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Motivated Bohannon sparks YSU’s win streak

YOUNGSTOWN — Naz Bohannon stood at the foul line. A deep breath was followed by sharp concentration as he trusted his repetition. The Lorain native arched his shot and saw the orange sphere touch no rim and graze the white twine netting on the way down to the playing surface. Paul ...

Football to play Akron in 2020

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University football team will open the 2020 season on Sept. 5 against Akron at InfoCision Stadium, the schools announced on Wednesday. The programs, separated by less than 50 miles, haven’t played since November 1995. The series between the Penguins and ...

Putting their best foot forward

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Noe Anabir receives the basketball as a couple of the opposition collapse on his 6-foot-8 frame. Youngstown State’s only senior men’s basketball player knows his ability to post up for a quick two points, boxing out another forward. He quickly elevates. No issues ...

Making it work

SOUTHFIELD, Mich — Matt Manley exited the hotel elevator with two sizable packed implements which his team uses for practice. His hands are rarely empty. Tommy Donadio joins him outside the bus, the two bundled up as much as they could, fighting the below-zero temperatures which plagued the ...

Barnes gets 100th Penguin win

CHICAGO — The Youngstown State women’s basketball team led by double digits for more than 33 minutes and coach John Barnes earned his 100th victory as a Penguin in an 83-59 triumph over UIC on Sunday afternoon. Alison Smolinski made four 3-pointers in the first eight minutes to help the ...

Four in a row

YOUNGSTOWN — The play was one of many in the first half and came as Youngstown State was making a run after an early deficit to Green Bay, leading by 10 at the time. Green Bay missed a jumper from about four feet away. It was rebounded by Naz Bohannon, one of nine rebounds he had on ...

Film study at heart of YSU preparation

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Cell phones were placed on one table, laid face down. All eyes were up front, focused on the projection through a MacBook held by Youngstown State’s assistant to the head coach Danny Reese, a Cardinal Mooney High School graduate. He sits in a red, padded chair amid ...

Zallow 3rd at Millrose Games

NEW YORK CITY — Chad Zallow had the lead for the first half of Saturday’s Fred Schmertz 60m hurdles at the 112th Millrose Games. Then, 2016 Rio Olympian edged out former Syracuse athlete Freddie Crittenden by .003 seconds to take the title on Saturday. Zallow stayed ahead of the rest of ...

More than meets the eye with YSU hoops

YOUNGSTOWN — Todd Burkey stood in a corner, watching and observing during Thursday’s game. His focus was vastly different than those in the Beeghly Center stands watching and complaining about a missed call, errant shot or successful play. They all saw the last-second bounce pass from ...

Zallow again in Millrose Games

Chad Zallow has earned plenty of frequent flier miles to New York City. The John F. Kennedy High School graduate has visited the city many times, usually after his business is done there. The Youngstown State University senior hurdler and sprinter reserves his energy in his hotel room, ...

In the nick of time

YOUNGSTOWN — Darius Quisenberry took the inbounds pass in front of the Milwaukee bench. The fate of this Youngstown State University men’s basketball team would be in its freshman point guard’s hands. The Penguins would have it no other way as the ball entered play with 5.5 seconds ...

Behind the scenes

YOUNGSTOWN — Amara Chikwe’s felt her knee give way a couple months before her senior year of high school as she played in her last AAU Tournament. The Westland, Michigan native (located halfway between Detroit and Ann Arbor) tried to save a ball from going out of bounds. She didn’t ...

YSU adding to area players

YOUNGSTOWN — Like millions of other football fans, Warren G. Harding senior Troy Jakubec watched the Super Bowl, but unlike most of those fans, he noticed something interesting about the New England Patriots. They had two players from Youngstown State on their roster. Sure, Jakubec made his ...

Pelini: Contract extension with YSU is in the works

YOUNGSTOWN — Bo Pelini joked that he was going to bring a couple different hats to set on the podium for National Signing Day on Wednesday — a tradition he despises. Not surprisingly, he decided otherwise. Part of his decision may be because the Youngstown native is staying put. Pelini ...

Sally contributes to YSU victories

YOUNGSTOWN — John Sally Jr., looked up and saw his coach, Jerrod Calhoun, motion to him. The last thing Sally expected with 6:19 left in the first half Thursday night against Oakland was for his No. 50 to be called during the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team’s game. He ...

YSU makes the plays to clinch road win

DETROIT — The last four minutes of games have been a problem for the Youngstown State men’s basketball team the first half of this season. Not so on Saturday, as the Penguins won their second straight game with a 72-70 win over Detroit, sweeping Oakland and Detroit in a two-game road ...

Penguin women clobber Detroit

YOUNGSTOWN — In their new pink jerseys, the Youngstown State women’s basketball team put together a dominant performance, defeating Detroit Mercy, 91-45, on Saturday and sweeping a five-game homestand. The Penguins had seven of their nine player roster reach double figures in scoring. The ...

Have some patience and it’ll all be fine

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — I have a key card for my room and a pass for Friday morning’s buffet breakfast. That’s all I had on me, along with my phone. One round of the berries, melon, yogurt and oats and another trip for a bit of eggs, potatoes and bacon. If you’ve ever been to a hotel ...

Road victory

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Michael Akuchie is there in the gym, about 30 minutes after a Youngstown State University home game. He’s bouncing the ball, shooting short, mid-range and 3-point shots, working on all facets of his game. John Sally is there as well. He hones his craft constantly, ...

YSU women in ‘strange’ win over Oakland, 76-61

YOUNGSTOWN — In a game described by Youngstown State women’s basketball coach John Barnes as “strange,” the Penguins won their fourth in a row, defeating the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 76-61, Thursday night at the Beeghly Center. “Melinda’s (Trimmer) free throw shooting was ...