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…

PSU rolls over fourth-ranked MWSU 34-14

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State Gorillas know how to control the tide of a crucial game. This isn’t the first time they’ve done that with a blocked field goal that turned into a touchdown. In the 2011 national championship, the Gorillas blocked an early field goal while trailing by one and returned it for a touchdown to take the lead and not look back. Against Missouri Western on Saturday, Oct. 26, in St. Joseph, Mo., they did it again. With Pitt State ahead, 13-7, early in the third quarter the Griffons attempted to close the gap with a 52-yard field goal attempt. The Gorillas blocked the kick and junior strong safety…

Volkert and Macy win; Pitt State has strong team showing

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Adam Volkert and Jesscia Macy are MIAA cross-country champions. With this victory, both Volkert and Macy have earned All-MIAA honors. Volkert and Macy each won the 2013 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association individual cross-country championship title on Saturday, Oct. 26, by winning their races at the Countryside Golf Course in Pittsburg. Macy entered the day with the league’s best 6K time. Her winning time was 21 minutes, 8 seconds; 34 seconds ahead of second place finisher Twishanna Williams of Lincoln. Adam Volkert’s winning time was 24 minutes, 35 seconds; ten seconds ahead of second place finisher Laban Sialo of Central Missouri. As a team, however, the Gorilla women were unable…

Super Bowl XLVII

The Harbowl Garrett McCullough | sports editor The storylines surrounding Super Bowl XLVII are impossible to avoid. Hidden within all of the hype is one of the best Super Bowl matchups of recent memory. From Ray Lewis skits on Saturday Night Live to Manti Te’o’s interview with Katie Couric, to Randy Moss calling himself the greatest receiver while wearing the same jersey as Jerry Rice, football is permeating everyone’s daily lives. All media, even those outlets that never report on sports, have felt the need to cover at least one football topic over the last few weeks. With the Super Bowl being in a city that was underwater six years ago, it’s easy to see…

Gorillas look for homecoming rebound

Fans cheer on the Gorillas on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Arrowhead Stadium. The Gorillas lost 31-21.

Trent Johnson | Sports Reporter The Gorillas come back to Carnie Smith Stadium this Saturday needing to bounce back from a loss for the first time all season. On Saturday, Oct. 13, Pittsburg State lost to Northwest Missouri State at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., 31-21. However, the Gorillas did not schedule a pushover for homecoming: They face the Missouri Western State University Griffons, who are also looking to rebound from their first loss of the season, a home defeat at the hands of Missouri Southern State University. Both teams are 5-1 in the MIAA, though the Griffons are 6-1 overall, having played one more game than PSU. For the Griffons, control of the…

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,”…

Teams eager to hit new court

Tyler Smith | Sports Reporter The Pitt State men and women’s basketball teams got their seasons under way on Monday, Oct. 15. The expectations for both teams are high after the successful seasons last year. The men’s team made it to the finals of the MIAA Tournament while the women’s team had the best season in school history, and they reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Division II Tournament. “Well, we’re excited about the 2012-2013 season,” said Lane Lord, head coach for the women’s team. “Obviously, last year was our best season ever in school history. We also have 12 players back who got to taste a little bit of that success.” Men’s coach…

Ready to make his mark

Freshman Devon Young, 701, places 19th in the Southern Stampede with a time of 25:53.30 Saturday, Sept. 15.

Michael Bauer| Sports Reporter He is only a redshirt freshman now, but the competition at the Rio Olympics in 2016 might want to take notice of Devon Young. He may be younger than most of the team, but he still has everyone looking up to h cheap lasix online im. After all, he does have the repertoire of a champion, including being among the best runners in Missouri during high school. Prodigy? Young is an underclassman who has worked his way to becoming the No. 1 runner on the Pittsburg State men’s cross country team this season, though it did not come easy. His transition to the collegiate level led to a number of changes…

Gorillas look to rebound

Michael Bauer | Sports Reporter The Pittsburg State cross country teams will be looking to regroup this week after failing to achieve their goals at the Roy Griak Invitational as the men’s team finished 16th while the women took 10th. On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Gorillas made the much-anticipated trip up to St. Paul, Minn., to compete in one of the biggest races in the NCAA, but the end results left PSU with a bitter taste. “It was a little disappointing, to be honest,” head coach Russ Jewett said. “We went up there with a lot of objectives and goals to accomplish and we accomplished very few of those objectives and goals.” But it wasn’t…

Golf team rallies in round two

Brett Dowel, junior, and his coach contimplate the best angle for his last shot, Monday, Sept. 10th.

Garett McCollough | Sports Editor Three weeks ago Pitt State golf coach Todd Loveland said he hadn’t figured out why the golf team tends to struggle on day two. But it seems that he may have found the recipe for second day success, as the Gorillas moved from ninth place to seventh on the second day of the Lindenwood Invitation on Oct. 1-2. “Coach Loveland set a goal for us to reach as a team and we met that goal,” Brett Dowell said. “He gave us some extra motivation before the round. We also played smart on the course, so we can eliminate the high numbers.” This was a different approach for the PSU golf…