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YSU Sports

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 ...

The season to catch on

YOUNGSTOWN — Jake Coates has always played his role as a football player. That’s his motivation every time he steps on the field, and his role has varied greatly over the years. He was Mr. Everything at John F. Kennedy High School, playing nearly every snap as a three-way starter as he ...

YSU’s men’s basketball players remain home

Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun is well aware that the NCAA is allowing a portion of student-athletes to come back to campus starting Monday. He knows all the guidelines and restrictions that are in place; and he knows what he and his coaches can and ...

Back on the field

YOUNGSTOWN — The first phase of bringing student-athletes back to college campuses begins Monday, and Youngstown State University will be part of the initiative. The NCAA announced last week that student-athletes in football and men’s and women’s basketball will be allowed to ...

Living his dream

Kendrick Perry feels the leather trickle off his fingers each time the tightly wound basketball echoed following each bounce off the court. Sometimes it leaves his hands for a well-timed 3-point shot. Other times he’d see the snap of his wrists as the leather sphere perfectly places ...

YSU cuts $2 million from athletic budget

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State athletics department will endure a budget cut of roughly $2 million and see the elimination of 22 positions in response to financial challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. The university announced the budget reductions in a press release Wednesday. ...

Recipe for winning

YOUNGSTOWN — Not long after Doug Phillips took over as the Youngstown State University football coach in February, he noticed someone during the first few weeks of drills. His name was Antoine Cook. The junior defensive tackle was showing the kind of relentless approach to training that ...

Shooter from Shaw

Tammie Kelley looked on from the sidelines, leaning from her coaching spot in front of the team bench toward the action on the floor. She saw her son, Greyson, on the AAU court in front of her playing for the FAB5 team. Shots started to go in for the younger Kelley. His focus in his ...

One still standing

YOUNGSTOWN — Playing football at Youngstown State University seemed to be a few years away when Dan Becker left Indian Hill High School near Cincinnati. Becker was a star middle linebacker in high school, but at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, that position didn’t seem to be the right fit for ...

Following father’s path

YOUNGSTOWN — Look up the name Adrian Brown in the Youngstown State University Media Guide, and there will be 88 references to the former football great. Even though the running back retired years ago and has since been selected to the YSU Athletics Hall of Fame, his name could pop up even ...

Double the fun

The younger version of Naz Bohannon had a bird’s-eye view of life, taller than his classmates. Basketballs would fill his hands as the Lorain native learned the basics of playing the interior. Middle school games followed. He was told that it was unlikely he would become 7-feet tall, so ...

Virtually together

YOUNGSTOWN — There has been an evolution of sorts during the quarantine version of Youngstown State’s spring football. The Penguins, like all college football teams, have not been permitted to do in-person workouts or practices, so they’ve used different virtual programs for meetings. ...

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 ...