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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 ...

Versatile Olson is Horizon League first-teamer

YOUNGSTOWN — Coach John Barnes looked down his bench. Some days the active grouping was smaller than others. One face always looking back at him was Chelsea Olson. The 5-foot-10 junior guard from Westby, Wisconsin, has been the focal point for the Youngstown State University women’s ...

Tuesday another step for YSU men

Jerrod Calhoun sat in the second-floor film room inside the Beeghly Center surrounded by his assistant coaches. They discussed how to approach last week’s trip to Green Bay and Milwaukee. Eight, 12 and 17 wins. That’s the first three years for the Penguins under this coaching staff. ...

League domination

YOUNGSTOWN — Olivia Jones grew up more than 3,600 miles away from Youngstown and had never heard of the city that lays about midway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh when she was younger. Fast forward several years and the sophomore pentathlete from Gloucestershire, England, has begun ...

YSU indoor teams continue firm hold on Horizon League

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State track and field program could almost open a museum if they wanted to. There’s certainly enough hardware for the Penguins to show off. The glass cases inside the Watson and Tressel Training Site are full of trophies, rings, plaques, and Mickey Mouse ...

YSU teams back in Ohio Tuesday

The Youngstown State men and women’s teams are back in Ohio on Tuesday for first-round Horizon League Tournament games. The Penguin men locked up the fifth seed after losing Thursday at Green Bay and finished off the regular season Saturday with a 73-69 win at Milwaukee. which has lost ...

Penguin seniors close out their careers

YOUNGSTOWN — Donel Cathcart III, native of Buffalo, N.Y. spent the last two seasons as a member of an NCAA Division I team — the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team. Cathcart is happy he was part of the culture change of the YSU program, which is still ongoing, since ...

Penguins lose; to host Tuesday

GREEN BAY, Wis. — JayQuan McCloud scored 13 of his 23 points in the first 5 minutes to lead Green Bay over Youngstown State 102-92 on Thursday night. Kameron Hankerson had 17 points and seven assists for the Phoenix (15-15, 10-7 Horizon League) and Amari Davis added 15 points and eight ...

YSU WOMEN GO COLD IN FOURTH

MILWAUKEE — Youngstown State scored 10 points over the last 16 minutes as Milwaukee rallied to beat the Penguins on Thursday, 59-54. YSU (13-15, 6-11 Horizon League) held a 44-32 lead with 6 minutes left in the third quarter. Milwaukee (13-15, 10-7 Horizon League) closed the gap to 48-44 ...

Injury-riddled Penguins in final 2 games

YOUNGSTOWN — Seventh or eighth place, that’s where the Youngstown State women’s basketball team will end up in the Horizon League final standings. YSU (13-14, 6-10 Horizon) plays at Milwaukee tonight at 8. It’s been a rough road for the Penguins, who have seen Lexi Wagner, Amara ...

Penguins can earn first-round bye with strong finish

YOUNGSTOWN — Win two games, host two games. That is the guaranteed scenario for the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team. If the Penguins win their last two regular-season games this week — both in Wisconsin — they can host two games next week in the Horizon League ...

All banged up

YOUNGSTOWN — McKenah Peters felt the pain aching through her body. You could see the grimace on her face. The Youngstown State University junior forward’s outward feeling was indicative of the Penguins’ women’s basketball team — painful. It was a rough game for a YSU team that has ...

Ups and downs of YSU game Saturday

Jason Slay looked around as the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team began to warm up with some stretching exercises. The YSU associate coach glanced around and started clapping. He observed his players — some stretching, others dunking. The group gathered around the basket. ...

Rally falls short

YOUNGSTOWN — YSU coach Jerrod Calhoun described it as a tale of two halves. The Penguins were coming fresh off the heels of a victory on Thursday over first-place Wright State and they looked to pick up ground in the Horizon League standings on Saturday afternoon against second-place ...

New coach must be right pick for YSU

The initial response was curiosity. Most people wondered: Who’s Doug Phillips? Youngstown State’s choice for the next football head coach was somewhat surprising. A relatively unknown football coach from the Mahoning Valley, Phillips wasn’t thought to be the first choice. The names of ...

Penguins in position to make history

YOUNGSTOWN — The shine off the Beeghly Center floor glows with the LED lights from high above illuminating down on the 94-by-50 foot floor. It brought a glow to the empty surface and building. The white and red cushioned folding chairs signifying each bench lay empty, as well as the red ...

4th-quarter rally lifts women

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University women’s basketball team has been overcoming adversity all season. It was more of the same on Friday night at the Beeghly Center. Abbie McDowell made a bucket with about 5 minutes remaining to put Detroit Mercy ahead by four points. YSU then ...

Penguins pass 1st quiz

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun explained himself in the post-game news conference. The third-year Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach started pumping his fist on the embossed Y on the Beeghly Center floor at center court. Youngstown State 88, Wright State 70. That was ...

Women seek home tournament game

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University women’s basketball team stands in seventh place in the 10-team Horizon League after 14 league games. Before last Saturday’s victory over a 17-win Cleveland State team, the Penguins (12-13, 5-9 Horizon League) were hurting with a six-game ...

It comes down to final four for Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — They play tonight against Wright State with a tipoff at 7 p.m. On Saturday, YSU hosts Northern Kentucky at 2 p.m. Next week, the Penguins have games Feb. 27 at Green Bay and Feb. 29 at Milwaukee, both starting at 8 p.m. And that is it for the 2019-20 season for the Youngstown ...