Welcome to True to the Cru, your 24/7 Source for UMHB Athletics News, Features, Photos and More.
True To The Cru was launched in November of 2020, with the intent to cover one of the nation’s most successful D3 athletic programs, and go in-depth with the latest from Cru athletics.
The site features daily coverage, and everything from game recaps, to interviews, to action shots from the latest happenings in UMHB athletics.
The site was started with the goal to do more than just recap games and dive into the stats. True To The Cru believes in ethical journalism and will go behind the score to bring you the stories that contribute to the rich tradition and the family atmosphere of UMHB athletics.
True To The Cru is an independent outlet created by two true fans, but is not directly affiliated with The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Riley Zayas, Co-Founder, Managing Editor
Riley Zayas founded True To The Cru in November of 2020 with the goal to cover UMHB athletics and give UMHB fans an inside look at the Cru, from previews, to game recaps, to feature stories and much more. Zayas has contributed articles to College Baseball Nation, Sports Illustrated Kids, D3football.com and Sports Spectrum. He can be followed on Twitter at @ZayasRiley.
Luke C. Zayas, Co-Founder, Head Photographer
Longtime Cru fan, and Lego enthusiast, Luke has a knack for creativity, and an eye for great photo opportunities.
The Zayas brothers both love playing and watching sports of all kinds, and live with their family in Killeen, Texas.
Russell Marwitz, Photographer
Russell Marwitz’s journey in photography began in the mid-’80s when it was introduced to him by his father. He learned photography when they used film as the medium, and developing it was a long process. They even built a darkroom to develop black and white film and process the prints faster. During this time, he learned much about the dynamics of photography. In those days, taking pictures at school events and entering 4-H photo contests fueled his passion. He has enjoyed seeing the changes in the world of photography since he first began. As Russell’s family became involved in equine and sporting events, he was excited for the opportunity to pick up his cameras in a more active role once again. Their adventures led him to take pictures at everything from livestock shows, horse events, athletic competitions to dances. Eventually, organizations noticed his capability for creating quality photos and invited him to come and capture a variety of events. He enjoys capturing sports/action photography, formal events, portraits, and landscaping. When Russell isn’t pursuing his passion for photography, he works in the IT industry as an application architect in large-scale information systems. He lives in rural central Texas and commutes to Austin to work.
Matthew Morrison, Contributing Writer
My name is Matthew Morrison. I have worked in the UMHB Athletic Department for six years. I graduated from UMHB in 2016 with a degree in Mass Communications. I am currently working on master’s degree in Sport Administration. I am the Graduate Assistant for Sport Information at UMHB. I also write for the Belton Journal. Previously, I founded my own Broadcasting Company and covered Temple High School Basketball and Baseball for two years. I am an avid golfer and hope to go into the golf industry in some capacity after completing my schooling.
Gina Spataro, Copy Editor/Administration
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