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YSU shoots down Jaguars

YOUNGSTOWN — IUPUI’s Sydney Hall had one mission during Saturday’s game — stay with Alison Smolinski. The Jaguars were well aware of the Youngstown State University senior wing. Smolinski has such a quick release; catch, shoot, make. She’s one of the best women’s basketball ...

Defense stars as Penguins win on road

MILWAUKEE — Garrett Covington scored 15 points and Youngstown State held Milwaukee to just 14 first-half points as the Penguins rolled to a 76-51 Horizon League rout on Saturday. Youngstown State used 16 players in the road game with 11 contributing points. At the midway point of the ...

Women play host to IUPUI today

YOUNGSTOWN — Alison Smolinski couldn’t miss from 3-point range early on in Thursday’s game. Each pass to Mary Dunn or Sarah Cash seemingly went for an uncontested lay-up from a well-timed lob by the Youngstown State University guards. Cash only played eight minutes in the first quarter ...

Shooting star

YOUNGSTOWN — Nikki Arbanas was in the crowd, watching her former team. The Hickory, Pa., native is Youngstown State’s all-time leader in 3-point baskets with 209. Senior Alison Smolinski was one 3-pointer away from joining Arbanas and Indiya Benjamin as the team’s only players to make ...

YSU men take GB to extra session

GREEN BAY, Wis. — JayQuan McCloud scored 24 points and Kameron Hankerson had 19, both career highs, and Green Bay beat Youngstown State 99-93 in overtime on Thursday night. PJ Pipes added a career-high 16 points, making 8 of 8 at the line including the tying points in regulation and the ...

YSU men work hard to change culture

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun hasn’t minced words since he’s taken over theYoungstown State University men’s basketball program. He wants to win, something that has happened as many times as you can count on one hand in the past three decades. Losing has permeated around this program ...

Penguin combo

YOUNGSTOWN — Jelani Simmons saw the opening in transition and knew he couldn’t let Oakland’s 6-foot-11 center Brad Brechting have another easy two. The words of Youngstown State University men’s basketball assistant coach Paul Molinari echoed in his head. Brechting went up, but ...

Little things add up to cost Penguins against Oakland

YOUNGSTOWN — Devin Morgan took the ball a couple feet outside of the 3-point arc, dribbling and trying to create space for a game-winning or game-tying shot. He drove on 6-foot-8 Oakland forward James Beck, attempting to get off a 3-pointer with 6 seconds remaining. Denied. Morgan, a 5-10 ...

YSU women 2-0 in Horizon

ROCHESTER, Mich. — The Youngstown State women’s basketball team outscored Oakland 30-13 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 69-55 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Athletics Center O’rena. The Penguins won for the third straight game, improved to 2-0 in Horizon League play and earned ...

Penguins drop Horizon opener

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University men’s basketball team started out conference play on the wrong foot, falling 78-66 to Detroit Mercy Friday afternoon at the Beeghly Center. At the start of the second half, the Penguins found new life and came back to briefly take the lead ...

Ugly win frustrates Barnes, Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — John Barnes exited the court at halftime with a scowl, leaving those in the stands wondering what awaited the Youngstown State University women’s basketball team at halftime. More than 1,000 elementary school children were in the seats surrounding the Beeghly Center court for ...

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 ...