Men’s and women’s cross country teams return after 17-year hiatus
Sep12

Men’s and women’s cross country teams return after 17-year hiatus

After a 17-year hiatus, UMHB’s cross country program has hit the 2018 season running. Led by coach Alex Aldaco, both the men’s and women’s teams are excited to be part of the new generation of runners at UMHB.  After a 17-year hiatus, UMHB’s cross country program has hit the 2018 season running. Led by coach Alex Aldaco, both the men’s and women’s teams are excited to be part of the new generation of runners at UMHB. “It’s amazing to be the first group back,” senior cell biology and pre-med major Alex Suominen said. “It carries a certain honor and draws attention from fellow students who are also wishing to participate.”Junior sports management major Cade Baker is looking forward to the legacy of the team. “It’s awesome to be able to walk on and get to help rebuild the program,” Baker said. “This program is going to be special one day and it’ll be great to look back and see [that] I got to rebuild it from day one.”Although the team is in its infancy, they are already coming together as one team that feels like family. “My favorite part about running UMHB is the community the team has,” Baker said.  “From day one I felt like everyone clicked well with each other and wanted to be on the team.”Suominen also has similar feelings about the team atmosphere. “We all struggle together and we all triumph together, it’s a special bond,” Suominen said.Both the men’s and women’s teams are a good mix of upper and lower classmen. With a mixture of younger and older students on the team, it creates a good basis for the program with experienced runners who can help lead the younger team members. These same young runners will then help continue to build the program in the next few years. The team has so far participated in one meet this season, on August 31, 2018 at the Nicole Leman Invitational Meet in Longview. The men’s team took 6th place out of seven teams. The women’s team placed 4th out of five. There are three more invitational meets scheduled for the year before the ASC Championship on October 27, 2018 in Abilene. The teams run at Concordia University in Austin on September 29th, the East Texas Baptist University DIII Texas Championships in Marshall on October 6th and the University of Dallas Invitational on October 13th in Irving. The teams are both enthusiastic about the upcoming season and the program as a whole. It is always an exciting time when UMHB expands their sports department to include a new sport. “We get to show the beautiful balance of education and sports and how they are able to coincide without too...

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Cru football prepares for the upcoming season
Aug29

Cru football prepares for the upcoming season

The first football game of the season is quickly approaching, and the Crusaders will face the Lions of Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania for their first game on Saturday, Sep. 8, 2018. Fans are expecting another stellar season from the Crusader football team this year, mainly due to the fact that the team has gone undefeated in their regular season games for the past two seasons, and they have made it to the NCAA Division III Stagg Bowl in Salem, Virginia for the past two years. In 2016, the Cru went undefeated all season and defeated the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 10-7 in the championship, winning the national title. In 2017, the Cru had another undefeated season, which brought them back to the Stagg Bowl. Unfortunately, they did not find similar success as they did the previous year, and they lost 12-0 to the University of Mount Union. There were twelve seniors on last year’s roster, and their presence and skill on the field will be missed by the team this season. Among these graduates is defensive tackle Haston Adams, who has reached a rare achievement by signing an NFL contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Last year, Adams recorded 4.5 sacks, 20.5 tackles for loss, three pass deflections and one forced fumble. These statistics earned him the title of American Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He played a pivotal role in last year’s defense, and his loss will be greatly felt by the Crusaders. However, the loss of Adams and the other seniors will not keep the team from success, as there are several key players that already stand out this season for their talent and abilities. One standout player to watch this season is senior wide receiver TJ Josey of Angleton, Texas. Last year, Josey had 930 receiving yards on 41 receptions, eight receiving touchdowns and an average of 62 yards per game. “He is a gifted athlete, very talented. He has the potential to break every receiving record UMHB has if he matches his stats from last year”, said Wallin. With the promising talent and great teamwork of the players, the future looks bright for the Cru, and the team is feeling confident about the possibilities for this upcoming season. Senior offensive lineman Eric Blair said, “We have each other’s back no matter what. We will prepare for each week the same way that we always have.” Wallin also had a positive forecast this team’s season. “Expectations are high, not only outside but inside the program as well. We have had two championship appearances two years in a row now. I would say the expectation for...

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Boxercising for fitness fun
Apr11

Boxercising for fitness fun

Although boxercise was originally founded in the UK, this popular workout method can now be found most anywhere, including Temple’s Wilson Park Recreation Center. Although boxercise was originally founded in the UK, this popular workout method can now be found most anywhere, including Temple’s Wilson Park Recreation Center. There, Lisandra Hernandez has molded her hybrid class to be a “unique blend of cardio, kickboxing, punching and body weight workout,” according to the City of Temple website.Hernandez, a five-year kickboxing veteran, said she began this class when she was training a woman who suggested starting a boxing program at the rec center. “I said, ‘yeah, why not!’ I already knew people who were interested and so they followed me here,” Hernandez said. The classes usually begin with some form of cardio, like running and jumping rope. Next, Hernandez leads her class in an intense ab and squat workout. Then the boxing begins, when Hernandez will partner up her students, one with gloves and one with mitts, and she will have students weave around cones while throwing a punch combination that is sure to make any bystander cower. Once the cardio and boxing are completed, the class ends with another run. Hernandez says that although she likes to stick to a schedule, every class is different. She enjoys bringing new exciting ideas for her students to try.One of the main reasons why she started her boxercising class was to see “how people feel afterwards,” Hernandez said. “Women feel more confident after learning these techniques and everyone gets that euphoric glow on their faces.”  One of her students, Loney Johnson, continues to come back because of the self-assurance she feels. And she is determined to keep the wardrobe she has. “I’m determined not to buy new clothes because I can finally fit in my old ones,” Johnson said.Although this class is mainly taken by women, there are a few men who are regulars, one of which is, Samuel Rodriguez, who  has been participating in Lisandra’s boxercising class for about three months now. “I hate doing the bike machine and running on treadmills for cardio,” Rodriquez said. “But here we run, jump and box. Time goes by faster here.” Not having worked out for years beforehand made it difficult for Rodriquez to keep up. However, after attending for three months, he has begun to see drastic changes. “I weighed 210 pounds when I first started and now I weigh 189 pounds,” Rodriguez said.Even if the hip, upbeat music playing isn’t enough to keep students going, Hernandez cheers them on from start to finish, leaving them with nothing but a feeling of...

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Hometown Huddle: Cru Football players help inspire youth to be active
Apr11

Hometown Huddle: Cru Football players help inspire youth to be active

Crusader Stadium hosted the United Way of Central Texas’ event “Hometown Huddle” on Saturday, March 24. This event, which was free for both boys and girls ages 7-12 in the community, aimed to promote healthy lifestyles through different exercise stations and included two notable guest speakers. “The purpose of Hometown Huddle was to teach children the benefits of eating healthy, exercising daily and making smart food choices, Graduate Assistant Baylor Mullins, who was involved in the event, said. “Children participated in multiple non-contact football stations guided by Titan Total Training Chief Executive Officer and UMHB alumnus Ike Shaw and NFL Free Agent Linebacker and UMHB alumnus Jerrell Freeman, along with current UMHB football players.” Cru football players had the unique opportunity to serve the community and inspire children to pursue their dreams in a more personal setting. “As a UMHB football Graduate Assistant, I assisted in getting current UMHB football players there to help work with Ike Shaw and Jerrell Freeman in the different exercise stations,” Mullins said. This event, which takes place annually, is a fun and interactive way for kids in the Belton/Temple community to be educated on the importance of daily exercise. “I think it is beneficial for the kids that were involved because so many of them look up to older football players,” Mullins said. “Seeing older college and a professional football player there to help teach and guide them through different stations is very beneficial to the young kids in seeing how they can be successful in living a healthy lifestyle.” Mullins said his favorite part was seeing the many different ages of kids come out and just have fun while also learning about how to eat healthy and learn different exercises. “It is great also to see current UMHB players and former Cru player Jerrell Freeman come back and give to the community,” he...

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Coach ‘Fred’ inducted into Texas Sports Hall of Fame
Apr11

Coach ‘Fred’ inducted into Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Football Head Coach Pete ‘Fred’ Fredenburg was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Saturday, April 7 in Waco, Texas. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor head coach was inducted along with eight other well-known Texas athletes and coaches in the class of 2018. Coach Fredenburg was inducted along with former Texas A&M running back Johnny Bailey (deceased), former University of Texas basketball and volleyball player Nell Fortner, Texas A&M quarterback and Super Bowl winning Head Coach Gary Kubiak, Duncanville girls basketball coach Cathy Self-Morgan, former Texas Tech basketball coach and athletic director Gerald Myers, Olympic medalist and former University of Texas swimmer Jill Sterkel, Texas Ranger Michael Young, and University of Texas National Champion quarterback Vince Young. Coach Fredenburg started UMHB’s football program from the ground up 20 years ago in 1998. Since this time, Fredenburg has led the Cru to an overall record of 210-39, 15 American Southwest Conference titles and the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship. Under Fredenburg’s leadership the Cru has played in the Alonzo Stagg Bowl for the national championship three times. He is a winner of the Liberty Mutual Division III Coach of the Year (2014) award and the American Football Coaches Association Division III National Coach of the Year (2016) award. In the press conference, Fredenburg stated that when he came to UMHB, the football program didn’t have any equipment, coaches, or even a field. “I made a plan to try to get within a 75-mile radius of Belton to tell our story,” Coach Fred said. “We felt like that 100 guys would be a break even for the program. We had 217 guys show up that first year.” Jerrell Freeman, former Chicago Bear linebacker and UMHB alumnus played underneath Coach Fredenburg’s leadership from 2004-08. Freeman attended of the induction ceremony for the famers. “It’s been a long time coming,” Freeman said. “He’s an old school coach, so you know exactly what you’re getting from him. He’s built a really great program. He’s tough, but he knows what it takes to win.” Fredenburg also has ties with two of the other inductees, Nell Fortner and Gerald Myers. Fredenburg’s wife, Karen, used to coach Fortner and would sometimes have her husband come to basketball practice to guard Fortner. Also, Fredenburg briefly attended Monterrey High School in Lubbock, where Myers coached. Myers approached Fredenburg about playing basketball for the team. “He was a good athlete, and I was looking forward to coaching. But then his family moved. If he had stayed in Monterrey, he might have gotten a basketball scholarship [for college],” Myers said. During Fredenburg’s acceptance speech, he discussed living in the...

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What to expect from the 2018 Winter Olympics
Feb09

What to expect from the 2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea from Feb. 9- 25. Ninety-four countries from around the world will be competing in this year’s games. The Russian athletes’ National Olympic Committee was suspended in 2017 along with The Kuwait Olympic Committee and The Brazil Olympic Committee. This means that athletes will not be able compete under these countries. However, recent reports show that chosen athletes from Russia will still be competing under the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) emblem. The official Olympics website states that this will be the first ever Olympic Winter Games with over 100 gold medals to be awarded and that it will also feature the greatest number of women’s and mixed events in the history of Olympic Winter Games. Some examples of the sports that athletes can compete in are ice skating, curling, bobsledding, luge, and skiing’s high jump. There are 102 events under fifteen sport disciplines, with six new events that viewers can watch for the first time. Four of the new events are: the Snowboard Big Air, Speed Skating Mass Start, Curling Mixed Doubles, and Alpine Skiing Team. This is a big step from the first official Winter Olympic Games in 1924 in Chamonix France. Only sixteen nations attended the first games and only held sixteen events under nine disciplines. Now, so many things have been added and the whole world will be watching these games unfold. Senior interdisciplinary education major Allison Mckeown said that the Olympics is one of her favorite events. “The Olympics are important to me because they represent unity and the strength of the human spirit. No matter what’s going on in our country and our world, the Olympics provide a two-week reprieve, when I can be proud of my countrymen and marvel at the amazing things that humans can do,” Mckeown said. Mckeown said that she will be glued to her screen when the Olympics air on TV and watching the coverages on news apps. She is not the only person who is excited for the Winter Olympics. Sophomore nursing major, Skaiye Finney, said she feels that the Olympic sports are one of the greatest events worldwide, due to its underlying message of perseverance, excellence and commitment. “I am intrigued by the idea that Russia will not be competing under their flag, while also kind of disappointed since they are one of America’s greatest rivals. I am also incredibly intrigued by the new Nigerian bobsledding team that is turning heads worldwide. Their presence goes to show that dreams are attainable and very possible,” Finney said. “On a global scale, the Olympic Games are a beautiful display...

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