way, however, nobody should be kept from practicing their faith. The First Amendment prohibits government-sponsored religious activity. But it also protects the rights of individuals who act privately. Turo didn’t hand out Bibles to his opponents after he scored a touchdown. He simply pointed to the sky. Kennedy didn’t lead devotionals with his players. He merely knelt in private prayer. These individuals exercised their constitutional rights for religious expression and were reprimanded for it. Critics will say that religion has no place on the football field. What they don’t understand is that faith isn’t something you can turn off and on like a light switch. Your religion is an extension of who you are and it permeates all aspects of your life. So to ask a teenager not to give credit to God when he scores a touchdown or to ask a coach not to pray for his players is not only unconstitutional, but it’s also...

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Soccer has strong showing in ASC tournament
Nov19

Soccer has strong showing in ASC tournament

Both the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s and women’s soccer teams qualified for post-season play and finished their seasons in the semifinals round at the ASC Conference Tournament. The men finished with an overall record of 8-5-3 (4-2-2) and defeated Hardin-Simmons University 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the playoffs before falling to the University of Texas-Tyler 1-0. The women finished with an overall record of 12-4-1 (8-1-0) and won their quarterfinal match-up against the University of the Ozarks 1-0. They then fell to eventual ASC Champion Hardin-Simmons University 4-0. Combined, both programs had four seniors including: Ben Hammonds, Colby Case, Jorge Marquez and Ashley Stenack, all of whom played important roles for their teams. Stenack, a nursing major, will cherish the memories she made with her teammates forever. “Honestly, I am going to miss everything about soccer. I’m going to miss having practice every day, that adrenaline you get before the start of each game, making tackles, the excitement after we score a goal, and most importantly my teammates,” she said. Stenack enjoyed each season as she enters the next chapter in her life. “I absolutely loved playing soccer here these past 4 years. I have learned a lot about myself from playing soccer and studying to be a nurse. It takes a lot of time management and dedication, and I feel like I can accomplish anything now, because doing both soccer and nursing is probably one of the hardest things I have ever done regardless of the difficulty, I’m going to miss every second of my collegiate soccer career here at UMHB,” she said. For the returners, both squads are already preparing for next season to get another chance at earning a conference championship ring. Sophomore pre-physical therapy major Case Carnes believes the Cru has what it takes to win it all next season. “We had a great team full of guys that worked hard every day and we all worked for each other. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys. Next year, our goal is definitely winning conference and I believe we have a strong chance, especially with most of the players returning,” he said. Junior nursing major Kathryn Parker also believes in her team and reflected about the season. “The season was good, it was our second best for all the returners. We have a lot of room for improvement so that’s something to work for. As for going into next year, it’s always exciting going into your senior year and we have a lot of high goals and a lot of returners all looking for the same goals,” she said. The Cru...

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Statement win propells Cru into playoffs
Nov19

Statement win propells Cru into playoffs

The UMHB football team knew they needed to make a statement in order to lock up an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs. They did just that Saturday afternoon as they thumped East Texas Baptist University 67-20 and grabbed a share of the American Southwest Conference Championship in the process. Senior quarterback Zach Anderson threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns as the Crusaders picked apart the Tiger defense. “We just tried to take what they were giving us, and a lot of times, that was the pass,” Anderson said. The UMHB defense forced a three-and-out on ETBU’s first drive of the game. A short punt gave the Crusaders the ball at the ETBU 38-yard line. On the Crusaders’ first play, Anderson completed a screen pass to freshman DeNerian Thomas, who slipped past a defender and took it to the endzone to give the Cru an early 7-0 lead. The Tigers responded by driving down to the UMHB 37 before they were forced to punt. However, UMHB returner Jaedon Johnson fumbled during the return and the Tigers pounced on it and had new life at the Cru 13. Three plays later, senior running back Kendall Roberson took it nine yards for a touchdown. A missed extra point left the Cru up 7-6 with 11:33 remaining in the first quarter. The Cru then managed a 10-play, 75 yard drive that set them up for a fourth-and-goal from the one yard line before senior running back Malcolm Miller fought his way in to the endzone to put the Cru up 14-6. After ETBU failed a 4th-and-8 attempt at the UMHB 20, the Cru took over and quickly drove down the field as junior wide receiver Wykeyhe Walker hauled in back-to-back receptions of 20 and 30 yards before Anderson found freshman tight end Jaron Dykstra in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown. A blocked extra point attempt made it 20-6 with 5:43 left in the first quarter. With 5:51 remaining in the first half, junior quarterback Blake Jackson entered the game and connected with wide receiver DeNerian Thomas over the middle for a yard score which made it 27-6. On ETBU’s next drive, defensive back Bryce Wilkerson picked off ETBU quarterback Josh Warbington to give the Cru the ball at the ETBU 31. Two plays later, on 3rd-and-13, Jackson kept it on a quarterback draw and took it 33-yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 34-6 before at halftime. Two minutes into the third quarter, Anderson lofted a fade to the endzone that Walker hauled in over a defender for a 23-yard score to make it 41-6....

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Cru bounces back with win against Howard Payne
Nov07

Cru bounces back with win against Howard Payne

The UMHB football team responded to its first regular season loss in six years by beating Howard Payne University 67-14 on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Crusader Stadium. On the Cru’s opening drive, Senior quarterback Zach Anderson hit Wykeyhe Walker for a 38- yard gain before he was pushed out of bounds at the 14-yard line. On the next play, Anderson found Walker again over the middle for a 14-yard touchdown to put the Cru up 6-0 after a blocked extra point attempt. With 5:03 left in the first quarter, Anderson launched a 50-yard bomb that Walker hauled in in the endzone for his second score of the afternoon to extend the lead to 13-0. Senior kicker Jacob O’Neill hit a 33-yard field goal to push the lead to 16-0 with 1:21 remaining in the first quarter. Junior quarterback Blake Jackson entered the game for the Cru and connected with receiver Robbie Seybold for a 39-yard reception to put the Cru at the HPU three yard line. Two plays later, DeNarian Thomas took the handoff on an end-around for a 2- yard touchdown that made it 23-0 at the start of the second quarter. With 8:39 left in the half, the Yellow Jackets got on the board with a 1-yard run by Ja’Von Dickson which made it 23-7. The UMHB punt team downed a Baylor Mullins punt at the 3 yard line. HPU running back Justin Acosta fumbled on the first play of the drive and Bryce Wilkerson pounced on it in the endzone for a touchdown to give the Crusaders a 30-7 advantage. The Yellow Jackets answered by driving 74 yards on 9 plays and eventually scoring on a 1-yard touchdown from Patrick Hernand to cut the lead to 30-14 at the half. UMHB Head Coach Pete Fredenberg wasn’t pleased with his team’s play in the first half. “I don’t think we were focused. We jumped offside a number of times. They were struggling to make first downs, but we were helping them,” he said. “We did some things defensively that we didn’t in practice. We talked at halftime and they came out and really responded it in the second half.” UMHB opened the second half with a touchdown when Jackson rolled out and found Jordan Millar for a 9-yard touchdown. A 14-yard run from Malcolm Miller and a 40-yard score by Duane Thompson left extended the UMHB lead to 57-7 at the end of the third quarter. Thompson had his best game of the season as he rushed for 114 yards on 9 carries. “I wanted to respond for our leaders and our seniors, because we feel...

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