Sports Spotlight

Junior nursing major Scott Wilding was always a determined athlete. Even though he was born in Japan, Wilding enjoyed playing American sports like football and basketball. But his true passion was tennis. Before going into his 9th-grade year, Wilding decided that he wanted to focus on becoming a tennis player. “Tennis is my favorite sport because of the energy that it brings when I am on the court. I love the feeling of hitting a winner in a big match and turning to my teammates to hear them cheer me on,” he said. Wilding is currently the team captain for the UMHB tennis squad and has played a key role every season. Last season, he helped lead the Cru to the American Southwest Conference Tournament Championship match for the first time in the school’s history. Wilding and the squad also helped UMHB capture the ASC-West Division Team Title. He was awarded ASC-West Division Player of the Week twice and was named to the ASC-West First Team for doubles and Second Team for singles. He was also named to the All-Tournament team. He earned multiple wins last year, including a victory over a Division I opponent. His freshman season, he led the Cru to the postseason and was named ASC Freshman of the Year and earned All-Conference honors. Although Wilding has received many personal accolades, he enjoys being part of a team. “My favorite thing about tennis is the team atmosphere. Specifically, when you’re all on court and all cheering for each other after each point. It really makes a difference in a match,” he said. Outside of tennis, if Scott isn’t studying, he enjoys playing golf, basketball and hanging out with his friends. He is also involved with Young Life, where he serves as a leader for Temple High School. Upon graduating, Wilding hopes to pursue a career in nursing. “After I graduate, I would like to be a nurse anesthetist. A nurse anesthetist works under the anesthesiologist. I think it would be really cool to be able to put people out for surgeries,” he said. But before he graduates, Wilding wants to earn All-American honors and lead the Cru to their first ASC Championship. “I think it would be awesome if I could leave a legacy of winning the first ASC Championship,” he said. “We came really close last year, so I think we can make another run for...

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Sports Spotlight
Sep16

Sports Spotlight

Ben Hammonds is a senior business administration major from Flower Mound, Texas. Growing up, Hammonds participated in many sports, but favored baseball and soccer. Once he moved from St. Louis to Dallas, he decided to pursue his love for soccer. Hammonds is currently the team captain for the UMHB Men’s soccer team and plays the position of center forward. He has contributed to the team each season. His freshman year, he scored two goals. As a sophomore, he added another goal and earned All-ASC Honorable Mention. For his junior campaign, he was named to the All-ASC Second Team for scoring four more goals. This season, Hammonds and the Cru have begun this year with a road trip to the West Coast. Hammonds enjoys the freedom of the game. “My favorite thing about soccer is the freedom of it. Aside from free kicks there are no set plays, no timeouts or stoppages. Just 45-minute halves where players are free to do what they want to beat the opponent. I love my team. My favorite thing about the team is that we are truly brothers,” he said. Outside of soccer, Ben enjoys hanging out with his friends, taking in the Austin music scene and participating in student government. He is a representative for UMHB’s NCAA Student Athletic Advisory Committee and was once a member of the school’s Student Government Association (SGA) where he served as the athletics representative. Hammonds also enjoys watching soccer matches when he’s not playing in them. His favorite team is Chelsea FC, which competes in the Premier League. His favorite player is Frank Lampard, who is currently a member of the New York City FC. Because Hammonds has big aspirations for his career, he knew UMHB would be the right fit. “I had a few other offers from similar schools, but UMHB stood out to me. Coach Bankhead was a major factor in my decision. It was clear he cared about his players deeply and they respected him as well. I also had great interactions with the players on my visits and when I watched them play. UMHB is also beautiful. It was a really easy decision in the end,” he said. “One of the best decisions I have ever made.” Once Ben graduates this December, he plans to pursue a job in college athletics. However, he has not given up the option of playing professionally or being a member of a folk rock band. But before he graduates, Hammonds will be focusing on making an impact on his squad this season. “As a senior I hope to lead this year’s team to accomplish something special as...

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Sport Spotlight: Chandler Henson
May06

Sport Spotlight: Chandler Henson

THE BELLS — Chandler Henson is a senior education major from Van Alstyne, Texas where she attended Van Alstyne High School.   Henson has been a key player for the Cru earning many awards during her career. She was credited with Honorable Mention All-West Division her freshman and sophomore year. Last season, she was named to the Second Team All-West Division.   She chose UMHB for multiple reasons. “I loved the beautiful campus. I also came from a small high school, so I liked the small class sizes offered by the school. And it gave me an opportunity to continue my softball career,” she said.   Henson has collected many memories during her career, but her favorite came this season. “The LeTourneau game this year…. We went twelve innings, and I finally hit the walk-off hit to win the game, one to nothing,” she said.   Henson has enjoyed every moment with her softball family. “I’m going to miss being with the team, and when I throw people out. I’m going to miss the excitement that not only I get but all the other teammates get when that happens,” she said.   Chandler has already set her goals after she graduates. She doesn’t know where she will go but plans to get a teaching job....

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Sport Spotlight: Kitrick Bell
Apr02

Sport Spotlight: Kitrick Bell

THE BELLS — Kitrick Bell is a senior computer information systems major from Houston, where he attended Fort Bend Marshall High School. Bell has played a key role for the Cru all four seasons. The Cru found Kitrick four years ago, and he became a perfect fit. “I didn’t choose UMHB—UMHB chose me,” he said. His freshman year, Bell was voted to the ASC West Division All-Freshman Team. By his sophomore year, he played in 26 matches and averaged 10 points per game. His junior year, he started in every game and led the Cru to the NCAA Division III National Championship Game. By his senior year, he was named to the D3hoops.com Preseason All-America Team. Kitrick enjoys playing with his teammates. “My favorite thing about basketball is playing together as a team,” he said. This season, the senior helped lead his team back to a 17-9 overall record and 15-7 in conference play, but most importantly a berth into the postseason. In his final home game, Bell helped the Cru defeat nationally ranked #17 UT-Dallas 75-71. He contributed by getting a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. The ASC awarded his outstanding play by naming him the ASC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 20-24. The Cru then went into ASC Tournament as the #3 seed, but, but fell to Louisiana College 81-71 in the quarterfinals. Bell averaged just shy of a double-double with 12.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game throughout his senior year. He also finished his career with the all-time record of most rebounds in a career at UMHB. One thing most people don’t know about Kitrick is that he enjoys to sing. “Alicia Keys is one of my favorite. I like to dabble with John Legend a little bit and Lauryn Hill,” he said. After college, Bell has made up his mind on what he wants to do. He said, “My absolute dream job is to become a computer programmer, but if that doesn’t work,...

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Sport Spotlight: Thomas Orr
Feb25

Sport Spotlight: Thomas Orr

THE BELLS — Thomas Orr is a senior sport management major from Hutto, Texas, where he attended Hutto High School. Before joining the Cru, Orr attended Panola College in Texas and State Fair Community College in Missouri. He played two seasons for the Cru and helped lead his team to the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship Game last season. He now serves as the student assistant basketball coach. Orr chose UMHB “for multiple reasons—basketball, the winning tradition is excellent here, it is also close to home so my parents can watch me play, and I just like the feel of the community walking around campus and the surrounding support that they have,” he said. He talks about the change of roles. “The transition was kind of hard, especially losing in the National Championship game. I kind of feel like I still have a little bit left to prove, but my time is up. It’s hard to say. Playing to now coaching… you are right there in a game. It’s like you’re injured and just waiting to get back on the court. But I have enjoyed the transition, and it feels good,” Orr said. Throughout his basketball career, he has collected many favorite memories. “My first one would be my senior year of high school when I scored a career high 41 points in a playoff game. My second one would be in the conference tournament against Hardin-Simmons where I scored 38 points, my career high at the college level. And then the national championship dunk of course,” he said. After college, Thomas hasn’t made a final decision on what he wants to do. But basketball will surely be involved. He said, “My dream job is to become a head basketball coach somewhere. I don’t know where. People always say they want to go to Duke or something like that, but I could go coach anywhere. As long as I am the head coach, I will be...

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Men’s basketball set for run at ASC championship title
Feb25

Men’s basketball set for run at ASC championship title

THE BELLS — The men’s basketball team has continued its winning ways, stringing together eight consecutive wins and most recently beating the University of Texas in Dallas Feb. 22. Jerard Graham led the Cru with 19 points along with 12 rebounds. Senior forward Kitrick Bell wasn’t far behind, finishing with 15 points and 14 rebounds. The last two games of the season were highly important for the Crusaders. They dropped a few conference games early but finished strong in order to put them in good position for the conference tournament. “The two last games are important because it decides on what seed we will be going into the tournament,” head coach Ken DeWeese said. “If we win these last two games, numerically speaking, it looks to be a little bit of an easier road, but if we get in that situation, I will be the first to tell you it isn’t any easier.” The Crusaders dropped the first meetings against Hardin-Simmons and UTD, but when those two teams traveled to Belton to face UMHB again, they met a different Crusader team. “We lost the two on the road at HSU and at UTD. I didn’t think we played poorly at Hardin-Simmons but they had one guy that made six threes. They beat us by four, and he was the difference,” DeWeese said. Sophomore center Russell Green agrees they weren’t playing to their full potential at that time in the season but have turned it around and will be a force in the conference tournament. “I think we are doing the little things better. We are also playing a whole lot better defense, and we have more confidence as a team.” The men will be heading into the conference tournament as the number three seed. Their winning streak can be attributed to their escalated play on the defensive end of the court. “Our defense has really stepped up in these last nine games,” Green said. “We continue to get stops on defense, which leads to good shots on the other end. I think that has been a big contributor here late in the season.” The Crusaders will travel to  the University of Texas Dallas for the conference tournament this weekend.  Even though the men defeated the Comets in the last game of the regular season, UTD still holds the number one seed in the conference followed by Hardin-Simmons. For a shot at the national tournament, the Crusaders need to play well in the ASC tournament. A conference tournament championship would guarantee them an automatic bid. “We just have to go take care of business in the tournament. We control our...

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