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NDSU reminds Pelini of former Mooney teams

YOUNGSTOWN — There’s a dynasty coming to Youngstown State University on Saturday, one the Penguins need to conquer in order to find their way back into playoff contention. YSU welcomes No. 1-ranked North Dakota State to Stambaugh Stadium at 6 p.m., Saturday. The Penguins will be fighting ...

Potential YSU players familiar with one another

Myles Hunter saw that smiling face nearby. It’s one of his closest friends, Cheick (pronounced Shake) Traore. The two have been playing for the Charlotte Aces, an AAU team in North Carolina, for the last couple of seasons. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound Traore is not only a talent shot blocker ...

A step forward

YOUNGSTOWN — Players admit that it is hard to know what is coming from the Youngstown State football team on a weekly basis. YSU coach Bo Pelini is adamant that when the Penguins “stay out of our own way,” they’re really good. They weren’t in the way Saturday. At times, it ...

W. Illinois at YSU

A dream season is quickly becoming a nightmare for the Youngstown State football team. The Penguins have lost their first three Missouri Valley Football Conference games and were embarrassed by unranked Southern Illinois last week, 35-10. YSU (4-3, 0-3) faces a good team to start a ...

No panic from QB Mays, Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State senior quarterback Nathan Mays has seen a lot in his five years at YSU — a whole heck of a lot. Finally a starter after years of injuries and working his way up the depth chart, Mays understands what it’s like to endure a tough stretch of games. He was here ...

Getting healthy

YOUNGSTOWN — Devin Morgan was driving down a two-lane road near his hometown of Chester, Virginia, just south of Richmond. The Youngstown State University senior guard had both hands on the wheel, focused on the road. But something wasn’t right, his muscle memory failed. Morgan’s eyes ...

Penguins drubbed by SIU

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The month of October went from scary to downright frightening for the Youngstown State football team. The 18th-ranked Penguins lost their third straight in a shocking rout by unranked Southern Illinois, who scored early and often in a 35-10 drubbing at Saluki Stadium on ...

Scouting Report: Week 7

The pressure is on the Youngstown State football team, and it’s only the third week of conference play. Two straight Missouri Valley Conference losses has the Penguins desperately needing a win as they travel to Southern Illinois. YSU (4-2, 0-2) needs a bounce-back win against a solid ...

Penguins upbeat despite two straight losses

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State football team didn’t sound like a group down in the dumps a few days after dropping its second straight conference game. The 18th-ranked Penguins are mad, confident and feel they’re a few plays away from being 6-0. Instead, YSU is 4-2 and 0-2 in the ...

Defense the focus for upstart YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Garrett Covington’s focus was the loose basketball. It usually is. He remembers a Feb. 14 victory against IUPUI, trying to win possession. A Jaguars player’s shoulder stood between him and the ball. The shoulder won, but Covington didn’t want to leave the game. A ...

Calhoun likes where Penguins are headed

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — The expectations have been sky-high since Jerrod Calhoun was named YSU head basketball coach on March 27, 2017. No one’s expectations for winning and turning around a once-proud basketball program are higher than Calhoun’s. The 13th head coach in program history ...

Second-half stunner

YOUNGSTOWN — Usually angry and volatile following games, Youngstown State coach Bo Pelini walked into the postgame press conference calm and collected. Pelini was undoubtedly upset, but he kept his composure under pressure. If only his team had done the same thing. The No. 17-ranked ...

Penguins make progress during fall ball

The brisk October air is starting to set in as the Youngstown State baseball team concluded its fall schedule Thursday with a pair of six-inning scrimmages against Mercyhurst at Eastwood Field. Coach Dan Bertolini thinks the Penguins showed progress. “I think we’ve taken some steps ...

Scouting Report: Week 6

The biggest test of the season didn’t go as planned for the Youngstown State football team. An even bigger one awaits YSU in the second week of conference play. The 17th-ranked Penguins need to rebound quickly from their first loss of the season. YSU (4-1, 0-1 Missouri Valley Football ...

Penguins focus on getting details right

YOUNGSTOWN — The little things will go a long way for the Youngstown State football team. That was the message from the players as well as coach Bo Pelini following a conference-opening loss to Northern Iowa over the weekend. After cruising through the nonleague portion of the schedule, ...

Duo offers presence in paint

YOUNGSTOWN — An elbow here and a shove there, all out of the sight of an official. Constant, aggressive motion near the basket. There are no easy layups in NCAA women’s basketball. There’s a constant battle every game. Senior Mary Dunn and junior Emma VanZanten stand tall among their ...

Some good, some bad after Penguins loss at Northern Iowa

AS great as the Youngstown State football team looked through four games, there were reasons to hesitate before lauding them a playoff team. A somewhat soft non-conference schedule allowed for a mostly dominant start — with YSU winning its first four games by 20 points or more. Then came ...

Softball hones skills during fall season

YOUNGSTOWN — After a disappointing 2019 season, where the YSU softball team finished with a record of 25-29, coach Brian Campbell wants teamwork to be the focus going into the 2020 campaign. “Just trying to work on, kind of doing their job.” he said. “ ‘We over me’ is what our ...

Dome disappointment

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The curse of Cedar Falls is still haunting the Youngstown State football team. With Halloween coming, the 17th-ranked Penguins better hope things don’t get any scarier. YSU lost its first game of the season — their ninth straight at the UNI-Dome — as No. 13 ...

Pedersen ready to lend Penguins a hand

YOUNGSTOWN — Olamide Pedersen stood on the sidelines at Monday’s practice, clapping for his teammates. He asked Youngstown State University coach Jerrod Calhoun if he could take some live action. The men’s basketball coach gave the 6-foot-9 sophomore forward a resounding no. The ...