PSU Football announces 2015 signing class

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | Thirty-one high school seniors and one transfer have signed their letters of intent to join the Pittsburg State football team for the 2015 season. The list of the PSU 2015 recruiting class is as follows: Carter Anchors linebacker, six foot one, 190 pounds from Kansas City, Mo. William Bazzle IV, defensive back, six foot two, 180 pounds from Kansas City, Mo. Edmund Bingaman, defensive lineman, six-foot-four, 215 pounds from Overland Park. Tyler Brave, offensive lineman, six-foot-four, 285 pounds from Lake St. Louis, Mo. Nathaniel Brown, linebacker, five-foot-11, 200 pound from Pittsburg. Jacob Carpenter, linebacker, six-foot-two, 220 pounds from Humboldt. Connor Cherry, defensive lineman, six-foot-four, 245 pounds from Lawton, Okla….

Gorillas run at KU

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The Gorilla men’s and women’s track teams traveled to Lawrence, home of the University of Kansas Jayhawks, for the annual Jayhawk Classic on Friday, Jan. 30. PSU claimed first place in the 200-meter dash with senior Jason Crow’s time of 22.11. Junior Andre Sanders also placed in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.97, earning him the silver. Junior Garett Appier placed second as well in the shot put with a heave of 57-11.25. Crow also placed second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.95 and sophomore Bryce Starks took third in the same event with a time of 6.92. Sophomore Brody Wild took third in…

Jeronimus breaks record in 81-58 win over Bearcats

,Lizzy Jeronimus getting to the free throw line with ease. Pitt State defeated Central Oklahoma, with the final score being 85-55 Thurdsay, Jan. 29.

| Cameron Molina reporter | Senior guard Lizzy Jeronimus finally eclipsed the longstanding record set by alumna Leslie Dudley for the most points in PSU women’s basketball. The record now sits at 2,048. Immediately preceding Jeronimus’ record-breaking shot, head coach Lane Lord called a timeout and embraced Jeronimus, a kind gesture that reverberated throughout the Gorilla nation. Aside from Jeronimus’ history-making shot, 10 minutes into the game junior Cathy Brugman (11 points, five rebounds) hit a 2-point jump shot to put Pitt State up 17-7. The double-digit lead was whittled down only once when Southwest Baptist’s Mackenzie Skupa (7 points) hit a pull-up jumper to narrow the lead to seven. PSU continued to press on…

PSU men defeat UCO 78-61

They ended last year with an 8-18 record. They started this season out 1-4. Yet, here they are. | Michael Bauer Sports Editor | The Pittsburg State men’s basketball team is at the top of the MIAA conference standings with a 13-7 overall record and a 9-3 conference showing. The team has certainly put last season in the rearview mirror and continued its standings in a 78-61 win over the Central Oklahoma Bronchos on Saturday, Jan. 31, at John Lance Arena. The victory was the third in a row for the Gorillas and the team’s sixth win out of its last seven games. UCO defeated PSU twice last season, but after Saturday night’s game fell…

Go big or go home

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Although no one showed up to the Go Big or Go Home bowling night at Holiday Lanes on Tuesday, Feb. 3, the Big Brothers Big Sisters have planned another event to raise funding for the organization. The event was going to be a student-based Bowl for Kids Sake, with the theme of Go Big or Go Home. “The plan was to hold the student bowl before the February 14th PSU men’s basketball game against Fort Hays,” said Megan Corrigan, senior in sustainability and America Corps VISTA volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, “which many of our Bigs and Littles will attend. “But things were finalized late and we didn’t get…

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…