Football patches link to grateful emotions
Oct27

Football patches link to grateful emotions

Two years ago the football team became involved with Ft. Hood and its soldiers in a way that would make a lasting impression. Gen. John Hammond came to campus and spoke to the team and a few days later was deployed to Iraq. With him, he took a UMHB football jersey the team had given him as a thank-you gift for speaking. While at the base in Iraq, he hung the jersey in a doorway as a symbol of freedom, letting the soldiers know what they were fighting for. When Hammond returned from war, he brought the jersey and gave it back to the Crusader football program as a thank you token. Coach Pete Fredenburg decided to dedicate the jersey in a similar way Hammond had done while overseas. “We have hung the jersey up as a memorial for the sacrifices the soldiers have made and what he did,” Fredenburg said. Along with the jersey hanging in Andersen Field House, the football team this season is wearing a patch on the back of their jerseys and their helmets signifying the 15th Brigade, which just deployed to Iraq from Ft. Hood. Junior wide receiver Brian Scott is honored that he was able to listen to the speech given two years ago and that he gets to play while wearing the patch. “Every time I look at the patch either on my jersey or helmet, that overseas someone is fighting for me. I hope that the team is just as honored as I am, and we really appreciate what Gen. Hammond has done for us and this country, and it will not go unrecognized,” Scott said. Another player who is grateful for wearing the patch is running back senior Bryson Tucker. He understands the dangers and hardships the soldiers face in war and is thankful for doing something to honor them. “It also gives motivation and wakes me up and makes me realize no matter how hard or tough it gets on my battlefield that there is someone on a real battle-field fighting for our lives so there is no giving in,” Tucker said. UMHB crushed the Southern Oregon Raiders this past weekend for the Homecoming game. One of the leading players of the game was Tucker who rushed his career high at 218 rushing yards. Tucker said,“It shows respect to the guys over there that sacrifice their lives so that we can live a normal...

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Women’s softball wins wearing pink, helps strike out breast cancer
Oct27

Women’s softball wins wearing pink, helps strike out breast cancer

Although the softball team’s regular season starts in the spring, the ladies took on a big opponent this fall. Since October is cancer awareness month, the Cru hosted the “Strike Out Breast Cancer” event during their doubleheader on the Oct. 17 against Our Lady of the Lake. The team took donations from the crowd for every strike out in the odd-numbered innings and appeared in pink T-shirts designed by the players. These were also available for sale during the game for $10 and $11.50 depending on the size. All of the proceeds went to the Cancer Research Center at Scott and White in Temple. The ceremonial first pitches were thrown by women’s head golf coach Darla Kirby, and by Donna Shipp, the wife of Vice President of Athletics Ben Shipp. Both of women are cancer survivors. Head coach Kasey Blomquist said, “We decided that since a lot of families are experiencing this, we wanted to give back. It turned out great, and I feel like we got the community involved, as well as the girls.” Off the field, the team split up and visited a few small businesses around town and asked for donations. When it was all said and done, the team raised $671.53. Junior catcher Lindsey Gordon said, “I really enjoyed playing in the game this year. It was for a great cause, and I hope we get to keep doing it in the future.” The first game went to 11 innings, but the Cru won 4-3. However, the Saints came back to win the second game 6-2. These were the only competitions of the semester, but they continue to condition and lift weights in preparation for the fast-approaching season. Last year the team broke even with an overall record of 20-20. However, they are looking to improve. Blomquist said “I am very pleased with the outcome of our fall season. I feel we are ahead of the game due to the maturity of the returners, and with the talent and experience of the newcomers.” The first game is February 20 in Georgetown against the Pirates of Southwestern University. The following weekend the ladies will play their home opener against the Louisiana College wildcats. Senior second basemen Erica Salazar said, “I’m pretty excited about this upcoming season. We have a bunch of newcomers, and we are clicking very well together. I also know for sure that this season is going to be a lot better than the last. We will be making it to the conference...

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Lady Cru soccer continues to score
Oct13

Lady Cru soccer continues to score

They take the field every game with the inertia to win. They are there for each other and work well as a team. They are the Lady Crusader soccer team. The women are off to a pretty good season with a winning record of 8-3. Seven of those wins are division play. Out of playing just eight games, the ladies have shot for 164 goals and made 32. Erin Salyer is a junior and a forward for the team. She knows the potential of each member on the field and understands what the team is capable of. “We have a very talented group of girls this season; we are very solid in every position on the field,” she said. “We have the heart, the desire, and the unity to make this season Head coach in her eighth year at UMHB is Meg Brown, and she agrees with Salyer about the potential of the team. “We are having a good season as of right now. I think that is because we have learned each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and also all the hard work at preparing for each match.” With the positive feedback from each other, Brown admits there are a few aspects of the game they need to improve on in order to be the best. “The girls need to work on consistency,” she said. “We play 90-minute games, and we tend to have high moments and then not so great moments in the same game.” One of the goalkeepers for the Lady Cru, is Erica Harris. She believes they can go to the American Southwest Conference tournament and win the made it to the tournament in the past, only to be kicked out in the first round of play. “I think it’s very possible for us to win the tournament with the group of girls we have this year because we are all willing to work for each other and not as an individual,” Harris said. Right defender for the team Kellee Shearer knows the competition is fierce in the ASC, but if the team can work together as they have been, they can have a shot at the championship game. “I feel as if we have a good chance of winning especially that we are sitting in second right now,” she said. “We must give it our all mentally and physically during every practice and game to work towards the conference tournament.” “When we get there, it’s all or nothing because if you win, you advance. If you lose you go home,” Shearer said. For Coach Brown, the ASC Championship has been lingering in her mind from...

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Crusaders try to save season
Oct13

Crusaders try to save season

Outdoor Cru sports are in mid-season this fall including football, soccer, golf and tennis. However, the ladies of the volleyball team are also back playing in the indoor sports arena of the Mayborn Campus Center. Led by head Coach Kecia Davis, the team has returned with a few new players to help propel the squad to success. Eight freshmen along with two transfers have been added to the roster, and Davis said, “They have acclimated well in such a short period of time.” Davis is assisted by Nobu Togami who was the head coach in the 1985-86 season. Together they work to perfect the women’s mechanics and communication skills. The team suffered a disappointing season last year, missing the conference tournament by one match and ending their season with a record of 7-22. But with the addition of a couple of six-foot players and a preseason ranking of 4th in conference, the ladies are expecting great things. Sophomore defensive specialist Jasmin Austin said, “We have so much more height on the team that it’s almost impossible for us to have a losing season.” Blocking is something they struggled with last year, but with the new elevation, they believe it will become one of their strong points. Sophomore setter Kayla Marzean said, “I think we are going to be really good. With the kind of talent we have, our team should exceed all expectations.” As far as team chemistry, things seem to be on the upswing. Austin felt some of the freshman might have a problem stepping up, but Marzean believes things are going well. “They really took on their responsibilities and roles,” she said. “We are meshing great this year.” As of now the ladies are off to a slow start with a conference record of 3-7 and an overall record of 6-20. But with a few games left, the team remains hopeful. Davis wants to achieve a few goals this fall including seeking more of her players receive academic honors, having an above-500 season and making it to the conference tournament. Marzean said, “I think the season isn’t quite going how we expected, but there is so much potential. Whenever we get down, we just have to keep reminding ourselves that impossible is...

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Long road ahead for football team
Oct13

Long road ahead for football team

During the summer, Crusader football fans were under the impression that the 2009 football season would go as follows: Quincy Daniels returns, UMHB wins its 100th victory in Oklahoma, goes undefeated until the HSU game, wins in a very close shootout, wins out, goes to playoffs, plays Whitewater again in the semifinals. However, the 2009 season has proved to be full of surprises. SURPRISE #1 – Linfield (who beat UMHB at the 2004 National Championship) returned to power and beat #5 Hardin-Simmons, triggering a four-game losing streak for UMHB’s rival, something that was not anticipated. SURPRISE #2 – Louisiana College (known by UMHB fans until now as “Loserana College”), has also beaten Hardin-Simmons, and nearly upset Mississippi College. SURPRISE #3 – Mississippi College is now second best to UMHB. This is actually not much of a surprise, since they’ve been viewed as the younger brother to UMHB and HSU when it comes to American Southwest Conference Championship contention. Now that they’ve finally pulled the upset against HSU, they will be gunning hard for UMHB with much momentum. The game in Clinton, Miss., could be anything but a blowout. SURPRISE #4 – As the Couch Cru says, “Freshman! Freshman! Freshman!” UMHB freshman quarterback LiDarral Bailey has proved to be a stellar athlete and leader on the field when starter Kyle Noack hits the bench. Noack’s success has not come as a surprise to fans, as the Noack era has been eagerly awaited for the past few months. Now UMHB fans have two great quarterbacks to watch. Opposing defenses have been unable to stop the Noack-Attack or the Freshman Fury. SURPRISE #5 – Howard Payne has only lost ONE GAME all year. UMHB’s last conference loss was to the Jackets in Brownwood in 2005, and the CRU will play at HPU again this year. HPU must also not be overlooked. Those who forget history are destined to repeat it. SURPRISE #6 – Mount Union has proved its weaknesses in the first halves each week, indicating the likelihood of an upset this season. SURPRISE #7 – McMurry defeated ETBU to end its 17- game losing streak 45-21, an unexpected blowout. Congratulations to Hal Mumme and the McMurry Indians on finally giving the McManiac section a reason to attend a game. THE NEW PERSPECTIVE– UMHB has gone from its main focus of receiving its 100th victory, HSU and Whitewater to being victory 100, a new McMurry team, the HSU desperation game, the very dangerous Mississippi College team, revenge against Southern Oregon and an interesting scenario for playoffs. This weekend’s trip to Mississippi will be a tough test on the road for the football...

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Men’s and women’s tennis wrap up fall season
Sep29

Men’s and women’s tennis wrap up fall season

The men’s tennis team wrapped up the fall season with the ITA Southwest Regional Tournament this weekend swinging in numerous wins. Sophomore Josh Pownall and senior Ramon Aguirre played in consolation finals. Freshman Will Summers won his first-round match, but lost in a heated three-setter in the second round. In the American Southwest Conference Individual tournament, Garrett Pekar beat Johnathan Cruz 6-0, 6-1 in the consolation final. Also recently announced, Pekar earned Second Team All-West Division honors in #2 singles, Aguirre earned honorable mention All-West Division at #1 singles and Pownall earned honorable mention All-West Division selection at #4 single. The women’s tennis team also racked up many wins throughout regular season play, including key victories against Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. During the ASC tournament, women’s doubles Lauren Knight and Rebecca Everett won second place in flight two. Mallory Aarhus also competed in the consolation final. Sophomore Rebecca Everett, sophomore Christi Voss and junior Andrea Wharton were placed on the ASC Spring Academic All-Conference team. The women’s team will wrap up fall season play this weekend, Oct. 2-4, in San Antonio for the ITA Soutwest Regional...

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