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FOOTBALL

Gomes joins Pelini’s staff as DBs coach

YOUNGSTOWN

Youngstown State football coach Bo Pelini has hired another former player from his Nebraska days to fill out his coaching staff.

Former defensive back D.J. Gomes will be the Penguins’ new secondary coach following the departure of co-defensive coordinator Richard McNutt. Gomes joins wideouts coach Tim Marlowe and quarterbacks coach Joe Ganz as ex-Huskers who are now members of Pelini’s staff.

Gomes was a fifth-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins. He played for three seasons — two in Washington and one in Detroit — before entering coaching. He spent time as a graduate assistant at Central Michigan before spending one season as the cornerbacks coach with the Chippewas in 2017. He and current YSU assistant coach Carl Pelini joined former Bowling Green coach Mike Jinks’ staff in 2018, with Gomes holding the same title with the Falcons.

BASEBALL

Weather changes game schedule

TALLAHASSEE, FLA.

Scheduling changes have been made to the Youngstown State baseball team’s upcoming weekend series at Florida State.

Due to the threat of inclement weather on Sunday, the Penguins and Seminoles will now play a doubleheader on Saturday following today’s series opener, which will be played as scheduled at 4 p.m.

Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m. and game two will begin approximately 45 mintues after the conclusion of game one.

The two teams were originally scheduled to play at 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Penguins have now had changes made to their first two series of the season. YSU and Mississippi State were also forced to play a Saturday doubleheader on opening weekend due to an unfavorable Sunday forecast.

All three games will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra and WatchESPN with live audio available at YSNLive.com. Live stats throughout the series will also be available through links on YSUsports.com.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Three players earn Google Cloud honors

YOUNGSTOWN

Youngstown State women’s basketball players Mary Dunn, Sarah Cash and Melinda Trimmer were named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team, selected by CoSIDA, on Thursday.

Dunn was a first-team selection while Cash and Trimmer were second-team picks. The Penguins had just six honorees total between 1997-98 and 2017-18, and the last YSU selection was Brandi Brown in 2012-13.

As a first-team selection, Dunn advances to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Æ ballot. First-, second- and third-team (if applicable) Academic All-America Æ honorees will be announced in mid-March.

YSU is in District 5, which includes all Division I schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

Dunn carries a 4.0 GPA as a double major in communications and sociology, and she was the only non-senior or graduate student to earn first-or second-team honors in District 5. On the court, the Washington, Pa., native ranks fifth in the Horizon League in scoring with 13.5 points per game. She also ranks third in field-goal percentage, fifth in blocks, ninth in free-throw percentage and 13th in rebounding.

Cash is a fifth-year senior who is in the communications graduate program at YSU. She had a 4.0 in her first semester of graduate school, and she earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering last spring. She ranks eighth in the conference in scoring at 12.5 points per contest, and she sits second in field-goal percentage. Cash, a native of Lordstown, holds YSU’s record for career games played and is on pace to set the program record for career field-goal percentage.

Trimmer is a senior who has a 3.98 GPA as a biology / pre-med major. She leads the Horizon League and ranks 32nd in the country with a 2.32 assist-to-turnover ratio this season. She also ranks third in the conference with 4.2 assists per contest, and her .947 free-throw percentage in league play tops the conference charts. The native of Beloit, Ohio, has set career highs in nearly every offensive category as a senior.

YSU has high academic success as a team. The Penguins have been on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for seven of the past eight seasons, and they carried a cumulative GPA of 3.75 after the fall semester.

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