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…

Cross country hosts annual alumni run

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s cross country teams made their unofficial start to the 2014 season with the annual Alumni Run on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Countryside Golf Course. After another hot week in Pittsburg, temperatures dipped into the 60s for the early morning race, but the cold front did little to dampen spirits. A mixture of current and previous PSU runners competed. The men’s race was 6 kilometers while the women’s course was 4. Two former Pitt State runners took the individual titles: Adam Volkert and Jessica Macy. Volkert won the men’s race in 19 minutes, nine seconds while Jessica Macy finished in 14:33. Both Volkert and…

Women split at Rockhurst Invitational

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State volleyball team opened its 2014 season by going 2-2 at the Rockhurst Invitational in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6. The invitational did not start off well for the Gorillas, who lost in three sets to the Hawks Friday night. However, the team regained its footing against the Tigers of East Central University, winning in three sets. “We played pretty well,” said Jenny Mueller, head coach. “I was excited to see our setter-hitter connections. We had some great defense and we had some really good blocks.” Against the Tigers, the Gorillas won 25-17, 25-11 and 25-13 to start the invitational off…

Women picked second in MIAA polls, men sixth

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State women’s cross country team was picked second in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) preseason coaches poll. The PSU women received one first-place vote and 86 points in polling of the conference’s 11 head coaches. Last year’s MIAA conference champion, Southwest Baptist, was picked first, receiving just four more points than Pitt State. One point behind Pitt State is Missouri Southern, followed by Nebraska-Kearney. In fifth place sits Central Missouri with 63 points and in sixth is Northwest Missouri State at 51. Fort Hays State and Central Oklahoma took seventh and eighth with Lindenwood, Lincoln and Emporia State finishing up the list. PSU has five of…

Opener against NSU

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Northeastern State’s football team has not enjoyed their time in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) conference. The River Hawks’ last winning season came in 2011. Then NSU joined the MIAA and, so far, they have gone a combined 6-15 in the last two seasons. Last year’s 2-9 record sparked a coaching change and now former Washburn offensive coordinator Rob Robinson takes over as the new head coach for the River Hawks. The Gorillas gave Northeastern State a warm welcome to the conference with a 41-20 blow out in 2012 in Tahlequah, Okla. and, for the third straight year, opens the season by facing the River Hawks Saturday, Sept….