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…

Miners Bowl win

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | The Pittsburg State Gorilla football team showed the Missouri Southern State Lions just how much last year’s loss felt by blowing out the Lions, 41-10 at Fred G. Hughes Stadium in Joplin, Mo., on Saturday, Nov. 1. The seventh-ranked Gorillas (8-1) scored 41 unanswered points after an early 3-0 deficit to avenge last year’s 35-21 loss to the Lions (4-5) in the Miners Bowl Series. MSSU entered the game with the leading rushing unit in the MIAA and was seventh in the nation in rushing yards, averaging 306 yards per game. But the PSU defense held MSSU to only 81 yards on the ground. “Their fullbacks are great runners,”…

Hall named player of the week

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Junior linebacker Colby Hall has been named as the MIAA Defensive Player of the Week. The announcement was made on Monday, Oct. 20. Hall made his second career start on Saturday, Oct. 18, in the Gorillas’ 35-17 win over the No. 1 ranked Northwest Missouri State Bearcats. Filling in for injured linebacker senior Tyler Disney, the native of Lamar, Mo., made a career-high 18 tackles (two solo) in the game and the Gorillas limited the defending national champions to only 17 points and 328 total yards. The Bearcats entered the game averaging an MIAA best 40.7 points and 458.7 total yards. Hall forced a fumble in the third quarter…

Football faces UNK, first time in nine years

| Michael Bauer sports editor | It’s been nine years since the Pittsburg State Gorillas have faced the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers. The last time the two teams faced, the Gorillas sent the Lopers packing with a 49-20 win in the first-round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. Fast forward to 2014 and things have changed a little bit. Nebraska-Kearney has since joined the MIAA conference, switching allegiance in 2012 and has since found life difficult. The Lopers have compiled an 8-21 record since 2012. The Lopers will enter the jungle for this Saturday’s 2 p.m. kickoff with a 2-5 record this year, coming in with a two-game winning streak, striking Northeastern State, 34-7 and Lindenwood 31-13….

Volleyball falls to UCM

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Though the Pittsburg State volleyball team bounced back from two heavy loses, it wasn’t enough to overcome the 21st-ranked Central Missouri Jennies as the Gorillas lost 3-2 on Saturday, Oct. 18, at John Lance Arena. Losing the first set 25-13 and then the second, 25-12, the Gorillas recovered with a 25-21 win in the third to avoid a sweep and survived the fourth set, 25-23 before losing the fifth, 16-14. The Gorillas out-blocked the Jennies 15 to 4. Sophomore Madi Mosier was the PSU leader in blocks with seven total, (three solo, four assisted). Senior Paula Okrutna had six blocks (four solo, two assited) and freshman Ary Crittleton added…

Streak broken

Gorillas snap NWMSU’s 21-game winning stretch | Michael Bauer sports editor | By the time Pittsburg State scored its fourth touchdown in the first half, the Gorillas were well on their way to erasing two years of frustration against the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats, on Saturday, Oct. 18, in Maryville, Mo. Two consecutive on-side kick-offs recovered by the Gorillas helped PSU (6-1) to a 28-0 second quarter lead and a final score of 35-17, ending NWMSU’s 21-game winning streak and creating a two-way tie for first place in the MIAA standings. “We are absolutely thrilled,” said Tim Beck, head coach, in his post-game interview with Eddie Lomshek of KKOW. “They’re a great football team. There…