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Kendyl Clarkson has been named the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Youngstown State University, Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Ron Strollo announced on Tuesday.

Clarkson is just the second head coach in program history, replacing Theresa Walton. She joined the women's lacrosse coaching staff as an a$$istant in July 2019 and helped lead the Penguins to a share of the Mid-American Conference title in the program's second season.

"I would like to thank Ron Strollo, Executive Director of Athletics, as well as Tory Lindley, Deputy Athletics Director, for the opportunity to lead the YSU women's lacrosse program," Clarkson said. "A big thank you to President Jim Tressel, his pa$$ion and commitment to this community and University has helped shape our players, program and love for being a Penguin! I also want to add a personal thank you to all those who have reached out and supported me throughout this process, and a special thank you to my mentor and friend, Mike Peterson. The last thank you and most important goes to our Penguin Lacrosse players. The dedication and love you have for this game as well as for being great teammates and even better people is unmatched. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been with this program since its inception and look forward to continuing our hard hat culture of championship effort."

In 2022, the Guins finished with an 8-2 league mark to receive their MAC title. In the middle of the pack at the start of April, the Penguins caught fire winning their final five contests to tie Robert Morris and Central Michigan atop the MAC standings. In its final five regular-season games, the Guins won four road contests, including wins at CMU and RMU for the program's first win against those two-MAC powers. At Robert Morris on the final day of the regular-season, the Penguins overcame a four-goal deficit to stun the Colonials. At the outset of the campaign, YSU was picked to finish fifth in the six-team conference.

"I'm excited to announce that Kendyl Clarkson will be our new women's lacrosse head coach," Strollo said. "We obviously knew what we had in Kendyl because she was here to start this program and helped recruit the student-athletes we have here on our campus. She was a major part of the success we've had and helped guide us to a conference championship in our second year. We're just excited to have someone of Coach Clarkson's caliber to lead our program in the future. We are confident that she will continue our focus on the experience and development of our student-athletes both on and off the field."

The program's first year was in the spring of 2021. With COVID-19 restrictions, the Penguins played conference games only. YSU picked up the first program win in school history beating Detroit Mercy and knocked off Kent State as well.

Clarkson came to Youngstown with six years of head coaching experience at the Division III level and a highly accomplished background as a student-athlete.

Clarkson was the head coach at Virginia Wesleyan during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The Marlins had back-to-back seasons with at least a .500 record for the first time in more than a decade under Clarkson's leadership. She recruited the largest two incoming cla$$es in program history, and the Marlins had their biggest roster in program history in 2019.

Prior to her time at Virginia Wesleyan, Clarkson had a successful four-year run at Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C. She was named the 2017 USA South Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year and led the Monarchs to a 32-32 record in four seasons from 2014-17. MU was 1-11 the season prior to her arrival, and Clarkson led the team to records of 5-12, 10-5, 8-8 and 9-7. She coached a total of 11 all-conference players as she became the winningest coach in program history.

Clarkson got her coaching start as an a$$istant coach at St. Bonaventure in 2012-13. She served as the Bonnies' offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, and she was also charged with individual skill enhancement and film exchange.

As a student-athlete at Division III Buffalo State, Clarkson led the country in a$$ists per game in 2010 and 2011, and her 88 a$$ists in 2012 tied the Division III all-time record. As a senior, she led the Bengals to their first NCAA Tournament appearance as well as a victory in the opening round. She finished her career ranking second in NCAA history with 240 career a$$ists, and her 385 career points ranked in the top 20.

Clarkson earned her bachelor's degree in individualized studies with concentrations in education and coaching from Buffalo State in 2012. She was inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2021.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Tressel, Teams To Be Honored on October 8
« on: September 22, 2022, 04:52:57 PM »
Youngstown State President and former YSU Head Football Coach Jim Tressel will be honored along with the members of the 1987 Ohio Valley Conference Champions and the 1997 Division I-AA National Champions on Oct. 8 at Stambaugh Stadium.

The Penguins play host to North Dakota in a key Missouri Valley Football Conference clash at 6 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the YSU Athletic Ticket Office at (330) 941-1978 or visiting

Tressel, who is retiring from his role as YSU President in February 2023, served has the Penguins' Head Football Coach from 1986-2000. He also served in the role of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics his final six years. He returned to YSU in 2013 as the school's president. On the sidelines for the Penguins, he coached the program to National Championships in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997 while reaching the title game in 1992 and 1999.

1987 OVC Champs

The Penguins posted a 5-1 Ohio Valley Conference mark becoming the first Division I team in school history to claim a conference crown. YSU shared the title with rival Eastern Kentucky to advance to the Division I-AA playoffs for the first time in school history. QB Trenton Lykes, WR Elliott Fedd, LB Paul Soltis and DB Rod Henderson were named first-team All-OVC during the season. Lykes was named the Offensive Player of the Year while Solits was the co-Defensive Player of the Year.

YSU beat Tennessee Tech and Austin Peay to open league play before dropping a 14-7 contest to EKU. The Penguins defeated Middle Tennessee State, Murray State and Morehead State earning a share of the title.

The Guins beat Akron in the regular-season finale to secure a postseason berth. The Penguins finished the season 8-4 overall and became an independent starting in 1988.

1997 Division I-AA Champs

In their first season in the Gateway Football Conference and first as a conference member since their 1987 OVC title, the Guins won their fourth championship in school history.

YSU finished the regular season with a 9-2 record dropping two conference games by a total of six points. In the playoffs, the Guins opened with a 28-13 win over Hampton. In the quarterfinals, YSU overcame a three-touchdown deficit to shock Villanova. The next week, the Guins travelled to Spokane, Wash., to defeat Eastern Washington 25-14.

In the National Championship Game in Chattanooga, Tenn., YSU scored a late touchdown to knock off McNeese State, 10-9.

YSU had six players named first team All-GFC - Jake Andreadis, TB 1997 Harry Deligianis, DT 1997 Matt Hogg, OT 1997 Todd Kollar, OT 1997 Tom Paolucci, LB 1997 Dwyte Smiley, FS  and three others - 1997 Adrian Brown, RB 1997 Mike Stanec, LB 1997 Demond Tidwell, QB - were Honorable-Mention selections. Deligianis was named the Gateway's Defensive Player of the Year.

Hogg, Deligianis, Kollar and Smiley were All-American honorees with Deligianis being a unanimous selection.

Jim Tressel Leaves Legacy

    Tressel brought a winning attitude to the Mahoning Valley when he took charge of the Penguin football program in the mid-1980's. He gave the people something to rally around in a time of need and helped keep the spirits of everyone in the community high.
    He came to Youngstown in 1986 and within two seasons the Penguins were in the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs. The playoffs, once a dream, became commonplace for YSU. In his tenure, Youngstown State appeared in the playoffs 10 times and won four national championships.
    The first national title came in 1991 and began a run of four straight title-game appearances. The march to the crown in 1991 was magical as the Penguins won eight straight to end the season. YSU won at Georgia Southern on Nov. 2 and was never to lose again that season. In the playoffs, the Penguins beat Villanova, Nevada-Reno and Samford before beating Marshall in the title game.
    After losing in the title game to Marshall in 1992, the Penguins were back in 1993 to finish 13-2 and beat the Herd 17-5 in the title game.
    In 1994, the Penguins were unbeaten in 15 games finishing 14-0-1. YSU tied Stephen F. Austin in the season opener and then won a school-record 14 consecutive games to earn a repeat championship. In the playoffs the Penguins beat Alcorn State, Eastern Kentucky and Montana en route to the title game. YSU beat Boise State 28-14 to earn its third national title.
    In 1997, the Penguins were back in the national title hunt. In the playoffs, YSU beat Hampton, Villanova and Eastern Washington to advance to the title game. In a tight defensive game, YSU beat McNeese State 10-9 to earn Tressel's fourth title.
    En route to the 1999 National Championship Game, YSU set an NCAA Division I-AA record winning 15 consecutive playoff games after beating Montana, North Carolina A&T and Florida A&M in the preliminary rounds. In the championship game, YSU lost to Georgia Southern.
    In his final year in 2000, YSU finished 9-3 and qualified for the playoffs for the 10th time.

Youngstown State's defense recorded three interceptions and eight break-ups while Jaleel McLaughlin rushed for more than 200 yards as the Penguins defeated Duquesne, 31-14, in the 2022 season opener at Stambaugh Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
McLaughlin highlighted the Penguins' offense with 203 rushing yards on 20 attempts, netting three touchdowns. On the receiving end, Bryce Oliver caught six Demeatric Crenshaw pa$$es for 58 yards.
Sophomore linebacker Devin Johnson picked off the first two interceptions of his career, and senior Quincy Lenton led the Penguins with eight tackles, including one-for-loss. Griffin Hoak also secured an interception for YSU and had three tackles on the day.
For Duquesne, quarterback Joe Mischler threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Abdul Janneh had two touchdowns on the day and 121 receiving yards.
Duquesne came out quick to start the game, scoring a 45-yard pa$$ing touchdown within the first two minutes of play. YSU answered with a touchdown of its own when McLaughlin ran three yards across the goal tying the game 7-7 with 8:18 left in the first quarter.
On Duquesne's next drive, Hoak intercepted Mischler and set up the Penguins' offense at midfield. YSU came up short on a fourth-and-seven attempt on that drive, but the YSU defense forced the Dukes to punt on their next possession.
The Penguins tried to take the lead with 8:41 to play in the half on a 45-yard Colt McFadden field goal that had the distance but was wide left.
After Johnson's first interception, the Penguins were set up in Duquesne territory. The offense came alive as McLaughlin, in true-McLaughlin fashion, hurdled over a defender to get into the endzone for a 13-yard touchdown which lifted the Penguins to a 14-7 lead with 6:43 left to play in the first half.
After a missed field goal by the Dukes, the Penguins got another shot to score before halftime with 1:27 on the clock and at their own 20. McLaughlin broke a 43-yarder to the Dukes' 21 yardline with 18 seconds before the half. The Penguins took a few shots at the endzone before settling for a 39-yard McFadden field goal to take a 17-7 into halftime.
The Penguins went three-and-out to open the second half, and on Duquesne's following possession, Mischler connected with Janneh in the endzone for a 16-yard touchdown cutting the Penguins' lead to just three, 17-14, with 9:35 remaining in the third quarter.
On the following possession, Crenshaw connected with receiver Max Tomczak for a 41-yard gain, the longest catch for the Penguins on the day. The Penguins tried for a field goal on that drive but muffed the snap giving Duquesne possession at its own 34-yard line.
With 12:43 left in the game, Johnson picked off Mischler for the second time giving YSU possession at the Duquesne 41-yard line.
On the ensuing drive, McLaughlin ran the ball to get the Penguins into the red zone before Crenshaw capitalized on the short-field position with a 2-yard touchdown run to get the Penguins on the board for the first time in the second half with 9:58 left to play, increasing YSU's lead to 24-14.
Late in the fourth quarter, McLaughlin broke loose on a 54-yard touchdown scamper to put the Penguins up 31-14 with 4:48 left to play.
Youngstown State hosts Dayton, Saturday, September 10, at Stambaugh Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Valley Football - Players of the Week
« on: September 05, 2022, 03:47:21 PM »
This week's Missouri Valley Football Conference players of the week include TB Jaleel McLaughlin of Youngstown State; LB Adam Bock of South Dakota State; S Ryan Cole of Indiana State; PK Ryan O'Grady of Indiana State; CB/RS Montrae Braswell of Missouri State; and WR Naseim Brantley of Western Illinois.
Offense:  TB Jaleel McLaughlin, Youngstown State
Co-Defense:  LB Adam Bock, South Dakota State | S Ryan Cole, Indiana State
Co-Special Teams:  PK Ryan O'Grady, Indiana State | CB/RS Montrae Braswell, Missouri State
Newcomer:  WR Naseim Brantley, Western Illinois
Offensive Player of the Week
TB Jaleel McLaughlin, Youngstown State
5-9, 183, Sr. (Marshville, N.C./Forest Hills/Notre Dame (Ohio) H.S.)
McLaughlin rushed for 203 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns in YSU's season-opening 31-14 win over Duquesne. McLaughlin scored on runs of three, 13 and 54 in the victory over the Dukes. It was his most rushing yards since the 2021 season-opening win against UIW.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week
LB Adam Bock, South Dakota State
6-1, 215, Jr. (Solon, Iowa/Solon H.S.)
Bock registered a game-high 13 tackles for a South Dakota State squad that did not allow a touchdown and limited Iowa to only 166 yards of total offense in a narrow 7-3 loss on Sept. 3. Bock also forced and recovered a fumble that thwarted a Hawkeye drive in the red zone late in the third quarter to keep SDSU within striking distance.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week
S Rylan Cole, Indiana State
6-0, 205, So. (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon H.S.)
Cole picked off two pa$$es, including the game-securing interception in overtime to lead Indiana State past North Alabama in the Sycamores’ season opener. The sophomore matched a career-high with eight tackles, while adding 2.5 tackles-for-loss, two interceptions, and two pa$$ breakups. His first interception set up the short field for Indiana State’s go-ahead touchdown pa$$ in the fourth quarter, while he secured the final interception on the last play of the game on the desperation heave toward the end zone. He nearly added a third interception in the first half off a tipped ball. Cole’s 2.5 tackles-for-loss led the Sycamores to a Curt Mallory-era 15.0 tackle-for-loss game on the afternoon as the Sycamores limited the Lions to just eight total rushing yards.
Co-Special Teams Player of the Week
CB Montrae Braswell, Missouri State
6-0, 190, Jr. (Avon Park, Fla.)
Braswell broke loose for a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of MSU's road win at UCA. The return came on the heels of a UCA's first scoring drive of the game and Braswell's big play made it 27-7 at the time and seemed to put the game out of reach. It was Braswell's third career kick return TD and the seventh-longest kickoff return in Missouri State history. He averaged 65.0 yards on two kickoff return attempts in the win (the other was 32 yards).

Co-Special Teams Player of the Week
PK Ryan O’Grady, Indiana State
6-1, 180, Fr. (Lockport, Ill.)
O’Grady was clutch in his first career collegiate game as the freshman placekicker went a perfect 3-for-3 on his field goal attempts in Indiana State’s 17-14 win. He had joined the team midway through the preseason training camp and impressed the ISU coaching staff with his ability to connect in the clutch. It showed on Thursday night at Memorial Stadium as he knocked in field goals from 22 and 26 yards in regulation, while his 25-yard attempt went down the middle in overtime to secure the 17-14 win. O’Grady’s three-field goal day made him the first ISU placekicker to converted three attempts in a game since Jerry Nunez made a trio of field goals twice back in 2018.

Newcomer of the Week
WR Naseim Brantley, Western Illinois
6-4, 200, Gr. (Farmingdale, N.J./Sacred Heart/Howell H.S.)
Making his Leatherneck debut, Brantley had a big night for Western Illinois in the season opener at UT Martin. He had six catches for 171 yards as well as touchdown catches of 51, 44 and 32 yard. Brantley also became the first Leatherneck with at least three receiving touchdowns in a game since Jaelon Acklin had three against South Dakota in 2017. His 171 yards receiving made him the first WIU receiver to have over 150 receiving yards since Dennis Houston had 175 against Eastern Washington last year.

After leading the Youngstown State men's basketball program to three straight winning campaigns for the first time in nearly 40 years and reaching the postseason for the second time in three seasons, Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun has received a contract extension, YSU Executive Director of Athletics Ron Strollo announced.

The new agreement is a five-year deal that extends Calhoun through the 2026-27 season.

"We are pleased with the direction of our men's basketball program under the direction of Coach Calhoun," Strollo said. "This commitment just reflects our support of our men's basketball program, and the priority we put in the stability of our head coaching positions.

"Coach Calhoun and his staff have developed a great culture among our student-athletes, both academically and athletically, and our student-athletes and our coaches have made a tremendous impact on our community. He has done a great job building outstanding young men, and I think our community has really supported Jerrod and Sarah and their family.

"We're excited about the upcoming season and what else lies ahead in the future."

Calhoun is the first coach in YSU's Division I history to take the program to multiple postseason appearances in the 2022 The Basketball Cla$$ic and the 2020 Postseason Tournament, which was canceled due to Covid-19.

He has led the Penguins to three straight winning seasons for the first time since 1982-85 after posting a 19-15 mark in 2021-22. Over the last three years, the Penguins have won 52 games, which matches a school mark for most victories in a three-year span (1982-85).

 "I want to thank YSU President Jim Tressel, Athletics Director Ron Strollo, and our Board of Trustees for their trust in me to lead our team and their commitment to our men's basketball program," Calhoun said. "My family and I love being here at Youngstown State, and the Youngstown community has truly embraced us. We are grateful for the opportunity to lead this program and look to build upon the successes we have achieved here."

Calhoun has also guided six All-Horizon League selections in five seasons, and became the first coach in 21 years to have multiple players earn all-conference laurels in the same season.

The 19 wins in 2021-22 were also the most since 2000-01 and set a school record for most wins as members of the Horizon League. The Penguins also set a school record for most conference wins with 12.
Last season, Youngstown State also tied the Division I record for most home wins with 13 and secured the program's second postseason berth in three years with an appearance in the inaugural The Basketball Cla$$ic. The Penguins also won their second postseason game with a 70-65 victory over Morgan State.

Dwayne Cohill led the Penguins with 14.9 points per and a .835 free-throw percentage and was named to the All-Horizon League Third-Team. Cohill ranked third in the league in free-throw percentage and 10th in scoring. He scored in double figures 25 times and had eight games of 20-or-more points.
Fans can purchase season tickets by calling the YSU Athletics Ticket Office at (330) 941-1YSU or visiting the Athletic Ticket Office in Stambaugh Stadium. Penguin Club/Courtside Coaches Club memberships for the upcoming campaign are also available.

Youngstown State football fans can catch all the inside scoop on Penguins football with the Penguin Playbook Radio Show and the Penguin Gameday Television Show. Both shows debut next week as YSU opens the season on Sept. 3 against Duquesne.

The Penguin Playbook Radio Show will be held on Monday's throughout the season on 1390 WNIO at 5 p.m. while the Penguins Gameday TV Show will be televised on Wednesday evening's at 7 o'clock on 21 WFMJ.

The Penguin Playbook Radio Show, presented by Southwoods Health, will be at the Boardman and Austintown Quaker Steak and Lube locations throughout the season. The two-hour show will air live on 1390 WNIO from 5-7 p.m. on Monday.

The first hour will feature third-year head football coach Doug Phillips and radio play-by-play announcer Bob Hannon. Various football student-athletes will appear on the show throughout the season. The second half of the broadcast will focus on Youngstown State's Olympic sports programs and provide fans with insight into the Athletic Department. Drae Smith will serve as the host of the hour-long show.

On Wednesday evenings on 21 WFMJ, fans can an inside glimpse at the YSU football team on on the "Penguin Gameday" television show. The half-hour program, hosted by WFMJ sports director Dana Balash, will feature highlights, showcase YSU student-athletes and football a$$istant coaches. "Penguin Gameday" is presented by Greenwood Chevrolet of Austintown.

Fans are reminded to check for schedule updates.

Radio Show Schedule
August 29 – Quaker Steak and Lube Boardman
Sept. 6 – Quaker Steak and Lube Boardman
Sept. 12 – Quaker Steak and Lube Boardman
Sept. 19 – Quaker Steak and Lube Boardman
Sept. 26 – Quaker Steak and Lube Boardman
Oct. 3 - Quaker Steak and Lube Boardman
Oct. 10 – Quaker Steak and Lube Austintown
Oct. 17 – Quaker Steak and Lube Austintown
Oct. 24 – Quaker Steak and Lube Austintown
Oct. 31 – Quaker Steak and Lube Austintown
Nov. 7 – Quaker Steak and Lube Austintown
Nov. 14 – Quaker Steak and Lube Austintown

Youngstown State senior tailback Jaleel McLaughlin has been named a preseason first-team All-American by Phil Steele, the organization announced this week. A group of 10 Penguins earned preseason All-MVFC honors by the outlet.

McLaughlin has been receiving numerous preseason accolades which includes being named to the Walter Payton Award Watch List, as well as being a preseason second-team All-American by Stats Perform. He was recognized as a preseason first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection.

YSU players who were tabbed first, second, third or fourth team includes: McLaughlin (first team), offensive lineman Jaison Williams (second team), linebacker Greg Benton Jr. (second team), wide receiver Bryce Oliver (third team), defensive end Dylan Wudke (third team), placekicker Colt McFadden (third team), defensive end James Jackson (fourth team), linebacker Griffin Hoak (fourth team), long snapper Sam Merryman (fourth team) and cornerback Troy Jakubec (fourth team).

 Players Mentioned:

#48 Griffin Hoak
    6' 1"
    220 lbs

#8 James Jackson
    6' 2"
    230 lbs

#2 Troy Jakubec
    6' 1"
    175 lbs

#19 Colt McFadden
    6' 0"
    200 lbs

#8 Jaleel McLaughlin
    5' 9"
    195 lbs

#0 Sam Merryman
    6' 2"
    210 lbs

#0 Bryce Oliver
    6' 1"
    215 lbs

#54 Jaison Williams
    6' 2"
    310 lbs

#17 Dylan Wudke
    6' 4"
    245 lbs

#5 Greg Benton Jr.
    6' 1"
    230 lbs

YSU Penguin Athletics / New Board Theme for Phones and Tablets
« on: August 07, 2022, 11:38:07 AM »
We now have a new theme that can be used more easily on your mobile devices. It is called "vVide". I know that it is not Red & White as of yet,  but it will be much nicer to use on your phones and tablets. It will work well on your computer as well.

Here is how to load it:

1. Write down you Username and Pa$$word.
2. Click on "Profile" at the top of the forum.
3. Under 'Modify Profile' on the left side, Click on "Look and Layout".
4. Beside "Current Theme" click on 'Change'.
5. Scroll to the bottom and under "vVide", choose 'Use this Theme'.

Feel free to ask any questions in this thread, or give any opinions. This does not mean that you cannot continue to use the Current Red & White theme. Using the above steps, you can always change your theme, I just think that those that use their mobile devices will like this new "vVide" theme.

Since the theme is new, it may not have your ID and pa$$word stored, so write it down before you change. If you do not remember your pa$$word and need it' you can click on the link right below where you normally sign in, or feel free to send me a message or post in here. DO NOT POST YOUR Pa$$WORD IN THE FORUM. We will never hand out or post your pa$$word.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Tickets and Parking Pa$$es Arrived
« on: August 07, 2022, 09:32:14 AM »
Tickets are here!!!

Youngstown State bowlers Hope Bunk and Lyndsay Ennis have each qualified for match play at the 2022 Teen Masters Bowling Championships. This is the 25th annual running of the tournament, which is being held at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., near Detroit.

Bunk, an incoming freshman from Billings, Mont., leads the field of 74 bowlers, and Ennis, a sophomore from Conway, S.C., is sixth in the standings through 24 games of qualifying.

Bunk averaged 201.33 in qualifying and totaled 4,832 pins over her 24 games. That total is 10 pins better than second-place Rachel Moore and 15 pins higher than third-place Abbie Leiendecker, and the fourth-place bowler is 105 pins behind Bunk. Ennis averaged 194.04 with a total of 4,657 pins over 24 games.

Match play begins Friday at noon, and all 12 qualifiers who made the cut will bowl 12 games over two sessions to determine the tournament champion. Bowlers who win each head-to-head game receive 30 bonus pins to add to their scratch total, and the athlete with the highest grand total of scratch pins plus bonus pins will claim the title.

Bowling in six-game blocks over the first three days of qualifying, Bunk started with a set of 1,135 on Monday before posting a 1,237 and 1,217 over the next two days. Ennis, meanwhile, had sets of 1,125 and 1,138 to start before firing a 1,252 on the third day to make the cut of the top 19 bowlers. In the final session of qualifying on Thursday, Bunk posted her best set of the week with a 1,243, and Ennis rolled a 1,142 to stay in the top 12 for match play.

Ennis has been a strong performer at Teen Masters in each of the last four summers. Last season she finished fourth, and she was 13th in 2020 and 10th in 2019. Last month at the Junior Gold Championships, Ennis qualified for match play in 15th place and finished in a tie for ninth.

Bowlers at the Teen Masters Bowling Championships are restricted to using only one ball, a PBA SKILL Ball, throughout the week. There is also a dual pattern set up on pairs of lanes with a long pattern on one lane and a short pattern on the other.

Updates during Friday's competition will be posted at

YSU Penguin Athletics / Collin Floyd Joins YSU Baseball Coaching Staff
« on: August 05, 2022, 11:16:18 AM »
Former Youngstown State baseball standout Collin Floyd has joined the program as an a$$istant coach, Head Coach Dan Bertolini announced on Thursday.

"Collin Floyd has been a staple of the Youngstown State baseball program, and we couldn't be more excited to add him to our coaching staff," Bertolini said. "As a player, he embodied what the Penguin Way is all about and I know he will do a great job on our staff."

Floyd, a native of Akron, Ohio, was a standout member of the YSU baseball team from 2016-21. He became YSU's all-time strikeout leader on April 2, 2021, with the 266th strikeout of his career, breaking Aaron Swenson's previous record of 265, which had stood since 2010. Floyd finished his career with 323 strikeouts, which ranks second in Horizon League history. He became YSU's all-time leader in games started with the 50th start of his career on April 9, 2021, surpa$$ing Blake Aquadro's previous mark of 49 starts, which had stood since 2013. Floyd finished his career with 57 games started, and he ranks third in YSU history with 318.2 innings pitched. He became just the third player in program history and the first since Swenson (2007-10) to reach 300 career innings pitched.

As a sixth-year senior in 2021, Floyd enjoyed one of the greatest seasons by a pitcher in YSU history. He was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Year and First-Team All-Horizon League after posting a 9-4 record, a 2.58 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 101.1 innings pitched over 15 starts. He became just the fourth player in school history, and the first since Aaron Swenson in 2008, to earn conference Pitcher of the Year honors. Floyd tied the single-season school record of nine wins that was set by Joe Herubin in 1989 while his 2.58 ERA ranks as the seventh-lowest mark in school history and the lowest since Dave Dravecky had a 2.21 ERA over 61 innings in 1977. Floyd's 108 strikeouts rank as the second most in a season in school history, and they were the most by a YSU pitcher since Brad Hennessey set the single-season school record with 126 in 2001. He became just the third player in program history to record 100 strikeouts in a season. Floyd set a new single-season school record with 101.1 innings pitched, surpa$$ing the previous mark of 99.2 innings that was set by Swenson in 2010. He was also named to the ABCA/Rawlings East All-Region First Team following the 2021 campaign. In addition, Floyd was named the Joseph F. Malmisur YSU Male Student-Athlete of the Year for 2020-21.

After missing the 2019 season due to an injury, Floyd finished with a 2-1 record, a 2.74 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched during the shortened 2020 campaign. He was named Second-Team All-Horizon League as a junior in 2018 after posting a 3-8 record, a 4.41 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 69.1 innings pitched over 12 starts. As a sophomore in 2017, Floyd finished with a 1-7 record, a 6.72 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 65.2 innings over 18 appearances and 13 starts. As a freshman in 2016, he posted a 2-7 record, a 6.52 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 59.1 innings over 14 appearances and 13 starts. Floyd had the most strikeouts by a YSU freshman since Justin Thomas struck out 80 batters in 2003.

Floyd was a two-time member of the Horizon League All-Academic Team during his career. He graduated from Youngstown State in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in marketing management, and he earned his Master of Business Administration in digital marketing from YSU in 2021.

Youngstown State men's basketball Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun announced Thursday that 10-year college coaching veteran Mantoris Robinson has joined the program as an a$$istant coach.

"We are thrilled to welcome Mantoris and his family to Youngstown," Calhoun said. "He is a tremendous addition to our coaching staff, and his familiarity with our culture and system will enable him to hit the ground running.

"Manny was a major part of building our championship program at Fairmont State, and we know he can help us continue to build our championship program here. He has championship DNA, starting as a player at Winthrop and continuing through his coaching career. He'll be a terrific mentor for our players."

Robinson, a two-time Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Year while playing at Winthrop, spent last season at East Tennessee State and has 10 years of experience at the collegiate level. Prior to ETSU, Robinson coached three years at The College of Charleston for Head Coach Earl Grant, spent four seasons at Appalachian State and two years at Fairmont State with Calhoun.

He replaces Chinedu Nwachukwu, who accepted a position with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.

"This is an exciting opportunity for Coach Chin," Calhoun said. "He did a terrific job for our university, and I cannot thank him enough for sharing his talents with our program.

"While we will miss him here in Youngstown, we're thrilled for him to move up to the NBA. He will be a great a$$et to the Grizzlies, and we wish him nothing but the best."

Last season at ETSU, Robinson helped the Buccaneers to 15 wins and four players earned All-Southern Conference postseason accolades.

During his time at The College of Charleston, the Cougars were one of the top teams nationally in fewest turnovers, ranking in the top 20 all three years. In his first year in Charleston, Robinson helped guide the Cougars to a 24-9 record and a 12-6 mark in CAA play. The Cougars advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 CAA Tournament, while also knocking off Memphis in the AdvoCare Invitational and defeated VCU on the road during regular season play. Overall, five Cougars earned all-CAA honors under Robinson's watch, while two players received Student-Athlete of the Year accolades.

Robinson spent four seasons as an a$$istant coach at Appalachian State under head coach Jim Fox from 2014-18. The Mountaineers transitioned from the Southern Conference to the Sun Belt Conference in Robinson's first season, and he helped guide App State to its first Sun Belt Tournament win. Appalachian State had four All-Sun Belt selections during Robinson's time in Boone, N.C.

Prior to his time with the Mountaineers, Robinson spent two seasons at Fairmont State, where he helped Calhoun and the Falcons to back-to-back 20-win seasons and an NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in 2012-13. During his time at Fairmont State, Robinson coached five all-conference selections, and helped guide the Falcons to a two-year record of 43-19.

Robinson played at Winthrop with YSU Director of Operations Paul Molinari from 2006-10  where he helped guide the Eagles to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a first-round win over Notre Dame in 2007. Robinson played in 126 career games, totaling 755 points, 593 rebounds, 138 steals and 137 a$$ists. The 6-foot-5 forward, was named MVP of the 2010 Big South Tournament.

As a prep star at Butler, he was an all-state and all-conference performer and helped lead his team to a 28-3 mark as a senior. He also played for one season at Fork Union Military Academy before beginning his collegiate career at Winthrop.

A native of Charlotte, Robinson graduated from Winthrop in 2010 with a degree in business and earned a master's degree in business administration at Fairmont State in 2014. He is married to Ja'Lisa (née Bradshaw) Robinson and the couple has three children, two daughters and a son.

Youngstown State football fans can get a great chance to get to know the members of the 2022 YSU Football team at the "Meet the Penguins" presented by WFMJ on Saturday, August 6 at Stambaugh Stadium.

The free event is set for 1-2:30 p.m. where fans can get autographs, photos and interact with the members of the 2022 Penguins.

Fans can try on a YSU uniform, clock their 40-yard dash time, kick field goals, enjoy inflatables and toss footballs around with members of the team and the coaching staff. Pete the Penguin and members of the YSU spirit squad will also be in attendance.

The YSU Athletic Ticket Office will be open from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for those interested in buying season tickets for the upcoming campaign. Tickets for season opener on Sept. 3 vs. Duquesne will also be available.

Parking will be available in the M-70 Lot across Fifth Avenue from Stambaugh Stadium. Fans can look for members of the YSU Spirit Squad who will be directing fans into Stambaugh Stadium.

For more information contact the YSU Athletic Ticket Office at (330) 941-1YSU.

INDIANAPOLIS – The 2022 Horizon League Mascot Challenge wrapped up on Friday with Pete of Youngstown State defeating Oakland’s Grizz through fan voting on Instagram to earn the crown and successfully defend his 2020 title. Pete earned 53 percent of the vote in the championship round.

“Winning the first title was an unbelievable feeling, but I think this one is even more rewarding. It's true what they say, that defending a championship is always harder because every other mascot puts a target on your back. We were challenged in all three rounds, especially in the finals. Grizz is well-coached, worked hard and put up a great fight, but we prevailed behind our amazing fan base here in Youngstown,” said Pete after the victory. “Penguin Nation is the best, and I can't wait to see our fans again when our fall sports begin next month. Thank you to the Horizon League for running another great contest, and we look forward to going for a "Three-Pete" at the next Mascot Challenge!”

Prior to the championship round, Pete earned 61 percent of the votes to defeat Milwaukee’s Pounce in the semifinals to punch his ticket to the final round. Pete also bested Northern Kentucky’s Victor E. Viking in the quarterfinals.
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The Horizon League and the Ohio Valley Conference announced today a partnership of their men's tennis member institutions beginning in the 2022-23 academic year. In addition, the HL announced the addition of Chicago State as an affiliate member for both men's and women's tennis.

The innovative and groundbreaking partnership in Division I athletics combines the men's tennis membership of the two conferences to ensure NCAA championship access under the umbrella of Horizon League competition. It will provide the men's tennis member institutions a full complement of conference matches, a conference championship experience at the Horizon League championship and the opportunity for those teams eligible per NCAA rules to earn an automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Championship.

"We are very excited about this innovative collaboration with the Ohio Valley Conference to ensure the long-term future of the Horizon League Men's Tennis Championship and our automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championship," said Horizon League Commissioner Julie Roe Lach. "Special thanks to Commissioner DeBauche and the OVC athletics directors for creatively working towards a win-win for our collective men's tennis programs. We would also like to welcome Chicago State as an affiliate member for both men's and women's tennis."

"The changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics requires we have an openness to identifying new and creative ways to provide our student-athletes with outstanding competitive opportunities," said OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche. "The OVC programs and Belmont University are delighted to join the Horizon League programs and grateful to Commissioner Roe Lach and the Horizon League directors of athletics for their willingness to collaborate and embrace a new partnership model that illustrates how two like-minded conferences can work together to help provide opportunities for student-athletes, strengthen the sport of men's tennis and maintain regional competition."

The League will have a total of 11 men's tennis teams split into two divisions. The North Division will include Chicago State, Cleveland State, IUPUI, Northern Kentucky and Youngstown State, while the South Division will consist of Belmont, Eastern Illinois, Lindenwood, Southern Indiana, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech. The number of Horizon League women's tennis programs will remain at seven with the addition of the Cougars.

Final conference schedules and championship format will be announced at a later date.

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