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YSU basketball teams trying to remain upbeat

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun has a laptop computer in front of him, studying the intricacies of potential recruits from carefully crafted highlight clippings. The NCAA has mandated no live contact with potential YSU players until April. The YSU men’s basketball coach has his smartphone ...

Women’s team activities paused

The Youngstown State women’s basketball team has paused all team activities due to a positive COVID-19 test within the program’s Tier 1 bubble that consists of student-athletes, coaches, managers, and limited support staff. After a thorough contact tracing process in conjunction with the ...

Timeout, YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — The COVID-19 pandemic closed businesses, led to massive unemployment and wreaked havoc with schools flipping between in-person and online classes. Positive cases amassed quicker than popcorn in a hot, oily pan. The Youngstown State University men’s basketball team was not ...

Four recruits sign commitment to play for Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — Not much has been normal in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic, but Wednesday was one of those days for the Youngstown State University women’s basketball program. Coach John Barnes planted future plans for the 2021-22 season by signing four high school seniors: Athena Hocevar ...

Penguins lock up trio of ‘local’ recruits

YOUNGSTOWN — People are gravitating toward the Youngstown State University men’s basketball program. Verbal committments are coming much sooner than in past years. Luke Chicone (Mentor), Josh Irwin (Chesterland) and Michael Lucarotti (Erie, Pa.) made their intentions known almost a year ...

Penguins working around 2020 chaos

This year has had its share of chaos — COVID-19 pandemic, mask wearing, social distancing and divisive politics. NCAA basketball teams are about schedules, practices and structure. Those habitual behaviors have been tested heading into the 2020-21 season, which is scheduled to begin Nov. ...

YSU sophomore survived accident

John Barnes looked at his phone. It was Tim Lupardus. “When I get a call from a parent at that time of the evening, it’s usually not a good situation,” said Barnes, the Youngstown State University women’s basketball coach. Tim’s daughter, Gabby, was in a car accident. Gabby, a ...

From fall to February

There was frost on the new turf last Saturday morning at Youngstown State University. Stambaugh Stadium, referred to as the Ice Castle over the seasons, truly earns its name as the mid-autumn weather sets in. Under normal circumstances, the Penguins would be knee-deep in their conference ...

YSU women relying on senior leadership

YOUNGSTOWN — Mary Dunn comes across the baseline at the Beeghly Center. The fifth-year senior talks about how her Youngstown State University women’s basketball team is doing after her team’s first practice on Wednesday. She sees fellow senior Chelsea Olson. Dunn thinks back to how the ...

Penguins’ recruit likes to throw down cheeseburgers

YOUNGSTOWN — William Dunn’s height gave him a clear advantage over his Big “8” Conference opponents, dating back to his days in middle school. The Quincy, Mich., native stands 6-feet-8-inches and is known for throwing down more than a few two-handed dunks in his career. He is his ...

YSU’s Magestro comes from basketball family

YOUNGSTOWN — Malia Magestro spent the previous four years at Kennedy Catholic High School near Hermitage, Pa., about 25 minutes away from the Youngstown State University campus. The 5-foot-9 freshman guard finished her career with the Golden Eagles with 11 school records, averaged almost 29 ...

Penguins prepare for February(?) opener

YOUNGSTOWN — Pads are clashing and the Penguins are sliding around on a brand new turf, as work has begun in an effort to turn around the Youngstown State football program. There may not have been a fall season, but first-year coach Doug Phillips and his team are using their time wisely in ...

Ogoro ready to get his kicks with Penguins

Daniel Ogoro had his view of last year’s 18-15 season of the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team. He spent practices working on his shooting technique, defense and other facets of the game. Ogoro, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound redshirt freshman, knew he could contribute to what the ...

YSU’s Phillips remains upbeat about team’s future

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — When Doug Phillips was hired as the eighth head coach in Youngstown State University football history, all he wanted to do was get down to business and prepare his team for a new era in Penguins football and their opening game of the season. That was Feb. 7, right before ...

Spring into action

Preseason camp was already going to be shorter than what Youngstown State University football coach Doug Phillips was used to experiencing because YSU’s fall semester began earlier than usual. Camp ended up being even shorter. The Penguins only got four days of camp in before it was ...

Penguins cancel fall football season

YOUNGSTOWN — There will not be any fall football games for Youngstown State University. The YSU Athletic Department announced on Monday that the football team will not participate in non-conference competition this fall. In a statement, athletic director Ron Strollo said the department ...

Kellgren makes verbal commit to YSU

Even though the recruiting process has been tumultuous for players and coaches alike, high school seniors are still deciding where they want to continue their academic and athletic careers. Poland offensive lineman Karter Kellgren is the latest to announce his intentions, opting to stay local ...

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 ...