PSU ATHLETICS UPDATE
are near and dear to many of our hearts. “These seven individuals are an impressive cast, representing a wide range of years in the history of Pittsburg State University. Each of these individuals is most deserving of joining the group of all-time elite Hall of Fame members at Pittsburg State.” Pittsburg State’s 23rd class of inductees will be honored at a special Hall of Fame Induction Banquet at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center on the PSU campus. The group also will be honored at halftime of PSU’s football game against MIAA rival Central Missouri later that evening. For information, contact Intercollegiate Athletics at 620-2354389.
Sibala earns Academic All-America, Second-Team All-MIAA Honors Junior second baseman Taylor Sibala led the baseball team on the playing field as well as in the classroom in 2010. Sibala, a native of Overland Park, Kan., and a Blue Valley Northwest High School graduate, batted .366 with nine doubles and a team-leading 39 runs scored and 11 stolen bases this past spring. Sibala, a mechanical engineering technology major with a perfect 4.00 GPA, claimed first-team ESPN The Magazine® Academic All-America honors following the season. Sibala also was one of three Pitt State players to garner All-MIAA honors after the Gorillas finished a disappointing season with a 15-29 overall record (13-27 MIAA). Pitt State’s final record was a bit deceiving with the Gorillas suffering
eight losses by two or fewer runs. In addition to Sibala’s play, junior shortstop Jeremy Graves, from Albany, Ore., batted .380 with a team-leading nine home runs and 37 RBIs, earning honorable mention All-MIAA honors. Senior outfielder Rhett Rigby, from Oak Grove, Mo., also hit .348 with 12 doubles and 34 RBIs to earn honorable mention All-MIAA honors.
Jones Finishes Career as Four-Time All-MIAA Player, Earns Academic All-America Honors Senior designated player Jessica Jones finished her softball career as a four-time All-MIAA performer for the Gorillas. The Osawatomie, Kan., native earned second-team All-MIAA honors last spring after batting .338 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs. Jones helped Pitt State post a 21-29-1 overall record (4-16 MIAA) on the season. In addition to her athletics success, Jones also earned first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® honors. She enters her professional teaching semester in Fall 2010 with a
3.97 GPA as an early/late childhood education major. In addition to Jones’ on-field success, four other Pitt State players received AllMIAA recognition. Sophomore utility player Amanda DeCastro was named to the first-team All-MIAA squad, while senior outfielder Cassie Martin was named to the second-team All-MIAA squad. Senior catcher Lindsay Birchfield and senior pitcher Melissa Slayden both garnered honorable mention All-MIAA honors. DeCastro, an All-American as a freshman in 2009, also earned secondteam All-Region recognition this spring. The Carl Junction, Mo., native batted .367 with 12 doubles, 12 home runs, 34 runs scored and 39 RBIs. Following the season, head coach Brad Horky resigned his position. Horky led Pitt State to a 296-216-1 record in 10 seasons during a pair of stints (1991-95, 2006-10) at the school. On June 23, Pitt State hired Annette Hunt-Shepherd as Horky’s successor. Hunt-Shepherd spent the past seven seasons as head coach at Ohio Northern University (see related story). www. pittstategorillas.com/home/detail. dot?id=216382
Fall 2010 PITT STATE
Published on Jul 14, 2011