MIAA Division 2 players of the week

Frazell earns accolades for football | Michael Bauer Sports Editor | Senior field-goal kicker Connor Frazell was named the MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 6. Frazell, from Iola, booted three field goals to help the Gorillas to a 23-13 win over the Missouri Western State Griffons on Saturday, Oct. 4, in St. Joseph, Mo. Frazell kicked field goals of 25, 25 and 34 yards in the game. His first kick gave the Gorillas a 17-10 lead in the second quarter. Frazell was the only player to get on to the scoreboard in the second half from either team with his 25-yard kick in the third quarter and a 34-yarder in…

Volleyball falls to Griffons in three sets

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Event though the Pitt State volleyball team committed only 10 errors in the match, the Gorillas will still not able to overcome the Griffons of Missouri Western State on Saturday, Oct. 4. PSU lost to MWSU in three sets during the away meet in St. Joseph, Mo. The Gorillas had a hit at .320 for the match, one of the team’s best attack percentages of the season. However, the Griffons had nine service aces and 13 more kills than PSU. MWSU took the first set with a loss of 25-17 and then won with the same score in the second match, as well as beating Pitt State 25-20 in…

Back in the game

Offense recovers in 23-13 win | Michael Bauer sports editor | Pitt State’s offense scored two first-quarter touchdowns while the defense held the Missouri Western State Griffons scoreless in the second half in a 23-13 win on Saturday, Oct. 4, in St. Joseph, Mo. Pittsburg State’s offense, which last week was limited to only six points against Fort Hays State, took only six minutes to set things straight with senior quarterback Anthony Abenoja connecting with junior running back Jamal Tyler for a 15-yard touchdown early in the game. Four minutes later, Abenoja scored off a 5-yard run and senior kicker Connor Frazell’s leg did the rest of the work for the Gorillas with three field…

Retribution

Volleyball beats FHSU in five sets | Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State volleyball team ended a tumultuous week snatching a victory over the Fort Hays State Tigers in five sets at John Lance Arena on Saturday, Sept. 27. The game was the third consecutive five-set match for the Gorillas and the ninth of the season. Pitt State entered Saturday night’s contest coming off a four-game losing streak with losses to Lindenwood, Central Missouri, Missouri Southern and Nebrask-Kearney. But the past was clearly put behind. The Tigers took the first set 25-22 before the Gorillas won the next two sets in scores of 25-18 and 25-20. the Fort Hays won the fourth set,…

Former All-American returns to PSU

| Michael Bauer sports editor | To anyone in Pitt State’s athletic department, it comes as no surprise how humble John Brown can be. The soft-spoken, former Pittsburg State All-American wide receiver hasn’t let the National Football League change him. On Saturday, Sept. 27, Brown, who was drafted in the third round by the Arizona Cardinals in May’s NFL Draft, made a return visit to Pittsburg State during the Gorillas’ home game against Fort Hays State. It may have been Family Day for the university, but for Brown it was a homecoming. Brown, who graduated last year, was welcomed back to a chorus of cheers from the Pitt State crowd and led the team onto…

Stunned…

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…

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…