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A step forward

YOUNGSTOWN — Players admit that it is hard to know what is coming from the Youngstown State football team on a weekly basis. YSU coach Bo Pelini is adamant that when the Penguins “stay out of our own way,” they’re really good. They weren’t in the way Saturday. At times, it didn’t ...

W. Illinois at YSU

A dream season is quickly becoming a nightmare for the Youngstown State football team. The Penguins have lost their first three Missouri Valley Football Conference games and were embarrassed by unranked Southern Illinois last week, 35-10. YSU (4-3, 0-3) faces a good team to start a ...

No panic from QB Mays, Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State senior quarterback Nathan Mays has seen a lot in his five years at YSU — a whole heck of a lot. Finally a starter after years of injuries and working his way up the depth chart, Mays understands what it’s like to endure a tough stretch of games. He was here ...

Young Penguins have potential

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — The Youngstown State women’s basketball team won 22 games last year and went 16-1 at home with a 13-5 Horizon League mark. They finished tied for third with IUPUI and right behind Wright State (16-2) and runner-up Wisconsin-Green Bay (15-3). Despite losing their top two ...

Getting healthy

YOUNGSTOWN — Devin Morgan was driving down a two-lane road near his hometown of Chester, Virginia, just south of Richmond. The Youngstown State University senior guard had both hands on the wheel, focused on the road. But something wasn’t right, his muscle memory failed. Morgan’s eyes ...

Penguins drubbed by SIU

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The month of October went from scary to downright frightening for the Youngstown State football team. The 18th-ranked Penguins lost their third straight in a shocking rout by unranked Southern Illinois, who scored early and often in a 35-10 drubbing at Saluki Stadium on ...

Scouting Report: Week 7

The pressure is on the Youngstown State football team, and it’s only the third week of conference play. Two straight Missouri Valley Conference losses has the Penguins desperately needing a win as they travel to Southern Illinois. YSU (4-2, 0-2) needs a bounce-back win against a solid ...

Penguins upbeat despite two straight losses

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State football team didn’t sound like a group down in the dumps a few days after dropping its second straight conference game. The 18th-ranked Penguins are mad, confident and feel they’re a few plays away from being 6-0. Instead, YSU is 4-2 and 0-2 in the ...

Defense the focus for upstart YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Garrett Covington’s focus was the loose basketball. It usually is. He remembers a Feb. 14 victory against IUPUI, trying to win possession. A Jaguars player’s shoulder stood between him and the ball. The shoulder won, but Covington didn’t want to leave the game. A ...

Calhoun likes where Penguins are headed

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — The expectations have been sky-high since Jerrod Calhoun was named YSU head basketball coach on March 27, 2017. No one’s expectations for winning and turning around a once-proud basketball program are higher than Calhoun’s. The 13th head coach in program history ...