200 and counting: Crusaders advance to 4-0 as Coach Fredenburg gets milestone win
Oct03

200 and counting: Crusaders advance to 4-0 as Coach Fredenburg gets milestone win

By Dylan Jones of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor The Crusaders’ dismantling of the Southwestern Pirates in Georgetown Saturday by a score of 44-10 marked win number 200 for Coach Pete Fredenburg and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football program. It began with starting quarterback T.J. Josey moving back to wide receiver, the same position he played in the last two seasons, since standout sophomore receiver Jonel Reed was out with an injury, and the Cru needed a big threat in the passing game.  With three catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns, Josey didn’t disappoint. Kyle Jones, who got the nod to start at quarterback, found Josey for two touchdowns, while Bryce Wilkerson and Demetrius Taylor each got a touchdown. With a typically run-heavy offense, the Cru decided to do their damage Saturday night by air. Four touchdowns and 397 yards, which is a UMHB record, doesn’t look bad on a stat line, but Jones threw two interceptions as well. The Cru defense had some takeaways of their own: two fumble reco veries for touchdowns for 25 and 93 yards by Kris Brown and Tevin Jones (another UMHB record), respectively. With a halftime score of 16-0, thanks to the two defensive scores – it was unclear if the Cru offense would show up for the second half. However, on the first two possessions of the second half, Kyle Jones found TJ Josey for touchdowns of 56 and 59 yards. Then early in the 4th quarter he found Wilkerson for a 9-yard strike, and with just over two minutes in the game, Jones threw a beauty to Taylor for a 61-yard touchdown. The Pirates weren’t able to get much going offensively, but they were able to muster up 4 sacks on Jones, and as mentioned earlier, intercept him twice. Everyone not named Frederick Hover struggled to find a groove. Pirate quarterback Hover led in both passing and rushing yards with 227 yards and 41 yards respectively. Running back Elijah Smith chipped in with just under 40 yards on the ground. AJ Daniels had two grabs for 60 yards and a touchdown, which was scored with 3:06 in the game. Coach Fredenburg describes the progress the football program has made since 1998 and was quick to let it be known that he was not taking all the credit. “It’s awesome. The 200th win for this program says an awful lot about a whole lot of people,” Fredenburg said. “It makes me very humble. I truly respect and admire all the people that do so much to help our program.” One of those people being Jack Johnson, the special team s coordinator...

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Intramural sports give students opportunity to exercise, make friends
Sep28

Intramural sports give students opportunity to exercise, make friends

For students looking for a great way to relieve some stress and have a great time, intramural sports might be the perfect fit. Offering a variety of sports in both the fall and spring semesters, intramurals give students the chance to connect with fellow students and get involved. This opportunity is available for everyone, whether you are a retired athlete, or just someone looking to join a competitive activity. There are currently four intramural sports being offered this fall, including Men’s and Co-Rec Flag Football, 4 vs. 4 Sand Volleyball, Outdoor Soccer, and Indoor Volleyball. Although the flag football and sand volleyball seasons are already in session, students can still register for Co-Rec Indoor Volleyball through midnight on Oct. 18 and outdoor soccer through midnight on Oct. 19. “The best way to get involved is to create an IMLeagues account online,” said Director of Campus Recreation Sue Weaver. “You can access this on the intramural & rec sports page of the Campus Rec webpage umhb.edu/rec/intramural-sports. This account will allow you to receive announcements about upcoming deadlines, create teams, join teams and see the semester schedule.” Students can create their own teams with like-minded friends who are interested in playing, or they can ask to join a team online as a ‘free agent.’ “This does not ensure you will be put on a team, but captains can look at the free agent list and invite you to their team if they want.” Intramurals are different from other school-related activities and organizations because they allow students to get involved without all of the responsibilities and time commitments. “Teams will play one to two games per week. Most teams don’t really have formal practice times. The only equipment students might want to provide for themselves is a pair of non-metal cleats. We also don’t provide gloves to everyone who plays softball in the spring. However we sometimes have a few extra for people to use.” It is important for students interested in playing on an intramural team, and even those already on a team, to read the rules and regulations hand guide in order to maintain a safe and fun experience for everyone. “Students can find the manual on the campus recreation website,” Weaver said. “We also host a captain’s meeting for each sport. At that meeting we go over any sport specific rules or changes, sportsmanship, and eligibility guidelines.” Any current UMHB undergrad, or those attending for a graduate or doctoral degree, and UMHB faculty and staff are all eligible to play. However, there are some other eligibility requirements concerning NCAA athletes playing in their same sport. Weaver said there are...

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Cru Q & A: chat with Crunk
Sep28

Cru Q & A: chat with Crunk

UMHB mascot Crunk recently answered questions for The Bells. What is your favorite color? My favorite color is definitely purple. Funny enough it became my color after purple vans became the “thing to wear.” What is your favorite food? Shrimp fried rice for the win. What is your favorite movie? Probably either Remember the Titans or James Cameron’s Avatar. What is your favorite sport to attend as the mascot? My favorite sport to attend as the mascot is definitely the football games, specifically because of the energetic and vibrant atmosphere. After getting the chance to mascot at last year’s Stagg Bowl, I instantly fell in love with the Cru football team. What do you like to do in your free time? Unfortunately I don’t really have a lot of free time because I am the mascot, an officer of an organization, I work, and I am a full time student. So, free time is a term that’s practically foreign to me. However, if I’m able to, I’ll never turn down the opportunity to go on spontaneous trips with friends, and I also enjoy singing, playing the piano and watching Shark Tank. How many events do you attend in a week? A month? The amount of appearances I have in any given amount of time changes from week to week and month to month. Sometimes I’ll go a couple weeks without any appearances at all, and other times I’ll have as many as four or five a week. It really all depends on what’s going on around campus and in the surrounding area. What do you like most about being the mascot for UMHB? There’s so much I love about being the mascot. I’ve always loved getting in front of people and performing. I naturally have an extremely lively and to some degree, childish personality. Being the mascot seems like something I was born to do. But the best part about about my job as the mascot is getting to represent my Alma Mater. The mascot is truly the face of any school and is a powerful tool to use when establishing what the university values. Every time I step into that suit, I’m representing something that goes far beyond myself and I cannot be anymore thankful to have that opportunity. Were you ever a mascot before you came to UMHB? Yes I have. Back in high school, I acted as the mascot and I also worked a lot with the cheer team. How do you handle being the mascot and going to events and classes? Being the mascot and a student is tough and it definitely comes with a...

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Cru kennels Bulldogs 50-7
Sep28

Cru kennels Bulldogs 50-7

UMHB administered a Saturday-night beatdown to the Texas Lutheran University Bulldogs, outscoring their opponents by 43 points and improving to 3-0 on the season. The Crusader defense held TLU scoreless until the final seconds of the game, when a garbage-time touchdown preserved a little of the bulldogs’ dignity. UMHB started the game by making a statement. After the Cru forced a Bulldog fourth down on their opening possession, TLU took a chance and attempted to continue their drive. Junior linebacker Santos Villarreal had other plans, and intercepted the fourth down pass, crushing the Bulldogs’ hopes of a productive opening drive. “I read the O-line and saw it was going to be a pass,” Villarreal said. “The quarterback threw a funny ball, and I knew I had to make the pick.” This takeaway set the tone for the game, and gave the Cru excellent field position, which they capitalized on, scoring their first points of the game a few minutes later. After a fourth down conversion from junior running back Markeith Miller, junior quarterback TJ Josey threw a laser, hitting senior wide receiver Bryce Wilkerson in the end zone for 6 points. For the rest of the first quarter and throughout the second, the Crusader offense continued to be efficient, never missing an opportunity to score. Senior kicker John Mowery hit two field goals, and sophomore quarterback Kyle Jones orchestrated a spectacular touchdown drive. Jones went 4/4, passing for 84 yards on the drive, before Miller took a direct snap at the Bulldog 2-yard line and punched the ball into the end zone for six points. Quarterbacks Josey and Jones both had a favorite receiver Saturday night — sophomore Jonel Reed. The receiver had a monster game, including hauling in a third quarter touchdown from Jones and catching back-to-back passes during Jones’ prolific second-quarter drive. One play from that drive turned many heads. “I lined up to run a post route,” Reed said. “I watched the corner turn his hips, and I knew he w as beat. Then I just had to get the ball.” Reed hauled in the pass, giving the Cru excellent position to finish the drive with a touchdown. The Crusader defense looked frightening, recording five takeaways. In addition to Villareal’s interception, freshman safety Jefferson Fritz and senior cornerback Reggie Wilson picked off the TLU quarterback once apiece. Junior safety D’Andre Jackson recovered a fumble to start the Bulldogs’ second possession, ending it after a single snap. Finally, sophomore defensive end De Jackson recovered a strip sack in the fourth quarter and returned it for a touchdown. Those points would be the last of many nails in...

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Cru volleyball starts 2017 season undefeated, 8-0
Sep14

Cru volleyball starts 2017 season undefeated, 8-0

Volleyball season is back in full swing and the Cru has already made their mark, sweeping away the competition. The Cru went 4-0 at the UMHB 2017 Invitational and now has a record of 8-0. After going an impressive 20-11 in the 2016 season, the Cru is ready to come back even stronger this year. “We are proud of how things went in our opening tournament, but we know we have a lot of work to do to reach our best play this season,” said head coach Rob Frost. “This group is very good and we are working hard to be our best.” Although it’s very early in the season, Frost and the rest of the team have set the bar high as to what they want to accomplish this season and are determined to make it happen. “Our focus is to be our best selves on and off the court,” Frost said. “Every year we want to win the ASC conference tournament or get a bid and be in the NCAA national tournament. Ultimately, we want to win a national championship.” In order to achieve their goals for the season, the girls have been pushing themselves on the court and beyond, even throughout the offseason. Frost and the team know there are many areas they will have to continue to work on, but they are prepared to do whatever it takes to get to the place they want to be. “We worked hard through our spring season. Over the summer they had certain goals and things to work on in the weight room and on the court,” Frost said. “It is a year round process.” The team voted senior Natasha Evans and junior Sarah Paolini as captains to lead them to what will hopefully be a successful season. “They are both skilled at their role on the court, and they are hard workers with great character,” Frost said. “We rely on every player doing her job well. It is a very selfless environment.” Although this season has just begun, Frost knows there is something special about this group of girls. “We have a young starting lineup learning a lot and growing in about every area of the game,” he said. “However, the group of young women we have this year are great people, a lot of fun to be around and hard workers. UMHB attracts great people across campus.” Frost isn’t the only one excited and optimistic about beginning a new season, the players also have high hopes about what is to come. “I expect great things for this season,” junior outside hitter Laryssa Wills said. “We are...

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Men’s soccer team prepared for conference play
Sep14

Men’s soccer team prepared for conference play

Men’s soccer kicks off their conference season Sept. 14 playing Le Tourneau in Lewisville, Texas. Brad Bankhead, head coach of men’s soccer, expressed high confidence in this season’s team. “We’re aged and seasoned and a little more experienced, so just from an experience standpoint, things should be better [this season].” With a whopping 11 seniors on a 51-person roster, nine of which are starters, the team is comparatively older and more experienced on the field than other teams, which facilitates their sense of community. “They are a special group of seniors and there’s good community in the group,” Bankhead said. “We’re very intentional about building team chemistry and making sure they love one another and enjoy what they’re doing.” Because the team is so focused on becoming a unit, the players are building a strong sense of camaraderie. “My favorite part about being on the team is definitely my teammates,” said reserve team sophomore Isaac Barcenas. “It’s great getting together knowing we’re all here for the same thing.” With a heavy focus on his seniors, Barcenas is preparing for the season as best as he can. “I’m looking forward to most enjoying games as much as possible, and making it the best experience for the seniors.” Barcenas also discussed the cathartic benefits of daily practice. “That’s what Bankhead tells us. With a lot of the players’ families in Houston, they played kind of distracted, so coach told us to use the two hours of practice as a pause from life and just focus on the sport.” Bankhead said that this season’s team is one of the better ones that he has coached in the 12 years that he’s been at the university. The coach hopes to inspire his players. “Our success relies on the players to make the goals. Players need to step up and have the mentality to score; that’s the biggest hurdle we have to overcome.” With tough practices, heavy filming sessions and raised expectations, losses are nothing to take lightly. “I think we can win every game,” said Bankhead. Following a 1-2 loss to Trinity University, he said Trinity university had a good team, but he doesn’t sleep well after any game the team loses. “Even though we don’t have punishments after we lose games, coach expects us to show it in the next practice. We better be working hard,” Barcenas said. With a perfect winning score as his goal, Bankhead speaks about a running theme that began from the team’s chaplain and continues throughout the season. “Our theme this year is ‘climbing the summit.’ And the summit for us is NCAA playoffs, making a deep...

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