Cold showing for Pitt State golfers

Garett McCullough | sports editor Senior Fletcher Harder led the Gorillas to an 11th-place finish in rainy conditions at the Missouri Southern State University Invitational from Monday, April 15, to Tuesday, April 16. Harder had the lowest two-day total for the Gorillas with a score of 155, which earned him 21st place. He hit a 79 in the first round, but improved on that mark to hit a 76 in the second round, despite the windier and colder conditions of day two. The University of Central Oklahoma won the 12-team tournament with a score of 590, thanks in part to UCO’s Trevor Stafford, who won the tournament by shooting -4. Stafford hit a 66 on…

Another split for Gorillas’ baseball team

Gorillas split their third-straight series Garett McCullough | sports editor The Pittsburg State University baseball team split its third straight two-game series against the Drury University Panthers on Tuesday, March 12. Each game ended without much drama as the Panthers took game one 8-0, and the Gorillas took game two 13-3. Redshirt-junior right-hander Kevin Sweeney held the Gorillas scoreless through five innings in the first game, earning the win. The game wasn’t all about pitching for the Panthers, though, with their offense putting up runs in three separate innings, including the first. Junior shortstop Caleb Cole doubled in a pair of runs after a throwing error by the Gorillas’ left fielder Troy Stoffrengen allowed the…

Shelburn shuts out Jets for series sweep

Garett McCullough | sports editor The Pittsburg State Gorilla softball team swept the Newman University Jets to claim a winning season on Wednesday, March 6. In the first game, the Gorillas held off a Newman rally to win, 7-5, before trouncing the Jets, 11-0, in the second game. The one, two and three-hole hitters for the Gorillas accounted for most of the scoring in the first game. Junior center fielder Brenna George, freshman shortstop Jordan Bradshaw and sophomore left fielder Cheslyn Mitchell hit 1-2-3 for the Gorillas, respectively. They accounted for five of the seven RBI’s and four of the seven runs. It was senior catcher/first baseman Kreslee Ketcham who got everything started for the…

Gorillas split with rival Lions

Garett McCullough | sports editor The Pittsburg State University Gorillas split the first two games of the Sonic Trophy Series against the Missouri Southern State University Lions on Wednesday, March 6. The Gorillas lost the seven-inning game, 4-1, but took the nine-inning game, 5-2. Despite scoring one run in the top of the first inning in game one, the Gorillas were unable to sustain any offense, and were shut out through the remaining six innings. This was largely because the Gorillas stranded 11 runners on-base. Junior right fielder Cody Ball was credited with seven of those hits, but he was one of four Gorillas with a hit in the first game. Senior left-handed pitcher Matt…

Road to the show

Garett McCullough | sports editor The Pittsburg State men’s basketball team is just three wins from being crowned champions of the MIAA, which will earn them an NCAA tournament berth. Getting to the championship game looks to be more difficult than the actual game. In the first game, the Gorillas will face the No. 2 seed University of Central Missouri Mules, who beat the Gorillas, 70-63, on Jan. 12. If the Gorillas make it past the Mules and all else goes according to plan, the Gorillas will face the Ichabods of Washburn. The Ichabods also defeated the Gorillas in the regular season, 67-51, on Feb. 2. However, both of those losses were on-the-road games for…

Spring Cleaning

Gorillas knock dust off bats Garett McCullough | sports editor Matt Murray and his Pittsburg State baseball team didn’t wait for the warm weather to heat up in the batter’s box as PSU manhandled the Maryville University Saints (Mo.), 18-1 and 16-5 in last weekend’s double-header in Pittsburg. PSU baseball coach of 22 years, Steve Bever, stepped down last season to make way for a new coach Murray, and a new era of Gorilla baseball. Murray, a former assistant at the University of Central Missouri, didn’t disappoint in his first double-header as head coach. In the first game of the season, on Friday Feb. 16 the Gorillas and the Saints looked to be in for…

Community Cares

PSU broadcasters stream fundraiser live for leukemic student Garett McCullough | sports editor “Unique” might be a word to describe what St. Mary’s Colgan fifth grader and leukemia patient Payton Kannarr has been through over the past four months. Most people would consider any story of a battle against cancer to be tragic, but in this case, a community is coming together to help a young girl fighting for her life. One week after turning 11, Payton was diagnosed with leukemia. This is often news that is met with blank stares and silence as family members and friends search for comforting words. More often than not, those words just don’t exist. Instead, Colgan and the…

Golf team rallies in round two

Brett Dowel, junior, and his coach contimplate the best angle for his last shot, Monday, Sept. 10th.

Garett McCollough | Sports Editor Three weeks ago Pitt State golf coach Todd Loveland said he hadn’t figured out why the golf team tends to struggle on day two. But it seems that he may have found the recipe for second day success, as the Gorillas moved from ninth place to seventh on the second day of the Lindenwood Invitation on Oct. 1-2. “Coach Loveland set a goal for us to reach as a team and we met that goal,” Brett Dowell said. “He gave us some extra motivation before the round. We also played smart on the course, so we can eliminate the high numbers.” This was a different approach for the PSU golf…

Gorilla golfers headed in right direction

Brett Dowel, junior, strikes the ball on the eight hole on Monday, Sept. 10th at the Crestwood Country Club.

Garett McCoullough | Sports Editor The ninth-place tie at the Northeastern State Invitational may not be exactly where the PSU golf team wants to be, but for senior Fletcher Harder and the Gorillas, it is far ahead of where they were the last few seasons. Harder says he wasn’t necessarily pleased or displeased with the overall performance in the two-day tournament Sept. 24-25, but he does think that the team is taking the right steps as the mid-year break approaches. “I think we are closer to where we want to be as a team,” Harder said. That probably has something to do with the coaching change. PSU hired Todd Loveland to lead the golf team…

Pitt’s biggest test of the year looms

Garett McCullough | Sports Editor This week’s game against Lincoln University marks the end of what could be called the Gorillas’ preseason, as the Blue Tigers are the fourth straight winless team to face PSU on the gridiron. You beat who? In week one, the Gorillas traveled to Tahlequah, Okla., to take on the Northeastern State Riverhawks. Surprisingly, the Gorillas led by only one after the first quarter, 7-6. The Riverhawk faithful had high hopes, but they found their team down 21-6 at the half and the game was soon wrapped up. The Gorillas easily took that game 41-20, without too much effort and without playing their best football. The next two games were against…