Sports Briefs 8-20-15

NW Missouri 1st, PSU 2nd in Media, Coaches poll Northwest Missouri is the preseason first-place pick in the MIAA media and coaches poll with 36 total first-place votes. Pittsburg State University was picked second in both polls with 17 total first-place votes. The polls split on their pick for third-place with the Media poll choosing the University of Central Oklahoma and the coaches selecting the University of Central Missouri. Three MIAA volleyball teams enter season ranked top 25 in AVCA poll Nebraska-Kearney is ranked fifth to begin the season on Sept. 4 with four games in Alaska. Central Missouri enters the year ranked 13th in the nation and will begin the year at home on…

Players compete for quarterback position

| Charles A. Ault, sports editor | Three PSU football players are competing to take the place of Anthony Abenoja as starting quarterback. Junior Ramsey Hamilton, sophomore Thomas LePage and freshman John Roderique Jr. are trying to prove their worth to the coaches to earn the position Abenjoa has held for the past five years. The competitors have a lot to live up to. Abenoja, who was named MIAA offensive player of the year in 2014, holds PSU’s top five single-game passing records. Last season he passed for 3,871 and 32 touchdowns and he holds the NCAA DII record for passes without an interception at 314. However, after three years captaining the Gorillas offense, he…

Plans adjusted for new home game

| Marcus Clem guest writer | Pittsburg State has applied several slight changes to sales and scheduling for home football games that are set to begin in September. Most students are unaffected by these changes as they may still attend all home games for free, without a reserved seat. As usual, later arrivals may be restricted to standing room only except in the event of a complete sellout at Carnie Smith Stadium. Most relevant to students is the new sixth home game on Saturday, Oct. 17, vs. Northwest Missouri State. The university added this game following the 2013 final showdown of the Fall Classic series at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Northwest Bearcats won…

Robertson sets PSU record in strikeouts

| Cameron Molina reporter | A mere two games remained in the regular season for the Pittsburg State softball team. Each matchup intertwined with the Gorillas’ postseason hopes, as the team took to the mound against the University of Central Oklahoma. Sunday, April 26, marked the first time these teams have played each other in over a year. Last outing, UCO swept PSU. But the Gorillas had other plans this year. Game one started off quietly, with neither team scoring in the first inning. In the second inning, freshman pitcher Emmie Robertson (23-8), earned her 202nd strikeout of the season, shattering former Gorilla Michelle Martinex’s 2002 record. Robertson was also named the MIAA/AstroTurf Pitcher of…

Track runs at Drake Relays, MSSU

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The men’s and women’s track teams took first place in four events during the Missouri Southern Laptad Invitational meet this past weekend, Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26. Both teams also sent athletes to the 105th Drake Relays, one of the top track and field events in the country. Pitt State’s 4×100-meter men’s relay team of junior Andre Sanders, freshman Slade Nordic, senior Jason Crow and sophomore Bryce Starks took the silver at the Drake Relays with a time of 40.40 seconds. The men’s 4×800 relay finished in fifth. At MSSU, the women’s team placed first in three events. Freshman Emilee Iverson and sophomore Amira Jenkins both cleared…

Baseball ends season at Emporia

| Charles A. Ault reporter | Sunday, April 26, the Gorillas began what would be their final game of the year, the final game of a series on the road against Emporia State University. Playing it out The Gorillas started out with a run in the first inning, then added another three in the third inning to take a commanding four-run lead. Emporia struck back in its half of the inning with two runs. A two-run homer for ESU in the fourth tied the game and another run put it ahead before adding one more in the fifth. But the Gorillas were not done yet. They brought four batters home in the sixth to wrest…

Red rallies in spring game

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | The Red team ended a two-year winless drought on Saturday, April 25, during the annual spring football game. Rallying from 10 points down to take the bragging rights with a 20-10 win over the White team, the red team quarterback John Roderique Jr. hooked up with wide receiver Austin Daniel for two second-half touchdowns to lead the comeback win. “They had a couple of nice throws in the end zone,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “Nice job by them of having that connection. Most of our skilled guys on both sides of the ball played really well.” Roderique, who transferred to Pittsburg State from Sam Houston State in January,…

Gorillas cage #16 Lions

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The men’s baseball team traveled to Joplin, Mo, on Wednesday, April 22, to face the Missouri Southern State University Lions in a double-header. In the first inning of game one, Pitt State brought one runner home while Missouri Southern brought home three. After a scoreless third, fourth and fifth inning, the Gorillas rounded home twice in the sixth, making the score 4-3 in favor of the Lions. MSSU scored once more in its half of the inning and that was it. No more runs. The Lions won the game 5-3. Senior Nate Arnold and sophomore Christian Arnold were both 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. The second game…

Track takes gold at KU, UCM relays

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The PSU track teams took gold a combined seven times in competition split between KU and the University of Central Missouri. At KU the men’s team found greatest success in its relays. The 4×100 and distance medley were the only events in which the Gorillas took top spots with times of 40.45 and 10:13.81 respectively. The men also took second in the 4×800 with a time of 7:41.39. Senior Jason Crow took bronze in both the 100 and 300 with times of 10.60 and 21.23 respectively. Senior Marquise Cushon’s 49-9.75 mark in the triple jump was good for third. Senior Talon Thompson took fourth in the steeplechase with a…

Softball sweeps Rogers State

| Cameron Molina reporter | The Pittsburg State softball team ended its five game losing streak in a sweep over Rogers State on Tuesday afternoon at the PSU Softball Complex. The Gorillas scored 28 runs total in their double-header on April 21, winning 13-4 in game one and 15-2 in the second game. Pittsburg State scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and did not look back the rest of the way. The women put up two more runs in the bottom of the second, three in the third and five in the fourth. Rogers State managed one run in the second inning and three in the fifth before the game ended….