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Columbus righty Stover named 3A Pitcher of the Year

COLUMBUS, Kan. – Seth Stover got the good news earlier this week.

“I was just sitting on my couch watching TV and my mom came in and said “Hey, did you know you’re the 3A Pitcher of the Year?””

The junior right-hander for Columbus has been named 1st team All-State and the 3A Pitcher of the Year by “Sports in Kansas” after a dominant spring.

The honors come after being named 2nd team All-State by the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches.

“I was quite surprised. I didn’t think I was up there, just because I was 2nd-team All-State,” Stover says, “Then I started getting all the tweets and all that. Everybody was letting me know. It’s a real honor, honestly. It means a lot.”

Stover had a stellar year on the mound for the Titans.

He threw 41 innings for Columbus this spring, racking up 56 strikeouts along the way. He finished with a 5-1 record and a .85 ERA.

Stover led the Titans to their first ever appearance in the 3A state tournament – where they finished as state runner-up in Manhattan.

Columbus finished the season with a 22-3 overall record, and earned a share of the CNC league title in the regular season.

“We came up short last year, but I think this year we had a great run,” Stover says, “We’re going to come up big next season. We have big expectations. We have to come out and do the best we can, and hopefully go back to (state) next year.”

Click HERE for the full “Sports in Kansas” All-State list for the 2022 season.

 

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Tommy Myers named to Pitt State 2022 Hall of Fame class

PITTSBURG, Ks. – Pitt State athletics announced it’s 2022 Hall of Fame class and former PSU baseball player and coach, Tommy Myers, is one eight individuals selected.

“To be considered for the Hall of Fame is an honor, but to get in is something I wasn’t really expecting, but obviously I’ll cherish for the rest of my life,” Myers says. “Pitt State baseball is recognized in the MIAA and beyond, so it’s just part of coach Bever’s legacy and we’re all wanting to play for him.”

Myers earned all-region and all-conference recognition in the 1998 season. He set multiple school records including career runs scored (142), single season runs scored (72) and single season home runs (21). Myers also served as the head coach of the Gorillas from 2017 to 2018.

“When you’re involved with the players and coach Bever and the rest of the staff, you just get to build bonds and friendships that you’ll have for life,” Myers says. “I think more than anything that’s what Pitt State means to me. It’s just a place where you make lifelong friends and on the baseball team I got to to do some special things with them.”

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Fast start leads Mustangs to quarterfinal win

WATCH: The Midwest Mustangs top the Texas Desperados 5-3 in the quarterfinal round of the Connie Mack WS Qualifier. Cade Beshore and Wyatt Foley pick up two hits each. The Mustangs advance to the semifinals tomorrow at 11:30 am.

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Midwest Mustangs advance to championship bracket in AABC Connie Mack WS qualifier in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. – (WATCH) The Midwest Mustangs top the Springfield Aces 10-0 Friday in the AABC Connie Mack WS qualifier in Joplin.

The Mustangs finish pool play with a 2-1 record to advance to the championship bracket. They will face Texas Desperados-Briscoe Saturday at 2 PM at Joe Becker Stadium.

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Williamson drives in 6, Post 64 rolls by Houston in Joplin tournament

JOPLIN, Mo. – (WATCH) The Pittsburg Post #64 Patriots top Houston, Missouri 16-0 in the AABC Connie Mack WS qualifier tournament in Joplin Friday.

Baxter Springs product and Neosho CC signee Kameron Williamson goes 3-3 on the day with two doubles, a triple and 6 RBI.

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Farabi selected to enter Pitt State Hall of Fame

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Former Pitt State running back Caleb Farabi will enter the Pitt State Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.

“I’m super excited. It’s something I’ve been waiting for and something I had hoped for when I was a child,” Farabi says, “Finally, just one more dream came true.”

Farabi was a 2X All-American for the Gorillas, playing for Pitt State from 2005-2008.

He rushed for 3,292 yards in his college career, which is 7th most all-time for Pitt State football. He also racked up 46 total touchdowns, and was the MIAA’s Ken B. Jones Award winner for the 2008-2009 academic year.

“With an individual award comes sacrifice from other guys. I think of all the friends I made and the coaches and mentors that were there for me,” Farabi adds on playing at Pitt State, “My linemen Travis Greer, Shane McGinnis, Martin Burke, Marcus Nelson and our quarterback Mark Smith, who we all know… They could have thrown the ball a lot more, and they were asked to do different things sometimes. I’m just fortunate to have those guys on my team.”

Entering the Pitt State Hall of Fame means a little more to Farabi – who is a Pittsburg product – playing his high school ball at St. Mary’s Colgan.

“I was just so happy to have the opportunity to do it in my hometown. I’m happy for my parents and my family,” Farabi says, “I think I would speak for all of the guys on the team that it’s a grind every day. I’m just proud that I was able to make it through it, and in the end, I was able to meet my wife here, too.”

Farabi is one of eight individuals who will enter the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.

Pittsburg State’s 35th class of inductees will be honored at a special Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Friday evening, Sept. 30. The group also will be honored at halftime of the Gorillas’ football game against Missouri Southern the next day (Oct. 1).

FULL RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE ATHLETICS:

Pittsburg State University is pleased to announce its 2022 induction class into the Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. The diverse group – comprised of eight individuals – will be formally inducted during ceremonies on campus the weekend of Oct. 1.

PSU’s Class of 2022 is headlined by a cast of decorated athletes and coaches:  Caleb Farabi (2005-08), a two-time NCAA Division II All-American running back in football; Chris Grantham (1981-84), an All-America offensive lineman in football; Steve High, the Gorillas women’s basketball coach from 1990 to 2007 and the winningest coach in program history; Kiara Jones (2008-12), an eight-time All-America performer in the horizontal jumps for the Gorillas in track & field; Tommy Myers (1996-98), an NCAA-II All-Region and record setting outfielder in baseball; and Sammie Williams (2005-08), the first two-time All-America performer in the history of the Pitt State volleyball program.

Ed Nealy (1956-57), a first-team All-CIC men’s basketball performer who helped lead Pitt State to a 27-2 record and a third-place finish at the 1956 NAIA National Tournament, and Dennis Watson (1963-66), an All-America offensive lineman in football for the Gorillas, will be inducted in the Hall of Fame’s “Legacy” category.

The Legacy category, created in 2005, focuses solely on individuals who completed their athletic eligibility 50 years from the current calendar year in an attempt to bolster the school’s rich heritage from earlier years.

“Once again PSU Athletics is blessed with the opportunity to pay tribute to a handful of elite individuals representing the proud history and tradition of Gorilla intercollegiate athletics,” said Dan Wilkes, associate athletic director/communications and chair of the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame Committee. “We are tremendously proud of this group that comprises the Class of 2022 and we are excited to honor and celebrate their stories and accomplishments on campus this fall.”

2022 Hall of Fame Inductee Profiles

Caleb Farabi, Football, 2005-08
~ NCAA-II All-American, 2007-08 (3rd, AP, FB Gazette, ’08; HM, RB, FB Gazette, ’07)
~ MIAA All-Conference, 2007-08 (1st, RB, ’07-08)
~ Rushed for 3,292 yards & 43 TDs – 7th highest rushing total in PSU history;
   also caught 101 passes for 945 yards & 3 TDs
~ A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America selection (2007-08)
~ 2008-09 MIAA Ken B. Jones Award Winner (Male Student-Athlete of the Year)

Chris Grantham, Football, 1981-84
~ NAIA All-American, 1984 (1st, OL)
~ CSIC All-Conference, 1982-84 (1st, OL, ’82-84)
~ Member of 1981 NAIA National Runner-up Team
~ Joined the U.S. Navy in May 1985, retired Petty Officer First Class, 1991

Steve High, Women’s Basketball Coach, 1990-2007
~ Served for 18 years as the Gorillas head coach, compiling a 296-201 (.596) overall record
~ Led PSU to the school’s first MIAA title in 1992 – won MIAA titles in 1992 & 1996
~ Led the Gorillas to the school’s first NCAA National Tournament appearance in 1992,
   and five overall berths in the national tournament
~ The longest-tenured and winningest women’s basketball coach in PSU history

Kiara Jones, Track & Field, 2008-12
~ Seven-time NCAA-II All-American in the triple jump:
   3rd, 51-7.25 (O), 2012; 6th, 48-6.25 (I), 2011; 2nd, 51-8.5 (I), 2010; 5th, 49-11 (O), 2010;
   3rd, 50-1.75 (I), 2009; 3rd, 50-4.5 (O), 2009; 7th, 49-3.25 (O), 2008
~ NCAA-II All-American in the long jump (4th, 23-6.75 indoor, 2011)
~ 10-time All-MIAA performer; two-time MIAA Champ, triple jump
~ Set PSU record in the indoor triple jump (51-11.25), currently 2nd
~ Set PSU record in the outdoor triple jump (52-2), currently 2nd

Tommy Myers, Baseball, 1996-98
~ NCAA-II All-Region, 1998 (1st team, OF, ABCA, ’98)
~ MIAA All-Conference, 1997-98 (H.M., OF, ’97; 1st, OF, 98)
~ .340 career batting avg. with 21 HRs and 121 RBIs in 126 games
~ .405 BA with 72 runs scored, 14 HRs and 59 RBIs in 1998
~ Set PSU record for career runs scored (142), single-season runs scored (72, ’98),
   single-season HRs (21, ’98); ranked 2nd in career HRs, 21 (now 7th); ranked 2nd
   in career stolen bases, 42 (now 3rd); ranked 2nd in career walks, 85 (now 2nd);
   ranked third in career RBIs, 121 (now 6th)
~ Served as PSU head coach, 2017-18

Sammie Williams, Volleyball, 2005-08
~ Two-time NCAA-II All-America:  2007, HM, AVCA; 2008, 3rd, AVCA
~ PSU program’s first two-time All-America performer
~ Four-time All-MIAA selection (2005-08)
~ 2005 MIAA Freshman of the Year
~ Set PSU career record for kills (1825), currently 2nd

Legacy Category

Ed Nealy, Men’s Basketball, 1956-57
~ CIC All-Conference, first-team, 1956-57
~ Scored 663 points in 53 career games (12.5 ppg)
~ Scored 375 points in 24 games his senior year (15.6 ppg)
~ Helped PSU to a 27-2 record and a third-place finish in the NAIA Nat’l Tourn. in 1956
~ Also a member of PSU’s 1957 NAIA National Champion football team

Dennis Watson, Football, 1963-66
~ NAIA All-American, 1966 (H.M., end)
~ CIC All-Conference, 1966 (1st, end)
~ Baseball squad member, 1964-67
~ Long-time high school teacher & coach at Pittsburg HS (1968-98), Frontenac and Girard

2022 Hall of Fame Ceremonies
Pittsburg State’s 35th class of inductees will be honored at a special Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Friday evening, Sept. 30. The group also will be honored at halftime of the Gorillas’ football game against Missouri Southern the next day (Oct. 1).

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Pitt State’s Winn, Caldwell shine at USATF U20 outdoor championships

EUGENE, Ore. – A pair of Pittsburg State freshmen shined at the USATF U20 outdoor championship on Friday in Eugene, Oregon.

On the women’s side, Blakelee Winn finished in 1st place in the heptathlon, scoring 5,473 points.

Winn finished 1st in the 100m hurdles, 5th in high jump, 2nd in shot put, 1st in the 200m, 1st in long jump, 1st in javelin and 4th in the 800m to bring home the heptathlon title.

On the men’s side, TJ Caldwell finished in 2nd place in the 110m hurdles, posting a time of 13.34 seconds.

“It’s kind of mixed emotions right now,” Caldwell said to KVAL’s Hayden Herrera following his 2nd-place finish, “I’m getting to represent today, but now I also get to see what I need to work on and what I need to do better as an athlete.”

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Champion wrestler Nichole Moore leads girls clinic at Pittsburg High School

PITTSBURG, Ks. – Pittsburg high school hosts an all girls wrestling clinic this afternoon led by champion wrestler Nichole Moore.

Moore is a U23 national champion and a two-time NAIA all-American at Baker University. Today, she led around 25 local girls through a three hour clinic.

“I come in here to show wrestling moves, but they’re not going to remember every wrestling move I show. I hope they picked up on one or two things that they liked, but I also try to have a lot of fun when I come in and do camps,” Moore says. “I want to share my love of wrestling with them. I think everyone left with smiles on their faces. They seemed to enjoy themselves.”

The clinic was an opportunity for the wrestlers to learn skills and techniques from a female role model.

“The girls need to see someone doing what they’re doing,” says Pittsburg head coach LC Davis. “Someone like them. Someone that resembles them, and that’s not me. I’m a guy. So it’s good to see another girl that’s in college, on the world level, on the world team. It gives these girls something to aspire to be.”

“A lot of times we’re constantly practicing with guys and we’re constantly mixed in with guys teams,” Moore says. “Sometimes, it’s nice to see how fast the sport is growing and that there are other women out there doing the sport with us and that there are women at high levels doing the sport. I’m really glad that we have other girls that are coming out of Kansas. They see that this is possible and they see other girls doing it and fighting for this and I love that.”

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Former Pitt State players Bonnel, Carr pursue coaching careers

Former Pitt State baseball players, Austin Bonnel and Caleb Carr, are pursuing careers in coaching.

“I’ve learned a lot throughout playing that I want to instill with these younger guys,” Bonnel says. “I wish what I know now, I knew four or five years ago when I was playing.”

The duo has joined the Joplin Outlaws coaching staff for the summer.

“Sharing my knowledge with these kids is awesome,” Bonnel says. “I just want them to play hard. That’s the only way to play this game. If they play hard and we make mistakes going hard, 100 percent, I’m completely fine with that. I want to see these guys get better. It’s not about me, it’s about these guys.”

After the summer, Bonnel will be a volunteer assistant at Butler Community College, while Carr is heading back to Pitt State to join head coach Bob Fornelli.

“When coach Fornelli called me about [transferring] to Pitt State, I talked to him about becoming a coach and wanting to coach and he told me he’d help me out,” Carr says. “He’s given me an opportunity to help out Pitt State next year. I’m just grateful that he’s given me that opportunity and taken me under his wing. I hope I can give some of my knowledge off to the players. I’m hoping we can achieve something that we never got to achieve at Pitt State: a conference championship and a regional. I think that’d be awesome for the program to get there.”

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Mustangs roll by NBA to claim spot in tournament championship

WATCH: The Midwest Mustangs roll by NBA 9-1 to advance to the tournament championship. Kolt Ungeheuer goes the distance on the mound. Alex Coester picks up three hits.

The title game is at 3:45 on Sunday.