Suberu to retire after 15 years

Michael Bauer | Sports Editor After 15 years of coaching and rebuilding the program to conference prominence, head volleyball coach Ibraheem Suberu has announced his retirement. The announcement was made Thursday, Nov. 21, just two days after the Gorilla’s season came to an end with a 16-16 overall record. Suberu said in a Pittsburg State Athletics press release that his decision to retire was a part of his desire to spend more time with his family in his native country, Nigeria. Suberu took over the program in 1999, and began the process of reversing volleyball’s consistently disappointing history. Prior to his arrival, the Gorillas had an all-time win percentage of only 35 percent. His inaugural…

PSU men fall to 0-2 with loss to William Jewell

Michael Bauer | sports editor The William Jewell Cardinals delivered the second loss for the Pitt State Gorilla men’s basketball team for the season, cruising to a 93-80 victory on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Liberty, Mo. Sophomore Jake Bullard scored all 19 of his points in the second half to lead the Gorillas. Trailing 43-28 at halftime, the Gorillas managed to cut the deficit from 23 points to 11 late in the game. But, it would not be enough. “The one positive I will talk about is I thought at the end of the game, we showed a little bit of fight,” said Kevin Muff, head coach, in a postgame interview with KKOW. “(We showed)…

Three in a row

Westhoff hits career-high with 28 points against Henderson State Dakota Smith | reporter The Pittsburg State women’s basketball team has been on a roll, winning its last three games, all against Central region opponents. The Gorillas are sitting at 4-2 overall. The first of those three wins came against Henderson State on Thursday, Nov.14. The Gorillas took a 42-30 lead going into the break. Pitt State continued its success in the second half and came away with a 76-56 victory. Junior Morgan Westhoff led the Gorillas with a career-high 28 points and added six rebounds. Junior Lizzy Jeronimus had 14 points and seven rebounds. Pitt State shot 43 percent from the field and held Henderson…

Finishing record, 16-16

Season ends in first round of playoffs Dakota Smith | reporter The Pitt State volleyball team saw its season come to a close with a loss in the first round of the MIAA playoffs to the Central Missouri Jennies. Playing in Warrensburg, Mo., the Gorillas tried to get revenge on Central Missouri for beating them in four sets earlier this season. But the Jennies proved why they were the No. 1-seeded team in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) tournament, by beating PSU in three straight sets by scores of 25-17, 28-26 and 25-10. Senior Abbie Smith led the Gorillas in kills with just six. Hansford led Pitt State in assists with 20. Senior Kirsten…

Untamable

Lions shock Gorillas for historic win Michael Bauer | sports editor As the final seconds ticked away, all the Pitt State football players could do was watch. With Missouri Southern fans shouting, “We beat Pitt!” what seemed to be a result unheard of became a painful reality with the Gorillas’ 35-21 upset loss on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Carnie Smith Stadium. Not only did PSU lose to MSSU for the first time since 1993, but the team’s playoff hopes went down the drain as well. Instead, PSU will settle for an invitation to the Mineral Water Bowl in Excelsior Springs, Mo., on Saturday, Dec. 7. Before kickoff, the Gorillas honored 20 senior players, including three-time…

Untamable Lions shock Gorillas for historic win

| Michael Bauer sports editor | After 20 years of watching the Gorillas celebrate win after win over them, the Missouri Southern State Lions ended the losing skid by shocking PSU, 35-21, in the regular season final. This is their first Miner’s Bowl victory since 1993. In obtaining it, the Lions possibly put a nail in PSU’s hopes to qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs. Playing on a windy afternoon at Carnie Smith Stadium, the Gorillas honored 20 senior players prior to kick-off. Afterwards, many of the players were left heartbroken as the Gorillas spent the entire day playing catch-up, but could not get a break. “It’s tough, but you have to give Missouri…

Macy, Volkert qualify for nationals

Michael Bauer | sports editor The Pitts State men’s and women’s cross country teams finished their season at the NCAA Division II Central Regional meet on Saturday, Nov. 9, in Sioux Falls, S.D. But it isn’t over for senior Jessica Macy and red shirt senior Adam Volkert. Both qualified as individuals for the NCAA Division II National Championships. The PSU women finished sixth out of 30 schools competing with 182 points while the men were 10th with 243 points. Macy led the Gorilla women with a time of 20:52 in her third-place finish. Sophomore Hannah DeVries placed 14th overall with a time of 21:50 while red shirt senior Casey Epps was 31st in 22:12. Junior…

PSU falls to Jets, 80-76

Michael Bauer | sports editor Nothing went PSU’s way. Sophomore Jake Bullard and freshman Trevor Gregory both fouled out and junior Devon Branch left the game with an injury in the Gorillas’ 80-76 opening season loss to the Newman Jets in Wichita. Branch led in scoring with 20 points. Senior Terrell Eaddy and junior Sam Pugh both had 17. “It was a battle. I thought our guys played hard but we had too many defensive break-downs,” said Kevin Muff, head coach, in his post-game interview with Eddie Lomshek of KKOW. “We didn’t reward ourselves for stops or free throws.” The Gorillas took their largest lead of the first half with a 26-19 score before the…

Dreiling breaks PSU tackle record in 41-6 rout

Michael Bauer | sports editor The Pitt State football team avenged last year’s loss to Lindenwood, beating them 41-6, on Saturday, Nov. 9. Junior quarterback Anthony Abenoja threw for 194 yards off of nine completions, while sophomore running back Jeff Seybold Jr. ran for two scores and 135 yards. “Anytime you play someone at their place on the senior day, they will play very well,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “We knew they would be excited and our team did a nice job of scoring early in the second half, which was very important.” With the win the Gorillas improved their record to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in conference play. Lindenwood fell to 3-6 overall…

Gorilla women open season in California

Dakota Smith | reporter The Pittsburg State women’s basketball team started its season going 1-2 at the CCA Tip Off Classic in Anaheim, Calif. The Gorillas first game of the classic came on Friday, Nov.8, against the Yellow Jackets of Montana State-Billings. Pitt State led by as 16 before going into the half with the score 42-29. The Gorillas held off a late charge by the Yellow Jackets, winning by a final score of 77-71. “All five starters played very well,” said Lane Lord, head coach. Junior Lizzy Jeronimus led the team in double figures with 22 points, 10 of which came from the free throw line. Senior Alexa Bordewick had 13 points and junior…