Women improve to 9-0

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Tyler Smith | Collegio Reporter The Pitt State women’s basketball team improved to 9-0 (3-0 in MIAA) on the 2011-2012 season after defeating conference rival Northwest Missouri on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Maryville, Mo. The Gorillas won the game 84-63. The Gorillas’ defense was the key as they held the Bearcats to 38 percent shooting from the floor. Conley led the way, scoring 16 of her 22 points in the second half while hitting four shots from beyond the arc. Larissa Richards added 15 points while leading the team in rebounds with nine. Drew Roberts scored 13 points, Lauren Brown chipped in 11 points, and Lizzy Jeronimus added 10 points of her own. Pitt State kept…

Women stride through first indoor meet

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Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter The Pitt State women’s track team started its year last Saturday at the indoor meet at Missouri Southern State University. The Gorillas started with a strong performance in the throwing events. Three-time All-American thrower Heidi Smith placed second in shot put with a throw of 46 feet, 11 inches. Smith finished first in the weight throw at 54 feet, 11 1/2 inches. “She’s always been one to show up with big numbers,” said coach Brian Mantooth. “There’s no doubt in my mind she’ll reach nationals this year. We just need her to keep up the consistency and stay healthy.” Shanise Rice had a successful performance in the high jump, placing…

Gorillas lose hard-fought battle in overtime

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Garett Mcclough | Sports Editor Four days after Pitt State knocked Northwest Missouri State out of the football playoffs, the Bearcats knocked off the Gorillas, 73-70, in a basketball game that was never controlled by either team and needed overtime to decide the victor. Junior Bryston Williams stood out for the Bearcats when the game was on the line as he hit two free throws at the end of overtime to give the Bearcats a three-point lead with eight seconds left. Javon McGee attempted a three at the end of overtime, but he was off the mark and Northwest walked away victorious. The Gorillas had the edge for most of the first half and they…

Pitt State men show even performance at season opener

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Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter The Pitt State men’s track team opened its season Saturday during the indoor track and field meet held at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo. “We have a great group of new incoming freshmen along with a healthy group of returning men this year,” said head coach Russ Jewett. “I’m expecting to see a solid performance from the whole team this season.” The throwers came away with mixed results. Freshman thrower Luke Wilson had the best Gorilla performance in the weight toss despite fouling three times. Wilson finished third overall at 54-2; Blaze Heckert, 10, 43-3; Garrett Appier, 11, 41-8 3/4; and Garrett Cantrell, 12, 41-7 3/4 also placed. Appier…

Gorillas foil Bearcats’ revenge game

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Garett McCullough | Sports Editor The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats looked strong early in last Saturday’s game, but Pitt State came out on top, 41-16. James Franklin’s 20-yard touchdown and a Todd Adolf 22-yard field goal gave the Bearcats a 10-0 lead in a visibly dominant first quarter against the Gorillas. Between its three main backs, including quarterback Trevor Adams, the Bearcats rushed for 125 yards and a TD in the first quarter. The Gorillas’ run defense stiffened after that, allowing only 20 yards rushing for the rest of the game. Pitt State’s offense and defense fed off each other’s success for the next three quarters. The defense didn’t allow another score until the fourth,…

Sweet revenge

Jason Spradling celebrates a touchdown with Zac Dickey against Washburn on Saturday, Nov. 26, in Carnie Smith Stadium. Photo by Hunter Peterson/Collegio

Victory behind them, Gorillas advance betta fish types to quarterfinals Garett Mccullough | Sports Editor History did not repeat itself this past weekend as the Washburn Ichabods fell to the Pittsburg State Gorillas 31-22. A different Gorilla squad lined up before running onto the field last Saturday. The usually boisterous Gorillas were calm, too calm for coach Tim Beck. The concerned Beck asked his senior quarterback if the team was all right. “He said, ‘Yeah, coach. After our team meeting last night … just trust me, we’re ready to go.’ And he was exactly right.” Beck did just that, but throughout first quarter it seemed that the locker room tranquility was, in fact, nerves. Their…

Griffons grounded

Pitt State's Eric Ray takes drives around a Mid-America Nazarene's defender in John Lance Arena on Friday, Nov. 18. The Gorillas beat Mid-America Nazarene 93-84.

Garett McCullough | Sports Editor nutrisca dog food The Gorillas began conference play with a 77-71 win over the Missouri Western Griffons last night. Both teams started cold, but the Griffons soon gained some momentum and pulled ahead 17-8 by the 14-minute mark. Pitt State focused on getting the ball in as many different hands as possible for the rest of the half.  Eric Ray ran the offense from the point and led the team in the first half with 12 points while only dishing out one assist. Drake Green and JaVon McGee contributed 11 and six respectively as the Gorillas went into the locker room up 37-33. McGee kept the glass squeaky clean with seven…

Gorillas dominate Blue Tiger Classic, set record

Alexa Bordewick, shoots the ball during the game against Central Oklahama in John Lance Arena on Tues., Nov 22.

Tyler Smith | Collegio Reporter best canned dog food The Pitt State women’s basketball team was busy this week earning three wins over Maryville, Harris-Stowe State and conference rival Missouri Western University. Pitt State dominated the game against a Missouri Western team that simply could not match up as all but two Gorillas scored in the 82-57 victory. Junior guard Drew Roberts finished as the top scorer with 14 points, including four three-pointers. Meanwhile, Larissa Richards added 11 points in addition to four blocks and one steal. Lizzy Jeronimus scored 10 points, Alexa Bordewick and Courtney Tate scored seven each, Morgan Westhoff had eight and Brooke Conley had nine points. Even though they won, Roberts…

For keeps

Garett McCullough | Sports Editor The Division II football playoffs are in for another treat this weekend when Northwest Missouri State travels to conference rival Pittsburg State for the first time since beating the Gorillas 31-10 in the 2005 quarterfinals. Pitt and Northwest have played their regular season game at Arrowhead Stadium for the last 10 years, making home games a rare occurrence. The atmosphere at Carnie Smith stadium will likely be electric given the rivalry of the two schools and the tendency of Northwest fans to travel well. Pitt State won the initial meeting this season on a last-second field goal, but there will be some key differences in this game. Blake Christopher was under center for…

Volkert finishes Nationals as All-American

Zach Wagner| Collegio Reporter science plan dog food Pitt State junior runner Adam Volkert finished his season at the 2011 NCAA Division II championship on Nov. 19 in Spokane, Wash., with an All-American performance. Head coach Russ Jewett says Volkert had high expectations after he reached nationals and placed 56th during his sophomore year. “I knew he could do it. Last year we saw just how well he can perform during such a situation,” Jewett said. “With our support behind him, he gave the race all he had and it paid off.” Volkert approached the race like every other, with a good strategy. Jewett said the main goal for his runner was to push through…