Daily Archives: August 20, 2012

Poll: Hardin-Simmons volleyball team to retain title

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Special to Inside The Pew

Two-time defending American Southwest Conference volleyball champions Hardin-Simmons is the preseason choice to win the ASC West Division and HSU senior Madison Reyes and junior Christine Sas have been named the preseason offensive and defensive players of the year in the division.

The Cowgirls went 29-6 in 2011 and won the ASC title. HSU received 11 of the 12 votes in the poll of the leagues head coaches and sports information directors and had 71 total poll points. Texas Lutheran received the only other first-place vote and was a distant second with 60 points.

Concordia, Schreiner, Howard Payne, and Sul Ross State rounded out the poll.

Reyes, who was the league MVP as a junior outside hitter, led the ASC with 3.84 kills per set a year ago. She was also the MVP of the ASC tournament.

“It is an honor, I think preparation is a lot of what went into,” said Reyes. “I want to work hard for my team to keep the honor.”

Sas, who is also an outside hitter, averaged 3.77 digs per set and also had 2.84 kills per set and led the league with 58 aces.

“It is really exciting, because I take a lot of pride in my defense,” said Sas. “As a non-defensive player, it is nice to be recognized.”

Texas-Dallas was the preseason pick to win the ASC East. UTD’s Dana Hilzendager was the preseason offensive player of the year in the ASC East and Texas-Tyler’s Emily Wood was the preseason defensive player of the year.

‘Fireproof’ marriages conference slated for Oct. 6 in Fort Worth

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By Donald Lee
Special to Inside The Pew

The movie “Fireproof,” starring Kirk Cameron, opens with the scene that shows Cameron’s character, Fire Capt. Caleb Holt, reprimanding a subordinate after they return from fighting a fire.

“Eric, he’s got a right to be upset with you,” the captain says immediately after another fireman rebukes that subordinate, Eric Harmon (Jason McLeod). “You left him in a dangerous spot and tried to be a hero.”

“But Captain,” Eric responds, “I thought I heard someone calling for help.”

“It was coming from outside the building,” the captain interjects.

“But it was so dark, I mean I couldn’t see anything,” Eric tries to explain.

That’s why you stay with your partner,” the captain says. “He had no choice but to assume that something happened to you and you needed his help. You never leave your partner — especially in a fire.

“You give him some time and then give him an apology,” he says. “And make it sincere.”

“Yes, Sir,” Eric responds.

Capt. Holt pats Eric on the back and then walks off.

While the captain approaches his job of putting out literal fires with great passion and wisdom, the film is about how he lacks that same zeal and is ignorant when it comes to extinguishing the metaphoric fires that threaten his marriage.

This movie is an accurate depiction of so many real-life marriages. Husbands and wives, in many marital relationships, put their hearts and souls into their careers or rendering aid to others while failing to protect their own “partners” in marriage.

For reasons such as this, the Christian Couples Conference in the Fort Worth area I co-sponsor with faith-based counselor Aimee Colbert is held quarterly. The conference, slated for Oct. 6 at Grace Church in Haltom City, just north of Fort Worth, will highlight ways couples can “fireproof” their marriages. This will be the second conference; the first was on July 7.

Bishop Lynn Morrison Jr., senior pastor of Word of Faith Christian Church in Baton Rouge, La., will be the guest speaker. The topics he will teach on are “Fireproofing Your Marriage” and “Teen Dating.” Bishop Morrison and his wife, JoAnn, have been married 40 years and have four adult children and 11 grandchildren.

Colbert will speak on “The Mistress’ Mindset,” which addresses identifying which women are at risk of becoming mistresses. She will offer her expertise on how to help habitual mistresses escape that behavioral pattern.

Baton Rouge gospel recording artist Anita Jarrell-Robertson, known for her hit single “Even Me,” will perform at the conference.

For more information about the daylong conference, including free registration and session times, visit Christian Couples Conference, or call Colbert at 817-564-5289.

The conference is for married couples, singles and divorcees.