Women’s basketball ends season in 83-77 loss

| Michael Bauer sports editor | They turned an 18-point deficit into a second-half lead but in the end, it wouldn’t be enough to overcome the fourth-seeded Wayne State Wildcats. The Pittsburg State women’s basketball team’s season came to an end with an 83-77 loss in the first round of the NCAA Central Regional on Friday, March 14. With the loss, the Gorillas finished their second-best season in school history, going 23-8. “I’m just real proud of our basketball team,” said Lane Lord, head coach. “Awesome year and showed the guts and determination that our team has, because we were really down-and-out in that first half, turning the ball over and just really got ourselves…

Piepenbrink runner-up in pole vault

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the NCAA Division II National Championships on Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, in Winston-Salem, N.C. Pitt State had five athletes earn All-American Honors, four of them earned on the first day. The high finisher for the Gorillas was junior Jeff Piepenbrink. Piepenbrink finished second in the pole vault by clearing 16-8.75, losing only to Jordan Yamoah of Texas A&M Kingsville, who cleared 17-0.75. The high finisher for the women was freshman Heather Glenn, who finished fourth in the pole vault by clearing 12-1.5. Senior Steven Mann finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of…

Softball sits at 15-13 after loss to UMSL

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State softball team managed to get one game out of the way on Wednesday, March 26, in a double header against Missouri-St. Louis. Unfortunately, the Gorillas were delivered a loss, 9-1, in game one and were down by six runs in the third inning before the rest of game two was called due to inclement weather at the Pitt State Softball Complex. The Tritons of Missouri-St. Louis improved their record to 19-2 overall with the only losses coming to NCAA Division I Southeast Missouri and Division II No. 1-ranked Central Oklahoma. The Gorillas had as many as six errors in game one and were down by three…

Gorillas dominate Newman

Move to 13-13 on the season | Dakota Smith reporter | The Pittsburg State baseball team has been on a hot streak of late, winning eight of its last 10 games. The most recent victory came on Tuesday, March 25, against the Newman Jets. The Gorillas got the scoring started in the first with an RBI single from senior Evan Thomas. The Jets tied the score at one in the top of the third, but Pitt State quickly pulled back in front in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI double by Thomas. Newman came back to tie the game in the top of the fourth, but once again the Gorillas scored in…

Golf finishes 12th

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State University men’s golf team competed at the Dave Falconer Memorial on Tuesday, March 11, at the Chamberlyne Country Club in Russellville, Ark. The Gorillas finished 12th out of 17 teams. Pitt State posted a round of 315 to finish the 36-hole competition with a 624 team score. The meet lasted from Monday, March 10, and concluded the following day. Junior Jordan Dunham was the leading scorer for the Gorilla golfers, finishing with an individual score of 156 after hitting 78 in both rounds. Dunham placed 50th among individual scores. Sophomore Zach Fate also ended with 156 after finishing the first round with 75 and then hitting…

Women fall in post-season tournament

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Gorilla women headed into the MIAA basketball tournament on a 12-game winning streak, a streak that included victories over second-seeded Emporia State and Washburn University. But the Bearcats of Southwest Baptist didn’t seem to care. On Thursday, March 6, in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium, the 11th-seeded Bearcats (13-16) delivered a shocking defeat to the Gorillas (23-7) with a final score of 67-65 and only 0.6 seconds left on the clock. Alex Botkin of SBU scored the final five points after the Gorillas took a 65-60 lead with 90 seconds left, including the game-tying 3-pointer and the game-winning put back. The loss eliminated the Gorillas from the MIAA tournament….

PSU swept by Mules

Fall to 5-10 overall | Dakota Smith reporter | The Pittsburg State baseball team had a rough weekend. In game one of a double header against the Mules of Central Missouri on March 7, the Gorillas had a tough time getting the bats going. Central Missouri jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the fourth inning. PSU scored one run in the fifth, but that would be all it would manage. Central Missouri took the win with a final score of 6-1. Senior Tyler Thompson took the loss, going five innings and allowing six runs on 10 hits. Game two went even worse for the Gorillas. Pitt State trailed 3-0 by the end of the…

5-game winning streak

Rynard named MIAA Astroturf hitter of the week | Dakota Smith reporter | The Pitt State softball team has been on a roll of late, winning its last five games. PSU took on Missouri Southern in a double header on March 7. In game one, Pitt State got off to a good start. Junior McKenzie Rynard had an RBI single in the first inning, giving the Gorillas an early lead. In the third inning, freshman Nicole Nease had an RBI single and sophomore Alex Perez had two-RBI doubles, putting the Gorillas at 4-0. Junior Cheslyn Mitchell scored another run in the fifth. The Lions answered Mitchell’s RBI single with a run of their own, making…

Love & Basketball

Nerves run through former PSU basketball player Courtney Ingram as he proposes to his girlfriend Y’Cedria Devers at the senior recognitions after the basketball game against Washburn on Saturday, March 4. The announcer called Devers to the center of the court as her soon-to-be fiancé approached her with the question “Will you marry me?” She said yes. The proposal was posted on YouTube and made it on the local news that evening.

Overtime loss ends men’s season

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pitt State men’s basketball team knew it needed a victory to have a shot at making this week’s MIAA basketball tournament. PSU fought for its season, but in the end it wasn’t enough as Washburn ended the Gorillas’ season with a 92-90 overtime victory, on senior day, at John Lance Arena on Saturday, March. 1. A victory against the Ichabods was not only coveted, but needed, along with a victory of the Southwest Baptist Bearcats against Missouri Western Griffons. SBU kept up its end of the bargin with a win, but with PSU’s defeat, none of it mattered. Pitt State trailed by 76-69 late in regulation before junior…