BELTON — For having only two returning starters and a slew of transfers, Mary Hardin-Baylor turned in a performance Monday night reminiscent of last season.
BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor already has a playoff berth and at least a share of the American Southwest Conference crown locked up. There is no rest for a national title contender, though, so the defending champion Crusaders aren’t letting up heading into their regular-season finale.
BELTON — Both Mary Hardin-Baylor basketball teams are coming off their most successful seasons in recent years and, with rosters loaded with experience, see no reason to slow down now.
BELTON — Jaylan Jenkins is a man of many talents. It seems as if there isn’t anything he can’t do on a football field.
BELTON — Growing up in Alto, Mikkah Hackett enjoyed playing anything that involved a ball. Whether it was football, basketball or baseball didn’t matter. If there was a ball around, Hackett was always close by.
BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor is busy preparing for a game that, for all intents and purposes, will determine the American Southwest Conference champion.
There is one twist, though. For the first time in a long time, it’s not a matchup with rival Hardin-Simmons.
PINEVILLE, La. — One week after an emotional, heart-stopping victory and a long way from home, Mary Hardin-Baylor avoided all the pitfalls that can accompany that scenario, flattening Louisiana College on Saturday and keeping the throttle down heading into next week’s battle for the outright conference title.
BELTON — As part of a military family, Gary Ruckman has lived in several places — Texas is his sixth state of residence — and has strived to be a difference-maker wherever he happens to call home.
BELTON — For as scratchy as Mary Hardin-Baylor’s performance was for most of its 15-14 victory against rival Hardin-Simmons over the weekend, there’s one major takeaway that Crusaders coach Pete Fredenburg wants his players to realize.
BELTON — When it comes to the league standings, each game counts just as much as the next. The truth, however, is that some matchups mean more than others.
That’s why there’s a little more energy this week at Mary Hardin-Baylor heading into Saturday afternoon’s kickoff of the American Southwest Conference’s biggest rivalry — No. 14 Hardin-Simmons (5-1, 4-1) at No. 1 UMHB (6-0, 5-0).
GEORGETOWN — Hindered by injuries and searching to devise effective schemes on both sides of the football, the Southwestern Pirates didn’t have enough firepower to seriously threaten top-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor on a hot, sunny Saturday afternoon.
BELTON — Whether it was by intention or coincidence, Mary Hardin-Baylor assistant coach Jack Johnson perfectly summarized the learning curve for a college defensive player while talking about junior linebacker Akeem Jackson.
BELTON — The quarterback position will be a focal point of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s preparation for this week’s matchup with Southwestern — the Crusaders’ signal-caller as well as those of the Pirates.
BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor had been put through the ringer. The NCAA’s decision Thursday that essentially stripped the program of its first national title back in 2016 tugged the emotions in all sorts of directions.