Gorillas shake off the dust in St. Leo

Kelsey hensen catches the ball during the softball practice on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Photo by:Srikanth Korlapati/Collegio

Pitt goes one for three against top 25 opponents Garett Mccullough | Sports Editor The PSU softball team came away with a win in one of its three games against ranked opponents last weekend in the Saint Leo Invitational. The young Gorilla squad with its new coach, also had the privilege of opening its season against teams that had already rid themselves of early season jitters. The Gorillas faced the hometown team, the St. Leo Lions, in the first round of the tournament. “We are very young,” said head coach Elizabeth Economon. “The other teams we were playing had played seven or so games before; to see great defense from our team was great.” The…

Losing momentum

Lizzy Jeronimus passes the ball during the match against NW Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 4, in John Lance Arena. Photo by:Srikanth Korlapati/Collegio

Tyler Smith | Sports Writer The Pitt State women’s basketball team was busy again last week as it played two games. The results weren’t quite what the team expected. Pitt State lost a close game against Fort Hays State, 72-61, after losing to Washburn four days earlier. This is the first time the Gorillas have lost back-to-back games all season, and it should be a big motivator heading into the MIAA tournament. The losses also knocked the Gorillas out of first place in the MIAA standings, and put Washburn in first place with a 17-2 conference record, with only a game against Lincoln left. Pitt is now 17-3 in conference play, and it has only…

Gorillas suffer fourth- straight road loss

Andra Bailey goes to the basket during the match against NW Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 4, in John Lance Arena. Photo by :Srikanth Korlapati/Collegio

Tim Spears | Sports Writer The Gorilla men’s basketball team took a 66-60 loss a Fort Hays State Wednesday night, fourth-straight road loss, and they locked themselves into the No. 7 seed for the MIAA tournament. Pitt State had trouble handling the ball early, turning it over 12 times while dishing out only three assists. Fort Hays took advantage of Pitt’s mistakes, taking a 15-5 lead only a few minutes into the first half. Bad shooting and turnovers would continue to haunt Pitt as the Tigers maintained their double-digit lead until the last few minutes of the half. The Gorillas pulled down six rebounds in the final minute before the half ended, which allowed PSU…

Soles shines at Nebraska Tune-Up

Amelia Mallatt | Sports Writer The Pitt State men and women’s indoor track and field team competed in a final meet before the championships at the Nebraska Tune-Up on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Bob Devaney Center located on the University of Nebraska’s campus. Keenan Soles earned a pair of victories at the meet. Soles had a lead of 7.32 meters in the long jump and earned the first of  his victories as well as an improvement to his provisional qualifying status to the NCAA Division II National Championships. He earned the other win in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.92 seconds. Soles was also named MIAA Athlete of the Week. Participating in the 60-meter hurdles for the…

Angels Among Us fight to save second base at PSU

Women’s basketball players cheer on the team during their game against Emporia on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in John Lance Arena. Photo by:Hunter Peterson/Collegio

Garett Mccullough | Sports Editor discount oem software download Pink may not be the first color that comes to mind when thinking of John Lance Arena, but last night, it was the only color on anyone’s mind because representatives of Angels Among Us were passing out pink items to fans who forgot to wear some to the Pink Zone game. Helping fans get “pinked-out” was not the only thing the group was doing at the game. The volunteers were also selling T-shirts, cupcakes, pink hair extensions and held auctions for Pitt State apparel. All the proceeds went to the Angels Among Us Foundation. Several Via Christi nurses and community members like Dianna Polston, a Pitt…

Record breakers:

Drew Roberts dives to the ground after a loose ball against Emporia in John Lance Arena on Wednesday, Feb 2. Photo by:Hunter Peterson/Collegio

‘it’s no big deal’ Tyler Smith | Collegio Reporter On the heels of their school record-tying 22nd win last game, the No. 10 Pitt State Gorillas (sporting their pink uniforms for their annual PinkZone Night) took on No. 21 Emporia State on Wednesday in John Lance Arena. It was another win in the victory column for the red-hot Gorillas, who defeated the Hornets 49-42 in a key MIAA matchup. The win makes this squad the most successful team in the school’s history. Freshman Lizzy Jeronimus was blunt on the team’s emotions after its huge win. “We set the school record,” Jeronimus said. “No big deal.” Jeronimus once again was the leading scorer for Pitt State,…

A tale of two halves: Gorillas dominate late

Drake Green goes up for a shot against Emporia State's defenders in John Lance Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Gorillas went on to win 61-44 Photo by:Chris Medved/Collegio

Tim Spears | Collegio Reporter oem software downloads cheap A 61-44 victory over the Emporia State Hornets on Wednesday night was good for the Gorillas’ second-straight win coming off their longest losing streak of the season. Against Emporia State, Pittsburg State head coach Kevin Muff was pleased with the ball movement displayed by his team in the first half. “Offensively we really clicked,” Muff said. “I think we had 14 field goals off 12 assists. I don’t know if we’ve had that at any point in the two years that I have been here; in a half or in any game.” The Gorillas came out aggressive in the first, scoring their first 14 points in…

Become a fanatic

Adrian Herrera goes to the basket before the match play against Northwest Missouri State on Saturday, Feb. 4, in John Lance Arena. Photo by:Srikanth Korlapati/Collegio

TIM SPEARS | Collegio Reporter You’re surrounded by PSU fanatics, the atmosphere is incredible, and you’re screaming at the top of your lungs. You are probably at a Pitt State football game. But it’s basketball season now and I’m left thinking, “Where did all the fans go?” Between the men’s and women’s teams, basketball games at John Lance Arena are averaging fewer than 1,500 in attendance. For reference, the 69-6 blowout of Lincoln at the hands of our football team drew 9,915 spectators. It would take more than six basketball games to match that crowd. Bridging the gap Now, I’m not saying we need 10,000 fans at every game. But there is a clear disparity…

Pitt drops another tight one in thrilling fashion

Andra Bailey towers over Northwest Missouri State players for two points Saturday, Feb. 4, in John Lance Arena. Photo by:Kenzi Jordan/Collegio

TIM SPEARS | Collegio Reporter Pitt State continued its recent streak of close losses with a 96-92 doubleovertime loss at Missouri Southern Wednesday night. The Gorillas had lost three games in a row coming into the game, all decided by eight points or less. A contentious fi rst half ended with a feeling of another squeaker with Southern leading by three. Offense was scarce going into the second half, with the fi rst basket not coming until more than two minutes had passed, on a layup by MIAA-leading scorer, Keane Thomann, to put the Lions up 42-38. Thomann fi nished the night with a double-double, scoring 27 points and grabbing 10 boards as well as…

Women roll through two more conference opponents

Hailey Roderique passes the ball during the match against Northwest Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 4, in John Lance Arena. Photo by:Srikanth Korlapati/Collegio

TYLER SMITH | Collegio Reporter The Pittsburg State women were up to their winning ways once again, besting another conference rival in Missouri Southern 88-74 to continue their historic 21-2 (15-1 MIAA) run. The win sets them up to tie the most wins ever in an MIAA season by any women’s Pitt State team if they are victorious against their next opponent in Lincoln. It wasn’t an easy game, though. The lead changed hands multiple times before the Gorillas could pull ahead by six at the end of the fi rst half. As the contest wore on, Pitt imposed its will and pulled out the win. Senior Brooke Conley had a teamhigh 25 points, going…