Women’s soccer on the road to nationals
Oct13

Women’s soccer on the road to nationals

The 2017 season has been a successful one for the women’s soccer team. The team has played 10 games so far and currently has a record of eight wins, one loss, and one tie. They even recorded six shut outs in the last seven games. “Last year we lost nine seniors, and so we lost eight starters. We began this season with three starters and to be where we are right now, first place in the conference and having 8-1-1; it’s the best start in the program’s history,” said Barry Elkins, head coach. Elkins said that there have been improvements and the team has adjusted well to the new members. He believes that the mental part of the game is where they have grown the most as a team. “Having to try our hardest – game in and game out – is where we have grown the most,” Elkins said. “This helped with our win against UT Tyler and it’s the first time we have beat them since 2005. That was probably the most complete game we’ve played.” Junior exercise and sport science major Sydney Rangel has been on the team since she was a freshman. She played defense mid-center until this year. Now, as center back she helps guard the goal and keeps the ball away from the net. She has two main goals for this season: win conference and go to nationals. “A smaller goal that I want to accomplish is to beat the Hardin Simmons team. They would probably be the hardest team we will play,” Rangel said. Amanda Carlough is a senior nursing major who has also played on the team since she started as a freshman. Carlough plays as the center-mid and helps the team make plays while on the field. She explained that her job is to keep the ball going. “We set people up to score, or sometimes we even try to switch things up. If we are playing on the left side and no one is on the right then we try to move to the right,” she said. There are seven games left in the season to work on these strategies. Things are looking up and if they continue to win, the Cru will have a great shot at nationals this November and...

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Volleyball player overcomes ACL tear with team’s support
Oct13

Volleyball player overcomes ACL tear with team’s support

Determination triumphs adversity as Sydney Stolz returns to the court for the 2017 season, stronger than when she left. The junior public relations major and middle defensive player of the UMHB volleyball team tore her ACL last season. Although not yet a starting middle, Stolz sees some playing time as Coach Frost allows. Nonetheless, being back with her team has made all the difference, and has fostered a sense of thankfulness. “After every game or practice, I’m thankful that I made it through. I like getting to meet people who have gone through the same injury and encourage them. I made so many connections throughout this process.” Stolz was on the court during a conference home game against McMurry University last season. “We were losing, so I was mad, and I play harder when I’m mad. I went to the right side to block a hit and felt my ACL pop.” The experience was not only painful because of the injury, but also because it happened in front of loved ones. “My whole family was there, all my friends… it was horrible,” Stolz said. But despite her injury, Stoltz’s priorities stayed intact. The volleyball player went through a full year of intense recovery and physical therapy to heal from her tear, and is still recovering now. “I had to go to physical therapy two days after my surgery just to get it moving again,” Stolz said. “I went to [physical therapy at] Scott and White twice a week, and went every day to my trainers here at UMHB.” Stolz praised her trainers for their patience with her. “My trainer Emily Patrick was fantastic,” she said. She is now playing again at full strength, albeit inhibited by the brace. “I came in stronger this season—with more muscle mass, so that was a big win.” Coach Rob Frost, who has been the head volleyball coach for seven seasons at UMHB, praises her recovery and athletic talent. “She’s able to practice and play 100 percent. She’s working hard to recover her transition speed. Her jump touch and hitting strength are in a great spot right now.” Having gone through several ACL recoveries himself, Frost was empathetic to Stolz during her recovery time. “He was very supportive through all this. He’s been very motivating. He checked in with me throughout the whole process but not pushing me to a point where it’s not healthy for me. He knows how easy it is to re-injure it,” Stolz said. The volleyball player’s teammates were also a major support system. “They checked on me a lot throughout my recovery. I got to talk to them on...

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200 and counting: Crusaders advance to 4-0 as Coach Fredenburg gets milestone win
Oct03

200 and counting: Crusaders advance to 4-0 as Coach Fredenburg gets milestone win

By Dylan Jones of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor The Crusaders’ dismantling of the Southwestern Pirates in Georgetown Saturday by a score of 44-10 marked win number 200 for Coach Pete Fredenburg and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football program. It began with starting quarterback T.J. Josey moving back to wide receiver, the same position he played in the last two seasons, since standout sophomore receiver Jonel Reed was out with an injury, and the Cru needed a big threat in the passing game.  With three catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns, Josey didn’t disappoint. Kyle Jones, who got the nod to start at quarterback, found Josey for two touchdowns, while Bryce Wilkerson and Demetrius Taylor each got a touchdown. With a typically run-heavy offense, the Cru decided to do their damage Saturday night by air. Four touchdowns and 397 yards, which is a UMHB record, doesn’t look bad on a stat line, but Jones threw two interceptions as well. The Cru defense had some takeaways of their own: two fumble reco veries for touchdowns for 25 and 93 yards by Kris Brown and Tevin Jones (another UMHB record), respectively. With a halftime score of 16-0, thanks to the two defensive scores – it was unclear if the Cru offense would show up for the second half. However, on the first two possessions of the second half, Kyle Jones found TJ Josey for touchdowns of 56 and 59 yards. Then early in the 4th quarter he found Wilkerson for a 9-yard strike, and with just over two minutes in the game, Jones threw a beauty to Taylor for a 61-yard touchdown. The Pirates weren’t able to get much going offensively, but they were able to muster up 4 sacks on Jones, and as mentioned earlier, intercept him twice. Everyone not named Frederick Hover struggled to find a groove. Pirate quarterback Hover led in both passing and rushing yards with 227 yards and 41 yards respectively. Running back Elijah Smith chipped in with just under 40 yards on the ground. AJ Daniels had two grabs for 60 yards and a touchdown, which was scored with 3:06 in the game. Coach Fredenburg describes the progress the football program has made since 1998 and was quick to let it be known that he was not taking all the credit. “It’s awesome. The 200th win for this program says an awful lot about a whole lot of people,” Fredenburg said. “It makes me very humble. I truly respect and admire all the people that do so much to help our program.” One of those people being Jack Johnson, the special team s coordinator...

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Intramural sports give students opportunity to exercise, make friends
Sep28

Intramural sports give students opportunity to exercise, make friends

For students looking for a great way to relieve some stress and have a great time, intramural sports might be the perfect fit. Offering a variety of sports in both the fall and spring semesters, intramurals give students the chance to connect with fellow students and get involved. This opportunity is available for everyone, whether you are a retired athlete, or just someone looking to join a competitive activity. There are currently four intramural sports being offered this fall, including Men’s and Co-Rec Flag Football, 4 vs. 4 Sand Volleyball, Outdoor Soccer, and Indoor Volleyball. Although the flag football and sand volleyball seasons are already in session, students can still register for Co-Rec Indoor Volleyball through midnight on Oct. 18 and outdoor soccer through midnight on Oct. 19. “The best way to get involved is to create an IMLeagues account online,” said Director of Campus Recreation Sue Weaver. “You can access this on the intramural & rec sports page of the Campus Rec webpage umhb.edu/rec/intramural-sports. This account will allow you to receive announcements about upcoming deadlines, create teams, join teams and see the semester schedule.” Students can create their own teams with like-minded friends who are interested in playing, or they can ask to join a team online as a ‘free agent.’ “This does not ensure you will be put on a team, but captains can look at the free agent list and invite you to their team if they want.” Intramurals are different from other school-related activities and organizations because they allow students to get involved without all of the responsibilities and time commitments. “Teams will play one to two games per week. Most teams don’t really have formal practice times. The only equipment students might want to provide for themselves is a pair of non-metal cleats. We also don’t provide gloves to everyone who plays softball in the spring. However we sometimes have a few extra for people to use.” It is important for students interested in playing on an intramural team, and even those already on a team, to read the rules and regulations hand guide in order to maintain a safe and fun experience for everyone. “Students can find the manual on the campus recreation website,” Weaver said. “We also host a captain’s meeting for each sport. At that meeting we go over any sport specific rules or changes, sportsmanship, and eligibility guidelines.” Any current UMHB undergrad, or those attending for a graduate or doctoral degree, and UMHB faculty and staff are all eligible to play. However, there are some other eligibility requirements concerning NCAA athletes playing in their same sport. Weaver said there are...

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Cru Q & A: chat with Crunk
Sep28

Cru Q & A: chat with Crunk

UMHB mascot Crunk recently answered questions for The Bells. What is your favorite color? My favorite color is definitely purple. Funny enough it became my color after purple vans became the “thing to wear.” What is your favorite food? Shrimp fried rice for the win. What is your favorite movie? Probably either Remember the Titans or James Cameron’s Avatar. What is your favorite sport to attend as the mascot? My favorite sport to attend as the mascot is definitely the football games, specifically because of the energetic and vibrant atmosphere. After getting the chance to mascot at last year’s Stagg Bowl, I instantly fell in love with the Cru football team. What do you like to do in your free time? Unfortunately I don’t really have a lot of free time because I am the mascot, an officer of an organization, I work, and I am a full time student. So, free time is a term that’s practically foreign to me. However, if I’m able to, I’ll never turn down the opportunity to go on spontaneous trips with friends, and I also enjoy singing, playing the piano and watching Shark Tank. How many events do you attend in a week? A month? The amount of appearances I have in any given amount of time changes from week to week and month to month. Sometimes I’ll go a couple weeks without any appearances at all, and other times I’ll have as many as four or five a week. It really all depends on what’s going on around campus and in the surrounding area. What do you like most about being the mascot for UMHB? There’s so much I love about being the mascot. I’ve always loved getting in front of people and performing. I naturally have an extremely lively and to some degree, childish personality. Being the mascot seems like something I was born to do. But the best part about about my job as the mascot is getting to represent my Alma Mater. The mascot is truly the face of any school and is a powerful tool to use when establishing what the university values. Every time I step into that suit, I’m representing something that goes far beyond myself and I cannot be anymore thankful to have that opportunity. Were you ever a mascot before you came to UMHB? Yes I have. Back in high school, I acted as the mascot and I also worked a lot with the cheer team. How do you handle being the mascot and going to events and classes? Being the mascot and a student is tough and it definitely comes with a...

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Cru kennels Bulldogs 50-7
Sep28

Cru kennels Bulldogs 50-7

UMHB administered a Saturday-night beatdown to the Texas Lutheran University Bulldogs, outscoring their opponents by 43 points and improving to 3-0 on the season. The Crusader defense held TLU scoreless until the final seconds of the game, when a garbage-time touchdown preserved a little of the bulldogs’ dignity. UMHB started the game by making a statement. After the Cru forced a Bulldog fourth down on their opening possession, TLU took a chance and attempted to continue their drive. Junior linebacker Santos Villarreal had other plans, and intercepted the fourth down pass, crushing the Bulldogs’ hopes of a productive opening drive. “I read the O-line and saw it was going to be a pass,” Villarreal said. “The quarterback threw a funny ball, and I knew I had to make the pick.” This takeaway set the tone for the game, and gave the Cru excellent field position, which they capitalized on, scoring their first points of the game a few minutes later. After a fourth down conversion from junior running back Markeith Miller, junior quarterback TJ Josey threw a laser, hitting senior wide receiver Bryce Wilkerson in the end zone for 6 points. For the rest of the first quarter and throughout the second, the Crusader offense continued to be efficient, never missing an opportunity to score. Senior kicker John Mowery hit two field goals, and sophomore quarterback Kyle Jones orchestrated a spectacular touchdown drive. Jones went 4/4, passing for 84 yards on the drive, before Miller took a direct snap at the Bulldog 2-yard line and punched the ball into the end zone for six points. Quarterbacks Josey and Jones both had a favorite receiver Saturday night — sophomore Jonel Reed. The receiver had a monster game, including hauling in a third quarter touchdown from Jones and catching back-to-back passes during Jones’ prolific second-quarter drive. One play from that drive turned many heads. “I lined up to run a post route,” Reed said. “I watched the corner turn his hips, and I knew he w as beat. Then I just had to get the ball.” Reed hauled in the pass, giving the Cru excellent position to finish the drive with a touchdown. The Crusader defense looked frightening, recording five takeaways. In addition to Villareal’s interception, freshman safety Jefferson Fritz and senior cornerback Reggie Wilson picked off the TLU quarterback once apiece. Junior safety D’Andre Jackson recovered a fumble to start the Bulldogs’ second possession, ending it after a single snap. Finally, sophomore defensive end De Jackson recovered a strip sack in the fourth quarter and returned it for a touchdown. Those points would be the last of many nails in...

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