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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Volleyball Keeps Top Spot in Division
Oct22

Volleyball Keeps Top Spot in Division

As the regular season enters its twilight, the Crusader volleyball team continues to dominate conference play. The team traveled to Austin Oct. 12  against Concordia University and Sul Ross State where they improved to 21-3 on the season after sweeping both of the matches. The first match of the day was a test for the Cru against Concordia, but the team still managed to pull off a 25-18, 25-18, 26-24 win. Sophomore hitter Lauren Powell said the team needed to keep its composure in order to gain the victory. “We let down our guard for a second in the third, and it cost us several points, but we fought hard together and came back to win the last set by two points,” she said.  “It was not our best match, but a great improvement from the last time we met them in their gym.” In their second match of the day, the Cru cruised to a 25-4, 25-15, 25-16 victory at the hands of Sul Ross State. Sophomore hitter Cheyenne Dowdey added four in the match to go along with two against Concordia. Dowdey said that the win was a complete team effort. “Everyone on the bench contributed to the win,” she said.  “It was a wonderful victory because every player on the team was able to use their athletic ability to get the win over Sul Ross.” Head Coach Rob Frost said that the team’s success over the weekend is a testament to their work ethic both on and off the court. “We have a great group of players who know how to work hard. At times we are playing very well this season, and then when things get shaky, we have a group who are able to recover and fight and regain control of a match,” he said. Dowdey was recently named American Southwest Conference Co-Defensive  Player of the Week. She is currently fourth in the nation in blocks per set. “Being named player of the week is something I have always wanted,” Dowdey said. “I am so very humbled and honored to receive ASC attention, and I will continue to work as hard as physically possible to continue to climb up the list. My personal goal is to be the number one blocker in the nation.” The team is receiving votes in the national polls and expects to be ranked soon if they continue play at their current pace. However, freshman hitter Sarah Toler said the team has bigger goals beyond the polls. “It is so amazing to be getting national attention. We are so thankful, but it is also something that helps drive us. We...

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Baseball legend shares redemptive story
Oct09

Baseball legend shares redemptive story

Former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry was on campus to tell the story of how pursuing fame and fortune led him down a disastrous road where he wasn’t able to turn his life around until he found Christ. Strawberry, who spoke at the Oct. 2 chapel, was selected as the first overall pick in the 1980 MLB draft by the New York Mets and became one of the best players of his time. He was an eight time All-Star and played in four World Series. Although he found success on the field, he admitted that it did not equate to happiness in his life. “When you’re successful and you’re achieving all these great things, everybody applauds you. But there is a failure part of that, too. The world doesn’t let you see that part,” he said. Following the 1990 season, Strawberry signed a lucrative deal to play with the Los Angeles Dodgers. While he was entering the prime of his baseball career, he faced overwhelming struggles off the field. “I signed a $20 million contract, and I was miserable,” he said. “I was going through a divorce, I was losing my family and my life was coming apart.” Strawberry said that everyone faces trials in life, but instead of confronting them, most people ignore them. “It doesn’t matter how great you are. There are issues that we have to come to grips with, and most of the time we don’t deal with them.” He soon came to realize success and wealth were not going to bring him fulfillment in life, especially since he kept ignoring the difficulties he faced. “Being great doesn’t define who you are,” Strawberry said. “I didn’t realize that until I came to a point of dealing with my issues.” In 1998, Strawberry was diagnosed with cancer. Over the next several years, he battled drug addictions and found himself frequently in legal trouble. He said that it was not by his own doing that he turned his life around, but by the grace of God. “God spared me. I’m not supposed to be here,” he said. “I had drug addictions. I had cancer twice and lost my left kidney as a result. I’m only here because of God, because he has a plan and a purpose for my life.” Strawberry calls people not to let their talents define who they are. Instead, they should use their talents to further God’s kingdom. “My purpose wasn’t to be a baseball player. That was my gift,” he said. “We all have a gift. I was created to know who Christ is, to be born again and to come...

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