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Penguins women can’t overcome American in overtime

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Youngstown State’s rally fell just short as the women’s basketball team dropped its third straight game Saturday against American. The Penguins (2-5) rallied from nine points down in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but fell in the extra session, ...

Penguins open season

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State started its 2017-18 track and field season Friday at the WATTS as the Penguins hosted their annual YSU Icebreaker. John F. Kennedy graduate Chad Zallow led the way with wins in the 60-meter hurdles and 200 dash. Zallow ran 7.71 seconds in the prelims before ...

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Youngstown State’s Collin Harden is anxious to see improvement in his sophomore season of track and field.

Harden working hard for Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — Collin Harden sees the track in front of him. Getting to his goal takes significantly less time than it previously did. That 400-meter trek is getting faster, but it doesn’t happen by accident. The Youngstown State University sophomore sees his junior counterpart Chad Zallow, ...

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Youngstown State hurdler Chad Zallow, a John F. Kennedy graduate, has been invited to compete in the Millrose Games in New York in February.

YSU’s Zallow proves fast times all natural

YOUNGSTOWN — Who the heck is knocking at the door? It’s 6 o’clock in the morning. Chad Zallow was wondering the same thing, why in the world is someone visiting at this hour? He woke up to representatives from U.S. Track and Field who came to his home in September. He’s part of a ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo Robert Morris’ Koby Thomas, left, guards Youngstown State’s Garrett Covington during Wednesday’s game in Youngstown. Robert Morris won, 81-74.  Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo YSU’s Braun Hartfield, right, tries to make a move on Robert Morris’s Dachon Burke during Wednesday’s game in Youngstown.

Penguins run out of gas

YOUNGSTOWN — Jaylen Benton had that look in his eyes, one his teammates have seen in preseason and in practices. Intensity. Pressure. Forcing turnovers. A quick pass to Naz Bohannon and a flip to Garrett Covington for a quick basket. More pressure followed the up-tempo offense. For ...

Coming together a huddle at a time

YOUNGSTOWN You can see it out on the grassy area, yards ahead from the starting line. Clusters of athletes wearing their tank tops, shorts and sweatbands, or other thermal wear — depending on the conditions. Each cross country team gathers before the race. Sometimes the coach has a ...

Ferguson, Morse getting back to form for YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Jeremiah Ferguson returning to the court was something the Youngstown State men’s basketball team desperately needed. Cameron Morse’s shot? It was something that returned as well. The Penguins went 0-3 on their recent trip to South Dakota, but they made strides with these ...

Penguin women look to cut out mental mistakes

YOUNGSTOWN — Frustration, knowing the inevitable is that close. With a simple blip on the Youngstown State women’s basketball radar, the hard work is all for naught. Mental mistakes have cost this Penguins team in different parts of each game. It’s not like YSU has been playing our ...

McCaster, Spencer lead YSU in MVFC honors

Youngstown State junior tailback Tevin McCaster and senior offensive tackle Justin Spencer were named first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference the league announced on Monday. Overall 10 Penguins received all-conference accolades for the 2017 season. Earning second-team accolades ...

Weekend trip winds up winless for YSU

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Brandon Armstrong scored 16 points and Matt Mooney had 14 and South Dakota pummeled Youngstown State 81-53 on Sunday on the third day of the Stanford Pentagon Showcase. Tyler Peterson made a 3-pointer with 6:20 before halftime and South Dakota led 26-14. The Coyotes — ...

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Bucknell’s MK Moore boxes out YSU’s Mary Dunn during the first half of Friday’s game in Youngstown. YSU lost to Bucknell, 66-60.

Bucknell’s height, mental errors doom Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — They just looked up, some a couple of inches. Bucknell had nine players 6-feet and taller, so the shorter Youngstown State women’s basketball lineup couldn’t match up sizewise. The Penguins tried to box out, using some of their fundamental defensive schemes. YSU did force ...

YSU can’t overcome Southern Mississippi for first D-I win

From staff, wire reports SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Senior Cameron Morse scored a game-high 24 points, but it wasn’t enough to lead Youngstown State to its first victory over an NCAA Division I opponent. Morse became the 12th player in school history to reach 1,500 career points, but the YSU ...

Morse, Hartfield lead YSU in loss to Northern Colorado

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Cameron Morse had 17 points, while Braun Hartfield added 16 as the duo led Youngstown State in the team’s 80-67 loss to Northern Colorado in Friday’s opener in the Sanford Pentagon Showcase. YSU’s other three starters combined for four points. Northern Colorado ...

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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 ...