Gorilla golfers headed in right direction

Brett Dowel, junior, strikes the ball on the eight hole on Monday, Sept. 10th at the Crestwood Country Club.

Garett McCoullough | Sports Editor The ninth-place tie at the Northeastern State Invitational may not be exactly where the PSU golf team wants to be, but for senior Fletcher Harder and the Gorillas, it is far ahead of where they were the last few seasons. Harder says he wasn’t necessarily pleased or displeased with the overall performance in the two-day tournament Sept. 24-25, but he does think that the team is taking the right steps as the mid-year break approaches. “I think we are closer to where we want to be as a team,” Harder said. That probably has something to do with the coaching change. PSU hired Todd Loveland to lead the golf team…

Pitt’s biggest test of the year looms

Garett McCullough | Sports Editor This week’s game against Lincoln University marks the end of what could be called the Gorillas’ preseason, as the Blue Tigers are the fourth straight winless team to face PSU on the gridiron. You beat who? In week one, the Gorillas traveled to Tahlequah, Okla., to take on the Northeastern State Riverhawks. Surprisingly, the Gorillas led by only one after the first quarter, 7-6. The Riverhawk faithful had high hopes, but they found their team down 21-6 at the half and the game was soon wrapped up. The Gorillas easily took that game 41-20, without too much effort and without playing their best football. The next two games were against…

Mud hinders runners’ performance

Pitt State cross-country runners participate in the Southern Stampede Saturday, Sept. 15, at the MSSU campus. The terrain was waterlogged and hazardous due to the rain.

Michael Bauer | Collegio Writer The PSU men’s and women’s cross country teams took on the wet conditions at the Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo. on Saturday, Sept. 15. The men placed seventh out of 16 teams and the women placed fifth out of 18 teams. The men were led by freshman Devon Young, who placed 19th with a time of 25 minutes, 53 seconds. Connor Stark finished 30th in 26:19, and Austin Bogina rounded out the Gorillas top three with a 45th place finish in 26:42. Ethan Silovsky crossed the line three seconds later in 50th place and Cale Heiniger came in 65th with a time of 27:03. Division I Tulsa University took the…

Gorillas score 52-straight; dominate Bearcats

Tailback Briceton Wilson runs for a Pitt State first down chased by Central Linebacker Adrian Shoecraft Saturday, Sept. 8.

Trent Johnson | Sports Reporter The Pittsburg State Gorillas kept rolling last Saturday when they traveled to Bolivar, Mo. to take on the Southwest Baptist University Bearcats. They avoided the upset in convincing fashion, scoring 52 straight points in the 52-9 victory. The Gorillas put together their most complete game of the season against the Bearcats. SBU took an early 7-0 lead after the first possession, but the Gorillas came back and scored 52 unanswered points before giving up a meaningless safety. This week, they come back to Carnie Smith Stadium where they will try to get their record to 4-0 before heading into a bye week. The Gorillas will face the Lincoln Blue Tigers,…

Gorillas bounce back

Crystal Whitten, freshman outside hitter, spikes the ball over MSSU's defender Nai Montano. The Gorillas beat the Lions in three sets.

Tyler Smith | Sports Reporter The Pitt State volleyball team came into Wednesday’s match against Missouri Southern State University riding a four-game losing streak, yet showed no signs of backing down. The team pounded the Lions in all three sets, winning 25-17, 25-19 and 17-15 in front of a packed house of 1,139 fans. The night was highlighted by PSU newcomer from Pila, Poland, Paula Okrutna as well as senior Brooke Fay for their team-leading performances. Okrutna finished the night with a team-high six service aces and nine digs with only two errors. “That’s definitely a good feeling to come back after last weekend and win in three sets,” Okrutna said. “That was my goal…

Bearcats eager to face Gorillas

Jeff Seybold, junior running back, hurtles for more yards and tries to avoid Central Oklahoma's Adrian Shoecraft at the Gorilla's home opener.

Allen, Bearcats relish the opportunity Trent Johnson | Sports Writer The home opener for Pittsburg State last Saturday was not as easy as expected; with another mediocre opponent awaiting them this Saturday, the Gorilla faithful will expect a blowout win. Playing in front of the second-largest crowd in school history, the Gorillas had high expectations for their first game of the season at Carnie Smith Stadium. The parking lot was buzzing with the Pitt State faithful, beginning hours before the game and continuing all day long. The Gorillas left Carnie Smith Stadium with a W, bringing their record to 2-0. However, the Gorilla offense may have put up huge numbers, but it never seemed to…

Pitt State Cross Country team opens up

Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter The Pitt State cross country teams started their seasons last weekend at the Alumni Invitational held at Countryside Golf Course. Head coach Russ Jewett says he is pleased with the performance of the younger men, after losing four of the top runners from last season. “I was fairly pleased with my freshmen, even a couple of redshirt runners,” Jewett said. “Out of all them, I’d have to say Connor Stark did better than what his training would have indicated.” Stark finished the 6K race in 19 minutes and 46 seconds, just four seconds behind Senior Ethan Silovsky who placed fourth in 19:42. The Senior says he has high hopes for…

Gorillas’ chances sunk on day two

Brett Dowel, junior, lines up his last shot before he sinks the ball on the eigth hole, Monday, September 10.

Garett McCullough | Sports Editor Winning the Pittsburg State Invitational may have been a slightly unattainable goal for the PSU golf team, especially while they are rebuilding. However, in this highly competitive sports world, mediocrity isn’t acceptable. Unfortunately, a poor second day dropped the Gorillas to ninth place out of 12 teams. Sophomore Justice Valdivia led the team with a first round 71, and the Gorillas were sitting in fourth place, seven strokes behind after one day. Valdivia’s round one score had the Gorillas in contention, and put him tied for first individually with Missouri Southern’s Andrew Maier. Head coach Todd Loveland says this has been a theme for the Gorillas so far this season….

Gorillas: first hot, then cold

Chloe Foster of the Pittsburg State University volleball team blocks the ball against Bemidji State University's Courtney Volkmann at Pittburg High School gymnasium on September 1st.

Tyler Smith | Sports Writer The Pitt State Volleyball team was busy last week, playing five different teams with mixed results. The Gorillas won the first three matches over East Central (Okla.), Saint Leo University and Christian Brother. PSU only lost two sets in the three matches combined. Against East Central, Becca Pearson had 26 assists while Hayley Hansford added 17 of her own. Sam Wyatt led the team with 18 digs while Chrystal Whitten had 12. Four players, Brooke Fay, Whitten, Paula Okrutna and Chloe Foster led the team with three blocks each against East Central. Against St. Leo, the Gorillas were dominant offensively, with Okrutna and Fay combining for 30 kills. The final…

Gorillas off to winning start

Tyler Smith – Collegio Sports Reporter The PSU volleyball team started its season hot last weekend, earning four big wins at the Pittsburg State Classic. The women beat Illinois-Springfield, Northwestern State University (Okla.), Bemidji State (Minn.) and William Jewell. They also managed to win all but one set during the four-match tournament. Sophomore Paula Okrutna had an outstanding performance in both matches on the first day, earning 10 kills with only one error on 21 attempts against Illinois-Springfield. Freshman Crystal Whitten added nine kills while junior Christa McCaw finished with a team-high 11 digs. Okrutna also tied with Chloe Foster for the team lead in blocks with four. Okrutna says she was pleased with the…