Intramurals give students chance to play sports, make friends

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells The university is home to impressive team sports. We are one of the best in the nation for Division 3 football and we excel in baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. But you don’t have to play at the professional level in order to participate in Cru sports. This fall, there were many intramural sports open to those motivated to play. There are four fall sports – CoRec indoor volleyball (powerdivision and rec division), sand volleyball, flag football (CoRec and men’s 7v7), and soccer. Cody Pryde, a freshman exercise physiology major, played men’s 7v7 for flag football and was a part of the Red Sea Renegades team, who made it to the championship. He also played on the Heart Attackers for CoRec flag football. “My favorite part about participating this year was the competition in the men’s league and the challenge in the coed,” Pryde said. “So many rules in the coed forced you to adapt your game and made every play exciting. In the men’s league, there was a lot of scoring and exciting plays which always makes for a fun time.” While flag football and sand volleyball’s seasons have ended, there are still teams competing against each other in both soccer and CoRec indoor volleyball. Daniel Chiu, a senior education major, is the captain of the Exploding Pineapples, one of the soccer teams. His goal for the Exploding Pineapples is to win the championship. “My favorite part is the team building aspect, and that I am able to play this with most of my friends,” Chiu said. In addition to soccer and indoor volleyball, students had the chance to sign up and participate in a dodgeball tournament Nov. 13. This event was sponsored by Freedom Movement, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking. “Dodge Trafficking is our annual dodgeball tournament where Freedom Movement has the opportunity to reach a demographic of UMHB that we normally don’t cross paths with – athletes,” said Freedom Movement president Haley Wilson, a junior studying international business and Christian studies. “This gives us a chance to connect with them on the heartbreaking issue we’re passionate about— the fight against international and domestic human trafficking. We love to hand out information and talk about our hearts for the fight during the event.” Whether you want to play on a team to have fun, meet new people, or help promote a cause, intramurals are an excellent way to get involved with the community. While it is too late to sign up to play soccer and volleyball this fall, there is always the spring...

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Cru basketball shoots for a successful season of play

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells Run, shoot, score. The Cru men’s basketball team prepares for another successful season under Head Coach Ken DeWeese. The Cru’s first home game will be against Southwestern University this Saturday, Nov. 19, at 4 pm. According to Coach DeWeese, the men practice hard every day to prepare them for this season. “At this particular point we can play and we can play quick,” DeWeese said. “Half court defense is a strength because you can always do that. It’s just based on effort.” DeWeese believes that many factors go into scoring on any given night. “Scoring is based on score, rhythm, how you feel, if there are people in the stands… There are so many factors. That’s one of the fascinating things about the game.” The team has five returning players this year, which Coach DeWeese believes that this is a disadvantage to the team. “We only have five returning players, but have 17 [players in all]. I’d like to have 15 back from last season, but we had a bunch of seniors last year. It’s just one of those things.” One of the returning players, sophomore sports management major Demarius Cress strives to be a leader to his team. “One strength I bring is leadership. Somebody has to be a leader when the coach isn’t watching on and off the court,” he said. DeWeese hopes that the team will not only win at every turn, but work as a cohesive unit. “Our number one goal is to win the next game. Ask any one of our players, we always want to win the next game,” Deweese said. Cress wants the team to continue to improve each game. “We want to accomplish a lot of things, but I know we will take it one day at a...

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Men’s golf team dominates competition
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Men’s golf team dominates competition

Published in the Oct. 26, 2016 issue of The Bells Ranked number two in the nation with fewer than ten players, the men’s golf team has been busy making a name for themselves. Led under Coach Jordan Cox, the men playing under the title have been recently ranked as the second leading team in the nation. The team is rooted in good values and hard work ethic, priding themselves on knowing each other’s weaknesses and strengths. “I think it’s helped that we’re all so close now,” said senior engineering major, Jarrod Brown. “It’s helped us to push each other. When we slack off or don’t try hard as individuals, it hurts us as a team. So being able to push each other and work together has played a major impact in our success. “ Leading first out of 13 teams in our own UMHB Fall Invitational, second out of 14 teams in the Al Jones Memorial and fourth out of 18 teams at the NCAA Fall Preview, the team has been out for the kill since the beginning. “It’s all about practice,” said junior communications major, Zach Daroowala. “Practice really does make perfect. It helps us to see what improvements we need to make. And when we compete, we see how others play, and it helps us figure out how to make ourselves better players.” As far as national success, the team has made a name for themselves there as well. The team has racked up countless titles and high rankings over the years, and dominates the competition at every turn. The team continues to strive for even more achievements by practicing constantly and improving their already successful...

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Cricket league offers a piece of home
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Cricket league offers a piece of home

Published in the Oct. 26, 2016 issue of The Bells For most students here at UMHB, the word cricket is nothing more than the name of the annoying bugs that invade the campus every year. However, for the Indian students here on campus, cricket is a beloved sport and a piece of home. “Cricket is a game that was invented in England,” said Sumanth Ande. “We have 3 formats in cricket: T20 (20 overs, each over containing six balls ), ODI (one day international, in which each team plays 50 overs so 300 balls), and Tests (a five day game with two innings). There are 11 members per side, and since it’s a clash between two teams, there are 22 members needed to play a match. The team that wins the toss will have the option to bat or ball, and the second team chases the other team’s score to win the match.” Because of its popularity in India, members of the Indian Student Association decided to come together to start a cricket league for these students to participate in on campus. “The students and members of ISA together started the league because it helps the students when they miss their home country,” ISA Events Coordinator Girish Maganti said. “This place is a home away from home for all Indian students, so it’s kind of a stress buster and fun activity.” Although this cricket league is still relatively new, it has been one of the most successful ongoing events that ISA has planned in the last few years. “We decided to start the league because it is one the best games in India and we all love to play cricket,” Maganti said. “The league has been going on for the last couple of years. This is my second semester here and I came to know that they conduct this league every semester. I was the conductor for the league last semester, as I’m the event organizer for ISA. It’s been awesome.” Maganti and the rest of ISA try to make the league as authentic as it is back home for these students, down to the very last detail. “Firstly, we need teams to conduct the matches,” Maganti said. “We pair up the different teams randomly and according to winning teams, the competition changes. Based on points, we will decide the final match between two teams and we award the prizes for winners and runners.” This league plays every semester. The teams practice separately, but not in school. Last year, there were five different teams, but the amount of students that participate varies each semester. “Any student that is interested...

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Women’s soccer hopes to win championship, break records

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells It’s halfway through the season for the women’s soccer team and the Cru is already on the road to a conference championship. Despite the tough schedule they have faced this season, the Cru has gone undefeated in all of their conference games and currently hold an impressive 7-2-1 record. Head Coach Barry Elkins is confident that this year’s team is the one to beat. “Overall, I’ve been very pleased with our results this season,” Elkins said. “The regional rankings just came out. There are eight regions in the United States and we are in the West region. We are ranked #7 in our region, so we are doing pretty well so far.” But the coach admits the teams’s schedule this season is very tough. “We’ve already played two nationally-ranked teams. I think it’s a positive thing to play good competition, but it’s been very stiff competition. That has been our biggest hurdle.” The success of the season so far has relied heavily on the experience of the girls on the field. “We have a total of nine seniors and that makes us one of the most, if not the most, experienced teams in our conference,” Elkins said. “Along with that, defensively we are playing really well. We have had eight shutouts on the year, which is getting close to a school record and it’s only halfway through the season.” In the past three years, the Cru has made a lasting impression that has changed the course of the program forever. “This has been our most successful group of girls overall,” Elkins said. “The majority of our seniors have been on the field all four years, starting as freshmen. They have been the core of the team.” In the first 13 years of this program, they only had three winning seasons which have all been in the last few years. Over the past few years, we have changed our overall history and the credit certainly goes to this group of seniors,” Elkins said. “We also have improved our conference record in those past three years, so we are constantly improving.” The Cru’s ultimate goal is one that all teams look to achieve: a conference championship. “Our focus this season has been to win a conference championship and go undefeated through our conference schedule,” Elkins said. “So far, we have been able to remain undefeated, but we have a big weekend coming up against Hardin-Simmons University, who is also undefeated. It is a big weekend to reach our goals. (Update) Ultimately, it’s about getting into the conference tournament and winning it,...

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Career volleyball player makes her mark on UMHB team

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells Bump, set, spike. Freshman volleyball player Haleigh Evans has heard these words many times in her years playing volleyball. Originally from Edna, Texas, Evans played varsity volleyball for her high school, but her career started long before then. She first started playing volleyball when she was nine years old and hasn’t stopped since. In fact, her favorite volleyball memory came after tryouts her freshman year. “I found out I made the varsity team my freshman year. [It was] because all the hard work I had been putting in [had] paid off.” But her hard work did not stop there. By the time her high school career came to an end she had achieved many impressive goals. One of her most impressive awards was the Volleyball District Most Valuable Player award, which she received during two seasons. Evans also received impressive awards in cheerleading, track, and academics.  After her success in high school, Evans decided to become a Crusader volleyball player because she has always wanted to play college volleyball. “I just wasn’t ready to give up the sport that I’ve grown up playing, and that I love,” Evans said. With the Crusaders, Evans plays the position of libero. This is a defensive position in which the player stays in the back row and can sub with any back row player at any time in between points. Evans’ position stands out not only in skill, but in color. Her jersey is a different color than her teammates’. Evans has earned quite an impressive record while playing for the Cru. So far this season, she has accumulated 185 digs, which makes her the leader in the number of digs this season for the team. After playing volleyball for nearly a decade, Evans made the easy decision to major in exercise physiology. Her goals with this major are either to coach or to work with individuals recovering from sports-related injuries. Between practicing volleyball and studying, Evans is very busy. However, with what free time she has she likes to catch up on her sleep or go to the movies with friends.  In order to maintain her strength to perform to the best of her abilities in the classroom and on the court, Evans also likes to load up on protein at her favorite restaurant,...

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