Crusaders feel the heat against the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys
Nov26

Crusaders feel the heat against the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys

  For a game that was as intense and dramatic as the Crusaders’ 15-14 victory over Hardin-Simmons turned out to be, the weather seemed to convey a sense of calm before the storm. Clear skies, moderate temperatures, and light breezes were what fans on both sides of the gridiron were met with when they arrived at Crusader Stadium on Oct. 26. The atmosphere was tense, as for the first time this season the entire “away” section of the stadium was filled to the last seat with fans from Hardin-Simmons ready to cheer their team to victory. The Crusader captains for this game, junior defensive back Jefferson Fritz, senior wide receiver Jonel Reed, senior cornerback Keith Gipson and senior defensive tackle Joey Longoria met with the captains of Hardin-Simmons to win the opening coin toss that allowed Simmons’ possession of the ball first. The Crusader defense really came to play as their airtight defense easily snuffed out any attempt by Hardin-Simmons to gain an early lead. Senior linebacker Tevin Jones made an impressive sack for a loss of 13 yards, which really disrupted the repetitive Simmons’ offense. After several failed drives from both sides it was made clear that the first quarter did nothing to break the deadlock between the two powerhouse teams of the Division III American Southwest Conference. The second quarter started off with a bang for Hardin-Simmons as the Cowboys finally found the end zone in a well-run ground assault. With that the Cowboys drew first blood and took the score to 0-7. The Crusaders could not come up with a suitable comeback as the score remained the same for most of the second quarter. That is not to say that the Crusaders did not try to get on the board. Freshmen running back Jo’Vel McDaniel, on one play, went as far as to completely jump over a defender in order to gain a few yards. With only a few minutes left on the clock for the first half, senior QB Jase Hammack connected to senior WR Jonel Reed for a diving catch into the end zone. This catch finally put the Crusaders on the board. However, a missed P.A.T failed to make it a tied game. As both teams jogged into the locker rooms for halftime the score was Crusaders 6, Cowboys 7. The third quarter continued much like the rest of the game, with both teams failing to score more points up on the board. While the Crusaders failed many times to get into the end zone, they did manage to properly execute several laterals for a gain of a few yards each time and...

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Touchdowns celebrates Belton’s Down’s syndrome community

UMHB welcomed Cru fans with Down’s syndrome to attend the East Texas Baptist University vs. UMHB football game. The event was held to show the Crusader support for people who have Down’s syndrome. This was the third year that the event has been put on by UMHB. Before the game began there was a tailgate for the fans to attend. This was a place for them to hang out and build up their spirit for the game. Before the game, Hannah Clark, a member of the Bell County 18+ program, sang the national anthem. Everyone in the crowd was in awe and amazement at her beautiful voice. After she finished, the crowd roared with applause. Not only were the participants in TOUCHDOWNS watching the game, they were also cheering them on. The participants did cheers and chants with the cheerleaders. They then went on to dance with the Sader Belles in the third quarter.  The participants were seen having fun with smiles on their faces as they cheered on the Crusaders to their victory over East Texas Baptist University. The biggest part of TOUCHDOWNS was when all the participants came onto the football field during half time. You could feel the excitement in the air as they all lined up on different yard lines and got ready to make the touchdown. As soon as they made it to the end zone for their touchdown, the crowd stood up and cheered for the participants as they jumped and celebrated their...

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UMHB destroys Albright in season opener
Sep14

UMHB destroys Albright in season opener

Fireworks exploded in the dark night’s sky at the conclusion of the football program’s season opener here at Crusader Stadium. The Crusaders celebrated their 56 – 15 win over Albright, after they made it clear that was their intent in the second half.  This was the second time that UMHB played Albright in football and it was the second consecutive win against them, with last year’s game being an astonishing 91-7 slaughter. While the differences in the score between these two games shows the effects of losing several key players to graduation, it was clear that many players stepped up to the challenge. Quarterback Ryan Redding, defensive tackle Joey Longoria, wide receiver Michael Stimpson, and running back Tye Hill are just a small handful of examples of Crusaders that stood up to the challenge of leadership within the team. The game started off with the Lions winning the coin toss and deciding to receive the ball first. After the Lion’s first several charges against the Crusader defensive line, the Lions punted on 4th down, where the Crusaders called fair catch at their own 46 yard-line.  CRU quarterback Ryan Redding led a mixed ground and air assault that was spearheaded by both wide receivers Michael Stimpson and Ernest Musue. The drive concluded with Stimpson dealing the first blow to the Lions with his first touchdown of the season. The ball changed hands many times after this with neither defense stepping down. However, this changed when Albright’s quarterback Jimmy Lahay threw a bullet of a pass that was intercepted by defensive back Drake Johnson, who then ran the ball all the way to the Lion’s 23rd-yard line. From there Redding took matters into his own hands and scrambled right and through a hole that was opened up by the offensive linemen for the second Crusader touchdown of the game. After a second successful point after touchdown by kicker Anthony Avila, the score was 14-0, Crusaders. After receiving possession of the ball from the kickoff, Jimmy Lahay lead his offensive team back onto the field to try and chip away at the deficit. After he completed successful passes, including a first down pass to wide receiver Zack Miller that was literally caught right above his shoelaces, Lahay threw another pass that was once again intercepted by defensive back Drake Johnson. This led to a Crusaders’ ball on the Lion’s 34 yard-line. While the Crusader offense could not score one more touchdown before the conclusion of the first quarter, kicker Anthony Avila made an impressive 40-yard field goal and took the score to 17-0. The first half of the second quarter was a...

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Women’s golf wins conference championship
Apr24

Women’s golf wins conference championship

During the weekend of Friday, April 12, UMHB’s women’s golf team won its twelfth conference championship in program history. The championship was held in Glen Rose on the Comanche Lakes Course at the Squaw Valley Golf Club. The tournament lasted three days and had a total of 54 holes. Nine different teams competed in the tournament, including teams from Hardin-Simmons University, Concordia University and Howard Payne University. The Cru finished the conference championship with a team total of 953, taking them to first place and securing the championship title. This was an outstanding performance by the women’s team. Olivia Robinson, a senior public relations major from Deer Park, won an individual medal for her outstanding performance and was named ASC Golfer of the Year. Freshman Victoria Gleghorn from Nacogdoches tied for fourth place with a score of 241. Senior Cassidy Rawls from Snyder finished in ninth place with a score of 243. Freshman Jade Ming and sophomore Annie Hasselbach tied for sixteenth place with scores of 252. This fantastic performance by the women’s team carried them into the NCAA Division III National Championship. This tournament will be held at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston from Tuesday, May 14 to Friday, May 17. UMHB will co-host the...

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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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