37-0 run-out

Jeff Seybold, Jr., junior and running back, scores the second touchdown during the game against the Riverhawks leading to a 37-0 win on Saturday September 6.

| Michael Bauer sports editor | John Brown and Nate Dreilling may be gone, but after the way things went on Saturday, Sept. 6, Pitt State fans had trouble telling the difference. The Gorillas won their first home game of the season against the Northeastern State River Hawks 37-0. Junior wide receiver Marquise Cushon provided a comfortable look into the post-John Brown era by catching four passes for a game-high 96 yards in the first half and adding three rushes for 26 yards in the second. “Marquise is a very explosive competitor,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “He’s a great triple jumper for our track and field team. He likes to compete. I’m glad he’s…

Former gorilla makes game-winning touchdown

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Wide receiver John Brown had only two catches for 29 yards in this week’s Monday Night Football game against the San Diego Chargers. He needed just one catch to make a difference in the game’s outcome. The former Pittsburg State All-American caught the game-winning touchdown on Monday, Sept. 8, to give the Arizona Cardinals an 18-17 victory over the Chargers. It was the first game of the NFL regular season and played on prime time on ESPN Monday Night Football. The game was played at Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. With 2:25 left to play, Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer connected with Brown on a 13-yard scoring…

Cross country hosts annual alumni run

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s cross country teams made their unofficial start to the 2014 season with the annual Alumni Run on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Countryside Golf Course. After another hot week in Pittsburg, temperatures dipped into the 60s for the early morning race, but the cold front did little to dampen spirits. A mixture of current and previous PSU runners competed. The men’s race was 6 kilometers while the women’s course was 4. Two former Pitt State runners took the individual titles: Adam Volkert and Jessica Macy. Volkert won the men’s race in 19 minutes, nine seconds while Jessica Macy finished in 14:33. Both Volkert and…

Women split at Rockhurst Invitational

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State volleyball team opened its 2014 season by going 2-2 at the Rockhurst Invitational in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6. The invitational did not start off well for the Gorillas, who lost in three sets to the Hawks Friday night. However, the team regained its footing against the Tigers of East Central University, winning in three sets. “We played pretty well,” said Jenny Mueller, head coach. “I was excited to see our setter-hitter connections. We had some great defense and we had some really good blocks.” Against the Tigers, the Gorillas won 25-17, 25-11 and 25-13 to start the invitational off…

Women picked second in MIAA polls, men sixth

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State women’s cross country team was picked second in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) preseason coaches poll. The PSU women received one first-place vote and 86 points in polling of the conference’s 11 head coaches. Last year’s MIAA conference champion, Southwest Baptist, was picked first, receiving just four more points than Pitt State. One point behind Pitt State is Missouri Southern, followed by Nebraska-Kearney. In fifth place sits Central Missouri with 63 points and in sixth is Northwest Missouri State at 51. Fort Hays State and Central Oklahoma took seventh and eighth with Lindenwood, Lincoln and Emporia State finishing up the list. PSU has five of…

Opener against NSU

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Northeastern State’s football team has not enjoyed their time in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) conference. The River Hawks’ last winning season came in 2011. Then NSU joined the MIAA and, so far, they have gone a combined 6-15 in the last two seasons. Last year’s 2-9 record sparked a coaching change and now former Washburn offensive coordinator Rob Robinson takes over as the new head coach for the River Hawks. The Gorillas gave Northeastern State a warm welcome to the conference with a 41-20 blow out in 2012 in Tahlequah, Okla. and, for the third straight year, opens the season by facing the River Hawks Saturday, Sept….

Volleyball hosts scrimmage

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State volleyball team held its annual scrimmage/Autograph Day at John Lance Arena on Saturday, Aug. 23. The scrimmage consisted of three matches with the Gorillas divided into Red and Blue sides. The blue team won the first two matches while the red took the final match. After the scrimmage, the volleyball players signed posters for their fans. “We still have a little ways to go,” said Jenny Mueller, head coach. “But I saw some really good things from different players. In the heat, it makes it a tougher game but we’ve been practicing in the heat every day and we’re hoping to make that a home court…

Sneak Peak

Scrimmage foreshadows promising season | Brett Collier reporter | With two weeks to go until the 2014 season kicks off, the Pittsburg State football team held its second scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 23, at Carnie Smith Stadium. The scrimmage featured the offense working through several game-like scenarios against the first-and second-team defense. While no official score was kept, the scrimmage provided the players with a chance to play at game speed and the coaches to evaluate where the team stands before the season begins. Head football coach Tim Beck says that while expectations were met for this scrimmage, it took some time to get there. “Early on, we didn’t meet expectations,” Beck said. “We came…

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…