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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: What the hell is up with this board?
« on: July 12, 2019, 03:17:56 PM »
1 itís the middle of July
2 losing season last year with a historic loss to basically a D3 school

What kind of excitement do you want?

Iím personally excited for the Sanford game, we finally get a quality OOC opponent thatís not FBS.

Sanford is a middle-of-the-pack team. We should win with ease, but everyone will make a big deal out of it just in case do not. They are the 3rd-weakest team on our schedule.

Samford (neutral)
Robert Morris
at UNI South Dakota State
at Southern Illinois
Western Illinois
North Dakota State
at South Dakota
at Indiana State
Illinois State

I cannot agree, as "go guins" said, who makes the play-off determination? When we were in the OVC, it was the toughest conference; then everyone left for IA ball. People used to say the SWAC was the toughest because of all the NFL players spawned ...we now know that most of those teams are nobody beyond their "Air McNair's".

The A-10 was toughest for a few years, then died and resurfaced (CAA) and is arguably as tough as the MVFC. The NCAA cannot be playing favorites. They need to pick equally. As they do in D-II. Position, not teams.

There is also additional benefits as it adds more importance to conference crowns. Additionally, it would be nice to have 4-regional champions each year.

I never will understand this. If you are in a "currently" tougher conference, then you will always be ranked high because you play predominantly conference teams. The fact is, many conferences are just as tough as the MVFC, to other teams in that same conference. That is really what is relevant. This is the reason we should have a play-off more similar to D-II, that takes the same positions each time ...not the same teams like we have in the FCS play-off.

If you start ignoring the current lesser conferences then these conference will never improve, which just defeats the purpose of collegiate sports.

If you take 24-teams (which I am completely against) All teams that win a conference should be in the post-season. That would be 12-teams (or 10). The remaining 12 teams should be made up of #2 teams in conferences, other half of split conferences and independents that are truly worthy. The split for the remaining 12-teams should be 3-teams from each the 4 NCAA regions.

Youngstown State had 107 student-athletes named to the Horizon League's Spring Academic Honor Roll, the league recently announced.

YSU's women's track and field/cross country had the most selections with 20, followed by the men's track and field program which had 17. The soccer team had 12 and baseball team 12 and volleyball contributed nine student-athletes to the honor roll.

Candidates for the Honor Roll must meet three criteria in order to qualify:

    Participation in at least one of the Horizon League's 19 sports during the most recent (or current) season.
    Completion of three semesters (or four quarters, where applicable) as a full-time student at the same member institution.
    A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale).

The names of YSU's student-athletes on the Horizon League Spring 2019 Academic Honor Roll are below:

Baseball (12): Nick Caruso, Web Charles, Dalton Earich, Collin Floyd, Blaze Glenn, Joel Hake, Grant Kersh, Nick LaBrasca, Zach Loptaka, Cameron Murray, Lucas Nasonti, Jon Snyder

Men's Basketball (1): Noe Anabir

Women's Basketball (6): Sarah Cash, Amara Chikwe, Mary Dunn, Chelsea Olson, McKenah Peters, Alison Smolinski, Melinda Trimmer

Men's Golf (6): CJ Hughes, Ken Keller, Jason McQuown, Kevin Scherr, Evan Standohar, Justin Stark

Women's Golf (2): Megan Creager, Kara Raines

Women's Soccer (12): Ashley Dibble, Isabella Futchi, Alex Haupt, Brittany Hoskins, Madison Hughes, Shani Jefferson, Kelsey Kitchen, Kate McEachern, Larsen Murvin, Lexi Neal, Sydney Ossege, Sammy Salatino

Softball (5): Danielle Dadig, Paige Geanangel, Milena Lacatena, Maddi Lusk, Lexi Zappitelli

Women's Swimming & Diving (7): Zsani Csado, Shay Hollow, Kat Keller, Jamie Leming, Tiphaine Saint-Gilles, Taylor Tofil, Natalie Yehle

Men's Tennis (5): Yossi Dahan, Baher El Mekawi, Joao Garretto, Danylo Veremeichuk, Vasilis Vardakis

Women's Tennis (4): Imaan Hassim, Cassandra Moraleja, Tamara Teufl, Lucia Zagar

Men's Track & Field/Cross Country (17): Myron Anderson, Derek Basinger, Alan Burns, Dylan Dombi, Glen Knowles, Brandon Mosley, James Nedrich, Chibuke Obinnakwelu, Brandon Orlando, Joe Pfeffer, Tyler Polman, Stefan Pontius, Macklin Rose, Ryan Sullivan, Jake Wilson, Brook Wooten, Chad Zallow

Women's Track & Field/Cross Country (20): Katie Clement, Iva Domitrovich, Natalie Fleming, Rachel Hart, Abby Jones, Nicolette Kreatsoulas, Antonella LaMonica, Angela Lock, Denise Machamer, Shelby Marken, Raquel Markulin, Laknessa Martin, Azya McLin, Kaitlyn Merwin, Jennifer Muhlenkamp, Teneisha Myers, Kira Neef, Jasmine Smyles, Nicole Sqautrito, Caitlyn Trebella

Volleyball (9): Libbie Darling, Valor Haggerty, Aleah Hughes, Erin Kalahar, Marketa Plesingrova, Carla Relitz, Margaux Thompson, Morgan Tippie, Sarah Varcolla

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Vindicator folding and YSU effect ?
« on: July 03, 2019, 03:47:45 PM »
I think if the politics starts to spread on the thread, I will just move it to the non-sports section as usual. For now, it is not too bad. I too, get the Vindy and the Dispatch on-line only. There is tremendous room for an on-line Ytown paper on line. Keep the news local, then add a Roku other streaming channel. It is not rocket science, you just need to think more progressively. The Vindy invested nothing in the digital world (as with most paper execs) for years; the Next thing you know, they are regressive. A thing of the past.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Transfers
« on: June 28, 2019, 05:56:15 PM »
I would not get too excited. Patterson was ranked 266th overall in the state of GA (coming out of HS) and didnít appear in a single game last season with the Hilltoppers. The coaches said that while it is always sad to see a player go ... WKUís secondary is deep talented up-and-comers, most of which figure to play significantly more than Patterson would have.

So he may not have any issues. Let's just look at him as a solid recruit at our level.

Youngstown State student-athletes set an all-time high with a semester grade-point average of 3.19, the athletic department announced on Monday.

Led by the women's basketball team's 3.74 grade-point average, 15 teams posted semester GPAs of 3.0-or-higher, and 50 individual student-athletes recorded a semester grade-point average of 4.0.

Sixty-four percent (246) of YSU student-athletes posted a semester GPA of 3.0-or-higher while 65 percent (255) carry a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0.
The following 14 student-athletes have a cumulative 4.00 gpa through Spring Semester 2019:
Mary Dunn (women's basketball), James Wilson (football), Madison Mallory (women's basketball), Bryan Kordupel (men's golf), Vince Gentile (football), Alexandra Deleon (softball), Alexandra Haupt (women's soccer), Imaan Hassim (women's tennis), Zeeyana Jivraj (women's soccer), Abby Jones (track and field), Alexis Hughes (volleyball), Kira Neef (track and field), Erin Kalahar (volleyball), Claire Vendemia (track and field).
The following 50 student-athletes earned semester GPA's of 4.00 during Spring Semester 2019:
Jon Snyder (baaseball), Noe Anabir (men's basketball), Mary Dunn (women's basketball), Nikki Mendez (bowling), Madison Mallory (women's basketball), Alexis Sullivan (bowling), Melinda Trimmer (women's basketball), Emma Wasielewski (bowling), Emma VanZanten (women' basketball), Bryan Kordupel (men's golf), Joe Alessi (football), Evan Standohar (men's golf), Vince Gentile (football), Megan Creager (women's golf), Kyle Hegedus (football), Victoria Grans (women's golf), Derek Hite (football), Alexandra Deleon (softball), Sam St. Surin (football), Alexandra Haupt (women's soccer), Christian Turner (football), Zeeyana Jivraj (women's soccer), James Wilson (football), Larsen Murvin (women's soccer), Zsnett Csado (swimming and diving), Sydney Ossege (womnen's soccer), Kat Keller (swimming and diving), Samantha Salatino (women's soccer), Mallory Pitstick (swimming and diving), Yossi Dahan (men's tennis), Imaan Hassim (women's tennis), Loran Dolak (track and field), Cassandra Moraleja (women's tennis) Abby Jones (track and field), Lucia Zagar (women's tennis), Nicolette Kreatsoulas (track and field), Alexis Hughes (volleyball), Jennifer Muhlenkamp (track and field/XC), Erin Kalahar (volleyball), Kira Neef (track and field), Morgan Tippie (volleyball), Mackenzie Scott (track and field/XC), Sarah Varcolla (volleyball), Maggie Sebest (track and field/XC), Dylan Dombi (track and field/XC), Nicole Squatrito (track and field/XC), James Nedrich (track and field/XC), Claire Vendemia (track and field), Mikel Lagaras (track and field), Wyatt Lefker (track and field).

YSU Penguin Athletics / Basketball Signs Guard Daniel Ogoro
« on: June 22, 2019, 09:20:50 AM »
Daniel Ogoro, a 6-foot-5 point guard, has signed a grant-in-aid to join the Youngstown State men's basketball program for the 2019-20 season, Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun announced.

"Daniel Ogoro gives us more versatility at the guard position," Calhoun said. "He is a terrific passer, has a great feel for the game, and has a tremendous basketball IQ."

Ogoro, who is originally from London, England, was a two-time All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League First-Team selection at Mercersburg Academy.

He also averaged 12 points, six rebounds, nine assists, and two steals per game last season at Springfield Commonwealth Academy. Ogoro helped lead his squad to a conference runner-up finish.

Ogoro joins Chirstian Bentley (Brampton, Ont.), Tyler Foster (Baltimore, Md.) and Jamir Thomas (Passaic, N.J.) in the 2019-20 recruiting class.

Youngstown State junior Collin Harden will run in the semifinals of the 400m hurdles on Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships from Mike A. Myers Track Stadium in Austin, Texas. Harden will race in the second heat which is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN 2.

Harden will run in the second of three heats in the semifinal round. The top two finishers from each heat and the two-fastest times from the remaining hurdlers will advance to Friday's Championship final at 9:57 p.m eastern time. Three runners in the second heat ran times of 49.94 seconds or faster at the recent NCAA East and West Preliminaries.

Only seven hurdlers are returning from last year's 400m hurdles field. The top returning finishers from last year's championships are Michigan's Taylor McLaughlin (4th) and Texas A&M's Infinite Tucker (8th).

All sports need to be on campus, but baseball is more than a field. So until we can afford to do it properly, Niles offers the park. Heck YSU was dropping baseball just a couple of years ago. Look at Kent, selling their golf course.

Personally, I still like Eastwood. It ties YSU to Trumbull County and also is an affiliation with the Tribe. I guarantee you that OSU and Penn St. are not going to play at YSU; just as WVU will play at the Chevy Center, but not at Beeghly. Even though Beeghly may be larger in terms of capacity. It is the nicest baseball facility in the conference and the Horizon always uses it when they need a host. Just as they use YSU for Track & Field. Although with the loss of 3 Horizon League baseball teams ...not so much.

Say Chief. Isn't there land, for a baseball park, marked off as part of that Cafaro donation? I think it is going to be beside the new intramural complex. It is before you get to Elm. I need to see if they have that on-line as part of "We See Tomorrow".

The sixth-seeded Youngstown State baseball team will begin play in the 2019 Horizon League Baseball Championship against third-seeded Milwaukee on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The tournament is being hosted at Wright State's Nischwitz Stadium after the Raiders secured the top seed in the field. All games of the tournament will be streamed live on ESPN+, and live stats will also be available through links on

Wednesday's opening-round games will be single elimination, and the tournament will shift to a double-elimination format on Thursday once it is narrowed to four teams. If the Penguins win, they will play top-seeded Wright State in the winners bracket on Thursday at 11 a.m.

Fourth-seeded Northern Kentucky and fifth-seeded Oakland will open the tournament on Wednesday at noon.

A school record eight Youngstown State men's track and field athletes have advanced to compete at the NCAA East Preliminary Round which will be held May 23-25 in Jacksonville, Fla. The event is being hosted by North Florida and Jacksonville Sports Authority at Hodges Stadium.

Competing for the Penguins are Ryan Sullivan (10,000m), Chad Zallow (110m Hurdles), Collin Harden (400m Hurdles), Wyatt Lefker (pole vault), Dom Westbay (Shot Put), Zach Gehm (Discus), Jake Wilson (Javelin) and Noah Drudy (Javelin).

Zallow is the top ranked qualifier for YSU ranking 12th in the 110m hurdles and Harden is 15th in the 400m hurdles. Wilson ranks 22nd while Drudy is 28th in the javelin, Gehm is 31st in the discus, Westbay is 35th in the shot put, Sullivan is 37th in the 10,000m and Lefker is 47th in the pole vault.

Zallow is a four-time NCAA prelims qualifier while Harden is now a three-time competitor at the prelims. The six other Penguins are each first-time qualifiers.

Zallow, who has been a second-team Outdoor All-American the past two years in the 110m hurdles, enters the prelims with a top time of 13.70 seconds which he recorded at the Clyde Littfield Texas Relays back on March 30. Harden's quickest time in the 400m hurdles came at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships on May 5 when finished in 51.01 seconds. Sullivan's top performance in the 10,000m came at the NC State Raleigh Relays when clocked a time of 29:38.15 on March 29.

Wilson and Drudy's furthest throws in the javelin were recorded at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships on May 3. Wilson's top throw was 66.98m while Drudy recorded a mark of 65.86m. In the discus, Gehm's school-record throw of 54.17m came on April 20 at the Ashland Alumni Open. Westbay's top toss in the shot put of 17.75m came on April 27 at the Jesse Owens Relays. Lefker's school-record mark in the pole vault is 5.01m which he recorded on May 10 at the Harrison Dillard Twilight.

Last year, Zallow won both of his heats in the 110m hurdles to advance to the NCAA Championships while ultimately finishing 15th. Harden placed fourth in his heat of the 400m hurdles with a time of 52.35 seconds while finishing 30th overall in the event.

The 400m hurdles are set for Thursday, May 23 at 5 p.m. and Friday, May 24 at 7:15 p.m. The 10,000m semifinal is at 9:40 p.m. on May 23. The 110m hurdles are set for May 24 at 5:00 p.m. and May 25 at 7:20 p.m.

The pole vault is at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23. The javelin is Friday, May 24 at 12:00 p.m. while the discus gets underway at 4:00 p.m. The shot put is Saturday, May 25 at 2:45 p.m.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Basketball Signs Guard Christian Bentley
« on: May 15, 2019, 06:36:55 AM »
Christian Bentley, a 6-foot-3 guard from Brampton, Ontario, has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his athletic and academic career at Youngstown State University, Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun announced. Bentley will have two years of eligibility remaining.

"Christian Bentley is a phenomenal kid and comes from a great junior college and was coached by a good college coach in Jimmy Patsos at Siena," Calhoun said. "He gives us another strong presence in the backcourt and can play multiple positions.

"Christian is really good at pick-and-rolls and makes the right decisions. He's very athletic and also a tough defender, and he fits our style in getting up and down the court."

Bentley, who played the 2017-18 season at Division I Siena, joins the Penguins after a year at Iowa Western Community College. Last season, he appeared in 30 games and averaged 12 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the Retrievers. Bentley scored in double figures 16 times, had five 20-point performances and scored a season-high 28 points against Kansas City Kansas Community College.

During the 2017-18 season at Siena, Bentley played in 29 games and made 11 starts. He shot 46.5 percent from the floor and made 50 percent of his 3-point attempts. He scored career-high 11 points against Hofstra on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor on Nov. 25, 2017.

Bentley was rated as the 26th best Canadian according to Hoops Hype Canada's Fab 40 National Rankings in 2015. He helped lead First Love Christian Academy (Pa.) to a 24-3 record and Slam National Post-Grad Championship appearance during his final season.

He joins forward Jamir Thomas (Passaic, N.J.) in the 2019-20 recruiting class.

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