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Athletics Update

New turf on the diamonds

PSU softball and baseball fans will notice a major difference in the university’s stadiums this year. Thanks to the generosity of several anonymous donors, the university has installed new turf on both fields. The wall-to-wall AstroTurf brand synthetic turf was installed on all playing surfaces, batting cages, and bullpen areas. The turf is similar to...

Pitt State launches Silverback Fund

It’s no secret that the rising cost of a college education is placing an increasing burden upon students and their families. What isn’t often realized is the impact that has on university athletic departments, especially at NCAA Division II institutions such as PSU, where few student-athletes receive a “full-ride” athletic scholarship. “As tuition increases so,...
A Commitment to Excellence

A Commitment to Excellence

Russ Jewett doesn’t spend much time looking at the trophies and awards that line his office walls. After nearly 30 years of leading Pittsburg State’s men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams, there are almost too many to count. His women’s cross country teams have earned nine MIAA titles, including the 2017...

Plaster Center contributes to uptick in economy

Local lodging revenue, room sales, and hotel jobs in Pittsburg were up in 2017, with the Robert W. Plaster Center getting some of the credit. The $13 million, 154,000-square-foot center, completed in Spring 2015 as a joint venture between the City of Pittsburg, Crawford County, and PSU, includes a 100-yard turf field and one of...
Hardcourt to classroom

Hardcourt to classroom

As captain of the PSU women’s basketball team, Mikaela Burgess was well-versed in teamwork and pressure. She played against some of the nation’s best competition on its biggest stage in her career, including three NCAA Division II Region championship tournaments and one Elite Eight. As an Early Childhood Education major, she faced a different kind...
Anderson takes the reins at Pittsburg State

Anderson takes the reins at Pittsburg State

Walk into Kim Anderson’s office and you’ll notice something is missing.  Anderson, the new leader of Pittsburg State’s men’s basketball program, has a coaching pedigree that includes stops at Baylor University, the University of Missouri and the University of Central Missouri, where his teams earned seven invitations to the NCAA DII National Tournament, two Final...
Special Teams Anchor

Special Teams Anchor

Glance at Carter Anchors’ football stat sheet and you’ll notice something unusual. The Kansas City native is not only Pittsburg State’s starting punter, he also is credited with blocking a punt on special teams. “I think I actually got my hands on two last year,” Anchors said. He then paused to smile before adding, “But...

National honors

Pittsburg State University senior heptathlete Emilyn Dearman has earned the title of NCAA Division II Women’s Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Stockton, Mo., native captured the NCAA Division II national championship in the heptahlon at the 2017 Outdoor National Championships at Bradenton, Fla.,...

Change that radio dial

Pittsburg State University Athletics have a new radio home. The university signed a three-year agreement with Pittsburg-based My Town Media (MTM). MTM owns and/or operates 16 radio stations throughout Kansas and Missouri including ESPN 100.7 in Pittsburg. The agreement will allow the university to create the Gorilla Sports Network. This multi-station network will provide radio...
Gorillas making strides under Gomez’s leadership

Gorillas making strides under Gomez’s leadership

Jen Gomez, Pittsburg State’s second-year head volleyball coach, has just as much energy and fire as she did when she wore the uniform. “I’m a competitor,” said Gomez. “It’s the way I played, and it’s the way I coach. I’m not certain our players knew how to take me during those first few games, but...

Herlocker, Lungwitz embrace leadership roles

Senior guards Paige Lungwitz and Hadyn Herlocker have been a big part of one of the most successful periods for the Gorilla Women’s Basketball program. Going into their senior season, the pair has been a part of 79 wins and only 21 losses and have made three trips to the NCAA Tournament. As they began...
Volleyball players find new ‘home’ in U.S.

Volleyball players find new ‘home’ in U.S.

Lana DaSilva, a senior exercise science major from Sao Vicente, Brazil, always dreamed of leaving her home country to explore the world, but she never really planned to attend college in the U.S. But after following a friend from Brazil to Cowley Community College, DaSilva eventually joined the volleyball team at Pittsburg State. “When I...