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YSU qualifiers offer advice to prep athletes

YOUNGSTOWN — Ryan Booth threw at the Division III regional track and field meet at Navarre Fairless High School and came up short of the state meet. Instead of wallowing in misery, looking back at his shortcomings, Booth, a Mineral Ridge High School graduate did something about it. He ...

Calhoun continues progress with YSU

Jerrod Calhoun sat in front of the media for the first time since taking the head coaching position at Youngstown State. One of the first pieces of this new Penguins men’s basketball puzzle was complete with four high school signees, a transfer and three junior-college recruits joining the ...

YSU shows full-court press in recruiting

The hazy fog percolates through my head, attempting to shed the three-plus hours of intermittent sleep. A clear, plastic cup with a blue straw protruding through a transparent lid taunts me. A couple of drops of a 99-cent French Vanilla iced coffee is all that remains. The final sips of a now ...

8 Penguins qualify in track

Eight Youngstown State track and field athletes qualified for the 2017 NCAA Track and Field East Preliminaries, scheduled May 25-27 at the University of Kentucky. Qualifiers from YSU include junior Ryan Booth, senior Jaynee Corbett, junior Tyler Donati, freshman Jaliyah Elliott, freshman ...

YSU coaches wait on Valpo, league to finish scheduling

Valparaiso University thus far has been mum on its decision to accept an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference, an offer made public last week. The belief is the Crusaders are headed to the MVC, but nothing is official — leaving the remaining nine members of the Horizon League ...

Penguin recruits have a history with Swiss U-20 national team

Jason Slay picked up a recruit from the airport, like he’s done many times before. His name was Noe Anabir, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward coming in from Mesa (Arizona) Community College. Anabir speaks English with a heavy accent, which derives from his home in Geneva, Switzerland. Slay, ...

Things on the Horizon

So much for a dead period in basketball season. Recruiting is still going on, but there’s been a shake up in the Horizon League. Tuesday, the Missouri Valley Conference invited Valparaiso to replace Wichita State, which left the MVC for the American Athletic Conference. Valparaiso has yet ...

Coaching holdover set to work with new staff

Some things are about timing. In Kevin Bruinsma’s case, it certainly was. He and his wife Stacey have a son, Cole, who is just over 11 weeks old. Kevin, who finished up his second year as a Youngstown State University men’s basketball assistant coach, found his future very uncertain ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Youngstown State’s Chad Zallow (429) and Carl Zallow (428), both John F. Kennedy graduates, finished 1-2 in the men’s 100-meter dash Sunday at the Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Youngstown. Oakland’s Aaron Davis (303) was third.

Dominant dynasty

YOUNGSTOWN — Track and field is normally a calm sport, a lot of congratulating at the end of races. Not at the end of the men’s 200-meter dash Sunday in the Horizon League outdoor championships on the Youngstown State Univeristy campus. Youngstown State sophomore Chad Zallow, who already ...

Upping his game

The last thing Devin Morgan wanted to be was complacent. Delaware State wasn’t the place for him, despite being the team’s leading scorer last season. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound guard, and former Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, wanted a new challenge. Scoring isn’t ...

Moss overcomes trials, tribulations to reach NFL

The last week has been one of the wildest of Avery Moss’s life, and being drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round was only part of the reason. On the days leading up to the draft, Moss, who starred as a defensive end at Youngstown State last year, got news that his grandmother ...

Latin Davis to leave Penguins’ team

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University 5-foot-11, 165-pound sophomore guard Latin Davis, a Ypsilanti, Mich., native, has left the men’s basketball team. A YSU spokesperson confirmed the move, but added the university will not put out a release on Davis’ departure. This is the first ...

Dream come true for Penguins Rivers, Moss

YOUNGSTOWN — Avery Moss and Derek Rivers went into the 2017 NFL Draft clinging to hopes of being drafted — and their dreams came true for both of them. The former Youngstown State defensive ends were each chosen during the three-day draft, which was televised nationally on ESPN. It was ...

YSU star Rivers chosen in third round by Patriots

Derek Rivers had an NFL future when he left Youngstown State. Eighty-three picks into the NFL draft, the former Penguins defensive end began his professional career with a third-round selection. He was the first pick of the defending Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots, a selection ...

YSU assistant excited about Penguins’ future

YOUNGSTOWN — Bobby Steinburg shares his father’s gift. Bob Steinburg was a radio personality and serves in the North Carolina House of Representatives. Knowing or meeting people is more than an art, it’s a way of life for Bob. It’s a trait Bobby has utilized coaching men’s ...

New staff works hard at getting acclimated

YOUNGSTOWN — Recruit, coach, converse, repeat. The lives of Jerrod Calhoun and his assistant coaches aren’t as simple as one-word answers, but hectic as a last-minute filer on tax day. The last half of April, especially with a new staff like Youngstown State’s, consists of recruiting ...

Akuchie latest to join YSU

Michael Akuchie had a memorable visit to Youngstown State University. The business school caught his eye — a place where the senior high school basketball player can further his education. Of course, he was intrigued by the passion of new YSU men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun and ...

Special to Tribune Chronicle / YSU athletics
Brookfield graduate Jeremy Quinlan is YSU’s top starter as a senior.

Hairy situations not bothering Quinlan

NILES — Jeremy Quinlan still has room for growth as a college baseball player, even though the senior has been a starting pitcher in each of his four years at Youngstown State. Quinlan knows it. He’s not happy about it, but the veteran understands a few things are missing. “We’re ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
Youngstown State’s Shane Willoughby is hit by a pitch from Kent State’s Joe Vranesic as catcher Pete Schuler looks on during the Golden Flashes’ 6-3 victory Tuesday at Eastwood Field.

Early lightning at Eastwood

NILES — The plan for Youngstown State starting pitcher Javier Alvarez was to throw strikes early on and get ahead of Kent State’s hitters. Apparently, the Golden Flashes were ready for that plan. Kent scored four times on five hits in the first inning and played exceptional defense to ...

Penguins land commitments from three players

Naz Bohannon, Jacob Brown and Garrett Covington all gave verbal commitments and tweeted out their intentions in the past couple of days. All three were in agreement — Youngstown State. The Penguins have two more scholarships for the 2017-18 season and four available for the 2018-19 ...