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WRITER: Joe Simon

Canfield’s Mettille grew into success

When Canfield’s Alexis Mettille decided to go out for volleyball in seventh grade, it wasn’t exactly a match made in heaven. For one, Mettille was only going out for the team “for something to do,” and being the shortest player to try out, the sport didn’t seem like the right fit. “I could hardly even serve the ball over the net,” said Mettille, now a senior for the Cardinals. “So, it took a ...

YSU ends tough year with win

YOUNGSTOWN — The seniors on the Youngstown State football team walked off Dwight Beede Field with smiles on their faces Saturday after an upset victory. While they did their best to overlook a frustrating season, the grins were an expression they wished they could have shown more this year. YSU ended its season with a dominant 21-3 victory over No. 6 Illinois State at Stambaugh Stadium on a bittersweet day ...

Quarterback Mays gets one final snap

YOUNGSTOWN — Illinois State’s football team had started to make its way onto the field as the final seconds began to tick off Saturday in its matchup with Youngstown State. Then, the whistle blew. Timeout, YSU. It was an odd stoppage considering the Penguins were leading, 21-3. The crowd began to bustle, and then a hobbled player emerged from YSU’s sideline. It was fifth-year senior quarterback Nathan ...

Changes on the horizon for Penguins?

YOUNGSTOWN — Under fire by fans and mystified by his team’s mistakes, Youngstown State’s Bo Pelini didn’t sound like a coach ready to step away. He sounded like one ready to step into a new way of doing things. Coming off a third-straight loss that dropped the Penguins to 1-6 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and 5-6 overall (after a 4-0 start), Pelini admitted changes need to be made during ...

YSU at Indiana State

The Youngstown State football team may have officially hit rock bottom in a topsy-turvy season that has been in a downward spiral for weeks. The Penguins were whipped, 56-21, by a sub-par South Dakota team last week. It was the second-straight game YSU (4-5, 1-5 Missouri Valley Conference) allowed 56 points. As the Penguins play for pride, fans are calling for the ousting of fifth-year coach Bo Pelini, whose ...

Questions surround collapse of Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — There are plenty of fingers being pointed by followers of the Youngstown State football team on what’s going wrong. Defense. Offense. Coaches. Players. Fans have taken to social media to call out the litany of issues and who’s to blame. The Penguins are pointing fingers as well — right at themselves. Coach Bo Pelini admitted that losing five of the last six, including back-to-back ...

Scouting Report: Week 10

Another season has suddenly slipped away from the Youngstown State football team — or so it seems. The Penguins are coming off an embarrassing loss to top-ranked North Dakota State, and their playoff hopes are likely over after falling to 5-4 and 1-4 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. It’s a longshot, but if YSU wins out, it could qualify for the 24-team FCS playoff. If that’s to happen, it ...

Tigers, Devils both excited for MVAC rematch

Western Reserve coach Andy Hake and Springfield’s Sean Guerriero take different approaches to the game of football. Well, most coaches take different approaches to it than Hake, a fiercely intense person on and off the field who isn’t afraid to share his views with anyone. Guerriero is more reserved and understated. He channels his intensity in a different way, with a tactical focus that’s working ...

Penguins trying to pull up bootstraps

YOUNGSTOWN — Bo Pelini isn’t sure if his Youngstown State football team is still in the playoff conversation. He isn’t completely sure why there have been so many mental mistakes made by a team that expected to compete for a conference title. One thing he is sure of is that his team is not giving up after losing four its last five games, including a 56-17 thrashing at home to North Dakota State last ...

Penguins pounded by ND State, 56-17

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State football team decided to wear throwback helmets from the 1980s for its showdown with top-ranked North Dakota State University. The undefeated Bison followed suit by blasting the Penguins back to the past. The reigning FCS champions dominated YSU in a 56-17 Missouri Valley Football Conference victory Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium. “We got our (butts) kicked in all three ...