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Penguins trying to pull up bootstraps

YOUNGSTOWN — Bo Pelini isn’t sure if his Youngstown State football team is still in the playoff conversation. He isn’t completely sure why there have been so many mental mistakes made by a team that expected to compete for a conference title. One thing he is sure of is that his team ...

Penguin men look for breakout year

YOUNGSTOWN — Darius Quisenberry came in to see Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun the other day, as do most of the Penguins. Open lines of communication are there between coaches and players. Quisenberry, a 6-foot-1, 188-pound sophomore point guard from ...

More depth for YSU women

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State women’s basketball team returns after last year’s 22-win season and WNIT berth. However, the Penguins have to overcome the losses of Lordstown native Sarah Cash, Alison Smolinski, the team’s leading 3-point scorer, and Melinda Trimmer — all key ...

Penguins pounded by ND State, 56-17

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State football team decided to wear throwback helmets from the 1980s for its showdown with top-ranked North Dakota State University. The undefeated Bison followed suit by blasting the Penguins back to the past. The reigning FCS champions dominated YSU in a ...

YSU brings back men’s swimming program

YOUNGSTOWN — After 34 years, YSU men’s swiming and diving is back. The Penguins hosted their only home meet of the season Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Center, as senior day festivities were also held for the women’s swim and dive team in their second and last home meet of the ...

YSU notebook

WAID RISES TO THE OCCASION: YOUNGSTOWN — With two quarterbacks beaten up as North Dakota State University battered Youngstown State into submission on Saturday, Penguins coach Bo Pelini had no choice but to turn to true freshman Mark Waid. The hometown boy was ready. While this wasn’t ...

Consistent play is necessary for YSU

Time is running out for the Youngstown State football team — and maybe for coach Bo Pelini. No, YSU won’t be firing him anytime soon — nor should they — and no, the Penguins won’t be eliminated from playoff contention if they lose Saturday’s showdown with top-ranked North Dakota ...

Scouting Report: Week 9

The on-again, off-again Youngstown State football team was at its best in a lopsided victory last week. The Penguins better find a way to repeat that performance this week. YSU welcomes No. 1-ranked North Dakota State to Stambaugh Stadium on Saturday with a chance to, again, secure a ...

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 ...