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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Bases loaded: Former administrator steps down to coach with his sons
Oct02

Bases loaded: Former administrator steps down to coach with his sons

With baseball season still a few months out, the team is preparing for its upcoming season under new, unusual management. After the resignation of interim baseball head coach Derek Dunaway, UMHB baseball looked within for different leadership. Former Vice President of Athletics for 18 years, Ben Shipp, had no intention of returning to coaching. However, in the process of finding a coach to pick up where Dunaway left off, something gripped him and didn’t let go. “Once I got in, and I was trying to help recruit and keep in touch with the players, then I kind of got the fever. I knew then that it wasn’t out of my blood,” Shipp said. He served as head coach for Cru baseball for 10 years between 1986 and 1996 in which he introduced the program into NCAA Division III. Currently the winningest coach in university history, Shipp returns to the diamond. Only this time he returns with his two sons, Kyle and Nathan, to rally Cru baseball to an ASC Championship. Taking the helm of the baseball team meant several changes in the athletics administration. As Shipp stepped down from VP of Athletics, former Associate Director of Athletics Randy Mann moved in. Now occupying Mann’s old office is Darla Kirby, former head women’s golf coach. With all bases covered in administration, Shipp was able to return to what he was doing when his sons were just learning to throw a baseball. Two college careers in baseball later, Kyle and Nathan join their dad at work. Kyle, 27, returns to his alma mater after spending five years down Interstate 35 at Southwestern in Georgetown where he was assistant baseball coach for the Pirates. While at UMHB, Kyle was a four-year letterman as the starting catcher for the Cru and graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s in economics. He was a decorated player, recognized thrice as ASC Academic All-Conference, UMHB Male Senior Athlete of the Year for 2007 and recipient of the Fred Jacoby award presented by the ASC. Nathan is 23 years old and a 2012 graduate of Southwestern with a degree in kinesiology. He was also a four-year letterman as an infielder; twice All-SCAC Honorable Mention, and he earned a spot on SCAC Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll. Nathan grew up around UMHB but never played for or attended the school. Working at the university has been a great experience for him. “There is like a buzz around this. There is … real support. You know, real excitement about athletics here,” he said. “This is a neat place, and it is really an honor to be able to work here.” The...

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‘Lone Star Bowl’

For years the Dallas Cowboys have been America’s team, the poster child of the NFL. There are now two sheriffs in the Lone Star State, the Houston Texans have bolted out to win their first four games—a first for the team. Both organizations have lofty goals as the season begins, and fans expect a lot from the two teams. Some say that this year the Cowboys and Texans will face each other in the Super Bowl. Junior International business major Mitchell Goodman thinks it’s possible. “It will be Texans versus Cowboys in the Super Bowl,” Goodman said.”I feel like the Texas teams have great hope, almost as much as the Cru football team.” Though it may be a long shot, an in-state battle for the Lombardi trophy is possible. It just so happens that the two Texas teams are in different conferences The Cowboys are in the NFC while the Texans are in the AFC. The teams are not scheduled to play in the regular season, a Cowboys-Texans showdown might be viewed on the biggest stage of all, the Super Bowl. Many things will have to fall perfectly in place if the teams are to meet up in New Orleans, the site of the 2013 Super Bowl. For one, the Texans will have to stay healthy. In past seasons, good health has been a rare thing for the Texans. The team’s big three, running back Arian Foster, wide receiver Andre Johnson and quarterback Matt Schaub, were seldom on the field together last season due to injuries. Now, all three are in the mix and can create nightmares for opposing defenses. Dallas’ problem is not their defense, but their offense. Freshman Ross Phipps said the team is weakest up front. “Their offensive line isn’t the best, and, of course, Tony Romo holds on to the ball too long.” After losing to Seattle, the Cowboys’ offense struggled against a relentless Tampa Bay defense. They put up only 16 points, and their only touchdown was set up by an interception by linebacker Sean Lee. One thing is certain: the Cowboys and Texans both have solid defensive units. The Texans are led by their juggernaut defensive end J.J. Watt. In his first three games, he has already tied last year’s sacks for the regular season. Freshman Christian ministries major Jaron Haas said, “Watt is pretty dang good. I wouldn’t want to run against him. That’s just terrifying.” The same can be said of Cowboys linebackers. Outside backers Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware add versatility on the edges, while inside backers Lee and Bruce Carter plug running lanes. The two could face off at...

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