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MVFC honors four for YSU

Youngstown State landed four players on the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s preseason all-league team, which was announced Monday. The offensive line was well represented with center Vitas Hrynkiewicz and tackle Justin Spencer each earning first-team honors for the Penguins, the FCS ...

Penguins set to take leadership roles

YOUNGSTOWN — There was something that needed to be done during the first week of offseason workouts for the Youngstown State football team. It had nothing to do with lifting weights, running sprints or moving on from a gut-wrenching loss in the FCS Championship. The coaches had little ...

Youngstown State men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun, right, watches an AAU tournament last week in the Columbus area. College basketball coaches keep busy during July visiting numerous tournaments to find the players they need.

And the search is on

COLUMBUS — Jerrod Calhoun sat down among the other coaches. He texted a bit, looked at the action in front of him and occasionally talked to a familiar face. The Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach mixed with fellow coaches Friday during the Nike Summer Championship at ...

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Youngstown State running back Tevin McCaster, shown here in a game last season, must take over for the loss of two all-conference players this year. McCaster, a New Castle (Pa.) native, hopes to build off a solid 2016 campaign.

Ready to run

YOUNGSTOWN — The strength of the Youngstown State football team going into the 2017 season seems obvious — with the offense returning eight of 11 starters from last year. On paper, one offensive hole was created by graduation: running back. The Penguins lost two all-conference players in ...

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Youngstown State University football coach Bo Pelini, shown here in a playoff game last year at Stambaugh Stadium, is entering his third season as coach — with the Penguins coming off their most successful season in 18 years. YSU opens preseason camp Aug. 3.

Ready for a repeat?

YOUNGSTOWN — There wasn’t much of a break for Youngstown State University football coach Bo Pelini, but that’s the way he prefers it. The Penguins’ long playoff run ended in mid-January (with an ugly loss in the FCS Championship), and YSU started things back up quickly thereafter, ...

Trust leads Calhoun brothers to success

YOUNGSTOWN — Nick Calhoun embraces knowledge, wanting to enhance his life with it constantly. The 22-year-old Youngstown State University senior peruses YouTube sites, travels and connects with other coaches. His goal is to be strength and conditioning coach. Jerrod Calhoun, Nick’s ...

Newell eyes big season

YOUNGSTOWN — Not many people can boast the kind of senior year that Malachi Newell had at Farrell High School. The linebacker ranked No. 1 in the state of Pennsylvania and fourth in the nation in tackles with 230. Yes, that’s 230 tackles in one season. That would be a good career for most ...

IUPUI enhances men’s basketball in Horizon League

YOUNGSTOWN — Indianapolis is a city that brings back fond memories for Jerrod Calhoun. The Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach was the West Virginia director of basketball operations when the Mountaineers advanced to the Final Four there in 2010. “Indianapolis is a ...

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Youngstown State men’s basketball player Michael Akuchie lifts during a recent weight room session.

Weighting for wins

YOUNGSTOWN — Michael Akuchie lifted the dumbbell as best he could, steadying his weight on a steady surface. The heavy implement was part of the 6-foot-8 freshman’s weight training. Even though he’s gained six pounds in the month he’s been on the Youngstown State University campus, ...

Pelini, YSU prepare to return to playoffs

It took the Youngstown State football team six years after Jim Tressel left in 2000 to reach the postseason, and things only became more difficult from there. After former YSU coach Jim Heacock advanced to the Division I-AA national semifinal in 2006, there was a 10-year gap before the ...

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Courtney Davidson returned to Youngstown State to be an assistant coach.

Davidson returns to Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — John Barnes saw a familiar face while recruiting, one that had a vested interest in his program and in the city of Youngstown. It didn’t hurt the Youngstown State University women’s basketball team had an opening. Sam Hoyt left for the University of Sioux Falls in late ...

Warm welcome

IUPUI. The acronym can be pronounced ooey-pooey, but it stands for Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. Teams in the Horizon League should get used to pronouncing it. The Jaguars became the 10th team of the Horizon League on Wednesday, replacing Valparaiso, which left for the ...

New schedule makes dollars, sense

YOUNGSTOWN — DePaul, Butler, Utah State and Indiana are more than guaranteed games on Youngstown State’s schedule. The Penguins men’s basketball team has games scheduled against all four in the month of December — from Dec. 2 at DePaul, Dec. 9 at Butler, Dec. 20 at Utah State and Dec. ...

Zallow finishes year, looks to 2018

Chad Zallow still cannot fathom what happened this past season. • Third place at NCAA Indoor Nationals in the 60-meter hurdles, along with holding the nation’s best time for two weeks at 7.61 seconds. • Ninth place at NCAA Outdoor Nationals in the 110 hurdles. Zallow began outdoors ...

Gorby, athletes roll out this season in style

Chad Zallow just wanted to put his 19th-place finish at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Nationals behind him. Collin Harden had his USATF U19 Junior Nationals performance on Friday. The two were out in Sacramento, Calif., with Youngstown State University track and field coach Brian Gorby. ...

Harden ends long season for Penguins

Collin Harden made the decision in mid-June of 2016, a moment changing the course of his Youngstown State University athletic future. The Girard High School graduate prepared for the Jack Arvin Classic, a Trumbull versus Mahoning senior all-star football game, as a YSU football walk-on. He ...

Zallow’s eventful season not over

Chad Zallow looked around at his display of trophies. Horizon League. Florida Relays. NCAA Championships. They’ve all been great accomplishments, but none is better than staying healthy. That is a welcome rarity for Zallow, who has been plagued by hamstring problems throughout his ...

Area coaches feeling excitement

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s been about five years since Keith Gunther brought his Ursuline boys basketball team to a Youngstown State University men’s basketball team camp. With the excitement surrounding YSU coach Jerrod Calhoun and the furious recruiting binge the Penguins have been on this ...

Zallow just misses qualifying at NCAA

Chad Zallow is one of the fastest 110-meter hurdlers out of the blocks. He proved that after the first couple of hurdles in Wednesday’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. It was the finish that hurt him. He took third in the second of three heats with a time of ...

Earning a chance

YOUNGSTOWN — All Danny Reese wanted was a chance. Jerrod Calhoun was more than willing to give the 2011 Cardinal Mooney graduate an opportunity. Calhoun was just hired in late March as the new Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach. Reese, a 24-year-old administrative ...