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…

Third straight loss

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Josh Gibbs and Carl Andrews led the Central Oklahoma Bronchos to an 80-72 victory over the PSU Gorilla men’s basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 8, at John Lance Arena. Andrews scored 15 points in the second half while Gibbs added 19 points and 11 rebounds. For the Gorillas, it was their third straight loss and the seventh of their last eight. Pitt State trailed by as much as 16 before quietly coming within 64-59 with four minutes remaining in the game. Junior Devon Branch scored 21 points and went 7-14 on field goals while going 7-10 on free throws. “We did a good job at the end of fighting…

PSU track team competes at Lion Invitational

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s track teams completed a two-day meet at the Missouri Southern State Lions Invitational on Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, in Joplin, Mo. Senior Keenan Soles and Junior Ramie Grayson picked up victories in the long jump on the first day. For Soles, it was a record-setting day as the senior crushed the Pitt State record of 24 feet, 11.75 inches from 1995 with his jump of 25-8. Grayson won the women’s long jump competition with a personal best mark of 18 feet, 9 inches. Her jump earned her a provisional qualifying mark to the indoor national championships. Senior Steven Mann took…

Sports panelists discuss journalism in social media

| Michael Bauer sports editor | With social media changing the way people communicate and receive news, challenges have been brought to sports journalists all over the world. For Mike Arbuckle, Kansas City Royals senior adviser; Mark Schremmer, Joplin Globe sports reporter; and Troy Comeau, PSU director of broadcasting, the changes couldn’t be any more apparent. On Monday, Feb. 3, Arbuckle, Schremmer and Comeau participated in a sports panel discussion of “Sports Journalism in the Age of New Media” to discuss how sports reporting has changed over time with technology and social media. With Mark Arbuckle, associate professor in communication and Mike Arbuckle’s brother, serving as moderator, the panelists also answered questions from the audience….

Winter Olympics Sochi 2014

Russia’s Olympic-level effort, problems | Michael Baur sports editor | | Kelsea Renz managing editor | Whether you’re a fan or not, the winter Olympics are inescapable. The Olympics will become a part of everyone’s lives during the next two weeks, ending a four-year wait for fans and athletes all over the world. When the Olympic cauldron is lit, the world will turn to Sochi, Russia – a city famous as a ski destination in the winter and a tropical paradise in the summer, where the hopes and dreams of athletes will come down to a single jump in figure skating and one last shot as time expires in hockey. Safety, other controversy The Sochi…