Intramurals give students athletic glory

Campus Recreation is a major part of college life, especially here at UMHB. Through the Campus Rec office, students and faculty have access to four outdoor basketball courts, four tennis courts, and three sand volleyball courts, which are all located at the outdoor recreation courts, behind McLane Hall. Campus Rec even provides students and faculty with the equipment they need for a variety of outdoor activities. Some of the items that can be rented are basketballs, volleyballs, tennis balls and rackets, and hammocks. Other activities, clubs and teams that fall under the Campus Rec category are Intramurals, Sader Belles, Cru Cheer and all of the Cru Fit classes. Director of Campus Recreation, Sue Weaver, has been in charge of campus recreation for the past 10 years, and she can’t imagine doing anything else. “Every semester is different. I get to plan events, work flexible hours and I get to work with the students.” Weaver said. One of Weavers favorite aspects of her job is overseeing the various intramural sports. Intramurals have become one of the biggest activities here on campus, and are open to the entire student population. Currently the Flag Football and the Sand Volleyball leagues are in season, but there is still more to come for the fall semester. Upcoming intramural opportunities include 7-on-7 CoRec Soccer and 6-on-6 Volleyball. The Campus Rec director said anyone interested in one of these fall leagues should visit the Campus Rec website at students.umhb.edu/rec/ and click on the IMLeague link. If students don’t have time to join a team this semester, there will be plenty of intramural opportunities in the spring. “In January a new Cru Fit schedule will be released and towards the end of January all of our basketball leagues will begin which are Men’s 5-on-5, which is full court, and then half court is Women’s 3-on-3 and Men’s 3-on-3” Weaver said. “Toward the end of the [spring] semester we will also start our softball league and we will be teaming up with Student Life to put on Play Day.” There is something for everyone when it comes to Campus Rec activites. Sophomore Pre Physical Therapy major, Taylor Rose, who has participated in Flag Football and 3 on 3 Women’s Basketball, said she enjoys the time spent with friends on the field and the court. “Intramurals are a great way to relieve stress. Plus it also gives me a chance to be competitive.” Senior Graphic Design Major Elizabeth Motely, who has played 3-on-3 Women’s Basketball and Sand Volleyball, said campus rec activities give her the chance to play the sports she loves. “I think I can speak for all...

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Record setting performance
Oct14

Record setting performance

It was just another day at the office for the Crusader defense, as they held Belhaven University to negative 87 rushing yards, forced six turnovers and set an NCAA Division III record with 15 sacks in a single game en route to a 59-13 win Oct. 3 at Crusader Stadium. Blazers quarterbacks Tristan Hibbeler and Clayton Webb combined for 459 yards through the air, but an aggressive pass rush combined with a stingy secondary resulted in four interceptions for the Cru. Head coach Pete Fredenberg said the defensive line sets the tone for the rest of the unit. “I think we’ve got a chance to really be outstanding up front, and they’re going to be the catalyst to help our defense be a good as it can be,” Fredenberg said. On the offensive side of the ball, UMHB managed just 133 rushing yards on 38 carries, but senior quarterback Zach Anderson was able to keep the offense rolling by completing 18 of 22 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns. “We just take what they give us. With our run-pass option, a lot of times they’re dictating what we do. I thought we had a good gameplan coming in and we executed well. All of our receivers made some good plays,” Anderson said. The following week, it was the offense’s turn to shine as the Cru racked up 660 yards of total offense in a 62-20 win against Sul Ross State University on Saturday. Anderson hit wide receiver Wykeyhe Walker who broke a tackle, sidestepped another defender and took it 79 yards for the score. The extra point attempt was blocked which left the Cru up 6-0. With 8:24 left in the first quarter, sophomore Bryce Wilkerson fielded a punt, picked up a block and took it 69 yards to extend the Cru lead to 13-0. Sul Ross got on the board early in the second quarter when quarterback James Davis rolled out to his right and found wide receiver Steven Savedra for a 55-yard score to make it 13-6 after a missed extra point attempt. Anderson connected with Walker for the second time on the afternoon for a 7-yard strike to extend UMHB’s lead to 20-6. With 4:20 left in the half, Sul Ross recovered a Cru fumble and set up shop in UMHB territory. Two plays later, Davis hit Savedra again for a 38-yard touchdown. A successful two-point conversion made it a six-point game at 20-14. The Cru responded when Walker scored his third touchdown of the half on a 19-yard reception from Anderson to make it 28-14 with 2:47 left in the half. Walker would go...

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Tennis players wrap up fall season with strong showing
Oct14

Tennis players wrap up fall season with strong showing

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s and women’s tennis teams wrapped up their fall season after competing in the American Southwest Conference Individual Tournament Sept. 9-11 and the Intercollegate Tennis Aassociation Southwest Regional Tournament Sept. 24-27. Both tournaments were on the road with the ASC Individual Tournament being hosted by Hardin-Simmons and McMurry University. The ITA Regional tournaments were hosted by Trinity University (men) and Southwestern University (women). For the men, the Cru have three returners including: Scott Wilding, Brendan Thompson and Bright Ihezue. The team also has four freshman, who look to help make an impact this season. Freshman nursing major Julian Dunmore has already learned about the difference of high school versus college tennis. “In high school, a player could get away with playing a not-up-to-par match and still win because that kid just simply wasn’t good at tennis,” he said. “In college, everybody is recruited to play for these teams, meaning that they are at the very least, solid players. No more easy match wins, 100 percent effort, 100 percent of the time.” The Cru started the season well, with Wilding and Thompson both making it to the finals of the Flight No.1 and Flight No.2 Singles draws of the ASC Individual Tournament. Wilding fell to Concordia University in a tough three-setter. Sophomore pre-med major Brendan Thompson won a thrilling third set to capture his singles flight title. “Winning my flight was a big stepping stone for building my confidence. I also think it was good for the team because I was able to show the new freshman how to persevere when losing a close first set and how to win an incredible match,” Thompson said. “I’m excited to see how much growth our team is going to have from match to match as we continue through the season. Because once we all have the lineups set up and everyone is in the daily grind, I think we’re going to show the ASC just how mature and talented our young team is.” The Lady Cru have five returners and welcomed three freshman to the squad this year. The ladies picked up multiple wins in both of the fall tournaments. Freshman business major Hope Nash has already enjoyed being a part of the team. “My teammates are really nice and fun to be around. It’s always good to be surrounded by people who have the same passion for tennis as me,” she said. “Also, I enjoy traveling with the team because that allows us all to bond and make special memories with each other as well as make friendships that will last a lifetime.” The Cru and...

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Men’s volleyball prepares to face tough competition
Oct14

Men’s volleyball prepares to face tough competition

The UMHB men’s volleyball team was established in 2013 under the leadership of now President Aaron Jackson. The team is a made of up a group of ambitious young men, who strive to be leaders on and off of the court. The club spends time practicing and building a bond that will help them compete effectively as participants in the National Collegiate Volleyball Foundation. Over the past few years the team has grown tremendously with a total of 18 players and talk of establishing a JV team. This year alone, there are six freshman on the team. Freshman communications major Chaz Upton plays outside hitter. He has only played for a little over a month, but said his teammates created an inviting atmosphere. “The team has welcomed and encouraged me from the beginning, and with each practice everyone tends to loosen up a little more,” Upton said. He also explained that the teams preseason record of 2-5-1 may seem low but a lot of players are young and new to the level of competition. The regular season will officially begin in Spring and the team promises the wait will be worth it due to hard work and the help of newly recruited coach, Ryan Webb. The former USA Volleyball player brings his experience and skill into his coaching and has created excitement among the players. Senior right side hitter Deshone Jones is especially excited by Webb’s coaching style. “Coach Webb challenges us physically, mentally, and even spiritually,” Jones said. “He encourages us to accept our mistakes but to always become better at the end of the day.” Competing at the Division I level helps challenge the guys to reach new heights and be the best of the best. By surrounding themselves with the hardest hitting and top scoring players, they are forcing themselves to become better and compete harder in the face of opposition. The toughest competitors this season will be Texas A&M and Baylor according to Jones. The team has greatly improved since the first game, and although they still have some growing and learning to do, the UMHB men’s volleyball team is well on their way. The team will continue preseason play Oct. 17 at the UNT Mean Green Classic and Oct. 18 at Saint Edwards in...

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Sports Spotlight

Junior nursing major Scott Wilding was always a determined athlete. Even though he was born in Japan, Wilding enjoyed playing American sports like football and basketball. But his true passion was tennis. Before going into his 9th-grade year, Wilding decided that he wanted to focus on becoming a tennis player. “Tennis is my favorite sport because of the energy that it brings when I am on the court. I love the feeling of hitting a winner in a big match and turning to my teammates to hear them cheer me on,” he said. Wilding is currently the team captain for the UMHB tennis squad and has played a key role every season. Last season, he helped lead the Cru to the American Southwest Conference Tournament Championship match for the first time in the school’s history. Wilding and the squad also helped UMHB capture the ASC-West Division Team Title. He was awarded ASC-West Division Player of the Week twice and was named to the ASC-West First Team for doubles and Second Team for singles. He was also named to the All-Tournament team. He earned multiple wins last year, including a victory over a Division I opponent. His freshman season, he led the Cru to the postseason and was named ASC Freshman of the Year and earned All-Conference honors. Although Wilding has received many personal accolades, he enjoys being part of a team. “My favorite thing about tennis is the team atmosphere. Specifically, when you’re all on court and all cheering for each other after each point. It really makes a difference in a match,” he said. Outside of tennis, if Scott isn’t studying, he enjoys playing golf, basketball and hanging out with his friends. He is also involved with Young Life, where he serves as a leader for Temple High School. Upon graduating, Wilding hopes to pursue a career in nursing. “After I graduate, I would like to be a nurse anesthetist. A nurse anesthetist works under the anesthesiologist. I think it would be really cool to be able to put people out for surgeries,” he said. But before he graduates, Wilding wants to earn All-American honors and lead the Cru to their first ASC Championship. “I think it would be awesome if I could leave a legacy of winning the first ASC Championship,” he said. “We came really close last year, so I think we can make another run for...

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Young players step into big roles
Oct06

Young players step into big roles

As the Crusader offense continues to improve, the defense already looks to be in championship form after putting in another dominating performance Sept. 19 with a 43-10 victory over Wisconsin-La Crosse at Crusader Stadium. UMHB didn’t find the endzone until early in the second quarter when junior quarterback Blake Jackson took it himself for a 16-yard scoring run to put the Cru up 10-3. That would open the floodgates. Duane Thompson sprinted for a 31-yard touchdown to cap off an 80-yard drive. On the next drive, Michael Carpenter scored from two yards out to extend the lead to 24-3. A Jacob O’Neill field goal made it 27-3 at halftime. Senior quarterback Zach Anderson scored on a three-yard run on the first drive of the second half. Malcolm Miller then added a two-yard score to make it 40-3. UWL got in the endzone with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter when sophomore quarterback John Tackett hit junior receiver Joel Oxton for a 25-yard touchdown. The only scoring in the fourth quarter would be a 23-yard field goal from John Mowery to give the Cru the decisive 43-10 victory. The defense held UWL to just 75 rushing yards on 37 attempts. On the season, the Cru has held opposing rushers to just 1.6 yards-per-carry. Junior linebacker Matt Cody said the players do a good job of sticking to their individual assignments, which makes them more productive as a unit. “The big reason we have such a great run defense is our unselfishness,” Cody said. “In our defense everyone has a specific job and task they have to perform every play. Even if that means not making the tackle. We have 11 guys that are working together to be the best defense in the nation.” The team leads the American Southwest Conference in points allowed at 8.3 and is second in yards allowed at 189 per game. The Cru have had to rely on several young players on both sides of the ball this season, but sophomore safety Reggie Wilson said the players know their roles and aren’t afraid of the situation. “Our coaching staff does a really great job recruiting talented athletes which helps the older guys to be confident with the youth on the field,” Wilson said. “The older guys also make sure the younger guys know what’s going on, so they will be able to play fast and make plays.” The team may be inexperienced, but Cody doesn’t think youth will stop them from accomplishing their goals. “We are a young team but that takes nothing away from the success of the team,” he said. “In fact these young...

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