Sport Spotlight: Bianca Patterson
Nov05

Sport Spotlight: Bianca Patterson

Volleyball player Bianca Patterson is a junior math major from Killeen, Texas, and attended Harker Heights High School. Before transferring to UMHB, Patterson attended Navarro College. Patterson has added an extra threat to the Crusaders and has tallied  266 kills this season. Off  the volleyball court, Patterson enjoys being with her friends. “I like to hang out with my teammates, and I like to read,” she said. Her favorite book is My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Patterson and her teammates all have pregame rituals. “I usually listen to “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson before every game, and lately, our team has been doing crazy dances,” she said. Besides sports, Patterson also has a passion for music. “I play the piano, and I sing at my church,” she said. After college, Patterson plans to go into coaching. “My dream job is to be a high school volleyball coach. After college, I plan to maybe assist with my old high school volleyball coach,” she said. Patterson attributes her playing style and competitive spirit to her mom’s advice growing up. “When I was in fourth grade, my mom wanted to toughen me up. So she initially tried to sign me up for soccer, but the only sport in season was volleyball. So I started playing, and I’ve been playing ever since.” Patterson and her teammates have already posted the highest season win total of 28 wins in Division III Cru volleyball history. They will be working to add more victories to their record when they travel to the University of Texas at Dallas where they will participate in the ASC Volleyball Championship Tournament Nov....

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Cru football stays undefeated in ASC play
Nov05

Cru football stays undefeated in ASC play

In most cases, when two bitter rivals meet on the playing field, it’s best to throw the records out the window and prepare for a heated battle. That wasn’t the case Oct. 26 in Abilene, as the Cru thumped rival Hardin-Simmons to the tune of a 63-7 victory. Sophomore quarterback Zach Anderson got the scoring started with touchdown runs of 42 and nine yards. The Cowboys answered with a 39-yard strike from quarterback Bryce Johnson to Josh Christian, but it was all Cru from that point forward as they scored seven unanswered touchdowns. The Crusaders managed to score in every facet of the game. Freshman linebacker Baylor Mullins, who was named American Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week, intercepted a pass and returned it 23 yards for a score to put the Cru up 28-7 with 8:00 left in the first half. Sophomore Chris Wimby received ASC Special Teams Player of the Week honors  thanks to his special teams touchdown in the fourth quarter that stretched the lead to 49-7. Wimby, who racked up 142 yards on six returns, gave credit to his teammates for the recognition. “It’s exciting, but I couldn’t have done it without our return team,” he said.  “Those guys put it all on the line to create lanes for me to gain yards.” The final score came when senior defensive end Tim Bower blocked a punt and then ran it in for a 12-yard touchdown. Senior linebacker Andy McAteer said that winning against a rival adds an extra element of excitement to the victory. “None of us have ever lost to HSU …. Getting past them is always a good feeling, especially in that fashion,” he said. Junior tight end Eric Nelson said the team’s ability to score in a variety of ways makes it difficult for other teams to keep up. “When you can score points without offense being on the field, you are going to set yourself up for a victory,” he said. The Cru was able to run the ball at will as they racked up 294 rushing yards on 59 carries. “Hopefully, that sent a message to the other teams in the conference that thought they could stop our run game,” Nelson said. As productive as the offense was, the defense showed its dominanance holding the Cowboys to 180 yards of total offense, just 0.5 yards per carry and forced three interceptions. Senior safety Jordan Mullinnix said the defense has been so successful because of the work they put in off the field. “I feel like our defense puts in more time than any other D-III defense in the country,”...

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Red Sox defy all odds in World Series run
Nov05

Red Sox defy all odds in World Series run

What does a baseball team do the year after it finishes last in the division, has its first losing season in 15 years, fires its manager after only one year on the job, and finishes with its worst record in 47 years? If it’s the Boston Red Sox, they go on to win a World Series title. “I can’t believe the Red Sox won this year, considering how bad they were this year. It really just shows the type of leadership they had on their roster,” junior UMHB exercise sport science major Stanton Holland said. On Oct. 30, Boston beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 and locked up its first World Series title since 2007 and their third title in the last ten years. The game was the conclusion of a remarkable turnaround for the Sox, who were coming off of a 2012 campaign in which they lost more than 90 games. Boston made history by becoming only the second team in MLB history to win the World Series after placing last in its division the previous year. After defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series and the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series, the Red Sox beat the Cardinals four games to two in the best-of-seven World Series. “There was a lot of stuff last year that obviously wasn’t right,” pitcher Clay Buchholz told ESPN.  “But I think everybody stopped comparing this team to last year’s about the first week of the season. The feel was different, the clubhouse was different.” Numerous fan-favorite Red Sox players had seasons that echoed the same bounce-back the organization experienced.Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury returned from an injury-plagued 2012 year to hit .298 and steal 52 bases while pitcher John Lackey, one year removed from Tommy John surgery, won 10 games for the BoSox and recorded a 3.52 ERA during the regular season, as well as holding the Cardinals to one run through 6  innings in the final game of the World Series. The Boston management also received much of the praise for the year’s success. Speaking about the team’s general manager, Manager John Farrell told ESPN, “You can’t give (GM) Ben Cherington enough credit…. He hit the spot on every guy he brought in here.” Some of Cherington’s moves included getting rid of salary-eating players such as Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford and replacing them with players such as Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli. “The moves that the front office made in the offseason was the biggest part of their turn around in my opinion,” junior UMHB physical therapy major Jeremy Corbin said. The turnaround the Boston...

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Sheldon Jones Returns for One Last Year
Oct22

Sheldon Jones Returns for One Last Year

The Cru’s basketball lineup will have a valuable asset back in the action this season with the return of center Sheldon Jones. “Now it’s your senior year, and you know that after this year you’re not going to play again,” said Jones, a senior organismal biology major. “That’s what’s been on my mind lately. A lot of people really don’t notice that until it’s too late.” Jones approaches this basketball season with more urgency for making every moment count after tearing his right Achilles tendon last year at a scrimmage against the University of Dallas. “It was right before our first home game,” he said. “I thought somebody just kicked me at first. That’s what it felt like, and I tried to get up but I just couldn’t move my foot at all.” The team created new defensive strategies to compensate for the unexpected loss of its 6-foot-10-inch  center. As his teammates fought their way to the Division III National Championship, Jones directed his attention to recovering and passing his finals that were soon approaching. “The priority for me was my grades,” he said. “I really couldn’t mope around. I had other stuff to worry about. I had homework, and then I had to go to rehab. You have to take it day by day, and do what you can.” NCAA regulations allow student athletes to participate in a collegiate-level sport for a maximum of four years. Because Jones’ injury caused him to miss his senior year of the official basketball season, he was granted one more year of eligibility. And he plans to make the most of his last year. “To get Sheldon back is huge in my opinion. We now have that height down in the post, which helps the guard play which overall helps the team,” sophomore biology major Layton Zinsmeister said. “Sheldon is a hilarious guy who is always positive. He is also a great leader.” The process to appeal for Jones’ fourth year of eligibility was a team effort. The NCAA requested specific paperwork and documentation, and then it took nearly four months for them to confirm. “UMHB athletic department compliance officer Darla Kirby was terrific in getting the paper work complete, correct and filed on time that the NCAA required,” Head Coach Ken DeWeese said. “UMHB athletic trainer Amanda Riley was attentive and worked exhaustively getting the information necessary compiled and in correct order, and Dr. Derek Lichota was extremely helpful and patient in his role as UMHB’s medical officer.” Jones continues to strengthen his body for the upcoming basketball season. Working through intense team practices is another stepping stone he hopes to...

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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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