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Penguins’ problems were of their own making

YOUNGSTOWN — A strange season keeps getting weirder for the Youngstown State football team. This time, the oddities had little to do with COVID-19. The Penguins couldn’t hold a lead and struggled with turnovers and special teams against previously winless Western Illinois last week. ...

Penguins earn a second opportunity

It isn’t the first time Youngstown State’s bowling program has found itself in position to make the NCAA Tournament — although the feeling this spring is plenty different than last year. Feelings of disbelief and shock have been replaced by joyous celebration and a certain sense of ...

Penguins falter in close loss

MACOMB, Ill. — Two late interceptions helped Western Illinois rally past Youngstown State and earn its first win of the season, 27-24, in a Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup on Saturday. The Penguins (1-5, 1-5) held a 24-19 lead early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Mark ...

Scouting Report: Week 7

As if the last year couldn’t get any stranger, it did for the Youngstown State football team last week. The Penguins had their Week 6 game canceled when North Dakota endured a positive COVID-19 test — and subsequent contact tracing — and was forced to remain in its home state. The news ...

Back on track

YOUNGSTOWN — It wasn’t your normal “outdoor” track meet — then again the last year has been everything but normal for Collin Harden. The Girard High School grad turned Youngstown State star didn’t know if he was going to come back to school after the COVID-19 pandemic ended the ...

Improving Penguins come off idle week

YOUNGSTOWN — The gradual improvement is evident to Youngstown State coach Doug Phillips — and probably any fan of YSU. Every time the Penguins have played a football game this spring season, a young, inexperienced team has taken major strides. That’s part of the reason the cancellation ...

Closing out a comeback

NILES — Youngstown State baseball coach Dan Bertolini walked out of the right-field clubhouse holding a large bottle of water, half empty, and the Penguins’ coach looked like he’d just run a marathon. In reality, what YSU went though this past weekend wasn’t far from a marathon. The ...

Split leaves YSU with 3 wins

YOUNGSTOWN — Sweeping a team during a three-game series is difficult enough, but having to win a fourth? That’s a whole other challenge in itself — besides being another weird quirk of the COVID-19 protocols. Youngstown State’s softball program found that out Saturday afternoon, ...

Penguins’ game today postponed

YOUNGSTOWN — Today’s football game between Youngstown State and North Dakota at Stambaugh Stadium has been postponed by the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The conference made the announcement on Friday that the game would be resecheduled on April 17. It was called off due to a ...

Wild win at home

NILES — Like a WWE wrestler, Youngstown State’s Nick Caruso walks out of the clubhouse at Eastwood Field with a flashy belt hung around his right shoulder. Faux-gold plated grommets and all, the belt, titled “Freak of the Week,” goes to the YSU baseball player who had the best week in ...