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Women’s team finally gets started

The Youngstown State women’s basketball team makes its long-awaited season debut today as the Penguins play today and Saturday in doubleheaders with the men’s team at the Beeghly Center. The women play host to Wright State with both games starting at 1 p.m. The men will face Green Bay ...

2nd-half woes lead to loss for Penguins

CLEVELAND — Youngstown State was outscored 51-34 in the second half as Cleveland State shot 67.7 percent after intermission and the Vikings beat the Penguins 81-74 on Sunday afternoon. Tre Gomillion had a career-high 23 points on 11-of-12 shooting for Cleveland State (4-3, 4-0 Horizon ...

Balanced Vikings pull away from YSU

CLEVELAND — Torrey Patton scored 17 points off the bench to carry Cleveland State to an 87-69 win over Youngstown State on Saturday afternoon at the Wolstein Center. D’Moi Hodge added 14 points and Chris Greene supplied 13, as the Vikings improved to 3-3 overall and 3-0 in the Horizon ...

Penguins visit CSU for two on weekend

The Youngstown State men’s basketball team will play its second straight two-game road series in the Horizon League when it faces Cleveland State today and Sunday — both at 1 p.m. (WKBN 570-AM) — at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland. The back-to-back series scheduling is an attempt by ...

Strong second half lifts YSU to victory

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — The Youngstown State men’s basketball team shot 53.8 percent and outscored Northern Kentucky 45-33 in the second half en route to a 70-60 win over the Norse on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Arena. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak to Northern Kentucky and ...

Penguins drop Horizon opener

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — Youngstown State missed its first nine shots of the second half as Northern Kentucky extended a 34-31 halftime lead to 45-34 with 15:49 remaining, and the Norse went on to a 79-64 win over the Penguins on Saturday in the Horizon League opener for both teams. Michael ...

Penguins start Horizon schedule

Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun hopes to see his players — now healthy — remain focused on themselves going forward. Calhoun is emphasizing icing, stretching, stem treatments. Hydration is a key for the Penguins as well. Practice times have been ...

Former YSU trainer has opportunity in China

Todd Burkey had student-athletes enter his training room at Youngstown State University for the past two decades as the 1990 South Range High School graduate provided treatment so each one could maintain their prowess on the field of play. Burkey said he’s had “tremendous memories,” ...

YSU works out kinks in win; league games next

YOUNGSTOWN — Optics. Quick judgements. In a tweet-first, ask-forgiveness-later world, it would be easy to say the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team is struggling. The Penguins trailed by six points to NAIA West Virginia University Institute of Technology (Beckley, W.Va.) ...

Bohannon, Quisenberry lead win at Binghamton

Naz Bohannon donned the dominant red Youngstown State University tank top and long shorts as part of his uniform Sunday in southern New York State. The 6-foot-6 senior men’s basketball forward lamented his skills against another team hadn’t been utilized since a March 5 loss in ...

Youngstown State women’s team paused again

The Youngstown State University women’s basketball program prepared for its first game, starting with Saturday’s contest at Northern Kentucky University. No non-conference games. No scrimmages. YSU was slated to start Horizon League play. The beginning of the 2020-21 season was put on ...

Penguins win in much-delayed season opener

YOUNGSTOWN — Finally, some semblance of normal in the five-on-five play on the 94-foot wooden playing surface with a dominant red block Y and the team’s mascot, Pete the Penguin, embossed just below the etchings at center court. So was the final score, Youngstown State University 72, Point ...

YSU men to host first game Wednesday

YOUNGSTOWN — The start of this year’s college basketball season was Nov. 25. The Youngstown State University men’s basketball team was forced to be a spectator. YSU paused all team activities due to a positive COVID-19 test on Nov. 16, following national, state, local, and NCAA ...

Optics of college basketball different

My wife looked at me, put up one hand, telling me she didn’t believe what she had just seen. I watched a clip from CBS’ Sunday Morning show myself, then shared it with my bride. George Clooney was trending on Twitter for some hair-raising reason, stunning for most of the fans of the ...

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. ...