The Lions won two games at home Sunday against Northeastern State, and the Gorillas won one on the road to upset Central Missouri in the first round of the MIAA tournament. The teams will now play each other in Kansas City Thursday afternoon, in the first game of a double elimination style second round.
Also, both Pitt State and Missouri Southern found success in the MIAA Track & Field Championships, and Natalie Bird finishes her first round in the NCAA Central Super Regional.
Plus Pitt State splits their doubleheader with Central Missouri.
Marquise Cushon and Solomon Watkins impress at PSU Spring Game.
Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State finished the regular season with splits at home, catapulting both squads to the MIAA conference tournament. The Lions will host a home series beginning Thursday, while the Gorillas will go to Warrensburg to play Central Missouri.
In softball, Pitt won two while MoSo took a split. Those teams will play one final doubleheader to wrap the regular season, with the Gorillas battling for a playoff spot.
The Gorilla baseball team won the first but lost the second against Emporia State, while the softball team did the same against Missouri Southern. In game two the Lions scored 11 runs to win in extra innings.
Plus, Neosho baseball falls to 11-4 on the year at the hands of Willard.
The Gorillas and Lions kept things tight as underdogs, but saw their seasons end in Kansas City.
In high school ball, the Fort Scott girls win in the KS state tournament while the Colgan boys and Labette County girls' seasons come to a close.
Plus, three signings from Carthage and Joplin student-athletes.
The Pitt State men and women will play hosts as 7 seeds at John Lance Arena on Monday and Tuesday night, respectively, while the Missouri Southern men will be on the road at Emporia State as the 9 seed and the Lion women will be at home as the 8 seed. Each team must win to advance to Kansas City.
Plus, recapping the district championships for the Carl Junction boys and Webb City girls.
Plus St. Mary's-Colgan boys and Fort Scott girls win Sub-State Titles.
There may not be a more vocal supporter of an area team than Pittsburg State senior Richard Harper. Harper is in the band, and is good for four hours of non-stop energy, vocally as well as physically. For both of the Gorillas' Thursday night games at home, Harper wore a microphone for us.
Plus, the Missouri Southern men are very much a Jekyll and Hyde team. The past two games are giving them reason to believe they have something to play for yet again.
After dropping five straight, the Missouri Southern men have scored 193 points in back-to-back wins at home. Saturday the Lions knocked off the MIAA's top ranked team, Central Missouri.
In Pittsburg, the Gorilla men blew a 22 point second half lead against Southwest Baptist, as a chance for back-to-back wins fell by the wayside.
Plus, the Pitt women do get their second straight win, and the MoSo women give the 10th ranked Jennies of Central Mo all they can handle before falling.
Several area athletes heading to the next level.
All four Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State teams lost on the road Saturday, making them a combined 1-13 since January 23.
The Lions return home Thursday to host SBU, while the Gorillas return to host Truman.
Plus No. 2 Kansas upset at home by Oklahoma State.
Pittsburg State used the pistol offense to win a national championship in 2011. Now the San Francisco 49ers have used it on their way to the SuperBowl.
After losing Hailey Roderique to an ACL tear, the Pitt State women knew they'd need everyone else to step up. One player who has is reserve guard Brigit Hesser. For the men, senior JaVon McGee has been on a roll for about nine games.
We also recap two disappointing Missouri Southern losses from Saturday.
Plus, one last look at Douglass-OKC's Stevie Clark, who made 30 three-pointers in three games in the Frontenac National Guard Invitational.
There were some tense moments in John Lance arena, as both Gorilla games were not decided until the final buzzer horn went off, but the home crowd saw their teams walk away winners.
In Joplin, the Southern men and women both had disappointing performances, losing to Nebraska-Kearney teams that have struggled thus far in MIAA play.
Marquis Addison scored a career-high 34 points, 23 of them in the first half, as Missouri Southern knocked off Pitt State in the men's game. Stephen Atkinson also scored a career-high 21 for the Lions. The Gorillas were led by 21 points and 12 rebounds from Rico Pierrevilus.
In the women's contest, Pitt jumped out by 15 points in the first 10 and a half minutes, before Southern came back to tie it early in the second half. But the Gorillas held on late for their 5th straight win in the series behind 24 points from a sick Lizzy Jeronimus. The Lions were led by 14 points from senior Erin Rice.
Round One To Take Place In Joplin Wednesday Night
MSSU sweeps Lincoln while Pitt State comes up short to Central Missouri.
Saturday saw both Missouri Southern teams leave Jefferson City winners, while both the Pittsburg State teams fell in Warrensburg. We take a quick look at what happened in all four.
Plus, the Gorillas' Hailey Roderique hurts her knee in the final seconds of Saturday's game. Pitt's third-leading scorer will wait and see what the diagnosis is after the swelling goes down in the coming days.
PSU women lose close one to 15th ranked Central Missouri. Plus Pitt men also drop game on the road.
Both the Missouri Southern men and women picked up wins at home Saturday night, as did the Pitt State women Saturday afternoon. We pick out a trend from all three of those wins, as well as the Gorilla men's loss.
Playing on national TV and in front of a packed John Lance Arena, the Pitt State women played maybe their best game of the season, while the Gorilla men played maybe their worst, as a seven game win streak came to an end.
In Joplin, the MoSo men bounced back from a heartbreaking loss Thursday night, and the women grabbed their second straight conference win, staving off Missouri Western by just two points.
Also taking place on the Lions' campus today, the Joplin boys fall in the championship game of the Kaminsky classic.
Pitt State men, women win as do MSSU women.
Gorilla head coach Kevin Muff says this team is as good as it can be right now.
Regular season finale recap win over MSSU. Final segment with coach Tim Beck.
PSU football regular season finale win over MSSU. Second half highlights and post game reaction.
Recap regular season finale win over MSSU. First half highlights.
Recap regular season finale win over MSSU.
Plus Seneca wins their basketball invitational.
Missouri Southern and Pitt State carried over their recent cross country success to the track. At the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center, 11 of the 30 events were won by Lions, while the Gorillas took 1st in seven events. MSSU's Jeff Fraley and Evan Moore won multiple events, while Larissa Richards accomplished the same for PSU.
The Carl Junction boys had four players make at least two 3-pointers in beating Joplin in the finale of the 66th Annual Carthage Invitational, while the Webb City girls beat Carthage in the CJ Classic behind Tournament MVP Mikaela Burgess.
Plus, the Pitt State women bounce back from their loss Wednesday while the Missouri Southern women win their 6th straight.
Plus the Webb City girls avenge last season's district final loss to Carthage.
Former Missouri Tiger had been suspended since start of season for violation of team rules. Plus MSSU track coach Tom Rutledge to be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. And Pitt State Athletics holds first ever "Gorillas Got Talent" event.
Nevada holds Liberal at bay in the second day of the CJ Classic girls basketball tournament. Plus, reacting to the Pitt State women's surprising loss Wednesday night, and eight PSU teams showcase their off the court/field talents in the first ever Gorillas Got Talent.
3rd Ranked Pitt State women lose at home to William Jewell while PSU men win in OT. Plus MSSU men hope to snap a three game losing streak Saturday.
It'd been 13 days off for the Gorillas and eight for the Lions, but both teams shook off the rust to earn victories in Joplin Friday night. Pitt State was led by Lizzy Jeronimus, who dropped 29 points and collected 12 rebounds in a 68-40 win against Evangel. For MoSo, 12 points for both Shonte Clay and Dominique Mosley led the way in a 60-38 win.
Gorillas with 28 turnovers as they lose to Newman 89-79. Plus NEO football coach steps down.
MSSU DL and NFL prospect is a unanimous 1st team all conference selection. Plus PSU men's basketball makes season debut.
PSU's Dreiling also named to All-MIAA first team
Briceton Wilson reflects on his journey to and through Pittsburg State's football program.
Plus Webb City, Monett and Lamar advance to high school semifinals.
Lions get 23 points from Marquis Addison while #3 PSU runs away from SW Minnesota State. Plus Commerce wins playoff opener while Colgan and Chanute lose quarterfinal gams.
Pittsburg State is gunning for their 19th straight win over MSSU. Plus Colgan will take on Rossville in the 3A playoff quarterfinals and Webb City will host 12-0 Sullivan Saturday in their playoff matchup.
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In Pitt State's loss to Lindenwood Saturday, all five touchdowns surrendered were 29 yards or longer, with three of them 80 yards or longer.
As for Missouri Southern, a 73 yard run by Ne'Ronte Threatt in the second quarter sparked the Lions to a win, securing their first winning season since 2007 and just their second in the past 17 years.
Pittsburg State Junior DE Joe Uzzel in studio.
2nd half highlights of the Pittsburg State/Truman game plus player reaction.