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BROWNWOOD — Even though it has been 165 minutes and 23 seconds since Mary Hardin-Baylor has surrendered a point, Crusaders coach Pete Fredenburg isn’t ready to say that this might be one of the program’s stingiest defenses.

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BELTON — Four blowout victories to start the season had proven only that Mary Hardin-Baylor could steamroll overmatched programs. But this fifth game — the annual grudge match with rival Hardin-Simmons — showed that the Crusaders could beat a quality opponent, even amid a myriad of mistakes.

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BELTON — Four blowout victories to start the season had proven only that Mary Hardin-Baylor could steamroll overmatched programs. But this fifth game — the annual grudge match with rival Hardin-Simmons — showed that the Crusaders could beat a quality opponent, even amid a myriad of mistakes.

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BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor head coach Pete Fredenburg, like most of his assistants, gets up before daylight on Mondays and Tuesdays during the season. There’s always too much work to be done before the week’s first practice on Tuesday afternoons.

“It’s usually a real drag to get up that early. Man, I bounced out of bed today,” Fredenburg said Monday.

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BELTON — Coming off a mistake-filled yet thorough 47-14 victory and with bigger challenges looming, No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor is convinced that now is the time it must take a large step forward if it wants to have a chance to advance to the NCAA Division III national championship game for a third consecutive year.

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SEGUIN — After winning a battle for the starting quarterback’s job during fall camp, Jase Hammack shows no signs of relinquishing the reins of the Mary Hardin-Baylor offense any time soon.

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BELTON — Two victories by an average margin of 79-7 would be a satisfying start to the season for most programs.

While pleased with the outcomes, Mary Hardin-Baylor is far from satisfied, though. The 2016 national champion and last year’s runner-up has larger goals than steamrolling a couple of overmatched opponents.

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ALPINE — One week after flashing its speed in a season-opening rout, Mary Hardin-Baylor used brute force to begin American Southwest Conference play with a very similar result.

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BELTON — Following a stellar high school career, Jase Hammack spent the last three years wondering if all the work he was putting in was worth it. He had appeared in just two games as a freshman at McMurry and didn’t get on the field in two seasons at Division I Abilene Christian.

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BELTON — Lane Smith experienced something last December that was a first for him at Mary Hardin-Baylor. Through 29 consecutive games as a member of the Crusaders’ varsity squad, Smith had never tasted defeat.

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BELTON — Three weeks of fall camp and two scrimmages didn’t provide Mary Hardin-Baylor with a clear-cut answer as to who its starting quarterback will be, so the Crusaders will use the final few days before this week’s season opener to find more clues about the identity of their signal-caller.

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BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor is the favorite to win the American Southwest Conference football title, according to the league’s preseason coaches and media poll. The Crusaders received 23 of the 30 first-place votes and totaled 293 points in balloting of the conference’s head coaches, sports information directors and selected media members.

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BELTON — Eight months after Mary Hardin-Baylor’s second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III national championship game, the Crusaders were back on the field Sunday evening to take the first step toward putting last year’s Stagg Bowl loss — and everything else that happened in the offseason — behind them.

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HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — Mary Hardin-Baylor shot a third-round 333 on Thursday and missed the cut at the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships.

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HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — Mary Hardin-Baylor dropped six spots at the end of the second day of the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships on Wednesday. The Lady Crusaders posted a 352 in the second set of 18 holes after shooting a 333 in the first round and is currently at 101 over par.

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HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — Mary Hardin-Baylor didn’t have a player break 80 on Tuesday but kept its head above water in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships.

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The Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s golf team entered the American Southwest Conference tournament in April without a win during a challenging spring season. In fact, the Lady Crusaders — winners of two titles last fall — had finished in third place once, fourth twice and fifth once.

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COLLEGE BASEBALL: Temple thrashes Vernon to sweep doubleheader

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AUSTIN — Mary Hardin-Baylor defeated Texas-Tyler on the second playoff hole Tuesday at Avery Ranch Gold Club to claim the American Southwest Conference tournament championship for the 11th time.

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BELTON — A torch that helped carry the Olympic flame to the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., now has a new home on the campus of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

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