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Warriors Win at Kansas Christian College

Warriors Win at Kansas Christian College

D’Marques Harris is a Biblical Counseling Major from Ruston, LA.

The Calvary Warriors came out with a win against Kansas Christian College at the Falcons home court last week in Overland Park, KS. “That was a huge win for our season and for our program,” said Coach Sanders. “Those guys (KCC) have been tough for us over the last few years so it was great to breakthrough with a win.”

From the opening minutes of the game, both teams battled hard to gain the upperhand. Both teams traded leads back and forth, with 11 changes and 10 ties by the end of the game. The Falcons started to pull away from the Warriors, gaining their largest lead of the game at eight points at the nine minute mark of the first half. The Warriors refused to let the Falcons go into halftime with the momentum, and were able to chip away at the Falcons lead to go into halftime only down one, 44-43.

With adjustments to the Warriors defense at halftime, CU was able to swing the momentum their way in the second half. In the first half, the Falcons shot 60% from the field, but with relentless defense, the Warriors held KCC to 30% shooting, in the second half. “We really worked hard yesterday in practice on our defensive positioning and contesting their shooting to make it more difficult,” said Coach Sanders. “That work really paid off in the second half.”

On the offensive end, CU finished the game with 50% shooting from the field, and came away with the 84-73 victory over KCC. Braydon Unruh led the way with 25 points. Zeb Green finished with 17 points and Ben Jones with 16. “The key to the game was our second half defense,” Unruh said. “Holding them to 27 points in the second half was by far our best defensive effort of the year and won us the game.”

The Warriors will take a long road trip this weekend, playing Providence University in Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada, on Friday, then Trinity Bible College in Ellsdale, ND, on the way home Saturday.

Be sure to follow all the CU Warriors’ Men’s and Women’s basketball action through the Athletics website, including live-streaming of most games and video re-caps from the coaches.

Braydon Unruh led with 25 points.

The Centurion’s Call: a Marine’s thoughts on Veteran’s Day

The Centurion’s Call: a Marine’s thoughts on Veteran’s Day

Thoughts on Veteran’s Day by SgtMaj Michael Burke, USMC (Ret)

On the morning of April 22, two young Marines manned an entry control point in the city of Ramadi, Iraq. Corporal Yale and Lance Corporal Haerter were from two different battalions conducting a turnover of the battlespace, transferring control from one battalion to the other. Inside this compound with the Iraqis were about forty Marines, some sleeping after a long night patrol, some going about their daily routine.

Psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote in his book Man’s Search for Meaning, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” It is a dangerous space which requires upright character and a strong moral foundation to navigate. Sometimes, in the moment of pressure, it is too late to give much thought to the dilemma. Often, the nature of the character we’ve developed chooses our course long before the situation arrives at our door.

At about 9:30 that morning, a twenty-foot tanker truck broke through the outer security perimeter of Iraqi soldiers and headed towards an old flimsy metal gate (the stimulus). At 500 yards, the Marines at the entry control point recognized the danger and began putting well aimed rifle fire on the cab of the truck (the response). At twenty-five yards, an American machine gun opened up fire, and the truck finally came to a halt about ten yards from the post. The truck exploded in a massive fireball. Approximately 2,000 pounds of explosive had ignited. Corporal Yale and Lance Corporal Haerter, having stood their ground, were so close they never really stood a chance against the blast.

The Iraqis manning the gate with the Marines had run (their response). An hour or two later, when senior Marine Commander General Kelly and the Iraqi commander came to view the blast hole that was seven feet deep and twenty feet across, the Iraqi commander said to General Kelly, “Why didn’t they run? My men ran and they lived.” General Kelly responded, “They couldn’t run. I hope someday you will understand that, but they couldn’t run because there were forty Marines on the inside of that gate depending on them.” Corporal Yale and Lance Corporal Haerter made their decision long before a bomb laden truck ever crossed their path.

Throughout his epistles, Paul calls on believers to take on the attributes of a soldier. Though it may seem odd for Christians to emulate soldierly virtues at first, there is a purposeful and practical reason. He uses military metaphors a number of times in his letters to the Philippians, the Corinthians, Philemon, Timothy, and most memorably to the Ephesians. There are also numerous Old Testament examples of warriors who conducted themselves righteously in the sight of God. Joshua, Caleb, Gideon, and David come immediately to mind.

Soldierly virtues are also often associated with loyalty, duty, sacrifice, and noble comportment. It was a Roman centurion who displayed more faith than anyone in Israel when he approached Jesus on behalf of his ill servant. (Matthew 8:1-13). In the book of Acts, Cornelius, a centurion, and his entire household were the first Gentiles baptized into the church. At the cross, when the attending centurion witnessed the events as Christ died, he praised God (Luke 23:47)

On July 18, 2010, Corporal Joe Wrightsman was leading a patrol crossing the Helmand river when an Afghan National Policeman (ANP) was swept away in the river behind him (the stimulus). Without hesitation, Cpl Wrightsman, in full personal protective gear, dove into the water in an effort to rescue the ANP (the response). He was last seen about fifty feet downstream when he surfaced briefly. Four other Marines had dropped their gear and went in after him but were unable to find anything. The entire Marine Expeditionary Force threw all its efforts into recovering Cpl Wrightsman. Every type of asset, aircraft, equipment, and personnel were employed. Taliban forces began to move in from the north in an effort to capture Cpl Wrightsman’s body before the Marines. They were thwarted after two days when the Americans recovered both bodies.

Joe Wrightsman was one of my Marines back in the 2000s. He was charismatic, funny, a natural leader. Lean, tough, and fit, he easily fit the role of an infantry squad leader. Younger guys immediately looked up to him. By the time I rotated out of the battalion, Wrightsman decided to extend his tour and deploy with his squad to Afghanistan.

Upon hearing what happened on July 18, nearly every one of us that knew him immediately thought, “But Wrightsman can’t swim!” Fortunately, America still breeds the kind of people with a bias for action who don’t dwell on what they can’t do. I imagine Wrightsman thought to himself, “I can’t let this guy down!” Then he heedlessly went after a man who wasn’t a fellow Marine or even an American.

I remember Wrightsman had a tattoo of the Green Lantern symbol on his arm. Many young men have joined the service with dreams of doing heroic deeds and exploits. No doubt Wrightsman was no different, hoping to emulate the valor of his childhood heroes.

One of my last acts as Wrightsman’s 1stSgt was to submit him for meritorious promotion to Corporal. At the time of his death, his current 1stSgt had submitted him for meritorious Sergeant. It was once remarked to me that all Joe cared about was being a Marine and taking care of his squad. That’s just about my breed of Marine, I’d say.

I think it’s no coincidence the Marine Corps Birthday, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving all fall in the same month. As we prepare ourselves for the rigors of the holiday season, take a moment to consider those few who made the decision to stand in the gap, negotiate the thin treacherous space between stimulus and response, and do the right thing. When the time comes, pray each of us can do the same.

To face the challenges of tomorrow, we must foster moral discipline and recognize the “space between.” Take positive action and purposely choose to be part of something better.

“And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can.” 

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning


Calvary Outlasts Union with Strong Defense

Calvary Outlasts Union with Strong Defense

Calvary University Men’s Basketball finished their home opener with a 94-79 win over Union College. “I’m really proud of the guys,” said Senior Zeb Green. “They really fought well from start to finish.” The Warriors started out the game strong, gaining an early 10 point lead over Union. “We had a great start to the game,” said Coach Matt Sanders. “Great defense as well as timely shots really contributed to our fast start.” The Calvary continued to play well throughout the first half, going into halftime with a 44-30 lead.

The Warriors started out the second half with excellent defense, forcing Union to turn the ball over, leading to transition lay ups and open threes on the other end. “We have been working really hard in practice on our transition offense and it really paid off in the second half,” said Coach Sanders. Union refused to go away, however, and continued to make runs at Calvary in the second half. But with relentless defense, Calvary University was able to hold off Union. “We really came together as a team to stop Union’s runs.” said forward Ben Jones. With strong defense proving to be the difference, Calvary University was able to come out with the 15 point victory over Union College.

The depth of the Calvary Warriors  really showed on the court with 5 players finishing in double figures. Ben Jones finished the night with 20 points, and Jax Bell gave a huge lift from the bench with 12 points of his own. Zeb Green contributed 16 points as well as 12 rebounds, while Braydon Unruh and Jay Lems gave the Warriors the edge over Union with a combined 24 points. “Moving forward, we are going to take it one game at a time,’ said Coach Sanders. “We will be looking to improve our offensive execution and transition defense.” Calvary University Men’s basketball will next take the court Saturday at home against Baptist Bible College.


Calvary Opens Season With Win

Calvary Opens Season With Win

The Calvary University Women’s Basketball team opened their season with a 72-34 win over Union College. “I am really proud of how every single girl worked together tonight,” said forward Lynzee Faulkner. “We were able to really come together and play as one unit which really helped us pull out such a strong win.” Calvary University had a slow start to the game offensively, finishing the first quarter with 14 points. “With it being the first game of the season, we had to work through some nervousness before we could find our rhythm offensively,” said Coach Tressa Shoemaker. Despite a slow offensive start, Calvary University was relentless on the defensive end, holding Union to just 6 points in the first quarter, and finishing the first half with 13 steals. The Calvary University Lady Warriors were able to find their rhythm offensively, 19-7 run to finish the first half 20 point lead.

Calvary University carried their momentum into the second half by continuing to create open looks with ball movement, and moving the ball up the court well. The Lady Warriors also showed how strong they were defensively, holding Union to just 34 points for the game. “I am proud of the girls in how they executed their offense and played as a team. They are already taking ownership in how to improve for the next game,” said Coach Shoemaker.

Taylor Hunter led the team in scoring, finishing the game with 31 points. Hannah Sorensen added 12 of her own and Avery Kornstad finished with 9 points. Anna Davis led the way in in rebounding, finishing with 12 rebounds and 8 points for the night. Calvary University Women’s basketball will next play in the Allen County Classic tournament this Friday in Topeka, Kansas.


Warriors Top Ozark in 5-set Thriller

Warriors Top Ozark in 5-set Thriller

Calvary University Volleyball came out of a 5-set thriller with a win in Joplin, MO, over Ozark Christian College. The Lady Warriors had an excellent start to the game, coming out of the first set with a 25-21 victory. The Ozark Ambassadors had an answer for the Warriors, taking the next two sets 25-21, and 25-23. “The first set started out with high energy and focus,” said Coach Ashley Spicer. “We played tough the next two sets, but it wasn’t until the fourth set that we had an answer for Ozarks hitters.”

Going into the fourth set, Ozark had the momentum with a 2-1 lead over Calvary. The Warriors made adjustments to their defense and came out of the 4th set with a narrow 28-26 victory to take the match to a fifth set.”They played through pain and kept their focus on their serves,” said Coach Spicer. “Our aggressive serving is what kept our momentum going.” The Ambassadors were unable to find an answer for the Lady Warriors serves and hits, and the Lady Warriors came out of the fifth set with a 15-8 victory. 

Jenny Her led the way with 35 digs followed by Anna Holloway with 24 of her own. The Warriors also had a star performance from Leah Grady who came out of the game with 5 solo blocks. The Warriors serving proved to be a difference maker with 8 aces as a team in the 3-2 victory. “We did a good job keeping an even tempo with our serves and communication,” said Anna Holloway. “We stayed really positive anytime we had trouble and we kept our ‘fix-it’ mentality throughout the entire game.” 

The Lady Warriors will next travel to Ellendale, ND to take on both Trinity Bible College, and Dakota College at Bottineau in a Tri-match on Friday.