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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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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Football Recruiting
« on: December 11, 2018, 09:33:31 AM »
Looks like nothing has changed. Do we even know how to recruit a "team"? No line, no RB's. Initially, I thought it was because the media does not wish to cover the big guys, but I don't think that is it. Certainly a runniinb back would be a top mention (maybe behind QB).

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Other Scores of Interest
« on: December 09, 2018, 03:44:34 PM »
You know it’s going to happen there. South Dakota state does not match up well with North Dakota State. Bison always blow them out

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Football Recruiting
« on: December 09, 2018, 03:41:28 PM »
 That is what I figured just to kind of specialty crap that we do not need. We need meat and potatoes

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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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There is no reason to make a coaching statement. Bo is here and never gave any indications otherwise. that being said, his normal contract term is expiring. Again we do not need a QB and better not be bringing in anyone else. I am mad enough having to possibly start a red-shirt, but at least they have some experience with the system. Very true on the coach at Charlotte being on the hot seat, but that is a bit more to chew than the coach from JMU deserves. However, it is a hard-sell

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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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I am not willing to sacrifice another year because we foolishly went after a 5th-year guy. This is no disrespect to VG, as I really like the guy and I hope we get him for a year or 2 as a grad assistant.

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Not needed. Fordham? You people drive me crazy. If anyone would even mention Fordham football around here it would be in jest ...as a non/partial scholarship club. If he committed to Fordham, then he is either deeply religious, smart or special needs. It is a nationally top-50 ranked school with a strong Jesuit affiliation and history. Heck they even banned a Greek system. Some kids realize they are not going to the NFL and utilize sports to truly get more out of life ...good for him to show how smart he really is. This year a QB is not one of YSU's needs. Let's look at some Juniors.

Let me see the list of linemen and TB's we are going after.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Softball Adds Seven During Early Signing Period
« on: November 22, 2018, 11:21:42 AM »
The Youngstown State softball team has signed seven recruits to National Letters of Inent to continue their academic and athletic careers during the 2019-2020 school year, Head Coach Brian Campbell announced.

The Penguins added Taylor Boeckmann (Sabina, Ohio), Zoey Dunlap (Hurricane, W.Va.), Kasey McGraw (Amherst, Ohio), Concetta Rinaldi (Youngstown, Ohio), Hailey Roach (Elburn, Ill.), Avrey Schumacher (Westerville, Ohio), and Kenedy Vrable (Lisbon, Ohio).

"We are really excited to add these seven highly-talented players and extraordiary young women to our program," Campbell said. "They all bring a strong competitive background and want to lead our program to more success."

Taylor Boeckmann - Outfielder (Sabina, Ohio/East Clinton Local HS)

    Three-time all-conferenece first-team selection.
    2018 second-team all-district and honorable mention all-state pick.

Zoey Dunlap - Outfielder (Hurricane, W.Va./Hurricane HS)

    Second-team all-conference selection
    Three-time honorable mention all-state choice.
    Batted .400 with 10 RBIs in 2018 state tournament.

Kasey McGraw - Infielder (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele HS)

    Owns a career batting average of .469 with 47 doubles and 95 RBIs.
    Two-time first-team all-conference selection.
    Named Honorable Mention All-Ohio and conference player of the year in 2018
    Batted .517 with 10 doubles and 44 RBIs in 2018.

Conchetta Rinaldi - Catcher (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney HS)

    Batted .517 with 12 home runs and 39 RBIs in 2018.
    Holds the school single-season (12) and career home run records with 12 and 26, respectively.
    Posted 102 career runs batted, which is the school's career record.

Hailey Roach - Utility (Elburn, Ill./Kaneland HS)

    Named second-team all-conference in 2017 and 2018.

Avrey Schumacher - Outfielder (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central HS)

    Owns a career batting average of .433 with 15 home runs and 91 runs batted in.
    Three-time first-team all-conference and second-team all-district selection.
    Named conference player of the year in 2018.

Kenedy Vrable - Utility (Lisbon, Ohio/Lisbon HS)

    Three-time first-team all-conference selection and two-time first-team all-district choice.
    Batted .500 with six doubles, eight triples and 27 runs batted in as a junior.
    Owns the school's single-season runs and triples records.

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Bo is going to grab a couple IA guys and then get a crop of local fluff and everyone thinks he recruited. He has done this two years in a row now ...which is obviously why we have no depth. No talent = No depth. Better be some offers for some fat men (7 on O and 5 on D); we need to be 2-deep and cross-trained. Enough of this crap. Shut down the run game and let the secondary do their jobs. Replace the two lost TB's ...one with thunder ...one with lightning. Then spend the summer working on their hands, as if Mays become the anointed, then we will need those two able to catch on the fly.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Campus Updates
« on: November 20, 2018, 09:31:31 AM »
AWESOME! great info Chief.

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