Hall named player of the week

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Junior linebacker Colby Hall has been named as the MIAA Defensive Player of the Week. The announcement was made on Monday, Oct. 20. Hall made his second career start on Saturday, Oct. 18, in the Gorillas’ 35-17 win over the No. 1 ranked Northwest Missouri State Bearcats. Filling in for injured linebacker senior Tyler Disney, the native of Lamar, Mo., made a career-high 18 tackles (two solo) in the game and the Gorillas limited the defending national champions to only 17 points and 328 total yards. The Bearcats entered the game averaging an MIAA best 40.7 points and 458.7 total yards. Hall forced a fumble in the third quarter…

Football faces UNK, first time in nine years

| Michael Bauer sports editor | It’s been nine years since the Pittsburg State Gorillas have faced the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers. The last time the two teams faced, the Gorillas sent the Lopers packing with a 49-20 win in the first-round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. Fast forward to 2014 and things have changed a little bit. Nebraska-Kearney has since joined the MIAA conference, switching allegiance in 2012 and has since found life difficult. The Lopers have compiled an 8-21 record since 2012. The Lopers will enter the jungle for this Saturday’s 2 p.m. kickoff with a 2-5 record this year, coming in with a two-game winning streak, striking Northeastern State, 34-7 and Lindenwood 31-13….

Volleyball falls to UCM

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Though the Pittsburg State volleyball team bounced back from two heavy loses, it wasn’t enough to overcome the 21st-ranked Central Missouri Jennies as the Gorillas lost 3-2 on Saturday, Oct. 18, at John Lance Arena. Losing the first set 25-13 and then the second, 25-12, the Gorillas recovered with a 25-21 win in the third to avoid a sweep and survived the fourth set, 25-23 before losing the fifth, 16-14. The Gorillas out-blocked the Jennies 15 to 4. Sophomore Madi Mosier was the PSU leader in blocks with seven total, (three solo, four assisted). Senior Paula Okrutna had six blocks (four solo, two assited) and freshman Ary Crittleton added…

Streak broken

Gorillas snap NWMSU’s 21-game winning stretch | Michael Bauer sports editor | By the time Pittsburg State scored its fourth touchdown in the first half, the Gorillas were well on their way to erasing two years of frustration against the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats, on Saturday, Oct. 18, in Maryville, Mo. Two consecutive on-side kick-offs recovered by the Gorillas helped PSU (6-1) to a 28-0 second quarter lead and a final score of 35-17, ending NWMSU’s 21-game winning streak and creating a two-way tie for first place in the MIAA standings. “We are absolutely thrilled,” said Tim Beck, head coach, in his post-game interview with Eddie Lomshek of KKOW. “They’re a great football team. There…

MIAA Division 2 players of the week

Frazell earns accolades for football | Michael Bauer Sports Editor | Senior field-goal kicker Connor Frazell was named the MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 6. Frazell, from Iola, booted three field goals to help the Gorillas to a 23-13 win over the Missouri Western State Griffons on Saturday, Oct. 4, in St. Joseph, Mo. Frazell kicked field goals of 25, 25 and 34 yards in the game. His first kick gave the Gorillas a 17-10 lead in the second quarter. Frazell was the only player to get on to the scoreboard in the second half from either team with his 25-yard kick in the third quarter and a 34-yarder in…

Women, men go one/two in D-II

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The men’s cross country team placed second and the women’s team won among non-D-I colleges at the University of Kansas Rim Rock Collegiate Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 4. “Overall we did about as well as we should be at this point,” coach Russ Jewett said. “There were a few racers that didn’t have their best day, but we raced to our capacity and got beaten by some very good teams.” The lead racer for the Gorillas, junior Austin Bogina, came in 11th overall, sixth in his division, with a time of 25:30.1. “I am happy to see Austin still up at the front. He is very fit. All the…

Volleyball falls to Griffons in three sets

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Event though the Pitt State volleyball team committed only 10 errors in the match, the Gorillas will still not able to overcome the Griffons of Missouri Western State on Saturday, Oct. 4. PSU lost to MWSU in three sets during the away meet in St. Joseph, Mo. The Gorillas had a hit at .320 for the match, one of the team’s best attack percentages of the season. However, the Griffons had nine service aces and 13 more kills than PSU. MWSU took the first set with a loss of 25-17 and then won with the same score in the second match, as well as beating Pitt State 25-20 in…

Back in the game

Offense recovers in 23-13 win | Michael Bauer sports editor | Pitt State’s offense scored two first-quarter touchdowns while the defense held the Missouri Western State Griffons scoreless in the second half in a 23-13 win on Saturday, Oct. 4, in St. Joseph, Mo. Pittsburg State’s offense, which last week was limited to only six points against Fort Hays State, took only six minutes to set things straight with senior quarterback Anthony Abenoja connecting with junior running back Jamal Tyler for a 15-yard touchdown early in the game. Four minutes later, Abenoja scored off a 5-yard run and senior kicker Connor Frazell’s leg did the rest of the work for the Gorillas with three field…

Retribution

Volleyball beats FHSU in five sets | Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State volleyball team ended a tumultuous week snatching a victory over the Fort Hays State Tigers in five sets at John Lance Arena on Saturday, Sept. 27. The game was the third consecutive five-set match for the Gorillas and the ninth of the season. Pitt State entered Saturday night’s contest coming off a four-game losing streak with losses to Lindenwood, Central Missouri, Missouri Southern and Nebrask-Kearney. But the past was clearly put behind. The Tigers took the first set 25-22 before the Gorillas won the next two sets in scores of 25-18 and 25-20. the Fort Hays won the fourth set,…

Former All-American returns to PSU

| Michael Bauer sports editor | To anyone in Pitt State’s athletic department, it comes as no surprise how humble John Brown can be. The soft-spoken, former Pittsburg State All-American wide receiver hasn’t let the National Football League change him. On Saturday, Sept. 27, Brown, who was drafted in the third round by the Arizona Cardinals in May’s NFL Draft, made a return visit to Pittsburg State during the Gorillas’ home game against Fort Hays State. It may have been Family Day for the university, but for Brown it was a homecoming. Brown, who graduated last year, was welcomed back to a chorus of cheers from the Pitt State crowd and led the team onto…