Alum comes home to announce
Nov24

Alum comes home to announce

Double majoring in biology and physical education with the intent of becoming a coach, Scott Garner graduated from UMHB in 1998, not knowing he would be back in future years working as the play-by-play broadcaster for the Crusader football and basketball games. Growing up in Temple, as a little boy Garner had two loves: sports and broadcasting. When he was just 11 years old, he got his first job working at the baseball complex off Adams Avenue in Temple. “They needed an emergency announcer, and they asked about 10-12 of us on the trash pickup crew who would like to fill in. I raised my hand and they allowed me to do it,” he said. “I was asked back the next night, and I’ve been doing something behind a microphone ever since.” After doing some odd jobs in the broadcasting realm while attending the university, Garner went to work for KRXT in Rockdale. He worked there for eight months, then left to take a job as the voice of Texas A&M University-Commerce. While there he also took some odd jobs as the fill-in broadcaster for other institutions. Garner by no means stuck with only calling sports for schools. He worked for a couple of years at the USA Radio Network in Dallas on the weekends, “which aired it’s newscasts in 1,300 stations across the globe. I felt like Peter Jennings. Getting to report on national news to a global audience was exhilarating,” he said. Garner has even received positive feedback on his work as a broadcaster from the man who announces the Dallas Cowboys games, Brad Sham. After Garner had called a baseball game between the Rangers and Angels, Sham sent a text message to Garner saying “Scott, you sounded terrific last night.” For Garner, receiving that text with that great response was a dream come true. Currently, Garner has taken up the job of being the play-by-play announcer for some of the Crusader sporting events. “It’s so much fun …. It feels like I’m back with my family every time I get a chance to come down for a game,” he said. “I still have so many friends and ‘family’ here at UMHB.” Head coach for the football team Pete Fredenburg knows the talent of Garner, not just because of his having the ability to call the football games, but because Fredenburg knew Garner as a student. “I think he’s so talented. Even when he graduated here -that was when they hired me here — he was just then kind of growing and developing into what he wanted to do,” Fredenburg said. “He was really going to have...

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Cru jump starts season with commanding win
Nov24

Cru jump starts season with commanding win

The basketball team opened its season with a win against Trinity University Nov. 18 at home in a non-conference match. “It was good,” senior guard Zane Johnston said. “We got an early win. A lot of the new guys played really well, and our defense made a big lead in the beginning.” Though the team brought back nine players, they have only 46 career starts combined, which means fans will see many changes from last season’s play. “This year’s team has 12 new faces. There are no similarities,” Head Coach Ken De-Weese said. The Cru graduated 10 seniors last year, but will bring back four seniors, including guards Zane Johnston and Reshaud Jackson, and forwards Rich Moore and Ervin Johnson. “It’s a challenge,” Johnston said. But he and the rest of the team are hopeful. “We have three seniors right now, and one more after football is over. We have a lot of transfers coming in with experience, and we’ve been playing as a team for several months now.” The team’s record last season was 19-8 overall and 16-5 in American Southwest Conference play. Players advanced to the semifinals of the ASC Championship Tournament before falling 65-60 to U.T.-Dallas. However, this year the team was picked to win the ASC West Division in the league’s annual Preseason Coaches and Media Poll. “People don’t know what we have because we have so many new people,” Jackson said. “We come from different places, but we play well together and have a good chance.” He said the team’s expectations are high. “We’re bigger than we’ve ever been and faster,” Jackson said. “I’m impressed. We’re way ahead of schedule from where we are normally at this time of year.” The team’s goals include qualifying for the ASC tournament, winning ASC West Division, winning the ASC Post-Season Tournament and qualifying for NCAA Tournament. DeWeese said the team will face challenges in pursuit of its victories as normal. “Putting together a team that is competitive for post-season position, planning to win, keeping people healthy and happy on the team and keeping a team together … is challenging enough, and the obstacles and adversity are there every day,” he said. They are looking forward to a good season. Johnston said, “We’re excited where we’ll end up in conference.” UMHB will face ASC Champion U.T.-Dallas Nov. 28 in...

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Cru soccer survives despite loss
Nov12

Cru soccer survives despite loss

The men’s soccer team winds down its season with many historical firsts, including a spot in the NCAA Division III National Championships in Belton this weekend. Already this year, the Cru set school records for the most single-season victories and clenched its first ever American Southwest Conference Championship in regular season play. “The difference in why this year is so different than past years is in the team,” said head soccer Coach Brad Bankhead. “We have 28 young men believing in each other and the team and accepting whatever role … they might be given and are happy with it.” Last weekend, the Cru hosted its first ASC tournament at home in Belton walking away from the field with a 1-0 victory over Schreiner University on Saturday and a 4-2 loss to Hardin-Simmons University on Sunday after going into double overtime. Sophomore outside midfielder Kyle Dickey said the team performed well. “I think the guys played their hearts out, and that’s all anyone can do,” he said. “We played as a team, and it’s not over. Next year, we are going to win it.” Through the first 110 minutes of the game, both the Cowboys and the Cru remained scoreless. But after a match of penalty kicks, UMHB fell 4-2, finishing the team’s season with a record of 14-3-1 and placing second in the ASC tournament championship. Freshman striker Neiko Camp said it was a character-building experience. “Going through this season has taught me so much about myself and my teammates,” he said. “I’ve learned the true definition of overcoming and what it means to be able to call ourselves a team.” Category leaders for the Cru include Bo Baker, Trevor Shoppach, Kyle Dickey, Vincent Morales, Andrew Carrasco, Daniel Gable and Neiko Camp. Additionally, senior defender Daniel Green and junior goalkeeper Mark Miller were placed on the Academic All-District VI First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Coach Bankhead said the season was overall successful. “I wasn’t sure how this year would turn out. I knew we would be here someday. I just didn’t realize it would be this year. I am excited for those guys who have been here for four years and have seen the transformation of the program and be able to be...

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Basketball hopes to hoop in big season

Although the end of the semester is fast approaching, the men’s basketball season is just about to begin. The Cru plays their first game Nov. 18th at 7 p.m. against the Trinity Tigers in the indoor sports arena of Mayborn Campus Center. This year, the team is relatively young due to the loss of 10 seniors. There are a lot of fresh faces, but they’re up to the challenge. Head coach Ken DeWeese said, “With so many new guys on this year’s team, we honestly do not know what to expect. We will have to suffer through 6 to 8 games before we really know what we have.” According to the annual Preseason Coaches and Media Poll, the men are expected to win the American Southwest Conference West Division championship. Newly appointed assistant coach Jimmy Smith said, “We were quite shocked by that selection seeing that we lost 10 seniors from last year’s team,” he said. “But I think that it is a tremendous compliment to the success that this program has had, and shows the respect that the other teams in the division have for us.” This will be Smith’s first season as the assistant coach, but it’s not the first time he has worn the purple, white and gold. Smith played for the university and was a four year letter winner through the 2000-2004 seasons. DeWeese said, “He is familiar with the system and of course, as a four year former player, we are familiar with him. He is a great addition to our program.” Smith takes former assistant coach Kenny DeWeese’s position, after he received an assistant role with Utah Valley University. Smith said, “I am ecstatic to be back working at UMHB. I really enjoyed my time here as a student, but being back as an employee has given me a greater appreciation for how great of a university Mary Hardin-Baylor truly is.” As for the team, they have been working hard to prepare for the season. They practice five to six days a week from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., where they do anything from conditioning and weight training, to scrimmaging against each other. Sophomore forward Greg Wiernas said, “We have a completely different team from last year, and it will for sure be a change. However we are getting better every day, and are looking forward to being one of the top contenders in the conference.” Last year, the men had an overall record of 19-8, and they were 16-5 in conference. Some would say it was a successful season, however De- Weese would argue otherwise. “No one is happy at the end of...

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Football tackles important victory against Howard-Payne

Crusader football is still on the path to clinching the victory of the American Southwest Conference tournament, with a dominating win over Howard Payne University last weekend. The Cru beat the Yellow Jackets 45-7, improving their overall record to 8-1 and 6-1 for the ASC. With only one game left in regular season play next weekend against Sul Ross University, the players are beginning to think about post season. Receiver Pi’Dadro Davis understands at this point that the team has come together and really is a great team. “We will be a good contender,” he said. “Hopefully, we will win the whole thing. I truly think this is our year.” Davis caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Noack, taking the lead in the first quarter to 21-0. Noack is also someone who knows what the team is capable of. “Overall, we’ve had a good season. We lost which is unusual for us, but we have persevered and done good,” he said. “We just have to take care of what we can control right now. We have Sul Ross this upcoming game, then we can think about the ASC tournament.” Running back Bryson Tucker made the first two touchdowns for the Cru. Tucker finished the game running 119 yards and receiving three of the touchdowns. Along with the explosive plays from quarterbacks, receivers and running backs, the defense for the Cru contributed equally to the win this past weekend. They only allowed the Yellow Jackets to gain 206 yards, and they also forced three turnovers. Despite the fact that most members of the team don’t want to think about the ASC tournament right now, some are. Receiver Desmond Mays wants to see the Stagg Bowl. “I want to make it to Salem, Va.,” he said. “I’ve never been to the state of Virginia and would love (the Stagg Bowl) to be the reason why I’m there.” The Crusaders play their last home game Saturday Nov. 14 against Sul Ross University. With a win against The Lobos, the Cru will have a nearly perfect season of 9-1. With that statistic, the football team will be bound for the...

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From spiking the points to stocking a local food pantry

This season, the volleyball team is serving more than aces and points — it’s serving the community by volunteering at Helping Hands, a local ministry outreach. The Lady Cru has been serving once a week since August. “Student athletes need to find time to give back to the community,” volleyball head coach Kecia Davis said. It started as a recycling effort, and grew from there. Combining the volleyball and football teams, the Cru uses about 225 plastic bottles a day. “We started off taking our Gatorade and water bottles down to Helping Hands because they re-label them and fill them with laundry detergent,” Davis said. “Every Monday, two of the players go down and wash our bottles and the football team’s.” By the end of the semester, the teams are expected to donate more than 5,000 bottles to the ministry. But more than giving products, the volleyball team gets the chance to physically serve by sorting clothes, stocking shelves and bagging foods. “We go wherever we’re needed,” Davis said. “It’s unbelievable how much we can get done in just an hour.” The team is split into subgroups and visits the ministry at different times throughout the week. Davis said both Helping Hands and the volleyball team are encouraged by the projects. “It’s good to interact with people in the community and become more aware of what we have,” she said. “It’s been a bonding experience for us.” Sophomore biology major and team captain Sara Hayward said volunteering allows players to take the focus off of themselves. “Jesus has called us to take care of the homeless, the widows and the orphans, and this is a chance for us to do that,” Hayward said. “The community is a huge supporter of us and they come to our games, so this is a way for us to repay them for what they’ve given to us.” The team will continue to volunteer at the pantry through the semester, as well as into the spring. Hayward believes it’s been a learning experience. “For me personally, I’ve been blessed with a family who’s been able to give to me almost everything I’ve needed and wanted, so it’s a great opportunity to reach out and become aware of other circumstances,” Hayward said. “It’s a chance to give back to those who aren’t as fortunate.” Freshman nursing major Kaydie Cochran believes volunteering at the pantry gives players a glimpse of life outside of their own. “My heart goes out to those who are less fortunate than I am,” she said. “It’s really been good to open our eyes. We’re always together on and off the court,...

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