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Penguins continue recruiting in Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — Click. Refresh. Click. Refresh. Repeat a couple of more times. Potential Youngstown State University men’s basketball recruits are out there. Searching under Youngstown State and going latest is the key. I read a little over a week ago a senior guard, who is around 6-feet ...

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Penguin power

YOUNGSTOWN — Coming off a shutout victory against Robert Morris University, the Youngstown State University football team (2-1) gave out another beatdown on Saturday. This time the Penguins clobbered Central Connecticut State University, 59-9. YSU running back Tevin McCaster rushed for 101 ...

Harding grad Powell leader of YSU secondary

YOUNGSTOWN — Jalyn Powell came to Youngstown State three years ago, transferring from Michigan State after a change he didn’t necessarily care for put him at a new position. Oddly enough, it was a position change last year that has helped him become one of the best players on the ...

YSU’s Florida athletes deal with hurricane

YOUNGSTOWN — Michael Akuchie’s steps weren’t the same as normal. He looked sullen at times, his mind was wandering elsewhere. The Plantation, Fla., native was concerned about his family’s welfare. Florida was in the path of Hurricane Irma, south Florida was in its wake. The 6-foot-8 ...

Regional recruits key to YSU success

YOUNGSTOWN — Walking from your car, you see the imposing building from the outside. The Wolstein Center opens it doors and it feels more like a professional arena with its metallic turnstiles welcoming you in its gates. You walk in the arena and then feel a sense of being gypped. What ...

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YSU's Dan Ritter, left, and Justin Bofenkamp, right, are running drills during Thursday's workout at Youngstown State Universty. Ritter, a South Range graduate, and Bofenkamp, a John F. Kennedy graduate, are part of the seven walk-ons in YSU's men's basketball program.

Walk this way: YSU non-scholarship players part of team

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun remembers when he left Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School for Cleveland State more than a decade and a half ago. The late Rollie Massimino welcomed him into the program, but as a walk-on after a hard-working successful career with VA-SJ — trading one Viking ...

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Penguins blank Robert Morris

YOUNGSTOWN — After a great second-half comeback performance against the University of Pittsburgh last week, Youngstown State continued its excellent play — especially on defense — in a 30-0 victory Saturday over Robert Morris. It was the first shutout for the Penguins in coach Bo ...

Scouting Report: Week 2

For 30 minutes of the season opener, the Youngstown State football team looked like the one that went to the FCS Championship one year ago. The other 30, not so much. A feast-or-famine opener ended in heartbreak, with an interception on the final play of a 28-21 overtime loss to Pitt. Week 2 ...

YSU senior point guard Francisco Santiago works out on a stationary bicycle recently at the Beeghly Center. Santiago is recovering from a hyper-extended knee which held him out of the summer workouts. He is now participating in fall workouts and is full-go with the brace he'll wear throughout the upcoming season.

Battling back for YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Francisco Santiago looked at his bruised, hyper-extended knee. The bruising and swelling were there on his right leg as he rode a stationary bike that blew massive amounts of wind. The senior Youngstown State University point guard felt the resistance and pedaled harder during ...

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Youngstown State kick returner Jake Coates, left, a 2017 John F. Kennedy graduate, is driven toward the sideline by a teammate during practice last week. Coates, a true freshman, was the starting punt returner for the Penguins in Week 1.

YSU’s thrill seeker

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s hard for Jake Coates to explain exactly why he loves such a dangerous situation so much. He just does. Returning punts for the Youngstown State Penguins as a true freshman was a goal since the day he signed on with YSU. Why exactly he enjoys Division I athletes running ...

Penguins open Horizon League in Cleveland

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State is starting 2018 with the only game on the Horizon League schedule. The Penguins men’s basketball team begins this year’s league schedule Jan. 1, 2018, at rival Cleveland State. The Horizon League announced its complete 2017-18 schedule. Times will be ...

Penguin basketball team involved in community

On Thursday, the Youngstown State University men’s basketball is hosting the first Penguin Premiere at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Youngstown. Fans have the opportunity to interact with new head coach Jerrod Calhoun and the rest of the coaching staff — learning how the team is ...

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Youngstown State defensive end Justus Reed celebrates after a sack and subsequent fumble recovery during Saturday’s 28-21 overtime loss against Pittsburgh at Heinz Field in downtown Pittsburgh.

Penguins punch Pitt

PITTSBURGH — An overtime loss after a thrilling, improbable comeback doesn’t change much for Youngstown State. The Penguins, an FCS school, were heavy underdogs to the bigger FBS-power Pittsburgh Panthers. While an interception in overtime sealed the 28-21 victory for Pitt, the loss ...

Missed opportunities in first half prove costly

PITTSBURGH — At halftime, the missed opportunities almost seemed like a silly thing to dwell on for Youngstown State. Sure, YSU could have maybe given Pitt a scare in the first two quarters if they finished a few drives deep into the Panthers’ territory, but what did it matter? Pitt was ...

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Some of the donated items the Youngstown State men’s basketball program will send to Texas.

YSU basketball gathers donations for flood victims

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun and his wife, Sarah, were talking to one of his former players, Eric Love, the other day over a speakerphone. Love, who played for Walsh University when Calhoun was an assistant there, is trapped in his house in Houston because of the flooding brought on by ...

YSU must communicate in system of new coach

YOUNGSTOWN - Going into something new can be a daunting prospect, depending on the situation. It could be the first day of high school when you can’t quite remember your locker combination. You may have forgotten your favorite pencil at the start of fifth grade or the boy in the next row ...

Youngstown State quarterback Hunter Wells throws a pass during practice Tuesday at Stambaugh Stadium in Youngstown. After five weeks of hitting their teammates, the Penguins are ready to make contact with an opponent. They get that chance Saturday in the season opener at Pitt.

Ready for contact

YOUNGSTOWN — Some of them are red. Some are white. Some black, and there are even some green ones. The many colors of their practice uniforms mean very little to Youngstown State football players. They’re still hitting other Youngstown State football players, something they’ve done ...

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Cameron Morse, left, and Devin Haygood, right, went to Spain this month as part of the Global Sports Academy Tour in Barcelona.

Haygood, Morse experience hoops, life in Spain

YOUNGSTOWN — Devin Haygood didn’t know pizza came without mozzarella cheese. The Youngstown State University junior forward and Ypsilanti, Mich., native took a bite of it during a recent trip to Spain. Everything changed. “I remember we went to Domino’s and they used goat cheese ...

Arbanas in stretch run of comeback

YOUNGSTOWN — Nikki Arbanas sat on the Youngstown State bench in her street clothes as her women’s basketball teammates competed, looking at her right knee. The Hickory (Pa.) High School graduate tore her anterior cruciate ligament during the first official day of practice prior to the ...

Penguins open season against Panthers

YOUNGSTOWN — The trip down I-76 East isn’t that uncommon for the Youngstown State University women’s basketball team. The route eventually leads to Pittsburgh and the Petersen Events Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, where the two teams have played four times this ...