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Youngstown State student-athletes set an all-time high with a semester grade-point average of 3.19, the athletic department announced on Monday.

Led by the women's basketball team's 3.74 grade-point average, 15 teams posted semester GPAs of 3.0-or-higher, and 50 individual student-athletes recorded a semester grade-point average of 4.0.

Sixty-four percent (246) of YSU student-athletes posted a semester GPA of 3.0-or-higher while 65 percent (255) carry a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0.
The following 14 student-athletes have a cumulative 4.00 gpa through Spring Semester 2019:
Mary Dunn (women's basketball), James Wilson (football), Madison Mallory (women's basketball), Bryan Kordupel (men's golf), Vince Gentile (football), Alexandra Deleon (softball), Alexandra Haupt (women's soccer), Imaan Hassim (women's tennis), Zeeyana Jivraj (women's soccer), Abby Jones (track and field), Alexis Hughes (volleyball), Kira Neef (track and field), Erin Kalahar (volleyball), Claire Vendemia (track and field).
The following 50 student-athletes earned semester GPA's of 4.00 during Spring Semester 2019:
Jon Snyder (baaseball), Noe Anabir (men's basketball), Mary Dunn (women's basketball), Nikki Mendez (bowling), Madison Mallory (women's basketball), Alexis Sullivan (bowling), Melinda Trimmer (women's basketball), Emma Wasielewski (bowling), Emma VanZanten (women' basketball), Bryan Kordupel (men's golf), Joe Alessi (football), Evan Standohar (men's golf), Vince Gentile (football), Megan Creager (women's golf), Kyle Hegedus (football), Victoria Grans (women's golf), Derek Hite (football), Alexandra Deleon (softball), Sam St. Surin (football), Alexandra Haupt (women's soccer), Christian Turner (football), Zeeyana Jivraj (women's soccer), James Wilson (football), Larsen Murvin (women's soccer), Zsnett Csado (swimming and diving), Sydney Ossege (womnen's soccer), Kat Keller (swimming and diving), Samantha Salatino (women's soccer), Mallory Pitstick (swimming and diving), Yossi Dahan (men's tennis), Imaan Hassim (women's tennis), Loran Dolak (track and field), Cassandra Moraleja (women's tennis) Abby Jones (track and field), Lucia Zagar (women's tennis), Nicolette Kreatsoulas (track and field), Alexis Hughes (volleyball), Jennifer Muhlenkamp (track and field/XC), Erin Kalahar (volleyball), Kira Neef (track and field), Morgan Tippie (volleyball), Mackenzie Scott (track and field/XC), Sarah Varcolla (volleyball), Maggie Sebest (track and field/XC), Dylan Dombi (track and field/XC), Nicole Squatrito (track and field/XC), James Nedrich (track and field/XC), Claire Vendemia (track and field), Mikel Lagaras (track and field), Wyatt Lefker (track and field).

YSU Penguin Athletics / Basketball Signs Guard Daniel Ogoro
« on: June 22, 2019, 09:20:50 AM »
Daniel Ogoro, a 6-foot-5 point guard, has signed a grant-in-aid to join the Youngstown State men's basketball program for the 2019-20 season, Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun announced.

"Daniel Ogoro gives us more versatility at the guard position," Calhoun said. "He is a terrific passer, has a great feel for the game, and has a tremendous basketball IQ."

Ogoro, who is originally from London, England, was a two-time All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League First-Team selection at Mercersburg Academy.

He also averaged 12 points, six rebounds, nine assists, and two steals per game last season at Springfield Commonwealth Academy. Ogoro helped lead his squad to a conference runner-up finish.

Ogoro joins Chirstian Bentley (Brampton, Ont.), Tyler Foster (Baltimore, Md.) and Jamir Thomas (Passaic, N.J.) in the 2019-20 recruiting class.

Youngstown State junior Collin Harden will run in the semifinals of the 400m hurdles on Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships from Mike A. Myers Track Stadium in Austin, Texas. Harden will race in the second heat which is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN 2.

Harden will run in the second of three heats in the semifinal round. The top two finishers from each heat and the two-fastest times from the remaining hurdlers will advance to Friday's Championship final at 9:57 p.m eastern time. Three runners in the second heat ran times of 49.94 seconds or faster at the recent NCAA East and West Preliminaries.

Only seven hurdlers are returning from last year's 400m hurdles field. The top returning finishers from last year's championships are Michigan's Taylor McLaughlin (4th) and Texas A&M's Infinite Tucker (8th).

The sixth-seeded Youngstown State baseball team will begin play in the 2019 Horizon League Baseball Championship against third-seeded Milwaukee on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The tournament is being hosted at Wright State's Nischwitz Stadium after the Raiders secured the top seed in the field. All games of the tournament will be streamed live on ESPN+, and live stats will also be available through links on

Wednesday's opening-round games will be single elimination, and the tournament will shift to a double-elimination format on Thursday once it is narrowed to four teams. If the Penguins win, they will play top-seeded Wright State in the winners bracket on Thursday at 11 a.m.

Fourth-seeded Northern Kentucky and fifth-seeded Oakland will open the tournament on Wednesday at noon.

A school record eight Youngstown State men's track and field athletes have advanced to compete at the NCAA East Preliminary Round which will be held May 23-25 in Jacksonville, Fla. The event is being hosted by North Florida and Jacksonville Sports Authority at Hodges Stadium.

Competing for the Penguins are Ryan Sullivan (10,000m), Chad Zallow (110m Hurdles), Collin Harden (400m Hurdles), Wyatt Lefker (pole vault), Dom Westbay (Shot Put), Zach Gehm (Discus), Jake Wilson (Javelin) and Noah Drudy (Javelin).

Zallow is the top ranked qualifier for YSU ranking 12th in the 110m hurdles and Harden is 15th in the 400m hurdles. Wilson ranks 22nd while Drudy is 28th in the javelin, Gehm is 31st in the discus, Westbay is 35th in the shot put, Sullivan is 37th in the 10,000m and Lefker is 47th in the pole vault.

Zallow is a four-time NCAA prelims qualifier while Harden is now a three-time competitor at the prelims. The six other Penguins are each first-time qualifiers.

Zallow, who has been a second-team Outdoor All-American the past two years in the 110m hurdles, enters the prelims with a top time of 13.70 seconds which he recorded at the Clyde Littfield Texas Relays back on March 30. Harden's quickest time in the 400m hurdles came at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships on May 5 when finished in 51.01 seconds. Sullivan's top performance in the 10,000m came at the NC State Raleigh Relays when clocked a time of 29:38.15 on March 29.

Wilson and Drudy's furthest throws in the javelin were recorded at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships on May 3. Wilson's top throw was 66.98m while Drudy recorded a mark of 65.86m. In the discus, Gehm's school-record throw of 54.17m came on April 20 at the Ashland Alumni Open. Westbay's top toss in the shot put of 17.75m came on April 27 at the Jesse Owens Relays. Lefker's school-record mark in the pole vault is 5.01m which he recorded on May 10 at the Harrison Dillard Twilight.

Last year, Zallow won both of his heats in the 110m hurdles to advance to the NCAA Championships while ultimately finishing 15th. Harden placed fourth in his heat of the 400m hurdles with a time of 52.35 seconds while finishing 30th overall in the event.

The 400m hurdles are set for Thursday, May 23 at 5 p.m. and Friday, May 24 at 7:15 p.m. The 10,000m semifinal is at 9:40 p.m. on May 23. The 110m hurdles are set for May 24 at 5:00 p.m. and May 25 at 7:20 p.m.

The pole vault is at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23. The javelin is Friday, May 24 at 12:00 p.m. while the discus gets underway at 4:00 p.m. The shot put is Saturday, May 25 at 2:45 p.m.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Basketball Signs Guard Christian Bentley
« on: May 15, 2019, 06:36:55 AM »
Christian Bentley, a 6-foot-3 guard from Brampton, Ontario, has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his athletic and academic career at Youngstown State University, Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun announced. Bentley will have two years of eligibility remaining.

"Christian Bentley is a phenomenal kid and comes from a great junior college and was coached by a good college coach in Jimmy Patsos at Siena," Calhoun said. "He gives us another strong presence in the backcourt and can play multiple positions.

"Christian is really good at pick-and-rolls and makes the right decisions. He's very athletic and also a tough defender, and he fits our style in getting up and down the court."

Bentley, who played the 2017-18 season at Division I Siena, joins the Penguins after a year at Iowa Western Community College. Last season, he appeared in 30 games and averaged 12 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the Retrievers. Bentley scored in double figures 16 times, had five 20-point performances and scored a season-high 28 points against Kansas City Kansas Community College.

During the 2017-18 season at Siena, Bentley played in 29 games and made 11 starts. He shot 46.5 percent from the floor and made 50 percent of his 3-point attempts. He scored career-high 11 points against Hofstra on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor on Nov. 25, 2017.

Bentley was rated as the 26th best Canadian according to Hoops Hype Canada's Fab 40 National Rankings in 2015. He helped lead First Love Christian Academy (Pa.) to a 24-3 record and Slam National Post-Grad Championship appearance during his final season.

He joins forward Jamir Thomas (Passaic, N.J.) in the 2019-20 recruiting class.

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Youngstown State freshman Addy Jarvis has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Yearafter a vote of the league's head coaches, the league announced on Tuesday. Jarvis also earned All-Horizon League Second-Team honors and was selected to the All-Freshman Team.

Senior Lexi Zappitelli, a 2018 first-team pick, was named to the All-Horizon League Second-Team and Grace Cea was named to the All-Freshman Team.

Jarvis, who set the YSU single-season strikeout record with 206, leads the league in strikeouts and tied for the league lead with seven shutouts. She became the first Horizon League pitcher to amass more than 200 whiffs since 2013 and ranks fourth with a 2.62 earned-run average.

She became the third YSU player in the last six years to be named freshman of the year and the fifth overall to be named freshman or newcomer of the year.

Zappitelli leads the Penguins with a .303 overall batting average but hit .329 in league play while Cea ranked 10th in the league with 30 runs batted in. Cea also belted five home runs with 11 doubles.

The third-seeded Penguins face sixth-seeded Oakland in the first round of the 2019 Horizon League Softball Championship, Wednesday, May 8, at 3:30 p.m. ET.

2019 All-Horizon League Teams

Player of the Year: Kayla Wedl, UIC

Pitcher of the Year: Ashley Mauser, Detroit Mercy

Freshman of the Year: Addy Jarvis, Youngstown State

Coach of the Year: John Conway, Detroit Mercy

All-League First Team

Position Players
Courtney Gilbert, Detroit Mercy
Jordan Manno, Detroit Mercy
Morgan Bihun, Green Bay
McKenzie Loge, IUPUI
Ava Lawson, Northern Kentucky
Kelsie Swanson, Oakland
Skylee James, UIC
Lexi Watts, UIC
Kayla Wedl, UIC
Raidyn Johnson, Wright State

Ashley Mauser, Detroit Mercy
Liz Murphy, Detroit Mercy

All-League Second Team
Position Players
Kelly Hysong, Cleveland State
Mandy Dallas, IUPUI
Delaney Thompson, IUPUI
Josie Frazier, Northern Kentucky
Jamie Squires, Oakland
Alyssa Griman, UIC
Cassie Kaelber, UIC
Madison Hartman, Wright State
Rebekah Lenos, Wright State
Lexi Zappitelli, Youngstown State

Taylor Ginther, Northern Kentucky
Addy Jarvis, Youngstown State

All-Freshman Team
McKenna Tanguay, Detroit Mercy
Lexi Lucas, IUPUI
Jaida Speth, IUPUI
Lauren Griffith, Oakland
Schyler Ek, UIC
Tara McElligott, UIC
Madison Hartman, Wright State
Grace Cea, Youngstown State
Addy Jarvis, Youngstown State

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Youngstown State senior Lexi Zappitelli was named to the 2019 Horizon League Softball All-Academic Team after a vote of the Horizon League Faculty Athletic Representatives, the league announced.

Zappitelli, an outfielder from Conneaut, Ohio, was named all-Horizon League First-Team in 2018 after batting .413 with 30 runs scored, 22 RBIs, 13 doubles, three triples and two home runs. She is also a five-time member of the Horizon League Honor Roll.

Zappitelli has a career batting average of .339 and is batting .322 against Horizon League opponents this season.

This is the sixth straight season at Youngstown State player has been named to the academic all-league team, and Zappitelli is the sixth different player since 2014 to be placed on the team.

Youngstown State junior Jaliyah Elliott was named the Alfreeda Goff Horizon League Female Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year for the 2019 outdoor season, the league announced on Thursday.

Because of a tie in the voting, Oakland's Maggie Schneider was also awarded with the honors.

After dominating the indoor season, Elliott carried that momentum in the outdoor season which was highlighted by a first place finish in the 100m dash at 125th running of the Penn Relays last weekend. She has the league's top in time in the event after finishing in 11.53 seconds at the Clyde Little Field Texas Relays. Elliott also owns league's fastest time in the 200m dash after finishing in 23.94 seconds at the same meet.

Elliott is the anchor on the Penguins' 4x100m relay team which ran the league's quickest time at 46.62 seconds on April 4 at the Northeast Ohio Quad.

Elliott becomes the just second female in progam history to be honored with the award joining Samantha Hamilton who won it in 2014.

Detroit Mercy's Ben Kendell received the Men's Alfreeda Goff Athlete-of-the-Year honors.

Green Bay, Wis. -- Freshman Addy Jarvis struck out 13 and broke the Youngstown State single-season strikeout record as the Penguins defeated Green Bay, 4-0, on Friday afternoon.

With the win, the Penguins improve to 23-27 overall and 11-9 in the Horizon League while the Phoenix fall to 11-26 overall and 7-15 in the league.

Jarvis broke the record of 196 set by Casey Crozier in 2014 and became the first player in school history to record at least 200 strikeouts in a season with 202. Jarvis also posted her seventh shutout of the year, which leads the Horizon League and ranks tied for second on the YSU single-season list. The YSU single-season shutout record is eight set by Kim Givens in 1996.

Sophomore Nikki Saibene belted a two-run home run in the top of the fourth to put the Penguins up 2-0. The Penguins added two more in the top of the fifth on a solo home run by Miyah Mitchum and a run-scoring single by Maddi Lusk.

The Penguins and Phoenix will play a doubleheader, Saturday, at 1 p.m. ET.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Basketball Coaches to Hold Four Summer Camps
« on: April 29, 2019, 01:56:08 PM »
The Youngstown State men's basketball coaching staff will host four boys' basketball camps this summer a team shootout, two individual skills camps and an elite camp. The camps are operated by the Jerrod Calhoun Basketball Camps, LLC.

The Penguins are hosting a Team Shootout, Sunday, June 9, and the cost is $275 per team. These shootouts will give teams a chance to play new competition that they are not accustomed to playing in their conferences. It will give them an opportunity to play some of the best competition in the region.

YSU is also holding two individual skills camps, June 10-13, and June 17-29. The cost of the individual skills camp is $100 per camper and geared for players ages 6-18. The Individual Skills Camps will offer, teaching, skill instruction, games, and contests geared for students looking to improve their game. Campers may purchase snacks and drinks at the camp store.

Finally, the Penguins will host an Elite Camp, June 15, and the cost is $80 per player. This camp is geared for players in 9th-12th grade. The Elite Camp will offer a full day of teaching, skill instruction, games, and contests geared for high school students look ing to improve their game. Campers may bring their own lunches or purchase lunch and snacks at the camp store.

For more information, please contact Mark Richmond at (330) 941-3712 or by email at or  Danny Reese at (330) 941-3004 or

Tickets are still available for the Youngstown State baseball team's upcoming home game against Ohio State on Tuesday, May 14, at Eastwood Field. First pitch for the intrastate non-conference contest is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Reserve tickets in lower sections remain available for fans. Tickets in sections 109-111 can be purchased for $12 while seats in sections in 105-108 and 112-115 are $10. General admission tickets for all other sections are on sale for $8.

Fans can purchase tickets and reserve their seats by visiting the Mahoning Valley Scrappers Box Office at Eastwood Field Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 330-505-0000. Tickets can also be purchased online by following the link below.

YSU will host Ohio State at Eastwood Field for the second time in program history. The two programs also played in the Mahoning Valley on May 12, 2015.

The Penguins will host Eastern Michigan at Eastwood Field this Wednesday at 1 p.m. before welcoming Wright State for a three-game Horizon League series beginning on Friday at 6 p.m.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Bowling Ranks 24th in Final NTCA Top 25 Poll
« on: April 29, 2019, 01:49:09 PM »
The Youngstown State bowling team was ranked 24th in the final National Tenpin Coaches Association Top 25 Poll for the 2018-19 season.

The Penguins were ranked in each of the final four polls of the season, and they have received votes in every poll since November 2016. The No. 24 ranking is the highest at the end of a season in the program's three years of intercollegiate competition.

Youngstown State received votes in the polls released in the preseason and in December, and it made its first top-25 appearance at No. 25 in February. That was the program's first top-25 ranking since the 2017-18 preseason poll. The Penguins then moved up a spot to 24th in the March poll, and that's where they remained for the April and final releases.

Youngstown State is slated to return four of its top six bowlers in terms of team game average in 2019-20.

Philadelphia, Pa. - Youngstown State senior Ryan Sullivan set the school record in the 5000m run on Thursday night at the 125th running of the Penn Relays.

Running out of Heat 1, Sullivan finished with the 16th fastest time overall at 14:21.06. Sullivan broke Eric Rupe's program record time of 14:22.27 which was set back on March 28, 2014. by 1.21 seconds.

The Penguins are back in action tomorrow at 9 a.m. from the Penn Relays when Collin Harden runs in the 400m hurdles championships at Franklin Field. The throwers and select runners will also compete tomorrow from the Jessie Owens Invitational.

Youngstown State senior Danylo Veremeichuk was named first-team All-Horizon League while sophomore Vasilis Vardakis was named to the second team, the conference announced on Thursday.

He is just the second Penguins men's tennis player in school history to be named first-team all-league in consecutive seasons joining Silviu Mistreanu (2011-12 and 2012-13). He earned second-team honors in 2016-17 and is one of just two YSU athletes to be recognized on three occasions.

Veremeichuk earned first-team honors for the second straight season and for the third time in his career was named all-conference. In 2018-19, he has posted an overall singles record of 21-11, is 11-7 in dual contests and went 5-1 in Horizon League play. All 18 of his matches came at No. 1 in the lineup and his lone conference loss was to the HL Player of the Year, Nico Mostardi, which came in three sets. In doubles, he has a 20-10 overall and went 11-7 in duals and 4-1 in Horizon League play.

Vardakis had a strong season for the Penguins to earn all-league accolades for the first time in his career. He posted a 13-12 overall mark and went 8-7 in duals and 4-1 in Horizon League play. He played 10 matches at No. 2 posting a 6-4 mark. In doubles play, he went 14-10 with an 8-6 mark in dual play and a 3-1 record in conference play.

The Penguins are next in action on Saturday in the semifinals at the Horizon League Championships at Purdue's Schwartz Tennis Complex.

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