Shelbourn lifts Gorillas to victory

Trent Johnson | reporter The Pittsburg State softball team (22-20, 10-12 MIAA) earned a split against MIAA foe Missouri Southern State University (22-22, 9-13 MIAA) on Tuesday, April 16, at the Pittsburg State Softball Complex. The Gorillas’ Kyndel Shelburn (8-7) paced the team to a victory in the first game. Shelburn threw a complete game for the Gorillas, allowing just one unearned run, one hit and striking out six. The Gorillas got on the scoreboard early in the first inning on an unearned run of their own as Kreslee Ketcham reached on an error to score Brenna George from second base. The Lions tied the game in the third inning, scoring their lone run on…

Gorillas grab one for the road

Softball team wins its final game of MIAA weekend road trip Tren Johnson | reporter The Pittsburg State Gorillas softball team finished a four-game road trip on Saturday, April 6, with a record of 1-3. The Gorillas’ first stop was in Emporia on April 5 where they played MIAA foe, the Emporia State Hornets (24-9, 11-3 MIAA). In game one of the doubleheader, Emporia State pitcher Karley Schmelzer (17-4), stifled the Gorilla bats, allowing just four hits and one run in a complete game. The Gorillas scored their lone run in the first inning off a Tiffany Brown single. The Hornets tied the game in the second inning before taking the lead for good in…

Gorillas sweep Mules

Trent Johnson | sports reporter The Pittsburg State baseball team completed a two-game sweep against the University of Central Oklahoma on Tuesday afternoon at Simmons Field in Edmond. The Gorillas took game one of the double-header, 11-7, although they trailed, 3-0, after two innings of play. The Gorillas scored two runs in the top of the third inning on a Tory Stoffregen double. The Bronchos answered with three runs in the bottom half of the third inning, extending their lead, 5-2. Pittsburg State scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning and followed up with three more runs in the top of the fifth inning. The Gorillas’ first lead of the game was quickly…

Climbing back to the top

Trent Johnson | reporter A return home for the Pittsburg State Gorilla women to John Lance Arena could not have come at a better time. The Gorillas were coming off their longest losing streak of the season, three games, all of which were away from home. The Gorilla women put to rest any doubt that they were still capable of knocking off the MIAA conference top dogs. Truman State was first up for the Gorillas. The Bulldogs came into John Lance Arena with a 16-3 record, 9-3 in MIAA play. A complete performance for the Gorillas on both ends of the floor led the way from the opening tipoff. Through the first 10 minutes of…

On the road again

Trent Johnson | sports reporter Gorillas stricken by Lady Blues The Lady Blues finished a three-game setback for women’s basketball last week. The Gorillas concluded a road trip on Saturday, Feb. 2, with their third straight loss, this time at the hands of Washburn University. The final score was 58-44. The Gorillas were beaten on rebounds by the Lady Blues, 39-25, and shot for just 30.4 percent from the field. The Gorillas held a 2-point lead with about 13 minutes left to go in the first half, but the Lady Blues held the Gorillas scoreless for the next seven and a-half minutes. Washburn finished the half on a 20-9 run to obtain a 28-19 lead…

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…

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…

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…

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…