Kickball players don crazy costumes for festive game
Nov06

Kickball players don crazy costumes for festive game

The Avengers, Napoleon Dynamite, Crunk and a Whoopee Cushion were all present at the second annual Costume Kickball. Or at least good representations of these iconic characters all came out to the rec fields to compete for the second annual kickball championship. Campus Recreation hosted the event Oct. 31 to help celebrate the Halloween holiday. The event took the popular activity of kickball and combined it with traditional costumes to create an atmosphere of comedy and good sport. “This type of event targets all students, but specifically students who just want to have fun,” Director of Campus Recreation Sue Weaver said. “Students who might not be quite as competitive or athletic might also be attracted to this type of event, so we like to find events that might be attractive to this type student.” Weaver and the campus rec staff have started holding more of these stand-alone events lately in addition to the typical intramural activities. “A lot of students also don’t have the amount of time an intramural league sometimes requires,” she said. “One-night events are also great for them.” Four teams signed up for the kickball tournament: Trans-Am, Suns out Guns out, Here Come the Runs and last but not least SGA, a group comprised of the university’s politicians. Play commenced at 5:30 p.m. and from the outset it was apparent that the teams’ focus was on a good time, not necessarily a flawless kickball performance. The good nature shared between the competitors became obvious at one point when a first baseman toppled over into the mud in a tangle of ostrich and human legs; the victim along with everyone else shared a good laugh. Junior marketing and economics double major Ryan Sewell was dressed as a whoopee cushion when he showed up to play for team SGA. He enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere but was also trying to make some noise in the championship run. “I like that people have some ridiculous costumes and it’s just really laid back and people are having fun,” Sewell said. “I mean I’m trying to get an intramural championship shirt, so once I found out I get a shirt for winning, no holdbacks.” Luckily for Sewell and company they won their first game in dominating fashion, getting their chance to play for a kickball title. In the championship game, SGA got off to a quick 8-0 lead. For a while it looked like SGA would run away with the game, but Suns Out Guns Out wasn’t going to go away without a fight. In the bottom of the seventh inning Suns Out Guns Out finally got their offense going kicking off...

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Stadium brings energy to flag football
Nov06

Stadium brings energy to flag football

Crusader Stadium has already proved itself to be a great venue to watch football, but many students didn’t ever think they would have the opportunity to play under the lights at the new facility. However, the intramural flag football championship games were moved from their normal location at the recreational fields to the stadium. “Playing intramurals in the new stadium was awesome. It’s great that they’re finding ways for the whole university to enjoy it. The campus rec staff went all out by introducing the team members, having the national anthem, giving stuff away for free and using the scoreboard during our games,” senior business major Adam Rea said. The idea for moving the championship games to a bigger field where more people could enjoy the games has been on the Student Government Association’s agenda for a number of years. “I think Jonathan Kendall with SGA and Campus Rec tried this in years past with intramural basketball championships being held in the arena. It was never an option for flag football before now,” Director of Campus Recreation Sue Weaver said. The overall atmosphere of the championship games was  one that is usually not felt with intramural games. Playing on such a  stage gave the players a feel of what it would be like to compete in a big game at Crusader Stadium. “The event was absolutely a success. It was a great opportunity for those participating in the games to be recognized and to play in such a great facility. Fans and parents came to watch, and our Campus Rec staff, SGA, and other organizations were recognized,” Weaver said. The hype that was brought to the night gave the team competing and the fans that were there a lot to look forward to. “It was very cool to get to play in Crusader Stadium,” senior business major Tyson Brower said. “We have been playing together all year as a team … and we all really enjoyed the championship games. It gave a different feel to intramurals.” The games were  full of   both big plays and excitement, but the coed championship had the teams and fans biting their fingernails till the last second ran off the jumbotron. “Unfortunately, our coed team came up short, but we had a great time playing together all season, and I made a lot of new friends through intramurals,” Brower said. That One Team was the squad that secured the victory for the coed side of things, while the Dream Killers won the men’s division.  Both teams were awarded T-shirts as well as bragging rights until next year. “Winning intramurals is all about getting the...

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Basketball begins preparation for season
Nov05

Basketball begins preparation for season

The Crusader men’s basketball team started practice two weeks ago, and players have their eyes set on another national championship run. Although winning it all is their ultimate goal, they understand that the work they put in as a team right now is what is most important. “This is the time of the year that is good for the coach and not good for the players,” Head Coach Ken DeWeese said, “Players hate it because there aren’t any games to prepare for, and coaches can just go and go and go. This is the time of the year that you just have to get through and remember it’s the most important learning time.” Nine new faces will join the Cru’s squad this year, but one thing that will remain constant is the hard work that propelled the team to such a successful season last year. The newcomers have quickly learned what UMHB basketball is all about. “The new guys are catching on quickly, and they are retaining it,” DeWeese said. “The important thing is they don’t just listen and get it done that day. They have been good about taking it from one day to the next.” The players are excited about getting back on the court and showing what they have improved on during the offseason. “I have worked on a ton of things over the offseason and summer to step up my game. One thing in particular would be to shoot more,” sophomore point guard Layton Zinsmeister said. The Cru added height to their roster over the summer, which should prove to be to their advantage throughout the season. The men are currently ranked seventh in the preseason national rankings, with eight returners from the national championship game last year. “Every team has a different personality. There are no similarities from last year to this year. Even though we have a number of guys back, there is no similarity,” DeWeese said. Zinsmeister agrees that the makeup of this roster has completely changed. “This team is different from last year’s team because of size advantage. Last year we were pretty small and would run. This year we have more size with some new guys, but our best offense is still getting out and running.” The Crusaders scrimmaged Texas Lutheran University Nov. 2 and played very well with the returners and newcomers contributing to the game. “We played hard and there were good things throughout the game, but it definitely gave us a look at what we need to work on,” senior forward Kitrick Bell said. Losing three seniors last year, there are leadership roles needing to be filled,...

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Sport Spotlight: Bianca Patterson
Nov05

Sport Spotlight: Bianca Patterson

Volleyball player Bianca Patterson is a junior math major from Killeen, Texas, and attended Harker Heights High School. Before transferring to UMHB, Patterson attended Navarro College. Patterson has added an extra threat to the Crusaders and has tallied  266 kills this season. Off  the volleyball court, Patterson enjoys being with her friends. “I like to hang out with my teammates, and I like to read,” she said. Her favorite book is My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Patterson and her teammates all have pregame rituals. “I usually listen to “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson before every game, and lately, our team has been doing crazy dances,” she said. Besides sports, Patterson also has a passion for music. “I play the piano, and I sing at my church,” she said. After college, Patterson plans to go into coaching. “My dream job is to be a high school volleyball coach. After college, I plan to maybe assist with my old high school volleyball coach,” she said. Patterson attributes her playing style and competitive spirit to her mom’s advice growing up. “When I was in fourth grade, my mom wanted to toughen me up. So she initially tried to sign me up for soccer, but the only sport in season was volleyball. So I started playing, and I’ve been playing ever since.” Patterson and her teammates have already posted the highest season win total of 28 wins in Division III Cru volleyball history. They will be working to add more victories to their record when they travel to the University of Texas at Dallas where they will participate in the ASC Volleyball Championship Tournament Nov....

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Cru football stays undefeated in ASC play
Nov05

Cru football stays undefeated in ASC play

In most cases, when two bitter rivals meet on the playing field, it’s best to throw the records out the window and prepare for a heated battle. That wasn’t the case Oct. 26 in Abilene, as the Cru thumped rival Hardin-Simmons to the tune of a 63-7 victory. Sophomore quarterback Zach Anderson got the scoring started with touchdown runs of 42 and nine yards. The Cowboys answered with a 39-yard strike from quarterback Bryce Johnson to Josh Christian, but it was all Cru from that point forward as they scored seven unanswered touchdowns. The Crusaders managed to score in every facet of the game. Freshman linebacker Baylor Mullins, who was named American Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week, intercepted a pass and returned it 23 yards for a score to put the Cru up 28-7 with 8:00 left in the first half. Sophomore Chris Wimby received ASC Special Teams Player of the Week honors  thanks to his special teams touchdown in the fourth quarter that stretched the lead to 49-7. Wimby, who racked up 142 yards on six returns, gave credit to his teammates for the recognition. “It’s exciting, but I couldn’t have done it without our return team,” he said.  “Those guys put it all on the line to create lanes for me to gain yards.” The final score came when senior defensive end Tim Bower blocked a punt and then ran it in for a 12-yard touchdown. Senior linebacker Andy McAteer said that winning against a rival adds an extra element of excitement to the victory. “None of us have ever lost to HSU …. Getting past them is always a good feeling, especially in that fashion,” he said. Junior tight end Eric Nelson said the team’s ability to score in a variety of ways makes it difficult for other teams to keep up. “When you can score points without offense being on the field, you are going to set yourself up for a victory,” he said. The Cru was able to run the ball at will as they racked up 294 rushing yards on 59 carries. “Hopefully, that sent a message to the other teams in the conference that thought they could stop our run game,” Nelson said. As productive as the offense was, the defense showed its dominanance holding the Cowboys to 180 yards of total offense, just 0.5 yards per carry and forced three interceptions. Senior safety Jordan Mullinnix said the defense has been so successful because of the work they put in off the field. “I feel like our defense puts in more time than any other D-III defense in the country,”...

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Red Sox defy all odds in World Series run
Nov05

Red Sox defy all odds in World Series run

What does a baseball team do the year after it finishes last in the division, has its first losing season in 15 years, fires its manager after only one year on the job, and finishes with its worst record in 47 years? If it’s the Boston Red Sox, they go on to win a World Series title. “I can’t believe the Red Sox won this year, considering how bad they were this year. It really just shows the type of leadership they had on their roster,” junior UMHB exercise sport science major Stanton Holland said. On Oct. 30, Boston beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 and locked up its first World Series title since 2007 and their third title in the last ten years. The game was the conclusion of a remarkable turnaround for the Sox, who were coming off of a 2012 campaign in which they lost more than 90 games. Boston made history by becoming only the second team in MLB history to win the World Series after placing last in its division the previous year. After defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series and the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series, the Red Sox beat the Cardinals four games to two in the best-of-seven World Series. “There was a lot of stuff last year that obviously wasn’t right,” pitcher Clay Buchholz told ESPN.  “But I think everybody stopped comparing this team to last year’s about the first week of the season. The feel was different, the clubhouse was different.” Numerous fan-favorite Red Sox players had seasons that echoed the same bounce-back the organization experienced.Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury returned from an injury-plagued 2012 year to hit .298 and steal 52 bases while pitcher John Lackey, one year removed from Tommy John surgery, won 10 games for the BoSox and recorded a 3.52 ERA during the regular season, as well as holding the Cardinals to one run through 6  innings in the final game of the World Series. The Boston management also received much of the praise for the year’s success. Speaking about the team’s general manager, Manager John Farrell told ESPN, “You can’t give (GM) Ben Cherington enough credit…. He hit the spot on every guy he brought in here.” Some of Cherington’s moves included getting rid of salary-eating players such as Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford and replacing them with players such as Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli. “The moves that the front office made in the offseason was the biggest part of their turn around in my opinion,” junior UMHB physical therapy major Jeremy Corbin said. The turnaround the Boston...

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