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WRITER: John Vargo

Penguins start Horizon schedule

Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun hopes to see his players — now healthy — remain focused on themselves going forward. Calhoun is emphasizing icing, stretching, stem treatments. Hydration is a key for the Penguins as well. Practice times have been limited due to two shutdowns as a result of positive COVID-19 results. Scrimmages were non-existent as was summer ...

My time was special thanks to the people

Late morning, about 11 a.m. These grey corduroy and leather slippers hug my bare, size-14 feet on this chilly, snow-covered day as I make my way down the staircase inside my home. My daughter, Alexa, enveloped herself in a charcoal black polyester winter covering with a furry, brown Chewbacca suit underneath and my wife’s purple, rubberized boots as I gazed outward onto our snow-covered deck to find her ...

Former YSU trainer has opportunity in China

Todd Burkey had student-athletes enter his training room at Youngstown State University for the past two decades as the 1990 South Range High School graduate provided treatment so each one could maintain their prowess on the field of play. Burkey said he’s had “tremendous memories,” working with men’s basketball players like Vytas Sulskis, Ashen Ward, Kendrick Perry and Quin Humphrey. He also remembers ...

Adapt to change

YOUNGSTOWN — Optics. Quick judgements. In a tweet-first, ask-forgiveness-later world, it would be easy to say the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team is struggling. The Penguins trailed by six points to NAIA West Virginia University Institute of Technology (Beckley, W.Va.) at halftime Monday at the Beeghly Center. YSU’s team had returned to Youngstown around 11 p.m. Sunday, after playing ...

Adapt to change

YOUNGSTOWN — Optics. Quick judgements. In a tweet-first, ask-forgiveness-later world, it would be easy to say the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team is struggling. The Penguins trailed by six points to NAIA West Virginia University Institute of Technology (Beckley, W.Va.) at halftime Monday at the Beeghly Center. YSU’s team had returned to Youngstown around 11 p.m. Sunday, after playing ...

Bohannon, Quisenberry lead win at Binghamton

Naz Bohannon donned the dominant red Youngstown State University tank top and long shorts as part of his uniform Sunday in southern New York State. The 6-foot-6 senior men’s basketball forward lamented his skills against another team hadn’t been utilized since a March 5 loss in Chicago. Illness kept the most versatile Horizon League player shelved during Wednesday’s home opener against Point Park. ...

Poland powers past SR

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — Christian Colosimo used every bit of his 6-foot-1, 220-pound frame Friday after each errant shot careemed off the rim. Colosimo had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a night when Poland and South Range were seemingly social distancing from each basket. The two teams also combined for 35 turnovers. “For a big kid, a lot of people think he’s not a ball handler,” Poland coach Ken Grisdale ...

Youngstown State women’s team paused again

The Youngstown State University women’s basketball program prepared for its first game, starting with Saturday’s contest at Northern Kentucky University. No non-conference games. No scrimmages. YSU was slated to start Horizon League play. The beginning of the 2020-21 season was put on hold once again as the Penguins women’s basketball team had a positive COVID-19 test within the program’s Tier 1 ...

Getting started

YOUNGSTOWN — Finally, some semblance of normal in the five-on-five play on the 94-foot wooden playing surface with a dominant red block Y and the team’s mascot, Pete the Penguin, embossed just below the etchings at center court. So was the final score, Youngstown State University 72, Point Park 52. It was the first win for the YSU men’s basketball team and first game of the season, opening play at the ...

YSU seeks routine amid COVID chaos

YOUNGSTOWN College basketball coaches, their players and supporting staff are creatures of habit. Schedules are followed. Itineraries are met. Practices. Weight lifting. Classes. Meals. One-on-one meetings with position coaches. Those are just some of the on-campus activities student athletes have on a daily basis. The laundry list of activities on road trips with hotels, meals, video sessions, ...