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Tigers take Gorillas 7-6 | Michael Bauer sports editor | One touchdown. That was all the Tigers needed to upset the Gorillas 7-6 at Carnie Smith Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 27, in the team’s first victory over Pitt State since 1978. As 11,489 fans witnessed, eighth-ranked PSU was held to its lowest home score in 23 years. Fort Hays State quarterback Traveon Albert heaved a 44-yard pass that was ruled intercepted by Pitt State’s senior cornerback De’Vante Bausby at the PSU 3-yard line and then fumbled into the end zone where FHSU receiver Ed Williams recovered the loose ball for a touchdown on the game’s opening drive. PSU was limited to only two field goals…

Abenoja named MIAA player of the week

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Senior quarterback Anthony Abenoja was named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, Sept. 22. The award was given after Abenoja threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns in the Gorillas’ 42-0 victory over the Washburn Ichabods on Saturday, Sept. 20. The native of Kansas City completed 19 of 33 passes and threw touchdown passes of 50 yards to junior wide receiver Marquise Cushon and 19 yards to senior wide receiver Gavin Lutman. Abenoja also had touchdown strikes of 25 yards to junior running back Jeff Seybold and 15 yards to junior wide receiver Austin Daniel. Abenoja had nine carries for 27 net yards on the ground,…

Mud for fun, good cause

| Gretchen Burns reporter | While whipping her mud-caked feet off on the grass, Mallory Flowers surveyed the courts and smiled during the Sigma Sigma Sigma Mud Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 20, in Arma. Flowers, sophomore in biology and member of Tri Sigma, was one of more than 75 people who made the drive from Pittsburg and dove into the mud to support the Robbie Page Memorial Fund, Tri Sigma’s national philanthropy. “I think this is great,” Flowers said. “There are a lot more people than we expected here.” The tournament was part of the sorority’s philanthropy goal and was led by Kaylee Wiggins, who says she came up with the idea while in…

Defense records second shutout in 42-0 romp

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State defense has fared well in its 2014 campaign, adding its second shutout of the season to the record with a 42-0 win over the Washburn Ichabods on Saturday, Sept. 20, in Topeka. In the second quarter, with the Gorillas leading 21-0, the Ichabods had the ball on the Pitt State 1-yard line with four downs to score. All four plays went to waste as Pitt State stuffed Washburn on a goal-line stand and the Ichabods turned the ball over on downs. “The defensive goal-line stand was absolutely phenomenal,” said Tim Beck, head coach, in his post-game interview with KKOW. The first three plays went up the…

Women fall in five sets

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | The PSU volleyball team is making a habit of playing in five sets at home, as it did so against the Missouri Southern State Lions in the second home game of the season. Unlike last week’s home opener, however, the Gorillas could not win against their rivals, losing 3-2 on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Coming off a two-game skid against Lindenwood and Central Missouri, the Gorillas dropped their first set 25-21 before winning 25-20 in set No. 2. MSSU took the third 25-23 before the Gorillas won the fourth 25-13. But MSSU had the final say, winning the last set 15-6. Head coach Jenny Mueller said the Gorillas made a…

Teams place sixth

| Michael Bauer, Sports Editor | Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams finished in sixth place at the Missouri Southern Stampede Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 20, in Joplin, Mo. “I think both men’s and women’s teams performed pretty well, when you take into account the fitness levels of both squads,” said Russ Jewett, head coach. Junior Austin Bogina led the men’s team with a 19th place finish with a time of 25:41. “It was a very solid performance for him,” Jewett said. “I think he’ll only get better as we go. He’s training a lot right now. He’s training very hard and that’ll pay off later on. He did an outstanding job. It’s…

Abenoja breaks passing record

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Senior quarterback Anthony Abenoja became the Gorillas’ all-time leader on passing yardage after throwing 328 yards and three touchdowns in Pittsburg State’s 38-7 win over Lindenwood on Thursday, Sept. 11, in St. Charles, Mo. Pitt State increased its season record to 2-0, leaving Lindenwood sitting at 1-1. “Our coaching staff did another great job with the game plan,” said Tim Beck, head coach, in his post-game interview with KKOW. “That’s team defense when you see a lot of people getting to the ball and being physical when they get there.” Right from kick-off, it did not take long for the Gorillas to get going. Abenoja faked a hand-off to…

3-2 over SBU

| Michael Bauer sorts editor | Just when things looked bleak for the Pittsburg State volleyball team, the Gorillas found the response they needed. After dropping the first two sets against the Bearcats of Southwest Baptist, the Gorillas came back to win their final three sets, defeating SBU 3-2 at John Lance Arena on Tuesday, Sept. 16. It was PSU’s home opener as well as the regular season conference opener. Pitt State won with scores of 23-25, 18-25, 25-21, 25-17 and 15-13 to improve their overall record to 4-5. “They came back well,” said Jenny Mueller, head coach. “They have played a lot of five-set matches. For us, it was not an uncomfortable position to…

37-0 run-out

Jeff Seybold, Jr., junior and running back, scores the second touchdown during the game against the Riverhawks leading to a 37-0 win on Saturday September 6.

| Michael Bauer sports editor | John Brown and Nate Dreilling may be gone, but after the way things went on Saturday, Sept. 6, Pitt State fans had trouble telling the difference. The Gorillas won their first home game of the season against the Northeastern State River Hawks 37-0. Junior wide receiver Marquise Cushon provided a comfortable look into the post-John Brown era by catching four passes for a game-high 96 yards in the first half and adding three rushes for 26 yards in the second. “Marquise is a very explosive competitor,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “He’s a great triple jumper for our track and field team. He likes to compete. I’m glad he’s…

Former gorilla makes game-winning touchdown

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Wide receiver John Brown had only two catches for 29 yards in this week’s Monday Night Football game against the San Diego Chargers. He needed just one catch to make a difference in the game’s outcome. The former Pittsburg State All-American caught the game-winning touchdown on Monday, Sept. 8, to give the Arizona Cardinals an 18-17 victory over the Chargers. It was the first game of the NFL regular season and played on prime time on ESPN Monday Night Football. The game was played at Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. With 2:25 left to play, Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer connected with Brown on a 13-yard scoring…