The women’s basketball team is victorious again after winning their home game against Concordia University on Saturday, Feb. 9. During the first half of the game, both teams had great form and strategy, each fighting to keep the lead. The Tornados quickly took the lead during the first quarter, but the Cru gave them little time to celebrate as they quickly edged ahead.
In the second quarter, the Cru kept the lead, and the Tornados only managed to get within fifteen points of the Cru. By the end of the first half, the score was 39-22. As the second half started, the Cru didn’t let the Tornados breathe before scoring within the first few minutes of the quarter. They continued to grip tightly to the lead for the rest of the game. UMHB won 72-50 and earned the right to host the American Southwest Conference Championship.
The Cru’s teamwork was impressive. Excellent footwork, great passing skills and great aim helped secure their win. Senior criminal justice major Antania Newton complemented the team’s efforts.
“It was great,” Newton said. “They played like a team and played with a lot of patience and poise.”
This is the team’s second consecutive ASC division championship.
“It was a good win,” head women’s coach Mark Morefield said. “After having five games on the road it was good to come back home and get back into the winning streak.”
UMHB will close out the regular season with home games against Sul Ross on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Then, the Cru will play Howard Payne on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. Both games will be held in the Mayborn Campus Center arena. The ASC Championship Tournament will be played Feb. 21-23 at Mayborn. This will be the first time the Crusaders have hosted this event. The team is looking forward to a strong season finish and a victory in the championship
The latest Highways and Byways performance in the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Jan. 24, left audience members in awe. Jácome Flamenco, led by Chris B. Jácome, performed breathtaking flamenco routines that had the crowd bobbing their heads and tapping their feet along with the music.
During the introduction, Jácome encouraged the audience to interact throughout the performance by yelling “Olé!” and cheers to the dancers. Chayito Champion, the lead singer of the group, jokingly stated they didn’t want to hear any “yee-haws,” which prompted laughter from the crowd.
Three of the troupe members played various instruments while Champion sang and three dancers made their way onto the stage.
The emotion and intense dancing, as well as the beautiful music, captivated the audience, causing many to cheer and chant with the dancers.
After intermission, each of the dancers performed a solo. Jácome and Champion performed a duet.
There was never a dull moment. While the dancers underwent costume changes, Jácome shared some facts and trivia about the flamenco form to the audience.
The show went wonderfully, which is why it was surprising to hear they didn’t rehearse beforehand.
“We got here today, did soundcheck, talked about what we were going to do, and we did it. No rehearsals,” Champion said. When asked how she knew when to chime in with her singing or clapping without rehearsals, she explained, “Sometimes they just give me a look or do something with their body, and I know to come in. Its all about feeling.”
After the event, audience members had the chance to buy signed CDs and take pictures with the performers.
Paulina Riewald is a senior sports management major who attended the show. “I loved it. I wanted to be up there with them,” she said. “I loved the music and the dancing was beautiful and it was really fun.”
To learn more about Jácomes Flamenco, visit jacomeflamenco.com. There you can browse merchandise, find tips and tricks about the art of flamenco and get a sneak peek at where they will be performing next.
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The “How to Train Your Dragon” (HTTYD) series has sadly come to an end with the release of the latest film “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” on Feb. 22. This hour and 44-minute movie neatly ties up all loose ends while enticing audiences with breathtaking animation, multi-dimensional characters and great story progression. The HTTYD franchise is successful, and all three movies have ratings above 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The newest film has a rating of 93 percent.
This movie deserves the great rating. The animation is astoundingly beautiful. The animators took the time to animate the wind ruffling fur on cloaks, little nicks in the metal on armor and faded scars on the dragons. This attention to little details changes the whole dynamic of the movie. The scenery and background art is also beautifully animated. One of my favorite scenes is when the dragon riders are flying through the clouds over the ocean. You can see the clouds and wind sliding off the wings and equipment so smoothly, making you feel as if you are in the sky with them.
Another aspect that makes this movie stand out is the characters and the natural development of the story. At this point, the characters all have a great dynamic and are consistent in their development as individuals and as a team. Additionally, the characters are truly interesting and humorous. There is no cheap comedy here, just well-written characters with humorous jokes that fit the timing and their personalities.
The plot of the movie is established well and includes an interesting subplot featuring Toothless’ efforts to befriend another dragon of his kind. In my opinion, the subplot makes sense and is played out very well alongside the main plot. However, having two storylines sets this movie just a smidge below the first two because of the slightly divided attention.
I recommend that audience members stay during the credits for a nostalgic look at clips from the first two movies.
I have been a fan of the HTTYD series since the first movie’s release in 2010, and I have enjoyed watching the characters grow and develop over the three films. I think this movie is the perfect ending to a great franchise. While I am sad the series has ended, I am extremely satisfied with how the writers and directors told fans goodbye in this movie. I give “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” a 10/10 and a wave as the franchise is put to rest.