Gorillas face Missouri Western squad in season opener Jake Faber | Sports Editor The first game the Gorillas are slated to play this season will be a rematch of their MIAA TV debut least season against the Missouri Western Griffons, where they were throttled 42-25 on the road. The Gorillas will once again face the Griffons on their home turf inside Spratt Stadium in St. Joseph, Mo., and even with a lopsided score last season, Western’s head coach Jerry Partridge isn’t quick to discount the Gorillas. “Tim Beck might only be in his second year as head coach, but his influence is all over that place,” Partridge said. “He’s a tremendous coach, and he certainly…

Leading the pack

Cross country high in preseason polls; so what? ask athletes Tyler Smith | Sports Writer As the Pitt State cross country squads gear up for their Sept. 10 Alumni Run at Countryside Golf Course, they bring with them some lofty expectations. Leading into the 2011 season, the Gorilla men’s team heads into competition sporting a second-place billing in the MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll. The men’s team was picked in a tie for second-place alongside rival Missouri Southern. The Gorillas and Lions both earned a total of 38 points to earn the honor. With a high ranking going into the season, many wonder if there is added pressure to the team as they prepared during their…

Johnson named to athletic panel

Jim Johnson is entering his second year as Pittsburg State’s athletic director with a new honor and some added responsibility. Johnson, along with three other athletic directors, was appointed to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) on Wednesday, Aug. 10. He succeeds Eric Schoh of Wayne State College. His term runs through June 2015. The NACDA is comprised of eight directors from the NCAA Division I, eight from Division II, III and the NAIA and four more from the junior/community colleges. There are 10 at-large members, totaling 30 members. Johnson is one of the five Division II athletic directors on the committee. Johnson was selected out of more than 2,000 administrators. He…

Outreach makes PSU superior

Jake Faber | Sports Editor So much of what people hear about college athletes these days are the things stemming from pay-for-play scandals and the bad behavior some players are known for off the field. Aqib Talib, of the Kansas Jayhawks and now Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was notorious for getting busted for marijuana possession. LeGarrette Blount, a former Oregon Duck, is known for punching a Boise State player in the face after a game two years ago. Terrelle Pryor, Reggie Bush – I could go on for an hour. But out of all of the horrible things that get reported on Sports Center and local media outlets, the amazing and inspiring things that college football…