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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Women’s volleyball gets national bid
Nov20

Women’s volleyball gets national bid

For the first time in program history, the Crusader volleyball team has received a bid to play in the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament. Following a season in which they won a school record 29 games, the team received an at-large bid after failing to secure an automatic berth by winning the conference tournament. Head coach Rob Frost said that the team’s determination has been one of the main reasons for its success. “I’m very excited,” Frost said. “The girls have worked extremely hard, and I’m very happy for them. There is no substitute for the girls’ hearts and the amount of effort they have put in.” The Cru opened the conference tournament Nov. 7  with a 3-1 win over East Texas Baptist University in Richardson.  The team lost the first set 25-19, but managed to win the next three by scores of 26-24, 25-14 and 25-23 to take the match. Sophomore hitter Lauren Powell, who led the Cru with 17 kills in the match, said the win gave new energy to the team. “We were fired up and had set our minds on winning the whole thing,” Powell said. The Cru advanced to face Hardin-Simmons in the next round where they were swept by scores of 25-16, 25-17 and 25-13. Sophomore setter Shelby Prather racked up 12 assists in the match to go along with nine digs. Powell said the loss was a surprise as the team wasn’t able to play to its full potential like they knew they could. “I believe we expected to be able to control that match better than we did,” she said. “In the end, we couldn’t pull it out, and I think that frustrated us because we knew exactly what we were capable of doing, and it just didn’t happen for us.” The team then faced ETBU for a rematch in an elimination game. The match was a mirror image of their first-round meeting as the Cru managed to win the first set 25-18, but lost the final three by scores of 25-20, 25-20 and 25-13 to force their elimination from the tournament. Powell led the team with 15 kills while Prather and sophomore setter Kendall Pye accumulated 23 and 19 assists respectively. Sophomore hitter Cheyenne Dowdey thought the team was competitive in the tournament given the lack of experience and youth . “I think we carried ourselves well in the conference tournament considering we are such a young team,” she said. “I think everyone on the team played their hearts out and put everything into the wins we received.” Powell said that following the loss, many of the players believed...

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Sport Spotlight: Alison Bullock
Nov20

Sport Spotlight: Alison Bullock

Alison Bullock is a senior exercise sport science major from Rockwall, Texas, and  attended Heath High School. Bullock has been a key player for the Cru all four years and served as a team captain. Her freshman year, she earned Honorable Mention All-ASC. Her junior year, she received Third Team All-ASC Honors. This season, Bullock earned First Team All-ASC Honors and was also named to the All-ASC Tournament team. Bullock helped the Cru this year to a school record of 14 wins. The Cru fell in the ASC Championship Tournament semifinals 1-0 to UT-Dallas. Once Bullock learned about UMHB, she stuck with her plan of becoming a Crusader. “I looked into the school, and I came here, and I thought it was a really nice campus. I liked a lot of the girls that played on the (soccer) team, and it just drew me in,” she said. Bullock has enjoyed the relationships she has made playing soccer. “I really just like the friendships you make … Especially here, UMHB, it was like a huge family,” she said. Her favorite soccer experience happened this fall. “The conference tournament this year was my favorite memory. We hadn’t made it until this year and it was just a great way to end my senior year,” she said. Bullock’s sister, Taylor is also a part of the team. Taylor played for the the Cru and now serves as an assistant coach. Both sisters have enjoyed success with the Cru program. Alison said, “It’s nice to have her there all the time. She’s always been involved with soccer just as much as I have. It was fun being able to spend that time with...

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