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Sudden end to senior season

Collin Harden had been nursing an injured hamstring. The Youngstown State University senior track and field athlete knew he’d be fine for the first couple of meets. He’s better now, but there’s no season for the Girard High School graduate. All spring college sports have been out of ...

Penguins looking forward

The notification goes off on Darius Quisenberry’s phone. It’s his teammate, Naz Bohannon. The two connect with one another, reliving good times from this past season, catching up with one another. They cannot get together, shoot around in the Beeghly Center in Youngstown. Their ...

YSU recruit starred in W.Va.

WHEELING, W. Va. — When it comes to hard work, Wheeling Park’s Alex Vargo personifies it. When he’s not practicing during a scheduled team practice or playing a game, he’s in the gym continuing to try to improve his skills. His play during his tenure as a Patriot was impressive ...

YSU seeks healthy 2020-21 season

YOUNGSTOWN — The record was 13-17 and 6-12 in Horizon League play after the 2019-20 season, not an ideal mark for the Youngstown State University women’s basketball team. This year’s Penguins team lost in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament March 3 at Cleveland State ...

YSU’s Quisenberry earns honor

Kansas City, Mo. — Youngstown State sophomore Darius Quisenberry has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 12 Second-Team, the association announced on Monday. Quisenberry, a 2019-20 All-Horizon League First-Team selection, is the first YSU ...

Hopeful for changes

YOUNGSTOWN — The Beeghly Center has been around since the early 1970s. The facility has held near capacity crowds of 6,000 fans or more in the past, watching the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team. Fans have taken to the red, hard-plastic chairback seats, have sat on the ...

Penguins may lose Simmons

YOUNGSTOWN — College basketball always has its coming and goings, but that has been more in the limelight in recent years with the NCAA transfer portal. This week was one of those cases as Youngstown State sophomore Jelani Simmons, a 6-foot-5 guard and former first-team All-Ohio standout ...

Softball Penguins focus on classes

YOUNGSTOWN — Brian Campbell, his staff and players heard the news on Monday. The Youngstown State University softball team was no exception as the Penguins’ program, along with all spring sports around the Horizon League, were canceled for the 2020 season. They knew something like that ...

‘Special’ season lost

YOUNGSTOWN — Coach Dan Bertolini’s eyes were affixed on his television, smartphone or laptop, just like most everyone around the Mahoning Valley — watching Gov. Mike DeWine speak the afternoon of March 15. All bars and restaurants closed at 9 p.m. His Youngstown State University ...

Looking ahead

YOUNGSTOWN — Players, coaches, managers and administration, Jerrod Calhoun appreciates the support he has received after his third year as Youngstown State University’s men’s basketball coach abruptly ended in Chicago on March 5 — a Horizon League quarterfinal loss against UIC. The ...

Everything is on hold

Jerrod Calhoun would be in either a rental car, his own vehicle or flying across the country this time of the year. Recruiting is the lifeblood of any mid-major basketball program, especially for Calhoun, the Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach, and his assistants. On ...

Blast from the past

DJ Cole banked in a runner with 2.5 seconds remaining for a two-point win over Loyola (Chicago), formerly of the Horizon League and now a Missouri Valley Conference team. The sixth-seeded Youngstown State University men’s basketball team improved to 16-15. Former YSU coach Jerry Slocum ...

Penguins nipped by BG, 2-1 in home opener

NILES — A steady rain shower and chilly winds greeted the Youngstown State baseball team when it arrived at Eastwood Field early Tuesday afternoon. Eventually the tarp came off the field and after a half-hour delay, Bryce Warwick tossed the first pitch of YSU’s home opener to Jake Wilson ...

Hurt turns to focus for YSU

CHICAGO — Steve McClain looked over and saw Darius Quisenberry on the floor, crying. The UIC coach helped the Youngstown State University men’s basketball leading scorer to his feet. It looked like Garrett Covington, YSU’s junior guard and defensive specialist, had shed a few tears ...

Upstart Penguins bounced by Flames

CHICAGO — Missed 3-pointer. Rebound UIC. Missed 3. Rebound UIC. Blocked shot. Rebound UIC. Missed lay-up. Rebound UIC. It eventually resulted in a loose ball, finally heading to the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team as the Penguins trailed by seven points with less ...

YSU: Intensity, defense, must travel to Chicago

YOUNGSTOWN — John F. Kennedy High School graduate Justin Bofenkamp looked at his current coach, Jerrod Calhoun, near the end of Tuesday’s game with Milwaukee. No high-flying theatrics or a game in the 80s or 90s. That’s not how this Youngstown State University men’s basketball team ...

O’Shaughnessy, Pens top Pitt

PITTSBURGH — Padraig O’Shaughnessy hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit double in the ninth inning, and the Youngstown State baseball team squashed a comeback attempt by Pitt in a 7-5 victory at Charles L. Cost Field on Wednesday afternoon. O’Shaughnessy, a Poland native, laced one-out double in ...

Penguins rally for win

YOUNGSTOWN — Naz Bohannon went high in the air with 21.9 seconds left. He grabbed a rebound as he’s done so many times before, and was fouled. The Lorain native started clapping and yelling as the Youngstown State University men’s basketball junior forward started to make his way down ...

CSU ends YSU women’s season

CLEVELAND — The Youngstown State women’s basketball team had its season come to a close in the opening round of the 2020 Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championship on Tuesday with an 84-48 loss at Cleveland State. The Penguins, who were the seventh seed in the tournament, finish the ...

Hard work pays off for Quisenberry

YOUNGSTOWN — Darius Quisenberry hears the alarm reverberating in his room. The Youngstown State University 6-foot-1 sophomore guard would rather hit the snooze button, but he doesn’t. The Springfield, Ohio, native has more important things to do. It’s late in the evening. The bouncing ...