All in the family

Pittsburg State's Anthony Abenoja passes the ball in the game against William Jewell at Carnie Smith Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Gorillas win over William Jewell 49 to 7. Photo by:Yuyang Xiao/Collegio

Pitt State wins big on Family Day; eyes No. 1 Northwest Seth Stillings | Collegio Reporter The No. 15 Pitt State football team scored on its first possession of the game on Saturday, Sept. 24, against William Jewell and never looked back. The Gorillas beat the Cardinals 49-7 in front of a packed Family Day crowd at Carnie Smith Stadium. The Pittsburg State coaching staff and players were adamant about not overlooking the visiting Cardinals during their week of preparation. Many outsiders wanted to discuss the more impressive opponent No. 1 Northwest Missouri State, which is scheduled to square off against the Gorillas on Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium, but the…

PSU’s men’s cross country express unique team unity

A mustached Adam Volkert overtakes a runner to lead the pack at the PSU vs. MSSU Cross Country Meet held at Missouri Southern on Wednessday, Sept. 21. Volkert won the race with a time of 24:08.90. Photo by:Yuyang Xiao/Collegio

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter Sports teams express unity in a variety of ways. In the case of Pittsburg State’s men’s cross country team, runners unite not only in their pursuit for a successful running season, but through a common physical feature: mustaches. The men’s cross country runners have started a tradition this season to not only build stronger team unity, but also to express their resilient individuality. The men’s cross country runners began growing mustaches as a team for the first time this season, not only as a unique trend, but to be noticed on a broader spectrum. Junior runner Adam Volkert says that the inspiration came from a nationwide competition called “Stachies for Nashies.”…

Gorillas finding their groove

volleyball

Alexandria Mott | Collegio Reporter This past weekend was filled with wins for the Pittsburg State volleyball team. Friday, Sept. 23, Pitt State traveled to Bolivar, Mo., and defeated Southwest Baptist University in a hard-fought battle. The Gorillas took the match to five sets with scores of 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, 13-25, 15-13. Saturday, the Gorillas returned to Pittsburg and took on St. Mary, where they won in three sets with scores of 25-13, 25-13, 25-18. Friday’s match proved to be a difficult test for Pitt. Although the Bearcats posted more kills, blocks, digs and earned a higher hitting percentage than the Gorillas, Pitt was able to take advantage of key opportunities and score points when they…

Mental game is everything

Amelia Mallot | Collegio Writer Senior Melissa Peden has many skills and talents, from planning a wedding to competing in nationals and she is also concentrating on following her parents’ career footsteps. At a meet, she may be completely focused on the finish line, but there is much more than meets the eye for this Pitt State cross country runner. David and Elizabeth Peden are the parents of Melissa and she is the second of their three children since she was born before her twin brother, Adam. When asked if she came from a family of runners, her reply was that both of her parents are naturally athletic but neither of them were runners. It…

Weede packed with Gorilla spirit

Alexandria Mott | Collegio Reporter Wednesday night, Sept. 21, Pitt State faced Missouri Southern in the annual “Pack the Weede” match. The Gorillas’ offense carried the strength from last Friday’s match into the match against the Lions. Their efforts did not result in a win. The Gorillas fell to the Lions in five sets with scores of 23-25, 22-25, 25-16, 25-20, 14-16. Head coach Ibraheem Suberu was pleased with the effort that his players gave on the court despite losing. “We had some opportunities that we did great things with,” Suberu said. “Serves and point scoring were very consistent and we had opportunities that we can build on.” The Gorillas came out strong in their first…

Spacing out

Women’s cross country wins meet, works to close the gap Amelia Mallot | Collegio Reporter The Pitt State women fared well against Missouri Southern State University in a make-up meet, but they didn’t meet all of the coach’s objectives. The Missouri State Stampede was scheduled for last Saturday, but after it was canceled because of storms, Missouri Southern and Pitt State decided to have a dual. The first runner to cross the finish line was Missouri Southern’s Marlee Tegenkamp with the time of 17:33.60. Pitt State’s Melissa Peden came in roughly 20 seconds behind with a time of 17:56.30. Head coach Russ Jewett had objectives before the meet and the girls were able to attain many…

Gorillas edged out by a nose

Men’s cross country loses to MSSU by 3 points Zack Wagner | Collegio Reporter The Pittsburg State Men’s cross country team ran its second meet of the season in a dual against Missouri Southern State University on Wednesday. The original meet was planned for last Saturday and was to include the MIAA conference teams and close to 600 runners. However, the schools canceled due to storms, leaving Pitt State and Missouri Southern to make do with a dual meet Wednesday afternoon. The team seemed disappointed in the delay of the meet. [/capt generic viagra ion] “With delay after delay, we became more weary of our expectations to come out and run well at the meet,” coach…

Great escape: Gorillas dodge a loss, win third straight game

Senior Zac Dickey hands the ball off to junior Jason Spradling during PSU’s first home game on Sept. 10. Photo by: William Ravenstein/Collegio

Seth Stillings | Collegio Reporter The Pitt State football team turned the ball over five times on Saturday, Sept. 17, but still came out on top, 27-26 over the Truman State Bulldogs at Stokes Stadium in Kirksville, Mo. Pitt State coach Tim Beck was as surprised as anyone that the Gorillas still had a chance to come out on top, in the fourth quarter after all the early turnovers. “Who would have thought you could turn the ball over five times, have a punt blocked for a touchdown, an interception returned for a touchdown, and still have an opportunity to win the game,” Beck said. After three quarters of no offensive touchdowns by either team, the…

Winning tradition

Solomon Watkins carries the ball around Romono Beard of Emporia Satate. Pittstate went on to win the game 31-7. Photo by: Jim Quist/Collegio

Gorillas annihilate Emporia State University at first home game Garett McCullough |  Sports Editor The Gorillas played to honor past champions Saturday, Sept. 10, and to prove the PSU winning tradition is back, the Gorillas beat Emporia State 38-14. The 1961, ‘81 and ‘91 championship squads were on hand for the game. “They represented the past champions right,” ‘61 Gorilla alum Lewis “Homer” Holmes said. They were so pumped from all of the festivities and being around the ‘61, ‘81 and ‘91 players that it took them 5-7 minutes to get used to the game. Sophomore linebacker Nate Dreiling said he was disappointed with how the game started. “We started slow,” Dreiling said.  “But hopefully…

Gorilla golfers finding their stroke

Daniel Marsh chipps a shot during the Pitt State Invitational held at Crestwood Country Club in Chicopee, Kan. on Monday, Sept. 12. Photo by: Hunter Peterson/Collegio

Tyler Smith | Collegio Reporter The Pittsburg State University golf team was quite busy this past week as it posted a 14th place at the Missouri Intercollegiate Invitational while also placing third and fifth respectively at the Pitt State Invitational.  It was a marked improvement after finishing last in the MIAA standings in 2010-2011. “We played solid but could have been better,” said senior Garret Fowler. “We have a better team than last year so I have high hopes for our season.” First up, the Gorillas competed Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Club at Porto Cima and saw freshman Justice Valdivia start his first year off strong. Valdivia led PSU with a score of 238 while…