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Penguins’ recruiting persistency paying off

A scholarship roster spot was available. Jerrod Calhoun and his Youngstown State University men’s basketball staff had Plans B, C, D and E in place. Jelani Simmons entered the transfer portal on March 18. By March 20, Wheeling Park (W. Va.) High School’s Alex Vargo verbally committed to ...

Former East star Martin lands with Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — Life wasn’t working out exactly how Dawan Martin planned soon after he graduated from East High School in 2019. The former standout football player signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Bowling Green State University, but there was a problem with his transcript. A ...

Penguins’ roster set with last pair of signees

YOUNGSTOWN — Shemar Rathan-Mayes is a 5-foot-11 point guard who spent the last four seasons with Orangeville Prep’s program in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Youngstown State’s coaching staff liked what it saw out of the backcourt player who averaged 14 points, seven assists, four rebounds ...

Summer camps canceled

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, all 2020 Youngstown State University boys basketball summer camps have been canceled, head coach Jerrod Calhoun announced. In addition, the YSU volleyball camps for this summer have been canceled. The Penguins coaches were scheduled to host two volleyball team ...

YSU coach earns top honor

YOUNGSTOWN — Doug Kuberski turned Youngstown State into a top-10 bowling program in the 2019-20 season. Now, the record-breaking campaign is concluding with him being named the National Tenpin Coaches Association Division I Coach of the Year. Kuberski, who was named the Southland Bowling ...

Bowling earns high mark

The Youngstown State bowling team finished its best season in program history ranked 10th in the final National Tenpin Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. The 10th-place ranking in the NTCA poll matches the Penguins’ final rank in the RPI. YSU began 2019-20 ranked 23rd in the preseason poll, ...

YSU coach has right mix to succeed

Skepticism is pretty normal for Youngstown State football fans, and for good reason. It’s annoying to belabor the reasons, but they’re hard to ignore. Forget that the Penguins have reached the playoffs just twice since Jim Tressel left for Ohio State in 2000. While it’s the most glaring ...

A plan for the Penguins

Doug Phillips was in Florida, on a business trip of sorts to recruit a player to the University of Cincinnati. The former UC assistant football coach was trading stories with another coach when Phillips let him know he began his football coaching career at Youngstown State. That caught his new ...

Adjustments made

Doug Phillips was well aware that preparation was going to be an integral part of his job when he was hired as the Youngstown State football coach in February. He just never realized he would have to be ready for one of the biggest pandemics in the last 100 years. The first-time college ...

DiGregorio’s touch

The Youngstown State University women’s basketball program notched 11 wins before Ed DiGregorio took over the program in the 1983-84 season. DiGregorio, who died Sunday at age 93, started to see growth of his program. The game-changer player came in Dorothy (Bowers) Collins, who was named ...

YSU legend passes

Jill Cupples remembers practicing shooting a basketball with Ed DiGregorio in the background. The former Youngstown State University women’s basketball coach equated it to putting your hand through a fishing net, one of the many one-liners DiGregorio used in his repertoire. Hard work, ...

‘Quis’ enters the unknown

The date stamp on Darius Quisenberry’s Twitter post read: 6:22 p.m., Thursday. The Youngstown State University men’s basketball player thanked God, family, teammates and coaches and declared he has put his name into the 2020 NBA Draft. He remains a student-athlete. He couldn’t talk on ...

YSU signs focused East track standout Hayes

Tobias Hayes wants to take his 6-foot-2, 200-pound body and glide over hurdle after hurdle. School is no longer in session, at least through the end of April because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The East High School senior would be training, readying himself for the start of the ...

Sudden end to senior season

Collin Harden had been nursing an injured hamstring. The Youngstown State University senior track and field athlete knew he’d be fine for the first couple of meets. He’s better now, but there’s no season for the Girard High School graduate. All spring college sports have been out of ...

Penguins looking forward

The notification goes off on Darius Quisenberry’s phone. It’s his teammate, Naz Bohannon. The two connect with one another, reliving good times from this past season, catching up with one another. They cannot get together, shoot around in the Beeghly Center in Youngstown. Their ...

YSU recruit starred in W.Va.

WHEELING, W. Va. — When it comes to hard work, Wheeling Park’s Alex Vargo personifies it. When he’s not practicing during a scheduled team practice or playing a game, he’s in the gym continuing to try to improve his skills. His play during his tenure as a Patriot was impressive ...

YSU seeks healthy 2020-21 season

YOUNGSTOWN — The record was 13-17 and 6-12 in Horizon League play after the 2019-20 season, not an ideal mark for the Youngstown State University women’s basketball team. This year’s Penguins team lost in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament March 3 at Cleveland State ...

YSU’s Quisenberry earns honor

Kansas City, Mo. — Youngstown State sophomore Darius Quisenberry has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 12 Second-Team, the association announced on Monday. Quisenberry, a 2019-20 All-Horizon League First-Team selection, is the first YSU ...

Hopeful for changes

YOUNGSTOWN — The Beeghly Center has been around since the early 1970s. The facility has held near capacity crowds of 6,000 fans or more in the past, watching the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team. Fans have taken to the red, hard-plastic chairback seats, have sat on the ...

Penguins may lose Simmons

YOUNGSTOWN — College basketball always has its coming and goings, but that has been more in the limelight in recent years with the NCAA transfer portal. This week was one of those cases as Youngstown State sophomore Jelani Simmons, a 6-foot-5 guard and former first-team All-Ohio standout ...