Women blow past HSU

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The 10th-ranked Pittsburg State women’s basketball team recovered from its first loss of the season by blowing out Henderson State 77-50 in Arkadelphia, Ark., on Monday, Dec. 1. Pitt State (8-1) outscored the Reddies 35-12 in the first half and spent the entire game in front. Senior Lizzy Jeronimus led the Gorillas in scoring with 23 points (10 in the first half) while junior Kylie Gafford had 14 and senior Morgan Westhoff and freshman Elena Flott each scored nine a piece. The Reddies fell to 2-5 for the season. Aungelique Sledge put up 24 points for Henderson State while Annie Thomas had eight. Pitt State, still hurting after its…

Bogina qualifies for National Championships

| Michael Bauer sports editor | This week junior Austin Bogina will be competing in the 2014 NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships in Louisville, Ky. Bogina, from Arma, is the lone PSU cross country runner to qualify as an individual for the national championships after placing 13th at the Central Regional on Saturday, Nov. 22, in Wayne, Neb. He finished the 10-kilometer race in 31:55.40. As a team, the Gorilla men finished sixth while the women were eighth. This will mark the first time Bogina has run at the national championships. Bogina, who won the 2010 Kansas cross country state championship for Arma-Northeast, will be the second consecutive PSU runner to compete at…

PSU decimates Newman

| Cameron Molina reporter | Playing in its first home game of the season at John Lance Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 2, against Newman University, the Pittsburg State Gorilla men’s basketball team got its first win over the Jets, 82-66. After winning the tipoff, Newman enforced its presence by pushing the pace. Reggie Baker of Newman found an opening on PSU’s baseline and started the Jets off with a back-door bucket. Junior guard Javis Flynn slowed down PSU’s offense and passed the ball to sophomore guard and Pittsburg’s leading scorer Josiah Gustafson. After a few intricate cuts and movements, Flynn found junior Lamine Dieng on right block, then Dieng muscled his way in for the…

Finishing ‘Like true Gorillas’

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The Pitt State Gorillas men’s and women’s cross country teams made the journey to Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., on Saturday, Nov. 22, to compete in the DII Central Championships. First to score in the men’s race for Pitt State was junior Austin Bogina with a time of 31:55.40, placing him 13th overall. It was enough to advance him to the DII National Championship as an individual. “Austin did a great job, he actually led the race for a couple miles and then fell back a ways and had to recover a bit because he started very fast He did well to fight back and secure an individual…

Playoff run ends in Minnesota

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Senior quarterback Anthony Abenoja dropped back on the Gorillas’ first play in overtime and threw to the end zone where freshman running back Michael Rose was standing for a potential game-winning touchdown. Instead, Minnesota State linebacker Tyler Henderson picked off Abenoja’s pass to ice the game and end the Gorillas’ season with a 24-21 overtime loss to the Mavericks in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 29, in Mankato, Minn. “It was two very evenly matched teams,” said Tim Beck, head coach, in his post game interview with KKOW. “They play a very physical style of football. Our guys rose to the occasion…

Routed out

Gorillas share MIAA title | Michael Bauer sports editor | With the conference championship and a spot in the playoffs on the line, the Pittsburg State Gorillas needed a win against the Central Oklahoma Bronchos Saturday, Nov. 15, to close out the regular season in Edmond, Okla. That need was met. The Pitt State football team (10-1) claimed a share of the MIAA conference title by blowing out Central Oklahoma (8-3), 41-14 on Saturday, allowing the team to advance to the NCAA Division II national playoffs. With the win, Pitt State will share the conference title with Northwest Missouri State. Both teams finished with the same record. “We want them to enjoy it,” said Tim…

Volleyball ends season with loss

| Cameron Molina sports reporter | A four-game road trip ended with a loss for the Pitt State volleyball team to the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos on Saturday, Nov. 15, in Edmond, Okla. The Gorillas, who were already on a three-game losing skid going into the match lost in four sets, 3-1. The Bronchos took the first set, 25-15, before Pittsburg State came back to win the second set, 28-26. Central Oklahoma won the final two sets, 25-18 and 25-16 to end the Gorillas’ season at 10-20 overall and 7-15 in the MIAA. Pittsburg State found itself down early in set one, 9-3. The team scraped and battled back as it narrowed the margin…

Women’s basketball start’s strong

| Cameron Molina sports reporter | It has been chilly outside, but the PSU women’s basketball team traveled to an area with even lower temperatures as the team began its season at the Radisson Hotel’s Roseville Classic in St. Paul, Minn. Pitt State’s first game of the tournament was against the 10th-ranked Concordia St. Paul Golden Bears. “We are a ranked team as well,” said Lane Lord, head coach. “We played them (Concordia) in our second game last year in California. So we were somewhat familiar with them. They are a huge team, though.” PSU started its assault by giving the ball to junior forward Kylie Gafford, who quickly put up a jump shot. Gafford…

Men get first win of the season, 76-56

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State men’s basketball team got its first win of the season, 76-56, over the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Russellville, Ark. Senior Devon Branch put up 18 points and eight rebounds while freshman Dakota Jones and sophomore Josiah Gustafson both finished with 12 points. PSU improved to 1-2 for the season after dropping its opening games over the weekend while the Wonder Boys fell to 1-2. “I thought it was a great win,” head coach Kevin Muff said to Eddie Lomshek of KKOW. “Going on an opponent’s court and get a win was important. We’re a little shallow on the bench but it’ll…

Cross country takes third

| Charles A. Ault reporter | On Saturday, Nov. 8, the Pitt State men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Bolivar, Mo., to compete in the MIAA championship meet. Both the men and women placed third as a team. “I overall feel pretty good,” said Russ Jewett, head coach. “I am proud of both the men’s team and the women’s team. That was about what our full potential was this year so I’m proud of them.” First in for the men was junior Austin Bogina. Bogina placed fifth overall with a time of 25:06.90. “I think that was his best race ever for us. It’s a very tough conference. There are a lot of…