Suberu to retire after 15 years

Michael Bauer | Sports Editor After 15 years of coaching and rebuilding the program to conference prominence, head volleyball coach Ibraheem Suberu has announced his retirement. The announcement was made Thursday, Nov. 21, just two days after the Gorilla’s season came to an end with a 16-16 overall record. Suberu said in a Pittsburg State Athletics press release that his decision to retire was a part of his desire to spend more time with his family in his native country, Nigeria. Suberu took over the program in 1999, and began the process of reversing volleyball’s consistently disappointing history. Prior to his arrival, the Gorillas had an all-time win percentage of only 35 percent. His inaugural…

Opinion: Win or lose

A disappointed fan remains in the student section in the second half of the game against Missouri Western's on Oct. 20 in Carnie Smith Stadium at the homecoming game. The Gorillas lost 63 to 14.

Fan support shown in numerous ways RJ Palmgren | Guest Columnist Fan support is part of sports culture all over the world. All fans show their support in a variety of ways. Fans who stand and scream all through the game ar cheap viagra e not necessarily more supportive than the fans who watch while seated quietly. When a team is losing badly and fans get up and leave, I do not believe that makes them any less of a fan than the people who stay to watch the end of the game. Yes, some of those fans could be considered “bandwagon fans,” but a lot of fans simply cannot stand to watch their beloved…

PSU Gorillas 2012 season – What went wrong?

John Brown, wide receiver for the Gorillas, drops a pass during the game agasint Missouri Western on Oct. 20 in Carnie Smith Stadium at the homecoming game. The Gorillas lost 63 to 14.

The bigger they are… Trent Johnson | Sports Reporter The Pittsburg State Gorilla football team concluded its season last Saturday in Joplin, Mo., with a victory against the Missouri Southern State Lions. The Gorillas finished buy viagra online their season with a solid 7-3 record. Although 7-3 is a respectable record, especially when playing in arguably the toughest conference at the Division II level, many people had higher expectations when the season started. After the Gorillas hoisted the National Championship trophy in Florence, Ala., last year, many in Gorilla nation had their eyes set on a repeat performance. “Our expectations were high,” said Gus Toca, senior defensive end. “We had a lot of leaders back…

Safety finds stability at PSU

Keeston Terry

Michael Bauer | Sports Reporter Playing at the Division I level in college football is something many kids dream about. It is the same level where teams can compete in the Rose Bowl on New Years, Day or fantasize about lifting the Heisman T Democratic Parenting rophy, a shoo-in for the NFL draft. Yes, life can be sweet on top of the college football food chain. But not everything is what it seems: Safety Keeston Terry discovered that firsthand. Terry, from Blue Springs, Mo., spent his first two years playing football at the University of Kansas. Terry had plenty of good things to say about his former team. “Playing at KU was a good experience,”…

Gorillas win close one, prepare for big one

Pittsburg State University running back Jason Spradling cuts to evade University of Central Missouri defenders during the Oct. 6, 2012 game. Spradling rushed for a total of 134 yards over 18 carries for the 30-21 Gorilla win.

Trent Johnson | Sports Reporter The Pittsburg State Gorillas had their first highly contested football game of the season last Saturday at Carnie Smith Stadium, but they walked away with a victory over the University of Central Missouri Mules, 30-21. In that game, the Gorillas faced a fourth-quarter deficit for the first time all season when the Mules took a 21-17 lead. PSU played well in the face of adversity, though, scoring the game’s final 13 points to come away with the victory. We turn now to this week’s contest, which both teams have had circled on their calendars since the schedule was released. The Gorillas will meet with longtime MIAA rivals Northwest Missouri State…

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…

Gorillas score 52-straight; dominate Bearcats

Tailback Briceton Wilson runs for a Pitt State first down chased by Central Linebacker Adrian Shoecraft Saturday, Sept. 8.

Trent Johnson | Sports Reporter The Pittsburg State Gorillas kept rolling last Saturday when they traveled to Bolivar, Mo. to take on the Southwest Baptist University Bearcats. They avoided the upset in convincing fashion, scoring 52 straight points in the 52-9 victory. The Gorillas put together their most complete game of the season against the Bearcats. SBU took an early 7-0 lead after the first possession, but the Gorillas came back and scored 52 unanswered points before giving up a meaningless safety. This week, they come back to Carnie Smith Stadium where they will try to get their record to 4-0 before heading into a bye week. The Gorillas will face the Lincoln Blue Tigers,…

Bearcats eager to face Gorillas

Jeff Seybold, junior running back, hurtles for more yards and tries to avoid Central Oklahoma's Adrian Shoecraft at the Gorilla's home opener.

Allen, Bearcats relish the opportunity Trent Johnson | Sports Writer The home opener for Pittsburg State last Saturday was not as easy as expected; with another mediocre opponent awaiting them this Saturday, the Gorilla faithful will expect a blowout win. Playing in front of the second-largest crowd in school history, the Gorillas had high expectations for their first game of the season at Carnie Smith Stadium. The parking lot was buzzing with the Pitt State faithful, beginning hours before the game and continuing all day long. The Gorillas left Carnie Smith Stadium with a W, bringing their record to 2-0. However, the Gorilla offense may have put up huge numbers, but it never seemed to…

‘Simply unacceptable’ [VIDEO]

A still shot taken from a video recording of the altercation at Carnie Smith stadium during the first home football game on on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Tailgate party turns violent Val Vita | Managing Editor WEB EXCLUSIVE: Parking Lot Fight During PSU vs. UCO Game [VIDEO] While the Gorillas were fighting Central Oklahoma’s on the gridiron last Saturday, some fans were fighting each other in the parking lot. The fights between tailgaters are preoccupying the community and have school administrators considering game day alcohol policies. Joe Allen says he was at the tailgate with some friends, when he saw one of the fights start after a verbal argument. “I saw people shoving and yelling back and forth,” said Allen, senior in commercial graphics. “A punch got thrown, then everyone just started going at it— even people not in the initial argument.”…

No bucking for the Bronchos

John Brown, junior wide reciever, dodges a tackle by Northeastern State University during Thursday's game, Aug 30th, at the Doc Wadley Stadium, Talaquah, OK.

Trent Johnson | Collegio Sports Reporter The Gorillas opened 2012 with a convincing 41-20 victory over the Northeastern State Riverhawks last Thursday, dominating the MIAA newcomers from Tahlequah, Okla., in virtually every aspect of the game. This week will be the first of five games at Carnie Smith Stadium for the Gorillas, as they will face the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos. The last time these two teams met was the 2010 season opener. That game was a close one, but the Gorillas escaped Edmond with a 31-20 victory. The score this Saturday will not be that close. If you picked up the season preview, then you saw that the Bronchos’ projected record is 1-9….