Chemistry for golf players high
Mar08

Chemistry for golf players high

With the men’s golf team beating its competitors by a 21-stroke victory, the women’s golf team hopes to do the same this week during the UMHB Spring Invitational tournament. The men’s team has won this home tournament three years running and is starting off the spring season strong.  Players have set high goals for themselves and hope to accomplish them before the ASC Championship tournament in April. Men’s golf Coach Aaron Rodeffer said, “Our expectations are to win the conference tournament for the third time in four years and to compete in every invitational tournament we play this spring.” Rodeffer realizes that the cohesiveness between the golfers and the mixture of mature players and young talent are just a couple of the team’s strengths this spring. Sophomore accounting major Ryan Berry also sees the team’s has a strong chemistry and believes it will help them be successful.  Berry took second place at the UMHB Spring Invitational, helping him earn the title of ASC Men’s Golfer of the Week in February. The men will play in three more tournaments before the championship and hope to make it to Nationals in May. March 14-15 the team will travel to Blanco, Texas, to play in the Texas Lutheran Invitational tournament. “I would compare the tournaments we are playing now to quizzes in class and the conference tournament as the exam,” Berry said. “If you are consistent with your quizzes, then the exam should come easily, but hard work is a must in order to succeed.” The same goes for the Lady Cru golf team. The players set high expectations early on in the season and are already looking toward winning conference and going to nationals. Women’s Coach Darla Kirby said, “We set our goals very high. It is easy to meet minimal goals, but if you settle for the utmost goal of winning a national championship, you are going to work very hard.” The women won two tournaments in the fall and hope to achieve at least that and more this spring.  Kirby sees that the women are huge competitors, and she knows  they work hard until the very end. Freshman finance and accounting major Kelly Gonyea won an individual title last season at the Schreiner University Fall Classic and is already looking forward to nationals this season. She believes that the women can, “hit the ball pretty far, and that our bad days aren’t as bad as most other schools.” The team is also young with five freshmen and two sophomores, but they do have one senior, Allison Williams. Kirby said, “She has worked really hard to improve her game, and...

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Team’s season record improves with goals set to making playoffs

After winning the series against Mississippi College Jan. 25-26, the Cru raised their baseball record to 3-6 for the season. This was a big win for the team since they haven’t overcome the Choctaws since 2003. “We haven’t beaten Mississippi College the first two years I was here, so those two wins were huge,” junior sport management major and first baseman Seth Lynn said. “For the freshmen, I don’t know that they understood how big those wins were, but for the returners and upperclassmen, we all were ecstatic with them. It certainly made for a fun nine- hour bus ride home.” With a new head coach, only three returning players from last year and several new faces, the team has been dubbed the New Cru. “We are different. We don’t have that super star in the line-up like we did last year,” Head Coach Derek Dunaway said referring to Joseph Villegas. “What we do have is up and down a great team. The one through nine line-up this year is overall the best we’ve ever had. It’s a tough out for anyone pitching against us. They are going to have to battle to get our guys out, whether it be the lead-off guy or the guy in the nine hole.” Junior marketing major and catcher Chris Joshlin is starting his third season with the Cru. His experience helps with the changes that are happening this season. “We have a lot of new faces, but we are just trying to make it and trying to forget about previous years. We want to make this a new year since we are a new team.” Dunaway knows that  chemistry is important for the team and to be able to work together from the first game to the last one played. “It’s a big key to success for any team,” Dunaway said. “If you watch the Super Bowl or College National Championship, after the game, the team that won, they don’t come out and say ‘Yeah, we were better than the other team.’ It’s always that they have worked hard together all year and have trusted each other.” Lynn agrees with his coach. “Without teamwork, this team, or any team, wouldn’t be anything.” Several players are participating in Mustache March, where all of the guys grow a mustache. It’s just one way they are growing together and trying not to let the pressure get to them. “Baseball is different from a lot of sports. It’s a slow game with a lot of down time, so it’s tough to be hyped up,” Dunaway said. “I tell my guys to be loose, relaxed and focused....

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Cru advance in NCAA play
Mar03

Cru advance in NCAA play

The Cru led for the whole game and secured a win against The University of Texas at Dallas Feb. 3 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Despite many rallies from UTD, they could not overcome the perseverance of the home team and the loud cheering crowd. The men are now 22-7 this season with the 86-77 victory against the Comets. Leading the Cru with 26 points was Marlon Miller.  He hit 5-10 three-pointers. Robert Moore was next in line with 17 points 12 rebounds. The Cru will advance to the Second Round of the NCAA tournament. It will be held this Saturday, Feb. 5, against the winner of the American Southwest Tournament, McMurry University in Abilene. This will be only the second time in UMHB history for the men to go the second round of the tournament. Tip-off is at 7...

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VIDEOS: Cru basketball makes it to NCAA Tournament

Coach Ken DeWeese on at-large bid selection. Sterling Phillips on at-large bid selection.

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Obstacles set before Crusaders
Feb21

Obstacles set before Crusaders

After losing two big games to Hardin-Simmons and McMurry University, the men’s basketball dropped its conference standings to 13-6. This puts them tied for the second seed along with the HSU Cowboys. McMurry is currently holding the first place spot for the West Division. The team knows it needs to concentrate on the next game and not dwell on losses. Head Coach Ken DeWeese said, “Our most urgent goal during the season is to win the next game.” In order for this to happen, they have to address and fix what went wrong in some of the previous games. “As a team we are working to improve everything we do. We’re working on our shots and trying to do all the little things right,” senior business information systems major and forward Colby Waller said. “We are going to be working hard on our defense because defense is what will win games for us.” Sophomore business administration major and forward Robert Moore agrees. “Team communication and composure were the issues addressed right after the game (against McMurry). We can’t go down 13 at the half and expect to win the game every time. We know that and we will fix that,” he said. Each team in the conference is playing with more drive and passion than before. This makes it even harder to keep a high winning record. “The lack of recovery time in between games is tough when you are playing good teams every night. The end of the season is very much a grind,” Moore said. With the American Southwest Conference title in sight, the team has high goals. “For the rest of the season, we plan on winning the conference tournament, then approaching the NCAA Tournament to be the Division Three Champions,” junior exercise sports science major and guard Marlon Miller said. With the top four teams in the West Division being within two games of each other, all have a good chance of making it the whole way. “We try not to look too far ahead and try and prepare the best way possible for the next game itself,” Waller said. “Of course, we want to be in the NCAA Tournament, but we have more obstacles that we need to come across before we can get there.” On Feb. 17, the Cru defeated Schreiner University in Kerrville. After the half, UMHB pushed the lead to 13 points in the first three minutes. The team led by as many as 22 points before an 80-67 victory. The last regular season game was Feb. 19. The Cru held off Texas Lutheran with a final score of 71-64. This...

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Win the college World Series with new head coach is softball’s goal

For the 2011 softball season, the Lady Crusader team has been picked by the Preseason Coaches and Media Poll to defend and win the American Southwest Conference West Division. The team has 12 returning players from last year but one important change. This is the first season for new head Coach Larry Hennig to coach the women to a possible win. One of the returning players, senior outfielder Sara Roman, believes that Hennig is a good fit for the team. “I think he’s great. Coach Blomquist did a great job during the time I have been here. Coach Hennig truly stepped in and seems like he is where he belongs,” she said. “He treats us with respect but is such a joy to have out on the field. He has a sense of humor that livens everyone. He is smart and knows the game.” Roman goes on to say that Hennig has a vision for the team and what the team should accomplish this season. Sophomore psychology and criminal justice double major Hannah White agrees with Roman that Hennig is a great new addition to the Lady Cru. “With him, we are always expecting the unexpected and know exactly how to handle them,” White said. “He also respects every player and expects perfection out of us.” Senior sport management major and catcher for the team Lindsey Gordon said the Lady Cru have a couple of new players, freshmen and transfers, but believes that their chemistry on the field is a positive one and is confident that they can win the conference title. Gordon thinks the team is all in sync but knows that a few things still have to be perfected for success. “Communication plays a key role in this sport, and we have really worked on it, and I think I can speak for everyone,” she said. Communication plays a huge role for the women, but so does everyone else’s playing ability. “Offense works like a domino effect. When one starts and does well, everyone else falls into place and does well also. We need to work on bat control and taking the outside pitch to the opposite field. When we do that, we’re unstoppable,” Roman said. White thinks the team needs to work on batting as well,  but not necessarily on where to take a pitch. “We still have more room for improvement. We still need to work on hitting the right pitches, but that will come with time and playing more games.” White said. “Our team chemistry is awesome, and that’s what I really like. But that can always get better.” So far, only four games...

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