Georgia-born, Florida-raised and homeschooled with her five siblings, track athlete Ansley Little from Pacific, Missouri, has the ultimate dream of reaching the Olympic level.
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Ansley Little, a sophomore nursing major from Pacific, Missouri, and award-winning MBU track athlete, found her inspiration and footing on the pavement.
Erin Roach found herself needing a way to pay for college and an outlet to love on others at Missouri Baptist University. So did this opportunity look like small fellowship groups? College ministry? Church? Actually, it looked a lot like bowling.
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Erin Roach found a sense of belonging at Missouri Baptist University in, of all places, the bowling alley as the Spartans bowling team has become a place she calls home. And her game is not half bad either.
Missouri Baptist University lacrosse goalkeeper Alexis Womble has been forced to support her team from the sidelines as too many concussions and other various injuries have led her doctors to recommend she no longer play the sport she loves most. And the MBU senior is exhibiting mature Christian faith in how she deals with the setback.
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Alexis Womble keeps a contagious smile on her face even though she is no longer able to protect the goal she has been used to guarding as a lacrosse player for several years, as she has learned to “let go and let God.”
Missouri Baptist University volleyball player Mason Crabtree came to MBU from a town too small to have a high school volleyball team, so he never played in high school, except working out with the girls team, but now he has managed to make the nationally ranked volleyball team at MBU.
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Mason Crabtree played basketball and ran track in high school, but he always loved volleyball, even though his hometown of just over 100 people did not offer the sport at his high school. But through determination and sheer athletic ability, he caught the eyes of coaches at MBU, and the rest is history.
For Pablo Hernandez it was not only a difficult transition from growing up playing soccer to playing basketball in college, but it has also been a challenging transition from his home country, Spain, to St. Louis, in the middle of the United States of America, but he is handling both transitions well.
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Pablo Hernandez drives the lane during a basketball game at Missouri Baptist University. Originally a soccer player, the Spain native has embraced American basketball to the point of earning All-Conference and All-American honors.