By Tony Adams
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team got their last test on the football field in Clinton, Miss. on Saturday as the Crusaders traveled east to take on conference rival Mississippi College in the final matchup of the 2013 American Southwest Conference season.
MC, who handed UMHB their last loss in conference, 17-14 on Oct. 17, 2009, tested the Crusaders metal throughout the first three quarters. The Cru took control of the game in the fourth quarter and then held on for a 56-30 victory over the Choctaws. UMHB finishes a fourth consecutive undefeated season at 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the ASC, extending their winning streaks to 44 regular season victories, 32 consecutive conference wins and 64 of their last 65 in the ASC and 20 consecutive regular-season road victories. Mississippi College finished the season at 4-6 overall and 4-2 in the ASC.
By Matthew Girard
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will begin the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship playoffs the same way it began the 2013 season as the No. 3-ranked Crusaders will take on the University of Redlands on Saturday at Crusader Stadium.
After locking up their ninth straight American Southwest Conference championship and a No. 1-seed in the playoffs with a 56-30 win against Mississippi College last Saturday, the Crusaders (10-0, 6-0) will open the postseason at home for the seventh time in 12 playoff-appearances when the take on the Bulldogs (7-2, 7-0 SCIAC).
Coach Pete Fredenburg said his team is excited to be back in the playoffs, but now the real work begins.
“To be one of the 32, to be hosting a home playoff game, to be the top seed in the bracket - to be all of those things is really nice, but they don’t mean anything if you don’t come out and play,” Fredenburg said. “We are anxious to see a big crowd, we’re anxious to be home and we are anxious for all of those things, but the reality is that we have to crank it up and play between the lines.”
By Tony Adams
The District 8-5A qualifiers from the regular season played in the Bi-District round of the Class 5A Playoffs this past weekend. Here is a recap of the games from the weekend:
No. 2 DeSoto 67 Copperas Cove 21. On Friday night, Cove made the trip to Waco ISD Stadium to take on the Class 5A No. 2-ranked Eagles.
DeSoto wasted no time in scoring, as Chris Lacy took a Desmond White pass 74 yards for a touchdown. Cove answered with a 56-yard pass from Manny Harris to Hunter McVeigh. The Eagles hit the scoreboard twice more in the first quarter, while the Dawgs only mustered one more score in the half as the Eagles led 21-14 after the first quarter.
Cove (6-5) turned the ball over three times inside DeSoto’s 5-yard line, with two fumbles and a turnover on downs. The Eagles converted those possessions into 21 points of their own .
By Tony Adams
The Belton Lady Tigers golf team braved the blustery conditions last Tuesday at StoneTree Golf Course in Killeen for the 13th Annual Harker Heights Veterans Day Tournament.
With temperatures falling throughout the one-day event, the winds gusted upwards of 40 miles-per-hour and wind chills were in the low-30’s.
The Belton 1 team finished sixth overall with a 385 and Belton 2 tied for 10th with Midway 2 with a 414. Leander Vandegrift 1 took home the championship with a team low of 346.
Other District 8-5A participants included Midway 1 (finished fourth, 367), Midway 2, Copperas Cove (finished fifth, 378) and Temple (finished tied for 15th, 484)
Mia Ayer from Midway 1 took home the individual low score of 76. Belton 1 golfer Madison Smith finished tied for second with medalist Kaity Cummings from Vanguard individually with a 79.