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Injuries force YSU to lean on freshman

YOUNGSTOWN — Jen Wendler felt the nervous energy in her 6-foot-2 frame, not a good thing for the Wisconsin native. The Youngstown State University women’s basketball freshman had the basketball touch her hands in the post. She panicked. “My first game I was really scared,” said ...

Improvement on defense is key for YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Seventy points. That’s what the Youngstown State University men’s program gives up per game. The Penguins have one of the best defensive teams in the Horizon League this season. Only Oakland, at 63 points, and Northern Kentucky, at 65, have better defenses than YSU. ...

YSU men beaten by W. Michigan

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Western Michigan’s Brandon Johnson made a layup with 0.2 seconds left to lift the Broncos to a 66-64 win over the Youngstown State men’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon at Read Fieldhouse/University Arena. Leading the Penguins was junior Garrett Covington with ...

Penguin women win 3rd straight

LORETTO, Pa. — Four Penguins scored in double figures, and the Youngstown State women’s basketball team used a strong defensive effort to beat Saint Francis (Pa.) 56-46 on Saturday at DeGol Arena. Youngstown State earned its third straight victory while winning in central Pennsylvania for ...

Fast freshmen

YOUNGSTOWN — The YSU Track and Field program has a tradition of excellence. Both the men’s and women’s teams won conference titles in both the indoor and outdoors seasons, and the Penguins started off their 2019-20 indoor track season by hosting the YSU Icebreaker Saturday afternoon at ...

Energized Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun had his two oldest daughters standing just off to the right of the postgame media table. It was one of the few times on Wednesday when the Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach relaxed. His wife, Sarah, and, youngest daughter, Quinn, were waiting ...

YSU: Jackson leads women’s win

RICHMOND, Ky. — Ny’Dajah Jackson scored 14 of her game-high 19 points in the second half to lead the Youngstown State women’s basketball team to a 72-63 win over Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday evening at McBrayer Arena. The Penguins trailed by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, ...

YSU men take pride in their game

Naz Bohannon puts on his white, sleeveless jersey. The red Y outlined in white, then black in goes above his No. 33. There’s a name, but it’s always about the number on the back for this Lorain native as he is in his third year on the Youngstown State University men’s basketball ...

Reed, others honored by MVFC

Youngstown State defensive end Justus Reed was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference first team, the league announced Monday. Reed, a junior who missed all of last year with an injury, tied for the league high in sacks with 13. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Reed also had 19 tackles for ...

Players, coaches learn to overcome

YOUNGSTOWN — Coaches are supposed to instill wisdom in their players. John Barnes has done just that for the Youngstown State University women’s basketball teams since he has been the team’s coach starting in the 2013-14 season. There’s on-court knowledge, practice habits, life ...

YSU loses at Central Mich.

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. — Kevin McKay scored 24 points and 11 rebounds, his 14th career double-double, as Central Michigan defeated Youngstown State 88-72 on Saturday. David DiLeo added 16 points for Central Michigan (6-2), which remained undefeated at home. Devontae Lane added 14 points and ...

Bohannon’s toughness sparks Youngstown State

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun and his Youngstown State University men’s basketball team put together charts on defense — shot contests, defensive rebounding. It’s all in an effort to hold players accountable each and every game — finding out how productive players are during ...

Passing grade for Quis

YOUNGSTOWN — Darius Quisenberry saw the defense surrounding him. Not much the opposition could do as the Youngstown State University sophomore started dribbling, weaving by defenders. He passed the 3-point arc and entered the lane. Is there a sliver of room for his 6-foot-1 compact frame to ...

Reasons to be thankful for YSU men

THURSDAY is a day to give thanks for the blessings we have, hence the holiday Thanksgiving. The Youngstown State University men’s basketball team is thankful winning two of three games this past week against North Carolina Central and University of South Carolina-Upstate, both with staunch ...

YSU ends tough year with win

YOUNGSTOWN — The seniors on the Youngstown State football team walked off Dwight Beede Field with smiles on their faces Saturday after an upset victory. While they did their best to overlook a frustrating season, the grins were an expression they wished they could have shown more this ...

Shorthanded Penguins adjust to beat Wagner

YOUNGSTOWN — Mary Dunn and Emma VanZanten came out wearing matching gray Youngstown State University warm-ups. The two, one 6-feet-3 and the other 6-4, were out for Saturday’s against Wagner. Both post players were hobbling around with crutches, seeming awkward in their gaits — unlike ...

Quarterback Mays gets one final snap

YOUNGSTOWN — Illinois State’s football team had started to make its way onto the field as the final seconds began to tick off Saturday in its matchup with Youngstown State. Then, the whistle blew. Timeout, YSU. It was an odd stoppage considering the Penguins were leading, 21-3. The ...

Is this the 2016-17 YSU season once again?

COACH John Barnes has seen this before. This is a repeat performance this Youngstown State University women’s basketball team didn’t want to make, especially after trying to find their footing following last Saturday’s come-from-behind win against Eastern Michigan. YSU saw starters ...

Akron zips past Penguins

AKRON — The University of Akron basketball team started off hot and didn’t lay off the gas. Thanks to a 48.8 percent performance from the field, the Zips were able to cruise to an 82-60 victory over Youngstown State at the James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron. YSU hasn’t won a contest ...

Calhoun excited after landing 3 coveted recruits

YOUNGSTOWN — William Dunn, Myles Hunter and Cheick (pronounced Shake) Traore recently signed their National Letters of Intent to join the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team. Dunn is a 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward from Quincy, Mich. Hunter is 6-6, 190-pound guard from ...