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Penguins cash in

DETROIT — Through three quarters, this was Youngstown State’s floor. This Penguins women’s basketball team slowly built confidence, making this NBA floor at Little Caesars Arena — home of the Horizon League Tournament — theirs and theirs alone. The Penguins looked like the team ...

Soph Myers is YSU X-factor

DETROIT — Sarah Cash played a physical game. The Lordstown native is used to sacrificing her lanky frame for the good of the Youngstown State women’s basketball team. Her 24 points in Sunday’s 62-58 victory over fourth-seeded Milwaukee vaulted the fifth-seeded Penguins (15-14) into ...

Cleveland State ends YSU season

DETROIT — Kenny Carpenter scored 22 points and No. 8 seed Cleveland State defeated ninth-seeded Youngstown State 72-71 Friday night in a first-round matchup of the Horizon League Tournament. The Vikings (10-22) advance to play top-seeded Northern Kentucky — which has a bye — in a ...

Order’s up for YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun waited for his order. Large coffee with cream. As the Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach waited, he answered questions, still reeling from a quick recruiting trip to Florida. That coffee couldn’t come soon enough, neither could tonight’s ...

Male practice players helping Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — John Nicolais walked over to the Youngstown State recreation center and saw some guys playing basketball. Normally, the YSU assistant women’s basketball coach goes to high school and junior college games in search of new players. This was different. Women’s basketball ...

Morse, Benjamin 2nd-team all-Horizon picks

YOUNGSTOWN — Cameron Morse has had one wild ride this season, and so has his Youngstown State men’s basketball team. The senior guard from Flint, Mich., didn’t have the season he initially envisioned, neither did most people. It started with point guard Francisco Santiago out for the ...

Penguins continue to dominate league

YOUNGSTOWN — Jaynee Corbett looked around the WATTS. No wooden platform below her,or even her wide variety of music blaring through the indoor track and field facility. There were more people invading her space, more than just her sprinter teammates around the track. But, there’s no ...

FT misses doom YSU men

YOUNGSTOWN — Twelve of 27. Not a typo. Twelve of 27 from the free-throw line. Result. A 99-94 Cleveland State victory over Youngstown State in double overtime. “You have to ask them,” YSU coach Jerrod Calhoun said of the misses. “I’m not at the line. What are you going to talk ...

Arbanas, Benjamin lead YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Nikki Arbanas still wears that black band around her head and her hair poofs up in the back, at a 45-degree angle. The sweat drips from her brow, but the sheer concentration on her face was uncanny. The black brace strapped to her left leg, still reminding her of last year’s ...

Zallow leads Penguins into Horizon League meet

YOUNGSTOWN — Carl Zallow has heard the pop of the gun go off many times, so much that it has become second nature. The John F. Kennedy High School graduate knew one thing when he left the Eagles’ program, the WATTS would be his new training site. Youngstown State University is his ...

Women finish vs. CSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Sarah Cash knows Saturday’s game against Cleveland State isn’t going to be like the last time — almost a month ago when the Penguins women’s basketball team upended the Vikings. Youngstown State (14-14, 10-7 Horizon League) is sixth in the league standings and has ...

Final game affects YSU in tournament

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun reflected after the Feb. 16 loss to Detroit. The Youngstown State men’s basketball coach knows his team is still trying to build a culture, but he’s faced with the here and now. On Saturday at 7 p.m., in the Horizon League regular-season finale, the ...

Horizon tourney could be chaotic

YOUNGSTOWN — Maybe there’s a reason they call it Motor City Madness. It probably drove those fine people at the Horizon League office in Indianapolis insane after No. 10-seeded Milwaukee advanced to the title game. Then, No. 9-seeded Youngstown State made it to semifinal before falling ...

Penguins seek repeat in Horizon

YOUNGSTOWN — The high ceiling, nets hanging down surrounding the field turf surface. You can hear a consistent ping in the background as a Youngstown State softball player is working in an enclosed netted cage at the southeast end of the WATTS indoor facility. Brian Gorby, wearing a black ...

Defense falters in defeat

YOUNGSTOWN — Garrett Covington’s last-second putback against Oakland sank the Golden Grizzlies on yet another buzzer-beater. It sent Covington and his YSU teammates into a frenzy. The viral videos of that shot went out over social media. That was Wednesday. On Friday, Detroit swept the ...

Not this time

YOUNGSTOWN — You could hear Indiya Benjamin let out a yell of excitement as she left the Youngstown State basketball film room, after the postgame press conference following the Penguins’ 86-85 victory in overtime. The energetic YSU senior point guard knew exactly how much Thursday’s ...

Buzzer beater

YOUNGSTOWN — Garrett Covington had the ball under the Oakland basket with 6.4 seconds remaining. He looked to pass to Cameron Morse, who has made his Youngstown State career on shooting game-winning 3-pointers. Morse was trailed by a defender as the five seconds to throw it to a teammate ...

Resurgent Penguin women go against Milwaukee tonight

YOUNGSTOWN — Chelsea Olson dribbles up the court, looks for an open teammates, then sees her options are limited. The 5-foot-10 freshman guard knows she has to take matters in her own hands. The Horizon League has made her the freshman of the week the past four weeks, even national ...

Screen shot: Morse finding his groove in complex backcourt role

YOUNGSTOWN — Cameron Morse entered the film room, a couple of media members waiting for the Horizon League Player of the Week to speak. The Youngstown State senior men’s basketball guard sat down and pulled the microphone toward himself as reporters clicked their recorders, cameras were ...

YSU women continue run of excellent play

The last thing the Youngstown State women’s basketball team wanted was a letdown. The Penguins won five of their last six games coming into Saturday’s road game against Illinois-Chicago, still winless in the Horizon League. It didn’t faze a YSU team, which is playing as well as ...