Stretch your schedule to get fit at Cru-Fit yoga
Nov13

Stretch your schedule to get fit at Cru-Fit yoga

By Devyn Ross Contributing Writer Students at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor deal with the same problems college students all over the world have: stress, anxiety, pressure, difficult assignments and a lack of physical activity. UMHB is actively working to solve one of those problems by enabling their students to get up and active by offering many Cru-Fit classes. One type of class, and arguably one of the most important, is the yoga classes, such as the Yoga Wind Down class. In this class, students are given the chance to break away from their busy schedule to relax their body and mind and rejuvenate their spirit to continue their studies. This class typically takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. and is located behind the front desk of the Mayborn Campus Center in the Aerobics Room. It is led by UMHB students who have attained their certification to teach yoga to students and faculty. UMHB’s website describes this class as a combination of flow and yoga that poses to strengthen and relax muscles to improve students’ flexibility. The class is not for yoga experts; most of the poses are simple and can be done by newcomers to yoga. I had the opportunity to observe the class and see just how intense it really was. There was a wide range of students in the class of 14, including both traditional and nontraditional students, both male and female. The instructor was persistent in telling the students to be the judge of their body and to know when they need to take it slow or push a little harder. The class heavily relies on the student to make decisions on what poses work well for their body. The instructor would often provide variations of poses varying in difficulty so the students could decide what was best for them. The class began with seated stretches focused on the neck and spine. From there, the students were led in more stretches and some strengthening poses, such as a side plank. The 45-minute session ended with the students lying down, meant to give them an opportunity to rest and clear their minds before returning to their crazy lives. Other certified UMHB students lead the Cru-Fit classes and are passionate about it. A previous article in the Bells on Cru-Fit classes states that these instructors enjoy helping their fellow students discover what type of exercise best benefits their lives. Maci Davies is an instructor for some of UMHB’s yoga classes. She explained what lead her to practice yoga and why she ultimately decided to teach it. “Yoga helped me channel my worries, anxieties, unhealthy...

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A sports writer’s analysis on LeBron James
Nov13

A sports writer’s analysis on LeBron James

Throughout the 2017 basketball season, fans and sports analysts were plagued with one question: What would be in store for LeBron James at the end of the season? James’ history indicated that he was not solely devoted to his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, because he had left the team earlier in his career. Sports enthusiasts spent the season debating whether or not he would move to a different team. Ultimately, he decided to leave Cleveland and join the Los Angeles Lakers. James has been a major name in basketball for years. In 2003, he was drafted out of high school by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick of the draft. He spent the first seven years of his career in Cleveland, where his team was knocked out of the playoffs year after year. After being knocked out for the fifth year in a row with a loss to the Boston Celtics, he entered free agency at the end of the 2009-2010 season. On July 8, 2010, James declared that he would be playing in South Beach for the Miami Heat. There, he joined his talents with two other superstars from the 2003 draft, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The team made the playoffs every year that he was in Miami, winning two championships in four years and making the Miami Heat a force to be reckoned with. However, after a loss in the finals to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013-2014 season, James decided to leave Miami. In 2014, he took his talents back to Cleveland to join Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Since then, James and the Cavaliers have made it to the finals every year. In last season’s finals, James and the Cavaliers were defeated by a sweep from the Golden State Warriors. James’ contract expired at the end of the season, and he had previously declared that he would become a free agent after the playoffs, regardless of whether his team won or not. Many fans and analysts assumed that he would not leave his team, but Cleveland’s less-than-stellar season record may have influenced his ultimate decision to leave. At the beginning of the season, the Cavaliers were the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the championship, but once the season was underway, sports enthusiasts began to doubt these prospects. This led to an overhaul of the roster at the All-Star break. The overhaul of the Cavalier’s roster did not live up to the hype. Although they made it to the championship, they were utterly defeated by the Warriors. LeBron simply did not have the support he needed from his team to win...

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Play by play of UMHB versus HSU
Nov13

Play by play of UMHB versus HSU

By Brenton Martin Contributing Writer A rain delay pushed the game back due to loud thundering and lightening, but at 7:00 p.m. in Belton, Texas, football kicked off with the number two football team in the country, University of Mary Hardin- Baylor, taking the field against the number seven team, Hardin- Simmons University. The Crusaders came out rolling on their first possession in the cross-town rival battle with the Cowboys. Having the ball for 2:45 seconds, Quarterback De’Nerian Thomas capped off a seven-play, 75-yard drive with a three-yard run for a UMHB touchdown. The Cru fans were ecstatic to deliver the first punch in this rivalry game, making the score 7-0. As the Crusaders defense stood tall to hold off the Cowboys, they helped their offense get back on the field for a 3:45 second possession. After a very efficient seven-play, 73-yard drive, UMHB called on quarterback De’Nerian Thomas yet again for a six-yard touchdown run for the Crusaders. That put UMHB ahead of the rival Cowboys at 13-0. At the end of the first half, both teams had played some very good football. The Cru had been averaging around 40 points a game at half time. However, in this heated defensive match up they were held to 13, still holding the lead going into the locker room. To kick off the third quarter, both teams seemed to be making very impressive defensive stops. Finally, eight minutes into the third quarter, UMHB caught a break on offense. On an eight-play, 87- yard drive, the Cru held the ball for 4:14 seconds before quarterback Jase Hammack punched in an eight-yard touchdown run, putting UMHB up over the Cowboys 20-0. As the stadium roared, you could feel the energy in the stands electrify everybody back to life including players and fans, while taking the hearts and life out of the HSU players and fans. After holding the Cowboys to not one score, the Crusaders stormed the field in the fourth quarter looking to put their foot on the Cowboys necks and ending the game. The Crusaders defense played exceptionally marvelous all four quarters against a highly touted offense. Shutting down every option and play the Cowboys threw at them, HSU just never stood a chance. With another stop on defense, they set the offense up for another touchdown to seal the deal. UMHB put together an impressive six-play, 49-yard play drive to put the Cru up 26-0. That drive was sealed with an eight-yard run by quarterback De’Nerian Thomas, making the crowd go berserk, as they have defeated the number seven HSU, putting them at 5-0 on the 2018-19 season. UMHB...

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UMHB v.s. UT Dallas Volleyball Gallery
Nov06

UMHB v.s. UT Dallas Volleyball Gallery

UMHB’s Corrine Novak hits the ball back over the net to UT Dallas in the 2018 ASC Volleyball Championship Tournament that the Crusaders hosted on campus Nov. 1-3. The Cru won the game Friday night, Nov. 2. 2018 Photo by Rebecca Scoggin McEntee UMHB’s volleyball team at the net in a game with McMurry in the 2018 ASC Volleyball Championship Tournament that the Crusaders hosted on campus Nov. 1-3. At left is MIranda Klein (7) and at right is Hope Hoelscher (18). Behind in the middle is Jenna Gillean (23). The Cru won the game with McMurry Friday afternoon, Nov. 2. 2018 Photo by Rebecca Scoggin McEntee UMHB’s Hope Hoelscher at the net in a game with McMurry Friday afternoon in the 2018 ASC Volleyball Championship Tournament that the Crusaders hosted on campus Nov. 1-3. 2018 Photo by Rebecca Scoggin McEntee UMHB’s Sarah Paolini at the net in a game with McMurry Friday afternoon in the 2018 ASC Volleyball Championship Tournament that the Crusaders hosted on campus Nov. 1-3. 2018 Photo by Rebecca Scoggin McEntee UMHB’s Haleigh Evans hits the ball back over the net to UT Dallas in the 2018 ASC Volleyball Championship Tournament that the Crusaders hosted on campus Nov. 1-3. The Cru won the game Friday night, Nov. 2. 2018 Photo by Rebecca Scoggin McEntee UMHB’s Jenna Gillian hits the ball back over the net to UT Dallas in the 2018 ASC Volleyball Championship Tournament that the Crusaders hosted on campus Nov. 1-3. The Cru won the game Friday night, Nov. 2. 2018 Photo by Rebecca Scoggin...

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Both men’s and women’s soccer teams kick off to a strong season
Sep12

Both men’s and women’s soccer teams kick off to a strong season

The UMHB men’s and women’s soccer teams each had a two-game stretch over the weekend of Sep. 1. The women’s team had played two exhibition games prior to these first games of the season. In those games, they won 2-0 against Huston Tillotson University and tied in a scoreless game against Schreiner University. The women’s team kicked off their regular season on Friday night, Aug. 30, against Southwestern University at home. The defense shined, only allowing Southwestern one shot on goal. The Southwestern Pirates also did a great job on defense, with 13 saves on 16 shots on goal. However, the Crusader offense overwhelmed the Pirates, and UMHB won the game 3-0. The team continued their two-game stretch on Saturday night against the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs. This was the second consecutive home game of the season for the Crusaders. The game was a hard-fought battle between the two teams all the way to the end. Texas Lutheran’s defense stepped up to the occasion by recording ten saves against the Cru’s nine shots on goal. For the second game in a row, the Cru’s defense was exceptional, only allowing four shots on goal. These teams were very well matched, so much so that the game was forced to go into double overtime. Ultimately, the game resulted in a 1-1 tie. On Friday, Aug. 30, the men’s soccer team played their first season game against the University of Puget Sound at Tyler, Texas. The team was spectacular on defense, only allowing one shot on goal and five total attempted goals. The Cru’s offense was also impressive. They had eleven shots on goal, and scored two of them. The Cru defeated Puget Sound 2-1 in double overtime. Freshman forward Tyson Beechum from Waxahachie said, “We felt calm and collected. We played a great game both periods, and we knew we could keep that up. We knew what the goal was and what we had to do to get to that goal, to leave the game with a win.” On Sunday, the team played their second game of the weekend against the University of Dallas at home. The Crusaders took the lead early in the game, with Martin Lopez scoring in the first period from 35 yards out. The Cru had eleven goal attempts in total, and ended up winning the game 1-0. After their first two games, the team remains...

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Men’s and women’s cross country teams return after 17-year hiatus
Sep12

Men’s and women’s cross country teams return after 17-year hiatus

After a 17-year hiatus, UMHB’s cross country program has hit the 2018 season running. Led by coach Alex Aldaco, both the men’s and women’s teams are excited to be part of the new generation of runners at UMHB.  After a 17-year hiatus, UMHB’s cross country program has hit the 2018 season running. Led by coach Alex Aldaco, both the men’s and women’s teams are excited to be part of the new generation of runners at UMHB. “It’s amazing to be the first group back,” senior cell biology and pre-med major Alex Suominen said. “It carries a certain honor and draws attention from fellow students who are also wishing to participate.”Junior sports management major Cade Baker is looking forward to the legacy of the team. “It’s awesome to be able to walk on and get to help rebuild the program,” Baker said. “This program is going to be special one day and it’ll be great to look back and see [that] I got to rebuild it from day one.”Although the team is in its infancy, they are already coming together as one team that feels like family. “My favorite part about running UMHB is the community the team has,” Baker said.  “From day one I felt like everyone clicked well with each other and wanted to be on the team.”Suominen also has similar feelings about the team atmosphere. “We all struggle together and we all triumph together, it’s a special bond,” Suominen said.Both the men’s and women’s teams are a good mix of upper and lower classmen. With a mixture of younger and older students on the team, it creates a good basis for the program with experienced runners who can help lead the younger team members. These same young runners will then help continue to build the program in the next few years. The team has so far participated in one meet this season, on August 31, 2018 at the Nicole Leman Invitational Meet in Longview. The men’s team took 6th place out of seven teams. The women’s team placed 4th out of five. There are three more invitational meets scheduled for the year before the ASC Championship on October 27, 2018 in Abilene. The teams run at Concordia University in Austin on September 29th, the East Texas Baptist University DIII Texas Championships in Marshall on October 6th and the University of Dallas Invitational on October 13th in Irving. The teams are both enthusiastic about the upcoming season and the program as a whole. It is always an exciting time when UMHB expands their sports department to include a new sport. “We get to show the beautiful balance of education and sports and how they are able to coincide without too...

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