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Cameron Morse, right, of Youngstown State drives against Westminster Tuesday in the Penguins’ 91-83 victory over the Titans at Beeghly Center.

YSU survives Westminster

YOUNGSTOWN — After a rocky first half that saw the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team trailing by as many as 10 points, the Penguins prevailed over Westminster College, 91-83, Tuesday at Beeghly Center. In the first half, YSU made mistakes while missing shots which is ...

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Westminster freshman Anthony Ritter, shown here in a game this past weekend, squares off against his brother, Dan, and YSU tonight.

Brothers face off tonight

YOUNGSTOWN — Anthony Ritter had that confidence, the same one a player gets when the team is blowing out an opponent. Westminster did that Saturday. Ritter, a South Range High School graduate, made two 3-pointers as the Titans almost eclipsed 100 points in a lopsided victory over Penn ...

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YSU's Chelsea Olson, right, guards Ohio Valley's Ayanna Ford.

Bench powers YSU to win

YOUNGSTOWN — John Barnes stood there with his arms folded, standing near the orange Gatorade cooler full of water, propped up on a table with a red tablecloth and a picture of Pete the Penguin on the front. He had a piece of rolled up paper protruding out of his folded arms, occasionally ...

Calhoun excited to get point guard back

YOUNGSTOWN — You can bet Jerrod Calhoun was ecstatic to hear the news. The Youngstown State men’s basketball coach picked up his sophomore point guard after hearing he’s back at practice starting today. Jeremiah Ferguson, who broke his nose in the first half of the Nov. 11 opener ...

MVFC puts five in playoffs, but not Youngstown State

As expected, a four-game midseason losing streak against Missouri Valley Football Conference opponents prevented Youngstown State from qualifying for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, a year after the Penguins advanced to the FCS Championship Game. The NCAA announced the ...

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Youngstown State’s Tevin McCaster gets a block from a teammate as he runs for some of his 181 yards Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium where the Penguins defeated Missouri State, 38-10.

Closing with a spike

YOUNGSTOWN — Ricky Davis meant no disrespect, he just couldn’t help himself. He and the rest of Youngstown State’s senior class wanted to go out with a bang on Senior Day — likely the final game of the season as they await today’s playoff field. The senior quarterback had just put ...

Youngstown State honors military in final game

YOUNGSTOWN — Justin Spencer had a lot on his mind Saturday, and it wasn’t just because he may have been playing football for the final time in his career. The Youngstown State senior offensive lineman took the field with “CSM SPENCER” on the back of his jersey, which donned camouflage ...

YSU women win, men are beaten

CHICAGO — Youngstown State women’s basketball coach John Barnes said his team making 3-pointers is vital to their success. Saturday, the Penguins did just that as they shot almost 50 percent in a convincing 73-49 victory over Loyola Chicago. YSU (1-2), which had losses against ...

Scouting Report: Week 11

A season that started with so much promise and intrigue will likely come to an end on Senior Day at Stambaugh Stadium. While the Penguins (5-5, 3-4 Missouri Valley Football Conference) could end the season on a three-game winning streak with a win against Missouri State (3-7, 2-5), it ...

Penguin star Morse off to slow start

YOUNGSTOWN — Clink. Clank. Bounce. Frustration follows. Youngstown State senior men’s basketball player Cameron Morse relied on isolation moves, resulting in the Flint, Mich., native being an unstoppable force in recent seasons in the Horizon League. Last year, he unconsciously put up ...

It’s not about 88-point margin

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun said it three times, three times too many in my book. You should never have to defend hard play, no matter how much the grumblings of some whiners would like you to do so. So Calhoun’s Youngstown State basketball team scored a school-record 134 points. You ...

Seniors in final football contest

YOUNGSTOWN — A special era will likely come to an end Saturday for the Youngstown State football team. No, coach Bo Pelini isn’t going anywhere ... allegedly, but a group of seniors that helped return the Penguins to prominence will play their last game at YSU. The Penguins’ matchup ...

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YSU’s Devin Haygood goes up for one of many two-handed dunks on the night as the Penguins throttled Franciscan, 134-46, Tuesday night at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown.

Emphatic first win

YOUNGSTOWN — An hour ride home to Youngstown mired in despair. The disappointment about embarrassing a blue-collar city with such a poor second-half performance. Jerrod Calhoun didn’t envision this start, neither did his team. It started at Monday’s practice, after an early-morning ...

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Youngstown State’s Melinda Trimmer, right, tries to maneuver against Kent State's Naddiyah Cross Tuesday night at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown.

Kent lines up and beats YSU women

YOUNGSTOWN — Kent State made its last nine free throws as the Golden Flashes pulled away from Youngstown State Tuesday at the Beeghly Center, 55-44. Sarah Cash had a layup with 8:18 left in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t convert the free throw on the potential 3-point play. Cash ...

Penguins shoot for first victory tonight at home

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun liked the way he looked in his black suit and was ecstatic to wear it for his team’s opener against Kent State on Saturday. The first-year coach appreciated how his team implemented their traps, forcing nine KSU turnovers in the first half. But something was ...

Women face Kent in first home game

YOUNGSTOWN — Mary Dunn remembers last year when she was a freshman. The 6-foot-3 sophomore post earned Horizon League Freshman of the Year honors, but the Youngstown State University women’s basketball center knows she had her down times as well — admitting she made her share of ...

YSU assistant serving four-game suspension

Youngstown State University men’s basketball assistant coach Paul Molinari is currently serving a four-game suspension for an NCAA rules violation, which occurred over the summer. The first game of the suspension was Saturday’s Kent State game and it runs through the Nov. 21 game against ...

New YSU men’s coach Jerrod Calhoun paces the sideline during his debut Saturday night at Akron against Kent State.

New faces in new places

AKRON — Jerrod Calhoun walked briskly off the floor toward the locker room following the game. All the first-year coach could do Saturday was watch as the inevitable happened. Francisco Santiago headed to the end of the bench and slammed his fist on one of the chairs inside James A. ...

Big play on defense clinches YSU win

CARBONDALE, Ill. — With about two minutes left and up just one point, Youngstown State University was indanger of losing another close game. Southern Illinois had the ball with 2:55 left at its own 26-yard line. A minute later, defensive end Justus Reed forced a fumble from quarterback Matt ...

Penguins open up against Flashes

YOUNGSTOWN — Do it again. Jerrod Calhoun didn’t like what he saw during a recent practice. Repetition. This Youngs-town State University men’s basketball team has been doing plenty of it throughout the spring, summer and fall. It’s a matter of getting the muscles and brain to work ...