Girls drop back to back

The seniors of the Pittsburg State University women's basketball team pose for a picture with the pictures they recieved on senior night at The Weede, Saturday, Jan. 20.

| Cameron Molina reporter | It was a shocking home loss during the State Farm Trophy Series on Saturday, Feb. 21. The Lions of Missouri Southern prowled into John Lance arena looking to spoil the then ranked 7th Gorillas, on their senior night no less, and the Lions’ hope soon turned into a reality, sadly for Pitt State. The game had a slow pace. Missouri Southern scored off the tip to take a 2-0 lead. Neither PSU or MSSU allotted much ground, though. Senior Antqunita Reed (15 points) hit both free throws after a foul 30 seconds into the game. Senior Hailey Roderique then ended a two-minute drought with a lay-up off of a steal….

Gorilla men fall to ESU 74-67

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | Pitt State’s chance for a regular season conference championship evaporated on Wednesday night, Feb. 25, in the Gorillas’ 74-67 loss to the Emporia State Hornets. With both teams entering the tip-off in need of a win; PSU to finish top of the MIAA and ESU to keep its hopes of playing in the conference tournament, it was a nail-biter of a game. While Emporia State is ranked 13th in shooting in MIAA, it certainly didn’t feel that way. The Hornets shot 59.5 percent from the field and went 25-42. In outside shots, they were 63.6 percent. The Gorillas were 44 percent from the field, going 22-49 and shot 21.4…

Making memories

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Gorilla Nation got a bit more ‘family-ier’ during the university’s annual Family Night at the Pitt State basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 12. While PSU took on the University of Nebraska-Kearney on the court, families took in the thrill of the game and some fun during the Alumni Center hosted event. “Every year we try to do better than the year before,” said Jon Bartlow, director of the Alumni Center. “We worked with both the athletics department and Sodexo to make it better than last year.” To increase family attendance, fliers were sent to area elementary schools so pupils could take them home to their parents. A ticket covered the…

Track finishes strong at OBU

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The men’s track team walked away with four first-place victories when they and the women’s team competed at the Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational on Saturday, Feb.14, in Norman, Okla. Sophomore Bryce Starks placed first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.87 and junior Andre Sanders took first in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking in at 8.01. In the pole vault, senior Jeff Piepenbrink took first, clearing 16-2.75 and sophomore Bo Farrow won the shot put with his 54-8.25 toss. All four performances exceeded NCAA DII national provisional qualification standards. Freshman Alex Conn also placed in his event. Conn finished the mile race with a time of 4:23.43 behind…

Gorillas sweep NSU

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Pittsburg State used a series of three-point plays in the second half of its game against Northeastern State on Wednesday, Feb. 18, to go from a one-point lead to a 16-point advantage in the Gorillas’ 87-73 win over the RiverHawks. Sophomore Josiah Gustafson led the Gorillas in scoring with 25 points and was 8-12 from the field. Junior Trey Starks had 18 points from 5-8 shooting while freshman Dakota Jones had 11 from 4-8 on shooting and sophomore Trevor Gregory had 10 points. “We don’t lose anything when we sub (Trey) in,” said Kevin Muff, head coach. “Trey’s done a lot of good things but he’s not the only…

Softbal jups to 3-1

| Cameron Molina reporter | The Pitt State softball team took on the Arkansas-Monticello Classic by storm. In the team’s opening game against the Mavericks of Minnesota State-Mankato on Thursday, Feb. 12, the Gorillas dominated from first pitch to final inning. Pitt State brought in its first run of the season in the second inning when senior Devon McCreath drilled the ball straight into center field, bringing senior McKenzie Rynard home. The runs continued in the third inning with a three-run homer by sophomore Kylie Guthier, bringing the Gorillas to an early 4-0 lead. The Mavericks were unable to keep pace with the Gorillas, and lost to Pitt State 0-8. There was not bad luck…

Taking on the Riverhawks

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The Pitt State baseball team faced Northeastern State University in a double-doubleheader this past weekend, Friday, Feb. 13, in Tahlequah, Okla., and Saturday, Feb. 14, at home. During the first inning of Friday’s game, the Gorillas opened with senior Andrew Kreiling swinging in a homer over left center. The early-game enthusiasm was slowly pecked away by the RiverHawks in the bottom of the inning with NSU scoring not one, not two but three runs and another four in the third inning. In the fourth inning Pitt State had one unearned run while Northeastern brought home six. The RiverHawks continued to distance themselves from the Gorillas with an additional five…

Baseball opens 2-2

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The Pittsburg State baseball team began its season last week with two wins and two losses as the Quick Trip Division II Classic in Grand Prairie, Texas. On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Gorillas faced the Bulldogs of Southwestern Oklahoma. While the Bulldogs were the first to score in the fourth inning, the Gorillas rounded the bases three times in the fifth and scored a fourth run in the sixth to cement a 4-1 victory. Senior Derek Hackney was two for five with two RBI’s, and senior Luke Bordewick was one for three with one RBI and one run. Senior Andrew Kreiling was two for three with one RBI and…

Track at MSSU, Nebraska

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at meets in Joplin, Mo., and Lincoln, Neb., on Thursday, Feb. 5, and Friday, Feb. 6. In Lincoln at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational at the University of Nebraska, junior Hannah DeVries placed fifth in the 8,000-meter run with a time of 17:45.89. Senior Jessica Macy placed sixth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:55.48. In the weight throw, junior Cassie Caswell’s mark of 58-7.50 put her in ninth overall and first among the non-Division I athletes. In the shot put, her throw of 48-1.75 ranked her in the top 10 of DII this year. For…

Fouls, shooting hurt PSU in 82-65 loss

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | Things did not go as well for the men’s basketball team as it did for the women’s on Saturday, Feb. 7. The Bronchos of Central Oklahoma avenged last week’s loss to the Gorillas with a drubbing of 82-65 in Edmond, Okla. Pitt State (13-8 overall and 9-4 in the MIAA Conference) shot only 33 percent from the court in a game that was plagued with 53 fouls and 71 free throws. “For whatever reason, we continued to foul and make fouls that I thought were not very smart,” said Kevin Muff, head coach, in his post-game interview with Eddie Lomshek of KKOW. “You have to be able to adjust…