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Pelini comes home to lead YSU's football team

Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, a Cardinal Mooney High grad, agreed to become the seventh coach in Youngstown State's history, a move that invigorates a program that has made the playoffs just once since then-coach Jim Tressel, now YSU president, left for Ohio State after the 2000 season.

Petrony's fancy passing powers Poland

Dom Petrony showed off his smooth delivery, completing 8 of 9 passes for 175 yards and three TDs.

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YSU’s Schlegel named first-team All-Horizon League

The third-seeded Penguins (14-15) get another chance at the Horizon League title when they play host to sixth-seeded Oakland (13-16) in the tournament quarterfinals Wednesday.

Well-loved teacher fights ALS

After her diagnosis with Lou Gehrig's disease, Boardman teacher and coach Christine Terlesky, seated, has received an outpouring of support from many, including her immediate family, from left, daughter Emma, 5; sons Tyler, 9, and Brian Jr., 14; and husband Brian Sr.

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3-year-old found dead in unheated porch

Youngstown police investigate the South Avenue home where boy died in frigid temperatures. Officials believe the boy froze to death after falling asleep, wearing only underwear, in an unheated, enclosed porch.

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Fitch’s Figueroa ready for new challenge

The Falcon senior is headed to LSU to continue her track career.

Strollo: YSU to retain Wolford

Youngstown State Athletic Director Ron Strollo says he plans to give Penguins football coach Eric Wolford a contract extension some time in the next month. The university is pleased with the direction of the program and its players.

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Late flag costly to Cards

Cardinal Mooney coach P.J. Fecko walks off the field at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon after losing the state championship 27-21 in the final minutes of Friday's game.

Apathy, not anger, YSU’s enemy

If Saturday’s game against South Dakota State taught us anything, it’s this: Most people in Youngstown just don’t care.

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Hail Mary helps Mooney to advance

On the second-to-last play of the second quarter — just seconds after quarterback Jon Saadey had taken a costly sack to put Cardinal Mooney out of field goal range — the Cardinals faced a fourth-and-22 at the Cleveland Benedictine 42.

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Hubbard fine in overtime: Eagles beat Poland

Hubbard’s phenom running back, junior L.J. Scott, gave the Eagles that sweet victory on a 2-yard touchdown run to end the first overtime session.

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Alessi’s five TDs helps South Range topple Crestview

Alessi’s five TDs helps South Range topple Crestview

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Senior running back lifts Poland past Boardman

Senior running back Ross Gould ran 23 times for 207 yards and three touchdowns for Poland.

YSU, high schools kick off quests for gridiron greatness

YSU students, from left, Ansel Morsillo, Tyller Schonce and Jason Heyman show their team spirit during Thursday’s opener against Dayton. They and other students spelled “Youngstown” on their chests, and the Penguins proceeded to win 28-10.

Mellow Mangino makes impression at YSU

The big, mean, fire-breathing dragon of a coach — the one who was forced to leave Kansas for, among other things, having the audacity to poke one of his players in the chest — got physical with an injured Youngstown State player on Friday.

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Boardman’s Bronco

On July 28, Steve Vallos was playing with his two kids in his Seattle home when he got the phone call he’d been waiting on for six months.

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Thousands come out to remember Carmine L. Cassese

1,200 attend funeral for Carmine L. Cassese

At the end of the eulogy at St. Dominic Church, the crowd gave the longtime restaurateur a standing ovation.

YSU men eye tournaments

YSU eyes postseason tournaments

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One dream comes true in Big Easy

The Superdome had been dark for just a few minutes when it started.

Scalzo: Jim Harbaugh’s decision costly

A coaching decision short-circuited the 49ers’ comeback.

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Super Bowl brings back memories for Zoldan

For the past two years, the San Francisco 49ers have made Youngstown their second home.

Scalzo: Reedy Valley’s voice in HOF voting

Valley native Joe Reedy has a voice in voting for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Staley makes Super Bowl interviews fun

Joe Staley has fun on and off the field.

Easing into Big Easy

NEW ORLEANS Just before noon Friday, during my first few minutes in Alabama (state motto: Great

YSU players get to go home for the holidays

Not that you need an excuse to play a pair of basketball games in Florida in December but when Youngstown State coach Jerry Slocum decided to schedule South Florida and Bethune-Cookman, it wasn’t for his tan.

Helms’ 3-pointer lifts Liberty over Fitch in OT

Liberty basketball team wins in OT

A good year, but not a great one

On most days, Jim Tressel’s shadow stretches 50 miles, from the University of Akron (where he now works as something called the Vice President of Strategic Engagement) to Youngstown State University (where his name adorns the front of the indoor training facility and his legacy adorns everything else).

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No playoffs: Penguins denied berth in FCS postseason

For the first time since 2006, the Youngstown State football team finished a season with seven Division I wins.

Turnovers hurt as YSU’s skid hits 4

No. 22 Youngstown State turned over the ball and control of its season Saturday, falling 41-28 to South Dakota State in Missouri Valley Football Conference action before a crowd of 14,966 at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.

Playoffs starting early for Penguins

Youngstown State is guaranteed to play four more games this season.

Austintown Fitch enters playoffs in style

Austintown Fitch’s sourdough roll of a coach — crusty on the outside, soft and warm on the inside — was standing just outside the celebratory end zone scrum Friday night, using up a month’s worth of grins after his team administered the biggest beatdown anyone has given Cardinal Mooney in a decade.

Lunne to battle for a Top 5 finish

Earlier in the season, Canfield High’s Emma Lunne’s body wasn’t cooperating.

Penguins want to spoil SDSU’s party

It’s not hard for opposing teams to look like bums on Hobo Day.

Boardman’s cross country success inspires dreams of Columbus trip

By JOE SCALZO scalzo@vindy.com boardman John Phillips is coaching the most talented cross

Penguins need to turn on the lights

Let’s start with a moment from National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation:”

'Boom-Boom' back in spotlight Friday night at DeYor

Valley boxing trainer Jack Loew shares a laugh with Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini inside the DeYor Performing Arts Center before the premiere of the documentary of Mancini's life, “The Good Son” on Friday night.

YSU snaps 11-year skid against UNI Panthers

A crazed crowd cheered the Penguins to victory in Saturday night's match-up with UNI, snapping an 11-game losing streak to the Panthers. YSU had not defeated UNI since 2000, the last year of Jim Tressel’s tenure with the program. That was also the last year the Penguins began a season 4-0.

YSU counts on colossal crowd for tonight’s crucial UNI game

By JOE SCALZO scalzo@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN With more than 15 years as Youngstown State

Gridiron greatness kicks off tonight in the Valley

Varsity football will return to the Judge William Rayen Stadium on Youngstown's North Side Saturday for the first time since 1983. The newly restored stadium will host East High and the Ursuline Fighting Irish in a 2 p.m. match after a 10 a.m. tailgate party and 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting.

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Peterman anxious to make impact at YSU

When Eric Wolford was an assistant coach at Illinois, he recruited a standout Ursuline cornerback named Dale Peterman.

Tyler Naquin on display as Indians' top draft pick

The most visible player on the Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ roster carries an invisible target on his back that reads, “$1.75 million.”

Hvisdak earns chance at dream

Lowellville graduate will walk on for Youngstown State women’s basketball

Pavlik: ‘I did what I had to do’

Pavlik satisfied with win, eyes better competition next By JOE SCALZO scalzo@vindy.com In some

Pavlik arrives, ready to impress

‘The Ghost’ meets Scott Sigmon Friday By JOE SCALZO scalzo@vindy.com For the second time in

State meet full of great moments

The state track meet is my favorite event of the year, and not just because I was able to visit my

Shivers doesn’t waste any time; is D-2 discus champ

By JOE SCALZO scalzo@vindy.com COLUMBUS Anthony Shivers’ first discus throw at Saturday’s

Kelly Pavlik doesn’t fear Sigmon, Friday’s opponent in Las Vegas

By JOE SCALZO scalzo@vindy.com When Kelly Pavlik talks about his upcoming opponent, Scott

Badger’s Jennilyn Krumpe is 400 champion

By JOE SCALZO scalzo@vindy.com COLUMBUS Badger sophomore Jennilyn Krumpe hails from a town so

East High’s Sewell motivated by ninth-place finish in ’11

By JOE SCALZO scalzo@vindy.com COLUMBUS East senior Valentino Sewell embraces the “Hard work

Springfield senior secures shot put crown

Springfield senior secures shot put crown

By JOE SCALZO scalzo@vindy.com COLUMBUS Springfield senior Stephen Lyons started the biggest

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