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YSU has no plans to eliminate sports

The University of Akron cut men’s cross country and golf, along with women’s tennis. Bowling Green State University eliminated its baseball team. Those moves occurred last week. Earlier this month, Western Michigan slashed more than $6 million of its more than $31 millon athletics ...

Earning respect at YSU

Earning respect hasn’t always been a given for Colt McFadden. The Poland High School graduate has been a place kicker throughout his football career, and said kickers don’t always garner the same esteem as the rest of the team. Fortunately for McFadden, he isn’t the average ...

Go hard or go home

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State linebacker Ray Anderson remembers his first meeting with new football coach Doug Phillips quite well. Anderson was already a bit skeptical of Phillips. The junior was more than just recruited by former YSU coach Bo Pelini. He was friends with him. Anderson, a ...

Opportunity knocks

Coach Jerrod Calhoun wants his team to have the best opportunities heading into year four with the Youngstown State University men’s basketball program. The Penguins, coming off an 18-15 season, have solidified two tests in the 11-game non-conference slate — at Virginia Commonwealth ...

A virtual presence

Mady Aulbach considers herself luckier than most in quarantine, going through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Youngstown State University women’s basketball freshman guard has her brother Jack, a senior at Blackhawk (Pa.) High School. He’s a distance runner and has signed to run for the ...

Dunn awaits NCAA decision

Mary Dunn has been busy at her western Pennsylvania home. There’s a concrete surface in her backyard with a basketball hoop nearby. She’s shooting baskets with her brother (Michael) and father (Joseph). She does sprints in front of her house. There’s a hill close to her home. It ...

Struthers star Ryan is right at home as Penguin

The last three years Carson Ryan has been a fixture on the Youngstown State University campus, even though he’s been attending Struthers High School. The 6-foot-6, 185-pound Wildcat guard spent time getting to know YSU men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun, who will begin his fourth year ...

YSU receiver signs with Cardinals

YOUNGSTOWN — Former Youngstown State University football player Jermiah Braswell was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on Saturday. Braswell, a 6-foot, 210-pound wide receiver, led the Penguins with 515 receiving yards and seven touchdowns as a senior in 2019. He ...

Running away: Harden, Elliott win YSU Athletes of the Year

Brian Gorby knew about two weeks ago that seniors Collin Harden and Jaliyah Elliott were going to win the Joseph F. Malmisur Youngstown State University Female and Male Athletes of the Year awards. The annual awards ceremony was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gorby, the YSU ...

YSU adapting to changes

Jerrod Calhoun sees his wife, Sarah, more often than not these days. His daughters, Kennedy, Kendall and Quinn, you can hear in the background from his Mahoning Valley home. They are sounds Calhoun doesn’t hear that often this time of the year. The Youngstown State University men’s ...

Penguins’ recruiting persistency paying off

A scholarship roster spot was available. Jerrod Calhoun and his Youngstown State University men’s basketball staff had Plans B, C, D and E in place. Jelani Simmons entered the transfer portal on March 18. By March 20, Wheeling Park (W. Va.) High School’s Alex Vargo verbally committed to ...

Former East star Martin lands with Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — Life wasn’t working out exactly how Dawan Martin planned soon after he graduated from East High School in 2019. The former standout football player signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Bowling Green State University, but there was a problem with his transcript. A ...

Penguins’ roster set with last pair of signees

YOUNGSTOWN — Shemar Rathan-Mayes is a 5-foot-11 point guard who spent the last four seasons with Orangeville Prep’s program in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Youngstown State’s coaching staff liked what it saw out of the backcourt player who averaged 14 points, seven assists, four rebounds ...

Summer camps canceled

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, all 2020 Youngstown State University boys basketball summer camps have been canceled, head coach Jerrod Calhoun announced. In addition, the YSU volleyball camps for this summer have been canceled. The Penguins coaches were scheduled to host two volleyball team ...

YSU coach earns top honor

YOUNGSTOWN — Doug Kuberski turned Youngstown State into a top-10 bowling program in the 2019-20 season. Now, the record-breaking campaign is concluding with him being named the National Tenpin Coaches Association Division I Coach of the Year. Kuberski, who was named the Southland Bowling ...

Bowling earns high mark

The Youngstown State bowling team finished its best season in program history ranked 10th in the final National Tenpin Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. The 10th-place ranking in the NTCA poll matches the Penguins’ final rank in the RPI. YSU began 2019-20 ranked 23rd in the preseason poll, ...

YSU coach has right mix to succeed

Skepticism is pretty normal for Youngstown State football fans, and for good reason. It’s annoying to belabor the reasons, but they’re hard to ignore. Forget that the Penguins have reached the playoffs just twice since Jim Tressel left for Ohio State in 2000. While it’s the most glaring ...

A plan for the Penguins

Doug Phillips was in Florida, on a business trip of sorts to recruit a player to the University of Cincinnati. The former UC assistant football coach was trading stories with another coach when Phillips let him know he began his football coaching career at Youngstown State. That caught his new ...

Adjustments made

Doug Phillips was well aware that preparation was going to be an integral part of his job when he was hired as the Youngstown State football coach in February. He just never realized he would have to be ready for one of the biggest pandemics in the last 100 years. The first-time college ...

DiGregorio’s touch

The Youngstown State University women’s basketball program notched 11 wins before Ed DiGregorio took over the program in the 1983-84 season. DiGregorio, who died Sunday at age 93, started to see growth of his program. The game-changer player came in Dorothy (Bowers) Collins, who was named ...