Tennis defeats Howard Payne; falls to UT Dallas
Apr02

Tennis defeats Howard Payne; falls to UT Dallas

On Friday, March 29, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams traveled to Brownwood to face the Yellow Jackets of Howard Payne University. Before facing Howard Payne, the men’s team held a 4-2 season record, while the women’s team held a 0-2 record for the season. The men’s team led 2-1 after doubles and swept singles, leading them to an 8-1 victory over the Yellow Jackets. The women’s team took the lead during doubles and swept the bottom of the singles lineup, leading them to a 5-4 victory. After the victories over Howard Payne, the men’s team stood at a 5-2 season record and a 1-0 ASC record, while the women’s team had a 1-2 season record and a 1-0 ASC record. The next day, both teams traveled to Richardson to face the UT Dallas Comets. The men’s team earned a few wins in singles, but ultimately lost 2-7, while the women’s team lost 0-9 to the Comets. After the games in Richardson, the men’s team stands at a 5-3 season record and 1-1 ASC record, while the women’s team has a 1-3 season record and a 1-1 ASC record. Both teams will face Sul Ross State University on Friday, April 5 in Belton. They will travel to Georgetown the following day to face Southwestern...

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Jeb Zolman: pitcher returns to the mound
Apr02

Jeb Zolman: pitcher returns to the mound

Junior pitcher and pre physical therapy major Jeb Zolman has made a comeback to the mound this baseball season after recovering from an elbow injury. His baseball career at UMHB wasn’t always planned—in fact, he didn’t originally plan on attending UMHB at all. Zolman started his first semester of college at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, but he quickly learned that this wasn’t the right choice for him. After six months there, he decided to return to his hometown of Humble and attend community college for the rest of the spring semester. “I had no idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. I was at a loss,” Zolman said. “I started touring colleges again. I visited Southern Methodist University and UT Dallas, but on the way home from touring, we came through Belton.” A few years before this, Zolman’s older brother had toured UMHB. Remembering this, Zolman decided to take a tour himself. After he toured the school, he knew that UMHB would be his home. “I wasn’t even home yet on the drive back and I told my mom, ‘I think I want to go there.’ UMHB just felt like home,” Zolman said. Zolman was previously out of the game for almost a year due to a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), a devastating elbow injury that can take months to heal and typically requires surgery. He received this injury during the beginning of the 2018 season. He first realized that something was wrong during a game against LeTourneau University. He described how during the first inning of the game, his pitching ability began to suffer. “Through the first inning…I just knew something wasn’t feeling right,” Zolman said. After having surgery and going through rehab, Zolman made his first appearance at the mound this season during the game against Blackburn College on Wednesday, March 13. Having played baseball since he could crawl, being able to play for UMHB again was a relief. “It was pretty exciting to be back. You work for nine to 10 months just to do one little thing, and you know that in your mind, you worked your tail off to do that,” he said. Head coach Ben Shipp is excited to see Zolman back on the mound. “Jeb has been a big missing element for this team,” he said. “He had moved into the number one pitching slot for us, and his injury in 2018 was part of our downfall last year. When you lose a kid like Jeb…it was devastating.” Shipp said that when Zolman started attending UMHB, he approached the team himself about wanting to...

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Cru softball wins three-game series
Apr02

Cru softball wins three-game series

UMHB’s softball team continued their season with a three-game stretch at home against McMurry University. The Cru was sitting just below .500 with a 10-11 record going into this series of games. To hit .500, the Cru would have to win two out of the three games. The McMurry War Hawks were also sitting below .500 with an 8-12 record. Even if the War Hawks were to win all three games and sweep the Cru, they still would not hit .500, but it would only bring them one win away. Freshman Kathryn Reed from Axtell took the mound for the first game of the series on Thursday, March 21. Her presence on the mound played a pivotal role in the game. She pitched for five innings and did not allow a single run. The offense began to score in the second inning with a single by junior Hannah Wolfe, which sent in Kourtney Cummings to score the Cru’s first run. The team continued to score until the fourth inning. The Cru’s scoring was capped off with a three-run home run by sophomore Allie Dalle. The Cru left the first game of the series with an 8-0 victory. On Friday, March 22 the Cru entered the second game of the series. This would also be the first game of a doubleheader. The previous day’s game left a bad taste in the War Hawks’ mouths, and they entered game two seeking. They tried to prove that their offense was a force to be feared. Their statement was made with an offensive barrage in the first inning. It started off with a single with two runners on base. The runner on third scored, only allowing one point. Then, a walk with bases loaded advanced a runner to home plate, allowing another score. Another McMurry single advanced two more runners to home. The Cru finally got out of the first inning, but not before allowing the War Hawks to score four runs. In order to stay alive, the Cru had to score. It is almost as if the Cru employed the turtle and the hare method in this game. They slowly put up runs one by one, and by the end of the second inning, they tied the game 4-4. The War Hawks looked tired and were not able to score during the second or third innings. UMHB was still in the fight. However, it seemed as if the War Hawks caught their breath, because they scored five more runs before the game was over, defeating the Cru 9-5. This tied the series 1-1, and the final game would determine who took the...

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Baseball achieves a promising win
Mar20

Baseball achieves a promising win

The Cru snapped their nine-game losing streak in abig way on March 13 at Red Murff Field. They hosted the Beavers of Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. The Beavers were in the midst of a Texas tour. With the win, the Cru improved to 4-12 (0-3), while the Beavers remained winless, dropping to 0-7. The Cru used a platoon of pitchers who yielded just the one unearned run. The run for the Beavers came across in the top of the eighth inning. With two outs in the inning, Blackburn shortstop Tyler Jackson hit a high popup to shallow left field. Cru shortstop Jackson Godoy appeared to get under it, but it bounced off the heel of his glove. Advancing to score was Christian Padilla, just moments before Steven Diaz was thrown out at third while trying toadvance from first. The Cru pitchers included three freshmen making their Division III debuts – Zach Godin, Jackson Ryan and Jeb Zolman. Ryan is a grandson of the great Nolan Ryan, former big league pitcher and current executive adviser to the owner of the Houston Astros. The Cru offense only needed three innings to plate the 10 runs. In the bottom of the third, Jacob Dellipoali drew a walk to get things started for the Cru. Dellipoali advanced to second when Jack Herbert reached on an error by Beaver third baseman Logan Presley. One pitch later, Jackson Godoy singled, driving in Dellipoali and giving the Cru a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, Landon Dieterich led things off with a single. Two batters later, Mitch Patterson starteda two-out rally which included three consecutive hits. In the midst of the offensive barrage, Dellipoali delivered his team-leading 10th RBI of the season, driving in Dieterich. Herbert also recorded a RBI as he drove in Patterson. Following Herbert’s single, Godoy walked, loading the bases. Garrett Gonzales came up and delivered a three-run double to left-center field. After four, the Cru had a 6-0lead. The Cru tacked on four more in the sixth inning. With two outs, Dieterich and Malek Bolin hit back-to-back home runs. Dieterich’s home run was a three-run homer, while Bolin’s was a solo shot. Gonzales finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Dieterichwas 3-for-4 with three RBIs and the home run. Dellipoali was 1-for-2 with one RBI and two runs scored. Bolin went 2-for-4 with that home run. Picking up the win on the mound for the Cru was Hayden Ball, who recorded his first win of the season. The Cru continued their home stand with a three-game conference matchup against the University of the Ozarks on the weekend of March 15. Sadly,...

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Women’s basketball team makes school history competing in national tournament
Mar20

Women’s basketball team makes school history competing in national tournament

On Friday, March 1, the Cru women’s basket- ball team entered into the NCAA National Championship Tournament. Fans of the team were filled with excitement, as this is the first time the team has earned a spot in this tour- nament in the program’s history. The Cru traveled to Richardson to play the first game of the tournament against the Lynx of Rhodes College. Rhodes got off to a great start with consistent scoring in the first few minutes of the game. Their defense kept the Cru at a zero in the score column for the first two and a half minutes of the first quarter. However, the Cru starting capitalizing on their three-pointers, which helped them begin to close the lead. The Cru went 8 for 14 from the three-point line in the first half. They also began to capitalize on their defensive opportunities. In the second quarter, the Crusaders forced seven turnovers. These turnovers by Lynx College launched the Crusaders into the lead. At the end of the first half, the score was 39-23 with UMHB in the lead. At this point, the Cru held on to the lead and did not look back. The game ended with a 70-56 Crusader victory, which brought them into the second round of playoffs. In their second game, they met the UT Dallas Comets for the third time this season. They met once in the regular season, where the Cru achieved a five-point victory and once in the conference championship, where the Comets earned a five-point victory. They were scheduled to meet again on Saturday, March 2 for the second round of the tournament. Fans did not know how to feel entering into this game, since the teams were so evenly matched. The Cru took the lead early on and kept it for the remainder of the game. This would not have been possible without the Cru’s defense keeping the Comets at bay. The Cru had two blocksin the first quarter and numerous defensive rebounds. They also had their fair share ofsteals. UMHB totaled fivesteals throughout the game,and that definitely impacted the Comet’s offense. The Cru finished the game witha 66-57 victory and entered into the third round of the championship tournament. On Friday, March 8, the Crusaders left Richardson and traveled to Crestview Hills, Kentucky to play Washington University in St. Louis. It was a very close game, and the two teams stayed within one point of each other all the way to the five-minute mark of the second quarter, causing several lead changes. At this point, WUSTL slowly started to increase their lead. Their defense was a force to be reckoned...

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Athlete spotlight: Aubrie Elliot
Feb27

Athlete spotlight: Aubrie Elliot

Senior pre-veterinary medicine major Aubrie Elliot is entering her final season playing for the women’s basketball team at UMHB. Elliot has been playing basketball since she was very young, but she did not always enjoy it like she does now. “In junior high and even my freshman year [of high school], basketball felt more like a job to me. I enjoyed it still, but it wasn’t very fun.” It all changed during her sophomore year of high school. Elliot’s team began having fun together and she started to fall in love with the game. Her love for the game has brought her to a successful basketball career at UMHB. Last year, the women’s basketball team had a great season that brought them to the conference championship. After a hard-fought battle, the team ultimately lost the championship. She stated that this has motivated her and the entire team. “We’ve taken one game at a time this season knowing that we’ve ultimately been preparing for post-season. This team has proven we’re one of the best in the country and I’m so excited to see what all we accomplish”. The women’s basketball team kicked off the playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 21 against the Lady Wildcats of Louisiana College. “I hope that my teammates would remember me as someone who worked hard but loved harder,” Elliot said. “My goal every year on a team is that no matter what happens, I would love them with the same love that Christ has for them. I love this team and I hope they know I’m always just a phone call away if they ever need anything.” Without a doubt, she has been an integral part in this year’s great season. Hopefully, her words inspire her teammates to play like she does. Elliot has had a strong season, appearing in this year’s ASC championship tournament. She did not start in this tournament, but she definitely helped her team make it to the finals. She totaled 25 points and averaged 45 percent shooting from the field and six total...

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