Cru baseball defeats reigning national champions
Mar08

Cru baseball defeats reigning national champions

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor baseball team faced off against the No. 7 Trinity University Tigers on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Red Murff Field in Belton. The Tigers are the reigning NCAA Division III National Champions and came into the game 6-5 on the season. The Crusaders started the game 1-5 on the year, but were able to overcome a shaky start to win 9-7. Trinity was able to put up five runs in the top of the first inning on the strength of five hits and a Cru error. But senior starting pitcher/designated hitter Ty Johnson was able to work through the inning and continue pitching for two more innings, allowing just one more unearned run in the top of the third. “I think they refocused really well,” said head coach Ben Shipp. “We’re a very young team, so I was really proud of the way they refocused tonight after getting down 5-0.” The Cru answered with a run in the bottom of the first inning. In the fourth, with runners on first and second, sophomore shortstop Robbie Gillen stepped up and lined a ball down the right field line for a two-run triple. Gillen was then able to score on a balk by Trinity pitcher Holden Nix, shrinking the Tigers’ lead to 6-4. “I’m trying to just drive the ball the opposite way, shorten up and get the ball in play. I got a fastball off the plate and just drove it down the line,” Gillen said. After one run in the top of the sixth for the Tigers, the Cru were able to return fire in the bottom half of the inning. Sophomore second baseman Jackson Godoy led off the inning with a single and then stole second. Gillen then came back to the plate with one out and laid down a bunt. The Tigers’ pitcher picked up the bunt and fired a high throw over the head of the first baseman and into right field. Godoy scored on the error and Gillen moved up to second with a single and an E1. Gillen then scored three batters later on a single by freshman first baseman Landon Dieterich, cutting the deficit to 7-6. Then in the bottom of the seventh, an error on the Trinity second baseman allowed sophomore third baseman Mitch Patterson to reach and Johnson drew a walk. Godoy came to the plate with two on and laced a double over the center fielder’s head. Patterson scored easily from second to tie the game. But a perfect relay from the second baseman cut Johnson...

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Sport Spotlight: Heien begins final season
Mar08

Sport Spotlight: Heien begins final season

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Senior men’s golfer Mats Heien has played golf for as long as he can remember, and his passion and dedication to the sport has not only contributed to the success of the team, but has also inspired his teammates to strive for excellence both in golf and in life. “I think I have been playing golf for about 10 years now,” Heien said. “My father played golf and that’s how I got into it. I loved it ever since I hit my first golf ball.” Heien said his inspiration comes not only from his father, but also from professional golfer Rory McIlroy. “I like how hard he works at his game, and this makes me want to work even harder so that one day I will beat him,” he said. Heien traveled 5000 miles from Royken, Norway to Belton to continue his golf career at the collegiate level. “I chose to come play at UMHB because of the weather,” Heien said. “I also got a good feeling about Coach Rodeffer, so I took a chance that this place would help me be the best golfer I could be.” While Heien is thousands of miles from where he grew up, UMHB has become his home away from home over the last four years, with a little help from his teammates. “My favorite part about playing here at UMHB is the golf team. They are definitely the best part,” Heien said. “It is a lot of fun going to tournaments with this team, and we help each other get better every day.” While there are many aspects of golf that helped Heien fall in love with the game, there are a few in particular that have stood out to him over the years. “I love the competition side of golf the most,” Heien said. “I prepare for hours and hours so when I go out to play tournaments, I know that I can beat everybody out there. Golf is basically turned into my entire life. And this is the only thing I want to do in life.” Heien’s dedication to perfecting his skills has paid off. In the last two years, Heien has had the best individual seasons in UMHB men’s golf history and was named a Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year Semifinalist. This season is Heien’s last season here at UMHB and he hopes that he can lead the team to achieve their goals one last time. “I feel that I work hard on my game and my scores reflect this so that I can help my team each...

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Men’s and women’s tennis optimistic in the start of 2017 season
Feb22

Men’s and women’s tennis optimistic in the start of 2017 season

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells With just a little under a week until the start of the 2017 spring season, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams have been working around the clock to make their final preparations. Head Coach James Cohagan is optimistic that all of the hard work will lead both of these teams to success this season. Women’s: The women’s team looks to start the season strong and will face Austin College in their season opener on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. in Sherman, TX. The home opener will take place on Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m. versus LeTourneau University. “The ladies are working very hard and practice has been purposeful and fun for the most part,” Cohagan said. “Those are great signs, and the ladies are all pulling for each other even while competing. The coach said the team has been playing a lot of round robin matches and trying to get off to a great academic start since the main focus of their conference season occurs after spring break. There are many new faces that will be joining the women’s team this season, and Coach Cohagan is hopeful that the few returning players will step up to lead the others to be successful this season. “Ashlee Montgomery, Hope Nash and Shannon Kelly are our returning players this season,” Cohagan said. “They have to both play hard and serve as leaders for the other five ladies.” Coming off a 4-11 record last season, Cohagan and the girls have placed their focus on ways to improve in many different areas of the game and have been working very hard to do just that. “I think the ladies are working hard on the basic strategies of tennis — how to combine various patterns of play to defeat various opponents,” Cohagan said. “Specifically, it is our desire to get off to faster starts in our singles and doubles matches.” Men’s: The Cru men’s team will also face Austin College on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. in Sherman, Texas to start what looks to be a promising season.“I am very excited about our men’s group,” Cohagan said. “We have only one senior but he has been our number one player for three years. This year we have much better depth to our lineup and players are fighting to be in the top 6 singles spots and the top 3 doubles spots.” Cohagan and the team have high expectations for what’s to come this season. “We need to win more matches in the 3-6 spots in the singles lineup and the 2...

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Cru Softball Off to Hot Start in 2017
Feb22

Cru Softball Off to Hot Start in 2017

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s softball team is off to a hot start in the 2017 season. In the first three weeks of the season, the Cru is 9-2 and looking strong. The team is very excited and hopeful about getting off on the right foot. “We’ve played really well and the two games that we’ve lost are games that we very easily could have won. We’re 8-2 and we could very well be 10-0,” Head Coach Larry Henning said. But the team also understands that it is a long season and are very determined to sustain this success over the course of the season. “It’s early and we’re still trying to find the right mix, but it’s been fun,” said Henning. It comes as no surprise that senior third baseman Leah Brown has played a significant role in the team’s early success. She is coming off of a terrific 2016 season in which she earned NFCA first team All-American honors. She was astounding at the plate, boasting a .437 batting average, 11 HR and 26 RBI. She also led the American Southwest Conference in slugging percentage and ranked second in batting average and home runs. With a player of this caliber, opposing teams will often come up with a game plan to keep her from beating them. But Brown thinks that it would be a futile effort on the part of the opposition. “With the lineup that we have, it really doesn’t make any difference,” she said. She seems to have picked up right where she left off a season ago, already with 17 RBI in just the first 11 games. During her time at UMHB, Brown and the Cru have not finished higher than fourth in the ASC standings. But she believes the team is ready to turn it around. “We’re looking like a much better team and it’s all coming together,” Brown said. She is also hopeful for a conference championship run in her last season as a Crusader. When asked if she thought that this team has what it takes to contend for a championship, she simply replied “definitely.” Another bright spot of the first stretch of the season is junior pitcher Karen Tennis. Tennis earned second team All-ASC honors last season staring 22 of the Crusader’s 41 games and going 10-13 with a 3.28 ERA. So far this season, she has started five games and is 3-1 with a 2.66 ERA. The Cru will be entering possibly the toughest stretch of their season beginning on Feb. 24, in which they will face three NFCA...

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Sports spotlight: Tiffany Wilson
Feb22

Sports spotlight: Tiffany Wilson

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells Player: Tiffany “Tiff ‘n’ Sniff” Wilson is a freshman shooting guard on the women’s basketball team. Childhood Aspirations: Before becoming a basketball star, Wilson aspired to be a professional surfer. But she soon realized that was a pipe-dream because she lived in Fort Worth. Nonetheless, she still loves the beach and keeps up with the world’s top surfers. Basketball Career: Wilson started playing basketball when she was only 6 years old and fell in love with it. She also played volleyball and considered playing it at UMHB too. But, basketball is her true love and she wanted to devote all her energy to it. Basketball has taught Wilson about confidence, humility, and how to cheer others on. “I chose to play at UMHB because everyone is so nice, the campus is beautiful, and I love the Christ-centered environment,” Wilson said. “The level of competition and determination my opponents show on this collegiate level has pushed me to work harder.” She played on varsity as a freshman in high school, but she says playing in college is very different. “The girls are stronger, more determined, and there’s harder competition than I’ve ever played against in high school,” she said. “This gives me a drive to be better and work harder.” Even though Tiff ‘n’ Sniff individually practices two to three times a day, has two games a week, and goes to team practices five days a week, she still finds time to play an important part in the Spirit Team of First Year Council. Words of Wisdom: “Enjoy living at home while you can,” Wilson said. “You meet lots of great people in college, but you will miss your family, too.” Future Plans: Wilson is majoring in education and hopes to one day teach kindergarten. Her love for kids began when she started helping with her parents’ bouncy house business. She was given the unwanted task of telling kids to get out of their inflatable paradise. This gave Tiffany unparalleled practice in leadership and taking charge; two qualities she’ll need as a teacher. Wilson hopes that people will come out to cheer on the women’s basketball team. “If you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter,” Wilson...

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Senior basketball player shines on and off the court
Feb08

Senior basketball player shines on and off the court

Published in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Senior men’s basketball guard Daniel Mills has played the game for as long as he can remember. As a leader both on and off the court, Mill’s passion and dedication to the sport has not only contributed to the success of the team, but also has inspired his teammates to strive for excellence both in basketball and in life. “I started playing basketball when I was four-years-old,” Mills said. “My dad introduced me to the game and put me in a recreational league in Temple.” While Mills has had many people throughout his basketball career that have made him into the player he is today, his father has been the most influential. “[He] is my biggest inspiration because he’s been through so much fighting cancer and still puts a smile on his face every day,” Mills said. Growing up in Belton, choosing to continue his basketball career at UMHB was an easy decision for Mills. “I chose to come play at UMHB because I wanted to be close to home and my dad who was really sick,” Mills said. “My favorite part about playing here at UMHB is my teammates. We are like brothers.” As a senior on the team, Mill’s strong leadership and team skills on and off the court can be seen every single game. “I just try to be the best teammate I can be,” Mills said. “I do whatever the team needs, so at any given night it could be different. I’m a scorer, but we have a lot of people on this team that can score also.” With a 13-8 overall record this season, Mills and the rest of the team hope to be more and more successful and improve their record. “For the rest of the season, I hope we can see how far we can go and hopefully win a conference championship,” Mills said. The senior plans to continue to pursue his passion of the game in his future career. “In the future, I’m hoping to get into business, but I don’t exactly know what I want to do yet,” Mills said. “However, I do plan on trying to go overseas to play basketball professionally.” Basketball has always been much more than just a sport to Mills, it has been a way of life.. “Basketball is so important to me because I love to compete and honestly I just love playing it,” Mills said. “I love being able to play and win.” Throughout his time playing here at UMHB, Mills has always been a leader for the rest of the team. “Mills...

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