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YSU Penguin Athletics / Season tickets
« on: June 15, 2021, 05:01:19 PM »
Season ticket forms came and are already completed with a zero dollars due!! Nice. For all of those that let them keep the money 2-years ago, it looks like they still need to be mailed in.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Penguins Reach 30 Wins
« on: May 22, 2021, 11:07:42 AM »
The Youngstown State baseball team has reached 30 wins for just the second time in program history after a 3-2 victory over Milwaukee in the series opener on Friday at Eastwood Field.

Youngstown State won its fifth straight game to improve to 30-21 overall, 22-15 in Horizon League play and 17-3 at Eastwood Field. Milwaukee falls 19-29 overall and 16-21 in league action. The Penguins have reached the 30-win plateau for the first time since going 37-17 in 1995. YSU has also won 17 home games for the second time in program history and for the first time since 1977.

The Penguins scored single runs in the first and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead before Milwaukee scored once in the fifth to pull within a run. YSU got the run back in the home half of the fifth to take a 3-1 advantage before Milwaukee scored once in the ninth to produce the final margin.

YSU starter Collin Floyd allowed one run on five hits and had seven strikeouts over five innings to earn his ninth victory of the season. With nine wins on the season, Floyd has tied the single-season school record that was set by Joe Herubin in 1989. With his second strikeout of the game in the top of the second inning, Floyd became just the third player in school history to record 100 strikeouts in a season. He is the first Penguin since Phil Klein in 2011 to reach 100 strikeouts in a campaign.

After allowing a leadoff single in the first inning, the senior left-hander retired the next six batters he faced as he retired the side in order in the second. The Akron, Ohio, native recorded a strikeout in each of the five innings he was on the mound, and he had multiple punch outs in two different frames.

Colin Clark allowed one run on three hits and struck out a pair over four innings of relief to earn his first save of the season. The senior southpaw retired the first eight batters he faced as he retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh innings.

Jeff Wehler went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and was a home run shy of the cycle while Blaze Glenn went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

The Penguins jumped out to an early lead with one run on one hit in the bottom of the first inning. Wehler hit a leadoff double, advanced to third on fly out by Phillip Gla$$er and scored on a balk.

YSU pushed its lead to 2-0 with one run on three hits and an error in the home half of the fourth inning. Glenn hit a leadoff single, advanced to second on a walk by Turner Grau and scored on an error following an infield single by Padraig O'Shaughnessy.

Milwaukee cut YSU's lead in half in the top of the fifth when Jack Cavanaugh led off the inning with a solo home run to left field.

The Penguins increased their advantage to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Wehler hit a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly from Gla$$er.

The Panthers scored the final run of the game in the top of the ninth when Jack Kraus led off the inning with a solo home run to center field.

Milwaukee starter Riley Frey took the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out four batters over eight innings.

Six different Panthers recorded a hit in the contest as Milwaukee outhit YSU 8-7. Luke Seidel and Cavanaugh each had two hits to pace the Panthers offensively.

The Penguins and Panthers will continue their four-game Horizon League series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Live audio will be available at YSNLive.com.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Baseball
« on: May 01, 2021, 09:06:06 AM »
I am happy about baseball this season. First 20-game win season in a long time. When they were swept at Wright State, I just figured a typical season, but they then won the home series against WSU 3-1

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Youngstown State head women's golf coach Nate Miklos has been named the Horizon League Coach of the Year, the league office announced on Friday.

This is the fourth time in his career, and the third time during his tenure at YSU that Miklos has earned recognition from the league. He was previously named the Horizon League Co-Coach of the Year while at Loyola in 2004 and in 2017 during his fourth season with the Penguins. He was also named Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2019 during his sixth season at YSU.

"I am extremely fortunate to have two incredible a$$istants in Ann and Heidi, who both had a huge impact on the team this season," said Miklos. We would not have had the season we did without the two of them."

In his eighth season in Youngstown, Miklos has led the Penguins to a school record-tying five tournament wins including a victory at the Horizon League Championships on Tuesday. YSU earned its fourth league crown in program history with a league-record three-round team total of 893. The Penguins shattered the previous league 54-hole scoring record by an impressive 27 strokes. Katlyn Shutt earned medalist honors with a school and league-record three-round score of 208 (67-73-68) to become just the third player in Horizon League history to win the event multiple times. She set the league single-round scoring record with a five-under-par 67 in the first round. Puthita Khuanrudee finished third with a three-round 221 (75-74-72) to join Shutt on the Horizon League All-Tournament Team.

Miklos has now led Youngstown State to two Horizon League Championships; the Penguins also won the league title under his direction in 2015. By virtue of its league title, YSU earned a berth in the NCAA Regionals for the second time in program history. The Penguins will compete at the NCAA Columbus Regional at The Ohio University Golf Club's Scarlet Course on May 10-12.

Youngstown State began the 2020-21 season with a 309-311 dual victory over Charleston Southern on Feb. 20. The Penguins then earned a 12-stroke victory at the Nevel Meade Collegiate on March 22-23 with a three-round team total of 891. The performance ranks as the second-lowest 54-hole score in program history. YSU earned its third win of the season with a 308-362 dual victory over St. Francis (Pa.) on March 27. The Penguins' fourth win was a 302-305 dual victory over Cleveland State on April 17. YSU's five tournament wins match the single-season school record; the Penguins also won five events in 1997-98 and 1999-00.

Miklos helped Shutt and Khuanrudee earn First-Team All-Horizon League honors in 2020-21. In addition, Shutt was named Horizon League Golfer of the Year. She becomes the fifth golfer in school history, and the second coached by Miklos, to be named Horizon League Golfer of the Year. Miklos also coached Emily Dixon to Golfer-of-the-Year honors in 2016. This season marks the third time under Miklos that YSU has had multiple all-league honorees. Miklos has now had a player earn First-Team All-Horizon League honors in each of the seven seasons during his tenure that postseason league honors have been handed out.

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Youngstown State senior golfer Katlyn Shutt has been named the 2020-21 Horizon League Women's Golfer of the Year, and she joined teammate Puthita Khuanrudee in earning first-team all-league accolades. The teams were voted on by the league's head coaches and announced on Friday.

Youngstown State was the only school to have two players named First-Team All-Horizon League. It marks the sixth time in program history that the Penguins have had multiple players named First-Team All-Horizon League. It also marks the third time under Head Coach Nate Miklos that YSU has had multiple all-league honorees. The Penguins have now had a player earn first-team all-league honors each of the last 14 times that all-league awards have been handed out.

Shutt becomes the fifth player in program history to be named Horizon League Golfer of the Year. She joins Gina Abruzzino (2004), Katie Rogner (2008), Samantha Formeck (2009, 2010) and Emily Dixon (2016). The Dover, Ohio, native earns First-Team All-Horizon League honors for the second time in her career. She also claimed first-team all-league honors as a junior in 2018-19. Shutt is one of eight players in program history to earn first-team all-league accolades multiple times. She joins Emily Dixon as the second Penguin to earn Golfer-of-the-Year honors under Miklos.

Shutt earned medalist honors to lead the Penguins to their fourth Horizon League championship on Tuesday. The senior finished with a school and league-record three-round score of 208 (67-73-68) at the league championships to earn a dominating 11-stroke victory. Shutt set the league championships single-round scoring record with a five-under-par 67 in the first round on Sunday. Her first-round 67 marked her season low and is tied for the second lowest round in program history. After a final-round 68, she now owns the two lowest rounds in Horizon League Championships history. She also owns five of the seven lowest rounds in school history. Shutt became just the third player in Horizon League history to win the event multiple times. She also won medalist honors at the league meet as a freshman in 2016-17. Shutt set a program and Horizon League record with her three-round total of 208. She broke her own league championships record of 217 and her own school record of 213. Shutt was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team for the third time in her career. She also tied for second at the league meet as a junior in 2018-19.

"I couldn't be happier for Katlyn," said Miklos. "She has had an unbelievable career at YSU and she saved the best golf of her career for the Horizon League Championships to lead the way to our conference title. We have had some unbelievable players in the conference and Katlyn is among the very best of them. I'm excited to see what she can do at Regionals."

Shutt has earned two tournament wins and five top-10 finishes in 2020-21. She is averaging 73.7 strokes per round, which is on pace to break her own school record for single-round scoring average of 74.3. In addition to her victory at the Horizon League Championships, Shutt earned medalist honors with a single-round score of 70 (-1) to lead the Penguins to a dual victory over Cleveland State on April 17. For her performance, she was named Horizon League Women's Golfer of the Week on April 22. She finished fourth in YSU's victory at the Nevel Meade Collegiate with a three-round score of 219 (73-72-74). Shutt tied for fourth in YSU's dual victory over Charleston Southern with a single-round 77. She also tied for ninth at the Low Country Intercollegiate with a two-round 147 (74-73). Shutt was YSU's top finisher on a team-high four occasions this season.

Khuanrudee earns First-Team All-Horizon League honors for the second time her career. She earned first-team honors and was named Horizon League Freshman of the Year in 2018-19. She joins Shutt as one of eight players in school history to be named First-Team All-Horizon League multiple times. The junior has earned one tournament victory and four top-five finishes with a low round of 71 in 2020-21. She is averaging a career-best 74.1 strokes per round, which is on pace to rank as the second-lowest scoring average in program history.

Khuanrudee finished third at the Horizon League Championships on Tuesday to help lead the Penguins to their fourth league title. She fired a three-round score of 221 (75-74-72) to earn a spot on the Horizon League All-Tournament Team. Khuanrudee earned medalist honors with a single-round score of 72 in YSU's dual victory over St. Francis (Pa.) on March 27. She tied for second place in YSU's victory at the Nevel Meade Collegiate with a career-best three-round score of 218 (71-76-71). The junior tied for fourth in YSU's dual victory over Charleston Southern with a single-round 77. She also tied for 18th at the Low Country Intercollegiate with a two-round total of 150 (78-72). Khuanrudee was YSU's top finisher on three occasions this season.

"Puthita has had a fantastic season and I'm very excited for her to receive this honor," said Miklos. "Her play at the Horizon League Championships was unbelievable considering she was fighting an injury."

Youngstown State will compete at the NCAA Columbus Regional at The Ohio State University Golf Club's Scarlet Course on May 10-12. It marks the program's second appearance in the NCAA Regionals.

For news and updates throughout the season, follow @YSUWomensGolf on Twitter.

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DETROIT, Michigan – In just its second-ever outing, the Youngstown State women's lacrosse team (1-1, 1-1 MAC) earned the program's inaugural win over Mid-American Conference-foe Detroit Mercy on Saturday, 12-7.

The Penguins' offensive attack was led by Lauren Ottensmeyer, who netted a program-best five goals on the day. The Ballwin, Missouri, native owns a team-high seven goals on the season.  Emma Carter (3) and Erin Clark (2) also notched multiple-goal outings during the game.

Callie Vaudry and Aryss Lindsey also a$$isted in YSU's scoring effort, each tallying a goal in the victory. Lindsey's goal acted as her first of the season.

Senior goalkeeper Elicia Wells had another notable performance in the cage, posting 11 saves (seven first half, six second half) on 23 Titans' shots during a full 60-minute outing.

YSU capitalized on its free-position shots throughout the clash with Detroit Mercy, shooting 50% on the day (4-8). The Penguins held the Titans to a 0-5 mark in the category.

The 12 team goals scored is a game-high on the season.

The Penguins jumped out to a commanding 5-0 lead in the first six minutes of the contest following Ottensmeyer and Carter scored two goals apiece with Vaudry also finding the back of the net and scoring her fifth goal of the season.

The Titans ended their scoreless streak at the 20:24 mark in the first half, however, just 90 seconds later Carter secured the individual hat trick on an a$$isted goal by Abby Yesko and extended the Guins lead back to five.

Ottensmeyer helped the Penguins to their biggest lead of the game (6) after netting her third goal with 16:37 left in the half, forcing the Titans to burn a timeout. Out of the pause, Detroit Mercy would tally back-to-back goals to bring the score back to 7-3 in favor of Youngstown State.

YSU would end the half on a 2-0 run and take a 9-3 halftime advantage into the locker room.

Finding a bit of momentum, the Titans surged out of the break, slipping two into the cage in the first 90 seconds of second-half play and bringing the scoreboard to 9-5, Penguins. After a 15-minute scoreless spell, Ottensmeyer reignited a fire within the YSU offense, scoring her fourth goal and giving the Penguins the five-goal lead with under 14 minutes to play.

The two squads each added two more to the scoreboard before the clock hit zeros, bringing the final score to 12-7. The Penguins' goals were attributed to Erin Clark, who scored on a free-position shot with 10:45 on the clock and Lauren Ottensmeyer, who scored on an una$$isted shot with 8:22 left to play.

Youngstown State is back in action March 19 against Central Michigan in the program's home debut at Farmers National Bank Field. First draw is scheduled for 7 p.m.

For news and updates throughout the season, follow @YSUwlax on Twitter.

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Brookings, S.D. - The Youngstown State football team overcame a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to grab a 17-16 lead, but a South Dakota State field goal with 31 seconds remaining was the difference in a 19-17 Penguins defeat on a sunny Saturday at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings, South Dakota.

YSU (0-4) hung around after falling behind 10-0 in the first 8:56 of the contest and ultimately took a fourth-quarter lead with 6:17 remaining.

SDSU (3-1) took its initial possession of the game and scored a touchdown. QB Mark Gronowski connected with Jaxon Janke on an eight-yard scoring toss to cap off a six-play, 75-yard drive. Two plays following the score, QB Mark Waid was intercepted by Malik Lofton and the Jackrabbits took over at their own 41-yard line. The drive stalled at the YSU 35 and Cole Frahm came on to boot a 52-yard field goal extending the lead to 10-0.

However, the Penguins answered with their first touchdown of the contest quickly. TB Jaleel McLaughlin raced 42 yards for a touchdown and the Penguins trimmed the deficit to 10-7 with 4:03 left in the first quarter.

Neither team could find much offense following that point and the Penguins trailed 10-7 at halftime.

The Jackrabbits extended the lead on their first posssession of the second half. South Dakota State gained possession at the YSU 49-yard line following a punt and found paydirt nine plays later on a one-yard sneak by Gronowski. The extra point attempt by Frahm was pushed wide left making the score 16-7 with 8:45 left in the third quarter.

YSU then held the ball for the remainder of the period while driving deep into SDSU territory. The 18-play, 59-yard drive took 10:14 off the clock and Colt McFadden's 33-yard field goal pulled the Guins within 16-10 with 13:31 left in the contest.

SDSU had a chance to make it a two-score game, but Frahm's 43-yard field goal attempt was off the mark with 9:43 remaining.

A good punt by Nick DeSalvo pinned the Jackrabbits at their own 22 and three plays later the defense set up the offense for the go-ahead score. Zaire Jones intercepted Gronowski at the SDSU 28 and returned it to the 20-yard line setting up the YSU offense. McLaughlin had three straight rushes and capped off the quick scoring drive with a untouched scoring run behind the right side of the line from a yard out with 6:21 to tie the contest. McFadden converted the PAT kick giving the Guins a one-point lead.

SDSU and then YSU went three-and-out and the Jackrabbits took over at their 21 with 2:53 remaining. The Guins forced a 3rd-and-11 at the 20, but a 39-yard pa$$ from Gronowski to Zach Heins moved the ball into Penguins territory. On the next play, Gronowski found Heins again for a 16-yard pickup down to the YSU 25-yard line. SDSU was able to move the ball to the YSU 12 before the Guins forced a field-goal try. Frahm connected from 29 yards out with just 31 seconds left to give the Jacks a 19-17 lead.

YSU took over at its 32-yard line, but after two short completions, Waid was hit and fumbled to end the Penguins' final drive.

For the game, McLaughlin rushed for 122 yards on 26 carries and had two touchdowns. Waid carreid 11 times for 41 yards and completed 7-of-13 pa$$es for 55 yards. Pierre Strong led the way offensively for the Jackrabbits with 124 yards on 21 rushes. Gronowski completed 12-of-28 pa$$es for 158 yards and a touchdown. Grant Dixon led YSU with a game-high 10 tackles while Jones added nine.

SDSU had a 300-251 advantage in total offensive yardage while YSU outrushed the Jackrabbits 196-142. SDSU pa$$ed for 158 yards with 54 coming on two completions on its final drive of the game.

The Penguins return home next Saturday to play host to South Dakota. Kickoff at Stambaugh Stadium is set for Noon.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Track and Field Signs Nation's Top Shot-Putter
« on: March 12, 2021, 02:29:26 PM »
The Youngstown State track and field program has received a signed National Letter of Intent from the nation's top-ranked high school shot put senior recruit in Connor Va$$-Gal, head coach Brian Gorby announced Friday.

"Our track and field staff is very excited to have Connor join our championship-caliber throws family as an athlete and a great person," Gorby said. "We look forward to supporting throws coach Megan Tomei and Conner on their journey to make Connor's national dreams a reality."

While a member of the Wilmington High School track program, Connor notched the country's top-mark in the outdoor shot put in 2019, owning a throw of 64'4.75'' or 19.62m. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 outdoor season by the COVID-19 pandemic, Conner's throw still sits atop the leaderboards.

With the signing, Conner becomes the highest nationally-ranked incoming recruit in program history. Former-penguin Chad Zallow (Warren JFK) held the previous record when he signed to YSU in 2015, owning the second-best 60-meter hurdles mark across the country. While at YSU, Zallow went on to not only set the USA Junior U20 60-meter hurdles record, but also became a six-time Division 1 All-American, two-time outdoor Horizon League Athlete of the Year and four-time indoor Horizon League Athlete of the Year.

The Penguins are well suited to produce talented throwers under the leadership of coach Tomei and the throws staff. Most recent, YSU junior Zach Gehm earned a spot on Team USA at the 2019 Pan American Championships held in Costa Rica. Gehm solidified his spot on the national team after he won the discus title at the USATF U20 Outdoor Championships.

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OUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) Nic Baker threw a pair of touchdown pa$$es and ran for another and Southern Illinois overcame Youngstown State's fast start for a 30-22 comeback win over the Penguins on Saturday.

It was the first win for the Salukis (3-1, 2-1 Missouri Valley Conference) in Youngstown since the 2012 season. Offensively, the 22-point effort of the Penguins (0-3, 0-3) was its best of the season after having scored a single touchdown entering Saturday's contest.

On its final drive, Youngstown State put together a nine-play, 55-yard drive getting to the Southern Illinois 25 before turning it over on downs with 55 seconds remaining.

Sat, March 6, 2021, 4:03 PM

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) Nic Baker threw a pair of touchdown pa$$es and ran for another and Southern Illinois overcame Youngstown State's fast start for a 30-22 comeback win over the Penguins on Saturday.

It was the first win for the Salukis (3-1, 2-1 Missouri Valley Conference) in Youngstown since the 2012 season. Offensively, the 22-point effort of the Penguins (0-3, 0-3) was its best of the season after having scored a single touchdown entering Saturday's contest.

On its final drive, Youngstown State put together a nine-play, 55-yard drive getting to the Southern Illinois 25 before turning it over on downs with 55 seconds remaining.
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The Penguins built leads of 12-0 and 19-7 before Southern Illinois staged its rally. Baker ran it in from 17 yards 25 seconds before halftime reducing the deficit to six after the missed point after attempt. The Salukis emerged from halftime with Baker leading a 12-play, 75-yard scoring drive that culminated with his 2-yard touchdown pa$$ to Justin Strong for a 20-19 lead and they led the rest of the way.

Jaleel McLaughlin ran for 124 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns for the Penguins.

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Rochester, Mich. – Senior Naz Bohannon posted the first triple-double in program history and senior Garrett Covington scored a career-high 30 points, but the Youngstown State men's basketball team fell 87-83 in overtime to Oakland in the quarterfinals of the Progressive Insurance Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship.

The Penguins fall to 15-12 while the Golden Grizzlies improve to 11-17 and advance to the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship.

Bohannon made program history with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 11 a$$ists. He connected on 5-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line.

Covington's was 12-of-21 from the floor and tied a career-high with five 3-pointers, six rebounds and three a$$ists. Junior Darius Quisenberry scored 18 points and dished out six a$$ists while freshman Shemar-Rathan Mayes added 10 points.

Leading Oakland was Rashad Williams with 22 points and Jalen Moore with 20 points and 11 a$$ists.

The Penguins twice trailed by 11 in the second half and were down 62-51 with 9:35 remaining. An 11-0 run sparked by a 3-pointer by Rathan-Mayes, a jumper by Covington, and 3-pointers by Geoff Hamperian and Covington tied the game at 62-62 at the 5:17 mark.

The Golden Grizzlies built a five-point lead, 71-66, with 3:25 to go capped by the third of three straight 3-pointers by Williams.

Bohannon's three-point play with 1:41 remaining gave the Penguins a 73-71 lead before Daniel Oladapo tied the game at 73-73. Quisenberry's game-winning attempt was short.

Quisenberry hit a 3-pointer to open the overtime period and a Covington jumper gave the Penguins a 78-76 lead. Oakland, though, scored eight straight points over the next two minutes to take an 84-78 lead with 50 seconds left.

Covington hit his fifth 3-pointer of the game to get the Penguins within a possession, 86-83, but Moore made a free throw with 10 seconds left to seal the victory.

After a slow start offensively and falling behind by 10, 25-15, the Penguins started to find their rhythm and made nine of the last 16 field-goal attempts.

Covington hit back-to-back 3s to get the Penguins within four, 25-21, with 6:24 left. The Golden Grizzlies expanded the lead back to eight before Covington hit his third 3-pointer of the half, Bohannon hit a jumper and Quisenberry made a pair of free throws.

Quisenberry hit his second 3 of the half to tie the game at 36-36 before Oakland's Oladapo made a free throw to give the Golden Grizzlies a 37-36 halftime lead.

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Youngstown State pushed Horizon League regular-season champion Milwaukee to a deadlock through 33 minutes, but the Panthers prevailed 77-68 in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship.

Milwaukee advances to the tournament semifinals to play IUPUI in Indianapolis, and YSU's season concludes with a 10-8 record.

Penguins senior Chelsea Olson went 6-for-7 from 3-point range and scored a team-high 22 points, and fifth-year senior Mary Dunn scored all of her 20 points in the first three quarters. Freshman Nneka Obiazor had 13 points and eight rebounds to finish off a memorable first season with the program.

Fifth-year senior McKaela Schmelzer had a career night for the Panthers with 24 points, which was nine more than her previous career high. She went 3-for-4 from 3-point range, and the Panthers hit 10 of their 20 attempts from long distance in the game.

"I thought our team played really hard, and I'm proud of them," YSU head coach John Barnes said. "It was a battle, and I felt like we got a little tired toward the end. We started to miss some of the shots we were making, and Milwaukee just made big shots."

"It was an incredibly hard year to get through with COVID forcing us to miss so many games early, and our league was really good this year. To finish with a winning record after all of the challenges is something we can build on. Our team is capable of being really good and competing for a championship, and that's something we need to work toward in the offseason."

Youngstown State led 36-34 at halftime, and the Penguins' advantage reached its pinnacle at 43-36 with just under eight minutes remaining in the third period. The Panthers caught them and took a 57-55 lead at the end of the third, and they had a big 8-0 run in the fourth that ultimately tipped the game in their favor.

Youngstown State trailed 7-2 less than two minutes into the game, but it went on a 13-5 run to take a 15-12 lead. The Penguins finished that run with a 7-0 spurt that featured a 3 by Olson and buckets by Peters and Obiazor.

Olson's second 3-pointer of the period came with 36 seconds left and put the Penguins ahead 21-17, but Milwaukee scored the final two points of the first quarter and the first seven points of the second to take a 26-21 lead. The Panthers' advantage grew to 32-25 on an Emma Wittmerhaus basket with 4:55 on the clock, but the Penguins outscored the Panthers 11-2 the rest of the half. Olson started the run with a 3, and she finished it with a jumper in the final minute.

YSU was plus-seven in turnover margin in the first half, but it was minus-three in the second half as Milwaukee held a 43-32 lead over the final 20 minutes.

Olson and Schmelzer traded baskets in the opening minute of the third quarter, and Olson hit a 3 to spark a five-point run that gave the Penguins their largest lead of the game at 43-36 with 7:52 left. YSU didn't have a field goal for nearly three minutes after Olson's triple, and that allowed Milwaukee to tie the score at 44. Another Schmelzer triple at the 5:03 mark gave the Panthers their first lead of the second half at 47-46, and the margin stayed within a possession until Milwaukee's run in the fourth.

Obiazor hit a 3-pointer with 1:18 remaining in the third quarter to give the Penguins a 55-52 lead, but Kendall Nead scored the final five points of the period to give the Panthers a 57-55 advantage entering the fourth. Olson hit a 3 on YSU's first possession of the final quarter to give the Penguins their final lead of the night at 58-57, and Nead countered with another triple 20 seconds later to put Milwaukee back on top.

The score was tied at 60 when Bre Cera scored eight straight points for the Panthers to help the home team start to take control. She hit a pull-up jumper near the end of the shot clock to give Milwaukee a 62-60 lead with 6:21 left, and she hit 3s on the Panthers' next two possessions to push the margin to 68-60. The Penguins called timeout, and Olson hit her sixth 3-pointer of the game at 4:12 to get the difference back to five. After that Olson trey, YSU did not score again until a Malia Magestro 3-pointer with 36 seconds left. By then, Milwaukee had built a 75-63 lead as it finished off a 15-3 run.

Magestro's 3 made the score 75-66, and Schmelzer made two free throws to cap off her career effort. YSU fifth-year senior Emma VanZanten came in off the bench and scored on the final possession of her career and the Penguins' season for the final tally.

Youngstown State shot 42.4 percent for the game, and it went 8-for-17 from 3-point range. The Penguins' 68 points were 13 more than the Panthers allowed on average during the regular season.

Milwaukee came into the game averaging 5.8 3s per game, but the Panthers went 10-for-20 from long distance against YSU. Milwaukee shot 48.3 percent overall and converted 13-of-14 at the free-throw line.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Johnson Suspended
« on: March 01, 2021, 06:14:43 PM »
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Youngstown State University a$$istant coach Tim Johnson will not be permitted on the sidelines for the remainder of the season after he was caught on video hitting an opposing player.

In the video, you can see Johnson (in white) lower his shoulder into University of Northern Iowa wide receiver Quan Hampton as he runs out of bounds, knocking the player down. The television broadcast video went viral on social media Saturday afternoon.

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“I apologize to UNI, Youngstown State, the Missouri Valley Football Conference and our community for what occurred on Saturday,” Tim Johnson, YSU director of player personnel, said in a statement. “As a member of the YSU Football staff, my actions are held in high regard and that should have never occurred. Again, I deeply apologize to all who have been impacted by my actions.”


Johnson is a former All-American for the YSU Penguins, and this is his first season as a member of the Youngstown State football staff.

UNI won the game 21-0. The Penguins return to play this Saturday, when they host Southern Illinois.

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Youngstown State senior Sean Peterson has been named a 2021 Alfreeda Golf Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Friday.

Peterson was one-of-two male athletes awarded due to a tie in the voting process. Milwaukee sprinter, sophomore Michael Gorman, was also awarded.

Peterson becomes the fifth YSU male athlete to accept the award, the first since former-teammate Chad Zallow in 2019. Prior, the Penguins had won the award the previous five seasons (2014-18) and in 2003.

Peterson owns the league's top times in the 800m run (1:50.95) and the mile (4:14.72) entering the 2021 Horizon League Indoor Track & Field Championships. His 800m mark, set during the YSU Mid-Major Invitational, qualified as the second-fastest 800m time in YSU history and the country's 53rd-best time to date, while being a personal-best. Peterson was tabbed the Horizon League Men's Runner of the Week following the event victory. He also tallied an event victory in the mile run at the YSU Collegiate Invitational Jan. 15. Capping his regular season, Peterson posted a top-six finish in the Camel City Elite 800m section of the Camel City Invitational Feb. 20, finishing with a 1:51.00 mark.

Milwaukee's Meg Swietlik received the women's Alfreeda Goff Athlete of the Year honors.

The 2021 Horizon League Indoor Track & Field Championships will begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. in the Lutheran Health Fieldhouse in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The meet is hosted by Horizon League newcomer, Purdue Fort Wayne. With an event victory in the 800m, Peterson would become the only runner in league history to win the event four times.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Basketball Advances With 74-58 Win Over UIC
« on: February 26, 2021, 09:34:10 AM »
Youngstown State had five players score in double figures and led for more than 35 minutes in a 74-58 victory over UIC in the opening round of the 2021 Progressive Insurance Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship on Thursday at Beeghly Center.

Michael Akuchie scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, and YSU's other four starters also scored in double figures. Naz Bohannon had 15 points and six a$$ists, Darius Quisenberry scored 12, and Garrett Covington and Shemar Rathan-Mayes both had 10 points. Akuchie and Rathan-Mayes combined for 17 points in the first half as Youngstown State built a 35-25 lead at halftime.

Youngstown State will advance in the conference tournament to play third-seeded Oakland in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Penguins are now 15-11 this season, while UIC's campaign ends with a 9-13 mark.

Teyvion Kirk led four Flames in double figures with 13 points.

UIC led 10-7 after a Kirk layup five minutes into the game, but the Penguins scored seven straight points on two-pointers by Covington and Bohannon and a 3-pointer by Akuchie to take a 14-10 lead. After Akuchie's 3-pointer at the 14:21 mark made the score 12-10, Youngstown State did not trail again.

The margin stayed within six points, and YSU's lead was 24-21 at the 4:32 mark after a 3-pointer by UIC's Jamie Ahale. The Penguins ended the first half on an 11-4 run to turn that three-point lead into a 35-25 advantage. Rathan-Mayes sparked the run with a 3-pointer with 3:31 left, and Quisenberry scored the final four points of the half.

Covington made three free throws less than 40 seconds into the second half to YSU's advantage to 38-25, and the lead peaked at 43-29 when Covington hit a triple at the 16:13 mark.

UIC cut the deficit in half as it held the Penguins to one basket, a 3 by Akuchie, over nearly four minutes, but it missed four straight shots once it got the score within 46-39. Daniel Ogoro hit a 3-pointer at the 12:20 mark to put the Penguins up 49-39, and Myles Hunter followed with a layup on the next possession to push the margin to a dozen.

The margin was between 12 and nine over the next five minutes before UIC scored five straight points to get within 57-51 on two free throws by RayQuawndis Mitchell with 5:13 remaining. Covington scored on a cut to the hoop on the next possession for the Penguins, and YSU countered with a 9-0 run to take a 66-51 lead with 2:21 left. The largest margin was 74-56 on a layup by Quisenberry with 27 seconds left.

Youngstown State shot 48.4 percent overall from the field, and it went 8-for-23 from 3-point range. UIC shot 45.3 percent, but it committed twice as many turnovers as the Penguins at 18-9.

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The Youngstown State women's basketball team had a crucial defensive stand in the final 35 seconds to fight off Purdue Fort Wayne for a 62-59 victory in the first round of the 2021 Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship on Thursday at Beeghly Center.

The Penguins trailed 54-48 in the opening minute of the fourth period, but they outscored the Mastodons 14-5 the rest of the game to advance in the tournament. YSU didn't allow a point over the final 4:50, and the Penguins forced the Dons to take a deep, contested 3-pointer on their last possession in the final seconds of the game.

Purdue Fort Wayne did not have a timeout remaining, and YSU's guards created enough pressure on the perimeter to keep the Mastodons from getting any quality looks. They inbounded the ball with 22 seconds left and had to settle for a tough 3-point attempt by Riley Ott at the end of the shot clock. Ott's attempt missed everything, and the Penguins took possession on the shot clock violation with two seconds left. YSU advanced the ball to the frontcourt with a timeout, and the clock ran out on two deflected pa$$es.

The Penguins' all-conference forwards Mary Dunn and Nneka Obiazor accounted for 46 of the team's 62 points and helped YSU hold a decisive 46-18 scoring edge in the paint. Dunn finished with a season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Obiazor had 20 points. That duo accounted for all of YSU's 18's points in the first period, and Dunn had eight of the Penguins' 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Rylie Parker scored a career-high 18 points, and she made four 3s to lead Purdue Fort Wayne. The Mastodons went 8-for-20 from beyond the arc, which was a big advantage over YSU's 2-for-12 effort.

YSU swept the regular-season series with 102-60 and 68-52 victories, but the Mastodons were competitive from the tip, making six of their first seven attempts from the field and leading for 16:49 in the game. There were 10 lead changes and 10 ties, and the largest lead for either team the entire evening was six.

The Mastodons led for more than 11 minutes in the first half, and they held a 16-12 advantage on Sierra Bell's 3-pointer at the 2:49 mark of the opening period. YSU scored the final six points of the period with two Dunn baskets and a transition layup by Obiazor from a block and a$$ist from Chelsea Olson. Obiazor had 10 points and five rebounds in the opening quarter to help YSU take an 18-16 lead.

Ott and Parker hit 3-pointers, the third and fourth of the game for the Mastodons, to give Purdue Fort Wayne a 22-18 lead at the 7:23 mark of the second. YSU eventually took a 28-27 lead on a spinning bucket by Obiazor with 1:53 remaining, and the Horizon League Freshman of the Year scored again with 44 seconds left to tie the score at 30 for the halftime break.

YSU made 14 of its 29 attempts from the field in the first half for 48.3 percent, but it had nine turnovers and went 0-for-6 from 3-point range. The Mastodons shot 42.9 percent, but they were 6-for-12 from 3-point range and were plus-three in turnover margin.

Aubrey Stupp hit a 3 for the Mastodons on the first possession of the second half, but YSU scored the next seven points on buckets by Dunn and Olson and a 3-pointer by McKenah Peters. The Penguins then extended their advantage to 41-35, their largest of the game, on two free throws by Olson at the 6:21 mark. YSU's margin was 48-43 with 2:22 left in the third period, but Purdue Fort Wayne scored 11 straight points to take a 54-48 lead 25 seconds into the fourth quarter.

The Penguins didn't buckle, and an 8-0 run that Peters finished with a 3-pointer with 7:00 remaining put them ahead 56-54. Parker hit a 3 with 4:50 left to give the Mastodons their final lead at 59-58, and YSU shut out Purdue Fort Wayne over its final seven possessions with three turnovers and five missed field goal attempts.

Dunn scored her 26th point from Olson's eighth a$$ist at the 3:32 mark to put the Penguins ahead 60-59, and Obiazor finished the scoring on a bucket from Dunn with 1:22 left.

YSU shot 49.1 percent overall, and it was 25-for-43 inside the arc. In addition to a 46-18 edge in paint scoring, YSU also had a 36-22 rebounding advantage. Purdue Fort Wayne shot 42.6 percent overall, but it shot 23.1 percent going 3-for-13 in the fourth period.

Youngstown State will play at second-seeded Milwaukee in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship on Tuesday. Tipoff from the Klotsche Center will be at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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