Game six proves turning point for Texas Rangers’ loss

By Brett Land Heartbreaking. After 162 games, an exciting postseason run and one of the most historic World Series in the life of baseball, the Texas Rangers could almost feel the weight of the championship trophy in their arms. However, they came home with nothing more than sore muscles and regrets. Going into the 2011 World Series, the Rangers and their loyal fans were ready to finish the job they left undone at last year’s fall classic when they lost to the San Francisco Giants in six games. It was time for redemption. “We were so excited last year and didn’t know what we were capable of doing in the Series,” Rangers president and owner Nolan Ryan said in an interview with ESPN. “This year we’re more focused and more determined because we came away a little disappointed.” The hard-hitting Rangers began the series splitting the opening two games in St. Louis. A slow start left the Rangers with a 3-2 loss in game one. A late rally capped off the 2-1 win in game two and tied the series at one game each. Texas Ranger fans everywhere will agree that the 16-7 loss in game three is nothing to be discussed. Albert Pujols crushed 3 homeruns and countless hearts that Saturday night. In both the fourth and fifth games, just four runs proved to be enough for the Rangers to get two victories and take the series lead. One more win and “We are the Champions” would be playing in Arlington. Players and fans alike dreamed of lifting up the trophy and bringing it back to Texas. Then game six happened. It proved to be the turning point of the World Series. With a combined five errors, the game started off sloppy but ended up being one of the most unbelievable and unfortunately, unforgettable games of all time. Texas went into the bottom of the ninth inning with a 5-3 lead. With two runners on and two outs and a full count for Cardinals outfielder, David Freese, the Rangers were one strike, one fly ball or one ground ball and throw to first base away from the Championship. One out. That’s all. David Freese knocked in two RBIs with a triple to right field and tied the game. Extra innings, sports fans. The Rangers quickly bounced back when Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homerun in the top of the tenth. His first home run in almost 100 at-bats. This was the Rangers story book ending, right? Wrong. With two outs and a full count in the bottom of the tenth, Lance Berkman hit an RBI single to center...

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Most wins for volleyball in history
Nov01

Most wins for volleyball in history

The volleyball games were the place to be this season, considering the girls are 18-7 overall, the most wins for Cru volleyball since the program began. After being seeded in second place for the East in the American Southwestern Conference, things are looking up for team members as they will go on to tournament play in Richardson Nov. 3-5. If they manage to pull off a win during the tournament, they could advance to nationals. Volleyball Head Coach Rob Frost said, “I feel like it’s going great. We came in good shape. If we can hit 20 wins this season, that will be huge for a college volleyball team.” All of their off season work has helped them get to the spot where they are today. “The amount of wins that we’ve had this year was a result of last spring and all the way through the summer with a lot of conditioning and weight training and the girls playing pick-up. We’re seeing a lot of their effort unfold and come together here,” he said. With the players at the top of their game, they look forward to the conference and having the chance to go to regionals. With three weekends on the road for matches this season, at one point the team  spent 36 hours on the bus during a 10-day span. Frost said, “We’ve done a really good job of staying physically and mentally strong through all of that.” Another exciting landmark for the team was recently when one of the players was named offensive player of the week by the ASC. The Cru have had several players receive this special award. Sophomore accounting and economics major Kimberly Smidovec said, “It was really a blessing to get that. I’ve been working really hard all year, so I never really expected it, but it was such a big honor to get it. I was really happy.” Frost said, “She has been hitting close to 300 or above for most of the matches, which is really good for a hitter in our conference. She’s been consistent for us and doing a really good job.” Although the players want to win regionals, some want to do it for reasons other than just the title. Junior education major Tina Miller said, “The only thing I see us working on is getting a ring. I want to do it for myself and for the team, but I also want to do it for the seniors that have been here.” Miller explains that things started off rough for seniors who were on the team the past few years, with matches lost and poor...

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Teamwork drives successful season for Cru
Nov01

Teamwork drives successful season for Cru

With a perfect record for the season, both overall and in conference, the Cru football team has high hopes of making it far into playoffs. However, the men still have two more conference games to win before the regular season is over. One thing that has aided the season has been their strength in becoming a team and one collective group of athletes. Senior exercise and sport science major and wide receiver Tariekus Ellis said, “Teamwork plays a huge part in our success. We constantly stress to each other that we win by playing ‘together’ on all three phases of the game — offense, defense and special teams.” The goals of the team for the rest of the season are simple. Members want to improve their performance, win the next two games and secure a place for playoffs. Ellis said they want “to get better each week. I know that sounds typical, but that is actually one of our goals. The coaches always tell us we can only control what we do, so we go out every practice striving to improve on the little things and fundamentals.” In the Oct. 22 game against the East Texas Baptist University Tigers, Ellis returned the opening kickoff of the second half 98 yards for a touchdown. The kickoff tied for the second-longest in school history. With the play, Ellis was named American Southwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. He said, “It’s a huge honor. I’m just glad I could give the team the spark that we needed to get going. We started clicking after that. The blocking on that play was great and the perfect return call.” Head Coach Pete Fredenburg knows that a few key things about his team have led to the good season. “Number one, we have very dedicated players, and they are very committed to playing at a high level. There is a very high expectation here, not from the coaches, but from the players and that feeds off of itself, and it raises the play for everybody,” he said. Another important factor for the season success has been the coaches who have worked with the players since summer. Fredenburg said, “We are blessed with some outstanding coaches that get them in the right position and help them with their success.” Junior math major and running back Darius Wilson credits a perfect season with the amount of work the team put in at practice each week. “We have been able to win by being consistent with hard work during practice. We overwork our bodies for the upcoming game,” he said. “So when game time is upon...

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Golf defends with wins in both divisions
Oct18

Golf defends with wins in both divisions

By Jake Stamps The UMHB Fall Invitational was a huge win for the Lady Cru and Crusader golf teams. Both defended their golf course homes with wins in their division. New rankings from Golf World magazine, rated the Lady Cru No. 14 in the nation in the NGCA Top 25 D-III Poll. Head women’s golf Coach Darla Kirby said, “This is exciting, and we will be able to get to play against rival UT- Tyler in our next tournament.” UT-Tyler ranked one spot ahead of the Lady Cru in the poll. The women’s tournament was played at Wildflower Country Club in Temple where they posted a 15-stroke victory to win the team competition.   After the first day of competition, Kirby said, “It was awesome to be leading the tournament over high quality teams such as Texarkana Community College and Tyler Junior College because both schools are ranked high in the nation in their NCAA division.” The Lady Cru reached their goal by “doing better the first day,” Kirby noted. They improved the second day by one stroke to secure the UMHB Fall Invitational victory. Kelly Gonyea, the ASC Conference Player of the Week of Sept. 26-27 led the team. Gonyea, a sophomore accounting major, won the individual tournament by two strokes. “My teammates are awesome, and the team is the strongest I have seen at UMHB,” she said. Victoria Thane, Taylor O’Rear, Sara Eckert and others also contributed. Sophomore business administration major Eckert said, “Winning our last tournament was awesome because we were at our home course. We knew the course and how it would play, so we definitely had an advantage over the other teams.” Despite being already at the top of the conference, the team is young. It consists of four freshmen, three sophomores and one junior. Being young is not a bad thing with wins already under their belt, and fans may anticipate more good things to come to the Lady Cru’s future. The men’s team was also recognized in Golf World magazine’s NGCA Top 25 D-III Poll. In their tournament, which was held at Stonetree Golf Course in Killeen, the men won the D-III Division with a seven-stroke lead. Head men’s golf Coach Aaron Rodeffer said, “I am very pleased with being second overall only to be behind Tyler Junior College and winning the D-III Division.”  The Crusaders fell by two strokes in the overall division but were victorious in the D-III battle. Robby Schimmels, a sophomore accounting major, was awarded ASC Conference Player of the Week for Sept. 25-27 for his performance at the Invitational. Schimmels tied with fellow Crusader Bryce Myburgh for...

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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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