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WRITER: Joel Whetzel

Penguins looking to rebound

YOUNGSTOWN — The Penguins have turned the page. Coming off of its first Horizon League loss of the season, a 76-68 overtime defeat against preseason favorite IUPUI, Youngstown State has left that in the past and is looking forward, according to coach John Barnes. That path forward begins with back-to-back games with Robert Morris, the first of which is tonight in Moon Township, Pa., at the UPMC Events ...

Callahan set for return to RMU

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s going to be an odd feeling, Megan Callahan admits. Once a regular starter for Robert Morris, Callahan is set for her first return to the UPMC Events Center. Only this time, she’ll be the invader as she and Youngstown State pay the Colonials a visit Thursday night. Callahan transferred to YSU during the offseason after earning her bachelor’s degree from RMU. “That’s like a home ...

Dota named Boardman football coach

BOARDMAN — After a few years away from being a head coach, D.J. Dota says he’s feeling rejuvenated. He’ll bring that energy and refreshed mindset to Boardman, where he was named head coach of the Spartans on a chilly Saturday morning at the 50 yard line of Spartan Stadium, where many supporters and Boardman players were in attendance. “I’m really excited about being a head coach again,” said ...

Ogoro lifts YSU past Wright State

YOUNGSTOWN — Down but never out, Youngstown State finally managed to find a way to come out on top. Tied at 86 with Wright State, Dwayne Cohill allowed the clock to tick to about 10 seconds before driving the lane and kicking to Shemar Rathan-Mayes. He followed by kicking it to the corner to Daniel Ogoro, who fired off an open 3-pointer. Swish. And with those three points, YSU ended a three-game ...

YSU falters late to IUPUI in 76-68 OT loss

YOUNGSTOWN — The opportunity was there, just not the finish. Holding an eight-point lead with under a minute to play, Youngstown State had preseason Horizon League favorite IUPUI on the ropes. But a furious Jaguar rally, capped by a corner 3-pointer from Anna Mortag with 6 seconds left, forced overtime. From there, the Jaguars, thanks in large part to center Macee Williams, dominated en route to a 76-68 ...

Shy, YSU throttle UIC, 69-46

YOUNGSTOWN — It was a confidence-building performance for Paige Shy. Having not eclipsed double figures since Dec. 2’s win over Milwaukee, the junior transfer from Marshall caught fire from deep Friday night, sinking 5-of-8 shots from 3-point range to score 15, as YSU throttled visiting Illinois-Chicago in Horizon League play, 69-46, in front of 1,297 fans at the Beeghly Center. The win is YSU’s ...

Youngstown State drops third straight in last-second loss to Northern Kentucky, 68-67

YOUNGSTOWN — Three consecutive losses, each more agonizing than the last. Youngstown State’s frustrating stretch continued Thursday night, as the Penguins dropped a last-second heartbreaker to Northern Kentucky in Horizon League play, 68-67. YSU (9-8, 3-4) initially appeared on its way to a thrilling rally, as the Penguins surged from a 66-62 deficit to take a 67-66 lead after NKU’s Jake Evans missed ...

YSU women taking it one game at a time

YOUNGSTOWN — Make no mistake, Sunday’s matchup with IUPUI is among the biggest matchups Youngstown State women will have this season. But before the Penguins (14-1, 8-0 Horizon League) get their shot at the league’s preseason favorite, they have business to take care of tonight against Illinois-Chicago (2-9, 1-5). That “one game at a time” mentality has been the mindset for YSU this season. ...

YSU seeking to right the ship against NKU, Wright State

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun is frank in his assessment of how things are going for Youngstown State. The Penguins (9-7, 3-3 Horizon League) have lost three of their last four games since the new year, including back-to-back defeats last week against Purdue Fort Wayne (71-61) and Cleveland State (86-80 in overtime), the latter of which YSU led at halftime and throughout much of the second half. “I think ...

Penguins fall to Cleveland St. in OT, 86-80

YOUNGSTOWN — This is one Youngstown State will want back. With its back against the wall following a frustrating loss to Purdue Fort Wayne two days ago, YSU gave Horizon League-leading Cleveland State all it could handle. In fact, the Penguins had a few opportunities to close the game out. But miscues at inopportune times and game-deciding shots not falling proved to be the Penguins’ undoing, as they ...