Track athletes post qualifiers at UCM invite

| Michael bauer sports editor | Taking a full team with them, the Pittsburg State men’s and women’s indoor track teams competed at the University of Central Missouri Invite on Friday, Jan. 24, in Warrensburg, Mo. The Gorilla men posted four individual victories while the women picked up two. Freshman Bo Farrow won the men’s shot put, posting a top mark of 53 feet, 6.25 inches. Sophomore Garrett Appier finished second with a mark of 53-3, and senior Cody Holland was third with a mark of 51-8.5. The performances were enough for all three athletes to post provisional qualifying marks. Holland also finished fourth in the weight throw with 53-4.5. Junior Jordan Peters won the…

Men end losing streak with a win over Northeastern State

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Gorillas can now breathe a sigh of relief. After dropping four straight, the Pittsburg State men’s basketball team got its first win since Jan. 11 with a 73-63 victory over the Northeastern State Riverhawks. The win came on the last of a three-consecutive home game stand at John Lance Arena. With both teams entering the night with a 1-4 record in their previous five games, the Gorillas (7-10, 3-7) came out with a win while the Riverhawks’ losing skid was extended to four. “This is a good team. They’ve been sort of like us, being in a funk,” said Kevin Muff, head coach. “One team was going to…

Dominating the court

Women win third straight game | Michael Bauer sports editor | In the last two weeks the Northeastern State Riverhawks have pulled off upsets over number two-ranked Emporia State and Fort Hays State. The Gorillas, on the other hand, weren’t about to be the next victims. Playing at John Lance Arena, the Pittsburg State women’s basketball team wrapped up its third-straight home game with a victory, 68-53, improving itsrecord to 14-6 and 6-3 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). Junior Lizzy Jeronimus finished with 21 points to lead the Gorillas while sophomore Cathy Brugman finished with 14 points. “Coach put a lot of trust in me,” Brugman said. “We’re just playing well as a…

PSU track competes at MSSU invitational

Michael Bauer | sports editor It didn’t take junior Jeff Piepenbrink long to post the top mark in pole vault for NCAA Division II and it didn’t take freshman Heather Glenn long to qualify for the national indoor track and field championship in women’s pole vault, either. Competing at the Missouri Southern State Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 11, the Pittsburg State track and field teams sent a few individuals to Joplin, Mo. Piepenbrink cleared 17 feet, 1.5 inches to finish first and break the Pitt State indoor record in the discipline. The mark also broke PSU assistant coach Kyle Rutledge’s facility record at the MSSU invitational. He finished ahead of MSSU’s Michael Juergens, who cleared…

Jeronimus powers PSU to 83-73 OT win

Michael Bauer | sports editor Junior Lizzy Jeronimus wasn’t going to mess up. Not after missing a game-winning shot at the end of regulation from the inside and with the Gorillas facing a potential upset against the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers. As it turns out; forcing the Gorilla women’s basketball team into overtime was the best the Lopers could do. After losing control of possession in the final minute of regulation and then missing an inside shot, Jeronimus scored 11 of her 31 total points in overtime as the Gorillas quickly overcame the Lopers in overtime 83-73 at John Lance Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 22, improving their overall record to 12-6 and 5-3 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate…

Comeback falls short, 82-80

Michael Bauer | sports editor The Gorilla men’s basketball team is making a habit of leaving things late in the game. Unfortunately, they’re ending up on the wrong side of the score sheet. With recent losses, by three against Washburn and a surrendered second half lead vs. Emporia State, the Gorillas’ woes continued in a loss, 80-82, to the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at John Lance Arena. Junior Devon Branch led the Gorillas with 20 points and was 6-13 on field goals while shooting 7-8 from the free throw line. A questionable goal tending foul on UNK’s Connor Beranek, while Branch’s game-tying shot went behind the backboard as time expired, made things bitter…