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YSU Sports

Practice pays off

YOUNGSTOWN — Garrett Covington felt the anguish of one shot after another misfiring after they left his 6-foot-5 frame, as they clanked off the rim and fell to the floor or into the opposition’s waiting hands. The solution — go to the gym. Youngstown State University associate coach ...

Norse provide difficult test for YSU men’s team

YOUNGSTOWN — Northern Kentucky has plenty of talented players no taller than 6-feet-6 with four on the floor who can spread the opposition. The Norse have 149 steals, ranking 22nd in the country, and two players with 12 or more 3-pointers through six Horizon League games. That in a year ...

Penguin women still battling shorthanded

YOUNGSTOWN — Eight players out … on the floor. That’s the current status of the Youngstown State University women’s basketball team, down but far from out. The Penguins made a run last Friday at one of the best in the Horizon League, Cleveland State. The Vikings went on a 21-4 run ...

Can YSU remain among the best?

Is Youngstown State one of better teams in the Horizon League? My friend Mike laughs at the thought. ‘Who have they beaten?’ he asks. He starts rattling off Thiel, Westminster, USC-Upstate, North Carolina Central, SEMO (Southeast Missouri State), Robert Morris, Binghamton, along with wins ...

Making history

YOUNGSTOWN — The last time Youngstown State won its first eight games at home, “Rock With You” by Michael Jackson was the top single on the Billboard Top 40, the average price of a car was $7,574, Idora Park was still welcoming guests and Mahoning Valley residents were still shopping at ...

Gritty wins define these Penguins

Quiet. Michael Akuchie could hear the sounds of silence inside the confines of the Beeghly Center after basketball games. His squeaking shoes echoed. The sound of the bounces of the inflated, leather basketball, or as it grazed nylon baskets or clanked off the metallic rim reverberated in the ...

Shorthanded Penguins lose at CSU

CLEVELAND — Youngstown State had a tough task ahead of them going into Friday night’s contest against Cleveland State. The Penguins had to go into the Wolstein Center and square off against one of the better teams in the Horizon League, as Cleveland State came into the game with an overall ...

Game winner

YOUNGSTOWN — Darius Quisenberry took the inbounds pass as he’s done in so many practices, executing the same weave around the defense and drive to the hoop. He went up and past Oakland’s Xavier Hill-Mais, who was trying to decide if Quisenberry was going to drive or kick out to Michael ...

Women working around injuries

YOUNGSTOWN — Gabby Lupardus has taken to the floor the last couple of games for the Youngstown State women’s basketball team. Her knee brace is still visible, a sign of the two ACL tears she’s had as one of the best players in West Virginia high school history. The YSU redshirt freshman ...

Faulkner, Penguins have fun with defense

YOUNGSTOWN — Ethan Faulkner looks intently on the sidelines, on the edge of his cushioned seat. The Youngstown State University men’s basketball assistant coach isn’t too far removed from his high school and collegiate playing days. He remembered when he shuffled his feet in rhythm ...