Crusaders vs Cowboys
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Crusaders vs Cowboys

Published in the Oct. 26, 2016 issue of The Bells The No. 3 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team squared off against the No. 11 Hardin-Simmons Cowboys on Saturday at Crusader Stadium. The game was part of the homecoming festivities for UMHB last week. The Cru also celebrated the first UMHB football player to play in the NFL, Chicago Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman. During a ceremony at halftime, Freeman’s number eight jersey was retired by the team and a marker with his accomplishments was erected in the stadium. With Freeman and Chuck Norris both looking on, the Cru managed to come away with a 20-15 victory. The day was full of fun and football for Freeman and Norris as they shared stories and laughs during the game. “[I’m] honored to have Chuck Norris stop by for my jersey retiring. If you were wondering, that’s not a chin behind that beard, it is another fist,” Freeman said. This game was a battle of the unbeaten teams, as both the Cru and HSU started with a 6-0 record on the season. The game has also become quite the ASC rivalry. In 2015, the only blemish on an otherwise perfect regular season for the Cru was suffered at the hands of the Cowboys. The 29-26 loss snapped a 61-game regular-season winning streak for the Cru at the time. HSU would have no such luck this time around. The Cru was able to open the scoring on their second drive of the game with a 42-yard field goal by junior kicker John Mowery. The Cowboys answered rather quickly however, driving the ball 66 yards down field on seven plays to score a touchdown on their next drive. But they were unable to tack on the extra point when the kick bounced off the left upright, holding the score to 6-3. This was shaping up to be a very defensive battle. At the end of the first quarter, the two teams had combined for just 164 offensive yards and nine points. On their first drive of the second quarter, HSU managed to salvage a field goal after an 88-yard drive stalled in the red zone. On the ensuing drive, the Cru marched 75 yards down the field in 2:30 minutes. The drive was capped when senior quarterback Blake Jackson found junior receiver Bryce Wilkerson open in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown pass. And the Cru took a 10-9 lead into halftime. However, the Cowboys came back ready to play in the second half. They held UMHB to 10 yards on their first drive. After a punt, HSU ended an 8-play, 76-yard drive...

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Women’s soccer hopes to win championship, break records

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells It’s halfway through the season for the women’s soccer team and the Cru is already on the road to a conference championship. Despite the tough schedule they have faced this season, the Cru has gone undefeated in all of their conference games and currently hold an impressive 7-2-1 record. Head Coach Barry Elkins is confident that this year’s team is the one to beat. “Overall, I’ve been very pleased with our results this season,” Elkins said. “The regional rankings just came out. There are eight regions in the United States and we are in the West region. We are ranked #7 in our region, so we are doing pretty well so far.” But the coach admits the teams’s schedule this season is very tough. “We’ve already played two nationally-ranked teams. I think it’s a positive thing to play good competition, but it’s been very stiff competition. That has been our biggest hurdle.” The success of the season so far has relied heavily on the experience of the girls on the field. “We have a total of nine seniors and that makes us one of the most, if not the most, experienced teams in our conference,” Elkins said. “Along with that, defensively we are playing really well. We have had eight shutouts on the year, which is getting close to a school record and it’s only halfway through the season.” In the past three years, the Cru has made a lasting impression that has changed the course of the program forever. “This has been our most successful group of girls overall,” Elkins said. “The majority of our seniors have been on the field all four years, starting as freshmen. They have been the core of the team.” In the first 13 years of this program, they only had three winning seasons which have all been in the last few years. Over the past few years, we have changed our overall history and the credit certainly goes to this group of seniors,” Elkins said. “We also have improved our conference record in those past three years, so we are constantly improving.” The Cru’s ultimate goal is one that all teams look to achieve: a conference championship. “Our focus this season has been to win a conference championship and go undefeated through our conference schedule,” Elkins said. “So far, we have been able to remain undefeated, but we have a big weekend coming up against Hardin-Simmons University, who is also undefeated. It is a big weekend to reach our goals. (Update) Ultimately, it’s about getting into the conference tournament and winning it,...

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Crusaders keep War Hawks out of the end zone

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells The UMHB football team hosted the McMurry University War Hawks in front of over 4000 people inside Crusader Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 1. The Cru also honored first responders from Bell County as part of their “Hometown Heroes” Day. With many police officers, fire fighters and military on hand, the Cru took care of business from the opening kickoff on their way to a 66-3 win in their ASC opener. The Cru was able to keep the War Hawks offense out of the end zone entirely and hold them to just -19 yards on the ground. Junior kicker John Mowery opened the scoring with a 22-yard field goal following an interception by senior defensive back Baylor Mullins on the War Hawks opening drive. Then with five minutes left in the first quarter, senior quarterback Blake Jackson hit wide receiver Wykeyhe Walker for a 31-yard touchdown pass. The pass capped off a long 14-play, 95-yard drive. Then in the second quarter after a shanked punt by McMurry, the Cru took over at the War Hawks’ 26-yard line. Five plays later, a fumble at the goal line by sophomore running back Markeith Miller was recovered in the end zone by senior offensive lineman Connolly Fuller for a touchdown to make it 17-0 Cru. Down 17 points in the second quarter, the War Hawks put together their best drive of the game. They were able to finish a 17-play, 70-yard drive with a 29-yard field goal. This drive lasted over nine minutes, leaving the Cru with just over two minutes to halftime when they finally got the ball back. But, they were able to make the most of the time on the clock. Jackson answered the War Hawks’ field goal with an 18-yard touchdown pass, again to Walker. The Cru took a 24-3 lead into the locker room at halftime. They wasted no time in the second half, scoring on their first drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to junior running back Duane Thompson. The touchdown extended the Cru lead to 28 points with 13 minutes left in the third quarter. The Cru would reach the end zone on their next three series. Meanwhile, McMurry’s offense did not cross over to UMHB territory the entire third quarter. A 28-point third quarter led the Cru into the fourth with a 52-3 lead. On McMurry’s first drive of the fourth quarter, B.J. Ross’ pass was intercepted by sophomore safety D’Andre Jackson and returned 54 yards for another Cru touchdown to make the score 59-3. The final score of the day came with...

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Career volleyball player makes her mark on UMHB team

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells Bump, set, spike. Freshman volleyball player Haleigh Evans has heard these words many times in her years playing volleyball. Originally from Edna, Texas, Evans played varsity volleyball for her high school, but her career started long before then. She first started playing volleyball when she was nine years old and hasn’t stopped since. In fact, her favorite volleyball memory came after tryouts her freshman year. “I found out I made the varsity team my freshman year. [It was] because all the hard work I had been putting in [had] paid off.” But her hard work did not stop there. By the time her high school career came to an end she had achieved many impressive goals. One of her most impressive awards was the Volleyball District Most Valuable Player award, which she received during two seasons. Evans also received impressive awards in cheerleading, track, and academics.  After her success in high school, Evans decided to become a Crusader volleyball player because she has always wanted to play college volleyball. “I just wasn’t ready to give up the sport that I’ve grown up playing, and that I love,” Evans said. With the Crusaders, Evans plays the position of libero. This is a defensive position in which the player stays in the back row and can sub with any back row player at any time in between points. Evans’ position stands out not only in skill, but in color. Her jersey is a different color than her teammates’. Evans has earned quite an impressive record while playing for the Cru. So far this season, she has accumulated 185 digs, which makes her the leader in the number of digs this season for the team. After playing volleyball for nearly a decade, Evans made the easy decision to major in exercise physiology. Her goals with this major are either to coach or to work with individuals recovering from sports-related injuries. Between practicing volleyball and studying, Evans is very busy. However, with what free time she has she likes to catch up on her sleep or go to the movies with friends.  In order to maintain her strength to perform to the best of her abilities in the classroom and on the court, Evans also likes to load up on protein at her favorite restaurant,...

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Cru volleyball set for another successful season

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells With an impressive 8-3 record to start the 2016 season, Cru Volleyball has already made their mark. After going undefeated at the Austin College Invitational Tournament in Sherman, Texas, Cru volleyball has struggled a bit, but Head Coach Rob Frost is optimistic looking forward to the rest of the season. “We’ve played some very good teams,” Frost said. “I feel we are learning fast and have competed well. We have a young group of players taking up most of our starting line up, so I like our upside as we keep working hard.” While it is still early in the season, Coach Frost is confident that this year’s team, while young, has already proved that they have what it takes to make it all the way to the end. “We have a great upside with very athletic players,” Frost said. “We are still young and need to keep learning and growing. The core of our team needs to play together longer. We should get a lot better as we go through this season together, and next year as we return a lot of players who have been together.” Frost and the rest of the team have set high expectations of what they hope to accomplish this season, both on and off the court. “Our goals every year are to win the ASC championship, get to the NCAA Tournament either by winning the ASC championship or receiving an at large bid, and win a national championship,” Frost said. “Aside from winning, we want to use athletics as a platform for ministry. If we can use volleyball to honor God or point someone to Christ, then that is a bigger success than all the wins.” Captains Abby Voskuil and Natasha Evans have stepped up as leaders on the team and have played a huge role in the success of this season. “We are very balanced, everyone contributes significantly, and this is a strength for us,” Frost said. “We are a strong team because everyone works hard at their role. Our captains Abby Voskuil and Natasha Evans have been great leaders for this team. They are easy to follow because they are great teammates and also play a great game on the court. “ Senior outside hitter Abby Voskuil, who won ASC West Division Offensive Player of the Week earlier this month, is pleased overall with this season so far and has high hopes for what is to come. “This season has been tough, yet fun. Every year is a new team and new girls are added, and we are all really...

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Crusaders vs Wildcats: Cru dominates 66-27

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells Cru football played host to the No. 3 Linfield Wildcats on Saturday, Sept. 17. However, they did not treat their guests well. The Cru racked up over 500 offensive yards and allowed just one rushing yard en route to a 66-27 victory in front of nearly 7,000 people in Crusader Stadium. The Cru are ranked No. 5 in the country, making this top five matchup the biggest game in the nation in NCAA Division III football last weekend. This game was undoubtedly the biggest test on the Crusaders’ schedule. Going in to Saturday’s game, they were 0-4 all-time against Linfield. They even knocked the Cru out of the playoffs the past two seasons, both with 3-point wins. By all accounts, this was a huge regular-season matchup that was expected to be a close, well-fought game. But they turned it into a statement to the rest of the country. Linfield was able to keep the game close through the first half. After the Cru started the game with a 10-0 run, Linfield was able to come back and take the lead in the second quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run and a huge 55-yard interception returned for a touchdown. The score was 13-10 in favor of Linfield with nine minutes left in the first half. Then quarterback Blake Jackson connected with receiver Wykeyhe Walker for a 42-yard touchdown pass to reclaim the lead. After another touchdown pass from Jackson to DeNerian Thomas and a Linfield score, the Cru took a 24-20 lead into the locker room at halftime. They would not look back from there, as they were able to hold the lead from then on. In the second half UMHB’s exceptional defense and special teams began to take over the game. On the opening kickoff of the second half, receiver Bryce Wilkerson received the kick and took it back 97 yards for a score. Then, on the first play of the ensuing drive for Linfield, defensive back Jaedon Johnson intercepted the pass from Linfield quarterback Sam Riddle. On Linfield’s next offensive drive, Riddle would be picked off again. This time, the interception would be run back 15 yards for another Cru touchdown by defensive back Baylor Mullins. Linfield then bounced back to score on an 8-yard touchdown pass after a long 12-play drive to make the score 38-27 Cru with 7:30 left in the third quarter. But, this was the last time that Linfield would score in the game. In fact, the Wildcats did not get past the UMHB 49-yard line the rest of the game. The Crusaders proceeded...

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