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YSU women fall to Pitt

PITTSBURGH — Turnovers plagued the Penguins in the final 30 minutes, negating an early lead. The Youngstown State University women’s basketball team eventually fell in its opener to Pittsburgh, 66-58. YSU (0-1) came out with a 19-8 lead after one quarter, but committed 10 turnovers in ...

Women get started at Pitt tonight

YOUNGSTOWN — There was the basketball sitting on the floor at various places on the floor. Several girls watched and cheered as they fought as if on the mat wrestling, using every ounce of expendable energy. That was the summer. This is now. Boxing out. Fighting for position. This ...

YSU, Barnes add grit with three signings

YOUNGSTOWN — John Barnes and his Youngstown State women’s basketball staff had a goal in mind during this recruiting season. The long-term goal is the top of the Horizon League. Wednesday, the Penguins signed three players to help them achieve short- and long-term goals. First is ...

Long, strange trip

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s been a long, strange trip for Ricky Davis ... and pretty much every other Youngstown State quarterback on the roster for that matter. One of the many reasons the Penguins are out of the playoff picture one year after making a run to the FCS Championship game is that YSU ...

YSU lands top-level recruit for 2018-19

Atiba Taylor said he cannot remember when he did not have a basketball in his hands. The 6-foot-4, 176-pound combination guard is said to have an uncanny court vision. Schools like LaSalle, Temple, Rutgers, Kansas State and St. Joseph’s (Philadelphia) took notice of the New Jersey standout ...

YSU women return key parts for 2017-18

YOUNGSTOWN — Indiya Benjamin felt uneasy. When you have a certain comfort level and then it goes away, it feels like your life becomes unhinged — to an extent. That was last year when injuries decimated Youngstown State women’s basketball team. It led to coach John Barnes making ...

Santiago clear to play in Penguins opener

YOUNGSTOWN — Francisco Santiago looked up at the scoreboard inside the former Joe Louis Arena. He saw Northern Kentucky walk away with a Horizon League semifinal victory, then eventually to the NCAA Tournament after capturing the league tournament. All the Cleveland native wanted was ...

Back on track

After starting the year as a wide receiver, quarterback Ricky Davis has played well in his role as Youngstown State University’s quarterback. He was certainly on his game Saturday. Davis accounted for five touchdowns as YSU snapped its four-game losing streak with a 66-24 rout of Indiana ...

New style puts jolt into men’s hoops

YOUNGSTOWN — One or two guys off bench. Cameron Morse forced to play almost the entire 40 minutes. Most times, it was 40. No depth. Half-court boredom. That was years passed. This year, the depth expands and the new-look Youngstown State University men’s basketball team goes to an ...

Scouting Report: Week 9

Not many people expected Youngstown State to be playing for pride instead of a playoff berth when the season started, but that’s the scenario after a four-game losing streak. The Penguins’ 35-0 loss to Illinois State last Saturday ended their playoff hopes. YSU (3-5, 1-4 Missouri Valley ...

Penguins continue development through scrimmages

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun doesn’t like the word can’t. Most type-A personalities despise the contraction to its core. So, building a culture, a new way of play, and breaking the bonds of perpetual losing isn’t anything like snapping fingers and magically it appears. He, his ...

Penguin freshman Bohannon expects to be contributor

YOUNGSTOWN — Naz Bohannon has a tattoo of Lorain on his body. It signifies his past struggles and shows the pride he feels for his hometown. Bohannon points to the success of fellow Lorain High School graduate Thomas Wimbush, a former Fairmont State University player who was drafted by ...

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Youngstown State linebacker Armand Dellovade (42) pursues Illinois State running back Markel Smith Saturday in the Penguins’ 35-0 loss.

Penguins an ‘embarrassment’ in loss

YOUNGSTOWN — Maybe the only thing worse than the weather on Saturday was the play of the Youngstown State football team. In a game that could have brought the Penguins back into the playoff hunt, they “didn’t show up” and were an an “embarrassment,” according to YSU coach Bo ...

Uninspired play baffling to YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — The fact Youngstown State was dominated, 35-0, in a home game that held playoff implications wasn’t what bothered the Penguins the most. The fact that players came out lacking energy and looking lost at times on the field is what frustrated a YSU team that came into the ...

Penguin basketball progress continues

Pat Birch had an open-ended invitation. Jerrod Calhoun, Youngstown State’s first-year men’s basketball coach, recently told all the area high school boys basketball coaches that they were invited to his team’s practices. It was an offer Birch couldn’t refuse. Now Calhoun might not be ...

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Youngstown State’s Naz Bohannon, center, drove to the lane during Tuesday’s game against Thiel in Youngstown. YSU won, 106-74.

Live action at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — With the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team going through a grueling summer and fall of practice, it saw its first live action on Tuesday. YSU faced off against Division III Thiel College during a hurricane relief exhibition. YSU won, 106-74. “We take away ...

Penguins refocus on ISU

YOUNGSTOWN — Hearing that his players are focused on winning their final four games in hopes of finding a way into the FCS playoffs didn’t exactly excite Youngstown State coach Bo Pelini at his weekly Tuesday press conference. Winning one game has been hard enough for the Penguins as of ...

A cut above the rest

YOUNGSTOWN — John Sally Sr. had one stipulation when he dropped off his son, John Jr., at Youngstown State University. The elder Sally, who is a chief warrant officer five in the U.S. Army, told YSU men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun his son had to have a weekly haircut. The younger ...

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Penguins suffer critical loss at UNI

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The Youngstown State football team has endured some ugly losses at the UNI-Dome over the years. The home of the University of Northern Iowa has been a house of horrors for the Penguins, and another scary episode aired on Saturday. YSU’s vaunted rushing attack was ...

Penguins to scrimmage to benefit relief efforts

YOUNGSTOWN — Francisco Santiago’s mind is on his game, but his heart is with his family miles away. The Youngstown State University men’s basketball senior point guard has uncles, aunts and cousins in Puerto Rico, which was ravaged by Hurricane Maria almost a month ago. Drinking water ...