Playing in the rain
Oct29

Playing in the rain

Conditions weren’t ideal Saturday when No. 2 UMHB squared off against Texas Lutheran University, but the Crusaders were able to overcome the weather as well as a hungry Bulldogs team and extend their regular season winning streak to 61 games in front of a soggy crowd at Crusader Stadium. Heavy rain early in the contest made things difficult for both offenses as the only score of the first quarter came in the form of an 11-yard touchdown run from senior running back Malcolm Miller to put the Cru up 7-0. The touchdown was set up by a 37-yard completion from senior quarterback Zach Anderson to senior wide receiver Marcus Wimby. Wimby said the team offense wasn’t discouraged by its early struggles. “On the sideline, I just reminded the guys to stay patient and everything would open up for us,” he said. Miller found the endzone again on a 1-yard score to make it 14-0. After the teams traded punts, UMHB linebacker Matt Cody picked off TLU quarterback Trenton White and returned it 28 yards to the TLU one yardline. Two plays later, junior quarterback Blake Jackson added a 1-yard touchdown of his own to give the Cru a 20-0 advantage after a blocked extra point attempt. TLU got on the board when senior quarterback Trenton White scrambled around the left side and broke free for a 24-yard score to make it 20-7 at the half. On the opening kickoff of the second half, sophomore Jordan Millar fielded the ball at the 31 yardline and took it 69 yards for a touchdown. A successful two-point conversion pushed the lead to 28-7. The Bulldogs responded when White found freshman Jekovan Holmes for a 48-yard touchdown. TLU added a 31-yard field goal from kicker Chadd Brown to pull within 28-17. The UMHB defense wasn’t getting much help from its offense in the second half, but senior linebacker Trey Thedford said his squad was still confident in their ability to make a play, even after giving up consecutive scores. “I don’t think we were scared. It’s not like we shut down. I think if anything, it allowed us to rise up a little bit,” Thedford said. The Crusader offense relieved some of the pressure when Anderson found Wimby again for a 56-yard touchdown to give UMHB some breathing room at 35-17. TLU scored its final points with a 28-yard field goal from Brown to make it 35-20. It didn’t take long for the Cru to answer, however, as sophomore Bryce Wilkerson took the ensuing kickoff 89-yards for a touchdown. A blocked extra point attempt left the score at 41-20 with 10:52 left to...

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Column: Texas baseball has new life after 2015

Texas is and will always be a football state. However, the state’s two Major League Baseball franchises made sports fans across the Lone Star State beam with pride this fall as both found themselves as unlikely participants in the MLB postseason. While both teams can consider their seasons successful, they took very different paths to get there. From 2011-14, the Houston Astros averaged 104 losses per season. The team was clearly in a rebuilding mode, but the strategies General Manager Jeff Luhnow used during the rebuild rubbed many baseball purists the wrong way. The Astros traded away veteran players for minor league prospects and dumped payroll in an effort to build for the future. Because of this, many accused the Astros of “tanking,” or intentionally putting a bad product on the field in an effort to earn better draft picks. What those critics don’t understand is that rebuilding in baseball isn’t like other sports. A couple of draft picks and a free agent signing isn’t going to be enough to turn around a team that has lost over 100 games. It starts at the bottom, and the foundation of every successful MLB franchise is its farm system. What the Astros did was build a minor league system full of young, talented players with great potential. Last season, the team began to reap the rewards of their patience when athletic outfielder George Springer made his debut and instantly made an impact for the club. This year, the Astros took things a step further as highly-touted prospects Lance McCullers, Preston Tucker and former No.1 overall pick Carlos Correa not only made their MLB debuts, but served pivotal roles for the Astros in 2015. Houston was often called out for its reluctance to spend money. In 2013, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez made more than the Astros’ entire big league roster. With that being said, no amount of money the Astros could have invested in the team would have made them a competitive club. Sure, ownership could have thrown millions of dollars at a frontline starter or a middle-of-the-order bat and hoped for the best, but even the best players available via free agency would have had a minimal impact for a club that was completey void of big league talent. Instead, Luhnow decided to endure the criticism and stick to the process. Now that the Astros have several young, talented players ready to contribute at the big league level, the team can be more aggressive in free agency and wisely assess where to increase spending instead of just aggressively throwing money in a bottomless pit. On the other end...

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Sports Spotlight
Oct29

Sports Spotlight

Senior psychology major Elizabeth Ostroff is from The Woodlands, Texas and graduated from College Park High School. Growing up, she enjoyed being outside, whether it was adventuring, traveling, running, hiking, soccer or playing tennis. Going into high school, she began to focus on playing tennis. “I started playing tennis seriously my freshman year of high school. When I was younger I played soccer, then I moved on to try cross country and track, but I never enjoyed these as much as I have enjoyed tennis,” she said. At UMHB, Ostroff has contributed each season. Her freshman year, she helped the Cru capture the ASC West Division Team title and earned ASC West Division Second Team honors for line No. 2 doubles. As a sophomore, she earned ASC Honorable Mention for line No. 5 singles and the Second Team for line No. 3 doubles. Last year, she earned ASC West Division Second Team honors for line No. 3 singles. She has also been named to the ASC Winter/Spring Distinguished Scholar-Team and ASC All-Academic Team. “Over the past 3 years this team has taught me so much; I have learned from the coach, past players, and even opponents from other teams. My way of saying thank you would be to do all I can possibly do to get us in the position to win.” Ostroff and the Cru have been to the post-season each of her three tennis team seasons, falling in the ASC Semifinals each year. She hopes to take the next step by winning the conference. “I am personally seeking to win as many of my matches as I can this season. As a team, I want us to win conference. I think we have the potential, but it won’t be easy,” she said. The Crusader life was the perfect choice for Elizabeth. “I chose UMHB because I felt like this was where God was calling me at the time. It’s been the best experience of my life thus far, and I couldn’t be more thankful,” she said. Off the court, Elizabeth is a student athlete representative for the UMHB Student Advisory Athletic Committee (SAAC). She is also participating in the Miss MHB pageant and is involved at The Vista Community Church. She also believes tennis is a sport that provides lifelong lessons. She said, “I love the competition that tennis provides, both in the team aspect and individually,” she said. “It’s a sport that I believe builds character and encourages independence....

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Intramurals give students athletic glory

Campus Recreation is a major part of college life, especially here at UMHB. Through the Campus Rec office, students and faculty have access to four outdoor basketball courts, four tennis courts, and three sand volleyball courts, which are all located at the outdoor recreation courts, behind McLane Hall. Campus Rec even provides students and faculty with the equipment they need for a variety of outdoor activities. Some of the items that can be rented are basketballs, volleyballs, tennis balls and rackets, and hammocks. Other activities, clubs and teams that fall under the Campus Rec category are Intramurals, Sader Belles, Cru Cheer and all of the Cru Fit classes. Director of Campus Recreation, Sue Weaver, has been in charge of campus recreation for the past 10 years, and she can’t imagine doing anything else. “Every semester is different. I get to plan events, work flexible hours and I get to work with the students.” Weaver said. One of Weavers favorite aspects of her job is overseeing the various intramural sports. Intramurals have become one of the biggest activities here on campus, and are open to the entire student population. Currently the Flag Football and the Sand Volleyball leagues are in season, but there is still more to come for the fall semester. Upcoming intramural opportunities include 7-on-7 CoRec Soccer and 6-on-6 Volleyball. The Campus Rec director said anyone interested in one of these fall leagues should visit the Campus Rec website at students.umhb.edu/rec/ and click on the IMLeague link. If students don’t have time to join a team this semester, there will be plenty of intramural opportunities in the spring. “In January a new Cru Fit schedule will be released and towards the end of January all of our basketball leagues will begin which are Men’s 5-on-5, which is full court, and then half court is Women’s 3-on-3 and Men’s 3-on-3” Weaver said. “Toward the end of the [spring] semester we will also start our softball league and we will be teaming up with Student Life to put on Play Day.” There is something for everyone when it comes to Campus Rec activites. Sophomore Pre Physical Therapy major, Taylor Rose, who has participated in Flag Football and 3 on 3 Women’s Basketball, said she enjoys the time spent with friends on the field and the court. “Intramurals are a great way to relieve stress. Plus it also gives me a chance to be competitive.” Senior Graphic Design Major Elizabeth Motely, who has played 3-on-3 Women’s Basketball and Sand Volleyball, said campus rec activities give her the chance to play the sports she loves. “I think I can speak for all...

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Record setting performance
Oct14

Record setting performance

It was just another day at the office for the Crusader defense, as they held Belhaven University to negative 87 rushing yards, forced six turnovers and set an NCAA Division III record with 15 sacks in a single game en route to a 59-13 win Oct. 3 at Crusader Stadium. Blazers quarterbacks Tristan Hibbeler and Clayton Webb combined for 459 yards through the air, but an aggressive pass rush combined with a stingy secondary resulted in four interceptions for the Cru. Head coach Pete Fredenberg said the defensive line sets the tone for the rest of the unit. “I think we’ve got a chance to really be outstanding up front, and they’re going to be the catalyst to help our defense be a good as it can be,” Fredenberg said. On the offensive side of the ball, UMHB managed just 133 rushing yards on 38 carries, but senior quarterback Zach Anderson was able to keep the offense rolling by completing 18 of 22 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns. “We just take what they give us. With our run-pass option, a lot of times they’re dictating what we do. I thought we had a good gameplan coming in and we executed well. All of our receivers made some good plays,” Anderson said. The following week, it was the offense’s turn to shine as the Cru racked up 660 yards of total offense in a 62-20 win against Sul Ross State University on Saturday. Anderson hit wide receiver Wykeyhe Walker who broke a tackle, sidestepped another defender and took it 79 yards for the score. The extra point attempt was blocked which left the Cru up 6-0. With 8:24 left in the first quarter, sophomore Bryce Wilkerson fielded a punt, picked up a block and took it 69 yards to extend the Cru lead to 13-0. Sul Ross got on the board early in the second quarter when quarterback James Davis rolled out to his right and found wide receiver Steven Savedra for a 55-yard score to make it 13-6 after a missed extra point attempt. Anderson connected with Walker for the second time on the afternoon for a 7-yard strike to extend UMHB’s lead to 20-6. With 4:20 left in the half, Sul Ross recovered a Cru fumble and set up shop in UMHB territory. Two plays later, Davis hit Savedra again for a 38-yard touchdown. A successful two-point conversion made it a six-point game at 20-14. The Cru responded when Walker scored his third touchdown of the half on a 19-yard reception from Anderson to make it 28-14 with 2:47 left in the half. Walker would go...

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Tennis players wrap up fall season with strong showing
Oct14

Tennis players wrap up fall season with strong showing

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s and women’s tennis teams wrapped up their fall season after competing in the American Southwest Conference Individual Tournament Sept. 9-11 and the Intercollegate Tennis Aassociation Southwest Regional Tournament Sept. 24-27. Both tournaments were on the road with the ASC Individual Tournament being hosted by Hardin-Simmons and McMurry University. The ITA Regional tournaments were hosted by Trinity University (men) and Southwestern University (women). For the men, the Cru have three returners including: Scott Wilding, Brendan Thompson and Bright Ihezue. The team also has four freshman, who look to help make an impact this season. Freshman nursing major Julian Dunmore has already learned about the difference of high school versus college tennis. “In high school, a player could get away with playing a not-up-to-par match and still win because that kid just simply wasn’t good at tennis,” he said. “In college, everybody is recruited to play for these teams, meaning that they are at the very least, solid players. No more easy match wins, 100 percent effort, 100 percent of the time.” The Cru started the season well, with Wilding and Thompson both making it to the finals of the Flight No.1 and Flight No.2 Singles draws of the ASC Individual Tournament. Wilding fell to Concordia University in a tough three-setter. Sophomore pre-med major Brendan Thompson won a thrilling third set to capture his singles flight title. “Winning my flight was a big stepping stone for building my confidence. I also think it was good for the team because I was able to show the new freshman how to persevere when losing a close first set and how to win an incredible match,” Thompson said. “I’m excited to see how much growth our team is going to have from match to match as we continue through the season. Because once we all have the lineups set up and everyone is in the daily grind, I think we’re going to show the ASC just how mature and talented our young team is.” The Lady Cru have five returners and welcomed three freshman to the squad this year. The ladies picked up multiple wins in both of the fall tournaments. Freshman business major Hope Nash has already enjoyed being a part of the team. “My teammates are really nice and fun to be around. It’s always good to be surrounded by people who have the same passion for tennis as me,” she said. “Also, I enjoy traveling with the team because that allows us all to bond and make special memories with each other as well as make friendships that will last a lifetime.” The Cru and...

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