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Comeback kids

YOUNGSTOWN — If opportunity arose to provide Youngstown State’s softball team with a gut check, it was Saturday in the first game of another doubleheader against Oakland. YSU trailed 4-0 early in game one, with the Golden Grizzlies looking for revenge after being swept Friday evening by ...

Sweep is sweet

YOUNGSTOWN — If a calendar wasn’t available, one might mistake Friday afternoon’s doubleheader at Youngstown State as a contest played in early March instead of the middle of April. Jackets, earmuffs, and gloves were common commodities for spectators taking in the battle for first place ...

Golfers home today as league tourney nears

There are two groups teeing off on consecutive holes. While one group tees off, another is practicing their putts on the green. There are smiles, range finders and plenty of people out and about on the course at Mill Creek. The winter weather has broken for the most part and Youngstown ...

Strange season ends

YOUNGSTOWN — An odd, somewhat frustrating season came to an abrupt end for the Youngstown State football team Wednesday. The Missouri Valley Football Conference announced the cancellation of the Penguins’ final game, which was set for Saturday against league rival North Dakota. According ...

YSU game canceled Saturday

YOUNGSTOWN -- An odd, somewhat frustrating season came to abrupt end for the Youngstown State football team Wednesday. The Missouri Valley Football Conference announced the cancellation of the Penguins' final game, which was set for Saturday against league rival North Dakota. According to a ...

Missouri State beats Penguins

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Minus injured quarterback Mark Waid, the Youngstown State football team lost their final away game of the COVID-19 caused spring season, 21-10, at Missouri State on Saturday. The Penguins (1-6, 1-6 Missouri Valley Football Conference) opened and closed the game’s ...

YSU in first after DH sweep

YOUNGSTOWN — For a trio of softball players, Saturday was five years in the making — although they’ve known of each other long before their paths crossed at Youngstown State in the summer of 2016. Maddi Lusk (Johnstown Monroe), Liz Birkbeck (Orrville) and Tatum Christy (Akron Manchester) ...

Scouting Report: Week 8

The Youngstown State football team has endured some tough losses in the 2021 spring football season. Last week’s defeat might have been the toughest yet. The Penguins gave up two special teams touchdowns and still held a fourth-quarter lead against previously winless Western Illinois, ...

Penguins split with Green Bay

YOUNGSTOWN — Two very different games. Two very different results. A four-game series can feel like a marathon in softball, even more so when the nightcap goes nearly three hours. Hosting fifth-place Green Bay, the Youngstown State Penguins looked to hold onto their top position in the ...

Bowlers’ historic season ends with Final Four losses

Youngstown State’s historic run through the National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship came to an end on Friday as the Penguins settled for a fourth-place finish in their first trip to the national tournament. After securing a regional championship and a Final Four berth on ...

Penguins reach bowling Final 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Youngstown State bowling earned a come-from-behind win over Sam Houston State in the Region 4 title game to advance to the final four of the National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship. The Penguins, who are in their first national tournament as a program, went 3-0 ...

Penguins’ problems were of their own making

YOUNGSTOWN — A strange season keeps getting weirder for the Youngstown State football team. This time, the oddities had little to do with COVID-19. The Penguins couldn’t hold a lead and struggled with turnovers and special teams against previously winless Western Illinois last week. ...

YSU women bowl to regional final

The Youngstown State bowling team beat No. 4 Louisiana Tech and No. 5 Fairleigh Dickinson in the 2021 National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship regional on Wednesday and has earned a spot in today’s regional final. The Penguins, who are competing in the NCAA Tournament for the ...

Penguins earn a second opportunity

It isn’t the first time Youngstown State’s bowling program has found itself in position to make the NCAA Tournament — although the feeling this spring is plenty different than last year. Feelings of disbelief and shock have been replaced by joyous celebration and a certain sense of ...

Penguins falter in close loss

MACOMB, Ill. — Two late interceptions helped Western Illinois rally past Youngstown State and earn its first win of the season, 27-24, in a Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup on Saturday. The Penguins (1-5, 1-5) held a 24-19 lead early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Mark ...

Scouting Report: Week 7

As if the last year couldn’t get any stranger, it did for the Youngstown State football team last week. The Penguins had their Week 6 game canceled when North Dakota endured a positive COVID-19 test — and subsequent contact tracing — and was forced to remain in its home state. The news ...

Back on track

YOUNGSTOWN — It wasn’t your normal “outdoor” track meet — then again the last year has been everything but normal for Collin Harden. The Girard High School grad turned Youngstown State star didn’t know if he was going to come back to school after the COVID-19 pandemic ended the ...

Improving Penguins come off idle week

YOUNGSTOWN — The gradual improvement is evident to Youngstown State coach Doug Phillips — and probably any fan of YSU. Every time the Penguins have played a football game this spring season, a young, inexperienced team has taken major strides. That’s part of the reason the cancellation ...

Closing out a comeback

NILES — Youngstown State baseball coach Dan Bertolini walked out of the right-field clubhouse holding a large bottle of water, half empty, and the Penguins’ coach looked like he’d just run a marathon. In reality, what YSU went though this past weekend wasn’t far from a marathon. The ...

Split leaves YSU with three wins

YOUNGSTOWN — Sweeping a team during a three-game series is difficult enough, but having to win a fourth? That’s a whole other challenge in itself — besides being another weird quirk of the COVID-19 protocols. Youngstown State’s softball team found that out Saturday, with an 8-3 win ...