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Clemson, S.C. - Youngstown State senior Chad Zallow finished first in the 60m hurdles and junior Jaliyah Elliott finished second in the 60m dash at the Clemson Orange & Purple Elite Invitational on Friday afternoon.

Zallow started off a dominating afternoon by posting the fastest time in 60m hurdle prelims with a time of 7.71 seconds. In the finals, Zallow won with a time of 7.75 seconds beating out Florida State's Trey Cunningham who ran a time of 7.82 seconds.

In the prelims, Elliott posted the fastest time in the 60m dash with a time of 7.45 seconds. Elliott beat out unattached runner Breana Norman and ASCIS professionally sponsored runner Candace Hill. In the finals, Elliott finished second and was the highest collegiate finisher as unattached runner Breana Norman edged her out by .05 seconds.

Freshman Destiny Washington also competed this afternoon and ran a time of 8.93 seconds in Heat 3 of the 60m hurdles.

The Penguins are next in action a week from today when they play host to the YSU College Invitational at the WATTS.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Dunn Named Horizon League Player of the Week
« on: January 08, 2019, 09:25:34 AM »
Youngstown State junior forward Mary Dunn has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 6, the conference office announced on Monday.

Dunn averaged 21.5 points and 10 rebounds and was 18-for-21 from the field in helping the Penguins to a pair of victories last week. Dunn shot 85.7 percent from the field while also going 3-for-4 from 3-point range and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line.

She is the third YSU player to earn the league's weekly honor this season, joining Alison Smolinski on Dec. 10 and Chelsea Olson on Dec. 31. Youngstown State is the first conference school to have three different players be named Player of the Week this season. Dunn was also named the league's player of the week by College Sports Madness.

Dunn set new career highs with 26 points and 13 rebounds in 23 minutes on Thursday in YSU's 81-29 victory over UIC. The Washington, Pa., native was 12-for-14 from the field against the Flames and made her lone 3-point attempt. Dunn was then 6-of-7 from the field, made two 3s and grabbed seven rebounds in a 70-52 victory over IUPUI on Saturday. She was clutch in the first period by scoring nine of YSU's 11 points to keep the Penguins in the game once they fell behind 7-0.

Dunn was also part of a strong defensive effort last week for the Penguins. She helped limit IUPUI's Macee Williams to nine points, which was 10 below the average of the Horizon League's top scorer. YSU held UIC to just 29 points on Thursday, and only eight points of those came in the paint. It was the fewest points YSU had allowed in a game since 1990.

Youngstown State will head to Wisconsin for a pair of contests this week. The Penguins will play at Milwaukee on Thursday at noon Eastern, and they'll take on conference preseason favorite Green Bay on Saturday at 2 p.m. Eastern.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU Womens Basketball vs UIC $2 tickets!
« on: January 02, 2019, 06:50:21 PM »
Youngstown State improved to 10-3 overall and has now won six of its last seven contests. The Penguins swept their Motor City swing for the second straight season and improved to 2-0 in conference play for the third time in six seasons under Head Coach John Barnes. 
The women’s basketball team would like to invite you out to their Horizon League home opener on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 at 7:00 PM. YSU Athletics will be offering $2 general admission tickets for the big game. Help us pack Beeghly Center as we host UIC for the conference home opener.
To purchase tickets, contact the YSU Athletics Ticket office at 330-941-1978. You may also purchase tickets at Beeghly Center on game day.
#PackBeeghly #BeatUIC

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Olson Named Horizon League Player of the Week
« on: January 02, 2019, 06:46:57 PM »
Youngstown State sophomore guard Chelsea Olson has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week for helping the Penguins earn a pair of conference road victories over the weekend.

Olson was named the player of the week by the league office for the first time in her career, and she is the College Sports Madness Horizon League Player of the Week for the second straight week.

Olson averaged 16.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, five assists and three steals as the Penguins picked up road wins at Detroit Mercy and Oakland. She shot 61.5 percent overall from the field (8-of-13), 71.4 percent from beyond the arc (5-of-7) and 80 percent (12-of-15) from the free-throw line.

Olson scored 18 points and tied a career high with four 3-pointers in Friday's win over the Titans, and she added six rebounds and six assists. She then scored 15 points, grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds and contributed four assists and four steals on Sunday against the Golden Grizzlies. Olson had 11 points and six rebounds in the fourth period to help YSU outscore the Golden Grizzlies 30-13 and rally for a win.

Olson, a Preseason Second-Team All-Horizon League selection and a member of the Horizon League All-Freshman Team in 2017-18, has been one of the conference's most well-rounded players in 2018-19. She ranks among the top five in free-throw percentage, rebounds, assists and assist-to-turnover ratio, and she's also in the top 10 in 3s per game, steals, blocks and minutes.

Youngstown State will host a pair of Horizon League games in the first week of 2019. The Penguins will welcome UIC to Beeghly Center on Thursday at 7 p.m., and they'll host IUPUI on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Merry Christmas Penguin Fans!!
« on: December 25, 2018, 10:43:45 AM »
Merry Christmas to everyone. I was given a nice long-sleeve Penguins shirt. Has the Block-Y on the front and the word "Penguins"  down the arm. Very nice and heavy.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU Announces Early-Signing Period NLI Additions
« on: December 19, 2018, 07:44:18 PM »

Listed below are biography sketches on players who signed National Letters of Intent with the Youngstown State football program. Additional bios will be added throughout the day.

  • DB – D'Marco Augustin (Boyton Beach, Fla./Park Vista H.S.)
  • DT – Chris Fitzgerald (Youngstown, Ohio/East H.S.)
  • LS – Dean Palumbo (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson H.S.)
  • LB – Gianni Rizzo (Norwin, Pa./Norwin H.S.)
  • DT – Jelani Stafford (Coal Center, Pa./California H.S.)
  • WR – Steven Victoria (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne H.S.)
  • QB – Mark Waid (Girard, Ohio/Girard H.S.)
  • DB – Jordan White (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace H.S.)

Signed With @YoungstownStFB During Early Period

D'Marco Augustin









D'Marco Augustin

6-2 | 190 | Defensive Back
Boyton Beach, Fla.
Park Vista High School

High School: Played strong safety, tight end and outside linebacker...selected to play in the Palm Beach County All-Star Game (American Team)...coach was Brian Dodds.


Chris Fitzgerald








Chris Fitzgerald

6-0 | 280 | Defensive Tackle
Youngstown, Ohio
East High School

High School: Played defensive end and offensive tackle...was a first-team All-Ohio Division IV selection as a senior...was named the All-American Conference Red Tier Defensive Player of the Year...was a first-team Division IV All-Northeast Inland District honoree...helped lead East to the Class 4 quarterfinals where the Golden Bears dropped a hard-fought 34-30 contest to Girard...had 20 career sacks...was a three-time first-team all-conference selection...as a junior, had 67 total tackles, including 20 TFLs...coach was Bryan Marrow.


Dean Palumbo











Dean Palumbo

5-10 | 180 | Long Snapper
Hudson, Ohio
Hudson High School

High School: Was the team's snapper and played tight at Hudson...will get the chance to work with former teammate Grant Gonya who should be YSU's placekicker for the upcoming season...coach was Jeff Gough.


Gianni Rizzo










Gianni Rizzo

6-2 | 195 | Linebacker
Norwin, Pa.
Norwin High School

High School: Played linebacker and wide receiver at Norwin...as a senior, caught 21 passes for 542 yards...had 22 carries for 139 yards...scored 12 touchdowns...had 72 tackles as a senior...as a junior, caught 39 passes for 506 yards and three touchdowns...credited with 49 tackles (29 solos), had 11 TFLs and five sacks...coach was David Brozeski...also competes in track and field.


Jelani Stafford









Jelani Stafford

6-2 | 265 | Defensive Tackle
Coal Center, Pa.
California High School

High School: Played defensive tackle and running back...rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a senior...California earned a share of the Tri-County South Conference championship...played defensive tackle for the first time as a senior...as a junior, was a Class 1A Pennsylvania Football Writers all-state pick as a running back...rushed for 1,608 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior...Trojans reached the WPIAL semifinals in 2017...coach was Darrin Dillow.


Steven Victoria











Steven Victoria

5-11 | 185 | Wide Receiver
Huber Heights, Ohio
Wayne High School

High School: Played wide receiver at Wayne...was a first-team Division I all-area pick by the Dayton Daily News...was a second-team Division I All-Southwest District selection...named first-team All-GWOC...caught 41 passes for 700 yards and nine touchdowns...coach was Jay Minton.


Mark Waid

Mark Waid

6-3 | 215 | Quarterback
Girard, Ohio
Girard High School

High School: Winner of the 2018 James A. Rhodes Award presented by the Touchdown Club of Columbus to the Ohio High School Football Player of the Year...finished fourth in Ohio history with 11,658 yards passing for his career...trailed only Maty Mauk (Kenton), Ben Mauk (Kenton) and Parker Carmichael (Wooster Triway) in career passing yardage...threw 117 touchdown passes in his career ranking ninth in state history...as a senior, was a first-team All-Ohio Division IV selection...named the Trumbull County Player of the Year... named the WKBN Big 22 Ohio Player of the Year...named the All American Conference Blue Tier Player of the Year...was a first-team Division IV Northeast Inland District selection...passed for 4,376 yards and 48 touchdowns completing 267-of-409 passes in 15 games...had eight 300-yard passing efforts...had four-or-more passing TDs seven times and had three in four other games...also rushed for 1,776 yards and 26 touchdowns...rushed for more than 100 yards on eight occasions...finished second in the country in total offense (6,152 yards) behind Landry Gilpin of Mission, Texas (6,656)...was 11th in passing yardage...in five playoff games, racked up 2,279 total offensive yards while accounting for 24 touchdowns...helped lead Girard to the Class 4A State Championship in 2018, the first state title game appearance in school history...Indians dropped a 42-14 contest in the state final to Cincinnati Wyoming to finish the season 13-2...in a come-from-behind 53-48 win over Licking Valley, put up 414 passing yards (31-of-45), 162 rushing yards and produced seven touchdowns... rushed for 337 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries against Hubbard in the quarterfinals...as a junior, completed 214-of-343 passes for 3,506 yards and 37 touchdowns in 12 games...named the WKBN Big 22 Ohio Player of the Year...had a season-best six touchdown passes against Newton Falls...rushed for 1,129 yards on 153 carries and scored 19 touchdowns...had seven 100-yard rushing games...as a sophomore, completed 139-of-151 passes for 2,624 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games...rushed for 725 yards on 214 carries and scored 16 touchdowns...as a freshman, completed 95-of-190 passes for 1,152 yards and 10 touchdowns...rushed for 394 yards on 119 attempts and had four scores...threw a touchdown pass in each of his last 31 games...coach was Pat Pearson.


Jordan White






Jordan White

6-2 | 185 | Defensive Back
Havre de Grace, Md.
Havre de Grace High School

High School: Played free safety and wide receiver...named second-team Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference - Chesapeake Division...Warriors reached the MPSSAA Class 1A football semifinals in 2018...Havre de Grace finished with a 10-3 record...coach was Brian Eberhardt...also plays basketball.


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Youngstown State seniors Steven Wethli and Tevin McCaster were named 2018 All-Americans by HERO Sports, the organization announced on Wednesday. Wethli was named first-team as a special teams player while McCaster was a second-team pick as a running back.

Wethli was a four-year starter for the Penguins and snapped on 472 kicking attempts throughout his career. As a senior in 2018, he snapped on 106 kicks - 59 punts, 30 PAT tries and 17 field-goal atttempts.

A model of consistency, Wethli served as a snapper for a variety of punters, holders and placekickers during his career. Punter Mark Schuler and placekicker Zak Kennedy ended their YSU careers among the Penguins all-time career leaders in numerous kicking categories. Kennedy ended his Penguin career ranked second in points by a kicker (302), second in field goals made (54), third in field-goal attempts (80), fourth in overall scoring (302), fourth in PATs made (140) and PAT attempts (143). Schuler was second in school history in career punting average at 40.9 per kick and was fifth in career punts (160). Kennedy made the final 75 point-after kicks of his career, setting a school record for consecutive makes.

McCaster was a two-time first-team All-MVFC selection during his YSU career. As a senior, McCaster rushed for a career-high 1,235 yards on 269 carries in 2018. He had seven 100-yard rushing games. For his career, he rushed for 2,970 yards on 626 attempts and scored 36 touchdowns in 42 games played. He ranked seventh in career rushing attempts, seventh in rushing touchdowns and ninth in rushing yards in school history. For his career, he had 12 100-yard rushing games.

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Youngstown State senior long snapper Steven Wethli was named a second-team All-American for his performance during the 2018 season, STATS FCS announced on Tuesday.

Wethli is the first Penguin long snapper to earn All-America honors in school history. He earned first-team All-MVFC honors in 2018 as well, becoming the first YSU long snapper to be a first-team all-conference selection. He was a two-time All-MVFC honoree, earning honorable-mention honors in 2017.

A senior from New Castle, Pa., Wethli was a four-year starter for the Penguins and snapped on 472 kicking attempts throughout his career. As a senior in 2018, he snapped on 106 kicks - 59 punts, 30 PAT tries and 17 field-goal atttempts.

A model of consistency, Wethli served as a snapper for a variety of punters, holders and placekickers during his career.

As a freshman in 2015, he snapped for punter Nick Sheely, true freshman placekicker Zak Kennedy and Connor McFadden. Serving as holder on placement kicks during the year were Tanner Garry and Sheely. During the 2016 campaign, YSU had three different players attempt placement kicks - Kennedy, Nate Needham and McFadden - Mark Schuler handled the punting duties and YSU used three holders in Kyle Hegedus, Nate Mays and Schuler. In 2017, Hegedus held for all kicks while Kennedy and Schuler were the lone kickers. In 2018, Schuler and Kennedy had punts, Kennedy and Grant Gonya had placement kick attempts and Schuler served as the holder for the entire campaign.

Schuler and Kennedy ended their YSU careers among the Penguins all-time career leaders in numerous kicking categories.

Kennedy ended his Penguin career ranked second in points by a kicker (302), second in field goals made (54), third in field-goal attempts (80), fourth in overall scoring (302), fourth in PATs made (140) and PAT attempts (143). Schuler was second in school history in career punting average at 40.9 per kick and was fifth in career punts (160). Kennedy made the final 75 point-after kicks of his career, setting a school record for consecutive makes.

During his career, YSU set single-season school records for field goals made (20 - 2016) and field-goal attempts (33 - 2016). Schuler was second in school history in punting average in 2016 and fourth in 2017.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Track and Field Announces 2019 Signing Class
« on: December 14, 2018, 09:03:52 AM »

Youngstown State Track and Field Head Coach Brian Gorby annouced on Monday that a group of 15 high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to join the YSU Men's and Women's Track and Field Program. 

"We believe that based on the state champ and all state senior recruits that have signed with YSU for 2019-20, that this class is the best track and field recruiting class in Ohio across all 20 events in regard to quality and depth," Gorby said. "YSU's Staff has done a great job addressing and improving in every area of our 37-time championship level program!"

"We are excited to have what we think is the best quality and depth 2019 track and field class in Ohio," Gorby said. 

Of the group, eight were signed to join the men's program while seven were signed to be added to the women's team.

Jakari Lomax (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg HS)

  • Personal-best jumps - Triple Jump 48-7 (indoor), Long Jump 21-11 (outdoor)
  • The 2018 PIAA State Championship in the triple jump with a personal-best outdoor jump of 47-2
  • No. 1 2019 Senior indoor triple jumper in Pennsylvania
  • No. 4 2019 Senior indoor triple jumper on the U.S.

Cameron Binda (Greensburg, Pa./Greensburg Salem HS)

  • Personal-best times - 1600m 4:18.94, 3200m, 9:33.50
  • Won the 2018 District title in the 1600m run
  • Finished fifth in the 1600m run at the PIAA State Championships
  • No. 4 2019 Senior 1600m runner in Pennsylvania

Brock Grundy (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory HS)

  • 2018 PIAA State Champion in the discus with a throw of 163-9
  • Finished third in the shot put at the PIAA State Championships with a personal-best throw of 52-6.75
  • No. 2 2019 Senior discus thrower in Pennsylvania 
  • No. 5 2019 Senior shot put thrower in Pennsylvania

Dominic Perry (Columbiana, Ohio/Crestview HS)

  • Personal-best in the shot put of 59-1.75
  • Division III Ohio Outdoor State Champion in the shot put with a throw of 56-8
  • No. 4 2019 Senior shot put thrower in Ohio
  • No. 25 2019 Senior shot put thrower in the U.S.

Christian Ford (Lima, Ohio/Shawnee HS)

  • Personal-best times - 100m 10.90 seconds, 200m 21.61 seconds, 400m 51.12 seconds
  • Division I Ohio Outdoor State Championship fifth-place finish in the 200m with a time of 21.71 seconds
  • Third place finish in the 200m at the Indoor OATCCC Indoor State Championships
  • No. 5 2019 Senior 200m runner in Ohio

Blaine Brokschmidt (Casstown, Ohio/Miami East HS)

  • Personal-best pole vault of 15-0 feet
  • Fifth place finish in the pole vault at the Division II Ohio Outdoor State Championships
  • No. 3 2019 Senior pole vaulter in Ohio

Samuel Challis (Bracknell Forest, U.K./Ascot HS)

  • Personal-best long jump of 23-5
  • Personal-best triple jump of 48-6

Jamynk Jackson (Youngstown, Ohio/Valley Christian HS)

  • Personal-best times - 100m 11.08, 200m 21.91
  • Division III Ohio Outdoor State Champion in the 200m 

Jahniya Bowers (Youngstown, Ohio/Youngstown East HS)

  • Personal-best times - 60m 7.69, 100m 11.81, 200m 24.46
  • Fifth place finish in the 100m at the Division I Ohio Outdoor State Championships
  • No. 1 2019 Senior 100m runner in Ohio

Kyndia Matlock (Youngstown, Ohio/Youngstown East HS)

  • Personal-best times - 60m 7.77, 100m 12.15, 200m 25.58
  • Sixth place finish in the 100m at the Division I Ohio Outdoor State Championships
  • No. 3 2019 Senior 100m runner in Ohio

Sydney Walker (Amherst, Ohio /Marion L. Steele HS)

  • Personal-best pole vault of 11-5
  • Second place finish at the OHSAA Division I District - Steele

Erin Bogard (Warren, Ohio/Lordstown HS)

  • Multi event athlete - 100m Hurdles, 200m run, Pole Vault
  • Personal-best pole vault of 12-4
  • Division II Ohio Outdoor State Championship fourth-place finish in the pole vault
  • No. 2 2019 Senior pole vaulter in Ohio
  • No. 37 2019 Senior pole vaulter in the U.S.

Sophia Williams (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary HS)

  • Personal-best throws - Shot Put 45-8.25, Discus 104-3
  • No. 2 2019 Senior shot put thrower in Ohio

Morgan Cole (Louisville, Ohio/Louisville HS)

  • 3200m best time of 11:05
  • 5K run best time of 18:37
  • No. 18 2019 Senior 5k runner in Ohio

Alexis Prater (West Lafayette, Ohio/Ridgewood HS)

  • Personal-best times - 100m 12.62, 200m 26.78, 100m Hurdles 14.70
  • Heptathlon personal best score of 3,564 points
  • Division III Ohio Outdoor State Championship fourth-place finish in the 100m hurdles
  • Division III Ohio Outdoor State Championship runner-up in the long jump with a jump of 18-1.25
  • No. 4 2019 Senior 100m hurdler in Ohio
  • No. 3 2019 Senior long jumper in Ohio

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Nike #HLWBB Players of the Week (December 10)
« on: December 12, 2018, 09:05:49 AM »
INDIANAPOLIS – Youngstown State senior Alison Smolinksi led the Penguins to a home win over Saint Francis (PA) on Saturday as YSU improved to 7-2 on the season. Smolinksi led Horizon League women’s basketball in scoring for the week and is the #HLWBB Nike® Player of the Week. Cleveland State freshman Savanna Crockett averaged 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds for the Vikings this week and is the #HLWBB Nike® Freshman of the Week for the second time this season.
 
PLAYER OF THE WEEK | ALISON SMOLINSKI | YOUNGSTOWN STATE | SENIOR | GUARD | NORTH ROYALTON, OHIO
Alison Smolinski scored a game-high 23 points as YSU beat Saint Francis U 80-56 in its only game of the week. The senior made six 3-pointers and five free throws for her 23 points after breaking the school record with nine 3s in her previous game. The guard added three rebounds and three assists and increased her season 3-pointers total to 37, which ranks her among the nation's leaders.
 
2018-19 Nike® Players of the Week
November 12 – Macee Williams, IUPUI
November 19 – Frankie Wurtz, Green Bay
November 26 – Mackenzie Taylor, Wright State
December 3 – Angel Baker, Wright State
December 10 – Alison Smolinski, Youngstown State
 
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK | SAVANNA CROCKETT | CLEVELAND STATE | FRESHMAN | GUARD | MILWAUKEE, WIS.
Savanna Crockett averaged a team-best 18.0 points per game against Toledo and Marshall and also averaged 9.0 rebounds over the week. The guard finished with a season-high 18 points against Toledo and grabbed eight rebounds then tied her season-high with 18 points at Marshall and grabbed 10 boards for her fifth double-double of the year. The Milwaukee native continues to lead the league in rebounding and ranks eighth in scoring.
 
2018-19 Nike® Freshmen of the Week
November 12 – Angel Baker, Wright State
November 19 – Megan Walstad, Milwaukee
November 26 – Savanna Crockett, Cleveland State
December 3 – Angel Baker, Wright State
December 10 – Savanna Crockett, Cleveland State

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The Youngstown State football team finished with a 4-7 overall mark while posting a 3-5 record in Missouri Valley Football Conference play in 2018. The Penguins earned wins over UNI, Southern Illinois, South Dakota and Valparaiso during the year and played three FCS playoff teams and West Virginia, who finished third in the Big 12 Conference.

Highlighting the campaign were performances by a group of veteran players who had successful careers in a YSU uniform.

    Senior linebacker Armand Dellovade was a four-time All-MVFC selection, earning second-team honors on three occasions. Dellovade had 102 tackles in just 11 games in 2018, averaging 9.3 tackles per contest. In 49 career contests, Dellovade was in the starting lineup on 47 occasions. His only two non starts were the first game of his career at Pittsburgh in 2015 and later in the year when the Guins started six defensive backs vs. Missouri State. He had 337 total tackles in his career, including 198 solo stops. He finished 12th in school history in career stops and had the most tackles by any YSU player since 2000.
    Senior tailback Tevin McCaster was a two-time first-team All-MVFC pick. He is the first YSU tailback since P.J. Mays in 2001-02 to earn first-team All-MVFC honors in consecutive seasons. McCaster rushed for a career-high 1,235 yards on 269 carries in 2018. He had seven 100-yard rushing games. For his career, he rushed for 2,970 yards on 626 attempts and scored 36 touchdowns in 42 games played. He ranked seventh in career rushing attempts, seventh in rushing touchdowns and ninth in rushing yards in school history. For his career, he had 12 100-yard rushing games.
    Senior Gavin Wiggins started all 42 games of his YSU career on the offensive line. Wiggins' first start came at Western Illinois in 2015 and he was in the lineup for each game over the next three-plus seasons. Senior center Vitas Hrynkiewicz started all 38 games in his Penguin career. He was in the starting lineup every game the past three seasons.
    YSU's specialist grouping of PK Zak Kennedy, P Mark Schuler, LS Steven Wethli all wrapped up their impressive careers. Wethli was a four-year starter and snapped on 472 kicking attempts in his career. Kennedy ended his YSU career with 302 points, making 54-of-80 field-goal attempts and 140-of-143 extra-point tries. Only Jeff Wilkins made more field goals and scored more points as a kicker in school history than Kennedy. Kennedy, who appeared in 47 games, made his final 75 PAT kicks of his career, a school record. Schuler, who played in 36 games, wrapped up an impressive three-year career by averaging 40.9 yards per punt on 160 attempts. Schuler's career average ranks third in school history.
    In his lone campaign with the program, QB Montgomery VanGorder started 10 games for the Penguins. VanGorder completed 149-of-277 points for 1,934 yards and 14 touchdowns. The 14 touchdown passes were the most by a YSU quarterback since 2014. He had five 200-yard passing efforts.
    Senior defenive tackle Savon Smith finished his career with 109 total tackles, including 70 stops. Smith played in 43 games in his YSU career.
    Other seniors who played more than 30 games in their careers - Avery Larkin (44), Johnson Louigene (38), Curtis Parks (37), Donovan McWilson (36), Lamont Ragland (32) and Chrispin Lee (30).

2018 Team Notes

    YSU's 31-10 win over UNI on Nov. 10 was the second-biggest win in the series, trailing only a 29-0 Penguin victory over the Panthers back in 1979.
    YSU passed for more than 2,000 yards for the 11th consecutive season.
    YSU's defensive line started just five players during the year while three started all 11 games. Johnson Louigene, Shereif Bynum and Savon Smith started all 11 games while Wesley Thompson started 10 times. The only non start by Thompson came vs. UNI as the Penguins started senior Lamont Ragland on the line in his final career home game.
    Players who started all 11 games were: Louigene, Smith, Bynum, Dellovade, Bryce Gibson, DJ Smalls, Connor Sharp, Wiggins and Hrynkiewicz.
    QB Montgomery VanGorder set YSU single-game passing records for most completions, attempts and yards at Western Illinois on Sept. 29.
    Numbers of Note: 11 different players caught touchdown passes, 16 players had receptions, YSU was dominant with a time of possession of 32:22.
    YSU had more than 400 yards of total offense and rushed for more than 191 yards on six occasions.
    YSU had seven 200-plus yard passing efforts for the year as well while throwing a touchdown pass in 10 of 11 contests.
    YSU held four league opponents to 105-or-fewer yards passing on the year. The unit combined for 38 pass breakups on the campaign.
    Three times YSU held an opponent to under 100 yards rushing or passing.

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Senior guard Alison Smolinski made a school-record nine 3-pointers to lead the Youngstown State women's basketball team to a 62-36 victory at Canisius on Saturday at the Koessler Athletic Center.

The North Royalton, Ohio, native was 9-for-14 from beyond the arc in the contest, and she made six of her 3s in the second half as YSU outscored the Golden Griffins 34-15 in the final 20 minutes to pull away. Smolinski broke the previous record of eight, which she shared with Kelsea Newman and Kenya Middlebrooks.

YSU scored the first seven points of the game and led for 39:43 to improve to 6-2 on the season. Smolinski scored eight points in the first four minutes of the game, and her third 3-pointer of the game came at the 9:26 mark of the second period and put YSU up 20-15.

The Penguins held the Golden Griffins scoreless for a stretch of more than eight minutes in the second period, but Canisius hit a pair of late 3s to get within 28-21 at halftime.

Canisius opened the second half with another 3-pointer to close the gap to 28-24, but Smolinski hit 3-pointers on three straight possessions as part of a 12-0 run that put YSU up 40-24 with 5:33 on the clock. The Golden Griffins got no closer than 14 the rest of the game.

Smolinski didn't attempt another shot in the third quarter, and she made all three of her attempts in the fourth period. The senior made her seventh 3-pointer of the contest at the 8:23 mark, and she tied the previous record with 3:44 remaining to put the Penguins ahead 57-34. Her history-making ninth 3-pointer came with 1:17 remaining on a pass from Deleah Gibson on the right wing.

"It felt pretty good out there tonight," Smolinski said. "I was lacking some confidence lately, and my coaches and teammates have a lot of confidence in me. My teammates do a great job of finding the shooters, and they found me a lot tonight."

Smolinski finished with 29 points, one shy of her career high that she achieved twice as a sophomore. She became just the third player in the country this season to make at least nine 3-pointers in a game, and she became the first female to make nine 3-pointers at the Koessler Athletic Center, which opened in 1975. Smolinski also increased her career 3-pointers total to 184, which moved her past Monica Touvelle into fifth place on the school's career leaders list.

Sarah Cash scored 12 points, and McKenah Peters added 11 for Youngstown State. Mary Dunn contributed eight points and nine rebounds, which helped the Penguins hold a 39-24 edge on the glass. Chelsea Olson set a new career high with nine assists.

D'Jhai Patterson-Ricks scored eight points in the first period, but YSU limited her to three points the rest of the game. Canisius leading scorer Sara Hinriksdottir battled foul trouble in the first half and finished with just two points, 11 behind her average. Canisius shot just 25.5 percent from the field.

Youngstown State host Saint Francis U on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. as part of the only Beeghly Center doubleheader of the season. Fans who bring a new toy or children's book to donate to Akron Children's Hospital will receive a $5 general admission ticket. Plus, it'll be State Farm Night, the first Rulli Brother "Holiday Hoops" game and a Veterans Appreciation Game, and fans will receive a YSU keychain courtesy of Medical Mutual and 21 WFMJ.

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Senior linebacker Armand Dellovade and senior center Vitas Hrynkiewicz were named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference's All-Academic Team, the league announced on Wednesday.

Dellovade was named to the second-team while Hrynkiewicz was tabbed honorable-mention. It is the second year both student-athletes were named academic All-MVFC. In 2017 as juniors, Dellovade was a second-team honoree while Hrynkiewicz was a second-team pick. Dellovade was also a second-team recipient in 2016 as a sophomore.

On the field, Dellovade and Hrynkiewicz were both recognized as second-team All-MVFC picks.

#42 LB Armand Dellovade, 6-0, 215, Sr., Imperial, Pa./West Allegheny, 3.62 Business Management
Started all 11 games at linebacker…for the season was credited with 102 total tackles, including 56 solo stops…was second on the team with 9.5 TFLs…had a sack, four pass breakups and three QB hurries…in league play had 79 total tackles…had a 16-tackle effort at North Dakota State with seven solos…had 15 tackles at Western Illinois with seven solos…had 11 tackles, with seven solos, at Illinois State…had nine stops against UNI and Indiana State…had seven-or-more tackles in 10 of 11 games…had 337 tackles in his career, including 198 solo stops...started 47 of 49 career games played...earned All-MVFC honors for the fourth straight year...earned second-team academic honors three times.

#70 C Vitas Hrynkiewicz, 6-4, 300, Sr., Somerset, N.J./Immaculata, 3.68 Finance
Started all 11 games at center…played every snap in 10 games…helped block for Tevin McCaster who rushed for 1,235 yards on the year…YSU averaged 382 yards of total offense per game…started all 38 games of his three-year career at center...was a second-team All-MVFC pick in 2017.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Three Penguins Garner MVFC All-Newcomer Honors
« on: November 29, 2018, 11:29:37 AM »
Youngstown State placed three players on the Missouri Valley Football Conference's 2018 All-Newcomer Team, the league announced on Tuesday.

YSU senior quarterback Montgomery VanGorder, redshirt freshman tight end Miles Joiner and redshirt freshman linebacker Ray Anderson were named the conference's all-newcomer squad.

VanGorder is the first YSU quarterback since Kurt Hess in 2010 to make the All-Newcomer team and is the fifth Penguin signal caller to be named to the squad. Anderson is the first linebacker since Lee Wright and Armand Dellovade in 2015 to be recognized. Joiner is just the second YSU tight end and first since Louis Irizarry in 2006 to make the All-Newcomer squad.

VanGorder passed for 1,934 yards in his lone season with the program after transferring from Notre Dame. He started 10 of the 11 contests and also rushed for 209 yards on the campaign. Joiner became a key playmaker on offense leading the unit with four touchdown receptions. Anderson saw increased playing time during the conference portion of the season and started five league contests.

It marks the second straight year the Penguins have had three players make the MVFC All-Newcomer squad.

All-Newcomer Team Selections

#8 LB Ray Anderson, 6-1, 225, RFr., Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney
Played in nine games and made five starts…credited with 22 total tackles, including 14 solo stops…had 20 tackles in MVFC play as he saw increased playing time…had a season-high seven tackles at Illinois State, including two TFLs…had five stops at South Dakota State…had three solos at NDSU.

#12 QB Montgomery VanGorder, 6-2, 220, Sr., Buford, Ga./Buford/Notre Dame
Started 10 games and played in all 11 at quarterback…completed 149-of-277 passes for 1,934 yards and 14 touchdowns…averaged 175.8 yards per game…had 79 rushes for 209 yards and a TD…in MVFC play, completed 107-of-205 passes for 1,341 yards and seven touchdowns…averaged 167.6 yards per game…had a school-record setting performance at Western Illinois completing 33-of-57 passes for 418 yards and three touchdowns…set school mark for completions, attempts and yards vs. WIU…had five 200-yard plus efforts.

#80 TE Miles Joiner, TE, 6-4, 250, RFr., Dayton, Ohio/Butler
Played in 10 games and made eight starts…caught 12 passes for 202 yards and caught a team-leading four touchdowns…averaged 16.8 yards per catch…caught passes in nine games…had TDs against Butler, West Virginia, North Dakota State and Illinois State…had a season-long 58-yard scoring grab at Illinois State…hauled in a 52-yard grab vs. UNI…had 10 catches for 195 yards in MFVC games.

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Youngstown State seniors Tevin McCaster, Gavin Wiggins and Steven Wethli were named first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference, the league announced on Monday. A total of nine Penguins received honors, with three more on the second team while three more were named honorable mention.

Three more seniors earned second-team honors in LB Armand Dellovade, C Vitas Hrynkiewicz and DT Savon Smith. Penguins recognized as honorable mention are FS Chrispin Lee, DT Shereif Bynum and TE Miles Joiner.

McCaster is being recognized as a first-team honoree for the second straight season. Wiggins was a second-team honoree in 2017 while Wethli becomes the first long snapper in school history to earn first-team all-league accolades.

McCaster is the first YSU tailback to be recognized on the first team in consecutive years since P.J. Mays in 2001-02. Mays and McCaster are the only two tailbacks in school history to be named first-team All-MVFC twice.

Dellovade earned second-team honors for the third consecutive year. He was a four-time all-conference selection in his career after being recognized as an honorable-mention pick in 2015. He is the first player in school history to earn all-conference accolades in four straight seasons. Hrynkiewicz was named second-team all-league for the second straight year while Smith received honors for the first time in his career.

First-Team Selections

#37 TB Tevin McCaster, 5-10, 195, Sr., New Castle, Pa./New Castle
Played in all 11 games, starting 10 times…rushed for a career-high 1,235 yards on 269 carries with 12 touchdowns… had seven 100-yard rushing performances…in MVFC play had 856 yards on 201 carries and scored nine touchdowns…averaged 107 yards per game in conference play and 112.3 yards per game for the seasopn…rushed for 136-or-more yards in four of the final five games…had 22 carries in eight of 11 games…had a high of 36 carries  and 176 yards vs. South Dakota…had 165 vs. Indiana State, 142 at Illinois State, 136 vs. UNI and 116 vs. Southern Illinois...had more than 100 yards in each of the six home games...for his career, rushed for 2,970 yards on 626 attempts and scored 36 touchdowns...was a first-team All-MVFC pick in 2017.

#60 OL Gavin Wiggins, 6-4, 310, Sr., Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic
Started all 11 games on the offensive line…stared the first nine games at guard before moving over to left tackle for the final two games…played every snap in 10 games…helped block for Tevin McCaster who rushed for 1,235 yards on the year…YSU averaged 382 yards of total offense per game…started all 42 games of his career...was a second-team All-MVFC pick in 2017.

#57 LS Steven Wethli, 6-0, 230, Sr., New Castle, Pa./New Castle
Four-year starter at long snapper…YSU punters averaged 38.6 yards per kick on 59 attempts…YSU placed 23 kicks inside the 20-yard line and had seven of 50-or-more yards…placekickers made 10-of-17 field goals and 28-of-30 PAT kicks…snapped on all 106 kicks this year…placekicker Zak Kennedy made his final 75 PAT kicks of his career…snapped on 472 kicking attempts in his career...was an honorable-mention All-MVFC pick in 2017.

Second-Team Selections

#52 DT Savon Smith, 6-1, 300, Sr., Syracuse, N.Y./Henninger
Started all 11 games at defensive tackle…for the season was credited with 34 total tackles, including 20 solo stops…had a team-high six sacks…had 8.5 TFLs and six QB hurries…had 27 tackles and five sacks in league play…had seven tackles and two sacks in win over South Dakota…had two sacks against Indiana State…had five tackles and a sack vs. UNI...for his career had 109 total tackles, including 70 solo stops.

#42 LB Armand Dellovade, 6-0, 215, Sr., Imperial, Pa./West Allegheny
Started all 11 games at linebacker…for the season was credited with 102 total tackles, including 56 solo stops…was second on the team with 9.5 TFLs…had a sack, four pass breakups and three QB hurries…in league play had 79 total tackles…had a 16-tackle effort at North Dakota State with seven solos…had 15 tackles at Western Illinois with seven solos…had 11 tackles, with seven solos, at Illinois State…had nine stops against UNI and Indiana State…had seven-or-more tackles in 10 of 11 games…had 337 tackles in his career, including 198 solo stops...started 47 of 49 career games played...earned All-MVFC honors for the fourth straight year.

#70 C Vitas Hrynkiewicz, 6-4, 300, Sr., Somerset, N.J./Immaculata
Started all 11 games at center…played every snap in 10 games…helped block for Tevin McCaster who rushed for 1,235 yards on the year…YSU averaged 382 yards of total offense per game…started all 38 games of his three-year career at center...was a second-team All-MVFC pick in 2017.

Honorable-Mention Selections

#19 FS Chrispin Lee, 6-1, 185, Sr., Pembroke Pines, Fla./Flanagan
Started 10 of 11 games at safety…was second on the team with 70 total tackles, including 40 solo stops…had three pass breakups and a forced fumble…in MVFC games had 50 tackles, including 28 solo stops…had a season-high 15 tackles at West Virginia…credited with 11 stops, including nine solos against Southern Illinois…had five-or-more tackles in seven of eight league games...had just 13 career tackles entering his senior season.

#50 DE Shereif Bynum, 6-4, 255, Jr., Belleville, Mich./Belleville
Started all 11 games at defensive end…for the season was credited with 37 total tackles, including 23 solo stops…had a team-best 11.5 TFLs and was second with four sacks…had a team-high 11 QB hurries…had 25 tackles in MVFC games…had five tackles against Western Illinois and Southern Illinois…had two sacks vs. the Salukis…had a TFL in eight contests...had just four career tackles entering his junior season.

#80 TE Miles Joiner, 6-4, 250, RFr., Dayton, Ohio/Butler
Played in 10 games and made eight starts…caught 12 passes for 202 yards and caught a team-leading four touchdowns…averaged 16.8 yards per catch…caught passes in nine games…had TDs against Butler, West Virginia, North Dakota State and Illinois State…had a season-long 58-yard scoring grab at Illinois State…hauled in a 52-yard grab vs. UNI…had 10 catches for 195 yards in MFVC games.

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