Successful season continues for football
Oct18

Successful season continues for football

By Lindsey Holderby     While the weather may be cooling down, Cru football is just warming up for the rest of the season. After their 52-12 domination against Southern Oregon University Oct. 15, UMHB football remains undefeated with a 6-0 overall record and 4-0 in American Southwest Conference. Senior business management major and Crusader halfback Blake Dempsey said, “Our defense played amazing; our special teams started to really help us out and the offense realized some strengths and how we need to make some adjustments.” It is obvious how extraordinary the Cru’s defense played with Korey Steward recovering a 52-yard fumble, Javicz Jones making 11 tackles, two interceptions and blocking a punt, and Ty Dooley leading the game with 15 tackles. Geoff Myles returned a 72-yard punt for six points, LiDarral Bailey forced a touchdown from the one yard line, and Darius Wilson helped carry the game by running 100 yards. Sophomore physical therapy major and wdefensive back J.C. Hickman said, “My goal is to be a positive influence on the team and to achieve a national championship. If we don’t win nationals, it will be a disappointment.” Head Coach Pete Fredenberg and Dempsey hope that they will take home a national championship this year. Team captains Blake Dempsey, Tucker Glaske, Chris Brent and Javicz Jones helped lead the Cru to its current four rank in both the American Football Coaches Association and the DIII Football’s Top 25 Poll. Dempsey said, “Success chases hard work. Success may not always come when you want it, but if you work hard, it will come.” They can win their division even with a loss, but they are not even settling with winning the division. They have their eyes set on the top prize of a national championship. But one loss makes them ineligible for the title, so they hope not to let one game go. And which competitor are they most worried about? Head Coach Fredenberg said, “As cliche as it sounds, we are always worried about our next opponent. Everyone knows how good we are, so they all are going to play their best. So we have to be prepared to fight every week.” UMHB is known for its high performance standard in football. When players are recruited, they know expectations are high, so they have to be dedicated and give it their all every day. Players describe characteristics needed to be a good football player and win games as having the will to succeed, dedication, resiliency and of course, athletic ability. Dempsey said, “I feel like the leadership and bond between the players is really unique from other teams....

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Payment for play of college athletes—truth or wishful thinking?

  With top-tier college football and men’s basketball players being estimated at a value to the schools of more than $100,000 per year, there has been talk on whether or not they are entitled to at least a part of that worth. Many people believe that the scholarships students receive are payment enough for all the work and effort they put in. However, some athletes have to live below the poverty line because they don’t have the time to get a job with the number of hours they put into practices and playing games. With each season that goes by, a gap grows between what  student athletes actually need and the scholarships they are receiving. Several questions arise on this issue of universities paying their athletes: Where would the money come from in order to pay the students? Would they pay every player or only the ones who actually played? How would it be possible not to violate Title IX, which regulates scholarships as one of its aspects? One of the reasons people are in favor of paying students is to help them stay in college and not be drafted to the NFL early. Some analysts think it would allow student athletes to obtain their full education before moving on to the professional sport of their choice. However, if students do stay and complete school, they run the risk of injuring themselves and not being able to play after they graduate. This causes many students to accept a draft and not run the risk. Also, if players are paid and don’t have to worry about extra costs that aren’t covered, it could prevent their taking money illegally from agents and/or boosters. This might still occur, but it would help to cut down significantly on  under-the-table money. The issues with staying in compliance with Title IX are the biggest reason that extra scholarships or pay to athletes will most likely not happen. For the majority of universities, the football and men’s basketball programs are the two areas that bring in the majority of the revenue for the athletic department. According to Title IX, all programs would have to increase the scholarships they offer to make programs equal for everyone or cut sports regardless of gender and if they made a profit.  If the schools didn’t do that, their federal funding would most likely be lost. Smaller schools that do not make as much money as large ones would be at a disadvantage. Most athletes would choose to go to the universities that are able to give them good scholarships and additional money to cover all of their expenses rather than...

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Crusaders take Homecoming win
Oct04

Crusaders take Homecoming win

One of the most important things about Homecoming is the big football game. This past weekend, UMHB faced off against its nationally nineteenth  ranked opponent, Louisiana College. To most people’s excitement, the Cru rolled to a 36-10 victory. Senior business major Stacy Hillin was excited about the outcome.  “It was a really close call, but they did really well. When I arrived at the game, they were losing 10-0, so I was a little scared, but we were able to stop Louisiana after the first quarter. I’m so proud of our team.” So far this season, UMHB is 4-0 overall and has a 3-0 mark in the American Southwest Conference. Not only does the team lead the all-time series 11-0, but the Cru has won 23 consecutive regular season home games. Junior exercise and sport science major offensive lineman Rudy Nerio said, “We’ve done really well overall. But, with the talent we have, I know we can do even better.”  The games have been pretty close so far, but senior sport management major and linebacker Javicz Jones said, “We’ve had a lot of close ball games which I think makes us play much better as a team.”   Compared to last season, the team is considerably different. Leadership roles have passed on to others since the 2010-2011 seniors graduated.  Junior exercise and sport science major and wide receiver Geoffrey Myles said, “This season we have a lot more athletes and multiple weapons on both sides of the ball. The team is definitely improving every day.” To get the players motivated and prepared, Head Coach Pete Fredenburg and his three assistant coaches and two coordinators run the team through a variety of practices. Fredenburg said, “Daily practice is very demanding, and we practice with great tempo and effort so that our players will look forward to the games because they have been prepared so well.”  The team describes practice as “hot”, “intense” and “fast.” Myles said, “A daily football practice consists of stretching, special teams, individual drills by position, hitting drills and offense against defense.” Practice usually lasts three hours Tuesday through Thursday. Not only does the team spend hours practicing and running drills, but they watch videos as well. They are used so players can study what they’re doing wrong or what they need to work on. Nerio said, “We watch film so we can critique what we do and see how we can fix things. The coaches are perfectionists, which is a good thing. Every detail is captured in the film so we can study it. They don’t want us to be just average, but to reach our full...

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Lady volleyball steps up performance with eight-game win streak

Lady Cru volleyball is off to a great start as they hit mid-season stride and open up conference play with an ASC record of 7-1. As the team gets in to a crucial part of the season, head coach Robert Frost reminds his team of what he likes to call the intangibles. “(We) have to get our hearts right, our minds right, and our attitudes right.” The success the team has earned so far can only be attributed to the stability that he has brought to them, the camaraderie the women have formed and their focus on Christ. Frost hopes the team, “(Keeps) focus on God and grows as people.” He is amazed to have these hopes answered when he sees players round up for voluntary prayer before every match and can testify that “God is working this year in many ways.” Outside hitter and sophomore exercise and sport science major Morgan Baker shares her take on the Lady Cru tactics as they finish out the season. “We take one game at a time, playing our hardest and giving all the glory to God,” she said. By the numbers, the volleyball team is doing far better than last year. Senior exercise and sport science major and setter Anissa Garcia has almost surpassed last year’s total assists with 561 just halfway through the season.  Of her achievement she said, “I can’t focus on my own stats. I’m too proud of the team as a whole; the rest is just icing on the cake.”  Statistically, Baker has been an up-and-coming versatile threat on the court posting more than 100 kills and leading the team in digs with just over 200. Additionally, senior Sara Hayward has been a huge presence on defense leading the team with 34 total blocks.  The Lady Cru has an overall record of 12-3 so far of the 29 games in the regular season; with this kind of pace hopes are high to compete in the ASC Tournament in November. However, HSU and McMurry continue with a flawless ASC record. Coming off a rough season last year with an overall record of 10-21, talk of playoffs this early in the season is a good sign.  An excited Baker said, “We hope to win as many as possible and are striving for first in our division so we can host the conference tournament.” Garcia commented on the impact that bringing the ASC tournament home would make. “It would be a huge advantage to look forward to, and it has been in the back of our minds since the beginning of the season. It would be an amazing experience to...

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Goals high with national and regional ranks
Oct04

Goals high with national and regional ranks

With a  4-2 season for conference play, men’s Cru soccer is looking to extend the winning streak as they continue through the rest of their season games. One key factor to their success has been the teamwork they have formed. With many new players and returners alike, it has been important for everyone to come together to be one. “Teamwork is critical to our success. There isn’t one player on the team that is the sole reason for us winning. We need every player fully committed to the team in order for us to get better,” senior forward and accounting major Trevor Shoppach said.  After four years on the team, Shoppach is confident about the season and the group of men that make up men’s soccer this season. “This year we have the best team we have ever had. I can count on each player to give their best every practice and every game,” he said. Senior midfielder and exercise and sport science major Logan Nance agrees with his teammate on how crucial working together has been for their season thus far. “Teamwork is huge for us. Without our chemistry and closeness as a team, I don’t think (we would be) nearly as successful as we have been. There really isn’t one star out there on the field; we all bring something to the team that makes us the team we are,” he said. This past week, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America ranked Cru soccer both nationally and in the West Region. They are 14 in the nation and number two in the region, with only Trinity University in front of them. The Sept. 27 game against the Tigers was cancelled due to lighting, and there has been no reports of rescheduling this game. However, the Cru still know there is room for improvement in every game. The men want to make sure they stay focused the entire game and don’t allow opponents to have an upset over them.  “I hope we haven’t reached our peak yet. We want to be more efficient when we have the leads taken care of and not let the teams come back,” Head Coach Brad Bankhead said. With their aim set on making it far into playoffs this season, the team knows it is important to take each game one at a time and not get ahead of themselves. “One of the main goals we have for every game is to outwork the other team, and we have done just that. We fly around the whole field and it causes the other team to make mistakes and get worn down,” senior...

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High expectations for diverse defense
Sep20

High expectations for diverse defense

“Great defense is expected around here.” With this statement, Crusader football Head Coach Pete Fredenburg sets the tone for the 11 men defending every inch between their opponents and their own end zone. With five sophomores, an equal number of seniors and only one junior keeping either class from taking over this  lineup, much is expected from the class of 2014. Leading the young players is Silvio Diaz, who, as a freshman last year, recorded 52 total tackles and 9.5 sacks throughout the season at defensive end. Coaches are hoping for more by moving him inside to defensive tackle. Leading the entire team, however, is middle linebacker and sport management major Javicz Jones. With more than 200 career tackles, 120 of which came last year along with 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble, he is unquestionably the statistical leader of these guards of the gridiron. Jones was named Co-Defense ASC football player of the week for Sept. 17. Statistics are not the only thing that makes Jones a leader; Fredenburg said he has an “incredible work ethic that is contagious to those around him. That is what has made him an established player.” Jones, while an outstanding player, can’t be the only leader on defense. Coaches are looking for other players to step up. Players like Chris Brent on the d-line, free safety Rocky Vaclavick, or the only senior returning starter for next year, Bronson Shaw, need to fill these roles alongside Jones. In the season-opener against the Wisconsin-La Crosse Eagles, the offense put pressure on the defense by throwing four interceptions. The first one came at the end of the first quarter, which started a drive that allowed a score for the Eagles. They came knocking at their door again just five minutes later, when the defense pulled together in a goal-line stand on a fourth and one, just three yards short of another touchdown. The defense would prevail in another critical situation in the third quarter and would end the game with a Shaw interception to run out the remaining 32 seconds. The score: Wisconsin La Crosse 20, Mary Hardin-Baylor 27. In a post-game interview, Jones expressed pride in his peers but did dish out some criticism commenting that “(We) need to be a team that can play all four quarters not just two,” referring to the first and third quarters when the defense allowed the Eagles to take the lead. In a preseason press conference, Fredenburg said, “Teams improve most between their first and second game.” Defensive Coordinator Larry Harman identified these  severl improvements as, “alignment, assignments and communication.” His defense needs to align themselves to...

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