Students hit the hardwood with hopes of earning intramural glory
Feb11

Students hit the hardwood with hopes of earning intramural glory

BELTON, TX – THE BELLS — Just when intramural sports couldn’t get any more exciting, students come up with  unbelievably creative team name. Hoops! I Did It Again!, Cru Chainz and Yao Know What I Ming just to name a few. This year the number of players who registered for intramural basketball grew significantly from last year’s numbers. “Since I have been working for campus rec (this is my second year), this is definitely the most teams we’ve had,” senior math education major Shangrila Pathak said. “The women’s teams are twice as many as last year, and both men’s leagues reached the maximum amount of teams.” That makes 12 teams in men’s three-on-three league, 14 teams in men’s five-on-five and seven teams in women’s three-on-three. This growing involvement could be attributed to the influx of new students, or perhaps students are beginning to realize that “ball is life” after all. Although the campus recreation staff is glad about the large numbers they had sign up via imleagues.com, Pathak, who is also the intramural coordinator, said it has also posed some new challenges. “The only difficult part with having so many teams is having enough time to allow teams to get plenty of games in,” Pathak said. “I love that we have so many students eager to play and stay active.” Junior music education major Terry Livingston is playing intramural basketball for the first time. So far, he has enjoyed the season and is thankful for the opportunity to play. “I’ve enjoyed getting to know some new people and having opportunities shooting around with some good guys,” he said. “I enjoy the competitiveness, but I also enjoy that we are ultimately out there to have some fun.” Junior nursing major Taylor Frank is a veteran of intramural basketball. She is a returning member of the Chinchillas three-on-three women’s team. Frank said that playing for the same team has its benefits. “It makes the experience better because we get the chance to grow in our friendships as well as our skills in basketball,” she said. “Knowing your teammates well makes a huge difference on the court because you can read them better. It’s definitely more fun that way.” Pathak hopes students and others will stay involved through any of the various campus rec events. “I would encourage, not only students, but even faculty and staff to get involved with intramurals because it’s a great way to stay active and have fun with your peers.  It’s also a great escape from the busyness and stress of school or life in...

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Award-winning coach takes opportunity to give back
Jan29

Award-winning coach takes opportunity to give back

THE BELLS — After being awarded ASC Coach of the Year eight times and receiving the title AFCA Regional Coach of the Year seven times, head football coach Pete Fredenburg received the award of Coach of the Year for Division III football from Liberty Mutual Insurance Jan. 6. “Coach Fredenburg’s on-the-field success speaks for itself, but to have an award like this recognize the work he does in molding young men and serving the school and community is a great honor,” UMHB sports information director Jon Wallin said. Along with a trophy, Liberty Mutual presents a grant in the amount of $20,000 to the university alumni association the coach is affiliated with and gives $50,000 to recipients for the purpose of donating the funds to a charity of the coach’s choosing. “It was great to reach out to these charities and an awesome thing for Liberty Mutual to do,” Fredenburg said. He donated $12,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Temple, Texas. The nonprofit serves as a haven where families with extremely ill children can find the simple comforts of home, such as a hot shower and a peaceful place to escape the constant noise of a hospital, during difficult times. “The very generous donation will help us make some much-needed repairs around our 27-year-old house,” Executive Director Susan Bolton said. “The 11-year-old system is showing its age. There are many not-for-profit agencies in Bell County, all worthy of support, but there is a finite amount of money available to help all of them.” The rest of the funds will be distributed to Belton’s Helping Hands ministry, the McLane Children’s Hospital and the Wounded Warrior Project. “I have had involvement with all these organizations, and they all do awesome jobs for our communities,” Fredenburg said. “These are the charities I chose, and the checks have been sent from Liberty Mutual.” Candidates who receive this award are honored for their demonstration of responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence both on and off the field. “Coach Fredenburg is very deserving of this honor, for his work off the field and in the community as much as for what the Cru has done on the field,” Wallin said. “He has always had our student-athletes involved on campus and in community service because he understands how important those things are in forming good people and good leaders.” Fan voting decides the top 15 coaches from each NCAA division, and then an objective scoring model determines the top five finalists for Division III coaches. “My time at Mary Hardin-Baylor has been incredible,” Fredenburg said. “My success has been because I surround myself with great,...

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FCA conference draws Cru athletes
Jan29

FCA conference draws Cru athletes

THE BELLS — The Cru Fellowship of Christian Athletes took a trip to Glen Rose, Texas, this past weekend. They weren’t looking for fossils but attending a college retreat that drew more than 500 Christian athletes from all across the state to take part in the fun-filled weekend of worship. “I had been looking forward to College Advance for a while now, ever since it was brought up in one of our weekly meetings,” senior physical therapy major Elijah Hudson said. “It seemed like such a great opportunity to get closer to the Lord.” The weekend consisted of silly games, plenty of food and, of course, praise and worship to give the athletes a break from their weekly routines. The speaker was Mikado Hinson, who is the athletic chaplain for the University of Houston. Mikado has met many athletes while being chaplain, and has become friends with a few names people might recognize. For Texans fans, Hinson and quarterback Case Keenum have a close friendship that grew strong while Keenum was playing for the Cougars. “I think he (Hinson) was the perfect speaker for the weekend. He made it clear that sports is just something we do, but our true calling is to serve our God in everything that we do,” Hudson said. Junior exercise sport science major Stanton Holland found the speaker to be very relatable and knowledgeable about the struggles of being a Christian athlete. “I have heard Mikado speak before, and he is awesome,” Holland said. “Everything that he talks about is completely relevant to what college athletes go through, and he also gave pointers on how to strengthen your walk with Christ.” The UMHB FCA group was just one of the very few small colleges that attended the retreat. “I didn’t really know what to expect going into the weekend. But when we got there, almost every big university from Texas was there it seemed like,” Holland said. The students arrived at Glen Rose around 7 p.m. on Saturday night and were kept busy until they left after lunch on Sunday. “I knew that it was going to be too busy, but when I got back, I was exhausted. It was worth it, though. I got a lot out of the weekend, and I would encourage everyone to try and make it to College Advance at least once,” Hudson said. Junior Christian studies major and FCA leader Taylor Irby hopes that this is just a kick-start to what will come for the UMHB FCA group. “I think this will light a fire underneath our group that went, and that group will impact the others,” Irby...

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Sport Spotlight: James Allen
Jan29

Sport Spotlight: James Allen

THE BELLS — James Allen is a senior business management major from The Woodlands, Texas, where he attended College Park High School. Allen has played a crucial role for the Cru in the past four seasons. Since his arrival, he has started in games every year and increased his numbers significantly. His freshman year, he averaged 8.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. His sophomore year, he totaled 8.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. His junior year he averaged 13.1 points per game. This season, he is averaging 19.3 points per game. Allen also holds the record for most steals at UMHB with many more games to be played. Once Allen learned about UMHB, he stuck with his plan of hooping. “I chose UMHB because I got recruited by one of the former players here,” he said. Besides attending classes and playing ball, Allen enjoys being with his friends. “Outside of basketball, I like to hang out with my friends and play video games. Me and my roommates like to play Super Smash Brothers on the Wii,” he said. Allen also was a member of the 2012-13 Crusader basketball team that advanced to the NCAA Division III Men’s  College Basketball National Championship game, where the Cru fell to Amherst College 87-70. Though there are many more memories to come, Allen talks about his most memorable. “My favorite memory was going to the national championship my junior year. It was something we never accomplished before. It was a fun experience for us,” he said. He talked about his favorite aspect of basketball. “Just getting to play the sport and getting to play with new faces.” What most don’t know about Allen is his dominant hand. “I am left-handed, and most people do not know that,” he said. After college, Allen has set his ambitions on what he plans to do. He said, “No dream job for me. (I) just want to raise a family and take care of that...

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Lady Cru continue hot streak
Jan29

Lady Cru continue hot streak

THE BELLS — Not five, not six, but seven. The Lady Cru basketball team is on a seven-game winning stretch and not looking to end their hot streak anytime soon. The Cru are in the middle of conference play and with 10 games left, every match-up is crucial. The Crusaders have already improved their record from last year with many games left to play. Last season, the women finished 8-17 overall and 6-13 in conference play. Currently, the team is 9-6 and 9-3 in conference play. Head women’s basketball coach Lisa Curliss-Taylor talks about the team’s seven-game winning streak. “It feels good, but not comfortable at all.  I am always thinking about the next opponent.  It’s hard for me to enjoy each win because I know we still have a lot of season left, but I am trying to work on that,” she said. The Cru are not thinking about their record. They are taking every game one at a time and not looking past any of their opponents as each game should make them stronger. “I am proud of our team so far.  We have been through a lot of adversity over the past one and a half years, but I believe that adversity is what is going to make us a tougher team.  We are learning how to win, and that says a lot from where we were last year,” Curliss-Taylor said. Freshman physical therapy major Jonelle Smith spoke about the team’s preparations before each game. “We always take it one game at a time. That’s what you have to do, have to focus on what’s happening now. And we physically prepare ourselves by getting extra time in the gym outside of practice, and we mentally prepare ourselves by listening to music,” Smith said. Of the 19 women on the roster, Jovana Miles, a computer studies major, is the lone senior. Miles reflected on her role. “Being the only senior on the team feels great to be able to contribute to my team’s success and be able to influence my teammates in a positive way,” she said. The teamwork has been a big piece to the winning results displayed by the Lady Cru. “Our team chemistry has definitely gotten better and is one of the main reasons why we have been successful,” Miles said. Junior exercise sport science major Taylor Tucker also believes the players’ relationship have improved significantly. Tucker said, “The team chemistry has gotten so much better compared to the beginning of the year. We had so many new people, but now that we all know the program and what is expected,read each other on...

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Broncos, Seahawks to meet at MetLife
Jan29

Broncos, Seahawks to meet at MetLife

THE BELLS — The perfect scenario for Super Bowl XLVII—the number one ranked offense against the number one ranked defense. Can Richard Sherman and the Seattle defense keep Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ explosive offense from taking home the trophy? “I think this will be one of the best Super Bowls in a while. We are going to get to see the two best teams all year go head to head,” junior pre-physical therapy major Jeremy Corbin said. With the late game heroics of Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman sealing the team’s ticket to the Super Bowl, a lot of talk has been made about the stingy Seattle defense. But the true test will come Feb. 2. The game is full of storylines, but one of the biggest is the fact that Manning has the chance to hush his critics who say he chokes in big games. UMHB fans hope otherwise. “I really like the way the Seahawks play, but when it comes down to it, I think I am going for the Broncos because I want to see Peyton Manning win another championship. He deserves it,” senior exercise sport science major Edwin Munoz said. Another interesting factor that comes to play is the fact that the big game is going to be played in the cold at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. This could prove to be a problem for Manning and company if the weather is to the point that it affects the passing game. No matter the outcome of the competition, it will make history because it will be the first Super Bowl to be held in an outdoor stadium in a frigid northern city. “I don’t necessarily like the fact that the game is being played in the cold. I think that big games like this should be played in indoor stadiums or at least in warm temperatures so we can see both teams at their very best,” Corbin said. Although all the factors will have an effect on the outcome, Manning’s experience in the big game should come in handy. He will be making his third appearance in the Super Bowl. But this time, it is with a different organization. If Manning brings home the Lombardi trophy he will become the first player ever to win it with two separate teams. Manning and the Broncos plan to leave it all out on the field because they understand the journey  they’ve made to the MetLife Stadium. “Being in my 16th season, going to my third Super Bowl, I know how hard it is to get there,” Manning said in an interview with Fox Sports follwing...

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