Gorillas enjoy record-setting day

  Michael Bauer | Sports Editor Quarterback Anthony Abenoja and wide receiver John Brown both enjoyed record setting days in Jefferson City, Mo. in the Pitt State Gorillas’ win, 59-38, over the Lincoln Blue Tigers.   Abenoja, Brown ‘phenomenal’ Abenoja passed for a school record 442 yards and five touchdowns-four of them to Brown- while Brown became PSU’s all-time leading receiver with 2,722 career receiving yards. “In the locker room afterwards, I told our guys that there were a lot of players that we need to talk about,” head coach Tim Beck said in an interview with Eddie Lomshek of KKOW. “I thought our offensive linemen did a nice job. John’s day was phenomenal.” Brown…

Blue Tigers a potential threat Led by NFL-star coach, Lincoln defeated NCAA D1 team on neutral ground

Pittsburg State University quarterback, junior Anthony Abenoja

  | Michael Bauer sports editor |   Head coach Tim Beck has preached it every week to his players: It doesn’t matter if they are facing Lincoln University, Missouri Western or Northwest Missouri, as long as they know that they must prepare the same as they do every week. That’s what the No. 12 ranked and 3-0 Gorillas will aim to do when they travel to unfamiliar territory to take on Lincoln in Jefferson City, Mo. This will be the first time since 1987 that the Gorillas will face the Blue Tigers on their turf. They will look to keep their record against the Blue Tigers perfect, as they hold an 8-0 record in…

Brown bashes Baptist in 59-7 rout

John Brown post game interview Michael Bauer| Sports Editor After a slow start, the Gorillas’ patience and focus under the leadership of wide receiver John Brown paid off. Big crowd, big score Playing in front of the third-largest crowd in Carnie Smith Stadium history on Saturday, Sept. 21, during Family Weekend, Pittsburg State rolled over the Southwest Baptist Bearcats, 59-7. 10,788 tickets were sold, though many of the max-capacity crowd departed once it became clear that Southwest Baptist had no hope of success midway through the third quarter. Brown had five receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns of 57 and 62 yards, respectively. His effort defined a second quarter where the Gorillas exploded with…

No. 14 Gorillas host Southwest Baptist

A Pittsburg State University wide receiver running drills during Gorilla football practice at Carnie Smith Stadium on Sept. 3, 2013.

Michael Bauer | sports editor The Pittsburg State Gorillas may have never lost to the Southwest Baptist Bearcats before, but Tim Beck says his team will not be overlooking their foes in this week’s home game. “The big thing is trying to stress to the kids is not to worry about the opponent as much,” said Beck, football head coach, “worry about us improving during practice.” Potential-upset factors lined up The Bearcats are entering the contest with a 0-2 record while the Gorillas remain undefeated. From the outside, SBU may look overmatched, as the Gorillas crushed them, 52-9, last year. But, their record is not as bad as it may seem. They fought hard in…

Second golf meet shows improvements

Michael Bauer | sports editor The second competition for the Pittsburg State men’s golf team revealed that a foundation for a promising season is within reach. The team competed at the University of Nebraska-Kearney Fall Invitational on Monday, Sept. 9, and Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Awarii Dunes Golf Course in Kearney, Neb. As a unit the Gorillas shot a combined score of 933, finishing 11th out of 13 teams. Sophomore Zachary Fate achieved the top individual score for the team, shooting 229 and tying for 38th place. Todd Loveland, head coach, says going from a ninth-place team finish at the Missouri Invitational to an 11th-place finish in Kearney is misleading. “Comparing the two tourneys, though…

Gorilla offense shines in 65-24 beat down

Michael Bauer | sports editor The Pittsburg State Gorillas showed how flexible their offense was in their 65-24 victory over the Central Oklahoma Bronchos in Edmond, Okla., on Saturday, Sept. 14. Junior quarterback Anthony Abenoja went 19 of 24 for 211 yards while freshman Dre Holman had 10 carries for 66 yards. Five players for PSU would rush for 45 or more yards with sophomore running back Jeff Seybold Jr. going for 59 yards off of 15 carries. “I thought we did a nice job of mixing some plays up,” said Tim Beck, head coach, in an interview with Eddie Lomshek of KKOW. “We didn’t get tons of movement at times with our offensive line…

Volleyball’s great weekend

Team goes 3-1 Dakota Smith | reporter The Pitt State Gorillas volleyball team had a great weekend going 3-1 in the Peggy Martin Classic in Warrensburg, Mo., on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14. The Gorillas got off to a tough start, losing their match to Minnesota State-Moorhead 3-1. The team dropped the first two matches by scores of 25-20 and 25-22 but fought back and won the third set 25-18, then dropped the fourth set 29-27. Sophomore Crystal Whitten had a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore Hayley Hansford led the Gorillas in assists with 31 and senior Jordan Rehm led Pitt State in digs with 14. The Gorillas got their…

Disappointing start to Gorilla volleyball

Dakota Smith | reporter Pittsburg State volleyball got the season off to a rough start during the Pitt State Classic last Friday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7, after losing all four matches during the tournament. In the first match against Southeastern Oklahoma State, PSU was defeated after four sets. The first two sets finished with the same score of 25-23. A short-lived victory in the third set (25-22) was then followed by yet another defeat of 25-21. The Gorillas’ 51 kills of the game were tainted by 39 errors, giving them a hitting percentage of just .071 “We have to really clean up the unforced errors,” said Ibraheem Suberu, head coach. Crystal Whitten, sophomore…

Golf team places 9th at Missouri Invitational

Steven Gomez Jr. | reporter The Pittsburg State University men’s golf team kicked off the season at the Missouri Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and Wednesday, Sept. 4. The meet was held at Port Cima Resort in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. Out of 15 teams, the Gorillas shot a combined 957 and finished 93 above par. The team grabbed ninth place with junior Brandon Winfrey leading the way, shooting 231 and tying for 15th place in the individual standings. Todd Loveland, head coach, says he is pleased with Winfrey’s performance.     “Brandon had a phenomenal first round,” Loveland said. Winfrey says everything just came together for him. “I finished the round off with a…

PSU cross country hosts Alumni Race

Michael Bauer | sports editor The Pittsburg State cross country teams made their unofficial start to the season with the annual Gorilla Alumni Race at Countryside Golf course on Saturday, Sept. 7. The race consisted of not only the current Pitt State runners but runners from past years who have run cross country at PSU. On the men’s side, Adam Volkert was the leading runner, finishing with a time of 18:43. Jessica Macy came in first for the women in a time of 14:14. The men’s race was 6 kilometers while the women ran 4. Austina Bogina was the second men’s runner with a time of 19:13 while Chris Wise was not far behind at…