Sports Briefs

Mantooth named national assistant coach of the year PSU’s Brian Mantooth has been named the NCAA Division II men’s assistant coach of the year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The award was announced on Wednesday, May 28. Mantooth, who is in his fifth year as a full-time coach at PSU, has helped the Gorilla throwers to a pair of All-America performances while guiding the track and field team to a fifth-place finish overall as a team at the 2014 national championship meet. Bo Farrow, freshman biology major from Broken Arrow, Okla., placed third in the discus at nationals while Garrett Appier, sophomore physical education major from Paola, took fourth…

Golf program put on hold

Michael Bauer, sports editor The Pittsburg State golf program will be suspending operations for the 2014-15 school year. On Wednesday, May 7, athletic director Jim Johnson announced that the golf team will not be competing during next school year. During this time, university administrators will be teaming with an advisory board of former lettermen as well as local golf supporters in a comprehensive study and evaluation of the long-term viability of the program. “We discussed it with Dr. (Steve) Scott and with key people in town who are golf supporters,” Johnson said. “It felt like the best way to do this was to put everything on hold rather than to just fix a hole in…

Gorillas with three events at MSSU Invitational

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Pittsburg State track and field teams competed at the MSSU Bill Laptad Invitational on Friday, April 25. The invitational was the final tune-up before the MIAA Championships, which will begin Friday, May 2. The men’s team saw freshman Bo Farrow win discus with a throw of 171-7. Senior Cody Holland finished second with a throw of 165-9 and fellow senior Shane Lundquist finished fourth with a throw of 161-1. Farrow holds the top mark in the MIAA heading into the conference championships, while Lundquist sits third and Holland sits fourth. Junior Jeff Piepenbrink won the pole vault with a clearance of 16-10.75, which is the top mark in the…

White team wins

| Michael Bauer, Sports Editor | For the second year in a row, the White team earned bragging rights in the 2014 PSU football spring game. On Saturday, April 26, the White team defeated the Red team, 7-6 in a defensive heavy game at Carnie Smith Stadium. “Everybody wants to know how it went,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “I’ve always told them it depends on whether you’re an offensive or defensive coach.” In the end, it was the defensive coaches who were smiling as the game was held scoreless until what turned out to be the final play of the first half when White quarterback freshman Thomas LePage hooked up with freshman receiver Austin…

Baseball splits final series

Team wraps up season wwith 18-32 overall | Dakota Smith reporter | The Gorilla baseball team wrapped up its season with a split in a four-game series against the Bearcats of Northwest Missouri State on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, in Maryville, Mo. In game one of Friday’s doubleheader, the Bearcats took the lead with 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning. The Gorillas tied the game in the top of the second with a solo home run by junior Luke Bordewick. Northwest Missouri answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead. In the fifth inning, PSU took over the bases, scoring a…

MIAA Championships

| Michael Bauer, Sports Editor | The Pittsburg State golf team wrapped up its 2014 season at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championships in Lawrence, Kan. with a 12th place finish. The tournament took place at the Alvamar Country Club from Monday, April 20, through Wednesday, April 23, and was played over the course of three rounds. Battling against Southwest Baptist to avoid last place, the Gorillas were in 11th place at the end of the first and second rounds before falling into third in the third round to the Bearcats by six strokes. The Gorillas ended with a score of 955. Leading the way was junior Justice Valdivia who shot a 75 in…

Jessica Macy named MIAA track athlete of the week

| Dakota Smith, reporter | Junior Jessica Macy was named the MIAA Track Athlete of the Week. Macy won the 10,000 meters at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., on Thursday, April 17. She posted the fastest time in the MIAA and the fourth fastest time in NCAA Division II with a time of 34:47.89. The rest of the Gorillas competed in the Mule Relays in Warrensburg, Mo., on Friday, April 18. On the men’s side, sophomore Garrett Appier won the shot put with a throw of 55-10.5. Freshman teammate Bo Farrow finished second in the event with a throw of 52-10.25. Senior Cody Holland finished second in the discus with a throw of…

Out three of four

Baseball 16-30 overall, 11-24 in conference | Dakota Smith reporter | The Pitt State baseball team took on Nebraska-Kearney in its final home series of the season Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19. The opener of the series saw the Gorillas snap its 12-game losing streak. The Lopers jumped ahead with an early lead 3-0. Pitt State got back in the game in the fifth inning on an RBI single by junior Spencer Booe and a sac fly by senior Jacoby Martin. UNK extended its lead 4-2 in the sixth, but PSU stole the lead after its turn at bat with three runs added to the scoreboard. Juniors Derek Hackney and Nathan Arnold both hit RBI singles and…

Women sweep Newman and Drury

Brown breaks single season MIAA HR Record | Dakota Smith reporter | The Pitt State softball team has won its last five games and currently sits 27-23 overall and 9-13 in MIAA play. Pitt State took on Drury University in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 16. In game one senior Tiffany Brown hit a two-run home run. This was her 24th of the season, which broke the MIAA single-season record. Junior McKenzie Rynard followed with a solo home run of her own. Junior Avery Beard and freshman Kylie Guthier hit RBI singles to give the Gorillas a 5-1 lead. Sophomore Alex Perez hit a home run in the third to give Pitt State a 6-0…

Now 15-27, overall

Baseball loses five strait | Michael Bauer Sports Editor | The Pitts State baseball team has lost its last five games and now sits at 15-27 overall and 10-21 in MIAA play. The Gorillas took on their rival Missouri Southern on April 15. Pitt State got off to a good start with an RBI single by junior Nathan Arnold. The Gorillas scored another run in the second on a ball by Missouri Southern pitcher Skylar Hill. The game fell apart for the Gorillas in the sixth and seventh innings. The Lions scored three runs in each inning to take a 6-2 lead. Pitt State scored two runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Arnold…