New sport and new coach arriving on campus
Jan30

New sport and new coach arriving on campus

UMHB has chosen its new coach for its new sport: Acrobatics and Tumbling. Head coach Courtney Pate will help build this new program, which will begin in the spring semester of 2020. Pate graduated from Belton High School and Baylor University, where she helped win two team national championships and three individual national championships in the sport. On Thursday, Jan. 3, Vice President for Athletics Randy Mann announced the addition of the sport. “We are very excited to add the sport of Acrobatics and Tumbling to our sport offerings,” he stated in a release on the UMHB website. “We have been studying this opportunity for a couple of years now, and the time is right for us to launch the Acrobatics and Tumbling program at UMHB. We are proud of our success as a department and look forward to having another competitive program. We are anxious to get a head coach in place to begin recruiting talented student-athletes with that goal inmind,” his statement reads. Because the sport is not recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the new team will compete as part of the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA). According to their website, “the mission of the NCATA is to bring the sport of Acrobatics and Tumbling through NCAA emerging sport status to become a fully sanctioned NCAA championship sport.” Currently, 26 universities compete as members of the NCATA. Other Texas colleges that participate in the organization are Baylor University, which has earned the NCATA national title for the past four years, and East Texas Baptist University. In an official news release on the NCATA website, NCATA President Dr. Renee Baumgartner said, “We are proud to share the news that the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor has added Acrobatics & Tumbling to their varsity sport offerings… UMHB is an excellent NCAA Division III institution that builds upon recent NCATA expansion in Texas. We are excited by their decision and commitment to new opportunities.” Freshman education major Alena Bellon is excited that there will be a new team that allows students to practice their tumbling skills without being a member of the cheerleading team. “I am excited for the team because the only way in the past to actually tumble was through the cheer team,” Bellon said. “This is a great opportunity for me to work on my skills without the cheer setting.” Senior psychology and criminal justice double major Kelly Taylor thinks that the new team will be a great addition to the school. “I would definitely participate if I had any coordination whatsoever and wasn’t graduating!” Taylor, who is excited to see the new team...

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Crusaders clinch playoffs with win
Nov13

Crusaders clinch playoffs with win

By Brenton Martin Contributing Writer On a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon last weekend, the Crusaders took on the Wildcats of Louisiana College, and placed themselves in the playoffs. The captains took the field for the coin toss and at 1:00 p.m. UMHB kicked off their last home game of the regular season at Crusader Stadium in Belton, Texas. The game was not as much of a full house as it would normally be; however The Cru spirit was there with full effect! UMHB punched the Wildcats in the mouth first as the Crusader defense stood tall, gathering in two interceptions on the Wildcats’ first two drives. These turnovers lead to the first score of the game with a 9- yard rush by senior running back, Markeith Miller, to put the Crusaders up 7-0 over Louisiana College. At the start of the second quarter, UMHB put together a 6-play, 40-yard drive to cap off a 9-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver, Aaron Sims, from junior quarterback, Jase Hammack, to put the Crusaders up 14-0. As UMHB comes up with yet another defensive stop to force a 3-and-out, they turn it around quickly with a 1-play, 69-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver, Jonel Reed, from junior quarterback, Jase Hammack. The crowd erupted as soon as the pass was caught and nobody was around to tackle Reed. The band played as the crowd sang along with the Crusaders in celebration of going up 21-0 in just a 10 second drive. As the Wildcats take the field and come up short again, the Crusaders force another 3-and-out. Louisiana College is forced to punt to the Crusaders’ dangerous return man Aaron Sims. The freshman wide receiver returned the punt for a 74-yard touchdown to spark the crowd’s enthusiasm and put UMHB up 28- 0. The Crusader defense takes the field again looking to force another turnover as they stop the Wildcats from moving the chains. UMHB takes advantage of the stop on defense and caps off a 3-play, 23-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back, Marquis Duncan to put UMHB up 35-0 over the Wildcats. The running back duo between Duncan and Miller was marvelous as always. Following up after a Duncan touchdown, senior running back, Markeith Miller punched in a 1- yard touchdown run to put the Crusaders up 42-0 at halftime. To kick off the second half, UMHB turns a 5- play, 47-yard drive into a Markeith Miller touchdown reception from quarterback Jase Hammack. As the Crusaders celebrate, the crowd goes wild and UMHB furthers their lead to 49-0. After a tough defensive stand, the Wildcats...

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Cru soars over McMurry at homecoming
Nov13

Cru soars over McMurry at homecoming

The UMHB Crusaders faced off against the McMurry War Hawks at home on Saturday, Oct. 27. Coming into Saturday’s game the War Hawks were 2-5 while the Cru remained undefeated. The Crusaders had already been a force to be reckoned with, as the closest score gap that any team reached when facing the Cru was 26 points. The first two minutes of the game with the War Hawks did not make it look like things were going to be any different. The Cru scored a touchdown in the first minute and thirty seconds. Junior quarterback Luke Poorman threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver K.J. Miller, and the offensive onslaught did not stop there. The Cru scored two more times in the first quarter. The Cru scored their second touchdown on a 39 yard punt return by K.J. Miller. The Cru scored a third touchdown again in the first quarter. This scoring drive took eleven seconds in only one play with a 58-yard run by senior running back Markeith Miller. Overall this was just a great showcase on both sides of the ball. The fast scoring from the offense was exciting to watch. The offensive showcase from the Crusaders was on full display through the game. Markeith Miller had three more rushing touchdowns, totaling four in the game. He was close to having a rushing touchdown in each quarter, but he did not score in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Luke Poorman started this game, and he was 14-16 for 143 yards and had two touchdowns with his longest being a 43 yard pass. The Crusaders had two running backs passing 100 yards rushing for this game. Senior running back Markeith Miller rushed for 146 yards on 11 attempts and sophomore running back Marquis Duncan rushed for 126 yards on 21 attempts. The Cru defense totaled nine tackles for losses and one sack. The only sack the Crusaders collected during the game was by junior defensive tackle Joey Longoria from Pearland, Texas. Freshman defensive back Jefferson Fritz and junior defensive back Jon Hughes both picked up an interception for the Cru. This was a great game for the defense as they held the McMurry War Hawks to just seven points and 15 yards rushing. The Crusader defense caused the War Hawks to lose 26 yards on rushing plays. The Crusader defense almost had McMurry at a standstill only allowing six first downs all game and that includes first downs received through penalties. This was another wonderful game for the Crusaders. Only one team was able to score more than one touchdown against the Crusaders this season. On...

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Olivia Robinson excelling on and off the golf course
Nov13

Olivia Robinson excelling on and off the golf course

UMHB’s Olivia Robinson has been playing golf since she was in fifth grade. Robinson is a junior public relations major with a minor in marketing. She used to accompany her father on his trips to the golf course, where she grew to appreciate the sport. She began to play for fun at golf camps and eventually she played competitively at her high school in Houston. There she won over fifty medals ranging from first to fifth place, and the district championship for three consecutive years. When it came time for Robinson to choose a college, she settled on The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Although she received scholarship offers from other schools, her heart was set on UMHB. When asked about what helped her make her decision, she commented on the welcoming campus and staff. “I came to UMHB because of their unapologetic faith. In my first ever meeting with Coach Ralston, I could see her love for the Lord and knew that she would be an amazing coach and leader in my life. When I visited the school, I saw the same light that I saw in her all over campus and I knew that that was where I wanted to be. I also met Randy O’Rear in my first visit and saw how much he cared about me, just as a prospective student. Ever since I’ve been here, he’s proven to me over and over how much he really does care.” Since she has joined the team, Robinson has had many successes. In addition to multiple top-five awards, she finished sixth out of 93 golfers at a nationally ranked tournament in Florida. She commented about how her experience with the Women’s Crusader Golf Team has been. “The team dynamic is good. I have met my best friend and roommate, Cassidy Rawls on the golf team. I have met some of my future bridesmaids on the golf team. This year is different because we have five freshmen, which basically creates a completely different team. But we have good chemistry and are always laughing.” Her favorite experiences with the team have been winning the playoff conference, which she will remember forever. Also, she enjoyed spending time with her team in Florida at Nationals. “We got to go to Universal in Orlando and it was just an exciting tournament overall.” Comparing high school to college in terms of golf, she said, “College golf is different for me personally in the fact that it is more of a team sport. When I was in high school, it was all individual but at UMHB we compete as a team and care about each...

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UMHB hosts and wins ASC Volleyball Championship
Nov13

UMHB hosts and wins ASC Volleyball Championship

To win the American Southwestern Conference Volleyball Championship Tournament (ASC) that UMHB hosted last week, the Cru began by winning the game Friday night, November 2, 2018. Then the Crusader Women’s Volleyball team took two, 3-1 victories on day two of the tournament. In the match against the McMurry War Hawks, the team began strong with two set wins. After the War Hawks took the third set, UMHB fought back and won the fourth. Later that day, the Cru played the University of Texas at Dallas Comets and took the victory. On Saturday, the team faced the Comets once again to battle for the championship title. Both teams alternated wins in the first four sets, resulting in a fifteen point face-off in the fifth. The Comets took the lead at the start, but the Cru fought back to win the match against UT Dallas and ultimately, the 2018 title. Three UMHB team members, Jenna Gillean, Corinne Novak and Miranda Klein, received the All-Tournament Team award. Miranda Klein also received the MVP award for the tournament. The UMHB Women’s Volleyball team will now move on to Regionals this weekend. Freshman pre-physical therapy major, Kayla Janikula, shared her thoughts about this season so far. “We have a really special team. We have worked hard all year to win the conference tournament and it paid off. The team can’t wait to go to regionals this coming weekend and bring home some more success back to...

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Cru soars over McMurry at homecoming
Nov13

Cru soars over McMurry at homecoming

The UMHB Crusaders faced off against the McMurry War Hawks at home on Saturday, Oct. 27. Coming into Saturday’s game the War Hawks were 2-5 while the Cru remained undefeated. The Crusaders had already been a force to be reckoned with, as the closest score gap that any team reached when facing the Cru was 26 points. The first two minutes of the game with the War Hawks did not make it look like things were going to be any different. The Cru scored a touchdown in the first minute and thirty seconds. Junior quarterback Luke Poorman threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver K.J. Miller, and the offensive onslaught did not stop there. The Cru scored two more times in the first quarter. The Cru scored their second touchdown on a 39 yard punt return by K.J. Miller. The Cru scored a third touchdown again in the first quarter. This scoring drive took eleven seconds in only one play with a 58-yard run by senior running back Markeith Miller. Overall this was just a great showcase on both sides of the ball. The fast scoring from the offense was exciting to watch. The offensive showcase from the Crusaders was on full display through the game. Markeith Miller had three more rushing touchdowns, totaling four in the game. He was close to having a rushing touchdown in each quarter, but he did not score in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Luke Poorman started this game, and he was 14-16 for 143 yards and had two touchdowns with his longest being a 43 yard pass. The Crusaders had two running backs passing 100 yards rushing for this game. Senior running back Markeith Miller rushed for 146 yards on 11 attempts and sophomore running back Marquis Duncan rushed for 126 yards on 21 attempts. The Cru defense totaled nine tackles for losses and one sack. The only sack the Crusaders collected during the game was by junior defensive tackle Joey Longoria from Pearland, Texas. Freshman defensive back Jefferson Fritz and junior defensive back Jon Hughes both picked up an interception for the Cru. This was a great game for the defense as they held the McMurry War Hawks to just seven points and 15 yards rushing. The Crusader defense caused the War Hawks to lose 26 yards on rushing plays. The Crusader defense almost had McMurry at a standstill only allowing six first downs all game and that includes first downs received through penalties. This was another wonderful game for the Crusaders. Only one team was able to score more than one touchdown against the Crusaders this season. On...

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