Routed out

Gorillas share MIAA title | Michael Bauer sports editor | With the conference championship and a spot in the playoffs on the line, the Pittsburg State Gorillas needed a win against the Central Oklahoma Bronchos Saturday, Nov. 15, to close out the regular season in Edmond, Okla. That need was met. The Pitt State football team (10-1) claimed a share of the MIAA conference title by blowing out Central Oklahoma (8-3), 41-14 on Saturday, allowing the team to advance to the NCAA Division II national playoffs. With the win, Pitt State will share the conference title with Northwest Missouri State. Both teams finished with the same record. “We want them to enjoy it,” said Tim…

Volleyball ends season with loss

| Cameron Molina sports reporter | A four-game road trip ended with a loss for the Pitt State volleyball team to the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos on Saturday, Nov. 15, in Edmond, Okla. The Gorillas, who were already on a three-game losing skid going into the match lost in four sets, 3-1. The Bronchos took the first set, 25-15, before Pittsburg State came back to win the second set, 28-26. Central Oklahoma won the final two sets, 25-18 and 25-16 to end the Gorillas’ season at 10-20 overall and 7-15 in the MIAA. Pittsburg State found itself down early in set one, 9-3. The team scraped and battled back as it narrowed the margin…

Women’s basketball start’s strong

| Cameron Molina sports reporter | It has been chilly outside, but the PSU women’s basketball team traveled to an area with even lower temperatures as the team began its season at the Radisson Hotel’s Roseville Classic in St. Paul, Minn. Pitt State’s first game of the tournament was against the 10th-ranked Concordia St. Paul Golden Bears. “We are a ranked team as well,” said Lane Lord, head coach. “We played them (Concordia) in our second game last year in California. So we were somewhat familiar with them. They are a huge team, though.” PSU started its assault by giving the ball to junior forward Kylie Gafford, who quickly put up a jump shot. Gafford…

Men get first win of the season, 76-56

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State men’s basketball team got its first win of the season, 76-56, over the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Russellville, Ark. Senior Devon Branch put up 18 points and eight rebounds while freshman Dakota Jones and sophomore Josiah Gustafson both finished with 12 points. PSU improved to 1-2 for the season after dropping its opening games over the weekend while the Wonder Boys fell to 1-2. “I thought it was a great win,” head coach Kevin Muff said to Eddie Lomshek of KKOW. “Going on an opponent’s court and get a win was important. We’re a little shallow on the bench but it’ll…

Cross country takes third

| Charles A. Ault reporter | On Saturday, Nov. 8, the Pitt State men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Bolivar, Mo., to compete in the MIAA championship meet. Both the men and women placed third as a team. “I overall feel pretty good,” said Russ Jewett, head coach. “I am proud of both the men’s team and the women’s team. That was about what our full potential was this year so I’m proud of them.” First in for the men was junior Austin Bogina. Bogina placed fifth overall with a time of 25:06.90. “I think that was his best race ever for us. It’s a very tough conference. There are a lot of…

Volleyball falls to MSSU

| Cameron Molina Reporter | The PSU volleyball team, which fell victim to the Missouri Southern State Lions the last time they met, could not get its revenge, losing to its rivals in Joplin, Mo., in four sets, 25-16, 25-18, 25-15, and 25-23 on Tuesday, Nov. 11. MSSU, which defeated the Gorillas for the first time since 2011 at John Lance Arena in September, won its first two sets against the Gorillas in scores of 25-16 and 25-18 before the Gorillas took the third set, 25-15. PSU could not keep up the momentum, losing 25-23 in the fourth set and the Gorillas’ record fell to 10-19 overall and 7-14 in the MIAA conference. “There is…

Senior survival

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | Just when it appeared that Pitt State would suffer another Senior Day heartbreak, the Gorilla football team pasted together a comeback victory, 38-31, against the Central Missouri Mules at Carnie Smith Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 8. Junior running back Jamal Tyler’s 23-yard touchdown run with 2:04 left in the game broke the late deadlock and the PSU defense held UCM’s high-powered offense to keep Pitt State’s playoff hopes alive, heading into the final week of the regular season. There were four ties and five lead changes total in the Gorillas’ final home game of the season. “For our guys to step up and overcome those deflating plays, it just…

Frazell named special player of the week

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | Senior kicker Connor Frazell was named the MIAA Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 3. The Iola native booted two field goals and finished with 11 points for the Pittsburg State Gorillas’ 41-10 victory over the Missouri Southern State Lions in the Miners Bowl rivalry game. Frazell converted kicks of 35 and 29 yards in the first half and helped the Gorillas build a 20-3 halftime lead. Frazell improved his MIAA leading field goal count to 15 on the season. He ranks second in the league in scoring at nine points per game. This is the second week this season that Frazell has been named…

Senior day victory

Women top Griffons 3-2 | Michael Bauer Sports Editor | Senior team members got what every senior athlete hopes to achieve on senior night: a victory. The Pitt State women’s volleyball team swept the Missouri Western State Griffons 3-0 during the Gorillas’ final home game on Saturday, Nov. 1. Playing at John Lance Arena, the Gorillas faced a tough game, going up against a team tied for second in the conference as well as receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Top 25. The Griffons kept it close, but Pitt State escaped with a 25-21 win in the first set, 26-24 in the second and 25-23 in the third to improve the Gorillas’ record to 10-16…

Success at Missouri S&T

| Charles A. Ault reporter | Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams placed in the top three at Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Jackling Jocks Invitational meet Saturday, Oct. 25. The men took second place and the women took third. “I was fairly pleased with it,” head coach Russ Jewett said. “I didn’t think there were any magical performances necessarily but there were members of the team I thought made progress over the previous meet,”Jewett said. In the men’s race, junior Austin Bogina finished first for the Gorillas and sixth overall with a time of 25:33.1. “I liked the way Austin Bogina raced,” Jewett said. “He raced right up there with the…