• July 28, 2016

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UMHB tops ASC poll; DE Smith named preseason defensive MVP

BELTON — It’s less than eight weeks until Mary Hardin-Baylor’s season opener and, like clockwork, the Crusaders are the favorites in the American Southwest Conference.

For the 14th consecutive year, UMHB has been picked to win the ASC in the league’s annual preseason coaches and media poll.

UMHB golfers take aim at national titles

BELTON — Elizabeth Davis is an aspiring college golf coach who has battled through the pain of numerous injuries and surgeries associated with thoracic outlet syndrome to earn one more cherished playing opportunity in her hometown of Houston.

Mats Heien is a determined Norwegian whose commitment to improving his focus and all-around game has him pointing toward a professional playing career.

Both Mary Hardin-Baylor golfers aim to complete their spring season in stellar fashion when they compete as individuals in this week’s NCAA Division III Championships.

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TRACK AND FIELD: Area athletes qualify for TAPPS state meet

Central Texas Christian had athletes advance through the TAPPS Class 3A South regional meet in 17 events, and Holy Trinity Catholic also had a competitor qualify for the TAPPS state meet.

BACKYARD BALL: Former area prep stars making key contributions at nearby UMHB

BELTON — Four former stars from area high schools are making a name for themselves at the collegiate level on the playing field. 

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BASEBALL: Temple stunned by Connally

PFLUGERVILLE — Temple let a 3-0 lead slip away as Pflugerville Connally won for only the second time in District 17-5A action, beating the Wildcats 6-5 on Friday night.

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Hernandez highlights Temple’s first round at regionals

SEALY — Temple’s A.J. Hernandez fired a 77 on Tuesday and is in a six-way tie for 17th place heading into today’s final round of the Class 5A Region III tournament.

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HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Frick solid on mound as Belton beats Shoemaker

KILLEEN — Left-hander Tanner Frick struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings Friday during his second start on the mound this season after dealing with injury, and Belton beat Killeen Shoemaker 8-3 in District 12-6A action.

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HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Temple topples Elgin

ELGIN — Eli Mendoza hit a home run and drove in three runs, and Keion Seastrunk homered and had two RBIs to propel Temple to a 7-4 victory over Elgin on Tuesday night.

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TRACK AND FIELD: Temple relay sixth, Rockdale’s Crawford fifth at Texas Relays

AUSTIN — After grabbing the last qualifying slot for the final, Temple moved up three spots with a sixth-place finish in the boys Division II 4x100-meter relay Saturday at the Texas Relays.

The Wildcats foursome of Jemiyah Franklin, Willari Watson, Issac Cole and Davion Curtis clocked a time of 41.46 seconds to finish more than a half-second behind champion Richmond George Ranch.

Rockdale’s Jaquayln Crawford — the only other area athlete to make it out of the preliminaries — was fifth in the boys DI 100-meter dash with a time of 10.82. Stafford’s Cameron Montgomery won in 10.55.

UMHB falls in 14-inning affair

BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Dakota Parsons flew out to right for the game’s final out, and the Crusaders came up just short in an 8-7, 14-inning marathon loss to Sul Ross State on Friday afternoon at Red Murff Field.

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HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Temple edged by Hutto, 1-0

HUTTO — Temple’s Eli Mendoza pitched a two-hitter, but Hutto produced an unearned run for the only offense it needed in a 1-0 victory Thursday night.

Mendoza struck out 12 and didn’t walk a batter, but the Wildcats (9-8, 3-1 District 17-5A) were undone by the Hippos’ unearned run in the fourth inning.

Temple was limited to two hits and struck out 18 times against Hutto ace Tristen Bayless.

According to their schedule, the Wildcats host Waco at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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GIRLS POWERLIFTING: Temple’s Joiner-Hargrove,

Salado’s Graham win titles

CORPUS CHRISTI — Temple’s Timmea Joiner-Hargrove recorded a total lift of 1,050 pounds Saturday to win Class 5A’s 220-pound division at the girls powerlifting state meet.

Joiner-Hargrove had lifts of 400 pounds in the squat, 195 in the bench press and 455 in the deadlift to beat Gregory-Portland’s Luciana Zamora by 15 pounds.

Column: UMHB has blueprint for new football programs

A slow, steady trend is developing among small Texas colleges over the last decade that has them introducing a new sport that may soon be all the rage.

To update the old Andy Griffith comedy routine: What it is, is football.

This is a story that feels like it could have been written in 1916, when football was relatively new and schools were making it a provisional part of their extra-curricular culture, rather than 2016 when the popularity of college football has never been more established, especially in Texas. In that regard not much has changed, but now it may be considered more of a vital part of the campus environment, status and perhaps even survival.

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HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Wildcats go 1-1 on opening day of Round Rock tournament

ROUND ROCK — Temple bounced back from a 7-2 loss to Austin Akins with a 7-6 win over Austin Anderson to open its season Thursday at the Round Rock tournament.

Crusaders fall to ETBU in ASC tourney

Alpine – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s basketball team rallied from multiple double-digit deficits, but the Cru’s final thrust came up short in a 70-64 loss to East Texas Baptist in the Quarterfinals of the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament Thursday in Alpine. The loss snaps UMHB’s three-game winning streak and ends the Cru’s season at 10-16.

UMHB women’s team ends season in quarterfinals

Tyler – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s basketball team controlled the first three quarters but a costly turnover and missed shot in the final seconds were too much to overcome as the Cru fell to East Texas Baptist 73-70 in the Quarterfinals of the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament Thursday in Tyler. The loss snaps UMHB’s seven-game winning streak and ends the Cru’s season at 15-11.

UMHB hoops look to carry momentum into ASC tournaments

BELTON — Having earned their way into the American Southwest Conference tournaments, the Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s and women’s basketball teams carry some momentum into their quests to win three games over three days.

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HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER: Temple boys come back to beat Pflugerville Connally

The Temple boys soccer team answered Pflugerville Connally’s tiebreaking goal with two unanswered tallies to grab a 2-1 victory Tuesday night in District 17-5A action at blustery Woodson Field.

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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Temple routs Connally

Temple scored three times in the first inning and never looked back on its way to a 14-9 victory over Waco Connally on Monday night at Tem-Cat Field.

The Tem-Cats (2-7) erupted for five runs in the third and four in the fourth, finishing with 19 hits. Makenna Holland (2-3) went the distance in the circle, giving up seven hits, and drove in a pair of runs.

UMHB earns berth in ASC tourney with win over Hardin-Simmons

BELTON — In the final game of a regular season that featured more twists and turns and ups and downs than an amusement park ride but wasn’t nearly as amusing, Mary Hardin-Baylor made sure it got the last laugh.

UMHB matched Hardin-Simmons big shot for big shot and withstood the pressure of its win-or-stay-home scenario to pull out an 80-79 victory Saturday afternoon at Mayborn Campus Center and earn a spot in the American Southwest Conference tournament.

UMHB stays hot ahead of ASC tourney

BELTON — Twelve months after trudging into the conference tournament near the end of a tumultuous season, the Mary Hardin-Baylor Lady Crusaders are riding high heading into this year’s league showcase.

UMHB chalked up its seventh consecutive victory by scoring six of the game’s last nine points to hold off Hardin-Simmons 77-74 in the regular-season finale Saturday afternoon at Mayborn Campus Center.

With their longest winning streak in two years in tow, the Lady Crusaders (15-10, 9-5 American Southwest Conference) head into the league tournament as the No. 2 seed from the West Division and will face East No. 3 East Texas Baptist (16-9) at 5 p.m. Thursday on the campus of tourney host Texas-Tyler.

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HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING: Belton qualifies for state finals in two events

AUSTIN — Of the area’s six entries in the UIL Swimming and Diving State Championships, two qualified through the preliminaries Friday and into today’s finals.

UMHB women gut out OT win

BELTON — This was a game that recent history shows usually ended in a Mary Hardin-Baylor loss. An 18-point first-half lead wasted by the time the final few minutes rolled around was a sure recipe for defeat.

At the right time; UMHB routs McMurry for non-conference victory

BELTON — It’s said that teams can peak too early, which certainly isn’t the case with Mary Hardin-Baylor this season.