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  • ROUNDUP: Pitt State offense explodes in win v. Avila

  • The offensive pyrotechnics of the Pittsburg State men’s basketball team continued Saturday evening against the Eagles of Avila in final day action of the Chris Tucker Memorial Classic.

    Five players scored in double figures for the Gorillas in a 85-75 win at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

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  • The offensive pyrotechnics of the Pittsburg State men’s basketball team continued Saturday evening against the Eagles of Avila in final day action of the Chris Tucker Memorial Classic.
    Five players scored in double figures for the Gorillas in a 85-75 win at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
    Kaleb Porter, Courtney Ingram and Rico Pierrevilus each led the way with 14 points. Marky Nolen and A.J. Adams added 13 and 10, respectively, as the Gorillas’ starting five combined for 65 points.
    Jake Bullard scored a career-high nine points and JaVon McGee added five.
    Pitt State again relied on its ability to be aggressive with the basketball, draw contact and shoot more foul shots than its opponents. Pitt State outscored Avila 34-18 at the foul line and on top of that, four Avila players fouled out. Ingram alone shot an impressive 10-for-10.
    The Gorillas are scoring 86.3 points per game and have totaled 121 free throw attempts after three games, averaging just over 40 attempts per game. Seven players have scoring averages of at least 7.3 points: Porter (21.3), Pierrevilus (12.7), Adams (11.0), Nolen (9.7), McGee (9.3), Ingram (7.3) and Bullard (7.3).
    Pitt State (3-0) return home Tuesday for a matchup against Newman.
    Chris Tucker Memorial Classic (Joplin)
    PITTSBURG STATE (85) — Courtney Ingram 2-6 10-10 14, Kaleb Porter 4-12 5-7 14, Rico Pierrevilus 4-8 5-5 14, Marky Nolen 4-7 5-8 13, A.J. Adams 4-6 2-3 10, Jake Bullard 3-5 3-4 9, JaVon McGee 1-6 3-6 5, Denton Hays 1-1 1-2 3, Sam Pugh 1-1 0-0 3, Ethan Cordray 0-0 0-0 0, Terrell Eaddy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-52 34-45 85.
    AVILA (75) — Brandon Redmond 5-10 7-8 17, Lance Miller 6-10 0-0 16, Curtis Churchman 5-12 5-6 16, Sedrick Johnson 4-12 2-3 10, Keith Taylor 3-4 1-2 7, Justin Henderson 1-9 3-3 5, Max Chapman 1-3 0-0 2, Louis Lowe 1-2 0-2 2, Terry Fairlee 0-0 0-0 0, Sam Everson 0-0 0-0 0, Bryce Raney 0-0 0-2 0. Totals: 26-62 18-26 75.
    Halftime — PSU 36, Avila 31. 3-point shots — PSU 3-12 (Pugh 1-1, Pierrevilus 1-2, Porter 1-6, Nolen 0-2, Bullard 0-1), Avila 5-12 (Miller 4-7, Churchman 1-1, Henderson 0-3, Redmond 0-1). Rebounds — PSU 39 (Nolen, McGee 7), Avila 36 (Redmond 9). Assists — PSU 14 (Porter 5), Avila 11 (Johnson, Churchman 4). Turnovers — PSU 20, Avila 15. Steals — PSU 8 (Nolen 3), Avila 13. Blocked shots — PSU 3 (Hays 2), Avila 1. Personal fouls — PSU 23, Avila 34. Fouled out — Chapman, Avila; Miller, Avila; Taylor, Avila; Lowe, Avila. Attendance — 597.
    College softball
    Pittsburg State softball coach Elizabeth Economon announced the recent signing of Kylie Guthier (Platte City, Mo.), Darion Jaso (Olathe), Bailey Letts (Shawnee) and Nicole Nease (Owasso, Okla).
    “Kylie is a standout student as well as an athlete,” Economon said in a media release. “She is a competitor and has a winning attitude. Ky will help us on the corners and behind the plate. She will be a great addition to our infield and our offensive lineup.
    “Darion is a versatile athlete and has strong knowledge of the game. She hits from the left side and will add strength to both our infield and outfield. Her dedication to success is what sets her apart.
    Page 2 of 4 - "Bailey is a left-handed hitter who gets on base and also hits for power. She can play both sides of the infield and we will look for her to solidify our defense. Bailey comes from a winning program and has a strong drive to be successful.
    “Nicole is a game changer. She has a strong, accurate arm that can shut down an opponent’s running game. She does a great job of controlling the game and is a true commander of the defense. Offensively, she has great power and pitch selection.
    “We are extremely excited about this group of athletes. All four bring something special and we will look for them to have an immediate impact on our program. They not only excel on the field but in the classroom as well. We are very proud to welcome them.”
    College football
    Missouri Western 57, Minnesota-Duluth 55 (3 OT)
    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Since a 31-30 loss to Missouri Southern on Homecoming, the Missouri Western Griffons have been on a roll and that roll continued Saturday afternoon with a 57-55 triple overtime win over Minnesota-Duluth in the first round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
    The MIAA champions and No. 3 seed came back from a pair of seven-point deficits in the fourth quarter for tie scores and outlasted Minnesota-Duluth in a game where both teams combined for 112 points, 1,147 yards (Duluth 603, Western 544), 633 rushing yards (Duluth 408, Western 225), 514 passing yards (Western 319, Duluth 195) and 59 first downs (Duluth 34, Western 25).
    In the third overtime, Western converted on its 2-point attempt and Duluth failed, ending an epic football game.
    The Bulldogs scored seven TDs via its ground attack. Signal caller Chase Vogler gained 184 yards and scored two TDs on 29 carries and running back Austin Sikorski proved a scoring machine with five TDs on 26 carries, finishing with 139 yards. Logan Lauters added 76 yards on 14 carries and three Duluth ball carriers gained 399 yards on 69 carries.
    First team All-MIAA quarterback Travis Partridge may have gained only 24 net rushing yards but he made 12 of his yards count for four TDs. With his arm, Partridge threw for 319 yards and three TDs on 24-for-33 passing. One way or another, Partridge accounted for a total of seven TDs.
    Harlon Hill candidate Michael Hill led the Griffons on the ground with 187 yards and one TD on 24 carries.
    Western (11-1) travels to Arkadelphia, Ark., next Saturday for a clash with No. 2 Henderson State (10-0).
    MD 6 14 8 7 20 — 55
    MW 14 0 7 14 22 — 57
    First Quarter
    MW — Tyron Crockom 21 pass from Travis Partridge (Taylor Anderson kick) 12:35
    UMD — Andrew Brees 27 FG 7:34
    MW — Reggie Jordan 8 pass from Partridge (Anderson kick) 5:08
    UMD — Brees 25 FG :22
    Second Quarter
    UMD — Chase Vogler 15 run (Brees kick) 9:55
    Page 3 of 4 - UMD — Austin Sikorski 12 run (Brees kick) 3:49
    Third Quarter
    MW — Kyle Knox 16 pass from Partridge (Anderson kick) 12:09
    UMD — Vogler 1 run (pass good) 7:40
    Fourth Quarter
    MW — Partridge 9 run (Anderson kick) 14:23
    UMD — Sikorski 1 run (Brees kick) 9:52
    MW — Partridge 1 run (Anderson kick) 5:17
    MW — Michael Hill 7 run (Anderson kick)
    UMD — Sikorski 2 run (Brees kick)
    UMD — Sikorski 4 run (Brees kick)
    MW — Partridge 1 run (Anderson kick)
    MW — Partridge 1 run (pass good)
    UMD — Sikorski 3 run (run failed)
    Northwest Missouri 35, Harding 0
    MARYVILLE, Mo. — By seeding, No. 4 Northwest Missouri and No. 5 Harding should have been the best first round matchup Saturday.
    In reality, Northwest Missouri blanked Harding 35-0, despite 304 rushing yards allowed by the Bearcat defense; Northwest forced three Harding turnovers. Remember this was Harding’s first playoff game and Northwest defines a perennial playoff team.
    Northwest Missouri punched in four touchdowns in four red zone opportunities. Trevor Adams passed for 212 yards and two TDs. Billy Creason led the ground attack with 113 yards and one TD on 18 carries. Kohlman Adema-Schulte and Brady Bolles scored rushing TDs, Tyler Shaw and John Hinchey receiving TDs. Nate DeJong and Vincent Defeo intercepted passes for the Bearcats.
    Both teams endured crucial losses in the backfield.
    Jordan Simmons and James Franklin did not play for Northwest. Simmons began on the sidelines and Franklin joined him after the first play from scrimmage.
    Harding lost both its fullbacks Saturday, starter Romo Westbrook and backup D’Nico Jackson-Best. Starting quarterback Kelvin Martin came in at fullback and backup quarterback Keenan Kellett took over for Martin at quarterback.
    Northwest Missouri (10-2) will make a jaunt to Mankato, Minn., for a game next Saturday against No. 1 seed Minnesota State-Mankato (11-0).
    HU 0 0 0 0 — 0
    NW 7 14 0 14 — 35
    First Quarter
    NW — Billy Creason 1 run (Todd Adolf kick) 10:09
    Second Quarter
    NW — John Hinchey 14 pass from Trevor Adams (Adolf kick) 13:09
    NW — Kohlman Adema-Schulte 6 run (Adolf kick) 2:27
    Fourth Quarter
    NW — Tyler Shaw 26 pass from Adams (Adolf kick) 9:17
    NW — Brady Bolles 4 run (Adolf kick) 2:55
    College volleyball
    KEARNEY, Neb. — The Lopers of Nebraska-Kearney finished a sweep of regular season and postseason Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association titles with a 3-0 win (25-23, 25-18, 25-9) Saturday night over Central Missouri.
    Four players recorded at least seven kills for Nebraska-Kearney: Katie Sokolowski 12, Ashley Leitner 10, Ariel Krolikowski eight and Ellie Pesavento seven. Jenna Rouzee assisted on 35 points and completed a double-double with 11 digs. Liz McGowan and M.J. Massanet added 23 and 12 digs, respectively.
    Page 4 of 4 - For the Jennies, Carly Sojka recorded her second consecutive double-double against a ranked opponent with 13 kills and 10 digs. Julia Bates had 25 assists and 11 digs. Annie Reilly added 17 digs.
    Nebraska-Kearney (33-2) swept league titles during its first season playing in the MIAA and enter the NCAA Tournament with 15 consecutive wins.
    High school football
    NEWTON — Ness City and Baileyville B&B won Kansas state titles on Saturday with respective blowout wins at Fischer Field.
    Baileyville started the day with a 28-6 win over Thunder Ridge. The 8-man Division II champions scored the first 28 points on a Dustin Deters 1-yard run, a Brandon Bergman 6-yard run, a 11-yard pass from Dustin Rottinghaus to Tyler Deters and a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Rottinghaus.
    Baileyville ends its perfect season 13-0.
    Ness City (Pittsburg State head football coach Tim Beck’s a Ness City native) claimed its first 8-man championship with a 40-8 win over Rock Hills, beginning with a blocked punt recovered in the end zone for the first points of the game. Koltyn Ratliff passed, rushed and returned an interception for a touchdown, leading Ness City to 32 unanswered to start the game.
    Ness City (13-0) won its games by a combined score of 639-70 and MaxPreps ranks the Eagles both No. 1 in the state and nationally in 8-man football.

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