Lacrosse club earns spot in LSA
Oct16

Lacrosse club earns spot in LSA

It started out last year as a long shot. Trying to find enough athletes to field a team for a sport that most Texans have never heard of seemed an impossible task. However, the long shot scored, and now the club lacrosse team is a member of a college league. UMHB lacrosse was admitted to the Lone Star Alliance Lacrosse League recently. The Crusaders will be part of the LSA’s Division II, which consists of nine other teams in the Texas/Louisiana/Oklahoma area. “Being in the league, it’s going be a lot more exciting, a lot more competitive, and (take) real drive to actually compete and win,” junior marketing major Alfredo Rojas said. “Hopefully, it will be a better experience overall for the team. It’s a good way to get organized.” The LSA lacrosse season will start Jan. 26. Games will take place on four different weekends with two games played each weekend. Cru lacrosse’s competition last year was limited to scrimmages because they were not affiliated with any league. Now players will be able to have a set schedule with chances at playoffs through the LSA. “It’s going to help the school overall because it gets our name out there more,” junior business major and president Rowdy Gillis said. Last year the club was founded as a school organization, scheduling seven games last year and finishing the year with two victories. “Last year was kind of chaotic and unorganized,” Rojas said. “I’m looking to get a real team with some real wins on the schedule.” Despite some bumps along the road, lacrosse is back for another season. With Gillis as new president leading the charge, the club hopes to build its success. “Last year was in disarray,” Gillis said. “We didn’t have real organized practices. We’re going to be more organized this year. We’re going to approach this professionally.” The club is run by the players. Members of the LSA were impressed by the team who often fielded a team of around 10 players last season, the minimum number necessary. “Last year, even with the odds against us, we still stepped on the field to compete,” Gillis said. LSA members applauded the effort shown by the Cru. They have already started practices, but team members are busy searching for new players to join their team. They say that no experience is required to join. “I saw a sign for it (lacrosse) in Hardy and ignored it,” freshman exercise sports science major Ryan Ramirez said. “Then my friend Josh told me I should try it out.” Gillis hopes that with the added exposure through the LSA, more high school lacrosse...

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Cru athlete from Cuba prospers on field
Oct16

Cru athlete from Cuba prospers on field

We live in a country that enjoys liberties allowing us the freedom to realize dreams. The people of Cuba do not enjoy such freedoms and have been suppressed for over half a century by a strict communist regime. The Human Rights Watch believes Cubans are denied many basic rights including free speech, privacy and due process of law among several others. This seems like such a farfetched reality to students living in a sheltered bubble at a private Christian university like UMHB. But the fact is, a student stands among the student body who has overcome the adversity of the world he was born into. Silvio Diaz, EXSS major and defensive tackle for the Cru, is thriving and realizing the American dream in an age when it has been thought to be a myth. Diaz was born to Osmany Diaz and Leydy Borges in Santa Clara, Cuba, a large city in northern Cuba. Growing up, Silvio showed he was a natural born athlete. He played soccer for a few years before taking up one of the country’s most celebrated sports, boxing. Silvio boxed for several years and quickly surpassed his peers, seizing two national titles. “I boxed for five years, and I was the champion of Cuba in my weight class in the 11-12 year-old category,” he said. After winning his second title at the age of 12, Silvio, his parents and his little brother Osmany Javier, would receive news that would change the course of his life. Diaz and his family had applied for a special visa program. In 2004 they were approved and immigrated to the U.S. They arrived first in Buffalo, N.Y., where Silvio seamlessly continued to train on his boxing. Six months in, work pulled them farther south to Leander, Texas. There, Silvio had nowhere to train for boxing and turned to soccer to satisfy his thirst for sports in middle school. Upon arriving in high school, two years after entering the country, his teammates on the soccer team told him he had the build for football. Though Silvio’s father wished him to continue to box, he would make his way to the gridiron. After a record-setting career at Leander High School, Diaz went from being a foreigner to the sport to knowing the ins and outs of a defensive lineman. Silvio interested several collegiate programs including Abilene Christian University, Virginia Tech, Air Force Academy and the University of Texas. However, due to the location and the school’s winning record, he would eventually commit to UMHB. The Cuban native has made quite a bit of noise in the Crusader football program these past three seasons....

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Cru football remains flawless, 6-0

By Leif Johnston After the three game road trip, the Crusader football team was thrilled to be back in front of their home crowd at Tiger Stadium in their win against Texas Lutheran University Oct. 6. The Cru routed a headstrong Texas Lutheran Bulldog team 49-31 behind a solid rushing attack carried out by freshman running back Michael Carpenter and junior fullback Elijah Hudson. Texas Lutheran didn’t want to back down and continued to attack the Cru defense. “They never gave up and made us stay in tuned with our game plan. We let them into the game a little more than what we wanted, but it was good for us to see some things we need to work on,” Hudson said. The 499 yards rushing wasn’t the only thing that propelled the Crusaders to victory, and the efficient play of senior quarterback LiDarral Bailey gave the offense a sense of balance. “It really helps the running game and allows big holes to open up in the defense when the defense has to worry about how they are going to stop the passing game as well,” Hudson said.  Balance has been a key theme for the offense this season, and half way through the regular season, the Cru look to be right on track. “We know that we aren’t even close to being as good as what we can be, but we also know we can’t look too far ahead,” Hudson said. “We just have to keep getting better everyday.”  Although everything seems to be clicking right now, the Cru have been plagued by injuries all season. The problem only continued in their game with the Bulldogs, with three key players going down. Standout senior running back Darius Wilson is still struggling to get back to full health after his injury earlier this season. “Once we get everyone back and healthy, I think we will be a scary team to face come playoffs,” junior quarterback Brian Gallagher said.  Injuries are never good, but the team is trying to find the positive in the situation. “You never want anyone to get hurt, but once it happens people have to step up, and I think everyone on this team is prepared to do that at any time,” Gallagher said.  When healthy players begin to come forward to help the team, it makes a coach feel better about seeing so many injured on the sidelines.  “We hate to get a player injured, and it certainly impacts your team, but the real benefit is to have players who want an opportunity and step up and help the team,” said Head Coach Pete Fredenburg. As...

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Men’s golf: Cru prepares for final tourney of 2012
Oct16

Men’s golf: Cru prepares for final tourney of 2012

The Crusader men’s golf team has hit the green this season, and with only one tournament remaining in their fall schedule, they are looking to maintain success. The team placed fourth and second in their first two tournaments of the season. The Cru also placed second in their latest contest at the Al Jones Memorial Tournament, and fell 18-strokes behind to host team U.T.-Tyler. Head Men’s Golf Coach Aaron Rodeffer talks about the team’s goals this year. “We just finished competing at the U.T.-Tyler tournament and we know we have to do something special to beat them, but our main goal is to compete, have a chance to win conference, and get back to the National Championship Tournament,” he said. Junior accounting major Robby Schimmels won the individual title at the Al Jones Memorial Tournament in a scorecard playoff with U.T.-Tyler’s John Dukes. Schimmels was named UMHB Athlete of the Week and ASC Golfer of the Week due to his accomplishments. The team will depend on its strengths and relationships they have built with each other in order to be successful this season. Schimmels talks about the team’s strengths. “Our team strengths are being young and hungry to win. People think that being young is a bad thing, but I think it is a great thing because we are going to give it our all. If we don’t make it, then we will all be together again next year. We aren’t afraid to lose and that’s a big key to being successful,” he said. Another strength is the team’s depth throughout the roster. Senior business finance major Matt Day talks about the depth. “We have twelve guys on the team and all of us are capable of shooting a low number. With so many good players on the team, it constantly pushes us to play better because everyone has a chance to qualify for the tournaments,” he said. Junior exercise sports science major Justin Judkins agrees. “We don’t have a “best 5,” we are all really good down to our twelfth man,” he said. The team’s relationship with each other on and off the field will also help the Crusaders this year. Judkins talks about the team as a family. “We are like brothers. It’s not like any other friends that we have on campus. We all have each other’s back no matter what,” he said. Schimmels also talks about the team’s relationship. “The team’s chemistry is great, we are all friends on and off the course and we all trust each other when we are golfing. If one guy isn’t playing very well, we all have confidence that...

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Twitter could be a deciding factor in national award

In 2006 insurance giant, Liberty Mutual, established an annual NCAA Coach of the Year Award recognizing the top coaches from each of the NCAA’s four divisions. Coaches are judged on four different criteria: sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and overall excellence. Winners are decided by the College Hall of Fame Selection Committee votes (55%), then by national media vote (25%), and lastly by fan vote (20%). The reciepient of the award for their respective division receives $50,000 to donate to the charity of their choice and a $20,000 grant for their school’s alumni association as well as the Coach of the Year trophy. This year, Mary Hardin-Baylor’s head football coach, Pete Fredenburg, is running for Division III Coach of the Year. The man behind the 139-33 overall record is up for recognition for his work in building the Crusader football program from the ground up. “I think Coach Fredenburg’s record speaks for itself…. If you look at what he’s done since he’s been here, it’s hard to fi nd anyone else that has had more success than he has,” said Vice President for Athletics Randy Mann. Fredenburg is in his 32nd year of collegiate coaching. The college coaching experience includes a 13-year tenure at Baylor University, a year at Louisiana State University, three at Louisiana Tech University and, of course, 15 years at UMHB. Fredenburg has received several accolades in his career as a coach including six ASC Coach of the Year awards, American Football Coaches Association regional coach of the year fi ve times and a position on the AFCA board of trustees. Despite the long list of honors, Fredenburg exemplifies a Christian humility. “I’m the head coach and get the acclaim, but I wouldn’t do anything without good players and good coaches,” he said. “Anytime we get any award, it’s a team award.” His strategy is admired by many but none more than by his son and colleague, Cody Fredenburg. “His coaching style, in my opinion as someone who was looking to get in to the profession, is a great example,” Cody said. “One that any young coach would want to emulate.” The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award is swayed by public vote. On twitter, fans can cast their vote once per day by tweeting the full name of the coach and university to @lmcoachofyear, tagging #COTY2012 and pasting the website on the tweet, coachoftheyear.com. The format must be correct to count as a vote. Fredenburg is currently in 6th place for Division III, and voting ends Dec....

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Crusader tennis competes in fall contests
Oct16

Crusader tennis competes in fall contests

Tennis is a back and forth game; hit after hit, serve after serve, no one knows who will win the point. The Crusader team, despite the nature of the game, has remained solid this fall season. Both the men and the women have had success, and it has started at the top—with the seniors. Biblical studies major Will Summers and sociology major Haley Loftus are two of the senior leaders. Summers said “All of the guys are maturing and improving each year. We are finally seeing the fruit of those labors.” At the Regional Champioinship of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the men brought their A-game before being outmatched by heavy thundershowers. The championships were cancelled as the east Texas weather served up a nasty volley of storms. However, the men were able to make some noise. Sophomore economics major John Martin made it into the round of 16 in “B” singles by defeating U.T.-Tyler’s Matthew Vechione 6-3, 6-1 in the second round. In “B” doubles junior mass communication /journalism major Jake Stamps and sophomore marketing major T.J. Kittrell carved themselves into the quarter finals. “Doubles has always been a big priority for us” Assistant Coach Casey Wharton said. “We want to get ahead in a match, and we want to go out with confi dence. If you win the doubles more often than not, you’ll have the momentum to go win the singles.” Everything must connect for the teams to win; this year they’ve won a lot. One player has gone further than any other individual player has before. Brittni Fausett became the first UMHB female tennis player and the fi rst singles player to qualify for the ITA National Championship. Fausett won third place at the ITA Small College National Championships last Saturday, and in the process earned the second-best UMHB finish in ITA history. Her accomplishments highlight the success of the tennis program as a whole, but the winning mentality of the team didn’t appear out of thin air. The focus has been centered on the usual recipe for success; they’ve just changed the wording. “We don’t call it practice. We call it training each day,” Summers said. “Training has a little more of a work ethic undertone.” That ethic has paid off for the Cru teams; they have increased their conditioning and it shows in their play as matches drag on. Summers said, “We’ve been pushing a lot more on off-court conditioning, going on runs and going to the gym, stuff like that.” Loftus believes there is one reason for their high level of play. “We all get along, and we hang out outside of tennis,”...

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