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Gorillas motivated ahead of week 10 road trip to Washburn

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg State Gorillas have a lot on the line Saturday when they hit the road to face the Washburn Ichabods.

The Gorillas (9-0) can clinch the outright MIAA championship with a win on Saturday over Washburn (6-3). They can also snap a 4-game losing streak to the Ichabods.

Pittsburg State hasn’t beaten Washburn since 2016.

“We definitely have a chip on our shoulder for this game,” says Pitt State tight end Kaizer Newell, “Nobody on this team right now has beaten them. We’ve been close every year. We have a little bit of a chip on our shoulder, we just have to come prepared and ready to go.”

“This is certainly one that may have been marked from a year ago,” says Pitt State head coach Brian Wright, “This is a great Washburn football team and a great program. Craig has done an outstanding job there. We don’t have any players on our team right now who have beaten them. They’re certainly motivated this week, and our guys are working extremely hard.”

“Since I’ve been here, we haven’t beaten Washburn. It’s one that we really want,” adds PSU linebacker Luke Jennings, “We know they’re a good team. We just have to go 1-0 and keep doing what we’ve been doing and it will all work out.”

Saturday’s game features the #1 scoring defense in the MIAA in Pittsburg State – against the #1 scoring offense in Washburn.

Washburn is scoring 33.8 points per game this season, while the Gorillas are giving up just 14.3 per week.

“We’re excited. We know they’re a good team and they’re well-coached. They got some speed and they pay attention to detail very well,” Jennings says of the challenges that the Washburn offense presents, “We’re up for the challenge and we’re excited to go and have a good game.”

“They do a great job schematically and they have very good players,” Wright adds, “The quarterback, receivers and offensive line are all good and they run the ball well. They lead with the pass and they’re very explosive in the passing game, but they have good balance and enough of that run game to really keep you honest.”

“They share the ball very well. Their wide receivers are very good. They’re a very solid offense,” Jennings adds, “We just want to go 1-0 this week and get the job done.”

Saturday’s game kicks off at 1 PM.

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Webb City prepares for playoff opener against COC rival Republic

WEBB CITY, Mo. – The Webb City Cardinals are back in action this week after a first-round bye to begin the district playoffs.

The Cardinals (6-3) will host COC rival Republic (7-3) Friday night in the Class 5 District 6 semifinals. Republic won their first-round playoff game over Parkview last Friday.

Webb City won this matchup 35-14 in the regular season  – but Republic enters Friday’s matchup with a little momentum. The Tigers have won four games in a row, including a win over undefeated Nixa just three weeks ago.

“Last year we were talking about them being one of the best and most improved teams in our conference. Certainly that was the case,” says Webb City head coach John Roderique on Republic, “They’ve got the best win in the league beating Nixa a few weeks ago. They’re probably playing the best at this point of any teams that we see on film. They’re a confident team. When you have a big win like that against an undefeated team, you’re going to gain a lot of confidence.”

“I think about every year they come into the playoffs ready to play, and they’re definitely an improved team this year,” adds Webb City senior DL/LB Lucas Ott, “We know it’s going to be a game. We have to come out and we have to play well. We have to do the fundamentals right and we have to do everything right to win.”

Saturday’s game kicks off a 7 PM at Cardinal Stadium in Webb City.

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Lions aim for upset at #11 Northwest Missouri

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Missouri Southern Lions have just two games left in the regular season.

The first of those two games is Saturday, on the road against Northwest Missouri State.

The Bearcats are 7-2 overall this season and ranked #11 in the latest AFCA Division II national poll released earlier this week. Northwest is also fighting for a playoff spot and trying to push their home winning streak to 18 games Saturday – giving the Lions a chance to be major spoilers this weekend.

“We always look to be the spoiler. It’s an opportunity to not only knock them out of the playoff conversation, but to snap the home winning streak they have going on up there,” says MSSU head coach Atiba Bradley, “The other thing that’s bigger than that is that we have some seniors who are really special to this program. They’ve bled green and gold for years. If we can send them out on a high note in these last two games and knock off some teams that think they’re going to get in the postseason, that would be great.”

“That’s our goal. I would love to go up there and upset them,” says MSSU linebacker Coleman Booker, “I would love to end the home streak that they have. It would be a great feeling.”

“I don’t think any team is going to be underestimating us after the last three weeks,” adds MSSU wide receiver Jaedon Stoshak, “They see how the games have gone. They’ll definitely be prepared for us, and we’ll be prepared for them.”

Saturday’s game begins at 1:30 PM in Maryville, Missouri.

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College rodeo team takes first place

MIAMI, Okla. — The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College rodeo teams placed first and second at the first college rodeo of the season.

NEO Rodeo traveled to Colby, Kansas, to open the season. The women’s team placed first overall, and the men’s team finished second.

“It was a great start to the season for NEO Rodeo. I am very proud of their great work ethic in preparing for this rodeo. It was the best start we could have hoped for, and I am confident in our team,” said NEO Rodeo Coach, Kolby Ungeheuer.

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Breakaway Roping 

  • Emma Ricke – 2nd place, long go round
  • Campbell Cooper – 7th place, long round 

Goat Tying 

  •  Jessie Ishmael – 3rd place, long round
  • Emma Ricke – 4th place, long round 

Barrel Racing

  • Bailey Stuva – 1st place, average
  • Jaiden Wilmoth – 7th place, long round
  • Macy Fudge – 12th place, long and short round

Calf Roping

  • Blake Tatham – 2nd, average
  • Brody Tunks – 6th, average
  • Zane Kilgus – 3rd, long round

Team Roping

  • Zane Kilgus and Shane Jenkins – 1st place, average
  • Cade Turner and Dawson Mitchell – 4th place, average
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PIGSKIN PODCAST: Ep. 10 with Pitt State safety Brandon Mlekus

Check out Episode 10 of the KOAM Presents: Pigskin Podcast (LINKS BELOW). On THIS episode:

  • Girard/Frontenac regional championship (2:09)
  • Undefeated Chanute aims for regional championship (7:24)
  • Galena/Columbus regional championship (9:38)
  • Carthage, Webb City return from byes (11:17)
  • Seneca on playoff opener vs. Hollister (12:59)
  • Interview with Pitt State safety Brandon Mlekus (16:16)

APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/koam-presents-pigskin-podcast-ep-10/id1610196188?i=1000584812747

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YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spize9AQTKQ

WEB: https://www.koamnewsnow.com/pigskin/koam-presents-pigskin-podcast/

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Galena aims for regional championship against CNC rival Columbus

GALENA, Kan. – The Galena Bulldogs have a shot at claiming a 3A regional championship Thursday night against CNC rival Columbus.

“It means a lot. It’s one of our goals every year to win a regional championship and move on to the state playoffs,” says Galena head coach Beau Sarwinski, “It would mean a lot to our seniors and everybody in our program. We just have to take it one play at a time and see what happens for our kids.”

Both teams are on a roll heading into Thursday’s showdown.

Galena is 7-2 overall and has won 6 straight games. Columbus is 4-5 overall, but they’ve won three in a row – including a 46-8 blowout over Burlington in the first round of the playoffs last week.

The Bulldogs beat the Titans 36-22 when they met in the regular season, but Galena knows they’re facing a different Columbus team than the one they saw six weeks ago.

“They’re playing with a lot of confidence. Any time you play a team that’s got confidence, they’re scary,” Sarwinski says, “They’re just going right after people and playing physical. Any time you can do that this time of the year, a lot of good things can happen for you. They can also throw it. They’re running the ball effectively, and I think it’s opening up some play action for them and has kept them to where they’re playing pretty well right now.”

Thursday’s game was previously scheduled for Friday night – but forecasted weather caused the two teams to move the game up to Thursday.

“Thursday is when you usually kind of polish things up,” Sarwinski says, “We’re just going to have to make sure we’re prepared on Wednesday and do the best that we can. It’s the same for both teams, so there’s no advantage either way. You just move forward and get ready to roll.”

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Webb City soccer advances to district championship

WEBB CITY, Mo. – (WATCH) Webb City beats Grandview 2-0 in the Class 3 District 6 semifinals Tuesday night.

The Cardinals will face Belton Thursday night in the district championship.

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MSSU women ranked #19 in preseason national poll

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Missouri Southern women’s basketball team will start the season in the national rankings for the first time since 1993.

The Lions are #19 in the WBCA Division II poll released on Tuesday.

FULL WBCA PRESEASON POLL

Missouri Southern is coming off a 24-7 season. They were 19-3 in MIAA play to claim their first ever regular season MIAA championship. The Lions finished as the MIAA tournament runner-up, and made the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in program history last season.

The Lions will play their first exhibition game of the season Tuesday night, on the road against Division I Wichita State.

RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:

The Missouri Southern women’s basketball team is ranked 19th in the preseason poll as announced by the WBCA Coaches Poll today.

The Lions were last ranked in the WBCA poll on December 16th, 2014 coming in at 22nd after beginning the year 8-1. This is the first time the Lions have been in any preseason poll by any organization since the 1993-94 season where they were picked 20th by the NCAA Basketball Preview magazine.

Last season the team went 24-7, 19-3 MIAA to clinch the first-ever MIAA regular season crown in program history along with making it to the MIAA Tournament championship game and the fourth NCAA Tournament in program history. Southern is returning nine players from last year headlined by All-American Lacy Stokes and All-MIAA performers Amaya Johns and Madi Stokes to go with MIAA Coach of the Year Ronnie Resseel and assistant coaches Kelby Fritz and Bryant Porter.

The Lions are in action today against Division-I Wichita State in an exhibition at Charles Koch Arena with tip-off against the Shockers set for 6:00pm.

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Pitt State’s Dubem Okonkwo named MIAA Defensive Athlete of the Week

PITTSBURG, Ks. – Pitt State linebacker Dubem Okonkwo is named the MIAA Defensive Athlete of the Week. Okonkwo filled the stat sheet against UCO on Saturday. He tallied 5 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble. The redshirt sophomore now has 8.5 sacks this season which is 2nd most in the conference.