Olivia Robinson excelling on and off the golf course
Nov13

Olivia Robinson excelling on and off the golf course

UMHB’s Olivia Robinson has been playing golf since she was in fifth grade. Robinson is a junior public relations major with a minor in marketing. She used to accompany her father on his trips to the golf course, where she grew to appreciate the sport. She began to play for fun at golf camps and eventually she played competitively at her high school in Houston. There she won over fifty medals ranging from first to fifth place, and the district championship for three consecutive years. When it came time for Robinson to choose a college, she settled on The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Although she received scholarship offers from other schools, her heart was set on UMHB. When asked about what helped her make her decision, she commented on the welcoming campus and staff. “I came to UMHB because of their unapologetic faith. In my first ever meeting with Coach Ralston, I could see her love for the Lord and knew that she would be an amazing coach and leader in my life. When I visited the school, I saw the same light that I saw in her all over campus and I knew that that was where I wanted to be. I also met Randy O’Rear in my first visit and saw how much he cared about me, just as a prospective student. Ever since I’ve been here, he’s proven to me over and over how much he really does care.” Since she has joined the team, Robinson has had many successes. In addition to multiple top-five awards, she finished sixth out of 93 golfers at a nationally ranked tournament in Florida. She commented about how her experience with the Women’s Crusader Golf Team has been. “The team dynamic is good. I have met my best friend and roommate, Cassidy Rawls on the golf team. I have met some of my future bridesmaids on the golf team. This year is different because we have five freshmen, which basically creates a completely different team. But we have good chemistry and are always laughing.” Her favorite experiences with the team have been winning the playoff conference, which she will remember forever. Also, she enjoyed spending time with her team in Florida at Nationals. “We got to go to Universal in Orlando and it was just an exciting tournament overall.” Comparing high school to college in terms of golf, she said, “College golf is different for me personally in the fact that it is more of a team sport. When I was in high school, it was all individual but at UMHB we compete as a team and care about each...

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UMHB hosts and wins ASC Volleyball Championship
Nov13

UMHB hosts and wins ASC Volleyball Championship

To win the American Southwestern Conference Volleyball Championship Tournament (ASC) that UMHB hosted last week, the Cru began by winning the game Friday night, November 2, 2018. Then the Crusader Women’s Volleyball team took two, 3-1 victories on day two of the tournament. In the match against the McMurry War Hawks, the team began strong with two set wins. After the War Hawks took the third set, UMHB fought back and won the fourth. Later that day, the Cru played the University of Texas at Dallas Comets and took the victory. On Saturday, the team faced the Comets once again to battle for the championship title. Both teams alternated wins in the first four sets, resulting in a fifteen point face-off in the fifth. The Comets took the lead at the start, but the Cru fought back to win the match against UT Dallas and ultimately, the 2018 title. Three UMHB team members, Jenna Gillean, Corinne Novak and Miranda Klein, received the All-Tournament Team award. Miranda Klein also received the MVP award for the tournament. The UMHB Women’s Volleyball team will now move on to Regionals this weekend. Freshman pre-physical therapy major, Kayla Janikula, shared her thoughts about this season so far. “We have a really special team. We have worked hard all year to win the conference tournament and it paid off. The team can’t wait to go to regionals this coming weekend and bring home some more success back to...

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Cru soars over McMurry at homecoming
Nov13

Cru soars over McMurry at homecoming

The UMHB Crusaders faced off against the McMurry War Hawks at home on Saturday, Oct. 27. Coming into Saturday’s game the War Hawks were 2-5 while the Cru remained undefeated. The Crusaders had already been a force to be reckoned with, as the closest score gap that any team reached when facing the Cru was 26 points. The first two minutes of the game with the War Hawks did not make it look like things were going to be any different. The Cru scored a touchdown in the first minute and thirty seconds. Junior quarterback Luke Poorman threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver K.J. Miller, and the offensive onslaught did not stop there. The Cru scored two more times in the first quarter. The Cru scored their second touchdown on a 39 yard punt return by K.J. Miller. The Cru scored a third touchdown again in the first quarter. This scoring drive took eleven seconds in only one play with a 58-yard run by senior running back Markeith Miller. Overall this was just a great showcase on both sides of the ball. The fast scoring from the offense was exciting to watch. The offensive showcase from the Crusaders was on full display through the game. Markeith Miller had three more rushing touchdowns, totaling four in the game. He was close to having a rushing touchdown in each quarter, but he did not score in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Luke Poorman started this game, and he was 14-16 for 143 yards and had two touchdowns with his longest being a 43 yard pass. The Crusaders had two running backs passing 100 yards rushing for this game. Senior running back Markeith Miller rushed for 146 yards on 11 attempts and sophomore running back Marquis Duncan rushed for 126 yards on 21 attempts. The Cru defense totaled nine tackles for losses and one sack. The only sack the Crusaders collected during the game was by junior defensive tackle Joey Longoria from Pearland, Texas. Freshman defensive back Jefferson Fritz and junior defensive back Jon Hughes both picked up an interception for the Cru. This was a great game for the defense as they held the McMurry War Hawks to just seven points and 15 yards rushing. The Crusader defense caused the War Hawks to lose 26 yards on rushing plays. The Crusader defense almost had McMurry at a standstill only allowing six first downs all game and that includes first downs received through penalties. This was another wonderful game for the Crusaders. Only one team was able to score more than one touchdown against the Crusaders this season. On...

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Crusader soccer seasons going strong
Nov13

Crusader soccer seasons going strong

Both of UMHB’s soccer teams have had an amazing season so far, and as the season comes to a close, the teams continue to succeed. So far, the men’s team has won eleven games, lost three and tied one. The women’s team has nine wins, four losses and two ties. The men are currently ranked second in the NCAA Division III West Region poll. In addition to the great team records, players from the men’s and women’s teams have had many personal achievements this season. Senior goalkeeper Travis Aday was named the American Southwest Conference (ASC) Defensive Player of the Week for the last week of August. He has played over 1,300 minutes this season, and he has had 32 saves. “This season has been great so far,” Aday said. “One of our major themes has always been about working hard every game for 90 minutes and building on our performances. We want to be playing our best soccer when November rolls around for post-season play, and a large part of that is fighting for the guy next to you at every opportunity and taking responsibility for your own actions. As long as we do that and everyone does their job, we are a great team.” Junior forward Chelsea Graham was named ASC Offensive Player of the Week for the last week of September. She has played over 930 minutes this season and has scored 10 goals. “I love soccer at UMHB because our team is all so close,” Graham said. “We are a family and we play together very well because we play for each other. There’s something different about playing for a team that is all so close because you are always having a fun time and practice seems like two hours of hanging out and playing with your best friend¬¬s.” On Monday, Oct. 22, both the men’s and women’s teams played home games at UMHB against Hardin-Simmons University. The women’s team lost 0-1, and the men’s team won their game with a 1-0 shutout. Each team will have one more season game at Sul Ross State University in Alpine on Saturday, Oct. 27. The women will play at 1 p.m. and the men will play at 3:30...

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Stretch your schedule to get fit at Cru-Fit yoga
Nov13

Stretch your schedule to get fit at Cru-Fit yoga

By Devyn Ross Contributing Writer Students at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor deal with the same problems college students all over the world have: stress, anxiety, pressure, difficult assignments and a lack of physical activity. UMHB is actively working to solve one of those problems by enabling their students to get up and active by offering many Cru-Fit classes. One type of class, and arguably one of the most important, is the yoga classes, such as the Yoga Wind Down class. In this class, students are given the chance to break away from their busy schedule to relax their body and mind and rejuvenate their spirit to continue their studies. This class typically takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. and is located behind the front desk of the Mayborn Campus Center in the Aerobics Room. It is led by UMHB students who have attained their certification to teach yoga to students and faculty. UMHB’s website describes this class as a combination of flow and yoga that poses to strengthen and relax muscles to improve students’ flexibility. The class is not for yoga experts; most of the poses are simple and can be done by newcomers to yoga. I had the opportunity to observe the class and see just how intense it really was. There was a wide range of students in the class of 14, including both traditional and nontraditional students, both male and female. The instructor was persistent in telling the students to be the judge of their body and to know when they need to take it slow or push a little harder. The class heavily relies on the student to make decisions on what poses work well for their body. The instructor would often provide variations of poses varying in difficulty so the students could decide what was best for them. The class began with seated stretches focused on the neck and spine. From there, the students were led in more stretches and some strengthening poses, such as a side plank. The 45-minute session ended with the students lying down, meant to give them an opportunity to rest and clear their minds before returning to their crazy lives. Other certified UMHB students lead the Cru-Fit classes and are passionate about it. A previous article in the Bells on Cru-Fit classes states that these instructors enjoy helping their fellow students discover what type of exercise best benefits their lives. Maci Davies is an instructor for some of UMHB’s yoga classes. She explained what lead her to practice yoga and why she ultimately decided to teach it. “Yoga helped me channel my worries, anxieties, unhealthy...

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A sports writer’s analysis on LeBron James
Nov13

A sports writer’s analysis on LeBron James

Throughout the 2017 basketball season, fans and sports analysts were plagued with one question: What would be in store for LeBron James at the end of the season? James’ history indicated that he was not solely devoted to his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, because he had left the team earlier in his career. Sports enthusiasts spent the season debating whether or not he would move to a different team. Ultimately, he decided to leave Cleveland and join the Los Angeles Lakers. James has been a major name in basketball for years. In 2003, he was drafted out of high school by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick of the draft. He spent the first seven years of his career in Cleveland, where his team was knocked out of the playoffs year after year. After being knocked out for the fifth year in a row with a loss to the Boston Celtics, he entered free agency at the end of the 2009-2010 season. On July 8, 2010, James declared that he would be playing in South Beach for the Miami Heat. There, he joined his talents with two other superstars from the 2003 draft, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The team made the playoffs every year that he was in Miami, winning two championships in four years and making the Miami Heat a force to be reckoned with. However, after a loss in the finals to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013-2014 season, James decided to leave Miami. In 2014, he took his talents back to Cleveland to join Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Since then, James and the Cavaliers have made it to the finals every year. In last season’s finals, James and the Cavaliers were defeated by a sweep from the Golden State Warriors. James’ contract expired at the end of the season, and he had previously declared that he would become a free agent after the playoffs, regardless of whether his team won or not. Many fans and analysts assumed that he would not leave his team, but Cleveland’s less-than-stellar season record may have influenced his ultimate decision to leave. At the beginning of the season, the Cavaliers were the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the championship, but once the season was underway, sports enthusiasts began to doubt these prospects. This led to an overhaul of the roster at the All-Star break. The overhaul of the Cavalier’s roster did not live up to the hype. Although they made it to the championship, they were utterly defeated by the Warriors. LeBron simply did not have the support he needed from his team to win...

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