Super Bowl XLIX

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Super Bowl XLIX will be a matchup where the past meets the future. The NFC Conference champions Seattle Seahawks has a potential dynasty in the making, winning last year’s grand prize. Their opponent, the AFC champions New England Patriots has a spot already in the history books, winning three Super Bowls in a four-year span last decade. One team looks to solidify its dynasty, the other hopes to add to its storied past. That’s the storyline for this year’s Super Bowl, not to mention the deflated-ball scandal surrounding the Patriots and the never-ending NFL fines for Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch. But when it’s all said and done, there…

Coaches weigh in on one-sided games

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | It’s not every day that a head coach gets reprimanded after a win but earlier this month, California high school girl’s basketball coach Michael Anderson was suspended by his school district. The reason? His team dismantled Bloomington High by a score of 161-2. It set the second-most points scored in a girls’ basketball game in history. The final score quickly made its way in headlines across the country, appearing on websites like Bleacher Report and The Sporting News but the backlash from the score was enough to result in a two-game suspension for Anderson. Anderson, who has been under heavy criticism for “showing a lack of sportsmanship,” was quoted…

Gorillas clip Riverhawks

| Cameron Molina reporter | After the Tigers of Fort Hays state took a bite at them last Saturday, the Pitt State women’s basketball team continued on its road trip to take on the Riverhawks of Northeastern State on Tuesday, Jan. 27. The game turned out to be a perfect bounce-back. PSU started the game cold, making only seven of 29 from the floor. In the first quarter scoring was lead by senior guard Lizzy Jeronimus, who was shy of 2,000 points before the start of the game. There have only been a handful of basketball players in DII and even DI who have reached a career of 2,000 points in MIAA history and only…

Win moves PSU into first place

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | The Pittsburg State men’s basketball team moved back into a two-way tie for first place in the MIAA conference standings with a 76-66 win over the Northeastern State Riverhawks in Tahlequah, Okla., on Wednesday, Jan. 28. With the win, the Gorillas (12-7, 8-3) received some help from the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats, who at the same time defeated the first-place Lindenwood Lions 74-61 to send PSU back to the top of the table. But despite all that, head coach Kevin Muff and his players won’t get too caught up in the standings. For them, Wednesday night’s game was more about avenging a loss to Northeastern State that came from…

Piepenbrink named MIAA Field Athlete of the Week

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Pittsburg State’s senior Jeff Piepenbrink was named the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Field Athlete of the Week for indoor track and field. The native of Jasper, Mo, was given the honor on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Piepenbrink took first place in the pole vault at the Missouri Southern State Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 17, in Joplin, Mo., posting a clearance of 15 feet, 11.25 inches. His performance this past weekend was the fifth-best mark in the NCAA Division II to date with the height clearance. Piepenbrink is the defending national champion in the pole vault from outdoor track and field after clearing 17 feet, 4.5 inches to improve his…

Victories at home

42-point win puts PSU in first place | Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State men’s basketball team won its third game in a row, beating the Washburn Ichabods 82-40 at John Lance Arena on Saturday, Jan. 17. With the victory the Gorillas (10-6, 6-2 in conference) now find themselves tied for first in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) with the Lindenwood Lions. During Saturday’s game, a 30-6 run in the second half by Pitt State helped seal the win and Washburn fell to 9-10, 4-4 for the season. Sophomore Josiah Gustafson scored a game-high 23 points and was 3-4 from long range and 4-4 from the free-throw line while sophomore Trevor Gregory…

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…