YSU Sports

Difficult to explain Penguins’ bad loss

Savon Smith looked down at the podium to see if there was something in the statistics that could explain what just happened. Not surprisingly, there wasn’t. Youngstown State, a team with more than 60 scholarship players and one that many expect (or expected) to compete for a playoff berth ...

Disappointing

YOUNGSTOWN — No scholarships. No respect. No chance. No problem for the Butler Bulldogs. A non-scholarship program that was 35 1/2-point underdogs to 24th-ranked Youngstown State pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Penguins’ history, knocking off YSU, 23-21, with a field goal in the ...

YSU offense & defense struggle against Butler

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State Penguins struggled on both sides of the ball to start the game in their 23-21 upset loss to Butler on Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium. The offense went three-and-out on the first drive, and Butler went 74 yards on four plays to take a 7-0 lead. BU quarterback ...

New-look YSU starts Saturday

YOUNGSTOWN — When it comes to college football, major roster overhauls are rather normal on a year-to-year basis. Students graduate or run out of eligibility, and incoming or redshirt freshmen step in along with players most people have never heard of because they were on the scout team. ...

Penguins fourth in league poll

Some onlookers may scoff at the Youngstown State football team’s fourth-place ranking in the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s preseason poll. Those same spectators probably don’t know much about the MVFC. The most successful — and deepest — conference in the FCS, based off of ...

YSU is destination

YOUNGSTOWN — It was getting dark as Dra Rushton walked around the campus of Youngstown State University as a sophomore in high school, and he suddenly got a visitor. “(YSU President Jim Tressel) pulled up next to me on the golf cart, him and his wife,” said Rushton, a 2018 Liberty ...

Former Penguin inching toward NBA

YOUNGSTOWN — Kendrick Perry walks into the room, somewhere in Youngstown. Some friends haven’t seen him since 2014. The clean-cut, 6-foot-1 point guard enters. His hair is not as short as it once was. The Ocoee, Fla., native quickly brushes a dreadlock or two aside. It’s him, the ...

YSU guard’s injury appeal denied

Francisco Santiago walked the sidelines, whistle around his neck, pacing with a purpose. His seventh- and eighth-grade Cleveland-based AAU team was within his sight, and he was watching and mentoring their moves on the basketball court. The former Youngstown State University men’s ...

Zallows leaving a legacy

YOUNGSTOWN — Carl Zallow remembers the day. A 4.1-mile per hour wind sailed behind the speedsters rushing down the 100 meters at the Austintown Fitch High School track. A couple of state champions and an Ohio State wide receiver among the eight soaring down the all-weather surface. The ...

Zallow tripped up at NCAAs

Chad Zallow knew he would have a good start. He always does. The Youngstown State University junior surged his under 6-foot body out of his block and showed once again someone not 6-4 can compete in this 110-meter race. Wednesday, the John F. Kennedy wanted to prove the doubters wrong as ...

YSU’s Zallow runs for spot in NCAA finals

Not this time. Chad Zallow isn’t going to settle. The Youngstown State University junior isn’t going to travel across the United States for this trip to Oregon to come up short yet again. Ninth place. Not good enough. Illinois’ David Kendziera is the leader in the clubhouse with a ...

Injury, appeal won’t slow Santiago’s drive

YOUNGSTOWN — There are words one shouldn’t use around Francisco Santiago. No. Cannot. Quit. Those are not in his vocabulary. The 6-foot-1 point guard has a hard time comprehending where others fall short. It’s in the Youngstown State basketball player’s DNA. Santiago tore his ACL ...

Niles grad to fulfill dream

Dribble. Slash. Shoot. Score. Repeat often. Cameron Kane-Johnson’s movements always have purpose. Nov. 21, 2017, it had more meaning. He knew he had to make an impact. Thirty points, a career high. His Westminster College team, a Division III team. The Titans shouldn’t be competing with ...

YSU men add four players

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun always emphasized recruiting is one of the lifebloods of program, especially ones who are trying to establish a winning culture like YSU. Wednesday, the Penguins took another step in that direction by signing three junior ...

Penguin women add 6-4 transfer from Western Michigan

The Youngstown State women’s basketball team just added some more height. Western Michigan University transfer Emma VanZanten is heading to YSU as a grant-in-aid transfer. Youngstown State women’s basketball coach John Barnes is excited to announce that Emma VanZanten has signed a ...

Penguin women begin working for new season

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s been a couple of weeks since Youngstown State women’s basketball coach John Barnes heard rubber soles meet the hardwood basketball surface. The sound of bouncing balls has fallen silent since the end of the season. This past week, those sounds echoed briefly, supplied ...

Two more depart YSU men’s team

Tyree Robinson and Devin Haygood, both juniors, are the latest to leave the Youngstown State men’s basketball program. YSU, a team that went 8-23 this past year, is in the midst of a renovation. Coach Jerrod Calhoun, as all of the institution coaches, are instructed by Director of ...

Looking at wins, losses for YSU men

Check Twitter. Type in Youngstown State. Hit the button that says latest. Scroll down. Repeat action a couple more times in the day. The Penguins men’s basketball team kept the transaction wire active Thursday with three players asking for their release and having that request granted, which ...

YSU ousted from WBI

YOUNGSTOWN — The postseason didn’t last long for the Youngstown State University women’s basketball team. YSU hosted Binghamton University in the first round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational, and the Bearcats’ press was a little too much for the Penguins in a 70-59 ...

Penguin women excited for WBI

YOUNGSTOWN — John Barnes arrived at the office at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday. He’s been furiously gathering information and, along with his assistant coaches, scouting his team’s next opponent. This coaching staff seems prepared. All eyes are on Binghamton. “I don’t drink coffee,” said ...