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Adding pieces is vital for Penguins’ new regime

YOUNGSTOWN — Size. It’s something Jerrod Calhoun has noticed his first full week with Youngstown State. The Penguins need to get bigger. They need to be more athletic. Shooting the ball better from the team’s power forward and center spots wouldn’t hurt either. Calhoun, the YSU ...

YSU fans can forget dismal past

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun has taken hold of the dark past of Youngstown State men’s basketball and wants to turn his back on that chapter. The 35-year-old coach has his own take of YSU’s struggles which include 20 or more losses in 11 of the past 16 seasons. Depression around the ...

Calhoun recruiting focus on NE Ohio

Jerrod Calhoun is about relationships. He got off to a great start to his recruiting — for the class of 2019. The new Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach utilized his strong Cleveland ties to offer a scholarship to 6-9 sophomore Brison Waller from Garfield Heights, ...

Indians can do it again

The headline on the story in the Tribune Chronicle last year reads, “Will Indians put it together in 2016? Boy, did they. Cleveland Indians fans reveled in the 2016 season, from the 14-game winning streak in late June, to the arrival of ace reliever Andrew Miller, to the postseason run ...

YSU hiring looks like right choice

Who is Jerrod Calhoun? The 35-year-old coach is more than the new Youngstown State men’s basketball coach. He’s a tenacious recruiter. He’s visible in the community. He knows how to win. Those are just some things I’ve heard about the former Fairmont State coach, who earned 124 wins ...

Trumbull must stop drought

THERE almost seems to be a dark cloud hovering over Trumbull County this time of year as baseball starts up. Actually, never mind, there are always dark clouds hovering over Trumbull County this time of year, but there’s also another one that brings bad luck with it to county baseball ...

Interest growing in YSU’s opening

YOUNGSTOWN — Interest has grown in Youngstown State University men’s basketball — as far as prospective coaches go. Names have circulated around the university the past couple of weeks since Jerry Slocum retired after 12 years at YSU. You might ask why? Why does a program with very ...

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John F. Kennedy junior Byron Taylor (5), shown in an earlier game against Cleveland VASJ, provided plenty of positives during the Eagles’ tournament run which ended Friday in a Division IV regional final at Canton.

So close to their goal

CANTON — Justin Bofenkamp fought a losing battle, holding back his emotions Friday evening. Anger. Sadness. Frustration. He and his John F. Kenendy teammates knew they wanted more than a regional final berth. They knew this Eagles team had a sole focus — be the first team in school ...

Tournament brackets alter seeding

One of the intriguing aspects of high school tournaments in northeast Ohio will go by the wayside with a recent move by the Northeast District Athletic Board. The board approved the language and brackets for seeded brackets recently by an 8-0 vote. Baseball and softball tournaments this ...

McDonald vs. JFK a must next season

WARREN — The line went back to the Paul Warfield statue in front of Mollenkopf Stadium. Fans lined up for a chance to get one of those few remaining tickets for Wednesday’s anticipated matchup between McDonald and John F. Kennedy’s boys basketball teams. Two-hundred and fifty ...

Pro Day turnout impressive for YSU

If there was ever any doubt that last year’s Youngstown State football team was one of the school’s all-time best, it was removed Tuesday. When 18 scouts — and what seemed like half the student body — show up to the Penguins’ Pro Day, that tells you something about YSU. More ...

Wrestling in Valley growing in stature

It may not be the most popular sport in Ohio, but wrestling sure has one of the coolest state championship events. Describing the scene doesn’t do it justice, but one comparison that comes to mind is to try to imagine being one of the people who takes a half-court shot at an NBA game. ...

Changes desperately needed for YSU hoops

YOUNGSTOWN DARKNESS swirls around. All you hear is a metronomic beat repeating and sometimes thrown in with a squeak like those of a car making a sudden stop. Then, I realize my head is buried in my arms, trying not to watch what is in front of me. Welcome to the Beeghly Center. Eleven of ...

Fitting end for Slocum with YSU

You can say it was a fitting end to long-tenured career. On Tuesday, Jerry Slocum retired as the Youngstown State men’s basketball coach. Slocum, 65, arguably had the biggest win in his 12 seasons as the Penguins’ mentor when YSU upset top-seeded Oakland Saturday in the quarterfinals of ...

YSU has a lot to figure out in the spring

Not too surprisingly, the first set of spring practices after Youngstown State’s run to the FCS Championship is a big one. Star players on both sides of the ball are gone. Leaders were lost. NFL-level talent is now preparing for the draft. There are big questions, and while the answers ...

‘Rallying cry’ has Harding back on track

It can be easy to point out when you’re right, and it can be difficult when you’re wrong, but what about when you’re both? Well, it’s easy and difficult. About a month ago, I wrote a column that was critical of the Warren G. Harding boys basketball team. There seemed to be a discord ...

Tunnel vision

There is a certain moment all wrestlers dream about at some point in their career. It starts by walking through a dark tunnel, with pictures of former high school state champions lining the walls, as they stand next to their opponent. Minutes can feel like hours as they wait in line, ...

LaBrae, McDonald top seeds; Bristol tied

As Major League Baseball spring training camps open up this week, we take a look at the online seeding voting for high school boys basketball tournaments. Coaches will attend meetings today when they will choose their team’s spot on their particular bracket, but the voting for seeds was ...

Current version of Vikings on track

Most coaches despise comparing teams from the past to their current ones, but LaBrae’s Chad Kiser didn’t seem to mind. One of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the Mahoning Valley, Kiser has led numerous great teams over the years, and the 2016-17 Vikings could be the ...

Decision time for YSU men

YOUNGSTOWN BAD offense leads to bad defense. I thought defense won championships. In the world of Youngstown State men’s basketball, the best defense is a good offense. That last statement applies to military strategy, but it serves the purpose of this column. YSU scores 77.4 points per ...