PSU rolls over fourth-ranked MWSU 34-14

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State Gorillas know how to control the tide of a crucial game. This isn’t the first time they’ve done that with a blocked field goal that turned into a touchdown. In the 2011 national championship, the Gorillas blocked an early field goal while trailing by one and returned it for a touchdown to take the lead and not look back. Against Missouri Western on Saturday, Oct. 26, in St. Joseph, Mo., they did it again. With Pitt State ahead, 13-7, early in the third quarter the Griffons attempted to close the gap with a 52-yard field goal attempt. The Gorillas blocked the kick and junior strong safety…

Volkert and Macy win; Pitt State has strong team showing

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Adam Volkert and Jesscia Macy are MIAA cross-country champions. With this victory, both Volkert and Macy have earned All-MIAA honors. Volkert and Macy each won the 2013 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association individual cross-country championship title on Saturday, Oct. 26, by winning their races at the Countryside Golf Course in Pittsburg. Macy entered the day with the league’s best 6K time. Her winning time was 21 minutes, 8 seconds; 34 seconds ahead of second place finisher Twishanna Williams of Lincoln. Adam Volkert’s winning time was 24 minutes, 35 seconds; ten seconds ahead of second place finisher Laban Sialo of Central Missouri. As a team, however, the Gorilla women were unable…

6-1 PSU hits the road to face MWSU in crucial MIAA match up

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Tim Beck and his team don’t need the reminders. Pittsburg State’s defense doesn’t have trouble remembering how many points they allowed against Missouri Western last year. The entire football team knows that last week’s loss to Northwest Missouri must not be allowed to be a blow to the rest of this season. This Saturday, the 6-1 Gorillas takes on the undefeated and No. 4 ranked Missouri Western Griffons in St. Joseph, Mo. They say they are not going to let the Fall Classic loss bother them. “Practice has been great this week,” Jeff Seybold Jr., sophomore running back, said. “We’re not thinking about the past. We’re looking good.” Defense…

Classic offensive frustration Gorillas fall to Bearcats amid several setbacks in second half

| Michael Bauer sports editor | It was a Fall Classic that lived up to its name, but it was not won in the way that most people thought. While the No. 2 ranked Northwest Missouri State Bearcats delivered the Pittsburg State Gorillas’ first loss of the season, 24-15, in the 12th annual meeting at Arrowhead Stadium for the two teams, it was the defense for both sides that stole the show. The game was played in front of 17,679 fans on a picturesque afternoon in Kansas City, Mo. Bolles saves Bearcats That came as a surprise for a game that was anticipated to be high-scoring, that also featured an unlikely hero for the Bearcats:…

Cross Country’s final tune-up

Michael Bauer | sports editor The Pitt State cross country teams competed at the Fort Hays State Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 12, in their final tuneup before the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) conference meet scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26. Running without No. 1 runner senior Jessica Macy, the Gorilla women finished five points behind Division II powerhouse Adams State, finishing second out of 17 schools competing. “We held out Jessica Macy because we felt that it wasn’t in her best interest to race her before the end of the season,” said Russ Jewett, head coach. “It’s just a shame to lose to Adams State in a close race.” Senior Casey Epps finished the race…

PSU Golf competes at UCM

Michael Bauer | Sports editor Competing at the University of Central Missouri Heart of America Invitational, the Pittsburg State golf team finished No. 19 out of the 20 teams competing in Warrensburg, Mo. The meet was held from Monday, Oct. 7, to Tuesday, Oct. 8. The Gorillas finished with a score of 931 with rounds of 310, 309 and 312 over a tournament of 54 holes. The Gorillas were led by Gable LaForge who placed No. 39 as an individual. LaForge posted a score of 226 after rounds of 75, 76 and 75. Jordan Dunham finished No. 76 overall with rounds of 77, 78 and 79 to finish with a score of 234. Zach Fate…

Numbers favor volleyball in Joplin

Dakota Smith | reporter The Pittsburg State volleyball team finished a great weekend at the Missouri Southern Tournament on Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, going 3-0. The Gorillas are currently 9-10 overall and 3-5 in MIAA play. The week did not start off well for Pitt State when it took on Northwest Missouri State at home on Oct. 10. Pitt State lost the match 0-3 by scores of 25-18,25-20,25-20. Sophomore Crystal Whitten had a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs. She was the only Gorilla with double figure kills. Sophomore Hayley Hansford led the Gorillas in assists with 29 and senior Jordan Rehm led the Gorillas in digs with 15. The Gorillas…

Classic football setup

Pittsburg State eager to take on Bearcats at Arrowhead Michael Bauer | sports editor It’s that time of the year again. Next up on Pittsburg State’s football menu is the undefeated and second-ranked Northwest Missouri Bearcats in the annual Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium. Kick-off will be at 3 p.m. Battle in the top 10 The Bearcats enter this year’s edition of the Fall Classic with a second-place ranking in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division II polls and a 6-0 record, while the Gorillas have jumped to seventh in the rankings and are 6-0. Breaking down NWSU Quarterback Trevor Adams has so far gone 76 of 102 passes for 1,137 yards and 11…

Gorillas survive Central Missouri scare

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Michael Bauer | Sports Editor It could have been really disastrous for Pittsburg State. With a clear lead in the third quarter, 28-14, the Gorillas had a chance to put the game out of reach when their drive carried them inside the Central Missouri Mules’ five-yard line. Then, running back Jeff Seybold Jr. fumbled the ball and Central Missouri recovered. “Every play is so important,” said Tim Beck, head coach, to Eddie Lomshek of KKOW. “I know Jeff Seybold was down on himself after the fumble … but the bottom line is he saw the cut and was going to score … He took his eyes off the ball and it got tucked away.” The…

Undefeated Gorillas all business

Michael Bauer | Sports Editor For the Pitt State football team this season, every away game is being treated as business trip. This is not only because they have more away games than home games but also because the Gorillas will be spending the rest of October playing the toughest portion of their schedule away from Pittsburg. PSU’s destination this weekend: Warrensburg, Mo. against Central Missouri’s Mules. Red October? Meh It will be the first of three consecutive trips with Northwest Missouri State set for next weekend at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. as Missouri Western State awaits for the following week in St. Joseph, Mo. For some teams, this would be considered a…