Jeronimus, Gafford, Brugman earn All-MIAA Honors

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | Senior Lizzy Jeronimus, and juniors Cathy Brugman and Kylie Gafford received All-MIAA honors for the 2014-15 season. For the fourth year in a row Jeronimus was named to the All-MIAA First Team after leading the Gorilla women’s basketball team in scoring with 571 points (averaging 19 points per game). She is also third in the league. Jeronimus is first on the team and ninth in the league in rebounding with 204, as well as second in the league in free-throw shooting by percentage with 86 percent. Gafford was named to the All-MIAA Third Team, putting up 317 points (10.6 per game) and led the team in blocks with 50….

Muff, three PSU players earn all-conference honors

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | Pittsburg State’s Kevin Muff, men’s basketball head coach, was named as the MIAA Men’s Basketball Co-Coach of the Year. The announcement was made Monday, March 2. His peers selected Muff after leading the Gorillas to a 16-11 overall record and fifth place finish in the MIAA regular season. At the start of this year’s season the Gorillas were picked to finish 10th in the preseason poll. After last year’s 8-18 overall record and 4-15 showing in conference, Pitt State has made quite a turnaround. This year PSU has shared the lead at the top of the conference standings at different points. Despite starting the season off 1-4, Pitt State…

PSU women overcome 16-point deficit in 77-68 win

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Trailing by 16 points in the first half, the women’s basketball team erased its deficit to nab a 77-68 win over the Washburn Ichabods to close out the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 28, in Topeka. PSU improved to 25-5 overall and 15-4 in the MIAA. It ended a two-game losing skid. “We have had such a great year,” Pitt State head coach Lane Lord said in an interview with KKOW. “We had a really sour taste in our mouths after the last two games. We really needed to win this game for our psyche.” PSU went on a 17-4 run at the start of the second half and…

Men continue reign; women take 3rd

| Charles A. Ault reporter | Once again, the Pittsburg State men’s track team stands at the top of the MIAA conference. For the second year in a row, the team has won the MIAA Indoor Conference Championship, held Friday, Feb. 27, through Sunday, March 1, at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. The men opened up the competition on Friday with a stellar performance in the heptathlon. Freshman Tanner McNutt and senior Jeff Piepenbrink competed in the seven-part event for the Gorillas and Piepenbrink’s score of 5282 broke his own school record for the event. McNutt also won first place in both the 60-meter dash and the long jump, as well as…

Men fend off NSU, face LU in MIAA

| Michael Bauer sports editor | After losing its last three regular-season games and the bye-round of the MIAA Tournament, the Gorilla men’s basketball team recovered triumphantly against the RiverHawks of Northeastern State University on Monday, March 2, at John Lance Arena. Pitt State entered the competition as a fifth seed. The Gorillas outscored the RiverHawks 22-11 in the final six minutes of the game, expanding to a 4-point lead, which led to a 15-point win. With the victory, Pitt State advances to the quarterfinals. “I think they are pretty excited,” said Kevin Muff, head coach. “This is what we wanted. We made the tournament and then we wanted to get to Kansas City. As…

Girls drop back to back

The seniors of the Pittsburg State University women's basketball team pose for a picture with the pictures they recieved on senior night at The Weede, Saturday, Jan. 20.

| Cameron Molina reporter | It was a shocking home loss during the State Farm Trophy Series on Saturday, Feb. 21. The Lions of Missouri Southern prowled into John Lance arena looking to spoil the then ranked 7th Gorillas, on their senior night no less, and the Lions’ hope soon turned into a reality, sadly for Pitt State. The game had a slow pace. Missouri Southern scored off the tip to take a 2-0 lead. Neither PSU or MSSU allotted much ground, though. Senior Antqunita Reed (15 points) hit both free throws after a foul 30 seconds into the game. Senior Hailey Roderique then ended a two-minute drought with a lay-up off of a steal….

Gorilla men fall to ESU 74-67

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | Pitt State’s chance for a regular season conference championship evaporated on Wednesday night, Feb. 25, in the Gorillas’ 74-67 loss to the Emporia State Hornets. With both teams entering the tip-off in need of a win; PSU to finish top of the MIAA and ESU to keep its hopes of playing in the conference tournament, it was a nail-biter of a game. While Emporia State is ranked 13th in shooting in MIAA, it certainly didn’t feel that way. The Hornets shot 59.5 percent from the field and went 25-42. In outside shots, they were 63.6 percent. The Gorillas were 44 percent from the field, going 22-49 and shot 21.4…

Making memories

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Gorilla Nation got a bit more ‘family-ier’ during the university’s annual Family Night at the Pitt State basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 12. While PSU took on the University of Nebraska-Kearney on the court, families took in the thrill of the game and some fun during the Alumni Center hosted event. “Every year we try to do better than the year before,” said Jon Bartlow, director of the Alumni Center. “We worked with both the athletics department and Sodexo to make it better than last year.” To increase family attendance, fliers were sent to area elementary schools so pupils could take them home to their parents. A ticket covered the…

Track finishes strong at OBU

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The men’s track team walked away with four first-place victories when they and the women’s team competed at the Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational on Saturday, Feb.14, in Norman, Okla. Sophomore Bryce Starks placed first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.87 and junior Andre Sanders took first in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking in at 8.01. In the pole vault, senior Jeff Piepenbrink took first, clearing 16-2.75 and sophomore Bo Farrow won the shot put with his 54-8.25 toss. All four performances exceeded NCAA DII national provisional qualification standards. Freshman Alex Conn also placed in his event. Conn finished the mile race with a time of 4:23.43 behind…

Gorillas sweep NSU

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Pittsburg State used a series of three-point plays in the second half of its game against Northeastern State on Wednesday, Feb. 18, to go from a one-point lead to a 16-point advantage in the Gorillas’ 87-73 win over the RiverHawks. Sophomore Josiah Gustafson led the Gorillas in scoring with 25 points and was 8-12 from the field. Junior Trey Starks had 18 points from 5-8 shooting while freshman Dakota Jones had 11 from 4-8 on shooting and sophomore Trevor Gregory had 10 points. “We don’t lose anything when we sub (Trey) in,” said Kevin Muff, head coach. “Trey’s done a lot of good things but he’s not the only…