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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 ...

YSU women not taking 3-0 start for granted

YOUNGSTOWN — McKenah Peters takes the rebound from associate head coach John Nicolais. The Youngstown State women’s basketball assistant coach watches the sophomore guard make 10 consecutive free throws before she has lunch with her team in the concourse of the Beeghly Center. Senior ...

YSU teams complete 2019-20 rosters

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State men and women’s basketball teams have completed their 2019-20 rosters with early signings on Wednesday. Jamir Thomas, a 6-foot-8 forward from Passaic, N.J., signed his National Letter of Intent. Thomas averaged 13.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per ...

Uneven Penguin season at end

YOUNGSTOWN — There was a decent amount of hype when Montgomery VanGorder decided to transfer from the University of Notre Dame to Youngstown State last January. The graduate student’s lone season with the Penguins didn’t bring the same excitement. VanGorder played well at times, ...

Opening up in style

YOUNGSTOWN — Sophomore Garrett Covington had time to reflect following Monday’s 106-83 win over Heidelberg. He and the Youngstown State basketball team had shot less than 30 percent from 3-point range through three games. Youngstown State was 4 of 17 against the NCAA Division III Student ...

‘Good’ Penguins drill UNI

YOUNGSTOWN — Armand Dellovade couldn’t help but wonder. The senior and four-year starter saw the same thing everyone else did during Youngstown State’s thorough, 31-10, victory over 22nd-ranked Northern Iowa on Senior Day at Stambaugh Stadium. He also contemplated the same thoughts as ...

Scouting Report: Week 10

It's not often — nor good — that a football team shows improvement in a losing effort, but such is the case with the Youngstown State Penguins. YSU couldn’t pull off a monstrous upset against unbeaten and top-ranked North Dakota State, losing 17-7, but the Penguins looked like a ...

Shooting blanks

PITTSBURGH — Darius Quisenberry let the basketball roll off his fingers as he had done so many times his senior season at Huber Heights Wayne High School. The Youngstown State University freshman made a 3-pointer just before the half to cut into Pittsburgh’s lead by three. He replicated ...