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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Stagg Bowl thoughts too soon for football team?

With another win for the season, the Crusader football team rolled over McMurry Saturday, 41-8. With this victory, the Cru improves to a 3-0 overall record and a 2-0 winning record in the American Southwest Conference. Some believe that this is the season for the Crusader football team. They also think this is the year that they can go to the NCAA Division III Championship Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va. Head Coach Pete Fredenburg thinks it’s too early in the season to be thinking so far ahead. “We’re not anywhere close to that yet,” he said. “We really have some good athletes. But the thing that is really important to us is the development of a team with great chemistry.” Senior political science major and wide receiver for the team is Pi’Dadro Davis. Though he knows it is early in the season, he has no doubt that the football program is a force to be reckoned with and that includes contentions for the Stagg Bowl. “Of course I believe this is the year,” he said. “We are always competing and trying to make each other better. We hold each player to a high standard, and we expect it from each other to practice and most definitely play at that standard. With that being said I believe we are looking very good this year.” The game against McMurry had its slow moments for both teams. The Cru made the first touchdown in the middle of the first quarter with a run from Quincy Daniels. Probably some of the most intense moments of the game came in the third quarter when the Cru scored two separate touchdowns and had them taken away due to penalties. The football team rushed for 346 offensive yards and ended the game with a total of 466 offensive yards. The most impressive players of the game were the Crusader defense. They held McMurry to -17 rushing yards allowing them only 170 total offensive yards. The next football game will be held Oct. 3 in Abilene against rivals Hardin-Simmons. Kick-off time is 2...

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South African golfer now a Crusader
Sep29

South African golfer now a Crusader

Every year the university welcomes hundreds of athletes from all over the country and even the world. This fall has been no different. The golf team opened its arms to freshman sport management major Bryce Myburgh who comes all the way from a small sea-side village, Ballito, in South Africa. He became aware of UMHB after doing a search on Collegeboard.com. “There were so many options, and there were few that gave good scholarships,” he said. “But UMHB was one of the best. I believe a big part of my choice to come here was that God led me here.” Myburgh has been interested in other sports including field hockey, rugby and soccer, but since the age of 13, golf has been the dominant one in his life, and it was another part of his decision to join the Cru. Head coach Aaron Rodeffer actually remembers getting an e-mail from Myburgh sometime last August. Having no experience in recruiting international players, he consulted Randy Mann, the previous head coach, asking if he’d ever had luck dealing with golfers who lived out of the country. Mann explained how it was difficult to obtain internationals because of their inability to get funding from the government, but he decided to give it a shot anyway. After several e-mails and determining the time difference, Rodeffer made the call to speak with Myburgh. “It’s seven hours between here and South Africa,” he said. “I spoke with him, had a great conversation and started down the road to see if it was something that would work out.” Since Rodeffer would not be able to see him perform in a tournament, he relied on Myburgh’s stats. “I looked at his resume and his numbers from all the competitions he’s been in,and they were really good,” Rodefer said. “Plus, he played on the South African Amateur Tour, which is a big time tour …. If he’s good enough to compete on that, then he’s good enough to play here,” Rodefer said. “Myburgh always has a positive attitude, even when he’s not playing his best. He has a good short game and he strikes the ball well, but he’s still adjusting to golf in the U.S. The courses in South Africa are measured in yards, whereas here, they’re measured in feet.” “That’s a huge difference in trying to figure out what club to hit. Not only is he trying to figure out the conditions, he’s also got to do some quick conversions so he knows which club to hit,” he said. Myburgh seems to have no problem getting used to his new environment. Sophomore exercise sport science major...

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