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YSU Penguin Athletics / Bowling in Final Four
« on: April 06, 2024, 10:16:38 PM »
LANSING, Mi. (WKBN) – The Youngstown State bowling team is headed to the NCAA Final Four after beating Nebraska to advance out of the Lansing Region of the bracket.

The #3 overall seed YSU started off the weekend by taking down Marian (WI) and Maryville (MO) on Friday before topping the Cornhuskers to claim the regional title.

Next, they advance to the 2024 NCAA National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship rounds on April 12-13 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Michigan.

The Finals consist of a 4-team double-elimination mega-match format and a best-of-seven Baker Match Championship Final.

They will be joined by three other teams from Conference USA in the Final Four with Jacksonville State, Sam Houston State and Arkansas State all winning their regionals as well.

With the regional championship, YSU bowling continues its record-breaking campaign after putting together the best regular season in program history.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Women
« on: January 12, 2024, 09:12:16 AM »
What the heck is going on with the women's team this year, a lot of talent back from last year but they are really struggling.

I know that the coach is gone, is that a big part of it. BTW any word on the coach?

Anyone have some insight?

YSU Penguin Athletics / FCS final
« on: January 07, 2024, 03:49:09 PM »
Second half and not an exciting game at all

YSU Penguin Athletics / ndsu coach
« on: December 11, 2023, 06:45:23 AM »
Seems that NDSU's head coach is leaving to be the linebackers coach at USC. Surprises me a bit, no doubt the money will be a big step up!

YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU v mac
« on: December 06, 2023, 09:12:03 PM »
Women beat the zits at home and men beat OU in Athens for the first time since 1979

YSU Penguin Athletics / NCAA football
« on: November 28, 2023, 09:54:24 AM »
The recent announcement of Delaware moving to 1A is just another baby step toward the needed restructure of NCAA football. At one time 1AA and 1A provided a decent boundary between the big boys and not so big boys. Sure there were 1A leagues that were 1A in name only, can we say mac, but for the most part it worked.

No surprise but money has changed the landscape and now the gap within 1A is out of control. The real big boys have positioned their leagues partially by cherry picking from other leagues and securing crazy tv deals so the gap between them and the pretend 1A leagues is massive. So many schools from 1AA and even D2 have moved to 1A that the bottom of 1A is so diluted it is a joke.

The lower tier 1A schools can boast that they are 1A and for sure they do make twice the money for playing a money game as a 1AA school would. Pride will never allow any of these leagues/school ( mac ) to move to 1A.

Will the NCAA ever create another level to separate the real big boys from the wannabe big boys, will nothing change or will the real big boys leave the NCAA?

YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU ladies
« on: November 08, 2023, 08:22:36 PM »
Nice win by the ladies over Xavier 55-39. Emily had a real nice game.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Coach Barnes
« on: October 02, 2023, 04:48:22 PM »
Youngstown State head women’s basketball coach John Barnes is taking a leave of absence to focus on personal family matters. Associate Head Coach John Nicolais (pronounced Nick-oh-lay), who has provided stable leadership alongside Barnes since the pair arrived together at YSU in 2013, will serve as acting head coach until Barnes returns.
“We support Coach Barnes’ decision, and we will continue to focus on our student-athletes as our top priority,” said YSU Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Ron Strollo. “We have a great support system in place, and we feel strongly that Coach Nicolais and our six seniors can lead our program both on and off the court.”
Strollo and Nicolais will address the media Tuesday.

YSU Penguin Athletics / tickets
« on: August 15, 2023, 10:56:32 AM »
Anyone receive their tickets yet?

YSU Penguin Athletics / Crazy thought or is it
« on: August 05, 2023, 07:59:20 AM »
Was reading the below article about what the PAC12 needs to do to survive, and it mentions the idea of adding SDSU and NDSU as members.

Seems like a major stretch but certainly impressive that they would even be considered.

"North Dakota State and South Dakota State
If the Pac-12 wants to survive, they have to dig deep. North Dakota State and South Dakota State would be solid options.

These two have an immense rivalry and a ton of pedigree. The North Dakota State Bison have won nine FCS Division I football national championships. South Dakota State finally won their first FCS Division I national championship in 2022, but they’ve come close plenty of times. College GameDay appeared for a North Dakota State – South Dakota State game, showing there is a national interest in this rivalry. Putting it on a bigger stage would be a win for college football."

YSU Penguin Athletics / Track
« on: July 06, 2023, 06:10:04 AM »
We have a very good program, why is she leaving her hometown school?

OXFORD, Mississippi (WKBN) – Former Youngstown East and Youngstown State track standout Jahniya Bowers is transferring to Ole Miss to compete in the SEC.

Ole Miss announced the transfer on social media.

For her efforts this past season at YSU, Bowers was named Outstanding Running Performer in the Horizon League.

Bowers was among 12 YSU athletes to qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, competing in the 100. She posted a time of 11.29 seconds which was good enough for a 16th-place finish.

Back in May, while competing for YSU, Bowers once again dominated the Horizon League Championships, winning both the 100 (11.53) and 200 meter dash (23.84) for her second career crown in both events outdoors. She previously won both events in 2021.

Bowers also was a key part of the Horizon League record-setting 4×100 relay team that finished in first place at the Horizon League Championships.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Tennis
« on: May 02, 2023, 07:47:49 PM »
YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State women’s tennis program has quietly cultivated a Horizon League dynasty over the past decade.

In 10 seasons under head coach Mickael Sopel, the Penguins have dominated the conference. From 2014-2018, YSU won the Horizon League crown, qualifying for the NCAA tournament, five times in a row, and then again scaled the top of the conference once more last season.

On Sunday, YSU added its seventh Horizon League championship, going back-to-back and surviving an epic 3.5-hour marathon match in a 4-3 victory over rival Cleveland State in the conference tournament final at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“It’s always a very special thing to achieve and win, doing so back-to-back makes it a little sweeter because it’s hard to do,” Sopel said. “We know how hard it is to go back to the tournament and win it again. We saw how hard it was (Sunday) in that final match. It’s very special to have a group that’s able to do that again. It shows how resilient they are and shows a lot about what it means to them.”

It was the ninth time that YSU has reached the tournament final in the 10 years it has been contested.

Sopel credits YSU’s prolonged run of success to the culture that the players and the coaching staff have fostered within the program.

“A culture of the way we compete, the way the girls train everyday, how serious they are about their tennis and everything they do on a daily basis,” Sopel said. “This is a team that sticks together, that fights together and that goes out there and finds ways to win matches. With all the culture we’ve built and all the types of players that have come through this program, they know how much the Horizon League means to them and they put in all the work and always have that in their minds to go out there and win that title.”

What’s unique about this year’s title, is that the Penguins also won the Horizon League regular season championship in addition, something that they haven’t done since 2015, with Sopel calling it “a really big achievement for this program.”

Being the top seed after going undefeated in conference play during the regular season, YSU earned a bye for the quarterfinals. After the Penguins swept past No. 5 seed Milwaukee 5-0 in the semifinal, YSU was set for the championship against the second-seeded Vikings.

YSU started things off by clinching the doubles point, winning at the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles positions.

Singles, however, were a gauntlet.

Sophomore Elisa Rigazio made quick work of her opponent, winning in straight sets (6-1, 6-2) at the No. 1 spot. But then Cleveland State picked up its first point of the match, as sophomore Lili Minich fell at No. 2 (4-6, 0-6).

Each of the final four singles matches went the distance, all going three sets. After sophomore Julia Marko came back from a set down to win at No. 5 (6-7, 6-1, 6-1) and the Penguins lost at the No. 3 and No. 6 spots, it all came down to fifth-year senior Cecilia Rosas at the No. 4 spot with the match tied 3-3.

“Everyone talks about being the clincher, but you never know until you’re there,” Rosas said. “So when everything came down to me, first, I didn’t want to mess it up for me or for my team. So I was like, this is up to me — all the pieces of the puzzle are together, but to complete the puzzle, you must be the last piece.”

Rosas took the first set in a tiebreak, but dropped the second set 6-2. In the deciding set, Rosas held a 6-5 lead with her opponent, Sima Heren to serve.

During that final game, Heren dealt with cramping issues and Rosas said she saw an opening to break serve and clinch the match. On her third match point, Rosas returned Heren’s serve and as Heren’s crosscourt forehand drifted wide, Rosas’ Penguin teammates stormed the court and mobbed her on the baseline in celebration.

“We had planned a whole drop the racket celebration, but honestly, (in the moment) I didn’t think of it,” Rosas said. “I just thought, it’s finally over and I just raised my hands — just happiness as the girls ran over to me.”

“It was such a hard match,” she added. “I was already tight and nervous. But at the end, I just came through. Everything is so loud and so quiet (during the match), and everything is so fast and so slow. You just hope to make the best of it and that it will work out.”

As she stood anxiously watching her teammate, Minich had the rare perspective to understand what Rosas was going through, since she ended up being the clinching match in last year’s championship against Milwaukee.

“I was so scared and anxious,” Minich said. “I could totally relate to her. But it was a completely different perspective for me, seeing her clinching, instead of being the one on court. Hopefully next year or the next two years, we’ll be able to accomplish something similar. It’s always special (to win.)”

The title clinched the Horizon League’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. During a selection show watch party Monday night at the Beeghly Center, the Penguins learned of their fate.

YSU will head back to Ann Arbor on Friday, where it will face No. 5 seed Michigan at 2 p.m. in the first round of the tournament. The YSU-Michigan winner will face the winner of the Notre Dame-Ball State matchup in the second round.

“We know that Michigan is a very, very good team,” Minich said. “We saw them play last year during regionals, so we know their girls are very good. I’m excited to be going back (to Ann Arbor) because it’s kind of like our second home. We have a lot of good memories there from (winning the conference title) last year and from this year. So I’m super excited to go back and hopefully we have a great match.”

YSU Penguin Athletics / Possible rule change
« on: April 21, 2023, 08:52:18 PM »
NCAA Set To Approve Major Change To First Down Rule And Many Fans Aren’t Thrilled
Story by Connor Toole • 7h ago

There have historically been a number of different rules that differentiate college football from the NFL.

That includes regulations governing a catch (college players only need to keep one foot in bounds as opposed to two) and those concerning when a play is whistled dead (NFL players can continue advancing if they fall to the turf without any contact, which isn’t the case in college).

There’s also a very notable difference when it comes to how the clock operates, as NFL teams have to be a bit more cognizant of time management compared to the college squads that can take advantage of the clock temporarily stopping in the wake of a first down.

Earlier this year, the NCAA announced it was taking a second look at that particular policy in an attempt to shorten the average length of games by floating a rule that would eliminate the first down clock stoppage that’s been in effect since 1968.

According to CBS Sports, the governing body’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel is poised to officially approve that proposed measure at the DI and DII levels ahead of the upcoming season, although it will reportedly still be in effect in the last two minutes of both halves

An NCAA representative said the new rule will likely reduce the number of plays in an average game by seven, but based on the initial reactions, there are plenty of college football fans who aren’t thrilled to hear about the impending change

YSU Penguin Athletics / Bowling
« on: March 30, 2023, 08:32:43 AM »
Congrats ladies!

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown State women’s bowling team received an at-large bid to the 2023 NCAA Women’s Bowling Tournament.

YSU is an unseeded team and will open tournament play against Marysville.

“The last two months, we’ve been doing some of our best bowling,” says head coach Doug Kuberski. “The results haven’t been there, but the scores have been great, just, some tough matches. So to get some really big wins this past week — get that experience in some tough best-of-seven matches — was pretty huge. I think we’ve got some good momentum going into next week.”

Vanderbilt and Carthage are the other two teams in the regional.

Youngstown State finished fourth in the Southland Conference tournament over the weekend and is one of six teams from the conference to reach the NCAA Tournament.

“I feel like we can make it all the way to Vegas and win the whole thing,” freshman Hope Bunk says. “It was awesome to be able to hear that because as a freshman, to be able to just new experiences with the team.”

The Penguins are in the Lansing Regional which is hosted by Royal Scot Golf & Bowl in Lansing, Michigan on April 7-8.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Wolf man raise
« on: March 13, 2023, 06:38:23 PM »
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (WKBN) – The Board of Trustees at the University of Alabama approved the contracts of several football coaches Monday afternoon, including former Youngstown State University head coach Eric Wolford.

The Crimson Tide’s offensive line coach received a contract extension through 2025 worth $925,000 per season, according to Nick Kelly from

Wolford joined the staff at Alabama in 2022. He served as the head football coach at YSU from 2010 to 2014. Over that five-year span, Wolford was 31-26 with the Penguins.

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