Women fall in post-season tournament

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Gorilla women headed into the MIAA basketball tournament on a 12-game winning streak, a streak that included victories over second-seeded Emporia State and Washburn University. But the Bearcats of Southwest Baptist didn’t seem to care. On Thursday, March 6, in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium, the 11th-seeded Bearcats (13-16) delivered a shocking defeat to the Gorillas (23-7) with a final score of 67-65 and only 0.6 seconds left on the clock. Alex Botkin of SBU scored the final five points after the Gorillas took a 65-60 lead with 90 seconds left, including the game-tying 3-pointer and the game-winning put back. The loss eliminated the Gorillas from the MIAA tournament….

Overtime loss ends men’s season

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pitt State men’s basketball team knew it needed a victory to have a shot at making this week’s MIAA basketball tournament. PSU fought for its season, but in the end it wasn’t enough as Washburn ended the Gorillas’ season with a 92-90 overtime victory, on senior day, at John Lance Arena on Saturday, March. 1. A victory against the Ichabods was not only coveted, but needed, along with a victory of the Southwest Baptist Bearcats against Missouri Western Griffons. SBU kept up its end of the bargin with a win, but with PSU’s defeat, none of it mattered. Pitt State trailed by 76-69 late in regulation before junior…

Gorilla men win MIAA title; women fourth

| Michael Bauer sports editor | One and a-half points. That’s all that separated the Pittsburg State men’s track team from second place at the conference indoor track and field title as the Gorillas claimed the championship on Sunday, March 2. The Gorillas outdid the Lions of Missouri Southern State at the MIAA championship in Joplin, Mo. PSU finished with 130.5 total points over MSSU’s 129. It was the Gorillas first indoor league title in 19 years and the program’s third MIAA indoor title overall. The title ended a six-year run by Central Missouri University as the Mules took fourth with 77.2 points. It all started with senior Adam Volkert, who won the mile run…

Post season bound

Jeronimus scores 20 in 62-49 win over Washburn | Michael Bauer sports editor | After avenging an earlier season loss to the Emporia State Hornets, the Gorilla women’s basketball team was able to avenge another previous defeat, this time against the Washburn Ichabods. With a 62-49 victory Saturday, March 1, at John Lance arena on Senior Day, the Gorillas accomplished the feat just in time to close out the regular season. Junior Lizzy Jeronimus finished with 20 points to lead PSU in scoring, and the Gorillas limited Washburn to 21-second half points. “We did an outstanding job,” said Lane Lord, head coach. “In the first half, we were switching what we call dribble handoff, we…

Upset against ESU, 84-76

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State Gorilla men had finally ended its seven-game losing streak with a 84-76 victory against the Emporia State Hornets at John Lance Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26. “It feels good. We’re still alive: a wins a win, and we’ll take it,” Bullard said. Bullard led the scoring, finishing with 24 points, while junior Devon Branch had 19. For PSU (8-17, 4-14 in MIAA), the victory, coupled with Missouri Western’s loss to Central Missouri keeps the Gorillas’ hopes of playing in next week’s MIAA tournament alive. Pitt State is second-to-last behind Missouri Western, but if PSU wins on Saturday, March 1, and Western losses to Southwest Baptist, Pitt…

Track athletes compete at Nebraska Tune-up

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams competed at the Nebraska Tune-up Meet on Friday, Feb. 21, in Lincoln, Neb. It was the final preparation for the 2014 MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association) indoor championships. In the men’s action, freshman Bo Farrow placed second in the shot put with a toss of 53 feet, 5.75 inches. Sophomore Garrett Appier finished third in the discipline at 50-8.75, while junior Jeff Piepenbrink took third in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-9.5. Christian Sanderfer of Nebraska was first in the pole vault with a clearance of 17-1.50. Craig Driver of Nebraska was ahead of Piepenbrink with…

81-75 overtime win

| Michael Bauer sports editor | It was deja’ vu for sophomore Cathy Brugman. She didn’t need to be reminded about what happened the last time she went to the free-throw line in the closing minutes against Emporia State. The meeting between the two nationally ranked teams on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at John Lance Arena took place in front of a boisterous crowd. The last time Brugman shot from the line against ESU, she missed two free throws with 1.7 seconds left, allowing the Hornets to win by two. This time, as fate would have it, Brugman walked to the charity stripe again with PSU trailing by two and five seconds left on the clock….

PSU track and field competes at OBU

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s indoor track teams competed at the Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 15. Freshman Connor Stark took first place in the 5,000 meters in 15 minutes, 55.91 seconds. He edged out Texas A&M-Commerce’s Fredrick Kipsang by one second. Junior Jordan Peters placed second in the 600-yard run, clocking in at 1:22.58. Allen Jywayne of Oklahoma Baptist was first in the 600 meters in a time of 1:22.57. The distance medley relay also placed second in 10:49.86. Junior Ryan Ramler finished in a time of 8.59 in 60-meter hurdles. Freshman Bryce Starks finished seventh in the 60 meters in 6.91. Senior Steven Mann…

Basketball splits on road

Gorilla women win ninth straight, 63-46 Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State women extended their winning streak to nine with a 63-46 victory over Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Okla., on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Sophomore Cathy Brugman led the scoring with 13 points while junior Lizzy Jeronimus finished with 12, as did junior Antqunita Reed. “We told the girls before the game that we were going to play everybody, but we wanted to go in and out and I think we wore them out,” said Lane Lord, head coach in his post-game interview with KKOW 860 AM. “We just did a good job with the pressure.” PSU shot 25 of 57 on field goals…

Women defeat UCO by 20 points

| Michael Bauer sports editor | ctory over Central Oklahoma wasn’t as lopsided as the score indicated. At least not until the final eight minutes and 58 seconds. That’s when the Gorillas pulled away for good and avoided a scare from the Bronchos at John Lance Arena on Saturday, Feb. 8. Playing UCO for the second time in less than a week, the Gorillas (17-6, 10-3 in conference) claimed a spot in the MIAA tournament with a powerful display in which they didn’t allow a single basket from the Bronchos in more than eight minutes. “That’s about as good as we can do defensively,” said Lane Lord, head coach. “We played four different defenses in…