Allie Dalle pursues military and softball dreams
Apr24

Allie Dalle pursues military and softball dreams

UMHB sophomore Allie Dalle has a clear vision of what she wants to do with her life. Dalle, who is a criminal justice major from Lake Travis, wants to fly Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the United States Army. Dalle has known that she wanted to join the military since she was around eight years old. In order to prepare for life in the Army, she is a part of UMHB’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. This will allow her to join the Army as a Second Lieutenant after graduation. She has had a great experience with UMHB’s ROTC program. She originally planned to join a larger military program in college, such as Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets. However, after finding out about UMHB’s ROTC program, she realized that she was supposed to be a Crusader. “I love it,” she said in reference to the school’s ROTC program. “It’s more of a personal experience rather than being thrown out into a big group of random people. I get to be closer with all the cadets in the program.” While earning her degree at UMHB, Dalle is fulfilling another lifelong passion—softball. “I’ve been playing softball since I was about four or five years old,” she said. “I’ve always loved it, and [I’ve] wanted to play college ball since I was probably 10.” Here at UMHB, Dalle has served as a utility player, playing a variety of positions on the team. She has played at first and third base, as well as centerfield. “Wherever they need a spot to be filled, I’ll play,” she said. Her impressive statistics for this season include a .405 batting average and a .957 fielding percentage. Softball Head Coach Larry Hennig is proud of everything Dalle has accomplished. “Allie has been a huge catalyst for our program this year. We have asked her to play several positions and she always performs well. She is one of our hardest workers at practice, and she has made herself into one of the top hitters in our conference.” According to Hennig, Dalle is a valuable member of the team not just for her softball skills, but also for her personal characteristics. “She is highly respected and loved by everyone that she comes in contact [with]. She has all of her priorities in the right place. We are so fortunate to have her in our program.” Balancing ROTC, softball and college classes can be difficult. Dalle begins her weekdays with early morning ROTC workouts. Afterwards, she heads to class, and when her classes are over for the day, she goes to softball practice. After practice, she makes...

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Sader Belles win national championship
Apr02

Sader Belles win national championship

UMHB’s dance team, The Sader Belles, won the Division II national title at the 2019 American Dance and Drill Team (ADTS) Collegiate Championship on Saturday, March 23. The women traveled to the University of North Texas in Denton for the competition, where they performed in the jazz and pom categories. Coach Christy Hawkins, who has coached the team for five years, is proud that the women were able to overcome several hardships and find victory in the championship. “We had some injuries, some illnesses…one girl performed with a sprained ankle,” Hawkins said. One woman tore ligaments in her ankle in February, requiring the team to readjust the routine. Despite these challenges, the women fought hard and won first place with their pom routine, which was set to a remix of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” This helped them secure the overall national championship. UMHB competed in Division II with several larger schools such as Tarleton State University and Dallas Baptist University. They brought two routines to the competition, making Hawkins proud. “We took two dances, which is huge,” she said. In addition to performing at competitions, The Sader Belles perform at football, volleyball and basketball games, as well as events in the community. Tryouts for the 2019-2020 team will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 in the Mabee- Farris Recreation Gym in Mayborn Campus Center. Applicants must learn a 30-second routine before the tryouts and be prepared to perform it during the auditions. This video can be found on the Sader Belle Facebook and YouTube pages. On the day of the tryouts, this routine will be added to new choreography. Applicants must bring a typed Sader Belle application, a photo copy of their UMHB acceptance letter, a photo of themselves in all-black dance wear and two letters of recommendation to the tryouts. To learn more about the Sader Belles and to learn more about tryouts, visit go.umhb. edu/students/rec/sader-belles or follow UMHB Saderbelles on...

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Tennis defeats Howard Payne; falls to UT Dallas
Apr02

Tennis defeats Howard Payne; falls to UT Dallas

On Friday, March 29, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams traveled to Brownwood to face the Yellow Jackets of Howard Payne University. Before facing Howard Payne, the men’s team held a 4-2 season record, while the women’s team held a 0-2 record for the season. The men’s team led 2-1 after doubles and swept singles, leading them to an 8-1 victory over the Yellow Jackets. The women’s team took the lead during doubles and swept the bottom of the singles lineup, leading them to a 5-4 victory. After the victories over Howard Payne, the men’s team stood at a 5-2 season record and a 1-0 ASC record, while the women’s team had a 1-2 season record and a 1-0 ASC record. The next day, both teams traveled to Richardson to face the UT Dallas Comets. The men’s team earned a few wins in singles, but ultimately lost 2-7, while the women’s team lost 0-9 to the Comets. After the games in Richardson, the men’s team stands at a 5-3 season record and 1-1 ASC record, while the women’s team has a 1-3 season record and a 1-1 ASC record. Both teams will face Sul Ross State University on Friday, April 5 in Belton. They will travel to Georgetown the following day to face Southwestern...

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Jeb Zolman: pitcher returns to the mound
Apr02

Jeb Zolman: pitcher returns to the mound

Junior pitcher and pre physical therapy major Jeb Zolman has made a comeback to the mound this baseball season after recovering from an elbow injury. His baseball career at UMHB wasn’t always planned—in fact, he didn’t originally plan on attending UMHB at all. Zolman started his first semester of college at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, but he quickly learned that this wasn’t the right choice for him. After six months there, he decided to return to his hometown of Humble and attend community college for the rest of the spring semester. “I had no idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. I was at a loss,” Zolman said. “I started touring colleges again. I visited Southern Methodist University and UT Dallas, but on the way home from touring, we came through Belton.” A few years before this, Zolman’s older brother had toured UMHB. Remembering this, Zolman decided to take a tour himself. After he toured the school, he knew that UMHB would be his home. “I wasn’t even home yet on the drive back and I told my mom, ‘I think I want to go there.’ UMHB just felt like home,” Zolman said. Zolman was previously out of the game for almost a year due to a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), a devastating elbow injury that can take months to heal and typically requires surgery. He received this injury during the beginning of the 2018 season. He first realized that something was wrong during a game against LeTourneau University. He described how during the first inning of the game, his pitching ability began to suffer. “Through the first inning…I just knew something wasn’t feeling right,” Zolman said. After having surgery and going through rehab, Zolman made his first appearance at the mound this season during the game against Blackburn College on Wednesday, March 13. Having played baseball since he could crawl, being able to play for UMHB again was a relief. “It was pretty exciting to be back. You work for nine to 10 months just to do one little thing, and you know that in your mind, you worked your tail off to do that,” he said. Head coach Ben Shipp is excited to see Zolman back on the mound. “Jeb has been a big missing element for this team,” he said. “He had moved into the number one pitching slot for us, and his injury in 2018 was part of our downfall last year. When you lose a kid like Jeb…it was devastating.” Shipp said that when Zolman started attending UMHB, he approached the team himself about wanting to...

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Cru softball wins three-game series
Apr02

Cru softball wins three-game series

UMHB’s softball team continued their season with a three-game stretch at home against McMurry University. The Cru was sitting just below .500 with a 10-11 record going into this series of games. To hit .500, the Cru would have to win two out of the three games. The McMurry War Hawks were also sitting below .500 with an 8-12 record. Even if the War Hawks were to win all three games and sweep the Cru, they still would not hit .500, but it would only bring them one win away. Freshman Kathryn Reed from Axtell took the mound for the first game of the series on Thursday, March 21. Her presence on the mound played a pivotal role in the game. She pitched for five innings and did not allow a single run. The offense began to score in the second inning with a single by junior Hannah Wolfe, which sent in Kourtney Cummings to score the Cru’s first run. The team continued to score until the fourth inning. The Cru’s scoring was capped off with a three-run home run by sophomore Allie Dalle. The Cru left the first game of the series with an 8-0 victory. On Friday, March 22 the Cru entered the second game of the series. This would also be the first game of a doubleheader. The previous day’s game left a bad taste in the War Hawks’ mouths, and they entered game two seeking. They tried to prove that their offense was a force to be feared. Their statement was made with an offensive barrage in the first inning. It started off with a single with two runners on base. The runner on third scored, only allowing one point. Then, a walk with bases loaded advanced a runner to home plate, allowing another score. Another McMurry single advanced two more runners to home. The Cru finally got out of the first inning, but not before allowing the War Hawks to score four runs. In order to stay alive, the Cru had to score. It is almost as if the Cru employed the turtle and the hare method in this game. They slowly put up runs one by one, and by the end of the second inning, they tied the game 4-4. The War Hawks looked tired and were not able to score during the second or third innings. UMHB was still in the fight. However, it seemed as if the War Hawks caught their breath, because they scored five more runs before the game was over, defeating the Cru 9-5. This tied the series 1-1, and the final game would determine who took the...

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Baseball achieves a promising win
Mar20

Baseball achieves a promising win

The Cru snapped their nine-game losing streak in abig way on March 13 at Red Murff Field. They hosted the Beavers of Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. The Beavers were in the midst of a Texas tour. With the win, the Cru improved to 4-12 (0-3), while the Beavers remained winless, dropping to 0-7. The Cru used a platoon of pitchers who yielded just the one unearned run. The run for the Beavers came across in the top of the eighth inning. With two outs in the inning, Blackburn shortstop Tyler Jackson hit a high popup to shallow left field. Cru shortstop Jackson Godoy appeared to get under it, but it bounced off the heel of his glove. Advancing to score was Christian Padilla, just moments before Steven Diaz was thrown out at third while trying toadvance from first. The Cru pitchers included three freshmen making their Division III debuts – Zach Godin, Jackson Ryan and Jeb Zolman. Ryan is a grandson of the great Nolan Ryan, former big league pitcher and current executive adviser to the owner of the Houston Astros. The Cru offense only needed three innings to plate the 10 runs. In the bottom of the third, Jacob Dellipoali drew a walk to get things started for the Cru. Dellipoali advanced to second when Jack Herbert reached on an error by Beaver third baseman Logan Presley. One pitch later, Jackson Godoy singled, driving in Dellipoali and giving the Cru a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, Landon Dieterich led things off with a single. Two batters later, Mitch Patterson starteda two-out rally which included three consecutive hits. In the midst of the offensive barrage, Dellipoali delivered his team-leading 10th RBI of the season, driving in Dieterich. Herbert also recorded a RBI as he drove in Patterson. Following Herbert’s single, Godoy walked, loading the bases. Garrett Gonzales came up and delivered a three-run double to left-center field. After four, the Cru had a 6-0lead. The Cru tacked on four more in the sixth inning. With two outs, Dieterich and Malek Bolin hit back-to-back home runs. Dieterich’s home run was a three-run homer, while Bolin’s was a solo shot. Gonzales finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Dieterichwas 3-for-4 with three RBIs and the home run. Dellipoali was 1-for-2 with one RBI and two runs scored. Bolin went 2-for-4 with that home run. Picking up the win on the mound for the Cru was Hayden Ball, who recorded his first win of the season. The Cru continued their home stand with a three-game conference matchup against the University of the Ozarks on the weekend of March 15. Sadly,...

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