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YSU coach talks about breakfast, team

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — If the Youngstown State baseball team’s annual First Pitch breakfast is less than two weeks away, that can only mean that the start of their baseball season is also around the corner. Former Major League outfielder Ken Griffey Sr. will serve as guest speaker at this ...

Not feeling it from the start

YOUNGSTOWN — John Barnes felt something was amiss Sunday afternoon, in the early moments of the Youngstown State University women’s basketball game against Milwaukee. YSU lost a hard-fought, double-overtime game to the Horizon League’s usual suspect for a conference championship — ...

Vindication

YOUNGSTOWN — The word overtime is slowly becoming synonymous with the Beeghly Center. For the third straight day, the 48-year old gymnasium on the corner of Elm and what used to be Spring Street hosted a thrilling basketball game, although the result was in favor of the home team this time ...

Falling short in 2OT

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s been nearly a month since Youngstown State’s women’s basketball team played host after a five-game road trip, and the Penguins were ready to play their first contest at the Beeghly Center in 2020. YSU’s January homecoming was spoiled by the Green Bay Phoenix, a ...

Lost at the line

YOUNGSTOWN — Donel Cathcart made a 3-pointer with 5:15 remaining in regulation, watching as it hit nothing but net. His arm was extended and wrist snapped after the shot. He finished with a team-high 19 points. The bucket gave Youngstown State a six-point lead, one the Penguins could not ...

Women return home vs. Phoenix

YOUNGSTOWN — Two straight wins on the road was the elixir the Youngstown State University women’s basketball needed as it seemed to be hobbling into the tail end of its road trip last week. Jen Wendler didn’t hesitate. She has been the team’s lone post player, thrust into a role no ...

Penguin men at home tonight

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University men’s basketball team is coming off two losses, both on the road against the top two teams in the Horizon League — Northern Kentucky and Wright State. Wright State, one of the best mid-major teams in the country at 17-4, leads the league with ...

YSU’s Olson, Wendler earn HL honors

Youngstown State women’s basketball players Chelsea Olson and Jen Wendler have been named the Horizon League Player and Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Olson won the honor for the second time in her career, the first time this season. This is Wendler’s first time ...

Senior leader

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State’s track and field program has risen to become one of the powerhouses among mid-major colleges. Both the men’s and women’s programs have dominated the indoor and outdoor seasons in the Horizon League in years, and some people feel there’s still more to ...

Jackson’s goal is to inspire young people

YOUNGSTOWN — There are plenty of reasons why an athlete might pick a specific college. They might like the campus, or it could be because of the academic prestige. Some athletes just want to leave town after high school and discover another part of the world. Jamynk Jackson, a graduate of ...

Putting up a fight

FAIRBORN — Darius Quisenberry came out of the first 20 minutes dejected. The Springfield native was 1-of-8 from the floor for two points. Youngstown State University men’s basketball assistant coach Jason Slay put his arm around the sophomore point guard and started talking as they headed ...

Women beat Detroit by 15

DETROIT — Quinece Hatcher scored 11 of her career-high 15 points in the third period to help the Youngstown State women’s basketball team beat Detroit Mercy 62-47 on Saturday afternoon at Calihan Hall. The Penguins outscored the Titans 27-8 in the third quarter to turn a two-point ...

Penguins look for rebound tonight

FAIRBORN — The bus exited BB&T Arena in Northern Kentucky, only a 15-to-20-minute drive north toward downtown Cincinnati. Silence. Not much was said by members of the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team. Many were listening to headphones or ear buds. It was a time ...

Norse dominate

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — Youngstown State played well for the better part of the first 14 minutes Thursday night, closing out driving lanes and limiting 3-point opportunities. But Northern Kentucky eventually exerted its dominance once again — the same Norse team that won the Horizon ...

Attracting success in home of Norse

HIGHLAND HTS, Ky. — The drive from downtown Cincinnati is about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the traffic flowing out of the city on Interstate 471 toward a bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky. The trek into the Bluegrass State starts with a blue sign with a white outline of the horizontal ...

WOMEN: YSU downs Oakland

ROCHESTER, Mich — Ny’Dajah Jackson scored the last seven points of the game as the Youngstown State women’s basketball team pushed past Oakland Thursday at the O’rena, 79-74. Jackson scored a game-high 23 points and nine in the fourth quarter to lead the surging Penguins (10-7, 3-3 ...

Practice pays off

YOUNGSTOWN — Garrett Covington felt the anguish of one shot after another misfiring after they left his 6-foot-5 frame. They clanked off the rim and fell to the floor or into the opposition’s waiting hands. The solution? Go to the gym. Youngstown State University associate coach Jason ...

Norse provide difficult test for YSU men’s team

YOUNGSTOWN — Northern Kentucky has plenty of talented players no taller than 6-feet-6 with four on the floor who can spread the opposition. The Norse have 149 steals, ranking 22nd in the country, and two players with 12 or more 3-pointers through six Horizon League games. That’s ...

Penguin women still battling shorthanded

YOUNGSTOWN — Eight players out … on the floor. That’s the current status of the Youngstown State University women’s basketball team — down but far from out. The Penguins made a run last Friday at one of the best in the Horizon League, Cleveland State. The Vikings went on a 21-4 ...

Can YSU remain among the best?

Is Youngstown State one of better teams in the Horizon League? My friend Mike laughs at the thought. ‘Who have they beaten?’ he asks. He starts rattling off Thiel, Westminster, USC-Upstate, North Carolina Central, SEMO (Southeast Missouri State), Robert Morris, Binghamton, along with wins ...