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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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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