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YSU Sports

Elder statesman reigns

YOUNGSTOWN — Calling Youngstown State’s Justus Reed a veteran doesn’t quite do him, well, justice. He’s more like a grandpa. “Pretty much,” he said with a laugh. The YSU football team is elated its grandpa is back. The big defensive end practiced with the Penguins for the ...

Penguins tabbed 7th in MVFC poll; North Dakota State seen as favorite

North Dakota State has been tabbed as the Missouri Valley Football Conference pre-season favorite in a poll conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors. NDSU has been picked first in the pre-season poll for eight-straight seasons. North Dakota State has earned the ...

Starting early

YOUNGSTOWN — It may only be July, but football is back in the air at Stambaugh Stadium. The Youngstown State Penguins play the Samford Bulldogs in college football’s “Week Zero” on Aug. 24, which prompted YSU to begin fall practice on Saturday, a bit earlier than normal. “I ...

YSU out to improve on defense

YOUNGSTOWN — Eighth place is not somewhere you’d like to be if you’re in a 10-team league. The Youngstown State men’s basketball team can’t hide the fact it gave up about 79 points per game last season, indicative of the Penguins’ shortcomings in a 12-20 campaign. The focus this ...

New assistant worked up north with Beilein

YOUNGSTOWN — Chinedu Nwachukwu (pronounced “chin-a-do wan-chu-koo”) is proud to wear maize and blue. Rarely has the 31-year-old worked outside of his home state, coaching young men in the sport he loves — basketball. Nwachukwu, a Ypsilanti, Michigan, native, did have that brief trip ...

Horizon vs. MAC hoops matchups make sense

Type in Horizon League Summit League in any search engine, then scroll down slightly on your smartphone. Under people also ask, it says, “Is the Horizon League Division I? Is the Summit League d1?” The same could be said for Youngstown State. I’ve heard enough people being surprised ...

YSU’s Richmond heading to Notre Dame College

Jerrod Calhoun’s phone reception was spotty, calling from an AAU Tournament in Alabama. The connections he had around coaching circles — that is always strong. Mark Richmond knows that all too well. He and Calhoun, the Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach, have been ...

Crucial summer for YSU men’s basketball

YOUNGSTOWN SIX-game winning streak. These group of young men saw a glimmer turn into real hope, hope of turning a program around. It’s a solemn vow each current Youngstown State University men’s basketball player and coaching staff member has pinpointed since Jerrod Calhoun took the ...

3-point line out farther in ’19-20

YOUNGSTOWN — Three-point shooting. It changed in college basketball prior to the 2008-09 season, the distance increasing a foot out to 20 feet, 9 inches. This upcoming season, NCAA Division I players will have to shoot from the current international line of 22 feet, 1.75 inches, a move ...

YSU’s Harden ends season at NCAAs

Collin Harden set himself in the blocks for the biggest race he has ever run. Wednesday, he took part in one of three heats of the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field championships in Austin, Texas. “It meant a lot for me to compete on the nation’s largest colligate ...

Girard grad Harden represents YSU at nationals

The trip for Collin Harden has been one with paved with a tireless work ethic, preparation and dedication. The Youngstown State University junior hurdler won the Division II 300-meter hurdles race at the 2016 state meet for Girard High School. He couldn’t have been more proud. It led to his ...

Men’s swimming, women’s lacrosse added by school

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University campus seemingly is constantly going through renovations, with new structures being built around campus. This fall, the Penguins will make some changes to their sports lineup, adding men’s swimming and diving to complement the women’s ...

Transfer duo anxious to contribute to program

YOUNGSTOWN — Christian Bentley and Tyler Foster took their tours around the Youngstown State University campus, seeing the continuous construction and other entities around the downtown-based school. The golf carts containing them, their family and an assistant coach make their way to the ...

YSU track looks for more

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s been another outstanding season for the Youngstown State track and field program, which won both the men’s and women’s Horizon League titles in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. For a select group of athletes, the season isn’t over, as YSU is sending a record ...

YSU to add new rec field

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University community and the Cafaro Family gathered on Monday to break ground for the new Cafaro Family Field on the north side of campus. The new facility will be located on Elm Street, across from Cafaro House residence hall at YSU. The $2.5 million field ...

DeFalco goes from Niles to YSU

Marco DeFalco wasn’t expected to be a starting pitcher during his freshman campaign at Youngstown State, but due to several injuries, DeFalco had to step up this season, and gained valuable pitching experience. “I came in and I was expecting 1 to 2 innings max in games, and a few injuries ...

Ursuline grad Hake ready for one more season

NILES — Before Saturday’s regular season finale at Eastwood Field, the Youngstown State baseball team honored two graduating seniors who were unable to attend the spring commencement ceremony a few weeks ago due to a road series at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Kip DeShields and ...

Buckeyes’ blast

NILES — A crowd of roughly 1,500 people flocked to Eastwood Field Tuesday to watch Youngstown State host Ohio State, as this was the Buckeyes first time to the Mahoning Valley since 2015. The Penguins took an early lead, but walks and other minor miscues cost YSU as it fell to Ohio State, ...

Buckeyes to Eastwood

For only the second time the Youngstown State University baseball team is going to play host to Ohio State. The Penguins and Buckeyes are scheduled to meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Eastwood Field. Lucas Nasonti, leadoff hitter and centerfielder for the Penguins, is excited for the matchup against ...

One final time

YOUNGSTOWN — Chad Zallow tweeted out “Beast Mode Activated.” Below was a picture of him with a vertical jump prior to getting in the blocks and preparing for the 110-meter hurdles. Watch out field. The Youngstown State University senior hurdler and sprinter took aim at the rest of the ...