Coach ‘Fred’ inducted into Texas Sports Hall of Fame
Apr11

Coach ‘Fred’ inducted into Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Football Head Coach Pete ‘Fred’ Fredenburg was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Saturday, April 7 in Waco, Texas. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor head coach was inducted along with eight other well-known Texas athletes and coaches in the class of 2018. Coach Fredenburg was inducted along with former Texas A&M running back Johnny Bailey (deceased), former University of Texas basketball and volleyball player Nell Fortner, Texas A&M quarterback and Super Bowl winning Head Coach Gary Kubiak, Duncanville girls basketball coach Cathy Self-Morgan, former Texas Tech basketball coach and athletic director Gerald Myers, Olympic medalist and former University of Texas swimmer Jill Sterkel, Texas Ranger Michael Young, and University of Texas National Champion quarterback Vince Young. Coach Fredenburg started UMHB’s football program from the ground up 20 years ago in 1998. Since this time, Fredenburg has led the Cru to an overall record of 210-39, 15 American Southwest Conference titles and the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship. Under Fredenburg’s leadership the Cru has played in the Alonzo Stagg Bowl for the national championship three times. He is a winner of the Liberty Mutual Division III Coach of the Year (2014) award and the American Football Coaches Association Division III National Coach of the Year (2016) award. In the press conference, Fredenburg stated that when he came to UMHB, the football program didn’t have any equipment, coaches, or even a field. “I made a plan to try to get within a 75-mile radius of Belton to tell our story,” Coach Fred said. “We felt like that 100 guys would be a break even for the program. We had 217 guys show up that first year.” Jerrell Freeman, former Chicago Bear linebacker and UMHB alumnus played underneath Coach Fredenburg’s leadership from 2004-08. Freeman attended of the induction ceremony for the famers. “It’s been a long time coming,” Freeman said. “He’s an old school coach, so you know exactly what you’re getting from him. He’s built a really great program. He’s tough, but he knows what it takes to win.” Fredenburg also has ties with two of the other inductees, Nell Fortner and Gerald Myers. Fredenburg’s wife, Karen, used to coach Fortner and would sometimes have her husband come to basketball practice to guard Fortner. Also, Fredenburg briefly attended Monterrey High School in Lubbock, where Myers coached. Myers approached Fredenburg about playing basketball for the team. “He was a good athlete, and I was looking forward to coaching. But then his family moved. If he had stayed in Monterrey, he might have gotten a basketball scholarship [for college],” Myers said. During Fredenburg’s acceptance speech, he discussed living in the...

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What to expect from the 2018 Winter Olympics
Feb09

What to expect from the 2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea from Feb. 9- 25. Ninety-four countries from around the world will be competing in this year’s games. The Russian athletes’ National Olympic Committee was suspended in 2017 along with The Kuwait Olympic Committee and The Brazil Olympic Committee. This means that athletes will not be able compete under these countries. However, recent reports show that chosen athletes from Russia will still be competing under the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) emblem. The official Olympics website states that this will be the first ever Olympic Winter Games with over 100 gold medals to be awarded and that it will also feature the greatest number of women’s and mixed events in the history of Olympic Winter Games. Some examples of the sports that athletes can compete in are ice skating, curling, bobsledding, luge, and skiing’s high jump. There are 102 events under fifteen sport disciplines, with six new events that viewers can watch for the first time. Four of the new events are: the Snowboard Big Air, Speed Skating Mass Start, Curling Mixed Doubles, and Alpine Skiing Team. This is a big step from the first official Winter Olympic Games in 1924 in Chamonix France. Only sixteen nations attended the first games and only held sixteen events under nine disciplines. Now, so many things have been added and the whole world will be watching these games unfold. Senior interdisciplinary education major Allison Mckeown said that the Olympics is one of her favorite events. “The Olympics are important to me because they represent unity and the strength of the human spirit. No matter what’s going on in our country and our world, the Olympics provide a two-week reprieve, when I can be proud of my countrymen and marvel at the amazing things that humans can do,” Mckeown said. Mckeown said that she will be glued to her screen when the Olympics air on TV and watching the coverages on news apps. She is not the only person who is excited for the Winter Olympics. Sophomore nursing major, Skaiye Finney, said she feels that the Olympic sports are one of the greatest events worldwide, due to its underlying message of perseverance, excellence and commitment. “I am intrigued by the idea that Russia will not be competing under their flag, while also kind of disappointed since they are one of America’s greatest rivals. I am also incredibly intrigued by the new Nigerian bobsledding team that is turning heads worldwide. Their presence goes to show that dreams are attainable and very possible,” Finney said. “On a global scale, the Olympic Games are a beautiful display...

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Men and women’s basketball begin 2017 season
Nov15

Men and women’s basketball begin 2017 season

As the football team prepares to enter the playoffs, the men’s and women’s basketball teams are preparing for their opening games. This year should be a good season for both teams. As the football team prepares to enter the playoffs, the men’s and women’s basketball teams are preparing for their opening games. This year should be a good season for both teams. Last year, the men’s basketball team finished the season with a record of 16-10. They won all of their games at home. This year they are coming back with a more experienced team. The men only lost three seniors from a roster that included 11 freshmen in the 2017 season. This year they have fewer freshmen and more people with experience. According to Aubrie King, a senior education major who is starting his second basketball season with the Cru, the team’s biggest rival is Hardin-Simmons. Last year the Crusaders lost to Hardin-Simmons 112-120 in double overtime and 76-77 in their second meeting of the season.  The team will face-off against the Cowboys Jan. 11 and Feb. 3.King admits that Hardin-Simmons isn’t the only team they’re hoping to beat this season. “Honestly anyone who beat us last year, especially on our home floor, is someone that we could consider a ‘rival,’ if for no other reason than that we just really want to beat them,” he said.The men’s basketball team is focused on their team motto, “win the next game,” so right now they are looking forward to the season opener at Shreiner Wednesday, Nov. 15. While the men’s basketball team is relying on experienced players, the women’s basketball team is hoping to gain momentum with some new players. They lost four seniors from last year and only have two seniors on the roster this year. The team also has a new assistant coach. Niya Johnson, a former member of the women’s basketball team at Baylor University, is hoping to help head coach Mark Morefield capture the coveted championship win. Last year, the team finished the season with a record of 18-9, winning 11 of their 12 home games. This year, they hope to improve their record even more. The women’s basketball team will host Texas Lutheran University Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7...

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Sports spotlight: Wykeyhe Walker
Nov15

Sports spotlight: Wykeyhe Walker

Senior mass communications major Wykeyhe Walker was recently baptized in the university’s pool at the Mayborn Campus Center. “It was something I wanted to do for a while now, and I was going through so much, but God gave me hope and that caused me to focus on the good instead of the bad.” Walker’s friends and family gathered at the pool to see him baptized. President Dr. Randy O’Rear and his wife, Julie, were in attendance at the baptism. Walker attends First Baptist Belton with the O’Rears. “It was joyful to see him make the best decision he will ever make in his life,” O’Rear said. “He desired to tell the world and stand up on top of the mountain and scream, ‘I am a believer, and I want to be obedient, and I want to be baptized.’” O’Rear said that Walker reached out to him after one of his teammates and now UMHB alumnus, Matt Cody, was baptized at Temple Lake Park. “We started talking about our faith, becoming a Christian, baptism, what that meant, and what that meant to him.” O’Rear said that he’s enjoyed watching the journey Walker has taken since he began attending church with the O’Rears. “To see the joy and the peace he has now as a believer has been a sweet thing to watch,” he said. Walker plans to graduate this December with a bachelor of arts in mass communications. He will then relocate to Madrid, Spain to play professional football with the Osos Rivas. “Honestly it hasn’t hit me yet, but I can’t wait for the experience,” he said. “Of course, my family is sad but this is a step I have to take to get to the NFL.” Walker played receiver for the university for four seasons. During his final season, he was a part of the National Championship winning team. “I have been a starter here for the last 3.5 years, and I have never played in a game so cold,” he said. “I was with my brothers. You can’t really ask for a better ending.” Walker said that playing football for the Cru and being at the university has changed him tremendously. “When I got here, I was a kid that only cared about himself,” he said. “Now, I am a man who is about to start a new journey.” He said that he didn’t really see change in himself until his sophomore year. “I didn’t know Jesus, and even football was going bad. But I got my head right in the summer of my sophomore year, realizing I wanted the college experience. So I had to...

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Cru tames Tigers, 31-21
Nov15

Cru tames Tigers, 31-21

UMHB emerged victorious from a well-fought battle with the ETBU Tigers on Saturday. With this, their tenth win, the Cru ends the regular season with their 15th (13th consecutive) ASC title and a perfect 10-0 record (9-0 conference). UMHB came out of the gates hot, their defense getting a stop, and their offense striking quickly to put six points on the board. On just his second snap of the game, quarterback Carl Robinson connected with a wide-open TJ Josey for a 44-yard score. The John Mowery extra point was good, putting the Cru up 7-0. The Tigers capitalized on a Carl Robinson interception during UMHB’s next possession, immediately connecting on a long touchdown pass of their own, tying the game at 7 apiece. After an ETBU three-and-out, which defensive tackle Brazos Fuller capped off with a 9-yard sack, Bryce Wilkerson returned the punt 40 yards to score UMHB’s second touchdown of the afternoon. On the Tiger’s next possession, defensive tackle Joey Longoria stopped a run cold, then imposed his will on ETBU quarterback Brian Baca, not only recording a strip sack, but also recovering the fumble for the Cru. The Cru offense failed to capitalize on this turnover, punting the ball back to the Tigers, who then drove 80 yards downfield to score as the second quarter began. UMHB blocked the extra point, keeping the score at 14-13, Cru. For the remainder of the first half, UMHB’s offense stalled, failing to produce any substantial drives. In the closing minutes of the second quarter, the Tigers’ offense drove into the Cru red zone, but failed to score, due to a key third-down stop, followed by a blocked field goal attempt by special teams player Jordan Millar. UMHB received the second half kickoff, but immediately turned the ball over to the Tigers on an overthrown pass from Robinson. Sensing the change in momentum, linebacker Tevin Jones took matters into his own hands. “You get into the zone and start seeing yourself making plays,” Jones said. “It all just starts to feel natural.” To say that Jones was “in the zone” would be an understatement. The junior linebacker broke up a pass on first down, then made two consecutive tackles to force an ETBU three-and-out. With his stellar play, Jones almost singlehandedly gained back the momentum for the Cru. He finished the game with a career high 19 tackles. This impressive stop was seemingly all the UMHB offense needed, for quarterback Kyle Jones found Wilkerson for a 13-yard touchdown. The Tigers immediately responded with a scoring drive of their own, taking advantage of UMHB’s struggle to contain Baca, who repeatedly rushed for...

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Senior soccer player shines on and off the field
Nov15

Senior soccer player shines on and off the field

The UMHB men’s soccer team has made history this year, earning the program’s first ASC championship as they head to the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament. Senior midfielder Caleb Almanza, who was recently selected to compete on the First Team All-ASC and is a starter for the Cru, has played a big part in the team’s success this season. “This season has been great, we are playing well and put ourselves in a great position to do something amazing and make history,” Almanza said. “I feel I put in a lot of work to my team and do whatever it takes to win.” While Almanza has had many people in his life who have inspired and helped him in his soccer career, there is a certain person who has left a special impact on his heart. “My older brother, who is in the Navy is my biggest inspiration in life,” Almanza said. “I look up to him every day. He has helped me through everything throughout my life and is the reason I am who I am today.” Soccer has always been more than just a game for Almanza; it is a part of him that no matter where he goes, he will always take with him. “I have played soccer since I was 3 years old, so it’s been about 18 years,” Almanza said. “My parents got me started in it and it has been a part of my life ever since. I love that I forget about everything while I’m playing. It’s my time to get away from everything and do what I love, and I thank God for letting me do that every day. “It has been what I have done my entire life, soccer has taken me all over the world, brought me to a great university and just been a massive part of my life.” Although soccer holds so many special memories in the past for Almanza, his next step in life is to pursue his other dream: to become a physical therapist. “I plan on pursuing my career after I graduate and not play soccer anymore. I need to focus on my long-term future even though I would love to continue playing,” Almanza said. Choosing to further his athletic career as a Crusader was not a tough decision for Almanza and throughout his four years here, he has realized that this is exactly where he belongs. “I loved my visit when I came to visit UMHB,” he said. “They have great academics and Coach Bankhead ran a very good program so I wanted to be a part of it. To this day,...

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