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WRITER: Joel Whetzel

YSU women top Milwaukee 58-50 to remain undefeated

YOUNGSTOWN — John Barnes said coming into the year that his Youngstown State women’s basketball team would be stingy on defense. On Thursday night, that defense delivered a critical Horizon League victory over Milwaukee, even without the services of starting forward Lilly Ritz. YSU held the Panthers to 16-of-60 from the field, forced 16 turnovers and used a second-half surge offensively to pull away for a ...

Penguins begin league play on the road

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s been a trial by fire for the Youngstown State men’s basketball team to this point, and that trend will continue through the end of this week and into the weekend. The Penguins (2-3) have been dealt a tough hand in having to figure out how to replace fifth-year senior guard Garrett Covington, who ruptured his Achilles in the team’s home opener Nov. 19. YSU won that game over St. ...

YSU women gearing up for big weekend

YOUNGSTOWN — After a 5-0 November, the Youngstown State women’s basketball team is set to put that undefeated mark to the test. The Penguins will embark on their first Horizon League homestand of the season, as Milwaukee and Green Bay visit the Beeghly Center tonight and Saturday afternoon, respectively. UWM was selected second in the Horizon League preseason poll, while Green Bay was slotted third and ...

Transfer Lilly Ritz excelling for Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — Playing Division I basketball wasn’t originally the end goal for Youngstown State’s Lilly Ritz. Now that she’s here, though, she’s taking advantage of the opportunity. A senior transfer from Division II Wheeling University, Ritz is off to a strong start through her first five games as a Penguin. The forward is averaging 18.4 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per game as YSU is off to a ...

’Guins cruise past LIU, 70-55

YOUNGSTOWN — Shooting just 3-of-11 from the field and having committed six turnovers, Youngstown State found itself locked in a battle with Long Island early on, leading by just one point after the first quarter Friday afternoon. So with its offense struggling, YSU turned to its defense. The Penguins held the visiting Sharks scoreless for more than 9 minutes of the second quarter to build a 15-point ...

YSU’s Robb Schmidt reflects on two decades behind the mic for Penguins men’s basketball

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s a cold winter’s night in the Mahoning Valley, and the Youngstown State men’s basketball team is tipping off. Eager for the matchup, Penguins fans tune their radios and listen in for the familiar voice of Robb Schmidt. It’s a ritual two decades in the making now, as Schmidt enters his 20th season behind the mic for YSU. He began his career with a Friday night road trip to Indiana ...

Penguins set to host Long Island

YOUNGSTOWN — After a busy start to the season and a successful road trip to begin Horizon League play, things have slowed down for the Youngstown State women’s basketball team. The Penguins (4-0) began the season with four games in 11 days, but now are in a stretch with only one game in the same span of time. That one matchup is a nonconference game with the Long Island Sharks at 1 p.m. Friday in the ...

Penguins end season with a bang

In like a lion and out with a roar. It was a frustrating 2021 football season at Youngstown State, no doubt, but also one bookended by major victories. All told, YSU finished 3-7, but each of the three victories came over teams that qualified for the FCS postseason. The Penguins opened their season with a thrilling 44-41 win over Incarnate Word (How long ago does that feel?) and finished it with a ...

Penguins fall to Niagara, 58-53

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun had seen enough. Trailing 7-0 with 16:24 left in the first half, Youngstown State’s head coach decided to make wholesale changes, subbing out his entire starting five just minutes into the game to send a message: the poor execution and low energy were unacceptable. That inauspicious start set the tone for a tough afternoon offensively, as YSU fell 58-53 to Niagara in a ...

Penguins fall on SIUE buzzer-beater

YOUNGSTOWN — It was a microcosm of what had transpired for much of the second half. With the game tied at 66, Youngstown State had a chance to win with 3 seconds to go. But on the inbound, the Penguins committed a backcourt violation, giving SIU-Edwardsville the ball with 2 seconds to play. The Cougars inbounded the ball to Ray’Sean Taylor, who caught it near midcourt, dribbled, and took two steps ...