UMHB’s impressive basketball seasons
Jan30

UMHB’s impressive basketball seasons

The men’s and women’s basketball teams have been doing really well this season. Both teams have moved forward into the ASC tournamentand are coming close to thefinals. As of Sunday, Jan. 27, the men’s basketball team has won 15 games and lost five in this season. Of these games, six wins and five losses were in conference games. The women’s team has won 10 games and lost one game. Both the men’s and women’s teams will be playing against McMurray University on Thursday, Jan. 31 in Abilene,...

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Oklahoma Sooner Kyle Murray has big decisions to make
Jan30

Oklahoma Sooner Kyle Murray has big decisions to make

The chance of a high school athlete playing major league baseball is .4 percent. The odds of a high school athlete playing in the National Football League are .08 percent. The chance of having the opportunity to choose either is slim to none. Kyler Murray from Oklahoma University has achieved this rarity. After playing quarterback for Texas A&M, Kyler Murray decided to take his talents to the baseball diamond for Oklahoma University. He did not play his best right away, but after coming back from a disappointing first season, Murray began to catch the public’s attention. In his second season, he had a .296 batting average with 47 RBIs, 10 stolen bases and 10 home runs. After his second season, he declared for the MLB draft, where he was drafted ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics. In signing his contract, Kyler Murray received a $4.6 million signing bonus. However, Murray wanted to finish his final year of football for the Oklahoma Sooners. Despite being smaller than average for a quarterback at only 5’10, Murray had a fantastic second season playingfor the Oklahoma Sooners. Kyler was in the running for the Heisman Trophy, the award presented annually to the most talented college football player, from the beginning of his second season. As the season progressed, it only solidified his spot in thefront-running for the esteemed trophy. Murray finished the season with over 4,300 passingyards and was responsible for 42 touchdowns. WhileMurray was playing for Texas A&M, coach Kevin Sumlin clocked Kyler’s top speed at 22 miles per hour. This insane speed was responsible for Murray rushing for over 1,000 yards in the season. After another great season, Murray decided to also declare for the NFL draft. This has put him in a difficult situation, because as a quarterback, his team would be very dependent on him, especially if his talent carries over into the NFL. Therefore, he will not be able to play both sports like BoJackson and Deion Sanders did. His ability to translate his talent to the NFL is a big “if”, because, as previously stated, Murray is very small for an NFL quarterback. Furthermore, if you look at the history books of Heisman winners that were draft busts, it is not a positive outlook. A bright side to playing in the NFL is that he will get more endorsement deals and he will be in the spotlightfrom day one. Some fans speculated that his NFL signing contract would be larger, but the Oakland Athletics said that they would match the price that an NFL team is willing to pay for him. In the long run, he would likely...

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Crusaders clinch national title
Jan30

Crusaders clinch national title

UMHB will be celebrating their second Division III National Championship win Thursday, Jan. 31, after their third consecutive trip to the Stagg Bowl. The UMHB Crusaders met the University of Mount Union from Alliance, Ohio for the second time on Dec. 14, and won back the trophy. The Crusaders spent the majority of the season unmatched by their opponents, winning the majority of their games by a landslide. The closest score gap of the season was Dec. 1’s playoff game against St. John’s University, where the Crusaders achieved a three-point win over the Johnnies. The largest score gap of the season was the very first game on Sept. 15, when the Cru traveled to Reading, Pennsylvania to defeat the Albright College Lions by 84 points. Despite their promising winning streak, the Crusaders still played every game with skill and spirit. This was partially because Mount Union kept a zero on the Crusader scoreboard at the 2017 national champion- ship. This year, UMHB was out to prove that they could defeat this strong rival. The desire to rise to the championship again and redeem themselves seemed to be great motivation for the Cru, as they started off the season with a huge win over Albright College. This motivation carried on throughout the season, and the team was undefeated going into the championship. However, achieving the national title would be no easy feat. The Crusaders were set for a rematch against the Mount Union Purple Raiders in Shenandoah. Michael Carpenter, a former running back for the Crusaders, felt that this year, UMHB had to prove themselves as they headed into the championship. “After coming up short like they did last year, they definitely had something to prove,” Carpenter said. “I think you always have something to prove, though.” UMHB definitely succeeded in proving themselves with a 24-16 victory over Mount Union. On the night of the game, the stands were packed. Because tickets for UMHB fans hadsold out quickly, Crusader fans filled both sidesof the stadium, despite the cold weather. The game started off in Mount Union’s favor, and the first quarter ended with a score of 10-7 with the opponent in the lead. By halftime, however, UMHB had stepped up their game, and they took the lead with a score of 13-14. At the end of the third quarter, the Cru hadimproved their score to 17-13, and by the end of the game, the final score was 24-16. In the final seconds of the game, the stadium erupted. Fans were ecstatic that the Crusaders had won their second title in three years. Players and coaches gathered on the field to accept...

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New sport and new coach arriving on campus
Jan30

New sport and new coach arriving on campus

UMHB has chosen its new coach for its new sport: Acrobatics and Tumbling. Head coach Courtney Pate will help build this new program, which will begin in the spring semester of 2020. Pate graduated from Belton High School and Baylor University, where she helped win two team national championships and three individual national championships in the sport. On Thursday, Jan. 3, Vice President for Athletics Randy Mann announced the addition of the sport. “We are very excited to add the sport of Acrobatics and Tumbling to our sport offerings,” he stated in a release on the UMHB website. “We have been studying this opportunity for a couple of years now, and the time is right for us to launch the Acrobatics and Tumbling program at UMHB. We are proud of our success as a department and look forward to having another competitive program. We are anxious to get a head coach in place to begin recruiting talented student-athletes with that goal inmind,” his statement reads. Because the sport is not recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the new team will compete as part of the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA). According to their website, “the mission of the NCATA is to bring the sport of Acrobatics and Tumbling through NCAA emerging sport status to become a fully sanctioned NCAA championship sport.” Currently, 26 universities compete as members of the NCATA. Other Texas colleges that participate in the organization are Baylor University, which has earned the NCATA national title for the past four years, and East Texas Baptist University. In an official news release on the NCATA website, NCATA President Dr. Renee Baumgartner said, “We are proud to share the news that the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor has added Acrobatics & Tumbling to their varsity sport offerings… UMHB is an excellent NCAA Division III institution that builds upon recent NCATA expansion in Texas. We are excited by their decision and commitment to new opportunities.” Freshman education major Alena Bellon is excited that there will be a new team that allows students to practice their tumbling skills without being a member of the cheerleading team. “I am excited for the team because the only way in the past to actually tumble was through the cheer team,” Bellon said. “This is a great opportunity for me to work on my skills without the cheer setting.” Senior psychology and criminal justice double major Kelly Taylor thinks that the new team will be a great addition to the school. “I would definitely participate if I had any coordination whatsoever and wasn’t graduating!” Taylor, who is excited to see the new team...

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Crusaders clinch playoffs with win
Nov13

Crusaders clinch playoffs with win

By Brenton Martin Contributing Writer On a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon last weekend, the Crusaders took on the Wildcats of Louisiana College, and placed themselves in the playoffs. The captains took the field for the coin toss and at 1:00 p.m. UMHB kicked off their last home game of the regular season at Crusader Stadium in Belton, Texas. The game was not as much of a full house as it would normally be; however The Cru spirit was there with full effect! UMHB punched the Wildcats in the mouth first as the Crusader defense stood tall, gathering in two interceptions on the Wildcats’ first two drives. These turnovers lead to the first score of the game with a 9- yard rush by senior running back, Markeith Miller, to put the Crusaders up 7-0 over Louisiana College. At the start of the second quarter, UMHB put together a 6-play, 40-yard drive to cap off a 9-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver, Aaron Sims, from junior quarterback, Jase Hammack, to put the Crusaders up 14-0. As UMHB comes up with yet another defensive stop to force a 3-and-out, they turn it around quickly with a 1-play, 69-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver, Jonel Reed, from junior quarterback, Jase Hammack. The crowd erupted as soon as the pass was caught and nobody was around to tackle Reed. The band played as the crowd sang along with the Crusaders in celebration of going up 21-0 in just a 10 second drive. As the Wildcats take the field and come up short again, the Crusaders force another 3-and-out. Louisiana College is forced to punt to the Crusaders’ dangerous return man Aaron Sims. The freshman wide receiver returned the punt for a 74-yard touchdown to spark the crowd’s enthusiasm and put UMHB up 28- 0. The Crusader defense takes the field again looking to force another turnover as they stop the Wildcats from moving the chains. UMHB takes advantage of the stop on defense and caps off a 3-play, 23-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back, Marquis Duncan to put UMHB up 35-0 over the Wildcats. The running back duo between Duncan and Miller was marvelous as always. Following up after a Duncan touchdown, senior running back, Markeith Miller punched in a 1- yard touchdown run to put the Crusaders up 42-0 at halftime. To kick off the second half, UMHB turns a 5- play, 47-yard drive into a Markeith Miller touchdown reception from quarterback Jase Hammack. As the Crusaders celebrate, the crowd goes wild and UMHB furthers their lead to 49-0. After a tough defensive stand, the Wildcats...

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Cru soars over McMurry at homecoming
Nov13

Cru soars over McMurry at homecoming

The UMHB Crusaders faced off against the McMurry War Hawks at home on Saturday, Oct. 27. Coming into Saturday’s game the War Hawks were 2-5 while the Cru remained undefeated. The Crusaders had already been a force to be reckoned with, as the closest score gap that any team reached when facing the Cru was 26 points. The first two minutes of the game with the War Hawks did not make it look like things were going to be any different. The Cru scored a touchdown in the first minute and thirty seconds. Junior quarterback Luke Poorman threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver K.J. Miller, and the offensive onslaught did not stop there. The Cru scored two more times in the first quarter. The Cru scored their second touchdown on a 39 yard punt return by K.J. Miller. The Cru scored a third touchdown again in the first quarter. This scoring drive took eleven seconds in only one play with a 58-yard run by senior running back Markeith Miller. Overall this was just a great showcase on both sides of the ball. The fast scoring from the offense was exciting to watch. The offensive showcase from the Crusaders was on full display through the game. Markeith Miller had three more rushing touchdowns, totaling four in the game. He was close to having a rushing touchdown in each quarter, but he did not score in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Luke Poorman started this game, and he was 14-16 for 143 yards and had two touchdowns with his longest being a 43 yard pass. The Crusaders had two running backs passing 100 yards rushing for this game. Senior running back Markeith Miller rushed for 146 yards on 11 attempts and sophomore running back Marquis Duncan rushed for 126 yards on 21 attempts. The Cru defense totaled nine tackles for losses and one sack. The only sack the Crusaders collected during the game was by junior defensive tackle Joey Longoria from Pearland, Texas. Freshman defensive back Jefferson Fritz and junior defensive back Jon Hughes both picked up an interception for the Cru. This was a great game for the defense as they held the McMurry War Hawks to just seven points and 15 yards rushing. The Crusader defense caused the War Hawks to lose 26 yards on rushing plays. The Crusader defense almost had McMurry at a standstill only allowing six first downs all game and that includes first downs received through penalties. This was another wonderful game for the Crusaders. Only one team was able to score more than one touchdown against the Crusaders this season. On...

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