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YSU’s Chad Zallow, center, wins the 60-meter dash during Sunday’s Horizon League Indoor Track and Field meet in Youngstown. Zallow won the 60 hurdles and 200 as well. Zallow led the men to a second straight league title, while the women won their third title in four years.

Penguins capture both Horizon League titles

YOUNGSTOWN — Coach Brian Gorby couldn’t be happier. His Youngstown State men’s and women’s track and field teams won Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships Sunday at the Watson and Tressel Training Site. The Penguin men repeated by amassing 188 points, while Oakland ...

YSU baseball beats Ga. Tech

ATLANTA — Anthony Rohan hit a grand slam as part of an eight-run second inning, and the Youngstown State baseball team earned one of the biggest regular-season wins in program history by beating No. 17 Georgia Tech 12-3 on Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. Rohan had one of three ...

YSU men, women basketball heading to HL Tournament

The Youngstown State men’s basketball team earned the No. 9 seed and will face No. 8 Cleveland State, Friday, March 3, at 8 p.m. in the first round of the 2017 Little Caesar’s Horizon League Basketball Championships at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. The winner will face No. 1 seed ...

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Carl Zallow, center, stretches for the finish line Saturday at the Youngstown State WATTS Center during a 60-meter dash preliminary in the Horizon League Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Penguin teams lead after 1st day of Horizon meet

YOUNGSTOWN — Chad Zallow zipped down the track and glided over the 60-meter hurdles like people take normal strides at the Watson and Tressel Training Site on the Youngstown State University campus. The John F. Kennedy High School graduate and Youngstown State University sophomore sprinter ...

YSU men, women expected to contend in Horizon meet

YOUNGSTOWN — Sunday, around 3:30 p.m., the WATTS Center may see the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field championships come down to one event — the 4x400-meter relay. The question is who has the endurance to make that one final surge to the finish line, which may decide this year’s ...

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YSU's Mary Dunn, right, posts up inside as Oakland's Leah Somerfield, left, fronts her defensively during Thursday's game.

Shooting touch fails Penguins in loss to Oakland

YOUNGSTOWN — Former Youngstown State women’s basketball coach Ed DiGregorio occasionally used to say his team couldn’t shoot the ball in the ocean after a particularly bad shooting night. The same could be said of Thursday’s performance against Oakland in an 80-58 setback to the ...

Smolinski shrugs off injury, leads league in 3s

YOUNGSTOWN — Alison Smolinski was knocked down underneath the Wright State basket. She laid on the ground in the final couple of minutes of last Saturday’s game, trying to get her wits about her. The Youngstown State University sophomore guard suffered a headache following the game. The ...

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YSU’s Francisco Santiago (23) looks up as a shot goes in during the Penguins’ 81-77 victory over Northern Kentucky.

Defense first for YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — The focus was there for Youngstown State on Saturday, especially on defense. The Penguins men’s basketball team held Northern Kentucky in check during the second half as YSU snapped a five-game losing streak at the Beeghly Center, 81-77. Defense was the key for the Penguins ...

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Wright State’s Myrthe den Heeten, left, dribbles against Youngstown State’s Alison Smolinski Saturday in Youngstown.

Missed FTs, turnovers cost YSU against Wright St.

YOUNGSTOWN — YSU coach John Barnes and his Youngstown State women’s basketball team knew the task ahead of them — Wright State, the Horizon League leader. Their long, athletic defense gave YSU fits in the interior. Emily Vogelpohl made two free throws with 3.2 seconds left to clinch ...

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Youngstown State’s Cameron Morse, with ball, tries to work for a shot against the entire Wright State defense Thursday night at Beeghly Center. The Raiders beat the Penguins, 84-81, despite 35 points from Morse.

35 points from Morse not enough as Penguins fall

YOUNGSTOWN — Cameron Morse. He’s one of the Horizon League’s best players — a sure bet for first-team, all-league player and in the running for player of the year. Morse scored 35 points Thursday in Youngstown State’s 84-81 loss to Wright State at the Beeghly Center. He had ...

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Allison Smolinski, left, of Youngstown State, looks to make a pass as Kelley Wiegman of Northern Kentucky defends.

Smolinski leads women to OT win

YOUNGSTOWN — Alison Smolinski finally had her chance against Northern Kentucky. Youngstown State’s 5-foot-9 sophomore guard from North Royalton had suffered a concussion during the Jan. 5 game at Wright State. Two days later, she watched from home as her team lost at Northern Kentucky in ...

Valpo too much for Penguins

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Shane Hammink scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Valparaiso beat Youngstown State 82-72 on Saturday night. Hammink was 8 of 14 from the floor for the Crusaders (21-5, 11-2 Horizon). Alec Peters added 22 points and seven rebounds, Tevonn Walker had 14 ...

YSU: Zallow hits 7.61 again

GENEVA — The Youngstown State men’s and women’s track and field teams competed Saturday at the SPIRE Division I Invitational. Chad Zallow (John F. Kennedy) ran a 7.61 in the 60m hurdles for the second straight week. The mark is the fastest in the country this season and ties the school ...

Morse’s 44 not enough to lift YSU past UIC

CHICAGO — Cameron Morse had another record-setting night, but it wasn’t enough to carry a Youngstown State men’s basketball team that fell to UIC Thursday, 84-81. Morse, a 6-foot-2 junior shooting guard, matched his career-high with 44 points, tying a YSU record for most career 40-point ...

Penguin women can’t overcome Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Youngstown State shot 56.4 percent from the floor and 13 of 25 from 3-point range, but the Penguins fell short against host Milwaukee on Thursday, 86-82. YSU’s Indiya Benjamin, who had a team-high 21 points, tied the game at 82 with 59.5 seconds remaining, but ...

Injuries have provided playing time for some younger players

YOUNGSTOWN — Melinda Trimmer knows her time on the floor is valuable. She’s taking nothing for granted. The sophomore guard has been thrust into playing time with the litany of injuries the Youngstown State women’s basketball team has suffered this season — losing three ...

Penguins hope OT win provides spark

YOUNGSTOWN — Coach John Barnes knows how big Saturday’s overtime victory was at UIC. It broke a five-game losing streak for the Youngstown State women’s basketball team and was the first Horizon League road win this season. And, it was an emotional lift to a team that has struggled ...

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 ...

Effort is not consistent with Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — Francisco Santiago likes to lead by example. The Youngstown State junior point guard is never one to stop hustling at every possession. The 6-foot-1 men’s basketball player is a prime example during practices, willing to do the extra things to improve his game. Santiago was ...

Injuries give players different perspective

YOUNGSTOWN — It wasn’t the season Kelsea Newman envisioned. The 5-foot-11 redshirt senior forward tore her ACL during Youngstown State’s opener against American. Her women’s basketball season was over, along with her YSU playing career. Newman used her redshirt season her freshman ...