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Penguins’ game today postponed

YOUNGSTOWN — Today’s football game between Youngstown State and North Dakota at Stambaugh Stadium has been postponed by the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The conference made the announcement on Friday that the game would be resecheduled on April 17. It was called off due to a ...

Jakubec, secondary welcomed surprises

YOUNGSTOWN — It wasn’t a good look for Troy Jakubec. The Youngstown State corner appeared to be beat on a long pass down the sideline in a Feb. 27 game against Northern Iowa. Jakubec, a Warren G. Harding graduate, wasn’t beat. In fact, the deep area of the field wasn’t even his ...

Penguins out to maintain momentum

YOUNGSTOWN — Finding a way to win wasn’t easy for the Youngstown State football team for the first half of the FCS spring season. Now that the Penguins have figured it out, they don’t want to lose it. Their next opponent won’t make that easy. YSU squares off against sixth-ranked ...

Timely sweep

YOUNGSTOWN — Clutch hitting when it counted, that was the name of the game Tuesday afternoon for Youngstown State softball against Northern Kentucky. A pair of feel-good wins were also welcome following a bizarre weekend. Originally, the Penguins were slated to make a trip up north to ...

Finally finishing

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s been a feeling that coach Doug Phillips and the Youngstown State Penguins have been searching for. When the clocks hit triple zeros Saturday afternoon at Stambaugh Stadium on a gorgeous sunny day, for the first time in Phillips’ tenure as the YSU coach, the Penguins ...

Women’s lacrosse gets started

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s been a long time coming since Theresa Walton was brought in back in July of 2019 to helm Youngstown State’s newly formed women’s lacrosse program. The inaugural season — scheduled for spring of 2020 — of course was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. But now shot ...

YSU drops to 0-4 after late Jackrabbit kick

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Despite overcoming a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit and getting a 126-yard rushing effort from tailback Jaleel McLaughlin, the Youngstown State football team fell 19-17 at South Dakota State. Cole Frahm kicked a 29-yard field goal with 31 seconds remaining to lift the ...

Penguins earn 2nd softball split vs. UIC

Four games, four similar results — it’s what’s expected when the top two preseason softball favorites duel during the first weekend of Horizon League play. Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader, and with freshman Hailey ...

Scouting Report: Week 4

It wasn’t a victory, but Youngstown State’s 30-22 loss to Southern Illinois felt better than most defeats. The Penguins went toe-to-toe with the No. 11-ranked team in the country and held a lead for most of the game. That was a major step in the right direction, especially for an offense ...

Penguins gain split vs. UIC

YOUNGSTOWN — It had been 674 days since Youngstown State’s softball program had last faced another Horizon League opponent before Friday afternoon. Like all other sports last spring, the softball tean saw its season canceled before league play started and before they even had an ...

YSU to lose starter at DE

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State defensive end Antoine Cook has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, according to his Twitter account. The announcement was a surprise as the 6-foot-4, 255-pound junior had been a starter for the first three games of the season and was often mentioned as a team ...

YSU loses after early lead

YOUNGSTOWN — There were quite a few goals on the mind of Youngstown State coach Doug Phillips going into the third game of the season. Two of the biggest were finding a way to win and realizing an offensive identity. The Penguins couldn’t finish off 11th-ranked Southern Illinois, but ...

Southern Illinois at YSU

If first-year Youngstown State coach Doug Phillips wasn’t aware of the challenges of being in the best conference in the FCS prior to taking the job, he is learning quickly. After facing the No. 1- and No. 5-ranked teams in the country, the Penguins now welcome No. 11 Southern Illinois to ...

Penguins fall in overtime, 87-83

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Senior forward Naz Bohannon got the first triple-double in Youngstown State men’s basketball history and senior Garrett Covington scored a career-high 30 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Penguins as they fell 87-83 in overtime to Oakland in the Horizon League ...

YSU men aim for final four spot

The Youngstown State men’s basketball team rode a balanced attack to victory in the opening round of the Horizon League tournament last week. Tonight, with two major differences, the sixth-seeded Penguins hope to use that same balance and add a win in the quarterfinal round, thus claiming a ...

Penguin women face tall task vs. Panthers

Three senior stalwarts on the Youngstown State women’s basketball roster are in the position that comes with postseason tournament play — their next game could be their last game. Mary Dunn, McKenah Peters and Chelsea Olson, along with freshman standout Nneka Obiazor, have carried the YSU ...

YSU reprimands coach after sideline incident

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University Director of Player Personnel Tim Johnson will not be permitted on the sidelines for the remainder of the spring football season, Youngstown State and the Missouri Valley Football Conference announced on Monday. The reprimand comes two days after ...

Men, women earn titles

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — It wasn’t your normal Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships. Instead of two days of competition, there were four. Busses constantly kept taking athletes from Youngstown to Fort Wayne and back after their events wrapped up. There weren’t any spectators, ...

Fabulous freshman

She can attack the rim, she can step back with a jumper in the paint, and she can shoot the 3-ball. It’s been a bizarre season like none other, but Youngstown State’s Nneka Obiazor has made a massive impact in a short amount of time. The Penguins missed the first one-third of their ...

Rough start

YOUNGSTOWN — The Doug Phillips era got off to a rough start at Youngstown State on Saturday, and that was before the game even started. Phillips got tripped up and fell running onto the Stambaugh Stadium field for the first time as YSU’s head coach. He tucked and rolled as he landed, ...