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RICHARDSON — Mary Hardin-Baylor’s bid to clinch the program’s first berth in the women’s NCAA Division III Tournament came up one point short in a 71-70 loss to East Texas Baptist on Saturday in the championship game of the American Southwest Conference tournament.

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RICHARDSON — Mary Hardin-Baylor’s bid to clinch the program’s first berth in the women’s NCAA Division III Tournament came up one point short in a 71-70 loss to East Texas Baptist on Saturday in the championship game of the American Southwest Conference tournament.

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RICHARDSON — Sophomore Kendall Rollins had a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Mary Hardin-Baylor stormed past Concordia Texas 79-51 on Friday in a semifinal of the women’s American Southwest Conference tournament.

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BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor’s men’s and women’s basketball teams enter their respective American Southwest Conference tournaments with the same tasks ahead of them: win three games in a three-day span to earn automatic bids to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

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BELTON — Hardin-Simmons shot itself back into the game late in the second half before eventually shooting itself in the foot. And when the Cowboys delivered their self-inflicted wound, Mary Hardin-Baylor knew exactly what to do.

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BELTON — Brian Long’s road to college basketball success has been arduous, but the junior forward wouldn’t change anything about the path that led him to where he is now: a double-digit-scoring workhorse for Mary Hardin-Baylor.

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BELTON — Brian Long scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Mary Hardin-Baylor, which never trailed en route to an 89-64 victory over McMurry on Thursday night at Mayborn Campus Center.

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BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor raced to a 20-point halftime lead, momentarily took its foot off the gas midway through the second half, then re-accelerated to drive past Sul Ross State for a 90-68 victory Saturday afternoon in an American Southwest Conference women’s basketball matchup at Mayborn Campus Center.

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BELTON — In a battle between American Southwest Conference West Division co-leaders, Mary Hardin-Baylor cashed in on its chance to grab the top spot in the standings by making a living at the free throw line.

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BELTON — Kendall Rollins didn’t grow up dreaming of playing college basketball. In fact, as a young child, she didn’t have any kind of dreams about basketball.

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BELTON — Kendall Rollins was a model of efficiency for Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday afternoon, providing the Lady Crusaders with steady production during their up-and-down but overall effective performance in a 76-61 victory over Belhaven at Mayborn Campus Center.

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BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor made up its mind to attack the basket in the closing minutes, and the Lady Crusaders finished on a 14-2 run to pull away for a 79-67 victory over Louisiana College on Thursday night at Mayborn Campus Center.

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BELTON — It’s difficult to say that Mary Hardin-Baylor does one particular thing extremely well to fuel its success, but the Crusaders do enough things well enough to give themselves a chance to win.

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BELTON — For a majority of Friday night’s Cru Holiday Classic contest inside Mayborn Campus Center, Mary Hardin-Baylor played catch up. But after stringing together a 25-11 second-half run, the Crusaders captured a two-point lead with 6:02 left in the game and held on for an 81-79 comeback victory over the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

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BELTON — Three days after his team’s loss in the NCAA Division III national championship game, Mary Hardin-Baylor head coach Pete Fredenburg talked Monday about his thoughts on the defeat, recruiting and the title game’s move next year to a new city.

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SALEM, Va. — For the first 14 games of the season, Mary Hardin-Baylor had overcome the shortcomings of its offense with a ferocious defense. But when the offense wilted again — this time under the national spotlight — the Crusaders’ hopes of back-to-back championships melted away, even in th…

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SALEM, Va. — Evidently, children don’t care much for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches any more. Also, a defensive lineman impersonating a quarterback is a tough sell, even to 8 year olds.

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SALEM, Va. – Evidently, children don’t care much for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches any more. Also, a defensive lineman impersonating a quarterback is a tough sell, even to 8-year-olds.

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SALEM, Va. – They are the closest things to rock stars in NCAA Division III football. The baddest of the bad dudes. They would be the cool kids in the back of the bus except they’ve been busy driving it, carrying Mary Hardin-Baylor to the national championship game for the second straight year.

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SALEM, Va. – Mount Union defensive end Michael Vidal still remembers what it felt like to walk off the field in Belton following last year’s 14-12 loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor in the NCAA Division III semifinals. For a proud program that had 19 Stagg Bowl appearances and 12 national championships in its memory banks, it was unfamiliar feeling for the Purple Raiders.

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 It has been an adventurous season for the men in charge of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s offense and defense, and for different reasons.

Offensive coordinator Stephen Lee went from the euphoria of winning last year’s national title in his first season with the Crusaders to the arduous task of building an attack without an experienced veteran at his unit’s most important position.

On the other side of the ball, defensive coordinator Larry Harmon took the top defense in the country last year and pushed it another rung up the ladder.

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BELTON — Having been through and having handled the hectic lead-up to last year’s national championship game, Mary Hardin-Baylor coach Pete Fredenburg was relaxed and talkative Monday morning amid preparation for this week’s Stagg Bowl.

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BELTON — In need of victories to keep from falling further back early in their respective conference races, the Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s and women’s teams bowed their necks Thursday night against Texas-Dallas.

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Progress 2016 - A special publication brought to you by the Killeen Daily Herald.

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The Killeen Daily Herald's 6th annual How-to Guide July 2016

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The Killeen Daily Herald presents an overview of the progress seen in Central Texas cities during 2016 and what's ahead in 2017.

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The Killeen Daily Herald salutes area graduates, profiling the valedictorian and salutatorian at each high school.