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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 ...

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Youngstown State freshman running back Christian Turner, from Cincinnati LaSalle, takes part in the first day of practice Thursday at Stambaugh Stadium.

Fearful first day

YOUNGSTOWN — Day one of practice in a college football player’s career is often a tough day on a number of levels, but some instances strike more fear into a player than others. At Youngstown State University, that fear comes in different forms. First, there are bigger, stronger, ...

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Lordstown graduate Sarah Cash is ready to return to action for the Penguins after being injured last season.

Cash is doggone ready to return

YOUNGSTOWN — Sarah Cash loves that quick 23-minute drive from Youngstown State’s University’s campus. The Lordstown High School graduate knows what’s waiting for her — three dogs. Eddie is a Labrador, Addie is a poodle. Then there’s Kyrie — yes, named after the Cleveland ...

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Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State’s No. 3 all-time leading scorer, recently visited campus and likes the direction of the program.

Perry impressed with changes, offers advice

YOUNGSTOWN — Kendrick Perry knows the feeling most college graduates have when they revisit their alma mater after a couple of years. He’s been on and off the campus since graduating in 2014 and pursuing his professional basketball career. The changes around campus with a new bookstore, ...

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Former Penguin Perry chases pro dream

YOUNGSTOWN — Kendrick Perry looked at this thing on top of his steak. He knew Hungary embraced some American food like chicken and steak, but the unorthodox food on top of his plate was something new. Perry, a former Youngstown State University men’s basketball standout, took a piece ...

Pelini: YSU can compete with anybody

The Missouri Valley Football Conference announced its 2017 preseason poll Tuesday, but it doesn’t appear Youngstown State football coach Bo Pelini took a glance at it. If he did, he really didn’t care how it read. Pelini’s Penguins were picked to finish third behind North Dakota State ...

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 ...