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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Cru football kicks off season with 100th win of program
Sep17

Cru football kicks off season with 100th win of program

The Crusader football team made history this past weekend in Bethany Okla., when the Cru topped Southern Nazarene 42-7. With this win, the football program has 100 victories since the start of the team 12 years ago. Though the game was interrupted with downpours of rain, it didn’t stop the Cru completing what they had to. Within less than two minutes from kickoff, UMHB put points on the scoreboard with a touchdown from running back Quincy Daniels. The ball soon came back to the Crusaders when SNU made another bad snap. With this being the second play for UMHB, Daniels put another touchdown on the board making the score 14-0 almost instantly. Quarterback Kyle Noack would throw a 19-yard pass to make another touchdown just two plays afterward. The football program isn’t made up of just a couple keys players. During practice and games Head Coach Pete Fredenburg notice’s that the players try their best despite circumstances, like the heat. He loves their dedication and is happy to celebrate his 100th victory with the group. “It’s a milestone,” he said. “The thing that makes me very emotional about it is the number of kids that have come through here and that have really sacrificed and done so much to get us where we’re at today. So that’s going to be very rewarding for all of us.” Pi’Dadro Davis, who is a wide receiver, had two catches during the game which helped the Cru significantly. Davis thinks the chemistry of the players is key. “The leadership that we have guiding this team and the chemistry that has been developed through fall camp is the best this team has ever had,” he said. “Our commitment and dedication to each other and the legacy of this football program is great motivation to the team.” The Cru has been trying new techniques during practices this season in order to make it their best season yet. In years past, the dominant way of getting the ball up the field was running it with a few short yardage passes. But this season, the Cru has made an evident change. The team has been passing the ball more, giving them choices on how to score. Davis likes the new change and thinks it will benefit the team in the long run. “We have definitely been expanding and utilizing our throwing game in practice,” he said. “Being a senior receiver, I can remember when throwing the football in the game was a nail-biter for the coaches, but I strongly believe that based off the receivers’ performance last year that we have established faith not only in the...

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Pigskin potential
Sep17

Pigskin potential

By Garret Smith Cru football has packed way more than its share of records and history into the first 12 years of what is a relatively young football program. It was started at the university in 1997. Then, in 2002 UMHB matched Hardin-Simmons’ skill level, winning the ASC and birthing a rivalry. In 2004, UMHB football made its first televised appearance in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va., after upsetting the powerhouse of Division III football, the Mount Union Purple Raiders. Last year, the Crusaders bounced back from numerous injuries to advance to the national semifinals, the biggest sporting event ever to be held at UMHB. But that was only the beginning. The 2009 football season has the potential to be the biggest season in school history, and possibly conference history, starting with game one. With its win over Southern Nazarene Sept. 12, in Bethany, Okla., Crusader football clenched its 100th program victory. It was also Coach Pete Fredenburg’s 100th win at UMHB, as he is the only head coach the program has had. The game stirred up state rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma once again. Last year, The Cru won the contest 30 to 7. The next two games will be experimental, as UMHB will face two programs that have undergone coaching changes for this season. The Texas Lutheran Bulldogs have never been much of a threat to UMHB, and it would take more than a coaching change for them to become one. McMurry, on the other hand, is hoping to knock off the kings of the ASC, UMHB and Hardin-Simmons University. While new head coach Hal Mumme is optimistic about his air- raid style offense (a style that has given UMHB trouble in post-conference play), his career record and reputation as a program killer do not appear promising to McMurry. But then again, when you’re at the bottom of the barrel, what’s to lose? Losing games is a tradition McMurry will probably keep this year. Other games on the schedule will also bring some historical tension. Mississippi College has become a recent thorn in the side of the Cru football team, and they have been known to complain often about the UMHB Couch Cru. However, after two years of embarrassing losses to the Cru, the Choctaw fans should blow their noses, wipe their tears and focus on their team’s mistakes, not the other team’s “mean fans.” UMHB will travel to Brownwood to face usual pushover, Howard Payne. However, those who forget history are destined to repeat it, and UMHB’s last conference loss was dealt by Howard Payne in Brownwood in 2005. UMHB also seeks to...

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Men’s soccer team tames Trinity Tigers
Sep17

Men’s soccer team tames Trinity Tigers

Imagine if you will a soccer team at the collegiate level that is renowned for its excellence. Their squad is always nationally ranked and they recruit some of the best players in the country. This school is Trinity University located in San Antonio, and there has never been a team in the American Southwest Conference to beat them. On September 1 UMHB traveled to San Antonio to take on the Trinity Tigers. In the past, the Cru has not been exceptionally successful. They have never won a conference championship or a national title. But that night, something was different. When they got to the school, they went about everything just as they would at any other game. They changed in the locker room together, went through their pregame meeting and headed out to the field as a team to warm up. Normally when faced with an opponent that shares the accolades of Trinity, nerves are an issue. Instead, there was calmness about the team. After the warm up, team members circled to say a prayer as they always do before they take to the field. But just before they bowed their heads, Coach Brad Bankhead looked around the circle with a smile and said, “Go out there and have fun for 90 minutes. For 90 minutes, just have fun.” Junior midfielder Bo Baker immediately stepped up and gave thanks for allowing the young men to play the game they had all come to love. Then, it was game time. From the start, both teams went toe to toe, matching each other’s skill and desire to win. But in the in the eighth minute, junior midfielder Daniel Gable would cross the ball into the Tigers’ box where it would find senior Daniel Green. Fighting off a defender, Green managed to get his head on it and chipped the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. The Cru bench erupted with joy as they took a 1-0 lead. However, there was still plenty of time left in the half, and Trinity was not going to roll over and easily concede a win. At halftime, the score remained 1-0. Although they felt good about the 45 minutes, Bankhead explained to them that they would have to match their performance in the second half to win the game. When Trinity kicked off the second half, they had fire in their eyes and scoring on their mind. It was an onslaught of attacks, and UMHB defended with their lives. But a ray of hope came in the 78th minute. Sophomore outside midfielder Kyle Dikey beat his defender on the sideline...

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Crusader duo ace the tennis courts
Apr21

Crusader duo ace the tennis courts

In athletics, it’s always interesting to see siblings competing alongside and against each other. One sister duo that comes to mind is Venus and Serena Williams. Both of them are highly ranked tennis players who find themselves facing off for intense matches. However, sibling competition is even more entertaining when they’re twins. UMHB has its fair share of them involved in athletics. Kaylan and Kelsey Gangle both play for the volleyball team, Jude and Julius Austin competed on the soccer team and Kirsten and Kristen Leverett have won conference championship rings with the football team. This past fall, the university welcomed another set of twins to the Cru family. Megan and Mallory Aarhus are freshman cell biology majors who play on the tennis team. They were recruited out of Georgetown, Texas, but they’re originally from Baton Rouge, La. They moved to the lone star state during their sophomore year of high school. Mallory said, “The pastor of our church started a new church here. They’re friends of the family so we’ve helped them with it.” In high school, Megan had a record of 48-3 and received the Golden Eagle Award while Mallory won district her senior year and was voted MVP. The twins showed interest in both Tarleton State and Howard Payne University, but decided UMHB was the best fit. “It was close to home and close to family,” Mallory said. Coach James Cohagan believes they are talented and have only scratched the surface of their potential. In just their first college season, they have already done impressive things. “Megan has won player of the week individually,” he said, “and they have won player of the week as a couple.” Cohagan now has no problem distinguishing who is who, but admits to being confused at first. ”In the very beginning, it was a little difficult because I learned their names backwards,” he said,” but they are two unique individuals and very easy to tell apart.” They actually come from a family of tennis players, which explains their endowment. Mallory said, “My mom played in college, and my dad just picked it up.” Megan, who is older by a minute and a half, describes her sister as being strong as a player and having a good serve. “As a person, Mallory is caring in a way that is very frank and honest,” she said. Cohagan said, “Mallory is creative, spontaneous and willing to try most anything. She is a free spirit. Megan is a little more reserved and plays the big sister role.” They get along on and off the court and have blended well with the rest of the...

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