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Youngstown State Athletics is introducing the #PenguinNationChallenge, an incentive-based referral program that allows current football season-ticket holders a chance to receive prizes to help bolster our season-ticket roster for the upcoming 2018 season. Only new season-ticket holders are eligible (may not have held season tickets in 2017, but could have held season tickets prior to 2017 season) to be referred by current season-ticket holders for them to earn awards.

This incentive-based referral program helps the Penguins family, friends and co-workers grow our new season-ticket holders. The home opener is on Sept. 1 against Butler and that will be the final day you can refer anyone for season tickets.

Any referral that was made before June 30 will not be accepted for the program.

Fans are encouraged to use the #PenguinNationChallenge hashtag on your social media accounts to bring awareness to the upcoming football season.

For more information contact Andrew Wingard in the YSU Athletics Ticket Office at (330) 941-7466 or via email at

For each referral, current season-ticket holders will receive:

    1 season ticket = YSU game day hat
    2 season tickets = YSU Athletics Under Armour Polo
    4 season tickets = Under Armour Gameday polo and autographed football
    6 season tickets = 2018 M-63 Tailgate spot
    8 season tickets = Four complimentary WVU tickets and YSU cage jacket
    10 season tickets = Meal with the YSU Football Team

YSU Penguin Athletics / Jack Arvin Football Classic All-Star Game
« on: June 14, 2018, 10:19:14 AM »
I know that Dra is at Qb, but does anyone have a roster so we can see if there are any other Guins playing tonight?

Youngstown State tailback Tevin McCaster, linebacker Armand Dellovade and center Vitas Hrynkiewicz earned mention on the HERO Sports Preseason All-America Football team which was announced on Tuesday.

McCaster earned first-team accolades while Dellovade and Hrynkiewicz were second-team honorees.

Last year, McCaster was a first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection while Dellovade and Hrykiewicz were second-team honorees.

McCaster rushed for 1,066 yards on 221 carries and scored 13 touchdowns in starting all 11 games in 2017. In MVFC contests, he had 803 yards on 171 attempts and 10 scored touchdowns. He had a season-high 183 yards rushing against South Dakota State and added 181 vs. Missouri State, 158 at Southern Illinois and 101 vs. Central Connecticut.

Dellovade, a three-year starter, finished second on the team with 76 total tackles, including 40 solo stops in 2017, He had 5.5 TFLs and three sacks. In MVFC play had 60 tackles, including 32 solo stops. Hrynkiewicz, a two-year starter, has started the last 27 games on the offensive line. In 2017, YSU averaged 222.5 yards rushing per game for the season and 200.5 in MVFC games. The Penguins finished with 28 rushing touchdowns for the campaign.

The Guins were also tabbed 20th in the HERO Sports Preseason Top 25. YSU was one of five Missouri Valley Football Conference schools in the top 25.

Season tickets for the 2018 YSU Football season are now available by contacting the YSU Athletics Ticket Office at (330) 941-1978. For the most up-to-date information on Youngstown State football, follow the Penguins on Twitter @YoungstownStFB

Tampa, Fla. - Youngstown State junior Chad Zallow won his 110m hurdles heat in a time of 13.75 seconds during the quarterfinals of the NCAA East Preliminary Round at the USF Track and Field Stadium on Saturday. Zallow punched his ticket to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the second straight year with his impressive performance.

On Saturday, in wet and rainy conditions, Zallow beat Indiana's William Session by .001 seconds (13.746 to 13.747 seconds) in the first of three heats to advance to the NCAA round of 24. Zallow needed to only finish in the top three of the heat to move onto the NCAA Championships which start on June 6 in Euguene, Oregon.

But Zallow left no doubt on Saturday that he is a contender running the fifth fastest time at the regional. In the rain, the first heat was called back on a false start by Auburn's Xavier Coakley. Zallow wasn't fazed and was able to win the heat to advance.

Alabama's Ruebin Williams had the best time at 13.55 seconds, Florida's Grant Holloway had the second best time at 13.58 seconds, Florida State's Trey Cunningham was third-fastest at 13.66 and LSU's Damion Thomas was just ahead of Zallow at 13.73 seconds.

The semifinals will be held on June 6 at Oregon's Historic Hayward Field. Last year at the same facility, which is known as Tracktown, Zallow placed ninth to earn second-team All-America status. He is one of 24 runners who will compete in the event.

YSU had two other athletes in action on the final day at the NCAA East Prelims. In the high jump, Arnaldo Morales was 38th clearing the bar at 2.01m. In the javelin, Tyler Donati had a best throw of 51.69m.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Baseball Tourney
« on: May 24, 2018, 04:14:03 PM »
Guins have a nice win over Oakland, but fall to Wright State today. Will have play 2 games today. We play the winner of the Milwaukee vs. second-seeded UIC.

The West Coast Chill Penguin Club Scholarship Golf Outing is set for Wednesday, June 6 at the Youngstown Country Club. The event is one of the best ways for YSU fans to interact with coaches and student-athletes.

A very limited amount of foursomes remain for the afternoon flight.

Presenting sponsors of the event include Compco Industries, Johnson Controls Inc. and The A.P. O'Horo Company.

For more information, contact: Tom Morella at (330) 941-2351 or and John Tomsich at (330) 941-3801 or

Presenting, Red packages and individual spots are available for participants. All participants receive driving range access, lunch, dinner, on-course refreshments, riding cart, fan pack and door prize entry ticket.

The Presenting Package includes two foursomes, logo placement on all materials (program, brochures, course signage, website logo placement and link and press releases). The cost is $2,500.

The Red Package includes a foursome, custom gift and tee sponsorship sign. The cost is $1,250.

Also, individual golfers can participate in the event for $200.

Seven members of the Youngstown State baseball team have garnered postseason Horizon League honors. The conference announced its all-league teams and special award winners Tuesday, the day before play begins in the Horizon League Baseball Championship.

Senior center fielder Trey Bridis was named First-Team All-Horizon League while junior left-hander Collin Floyd, sophomore right fielder Blaze Glenn and freshman shortstop Jeff Wehler were each named Second-Team All-Horizon League. Wehler, outfielder Lucas Nasonti, first baseman Nick LaBrasca and reliever Jakob Brustoski were voted to the All-Freshman Team.

"We are very excited for the players that were selected to the all-league team this year," YSU head coach Dan Bertolini said. "Their dedication and hard work has been rewarded, and we are extremely proud of their effort. We had players from all four classes represented, and we hope that this will give our players a boost of confidence heading into the Horizon League Tournament."

YSU's seven honorees matched the most in a season in school history and were second only to Wright State, which had nine players earn postseason recognition. The Penguins also had seven players be honored by the league in 2007. This marks the first season since 2010 in which the Penguins had four players be named to the first or second teams. Bridis is the first Penguin to earn first-team honors since Frank Califano in 2015 while Wehler is the first YSU freshman to earn second-team honors since Alex Larivee in 2014. Wehler was one of three freshmen in the league to garner first or second team honors.

Bridis has enjoyed a tremendous senior season, ranking in the top 10 of the Horizon League in eight different offensive categories. He is first in walks, second in home runs, third in runs scored, fourth in slugging, fifth in at bats, fifth in OBP, sixth in hits and seventh in stolen bases. After starting the season just 2-for-23, Bridis is batting .330 with 58 hits in 44 games played since March 4. On May 14, Bridis was named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and the Horizon League Co-Batter of the Week after a week in which he batted .500 and hit four home runs. Bridis has a career-high 42 walks this season, which ranks as the second most in a single season in school history. He leads YSU with a career-high 13 home runs, which also ranks as the second most in a single season in school history.

Glenn earns postseason honors after making quite an impression in his first season as a Penguin. The transfer from Sinclair Community College leads YSU with a .324 batting average, 42 RBIs, 61 hits and a .443 OBP while ranking in the top 10 of the Horizon League in eight different offensive categories. He is currently third in walks, fourth in OBP, fourth in home runs, fifth in hits, fifth in RBIs, fifth in slugging, fifth in batting average and seventh in steals. He reached base in 46 consecutive games from Feb. 24 through May 15, which was believed to be the longest streak in the country when it ended. His 11 home runs this season are tied for the fourth most in a single season in school history. Bridis and Glenn are two of four players in school history to record at least 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases in the same season.

Floyd finished the regular season tied for third in the Horizon League with a career-high 82 strikeouts, which are tied for the seventh most by a Penguin in a single season. The junior is the first Penguin to strike out at least 80 batters in a season since Phil Klein in 2011, and he struck out at least six batters in a game on nine different occasions. He is also fifth in the conference with 69.1 innings pitched this season and is averaging a career-best 10.64 strikeouts per nine innings. Floyd was 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA and 24 strikeouts over his first three league starts and was named Horizon League Pitcher of the week on April 2.

Wehler's league honors come after an impressive first season as a collegiate baseball player. He leads YSU while ranking second in the Horizon League and 29th in the nation with 25 stolen bases. His 25 steals are the most by a YSU freshman, and he is the first Penguin since 1988 to reach at least 25 steals in a season. His total is the fourth most in a single season in school history, and only three freshmen in the country have more steals than him. He leads the league with 204 at bats, and his 12 doubles rank fifth. In conference play, he is second with 15 steals while ranking third with nine doubles and fourth with 35 hits.

In addition Wehler, Nasonti, LaBrasca and Brustoski each enjoyed impressive freshman seasons as well. Over his last 18 games, Nasonti is batting .286 with 14 runs scored, 13 RBIs and seven stolen bases while starting every game in the outfield. After starting the season just 1-for-12, LaBrasca is 22-for-67 (.328) in 22 games played since while hitting .291 with 18 RBIs overall. Brustoski has been one of the team's primary arms in the bullpen this season. He is tied for the team lead with 24 appearances and has struck out 34 batters. Opponents are hitting just .177 against him, and he leads the team with 13.30 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

Wright State senior Gabe Snyder was named the Horizon League Player of the Year while UIC senior Ryan Campbell was voted Pitcher of the Year. UIC's Charlie Cerny was named Relief Pitcher of the Year, Griffin Doersching of Northern Kentucky was Freshman of the Year and Wright State's Jeff Merched earned Coach of the Year honors.

The Penguins will play Oakland in the first round of the 2018 Horizon League Baseball Championship on Wednesday at noon. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

Youngstown State softball Head Coach Brian Campbell has announced infielder Sydnee Harris has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Penguins for the 2019 season.

Harris, a native of Milford, Ohio, was a four-year letterwinner at Milford High School, was a two-time all-conference selection and posted a career batting average of .441. As a junior, Harris scored 40 runs with 17 RBIs, 13 doubles and 15 stolen bases.

She  becomes the sixth recruit in the 2018 recruiting class and joins Sarah Bader (Baltimore, Ohio), Grace Cea (Canton, Ohio) Alex DeLeon (Warrington, Pa.), Addy Jarvis (Girard, Ohio) and Kayla Rutherford (Youngstown, Ohio).

YSU Penguin Athletics / Soccer Announces Summer Camp Dates
« on: May 23, 2018, 09:15:12 AM »
he Youngstown State women's soccer team is hosting four summer youth camps, Head Coach Brian Shrum announced.

The Penguins will host a pair of Summer Soccer Day Camps, a High School Pre-Season Overnight Team Camp, and a Summer ID Camp.

The Penguins Soccer Summer Day Camps are geared for players 6-12 years old and will run from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The first camp date is June 11-15 while the second runs from July 16-20. The cost of a full-day of participation is $275 while half day is $225.

The All-Girls High School Pre-Season Team Camp is geared for players in grades 9-12 and runs from July 12-15 and costs $360 per player. Teams of 20 or more players will cost $300 per player.

The Penguins Soccer Summer ID Camp is geared for high school players grades 8-12 and is July 21 and July 22. To take part in both days the cost is only $190 until June 10th, and $100 if you register by June 10th to participate in either one of the two dates of camp. Afterwards the one-day cost of the camp is $130 while a two-day price is $215.

All camps will be held at Farmers National Bank Field in the Covelli Sports Complex.

For more information, please email Assistant Coach Josh Green at or

oungstown State senior thrower Jaynee Corbett and junior jumper Abby Jones have qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round which will be held May 24-26 in Tampa, Fla. The event is being hosted by South Florida and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission at the USF Track and Field Stadium.

Corbett, who qualified 20th in the shot put, is making her third appearance at the NCAA prelims, while Jones, who qualified 28th in the high jump, is making her first appearance.

Corbett's season-best effort came this past week at the BYU Last Chance Meet when she uncroked a school-record throw of 15.95m. Jones' best mark of 1.76m in the high jump, which is also a school record, came on May 5 at the Horizon League Track and Field Championships.

At last year's Preliminary Round competition, Corbett was 26th and 2016 she placed 28th.

Both athletes will be in action on Thursday, May 24. Jones will compete at 5 p.m. while Corbett is set to throw at 8 p.m.

Four Youngstown State men's track and field athletes - Chad Zallow, Collin Harden, Tyler Donati and Arnaldo Morales - have advanced to compete at the NCAA East Preliminary Round which will be held May 24-26 in Tampa, Fla. The event is being hosted by South Florida and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission at the USF Track and Field Stadium.

Zallow is the top qualifier for YSU ranking 13th in the 110m hurdles. Harden is 17th in the 400m hurdles, Morales is 32nd in the high jump, while Donati is 33rd in the javelin. Zallow is a three-time NCAA prelims qualifier while Harden and Donati were all part of the prelims last year. Morales has been to the meet on three previous occasions.

Zallow, who was a second-team Outdoor All-American last year in the 110m hurdles, has a top time of 13.69 seconds which he posted on May 5 in the prelims of the Horizon League Track and Field Championships. Morales' top mark in the high jump is 2.14m which he had on April 14 at the Westminster Invitational. Harden's top performance in the 400m hurdles came at the BYU Last Chance Meet when he ran a time of 51.30 on May 11. Donati's best throw in the javelin was 66.22m which he had on May 6 to win the Horizon League Championship.

Last year, Zallow won both of his heats in the 110m hurdles to advance to the NCAA Championships. Harden moved on to the quarterfinals in the 400m hurdles and finished 17th at the event. Donati placed 44th in his first appearance. Morales was 25th in the high jump in 2016, 28th in 2015 and 45th in 2014.

The 110m hurdles are set for May 25 at 4:30 p.m. and May 26 at 7:05 p.m. The 400m hurdles is 4:30 p.m. on May 24 and 7 p.m. on May 25. The high jump is May 26 at 4:15 p.m. The javelin is May 26 at at 4 p.m.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Steelers Wire: Damoun Patterson
« on: May 14, 2018, 10:20:00 AM »
If you are the Pittsburgh Steelers, you can never have enough wide receivers in camp. Former Youngstown State wide receiver Damoun Patterson became the newest Steelers’ wide receiver on Sunday. He announced on Twitter he had signed with the team following his performance at rookie minicamp.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Softball Falls in Championships
« on: May 11, 2018, 07:50:51 AM »
Chicago, Ill. -- Wright State scored five runs, four unearned, in the top of the seventh inning to defeat the Youngstown State softball team, 6-4, in an elimination game at the 2018 Horizon League Championship.

The Penguins finish the season with an overall record of 25-26 while the Raiders improve to 21-31 and will face Oakland, Friday, in an elimination game at 1 p.m. ET.

Sophomore Elizabeth Birkbeck crushed a three-run home run to right-center field in the bottom of the third inning to put the Penguins up 3-0. Junior Lexi Zappitelli and sophomore Maddi Lusk each posted two-out singles prior to Birkbeck's fourth home run of the season.

The Raiders got on the board in the top of the fifth inning to get within two, 3-1, but the Penguins answered with a run in the bottom half of the sixth. Senior Cali Mikovich laced a two-out double to right-center field and scampered home on Nikki Saibene's single to center field to give the Penguins the 4-1 lead.

Zappitelli and Mikovich each had two hits for the Penguins.


Indianapolis, Ind. -- Four Youngstown State softball players were named to the 2018 Horizon League All-League Teams after a vote of the league's head coaches, the Horizon League announced on Tuesday.

Junior Lexi Zappitelli was earned All-Horizon League First-Team honors while sophomore Maddi Lusk and freshman Elle Buffenbarger and Yazmine Romero was named to the second-team. Buffenbarger and Romero were also named to the All-Freshman Team.

Zappitelli, who batted. 402 in the regular season, ranked second in the league in batting average, slugging percentage (.615) and on-base percentage (.482). She also ranked third in doubles (13) and triples (3) and ranks ninth in hits (47), tied for seventh in runs scored (27). Zappitelli's award marks the fifth straight year a YSU player was selected to the first-team.

Lusk, the 2017 co-Freshman of the Year and second-team all-league pick, batted .338 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in league play. Overall, Lusk is batting .319 with 14 doubles and ranks third in the league with 34 runs batted in. She is also second in the league in doubles.

Buffenbarger has six wins and 75 strikeouts in league play. She Ranks third in the league with 119 strikeouts and owns an overall record of 9-7. Her 119 strikeouts rank seventh on the YSU single-season chart.

Romero, who is batting .392,  ranks second in the league in hits with 62 and fourth in batting average. She set the YSU freshman single-season hits record. She leads the team and ranks fitth in the league in runs scored and is tied for eighth stolen bases.

The Penguins face sixth-seeded IUPUI in the first round of the Horizon League Championship, Wednesday, May 9, at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Rochester, Mich. - The Youngstown State women's track and field team had a dominant all-around performance to win their school-record fifth consecutive Horizon League Outdoor Championship as the meet concluded on Sunday at Oakland's Track and Field Facility.

The Penguins accumulated 236 total points during the course of the three-day championships. Milwaukee took second place with 152 points while Oakland was third with 131. The Guins entered Sunday's competition with 88 points and a 14-point lead.

Dominance in sprints and throwing events paved the way for the Penguins to win the championship on Sunday.

Keishawnna Burts won the 100m and 200m dashes while Nicolette Kreatsoulas, Angela Lock and Amber Eles defeated their 2017 Horizon League titles to headline the day.

YSU opened the day with a strong victory in the 4x100m relay. The foursome of Jaliyah Elliott, Burts, Taylor Thompkins and Teneisha Myers ran a time of 45.98 seconds.

Burts spearheaded a first, second, third and fifth-place YSU performance in the 100m dash. Burts won with a time of 11.60 seconds while Elliott was second at 11.68 seconds, Thompkins was third with a time of 11.81 seconds and Azya McLin placed fifth at 12.15 seconds. It marks the seventh straight year that YSU has won the event and the Penguins have had a different winner each of the last three years.

Burts again led a strong push in the 200m dash as the Penguins went 1-2-3-4 in the 200m. She won her second race of the day with a time of 23.71 seconds. Taking second place was Elliott with a time of 23.98 seconds, Thompkins was third at 24.35 seconds and Myers was fourth at 24.45 seconds. The Penguins have also won eight straight 200m crowns.

Eles won her second consecutive 100m hurdles title in a narrow victory over Milwaukee's Melissa Kirchoff. Eles crossed the line at 13.66 seconds while Kirchoff was second at 13.71 seconds.

Lock defended her championship in the javelin with a throw of 39.27m. Kreatsoulas took third with a throw of 34.16m while Coreen Crosby placed fourth with a 32.25m toss.

Nicolette Kreatsoulas won the hammer throw with a toss of 55.05m. It was the second straight year that Kreatsoulas captured the hammer throw title. Jaynee Corbett was third with a toss of 48.56m.

Chandler Kilins was fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 11.42m. Myers was second in the 400m dash with a time of 57.10 seconds.

Corbett was named the co-Field Athlete of the Meet while Burts was the co-Outstanding Runner. Myers was tabbed the Running Freshman of the Year. Head Coach Brian Gorby was named the women's Coach of the Year for the fifth straight year.

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