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Penguins working around 2020 chaos

This year has had its share of chaos — COVID-19 pandemic, mask wearing, social distancing and divisive politics. NCAA basketball teams are about schedules, practices and structure. Those habitual behaviors have been tested heading into the 2020-21 season, which is scheduled to begin Nov. ...

YSU sophomore survived accident

John Barnes looked at his phone. It was Tim Lupardus. “When I get a call from a parent at that time of the evening, it’s usually not a good situation,” said Barnes, the Youngstown State University women’s basketball coach. Tim’s daughter, Gabby, was in a car accident. Gabby, a ...

From fall to February

There was frost on the new turf last Saturday morning at Youngstown State University. Stambaugh Stadium, referred to as the Ice Castle over the seasons, truly earns its name as the mid-autumn weather sets in. Under normal circumstances, the Penguins would be knee-deep in their conference ...

YSU women relying on senior leadership

YOUNGSTOWN — Mary Dunn comes across the baseline at the Beeghly Center. The fifth-year senior talks about how her Youngstown State University women’s basketball team is doing after her team’s first practice on Wednesday. She sees fellow senior Chelsea Olson. Dunn thinks back to how the ...

Penguins’ recruit likes to throw down cheeseburgers

YOUNGSTOWN — William Dunn’s height gave him a clear advantage over his Big “8” Conference opponents, dating back to his days in middle school. The Quincy, Mich., native stands 6-feet-8-inches and is known for throwing down more than a few two-handed dunks in his career. He is his ...

YSU’s Magestro comes from basketball family

YOUNGSTOWN — Malia Magestro spent the previous four years at Kennedy Catholic High School near Hermitage, Pa., about 25 minutes away from the Youngstown State University campus. The 5-foot-9 freshman guard finished her career with the Golden Eagles with 11 school records, averaged almost 29 ...

Penguins prepare for February(?) opener

YOUNGSTOWN — Pads are clashing and the Penguins are sliding around on a brand new turf, as work has begun in an effort to turn around the Youngstown State football program. There may not have been a fall season, but first-year coach Doug Phillips and his team are using their time wisely in ...

Ogoro ready to get his kicks with Penguins

Daniel Ogoro had his view of last year’s 18-15 season of the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team. He spent practices working on his shooting technique, defense and other facets of the game. Ogoro, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound redshirt freshman, knew he could contribute to what the ...

YSU’s Phillips remains upbeat about team’s future

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — When Doug Phillips was hired as the eighth head coach in Youngstown State University football history, all he wanted to do was get down to business and prepare his team for a new era in Penguins football and their opening game of the season. That was Feb. 7, right before ...

Spring into action

Preseason camp was already going to be shorter than what Youngstown State University football coach Doug Phillips was used to experiencing because YSU’s fall semester began earlier than usual. Camp ended up being even shorter. The Penguins only got four days of camp in before it was ...