Sport Spotlight: Chad Peevey
Oct22

Sport Spotlight: Chad Peevey

Chad Peevey is a senior sport management major  from Bryan/College Station. Peevey went to St. Joseph’s High School. He was voted to the Beyond Sports network Preseason All-America squad. He was named to the Third Team as Punter. Outside of football, Peevey enjoys spending time with his friends. “I like to hang out with the guys, cook, play washers and golf,” he said. Peevey’s favorite thing about football is being with his teammates, on and off the field, as well as winning. Peevey has pre-game rituals before every contest. “On away games, we all go to the movies. Tim and I get a large popcorn and large drink before every movie. We do it every game. On home games, I do a little jog in the morning before the game,” he said. Peevey is the primary punter and kickoff specialist this season, but he has been responsible for all of the kicking duties in past years. Recently he was awarded American Southwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his  performance against Louisana College. Peevey kicked a school-record 79-yard punt. He is averaging 37.1 yards per punt, which leads all other  punters in the ASC. His dream job is to one day take his game to the big league. “Playing pro, playing at the next level, punting the football and kicking it, that would be nice,” he said. The Crusaders will not only be missing one of the best kickers in Division III when his eligibility runs out next season. They will also be missing a tremendous leader on and off the...

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Fantasy Football Players Revamping Lineups

The industry of fantasy football has furthered the love and obsession of NFL enthusiasts for many people across the country. Television shows and magazines come out weekly telling these  virtual “owners” what moves should and should not be made. Numerous students at UMHB have joined the craze as well and have found themselves glued to the TV on Sundays just to make sure their weekly changes have paid off for them.  Leagues are usually made up of anywhere from eight to 12 teams, and the season starts by holding a draft. Owners will go through and pick any player they want from any team that they feel will do the best statistically throughout the season. Each team must have a player at every offensive position except the offensive line. Owners must also pick a defense and a kicker. The scoring of each league differs. More than likely, people on the UMHB campus are adjusting their lineups for their teams right now. “I am constantly checking my fantasy app. There are always injuries and breakout players, so if there are moves that need to be made, I want to be ahead of the game,” junior physical therapy major Jeremy Corbin said. He isn’t the only one who keeps up with the latest happenings in the world of fantasy football. “I check up on it at least three times a week,” junior exercise sport science major Daniel Villarreal said.  “I make roster changes to add a new kicker every week. Mostly I just pick up who is supposed to have the highest total of points and trade out whoever I had.” Some decisions are easier than others when it comes to editing lineups. “My biggest debate is always the quarterback position, and I don’t make a final decision usually until Sunday mornings since my current quarterback, Cam Newton, has been so off and on,” Villarreal said The most common statement made by people who participate in fantasy football is that it has made them pay attention to  games they used to never even think twice about keeping up with. “I watch a lot more games I really don’t care about if I have guys playing in that game,” Villarreal said. Fantasy football can cause a lot of heartache and also a lot of joy if your team is doing well. Those who have Peyton Manning on their roster are probably happy with their record right now since he is averaging around 22 points a week. Another student on campus who is happy with his team  is junior business major Donavan Catron. “My team is doing really good. My main players that...

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Volleyball Keeps Top Spot in Division
Oct22

Volleyball Keeps Top Spot in Division

As the regular season enters its twilight, the Crusader volleyball team continues to dominate conference play. The team traveled to Austin Oct. 12  against Concordia University and Sul Ross State where they improved to 21-3 on the season after sweeping both of the matches. The first match of the day was a test for the Cru against Concordia, but the team still managed to pull off a 25-18, 25-18, 26-24 win. Sophomore hitter Lauren Powell said the team needed to keep its composure in order to gain the victory. “We let down our guard for a second in the third, and it cost us several points, but we fought hard together and came back to win the last set by two points,” she said.  “It was not our best match, but a great improvement from the last time we met them in their gym.” In their second match of the day, the Cru cruised to a 25-4, 25-15, 25-16 victory at the hands of Sul Ross State. Sophomore hitter Cheyenne Dowdey added four in the match to go along with two against Concordia. Dowdey said that the win was a complete team effort. “Everyone on the bench contributed to the win,” she said.  “It was a wonderful victory because every player on the team was able to use their athletic ability to get the win over Sul Ross.” Head Coach Rob Frost said that the team’s success over the weekend is a testament to their work ethic both on and off the court. “We have a great group of players who know how to work hard. At times we are playing very well this season, and then when things get shaky, we have a group who are able to recover and fight and regain control of a match,” he said. Dowdey was recently named American Southwest Conference Co-Defensive  Player of the Week. She is currently fourth in the nation in blocks per set. “Being named player of the week is something I have always wanted,” Dowdey said. “I am so very humbled and honored to receive ASC attention, and I will continue to work as hard as physically possible to continue to climb up the list. My personal goal is to be the number one blocker in the nation.” The team is receiving votes in the national polls and expects to be ranked soon if they continue play at their current pace. However, freshman hitter Sarah Toler said the team has bigger goals beyond the polls. “It is so amazing to be getting national attention. We are so thankful, but it is also something that helps drive us. We...

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Baseball legend shares redemptive story
Oct09

Baseball legend shares redemptive story

Former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry was on campus to tell the story of how pursuing fame and fortune led him down a disastrous road where he wasn’t able to turn his life around until he found Christ. Strawberry, who spoke at the Oct. 2 chapel, was selected as the first overall pick in the 1980 MLB draft by the New York Mets and became one of the best players of his time. He was an eight time All-Star and played in four World Series. Although he found success on the field, he admitted that it did not equate to happiness in his life. “When you’re successful and you’re achieving all these great things, everybody applauds you. But there is a failure part of that, too. The world doesn’t let you see that part,” he said. Following the 1990 season, Strawberry signed a lucrative deal to play with the Los Angeles Dodgers. While he was entering the prime of his baseball career, he faced overwhelming struggles off the field. “I signed a $20 million contract, and I was miserable,” he said. “I was going through a divorce, I was losing my family and my life was coming apart.” Strawberry said that everyone faces trials in life, but instead of confronting them, most people ignore them. “It doesn’t matter how great you are. There are issues that we have to come to grips with, and most of the time we don’t deal with them.” He soon came to realize success and wealth were not going to bring him fulfillment in life, especially since he kept ignoring the difficulties he faced. “Being great doesn’t define who you are,” Strawberry said. “I didn’t realize that until I came to a point of dealing with my issues.” In 1998, Strawberry was diagnosed with cancer. Over the next several years, he battled drug addictions and found himself frequently in legal trouble. He said that it was not by his own doing that he turned his life around, but by the grace of God. “God spared me. I’m not supposed to be here,” he said. “I had drug addictions. I had cancer twice and lost my left kidney as a result. I’m only here because of God, because he has a plan and a purpose for my life.” Strawberry calls people not to let their talents define who they are. Instead, they should use their talents to further God’s kingdom. “My purpose wasn’t to be a baseball player. That was my gift,” he said. “We all have a gift. I was created to know who Christ is, to be born again and to come...

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Crusader Stadium skybox offers best seat in the house
Oct09

Crusader Stadium skybox offers best seat in the house

I looked through the glass from inside Crusader Stadium’s new, state-of-the-art press box. Below me, I saw a wave of hands making the “C” as an ocean of purple and gold clad Crusader faithful celebrated a Cru touchdown. As I enjoyed all the amenities that the press level had to offer, I realized the university strives for excellence not only on the field, but off of it as well. Following its win over Wesley College in the first game in the new stadium, the Cru pulled off a 40-18 victory against Sul Ross State Sept. 28.  Even though UMHB managed to come away with the victory, it was a sloppy game to say the least as penalties and turnovers dominated much of the action. “I don’t think any of our players feel very good right now about their performance or what we did on the field,” head coach Pete Fredenberg said.  “You have to enjoy the idea that you’ve won a ball game, but you also have to be realistic and take the bad things that we did and improve off of them.” The Cru jumped out to an early 6-0 lead off of two field goals by freshman kicker Drew Owen. Sophomore quarterback Zach Anderson then connected with sophomore running back Michael Carpenter on a 45-yard touchdown pass to make it 16-0. Sul Ross responded with 12 unanswered points to make it a 16-12 game at the half. Carpenter, who got the start in place of the injured Elijah Hudson, was the bright spot of the Crusader offense as he totaled 151 yards rushing for the game. Carpenter said he adds a dynamic element to the offense with his quickness. “I feel like I can get out there and make people miss by using my speed,” he said. The Cru turned things around Saturday Oct. 5 against Trinity University with a statement game that ended in a 49-7 Cru win. Senior cornerback Derek Williamson started the game with a 98-yard touchdown return that gave the  Cru early  momentum, and they never looked back. Fredenberg understands that every team will give his team their best shot, but in order to reach their ultimate goal they have to stay focused. “It doesn’t matter who we play. If we’re going to get better, we’ve got to continue to push...

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Sport Spotlight: Taylor O’Rear
Oct09

Sport Spotlight: Taylor O’Rear

Taylor O’Rear is a junior nursing major from Salado, Texas. She has been a part of the university all her life. She has lived in numerous dorms and apartments across campus including Huckins, Stribling, Burt and Garner. One interesting event about O’Rear happened when she was very young. “When I was a baby, I threw up on Nolan Ryan’s wife,” she said. O’Rear began playing golf as a child but didn’t become serious until junior high. She has kept up her passion and is looking forward to her golfing future. “My favorite part about playing golf is that it’s a lifelong sport. I don’t have to stop playing when my college career is over, which is so fortunate,” she said. After college, O’Rear plans to become a nurse. However, she doesn’t know exactly where she will land. “I’m not sure what my dream job is. I just want to be a nurse somewhere,” she said. O’Rear believes her teammates’ relationships with one another are special. “My teammates are like a second family. I think that’s what makes our team so different. We all care about each other, so we play for each other on the course,” she said. Last season, O’Rear and her teammates won the 2013 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf National Championship. This year, they are planning to...

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