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Hometown hero: Waid picks YSU

Reaching the OHSAA Division IV playoffs was no easy task for Mark Waid and the Girard Indians, but once they got there, Waid found a home — in more ways than one. The star quarterback who led the Indians to the first state title game in school history made his college commitment official ...

Frustrating defeat

YOUNGSTOWN — Frustration. Youngstown State had plenty of it after Tuesday’s triple-overtime loss to Central Michigan. The Penguins had a couple of days to overcome those feelings and instill some confidence in this youthful team. But Western Michigan had other ideas in Saturday’s ...

YSU women overcome slow start in 80-56 win

YOUNGSTOWN — Jess Kovatch was unfazed by the stringent defense, sinking a couple of quick 3-pointers. John Barnes had seen enough in the first two-and-a-half minutes Saturday as the Youngstown State University women’s coach called timeout, frustrated with his team’s start against St. ...

Young Penguins fall in three overtimes

YOUNGSTOWN — Garrett Covington sat in front of the local media, tired and lethargic, trying to make sense of the printed box score in front of him. His shoulders and the rest of his body ached after a triple-overtime loss to Central Michigan, 100-94. Short, succinct answers, that’s all ...

WVU drills Penguins

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — James “Beetle” Bolden and Esa Ahmad each scored 15 points to lead West Virginia over Youngstown State, 106-72, on Saturday. It took no time at all for the offense to get started for the Mountaineers (5-2), as Bolden scored 11 points in the first five minutes, leading ...

Smolinski sets YSU record

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Senior guard Alison Smolinski made a school-record nine 3-pointers to lead the Youngstown State women’s basketball team to a 62-36 victory at Canisius on Saturday at the Koessler Athletic Center. The North Royalton native was 9-for-14 from beyond the arc, and she made six ...

Aggressive Trimmer is plus for YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Melinda Trimmer felt time was running out. The 5-foot-7 senior guard drove the lane and let the basketball fly out of her hand. The swish of the basket proved the aggression was the right move. It always has been for the West Branch High School graduate, trusting that emotion ...

Olson paces YSU over Akron

YOUNGSTOWN — Chelsea Olson looked lost at times this season, struggling to find herself as a mainstay in the Youngstown State backcourt. The 5-foot-9 sophomore seemed more comfortable as a wing when she flourished her freshman season for this women’s basketball team. It changed ...

Robert Morris drills Penguins

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Kendale Hampton’s 21 points tied a career high with his seven 3-pointers, accounting for about half of Youngstown State’s offense in the Penguins 76-56 loss at Robert Morris Wednesday. No other YSU player scored in double figures. Jelani Simmons and Garrett ...

Men, women look to get back on track

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State players exited the floor with looks of dejection. The Nov. 20 decimation at Kent State was sure to be forgotten. For three-and-a-half quarters, the YSU women’s basketball team had thoughts of redemption. They were more than a glimmer for a team with eight ...

YSU: Penguins drill Westminster

Five players scored in double figures led by Donel Cathcart III’s 18 points as the Youngstown State men’s basketball team defeated Westminster, 104-66, on Wednesday evening at the Beeghly Center. Sophomore Garrett Covington poured in 14 points while freshmen Darius Quisenberry and Jelani ...

YSU: Women drubbed by Kent State

KENT — The Youngstown State women’s basketball team went scoreless for a stretch of almost 11 minutes and struggled offensively all night in a 62-34 loss at Kent State on Tuesday at the M.A.C. Center. YSU (4-1) trailed 9-5 at the six-minute mark of the first period, but did not score ...

Decision to stay, or go, is on Pelini

The speculation began before the season even started. Before the epically embarrassing loss to Butler. Before there was a quarterback controversy. Before the team was eliminated from playoff contention. People have wanted to know what’s next for Bo Pelini since last season ...

Locals contribute to YSU program

YOUNGSTOWN — Cameron Kane-Johnson wore the Westminster College blue uniform proudly for the past couple of seasons. The Niles McKinley High School all-time leading boys basketball scorer had 30 points as the NCAA Division III team almost upended Youngstown State University last ...

Fla. International tops Penguins

NEW YORK — Junior Donel Cathcart III scored 27 points and freshman Darius Quisenberry had 21, but the Youngstown State men’s basketball team dropped a 102-93 decision to Florida International on Sunday afternoon in the Johnny Bach Classic at Rose Hill Gym. The Penguins fall to 2-4 overall ...

Penguins finish 4-7 after blowing lead

NORMAL, Illinois — The worst season of Bo Pelini’s coaching career ended on Saturday, and now Youngstown State will wait to find out if it was his last with the Penguins. YSU gave up 332 rushing yards and lost a fourth-quarter lead as Illinois State pulled away for a 35-28 victory at ...

Morgan scores 25; Penguins dropped by Fordham, 67-61

NEW YORK — Devin Morgan’s 25 points weren’t enough as Youngstown State dropped a 67-61 decision to Fordman Saturday in the Rams Johnny Bach Classic tournament. Nick Honor hit four free throws in the final 18 seconds and Fordham earned back-to-back wins.. Morgan’s fifth 3-pointer cut ...

Scouting Report: Week 11

A strange year comes to a close today, ending like so many others over the past 18 years — without a playoff berth. The on-again, off-again Youngstown State football team concludes a puzzling season on the road against Missouri Valley Football Conference foe Illinois State (5-5, 2-5). The ...

Plenty of smiles

YOUNGSTOWN — Madison Mallory smiled as she took a glance to her right. On the table in front of her during a postgame news conference were the final statistics of Friday’s 90-31 win over Carlow. She saw the 15 points beside her name, high scorer for the Youngstown State University ...

Penguins get 3-point attack going in win over Columbia

BRONX, N.Y. — Three-point shooting has been erratic to say the least for Youngstown State through the first three games. Friday, junior Kendale Hampton changed that perception during the Penguins’ 94-83 win over Columbia at Rose Hill Gym on the Fordham University campus in the first of ...