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Scouting Report: Week 7

The pressure is on the Youngstown State football team, and it’s only the third week of conference play. Two straight Missouri Valley Conference losses has the Penguins desperately needing a win as they travel to Southern Illinois. YSU (4-2, 0-2) needs a bounce-back win against a solid ...

Penguins upbeat despite two straight losses

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State football team didn’t sound like a group down in the dumps a few days after dropping its second straight conference game. The 18th-ranked Penguins are mad, confident and feel they’re a few plays away from being 6-0. Instead, YSU is 4-2 and 0-2 in the ...

Defense the focus for upstart YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Garrett Covington’s focus was the loose basketball. It usually is. He remembers a Feb. 14 victory against IUPUI, trying to win possession. A Jaguars player’s shoulder stood between him and the ball. The shoulder won, but Covington didn’t want to leave the game. A ...

Calhoun likes where Penguins are headed

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — The expectations have been sky-high since Jerrod Calhoun was named YSU head basketball coach on March 27, 2017. No one’s expectations for winning and turning around a once-proud basketball program are higher than Calhoun’s. The 13th head coach in program history ...

Second-half stunner

YOUNGSTOWN — Usually angry and volatile following games, Youngstown State coach Bo Pelini walked into the postgame press conference calm and collected. Pelini was undoubtedly upset, but he kept his composure under pressure. If only his team had done the same thing. The No. 17-ranked ...

Penguins make progress during fall ball

The brisk October air is starting to set in as the Youngstown State baseball team concluded its fall schedule Thursday with a pair of six-inning scrimmages against Mercyhurst at Eastwood Field. Coach Dan Bertolini thinks the Penguins showed progress. “I think we’ve taken some steps ...

Scouting Report: Week 6

The biggest test of the season didn’t go as planned for the Youngstown State football team. An even bigger one awaits YSU in the second week of conference play. The 17th-ranked Penguins need to rebound quickly from their first loss of the season. YSU (4-1, 0-1 Missouri Valley Football ...

Penguins focus on getting details right

YOUNGSTOWN — The little things will go a long way for the Youngstown State football team. That was the message from the players as well as coach Bo Pelini following a conference-opening loss to Northern Iowa over the weekend. After cruising through the nonleague portion of the schedule, ...

Duo offers presence in paint

YOUNGSTOWN — An elbow here and a shove there, all out of the sight of an official. Constant, aggressive motion near the basket. There are no easy layups in NCAA women’s basketball. There’s a constant battle every game. Senior Mary Dunn and junior Emma VanZanten stand tall among their ...

Some good, some bad after Penguins loss at Northern Iowa

AS great as the Youngstown State football team looked through four games, there were reasons to hesitate before lauding them a playoff team. A somewhat soft non-conference schedule allowed for a mostly dominant start — with YSU winning its first four games by 20 points or more. Then came ...

Softball hones skills during fall season

YOUNGSTOWN — After a disappointing 2019 season, where the YSU softball team finished with a record of 25-29, coach Brian Campbell wants teamwork to be the focus going into the 2020 campaign. “Just trying to work on, kind of doing their job.” he said. “ ‘We over me’ is what our ...

Dome disappointment

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The curse of Cedar Falls is still haunting the Youngstown State football team. With Halloween coming, the 17th-ranked Penguins better hope things don’t get any scarier. YSU lost its first game of the season — their ninth straight at the UNI-Dome — as No. 13 ...

Pedersen ready to lend Penguins a hand

YOUNGSTOWN — Olamide Pedersen stood on the sidelines at Monday’s practice, clapping for his teammates. He asked Youngstown State University coach Jerrod Calhoun if he could take some live action. The men’s basketball coach gave the 6-foot-9 sophomore forward a resounding no. The ...

Scouting Report: Week 5

In the words of Youngstown State football coach Bo Pelini, “The preseason is over.” The unbeaten Penguins begin Missouri Valley Football Conference play with arguably their biggest test to date: a top-25 matchup with Northern Iowa. The 17th-ranked Penguins have been mostly dominant ...

YSU hopes prep equals success at N. Iowa

YOUNGSTOWN — It would seem obvious that the Youngstown State football team is confident heading into its Missouri Valley Football Conference opener. The Penguins are 4-0 and have won every game by at least 20 points. They are now ranked as high as No. 17 in the country, and the balance ...

Pelini is pleased

YOUNGSTOWN — Even Bo Pelini couldn’t be mad after this game. The fiery coach of the Youngstown State football team even cracked a joke about the Penguins’ lone penalty of the game. YSU looked good enough during a 45-10 victory over Robert Morris that even the testy Pelini could relax ...

Scouting Report: Week 4

The team that appeared to be the easiest one on Youngstown State’s schedule last year wound up shocking the Penguins at home. Fans will see if YSU learned from that loss on Saturday. Looking for their first 4-0 start since 2012, the 20th-ranked Penguins host Robert Morris (1-3) at 6 ...

Pelini seeks perfection from Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — Bo Pelini admits it’s hard to bring a smile to his face when he’s discussing his Youngstown State football team. It’s nothing against the Penguins. He’s thrilled 20th-ranked YSU is 3-0 and looking more like a playoff contender each week. Just don’t expect him to show ...

Defensive-minded Faulkner with YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Ethan Faulkner remembers it. Frankly, it’ll always be embedded in his memory. The Kentucky High School state basketball championship. One division. Take on all comers. Sound familiar? It should. The ‘Hoosiers’ movie from the mid-1980s did its fictitious take of the ...

Pair of doubleheaders planned

YOUNGSTOWN — Canisius and Thiel on Nov. 5. Lake Erie College and Binghamton on Dec. 18. Two Youngstown State University women’s and men’s basketball doubleheaders. It’s something YSU men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun has circled on his calendar. “I’ve been a big ...