Men’s and Women’s Soccer Kick Off Season With Wins

Both the Cru and Lady Cru soccer teams have begun their fall season. The men are currently 2-2 and split their doubleheader this weekend against Austin and Whitworth College. The women have a two-game winning streak, putting their record at 2-0. Last season, the men finished with a record of 10-6-1 and 8-3-1 in conference play. They fell in the quarterfinals of the American Southwest Conference tournament to Hardin-Simmons University 2-1. This year, the Cru return 20 players and add 13 men to complete their 33-man roster. Men’s soccer head coach, Brad Bankhead, has already set the goals for this season. “We want to be tough mentally and physically …. Our guys worked really hard in the offseason, in the weight room and on the field. This will hopefully give us a mental edge,” he said. The Cru hosted Schreiner University Aug. 30 to begin their schedule. The Mountaineers scored early in the first half, but the Cru finished the game with two goals in the second half. John Williams and Jonathan Hernandez both scored to secure the season opener victory. Junior international business major Isaiah Minick said, “It’s good to start off the season with a ‘w’ on the record, but we try not to focus on the result. Especially for these early games, we are focusing on working hard and getting to where we want to be as a team.” Senior computer science major Kabutey Ebeheakey is thrilled for their season to begin. “I’m really excited about the soccer season starting back up. We have been working to get ready for this for nine months, and we’re so glad that it’s finally here. We plan on having a very special season this year,” he said. The players are soaking up every minute of the ride. They understand they will never get these memories back. “It’s honestly really crazy to think that it’s my senior year, but I am looking forward to the things we can accomplish this year, and I’m ready to go out with a bang,” Ebeheakey said. The Cru will host Southwestern Christian University and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin at 7 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at home. Last year, the Lady Cru finished with an overall record of 6-8-2 and 3-7-2 in conference play. This season, the women return 12 players and welcome 17 newcomers to the team. Women’s soccer head coach, Barry Elkins, is making sure the team is focused on the games leading into conference play. “Right here at the beginning of the season, we are trying to take care of ourselves and make sure we...

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Volleyball Win Count Spikes to 5-1
Sep10

Volleyball Win Count Spikes to 5-1

It only took the volleyball team three sets to send Rhodes College and Centenary College packing Sept 6-7. The women took care of business and took care of it early. They beat a talented Rhodes College team with the help of sophomore outside hitter Lauren Powell. She finished the game with 13 kills. The following game looked similar to the first, with Powell leading the attack and sophomore setter Shelby Prather repeating her 29 assist game. This was the second weekend in a row that the women dominated tournament play. The Cru went 3-1 against tough competition in the UMHB Classic. Kicking off the tournament Aug, 30-31 with a win against Huston-Tillotson, the energy carried over, going into a full count match, for a 3-2 victory over the number two-ranked Southwestern University in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Dominating on Saturday in a quick 3-0 matchup with number-three-ranked Trinity University in the SCAC, the Crusaders added a tally to their win column. “They’re D3. They’re ranked and we are not. So by beating them, it really puts us in a good position and just knowing we played really steady,” sophomore education major Shelby Prather said. Not only did head volleyball coach, Rob Frost, take part in keeping the momentum of the tournament positive, but head basketball coach Ken Deweese stepped in to share a few encouraging words. “That was a really good speech. It definitely made us play a lot harder. Coach Deweese just told us to play against our best self and keep competing,” freshman physical therapy major Sarah Toler said. The women split their games, losing to Wayland Baptist University 25-21, 25-8, 25-11. Toler commented on the accomplishments for the overall Mary Hardin-Baylor Classic. “I’m feeling good we beat the teams we needed to beat, especially the D3 schools. We took care of those games.” Frost continues to show leadership as he enters into his third season as a Crusader, staying confident in his team. “I’m very happy with how we played this weekend. There were a number of teams that only had one win, and we pulled out three,” he said .“We played very steady and played like upperclassmen—played a lot older than we are. Point for point, it was a great weekend for us.” Junior mathematics major Bianca Patterson led the team with 12 kills followed by sophomore visual communications major Lauren Powell with 10. Overall, it was a successful weekend, and the team continues that sucess in Tyler. The optimism stays high for the rest of the upcoming season, and Prather stays positive about potential the team has. She said the first tournament “went...

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Sport Spotlight: Scott Poole
Sep10

Sport Spotlight: Scott Poole

Scott Poole is entering his senior year at UMHB. He is from Lumberton, Texas, and is majoring in computer science. Poole has been playing soccer since he was little. “Soccer has always been my favorite sport…. It’s a non-stop game that challenges players to push themselves in almost every physical and mental way possible, and that is one of my favorite things about it,” he said. Poole has also enjoyed being a part of the Crusader family. “My favorite thing about soccer is the brotherhood that comes from the guys you’re teammates with,” he said. “One of the most rewarding opportunities had from soccer is being able to represent UMHB through the game I love to play.” Off the field, Poole likes to produce and write music. One day he would like to score the music for a movie. Poole’s favorite soundtrack is from the movie TRON: Legacy, and his favorite movie is Anchorman. His dream job is to one day work for a company that specializes in network and computer security. Last season Poole played in all 17 games as a reserve midfielder. He scored a total of three goals. Two of the goals happened to be thrilling game winners. He ranked third on the team in goals made, and added one assist. As a leader, Poole hopes to  contribute in more ways this...

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Crusaders Take Care of Business in California
Sep10

Crusaders Take Care of Business in California

On an early Thursday morning more than 200 guys rolled out of bed and made their way to the Cru’s football practice facility. Even though it wasn’t light outside just yet, that didn’t hold back the enthusiasm of the men who were about to begin a season with expectations of a national championship. “I couldn’t wait to get back out on the field with my whole team and get to work. Fall Camp is tough, but it is something I thoroughly enjoy,” senior running back Elijah Hudson said. The Crusaders expect to be great, but they know that it doesn’t come without a price. “As a program, we have been successful for awhile, so sometimes that can lead to a team becoming comfortable. We understand that and aren’t going to let that happen, we have a ways to go before we are where we want to be, and the only way to get there is hard work,” Hudson said. As it goes with every new season, it is a difficult task filling voids in the offense, defense, and special teams that were left by graduating seniors or players transferring out. In years past, the Cru have found valuable underclassmen or players who have been in the program for a couple of years to fill shoes. “We lost some key players from last year, but I wasn’t worried at all because I saw the hard work that people put in this summer,” Hudson said, “So I knew we were going to have people step right in and fill positions. It’s all part of the cycle, and I think the younger guys have caught on quick.” The team had a full schedule of workouts, gearing up for week one against Redlands University in Redlands, Calif. So the players and coaches were more than ready to begin their season. Head coach Pete Fredenburg said, “We are very excited to get started. The trip to the Redlands was a big test for our football team, and we know more about our team after that contest.” The Cru had one scrimmage before they headed out west to face the Redlands. They traveled to Seguin, Texas, to face Texas Lutheran University; this gave them a sense of what they were doing well on and what still needed work. Senior wide receiver Eric Nelson said, “I think overall we played well, but there are still things that didn’t look extremely good. I mean that’s fine though. It wouldn’t be normal for us to go out there and look like a team that was playing in week 10.” That subject was one Fredenburg pointed out as well....

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New Stadium Set To Impact Campus
Sep10

New Stadium Set To Impact Campus

Since its inception in 1998, Crusader football has never had a place to call its own. However, with the opening of the new Crusader Stadium, the team will finally experience its first true home game when it hosts Wesley College Sept. 21. The stadium will have about 7,800 seats and is expandable to a capacity of 10,000 with standing room areas. Most of the seating on the home side is reserved, with chair back seats and bench seating that will serve as general admission. Grassy berms will be available behind both end zones where students with a valid ID can catch the action for free. The stadium will also feature the largest scoreboard among Division III colleges, which Vice President for Athletics Randy Mann thinks will greatly improve the game day experience for fans. “We have a beautiful electronics video board that is going to be certainly pleasing to the eye, which will create an environment that we’ve never experienced before,” he said. No one should go hungry on game day with four concession stands—three on the home side and one on the visitors’ side. The center stand on the home side will primarily be used to sell merchandise. Each stand will be equipped with monitors so that fans can still watch the game while they wait. Concessions will feature unique items including a specialty hot dog called The Cru Dog and even purple Blue Bell vanilla ice cream. While the primary purpose of the facility is to house football games, Mann believes that the stadium along with the conjoined student union building will play an even greater role for the university. “It’s going to impact the entire school and campus and the entire student life with the stadium plus the new student union building,” Mann said. “I think it creates an excitement that we haven’t experienced since I’ve been around here.” The decision to join the stadium and the student union building was partially to ensure that both were centrally located on campus, but Director of Campus Construction Scott Dodd believes that it also gives an aesthetically pleasing feel to the structure. “Part of that vision was to be able to join this project up and have a prominent backdrop on the visitors’ side because I think at most stadiums, the visiting side just doesn’t get a lot of attention,” Dodd said. “By using the student union as a backdrop … it kind of creates a very prominent feel and a very classy look for our stadium.” The new student union building will be divided into three levels. The first will hold residential dining, which will be moving...

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Athletes Miss Out On The Money
Sep10

Athletes Miss Out On The Money

It seems like every year there is either a team or big-time player who gets busted for receiving benefits from a booster. With the industry of collegiate sports growing more and more each year, so do the temptations that the student athletes have to face. The issue of players getting paid for their performance or making money from their signatures has created a question that nobody quite knows how to answer yet. It seems that many are making money off of these athletes, but the athletes themselves don’t receive a cent. This needs to change, but it is a sticky subject because with any solution, somebody is going to find a loophole and take advantage of the situation. This issue has been a topic of discussion for a while now, but it really hit the spotlight when Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was accused of signing jerseys for money. Since then, all of the big names in the sports broadcasting network have jumped in and given their two cents on the subject. Former Duke basketball player and current basketball analyst Jay Bilas explained what he thought should be changed. “I’m not advocating paying college athletes a salary, but rather allowing stipends and other benefits, including endorsement deals,” he said. “It’s a mental hurdle to get over the purity of college athletics, but allowing extra benefits would remove much of the corruption in athletics.” I agree with his argument because it’s common knowledge that these athletes are getting hundred dollar handshakes and receiving benefits anyway. Why not just even the playing field and stop wasting our time trying to crucify players for taking a cut they actually deserve to get? It is time that others get their hand out of the cookie jar and leave some room for the student athletes to get what is theirs. The grueling schedule of a D1 athlete leaves no time for a job, so what are these college students supposed to do? It only seems logical that they would seek out boosters. People like Johnny Manziel kind of ruin this argument because he comes from a wealthy family, and he wasn’t getting the extra cash so he could afford all his meals that week. The majority of the time a player gets in trouble, it is because he or she is actually in need of money. Scottie Bordelon, a sports writer who has written many articles on this issue, makes a point that is hard to argue with. The NCAA says college football players must stay at the collegiate level for two years before they declare for the NFL. These standout players often feel...

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