Gorilla men, women fall short in NCAA Tournament

| Michael Bauer sports editor | “March Madness” is at an end for both the Pittsburg State men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Gorilla men were defeated 80-68 by the Minnesota State-Moorhead Dragons in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament on Saturday, March 14, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Playing as a seventh-seed in its first national tournament appearance since 2007, the Gorillas were kept at a distance on the scoreboard for much of the first half, trailing by as much as 13. The PSU season ended with a 20-12 record. “I was very proud of how our guys fought,” said Kevin Muff, head coach. “I thought we fought very hard. We came…

6 on track teams win honors

Macy sets school record in 5,000-meter race | Charles A. Ault reporter | PSU sent 14 athletes to Birmingham, Ala., for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track National Championships on Friday, March 13, through Saturday, March 14. Six of those 14 Gorilla men and women earned All-American accolades. Though her season became complicated after a car accident a week before the MIAA Conference Championships, senior Jessica Macy took the bronze and set a school record in the 5,000-meter race on Friday with a time of 16:43.14. Her placing earned her one of PSU’s six All-American titles. “It was an extremely tough event this year. Jess was sort of a marginal qualifier but she was in…

Baseball 4-6 over break

| Charles A. Ault reporter | PSU’s non-conference double-header against 29th-ranked Missouri Southern originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, was moved up a day. The first game saw both teams score one run in the first inning and Southern tack on another in the second. A five-run third inning by the Gorillas erased that deficit. Southern rounded home three times in its half of the inning and twice more in the sixth. By bringing home a runner in the fifth, sixth and seventh, the Gorillas were able to hold on to win 9-7. Senior Derek Hackney was 2-for-3 with two runs. Senior Andrew Kreiling was 1-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. The second game…

Break time’s over

| Cameron Molina reporter | The Pittsburg State softball team split with the Newman Jets on Wednesday, March 25. The Gorillas took the first game, 5-3, while the Jets took the second game 7-5. PSU moved to 17-9 for the season. Game one of the double header against Newman proved fruitful for the Gorillas. During the top of the third inning, junior Jordan Bradshaw hammered a pitch over the boundaries for a home run into left field. Senior outfielder Chelsyn Mitchell swiped at a pitch and sent it beyond the fences in the same direction Bradshaw did. Even facing a two to nil deficit, Newman battled back, with a run of its own in the…

‘I’ll treat this like a warrior’

Robert McField

Football player continues fight with cancer | Michael Bauer Sports editor | Robert McField knew something wasn’t right. It was a January morning and the junior tight end from St. Louis, Mo., noticed that he didn’t have any feeling in his right arm. After going to Via Christi hospital in Pittsburg, McField went to the emergency room in Joplin, Mo., fearing that it could be horrible. It was then that the nightmare truly began: He was diagnosed with cancer. “I cried immediately after the diagnosis,” McField, who majors in recreation, said. “I don’t think I’ve cried so hard in my life. They told me in Joplin and when they walked in with five doctors and…

Road to the tourney

| Cameron Molina reporter | A loss does not define a team, but it still stings. Pittsburg State fell to Emporia State during the MIAA championship on Saturday, March 7, in Kansas City, Mo. Though the loss was disheartening, there is a silver lining for the Gorillas: a seat in the Central Regional Tournament. PSU will enter third seed. The Gorillas, armed with “one of the toughest matchups” senior Lizzy Jeronimus and a multitude of other skilled players have high expectations, says Lane Lord, head coach. Nearly half a dozen seniors will gear up for PSU. Seniors Antqunita Reed, Brigit Hesser, Hailey Roderique, Morgan Westhoff and Jeronimus are all preparing for the final stretch ahead…

Preparing for MSU-Moorhead NCAA first round

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Sophomore Josiah Gustafson didn’t have to cancel his spring break plans this year. Neither did the rest of his teammates. When the 2014-15 season began, they fully expected to be playing in the NCAA Division II Tournament. “I never had any spring break plans,” Gustafson said. “That was the goal coming into this season: to win the conference tournament and if you win the conference tournament, you’re going to be in the regional tournament. Nobody on the team had any spring break plans. We’re all focused and ready to go.” That’s the PSU men’s basketball team’s idea for the perfect spring break, which will start on Saturday, March 14,…

Softball rolls to 8-4

| Cameron Molina reporter | The Gorillas continue to roll out the punches this season with a vengeful assault on Arkansas Tech on Tuesday, March 10. After losing back-to-back games against Tech two weeks ago, Pitt State began round one with an electrifying start. Sophomore Kylie Guthier swatted a pitch into center field at her first at-bat. While the Golden Suns scrambled for the ball, senior Cheslyn Mitchell made it home for the Gorillas’ first run of the game. In the second inning junior Jordan Bradshaw sent another Suns’ pitch into center and brought in two more runs. Since Bradshaw has been in the batting line-up, PSU has had a 3-1 record. Though Pitt State…

Men fall to Rockhurst

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State baseball team could not find a way to end its four-game losing skid, falling to the Rockhurst Hawks 12-5 at home on Wednesday, March 11. With the loss, the Gorillas fell to 3-10 for the season. Much of the damage was done in the first inning, when the Hawks scored six runs off of three errors. Patrick Burns opened up the scoring on an error off a failed pickoff attempt. Tim Mahoney was walked for an RBI and Matt Stacks scored a run to double the lead. Chase Leavy singled to left center field and Blake Petersen scored from an unearned run. Mahoney and Leavy both…

Gorilla men advance, 74-55

Michael Bauer, Sports Editor The Pittsburg State men’s basketball team used an early 15-2 run in the first half and then a 13-5 run halfway through the second half to build a 19-point lead and eventually a 74-55 win over the fourth-seeded Lindenwood Lions in the quarterfinals of the MIAA Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. on Thursday, Mar. 5. In a game in which they never trailed, the Gorillas (18-11 overall, 12-7 in the MIAA) shot 56 percent form the floor and were 15-18 on free throws. Lindenwood (17-12, 12-7) was held to just 19-54 on field goals for 35.2 percent and were only 9-16 on free throws. Senior Devon Branch led the Gorillas in…