Gearing Up

PSU looks to return to playoffs | Michael Bauer sports editor | It didn’t seem fair to the Gorillas. A 35-21 loss to the Missouri Southern Lions on the final day of the regular season kicked PSU out of contention for the NCAA Division II playoffs for a second consecutive year despite a 9-2 regular season record and finishing the season ranked 19th in the AFCA coaches poll. Emporia State, a team that PSU didn’t get to play, took advantage of the Gorilla loss and jumped ahead in the regional rankings to snatch a spot in the playoffs after going 9-1 in the regular season while PSU had to settle for the Mineral Water Bowl….

Scott discusses last year’s stresses

| Michael Bauer reporter | Julie Dainty, Faculty Senate president, left the staff at the Pittsburg State opening faculty meeting with one thought: “Students don’t care what you know if they don’t know you care.” This was the lesson discussed throughout the morning and in the address by Steve Scott, university president, on Thursday, Aug. 14, at McCray Hall. The event, which usually takes place in Overman Student Center, was moved to McCray Hall because of construction. “We’ve been here before a number of years ago,” Scott said. “I want to thank the people for letting us borrow (McCray Hall). But we have a nice new building that’s almost done.” Scott, of course, was referring…

White team wins

| Michael Bauer, Sports Editor | For the second year in a row, the White team earned bragging rights in the 2014 PSU football spring game. On Saturday, April 26, the White team defeated the Red team, 7-6 in a defensive heavy game at Carnie Smith Stadium. “Everybody wants to know how it went,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “I’ve always told them it depends on whether you’re an offensive or defensive coach.” In the end, it was the defensive coaches who were smiling as the game was held scoreless until what turned out to be the final play of the first half when White quarterback freshman Thomas LePage hooked up with freshman receiver Austin…

MIAA Championships

| Michael Bauer, Sports Editor | The Pittsburg State golf team wrapped up its 2014 season at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championships in Lawrence, Kan. with a 12th place finish. The tournament took place at the Alvamar Country Club from Monday, April 20, through Wednesday, April 23, and was played over the course of three rounds. Battling against Southwest Baptist to avoid last place, the Gorillas were in 11th place at the end of the first and second rounds before falling into third in the third round to the Bearcats by six strokes. The Gorillas ended with a score of 955. Leading the way was junior Justice Valdivia who shot a 75 in…

Now 15-27, overall

Baseball loses five strait | Michael Bauer Sports Editor | The Pitts State baseball team has lost its last five games and now sits at 15-27 overall and 10-21 in MIAA play. The Gorillas took on their rival Missouri Southern on April 15. Pitt State got off to a good start with an RBI single by junior Nathan Arnold. The Gorillas scored another run in the second on a ball by Missouri Southern pitcher Skylar Hill. The game fell apart for the Gorillas in the sixth and seventh innings. The Lions scored three runs in each inning to take a 6-2 lead. Pitt State scored two runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Arnold…

21-21 overall

Softball sweep Missouri Southern | Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pitt State softball team swept their rival Missouri Southern in a doubleheader at home on Wednesday, April 9. In game one, the Gorillas jumped to a 6-0 lead after the bottom of the second. Junior McKenzie Rynard got things started with a solo home run. Sophomore Jordan Bradshaw had an RBI single. Senior Brenna George had a two-RBI double and senior Tiffany Brown had a two-RBI single. Missouri Southern scored two in the top of the third to make the score 6-2. The Gorillas scored three in the bottom of the fourth. The first run came on an RBI single by Rynard and the…

Golf ends 4-day competition

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State golf team spent the weekend competing at the Bethel Spring Invitational on Sunday, March 30, before heading south for the Central Oklahoma Broncho Invitational on Tuesday, April 1. Pitt State tied for fifth place at Bethel out of the 16 teams competing and placed 11th out of 12 teams competing at UCO. In Bethel at the Newton’s Sand Creek Golf Club, the Gorillas took a team score of 648 in the 36-hole competition. Junior Jordan Dunham and junior Brandon Winfrey led the Gorillas with 161 scores each. Both athletes finished in a tie for 20th place among individuals. Dunham and Winfrey also posted rounds of 76…

Women’s basketball ends season in 83-77 loss

| Michael Bauer sports editor | They turned an 18-point deficit into a second-half lead but in the end, it wouldn’t be enough to overcome the fourth-seeded Wayne State Wildcats. The Pittsburg State women’s basketball team’s season came to an end with an 83-77 loss in the first round of the NCAA Central Regional on Friday, March 14. With the loss, the Gorillas finished their second-best season in school history, going 23-8. “I’m just real proud of our basketball team,” said Lane Lord, head coach. “Awesome year and showed the guts and determination that our team has, because we were really down-and-out in that first half, turning the ball over and just really got ourselves…

Softball sits at 15-13 after loss to UMSL

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State softball team managed to get one game out of the way on Wednesday, March 26, in a double header against Missouri-St. Louis. Unfortunately, the Gorillas were delivered a loss, 9-1, in game one and were down by six runs in the third inning before the rest of game two was called due to inclement weather at the Pitt State Softball Complex. The Tritons of Missouri-St. Louis improved their record to 19-2 overall with the only losses coming to NCAA Division I Southeast Missouri and Division II No. 1-ranked Central Oklahoma. The Gorillas had as many as six errors in game one and were down by three…

Golf finishes 12th

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State University men’s golf team competed at the Dave Falconer Memorial on Tuesday, March 11, at the Chamberlyne Country Club in Russellville, Ark. The Gorillas finished 12th out of 17 teams. Pitt State posted a round of 315 to finish the 36-hole competition with a 624 team score. The meet lasted from Monday, March 10, and concluded the following day. Junior Jordan Dunham was the leading scorer for the Gorilla golfers, finishing with an individual score of 156 after hitting 78 in both rounds. Dunham placed 50th among individual scores. Sophomore Zach Fate also ended with 156 after finishing the first round with 75 and then hitting…