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ABILENE — The first American Southwest Conference championship football game lived up to its billing, complete with big plays, big hits and a big celebration. And when the final buzzer had sounded and the prize had been awarded, it was once again Mary Hardin-Baylor with its hands on the trophy.

BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor freshman running back Montana Miller grew up watching Crusaders football games, cheering as his older brothers Malcolm and Markeith battered UMHB opponents with their powerful running styles.

BELTON — Making his first start since high school in a contest to determine whether or not Mary Hardin-Baylor would advance to the American Southwest Conference championship game, quarterback Kyle King was a little shaky at the start.

ALPINE — Mary Hardin-Baylor dictated the action in the first half and held on late to stun East Texas Baptist 75-72 on Monday night in the women’s American Southwest Conference tournament championship game, giving the Lady Crusaders their second straight league title.

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. — Mary Hardin-Baylor fought back from a 16-point deficit to take the lead with less than 9 minutes left in Sunday’s game, but the Crusaders ran out of gas and saw their 13-game winning streak come to an end with an 89-72 loss to Louisiana in an American Southwest Conference…

MARSHALL — Anthony Avila kicked a 37-yard field goal with 2:12 remaining, and the Mary Hardin-Baylor defense came up with one more stop to preserve the Crusaders’ 30-28 victory over East Texas Baptist on Saturday afternoon.

BELTON — Coming off an unexpected open date caused by the winter storm, Mary Hardin-Baylor’s defensive execution in practice this week was so poor that Crusaders head coach Pete Fredenburg had to reach way back in his book of colloquialisms to describe it.