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Penguins can earn first-round bye with strong finish

YOUNGSTOWN — Win two games, host two games. That is the guaranteed scenario for the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team. If the Penguins win their last two regular-season games this week — both in Wisconsin — they can host two games next week in the Horizon League ...

All banged up

YOUNGSTOWN — McKenah Peters felt the pain aching through her body. You could see the grimace on her face. The Youngstown State University junior forward’s outward feeling was indicative of the Penguins’ women’s basketball team — painful. It was a rough game for a YSU team that has ...

Ups and downs of YSU game Saturday

Jason Slay looked around as the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team began to warm up with some stretching exercises. The YSU associate coach glanced around and started clapping. He observed his players — some stretching, others dunking. The group gathered around the basket. ...

Rally falls short

YOUNGSTOWN — YSU coach Jerrod Calhoun described it as a tale of two halves. The Penguins were coming fresh off the heels of a victory on Thursday over first-place Wright State and they looked to pick up ground in the Horizon League standings on Saturday afternoon against second-place ...

New coach must be right pick for YSU

The initial response was curiosity. Most people wondered: Who’s Doug Phillips? Youngstown State’s choice for the next football head coach was somewhat surprising. A relatively unknown football coach from the Mahoning Valley, Phillips wasn’t thought to be the first choice. The names of ...

Penguins in position to make history

YOUNGSTOWN — The shine off the Beeghly Center floor glows with the LED lights from high above illuminating down on the 94-by-50 foot floor. It brought a glow to the empty surface and building. The white and red cushioned folding chairs signifying each bench lay empty, as well as the red ...

4th-quarter rally lifts women

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University women’s basketball team has been overcoming adversity all season. It was more of the same on Friday night at the Beeghly Center. Abbie McDowell made a bucket with about 5 minutes remaining to put Detroit Mercy ahead by four points. YSU then ...

Penguins pass 1st quiz

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun explained himself in the post-game news conference. The third-year Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach started pumping his fist on the embossed Y on the Beeghly Center floor at center court. Youngstown State 88, Wright State 70. That was ...

Women seek home tournament game

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University women’s basketball team stands in seventh place in the 10-team Horizon League after 14 league games. Before last Saturday’s victory over a 17-win Cleveland State team, the Penguins (12-13, 5-9 Horizon League) were hurting with a six-game ...

It comes down to final four for Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — They play tonight against Wright State with a tipoff at 7 p.m. On Saturday, YSU hosts Northern Kentucky at 2 p.m. Next week, the Penguins have games Feb. 27 at Green Bay and Feb. 29 at Milwaukee, both starting at 8 p.m. And that is it for the 2019-20 season for the Youngstown ...

Recalling a packed Beeghly Center

YOUNGSTOWN — Feb. 10, 2001. The date was significant as Youngstown State University and Valparaiso were vying for first place in the former Mid-Continent Conference. YSU revealed a month later its exit strategy to the Horizon League, a newly formed conglomeration with teams like current ...

Youngstown State takes series from Houston

HOUSTON — Youngstown State University freshman Andre Good hit two home runs and had four RBIs to lead the Penguins baseball team to a come-from-behind 8-6 victory in 10 innings and the series win over Houston on Sunday at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park. The Penguins won their second ...

Bowling finishes eighth

The Youngstown State bowling team went 2-1 in best-of-seven bracket play on Sunday and finished the Mid-Winter Invitational in eighth place. The Penguins began the day in ninth place and were able to move up one spot behind wins over Tulane and UAB. Youngstown State’s lone loss on Sunday ...

Penguins snap losing skid

YOUNGSTOWN — Taylor Petit found her way inside the Cleveland State defense and wiggled around a couple of defenders as she does most games. A tipped ball, deflection or corralling a loose basketball, things which do not show in the box score. Six of her eight rebounds were offensive in ...

Oakland ends YSU’s three-game streak

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Xavier Hill-Mais had 20 points and 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season and Oakland beat Youngstown State 72-64 on Saturday. The win snapped YSU’s three-game win streak and dropped its record to 15-12 overall and 8-6 in the Horizon League. The ...

Penguins win 3rd straight

DETROIT — Garrett Covington had 16 points to lead five players in double figures and Youngstown State held off Detroit Mercy 76-72 on Thursday night as YSU won its third straight game. This is the third straight win over the Titans and second straight at Calihan Hall. Naz Bohannon added ...

Wisconsin freshmen key for YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Maddie Schires looks around at the other four players. Sometimes there’s juniors Ny’Dajah Jackson and Chelsea Olson, players with NCAA Division I experience. She knows she’s one of many freshmen out on the court playing more minutes than they normally would otherwise. ...

Routine pays off for Penguins’ Simmons

YOUNGSTOWN — Unnoticeable in the box score, and even harder to spot in the play-by-play summary. The steal by 6-foot-5 sophomore guard Jelani Simmons was what the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team needed in Saturday’s game. The game clock inside the Beeghly Center read ...

Baseball season starts Friday

There’s a net enclosing the field section of the track inside the Watson and Tressel Training Site. On the turf field, there’s a baseball game being played as coach Dan Bertolini and his staff watch their team scrimmage each other with the calendar moving closer and closer to first ...

Penguins must embrace journey

Matt Manley and his crew of student assistants had cases of water, Gatorade and other snacks stacked and ready to go into the storage compartments of the tour bus parked behind the Beeghly Center. Some were heading for overhead compartments in the middle part of the bus that was being ...