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Penguins may lose Simmons

YOUNGSTOWN — College basketball always has its coming and goings, but that has been more in the limelight in recent years with the NCAA transfer portal. This week was one of those cases as Youngstown State sophomore Jelani Simmons, a 6-foot-5 guard and former first-team All-Ohio standout ...

Softball Penguins focus on classes

YOUNGSTOWN — Brian Campbell, his staff and players heard the news on Monday. The Youngstown State University softball team was no exception as the Penguins’ program, along with all spring sports around the Horizon League, were canceled for the 2020 season. They knew something like that ...

‘Special’ season lost

YOUNGSTOWN — Coach Dan Bertolini’s eyes were affixed on his television, smartphone or laptop, just like most everyone around the Mahoning Valley — watching Gov. Mike DeWine speak the afternoon of March 15. All bars and restaurants closed at 9 p.m. His Youngstown State University ...

Looking ahead

YOUNGSTOWN — Players, coaches, managers and administration, Jerrod Calhoun appreciates the support he has received after his third year as Youngstown State University’s men’s basketball coach abruptly ended in Chicago on March 5 — a Horizon League quarterfinal loss against UIC. The ...

Everything is on hold

Jerrod Calhoun would be in either a rental car, his own vehicle or flying across the country this time of the year. Recruiting is the lifeblood of any mid-major basketball program, especially for Calhoun, the Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach, and his assistants. On ...

Looking back at YSU’s last postseason berth

DJ Cole banked in a runner with 2.5 seconds remaining for a two-point win over Loyola (Chicago), formerly of the Horizon League and now a Missouri Valley Conference team. The sixth-seeded Youngstown State University men’s basketball team improved to 16-15. Former YSU coach Jerry Slocum ...

Penguins nipped by BG, 2-1 in home opener

NILES — A steady rain shower and chilly winds greeted the Youngstown State baseball team when it arrived at Eastwood Field early Tuesday afternoon. Eventually the tarp came off the field and after a half-hour delay, Bryce Warwick tossed the first pitch of YSU’s home opener to Jake Wilson ...

Hurt turns to focus for YSU

CHICAGO — Steve McClain looked over and saw Darius Quisenberry on the floor, crying. The UIC coach helped the Youngstown State University men’s basketball leading scorer to his feet. It looked like Garrett Covington, YSU’s junior guard and defensive specialist, had shed a few tears ...

Penguins’ upstart season ends vs. UIC

CHICAGO — Missed 3-pointer. Rebound UIC. Missed 3. Rebound UIC. Blocked shot. Rebound UIC. Missed lay-up. Rebound UIC. It eventually resulted in a loose ball, finally heading to the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team as the Penguins trailed by seven points with less ...

YSU: Intensity, defense, must travel to Chicago

YOUNGSTOWN — John F. Kennedy High School graduate Justin Bofenkamp looked at his current coach, Jerrod Calhoun, near the end of Tuesday’s game with Milwaukee. No high-flying theatrics or a game in the 80s or 90s. That’s not how this Youngstown State University men’s basketball team ...