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MVFC moves season to spring

The Missouri Valley Football Conference is moving league games to the spring of 2021, the conference’s presidents council announced Friday night, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be fall football at Stambaugh Stadium. The MVFC Presidents Council, which is headed by YSU president Jim ...

Unknown territory

Doug Phillips’ first year as head coach of the Youngstown State football team is already different than any other. Penguin fans are hoping the rest of his career resembles that of one of his mentors. The Mahoning Valley native and former assistant under legendary YSU coach — and now ...

The comeback king

YOUNGSTOWN — Comebacks are nothing new to Joel Hake, and the right-handed pitcher is confident he and the Youngstown State baseball team have another one left in them. The former Ursuline High School standout had his senior season cut short — twice. The first time was in 2019, when he ...

Flashy outfielder

Youngstown State University baseball coach Dan Bertolini always knows where Lucas Nasonti is and exactly what he’s doing during batting practice every day. Some players may be going through the motions, talking about school, the weekend or the next game. Not Nasonti, a former star ...

Horizon League athletics take hiatus

The Horizon League called a time out Thursday. Sports, as far as competition goes, is on hold until Oct. 1. That includes exhibitions, league and non-league contests. That impacts every Youngstown State University sport except for football (Missouri Valley Football Conference), women’s ...

MVFC still on course

The Patriot League and Ivy League have canceled fall sports. On Thursday, Fox Sports reporter Bruce Feldman said the Colonial Athletic Association will announce today the league will not be playing football this fall with other CAA teams because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nicole Auerbach of ...

New challenges

The volleyball season could be starting in less than a month for the Youngstown State Penguins and coach Aline Scott. Scott will have nine incoming freshmen joining the team, and if camp starts on Aug. 7, like it’s supposed to, she’ll be meeting over half of them for the first time — ...

Passing grade

YOUNGSTOWN — Feedback. That’s what Darius Quisenberry craved when he declared for the NBA Draft on April 2. The NBA Combine and individual team tryouts weren’t possible because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thursday evening, Quisenberry stated he’s coming back to YSU for his junior ...

YSU star will return

Darius Quisenberry grabbed the inbounds pass, got a running start near the foul line with a quick cut toward the Oakland University bench to shake a defender. Less than 7 seconds remaining with the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team trailing, 60-59. Quisenberry went ...

Jacobs retires from celebrated career at YSU

When Elaine Jacobs’ career in athletics began, female sports were more of an afterthought in the Mahoning Valley. Now that she’s finishing up, the role of women in athletics is as strong as ever, and Jacobs is part of the reason why. The longtime assistant athletic director at ...

YSU program filled with Mahoning Valley golfers

Three straight trips to the Division I state boys golf tournament, the Boardman High School golfers remember it well. Brian Terlesky Jr., Bryan Kordupel, Cole Christman and Cade Kreps will be reliving the 2015-17 high school seasons this fall at Youngstown State University. The four Boardman ...

Former Spartan golfer Kreps transfers to YSU

The Youngstown State men’s golf program has added former Boardman golfer Cade Kreps as a transfer, coach Tony Joy said on Wednesday. Kreps will enroll at YSU for the 2020 fall semester and have three years of eligibility remaining after two seasons at the University of Akron. After ...

Bounce in their steps

The Youngstown State men’s basketball team left the court March 5 after a Horizon League semifinal loss in Chicago. The Penguins were off the court for a couple of weeks, expected to come back around mid-March for the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. COVID-19 pandemic. No live action, ...

YSU duo qualifies for Ohio Amateur

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State golfers Cole Christman and Ken Keller have each qualified to play in the 114th Ohio Amateur Championship. Christman, a Boardman High School graduate, tied for third place, and Keller, of Cardinal Mooney High School, placed fifth in a qualifier at Westwood ...

First steps toward return

YOUNGSTOWN — Three medicine balls were on the one end line at the new Cafaro Field behind Ursuline High School on the Youngstown State University campus. Mary Dunn, Mady Aulbach and Emma VanZanten saw 100 yards ahead of them. The team’s strength coach Jake Tuura gave them the all clear ...

Penguins can benefit from proposed move

The NCAA recently released a proposal that would give football teams an extra two weeks to hold walk-throughs and conditioning, and no one could use it more than Youngstown State. The proposal is to be voted on this week and is expected to pass. That’s good news to first-year YSU coach Doug ...

Neighborhood rival

Robert Morris, the university located near Pittsburgh International Airport, was rumored for the past couple of years to be coming to the Horizon League. CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein tweeted out on Thursday that members of the Northeastern Conference were expecting Robert Morris to officially ...

YSU adds Valley athlete

Camryn Kohout had a decision to make heading into this spring. She didn’t get to see what might have been in the senior season of her track and field career at Canfield High School. The Cardinals’ middle-distance runner had a chance to have a strong season, but the COVID-19 pandemic wiped ...

YSU goes ahead with plan to replace turf

YOUNGSTOWN — It was a thrill for Youngstown State University to host the San Francisco 49ers football team last year when the NFL team practiced at the campus prior to a matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 49ers practiced indoors at the WATTS Center, and it wasn’t because the weather ...

It’s official; Dunn gets 2nd shot at senior year

Mary Dunn’s phone rang on Tuesday. It was her coach, John Barnes. Not a surprise the Youngstown State University women’s basketball coach called. It was Dunn’s 22 birthday. Dunn played the first four games of last season — her senior season — before succumbing to problems with ...