Gearing Up

PSU looks to return to playoffs | Michael Bauer sports editor | It didn’t seem fair to the Gorillas. A 35-21 loss to the Missouri Southern Lions on the final day of the regular season kicked PSU out of contention for the NCAA Division II playoffs for a second consecutive year despite a 9-2 regular season record and finishing the season ranked 19th in the AFCA coaches poll. Emporia State, a team that PSU didn’t get to play, took advantage of the Gorilla loss and jumped ahead in the regional rankings to snatch a spot in the playoffs after going 9-1 in the regular season while PSU had to settle for the Mineral Water Bowl….

PSU names director of strength training

Michael Bauer, Sports Editor Matt Nelson may have been lining up against PSU while playing for Northwest Missouri State on the football field just a few years ago. But now, he’ll be assisting Pittsburg State’s athletes in the coming school year. Pittsburg State has named Matt Nelson as the director of strength training and nutrition for the Gorillas. The graduate from NWMSU is transitioning from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. He served as the Cardinals’ head strength and conditioning coach last year. Before that, he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at fellow Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) school Northwest Missouri State. He also served strength and conditioning internships at Texas Christian University…

Rec center offers students chance to get fit

Michael Bauer, Editor-in-Chief Being away from home, trying to meet new people and studying for tests and working. These are some of the stresses that students face on any given school year. But for those who are looking to alleviate some of that stress or just trying to get into shape and stay active, the PSU Student Recreation Center is there to help. Located on 2001 S. Rouse, the rec center is available to all current Pitt State students and faculty. The center is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Friday during the school year and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. To get into the center, all…

Brazil’s World Cup: an $11 billion trap

Val Vita Here in my country, if you were to ask 10 little boys what they want to be when they grow up, it’s very possible that eight of them will tell you the same thing: soccer player. I’m not overreacting when I say that soccer in Brazil is like a religion. People here go crazy because of it – maybe even more than Americans go crazy for football. In Brazil, all the boys want to be Neymar. This year, as we all know, we are experiencing the delight (or the curse, depending on whom you ask) of hosting the FIFA World Cup. It’s interesting to be here on vacation and have the opportunity to…

PSU announces 2014 Hall of Fame class

Michael Bauer, Sports Editor Pittsburg State has announced the 2014 induction class of the intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. Nine members consisting of former athletes will be inducted during the ceremony on campus on Saturday, Oct. 25. The 2014 class is composed of six men and three women. This year’s group includes four-time All-America performer Megan (Corby) Haas, who competed in track and field as well as volleyball from 1991-95; All-America pitcher Daryl Cronk, a member of the baseball team’s 1999 MIAA title; All-America quarterback Brian Hutchins from the Gorillas’ 1991 NCAA Division II National Championship squad and a runner-up finish in 1992; All-America quarterback Neal Philpot, who compiled a school record 41 victories while…

MIAA leads nation in basketball attendance

Michael Bauer, sports editor Whether it’s the Central Missouri men’s basketball team winning the 2014 NCAA Division II title or the PSU and Emporia State women ranking in the top 25, the MIAA conference has been represented well this past basketball season. Now, attendance figures have shown the MIAA to be the leader in that category as well. According to the conference website, for the 2013-14 season, the MIAA led the nation in both men’s and women’s basketball attendance as the only league to average more than 1,000 fans per game for both. At 199 men’s games this season the conference drew 262,573 fans for an average of 1,319 while the women brought in 197,188…

Pitt Sports Briefs

Broyles, Gammon inducted to Hall of Fame Former PSU head football coach Chuck Broyles and former All-American football player Kendall Gammon have been enshrined into the MIAA Hall of Fame class of 2014. On Thursday, June 5, at the MIAA-Awards Ceremony at the Kansas City Public Library in Kansas City, Mo., the 10-member class was announced. Broyles coached the PSU football team to the 1991 NCAA Division II National Championship along with national championship appearances in 1992, 1995 and 2004 while posting an MIAA record of 198 victories during his 20-year tenure as head coach from 1990-2009. Broyles has also earned NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year honors three times. In addition, Broyles…

World Cup Watch Students gather for world’s top sporting event

Michael Bauer editor-in-chief The world’s premier sporting event has been uniting people in supporting their countrymen. From Germany to Japan to even Pittsburg, fans have held mass gatherings to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Students from Pittsburg State have chimed in, hosting their own watch parties and it’s not only international students, either. On Monday, June 16, PSU students assembled at Varsity’s Sports Bar in Frontenac to watch the United States take on Ghana in its opening match. “My son told me today that they were going to bring in 30 of his friends to watch it,” said Mike Knaup, owner of Varsity’s Sports Bar. Varsity’s is no stranger to hosting watch parties from…

Jeronimus gets athlete of the year honors

Michael Bauer, Sports Editor Lizzy Jeronimus was named the recipient of the MIAA Ken B. Jones Award for the 2013-14 school year. The annual award goes to the top male and female athlete of the year in the conference. To be nominated for the award, an athlete is judged in four areas: athletic accomplishments from the current season, career academic accomplishments, campus and community service and career athletic and service achievements. The other recipient of the award was Northwest Missouri State’s quarterback Trevor Adams who helped the Bearcats to the 2013 NCAA Division II national championship with an undefeated record. The award was given on Thursday, June 5, in Kansas City, Mo., at the Public…

2014 FIFA World Cup preview

Michael Bauer Editor-in-chief Every four years, the biggest stage in soccer occurs, bringing with it the pride and passion of all the countries that have qualified and ending a long wait for thousands of fans around the globe. The FIFA World Cup, rich with triumph and history, will reignite next week in the most successful nation in soccer history: Brazil. Thirty-two of the best teams will square off for the next month with only one goal in mind: to win the coveted World Cup trophy. The teams have been split into groups of eight. The best two teams in each group will advance to the knock-out stages beginning with the round of 16 and eventually…