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Changes desperately needed for YSU hoops

YOUNGSTOWN DARKNESS swirls around. All you hear is a metronomic beat repeating and sometimes thrown in with a squeak like those of a car making a sudden stop. Then, I realize my head is buried in my arms, trying not to watch what is in front of me. Welcome to the Beeghly Center. Eleven of ...

Fitting end for Slocum with YSU

You can say it was a fitting end to long-tenured career. On Tuesday, Jerry Slocum retired as the Youngstown State men’s basketball coach. Slocum, 65, arguably had the biggest win in his 12 seasons as the Penguins’ mentor when YSU upset top-seeded Oakland Saturday in the quarterfinals of ...

Zallow ready for challenge of NCAA nationals

YOUNGSTOWN — Chad Zallow has one drive. The John F. Kennedy graduate knows the opportunity in front of him and it’snot like he’s new to this kind of challenge. A handful of Ohio High School Athletic Association individual gold medals and a team state championship are proof of ...

Penguin run ends in loss to Norse

DETROIT — Youngs-town State twice rallied from deficits of 15 points or more in the second half, but could not sustain the comebacks and, in the end, could not continue its Cinderella role in the Horizon League men’s basketball tournament at Joe Louis Arena. Northern Kentucky, who as the ...

Horizon League tournament muddled by several upsets

DETROIT — Three huge quarterfinal round upsets Saturday and Sunday have knocked the Horizon League Tournament bracket for a loop and leaves Youngs-town State facing Northern Kentucky tonight in a semifinal game on ESPNU. The Penguins got the upset train rolling on Saturday with an 81-80 ...

Penguins upset No.1 seeded Oakland

DETROIT — Once again, it was Jordan Kaufman who became Oakland’s Achilles’ heel. This time, the Youngstown State senior center lifted the ninth-seeded Penguins to the Horizon League semifinals with an 81-80 victory over top-seeded Oakland in Saturday’s quarterfinals of the Horizon ...

Penguin men top Vikings; women’s season is ended

DETROIT — Matt Donlan scored 24 points, Braun Hartfield scored 22 and Jorden Kaufman had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Youngstown State past Cleveland State 84-69 in the opening round of the Horizon League Tournament Friday night. Youngstown State (12-20) moved on to face top seed ...

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Youngstown State’s Braun Hartfield shoots a 3 against Detroit on Feb. 4. YSU plays Cleveland State in Detroit during a first-round game in Detroit.

New seasons, new focus for YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerry Slocum has one focus — today’s first-round matchup against Cleveland State. The Youngstown State University coach, whose contract ends after the season, saw his team handled by the Vikings last Saturday in Cleveland, 69-55. The effort wasn’t to Slocum’s liking. ...

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Youngstown State guard Melinda Trimmer has her hair flop in her face as she’s guarded by Oakland’s Taylor Gleason during this Feb. 23 game in Youngstown.

YSU women try to forget injuries

YOUNGSTOWN — John Barnes came into Monday’s weekly basketball press conference upbeat. He, more than anyone, was happy to put the regular season behind him. It’s a new season for the Youngstown State women’s basketball team, which lost three starters in Sarah Cash, Nikki Arbanas and ...

Dunn top freshman in Horizon League

YOUNGSTOWN — Freshman Mary Dunn has seen more playing time than most freshman. She filled in for YSU junior and Lordstown native Sarah Cash, who has been out most of the season with a knee injury. The 6-foot-3 Washington, Pa., native was up for the opportunity as she was named Horizon ...

Pelini hopes earlier spring start is a plus

YOUNGSTOWN — There was no time to ponder what could have been for the Youngstown State University football team — and that’s exactly how coach Bo Pelini wanted it. Less than two months after a 28-14 loss to James Madison in the NCAA FCS Championship game, Pelini decided to start spring ...

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Coach Bo Pelini addresses the Youngstown State football team Monday on the first day of spring practice.

Penguins move on from title game defeat

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s time to move on for the Youngstown State football team — in more ways than one. The Penguins started spring practices just 54 days after playing in the NCAA FCS Championship game. The sting from the 28-14 loss to James Madison has subsided, for the most part, and ...

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Howland graduate Ryan Sullivan (387) competes Sunday for YSU in the 3,000-meter run in the Horizon League Championships at the WATTS Center on the YSU campus.

Distance runners overcome injuries, aid title quest

YOUNGSTOWN — There they were, Youngstown State’s men’s distance runners. The Penguins were wondering how this group of young men would be part of a potential repeat of the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championship. YSU won the league cross country championship in the fall, ...

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YSU’s Chad Zallow, center, wins the 60-meter dash during Sunday’s Horizon League Indoor Track and Field meet in Youngstown. Zallow won the 60 hurdles and 200 as well. Zallow led the men to a second straight league title, while the women won their third title in four years.

Penguins capture both Horizon League titles

YOUNGSTOWN — Coach Brian Gorby couldn’t be happier. His Youngstown State men’s and women’s track and field teams won Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships Sunday at the Watson and Tressel Training Site. The Penguin men repeated by amassing 188 points, while Oakland ...

YSU baseball beats Ga. Tech

ATLANTA — Anthony Rohan hit a grand slam as part of an eight-run second inning, and the Youngstown State baseball team earned one of the biggest regular-season wins in program history by beating No. 17 Georgia Tech 12-3 on Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. Rohan had one of three ...

YSU men, women basketball heading to HL Tournament

The Youngstown State men’s basketball team earned the No. 9 seed and will face No. 8 Cleveland State, Friday, March 3, at 8 p.m. in the first round of the 2017 Little Caesar’s Horizon League Basketball Championships at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. The winner will face No. 1 seed ...

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Carl Zallow, center, stretches for the finish line Saturday at the Youngstown State WATTS Center during a 60-meter dash preliminary in the Horizon League Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Penguin teams lead after 1st day of Horizon meet

YOUNGSTOWN — Chad Zallow zipped down the track and glided over the 60-meter hurdles like people take normal strides at the Watson and Tressel Training Site on the Youngstown State University campus. The John F. Kennedy High School graduate and Youngstown State University sophomore sprinter ...

YSU men, women expected to contend in Horizon meet

YOUNGSTOWN — Sunday, around 3:30 p.m., the WATTS Center may see the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field championships come down to one event — the 4x400-meter relay. The question is who has the endurance to make that one final surge to the finish line, which may decide this year’s ...

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YSU's Mary Dunn, right, posts up inside as Oakland's Leah Somerfield, left, fronts her defensively during Thursday's game.

Shooting touch fails Penguins in loss to Oakland

YOUNGSTOWN — Former Youngstown State women’s basketball coach Ed DiGregorio occasionally used to say his team couldn’t shoot the ball in the ocean after a particularly bad shooting night. The same could be said of Thursday’s performance against Oakland in an 80-58 setback to the ...

Smolinski shrugs off injury, leads league in 3s

YOUNGSTOWN — Alison Smolinski was knocked down underneath the Wright State basket. She laid on the ground in the final couple of minutes of last Saturday’s game, trying to get her wits about her. The Youngstown State University sophomore guard suffered a headache following the game. The ...