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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: The Steel Tire
« on: February 16, 2019, 08:36:07 AM »
I will probably drive in from NC to watch this.

Before I moved I couldn't care less if I drove the 45 minutes needed to watch us play the likes of Bobby Mo or Duquesne.

Say what you want about return games, I don't give a crap abput that.

Football is a recreational activity. Entertainment, pure and simple. As a consumer I would much rather see YSU\Akron than any other non-conference game in recent memory. To me, this is a great event. Another game against a Pioneer\NEC league team isn't. I don't need or want to see another one of those as long as I live unless its after Thanksgiving.

This is a rivalry, and I for one am glad its back, even if its a one and done.

Well we already have our two warm-up games in 2020, so this is not a substitute. It is a substitute for a money game. Again, IMO any home game is better than any away game. Secondly, you know darn well that a game against an ACC, Big-12 or Big-10 team would be preferred, this is all we could get.


"We're open to continuing if after the one year," Williams said,  adding Akron won't play at YSU due rules in  Mid American Conference playing at FCS schools.

According to Williams, Youngstown State will receive "in the ball park of $300,000 dollars"  for the game, but did not have the exact amount.


He is dictating policy to us. If he truly cared about having a continued series,  Williams would step up and confront the MAC. Clearly we are simply filling a date on their calendar. This cash is not much more than an FCS game would cost/bring. Agree or not, this was a bad game to schedule.

The Youngstown State women's basketball team scored the final 12 points of the third period and led by double digits for the entire fourth in a 70-59 victory over Green Bay on Friday evening at Beeghly Center.

The Penguins won for the 11th straight home game while also snapping an 11-game losing skid to Green Bay. Youngstown State is now in sole possession of second place in the Horizon League standings at 11-3, and it remains in control of its own destiny for the regular-season title. The Penguins are now 19-6 overall, and they improved to 14-1 on their home floor.
Sophomore Chelsea Olson filled the stat sheet with 19 points, a game-high 13 rebounds and six assists, and fifth-year senior Sarah Cash also had 19 points and eight rebounds in her first career win over the Phoenix. Melinda Trimmer added 11 points and six assists. Olson made five 3s, and the Penguins finished with 11 as a team.
Carly Mohns scored 24 points and made seven 3s, which tied a Beeghly Center record for an opponent, to lead Green Bay. The Phoenix are now 15-8 overall and 10-3 in the league.
In a hyped game between the second and third-place teams in the Horizon League standings, Green Bay scored the first 10 points of the contest behind a pair of 3s from Mohns. YSU's first points didn't come until Cash converted a three-point play at the 6:09 mark. The Penguins got within four on an Olson triple at the 3:52 mark, but Green Bay scored the next four points to take a 17-9 lead a minute later.

Trimmer's basket with 1:34 remaining in the first period kickstarted a 10-0 Penguins run, and Dunn's triple 57 seconds into the second period gave YSU its first lead at 19-17. Lyndsey Robson scored on Green Bay's next possession to tie the score, and there went on to be six ties in the second period. Cash's basket to beat the buzzer tied the score at 32-32 at halftime.
Green Bay outscored the Penguins by a combined score of 60-13 in the third quarter in three meetings last season, but YSU took control of the game in the third stanza tonight. Cash scored on a reverse layup on the first possession, and a McKenah Peters triple at the 8-minute mark put the Penguins up 40-34 and forced a Green Bay timeout.
The eighth and final tie of the night came when Green Bay's Meghan Pingel tied the score at 42-42 with 3:44 left, and Youngstown State proceeded to score the final 12 points of the quarter. Olson hit back-to-back 3s to start the run, Peters made two free throws and Cash hit two jumpers during the defining stretch.
Green Bay got within 10 three times in the fourth, but the Penguins never allowed the 20-time defending conference champions to get closer than that. The largest margin of the night came when Olson hit her career-high fifth 3-pointer with 3:01 left that made the score 66-50.

Youngstown State will try to finish an unbeaten conference home slate as it hosts Milwaukee on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the final regular-season game at Beeghly Center. The program will salute Cash, Trimmer and Alison Smolinski before the game on Senior Day, and the team will sign autographs after the contest. There will be a YSU Team Photo giveaway, courtesy of Vibra Hospital and 21 WFMJ, and it will also be a Handel's Ice Cream "Scoops and Hoops" Game and a Veterans Appreciation Game.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: The Steel Tire
« on: February 15, 2019, 02:27:46 PM »
First of all JT has not 'gotten' a game for us since 1999, so people should get over the "superman complex". He is the president now ...not the AD. Strollo is much more of an AD than JT ever was. Furthermore, Akron & Kent would jump at a game with YSU in a heartbeat, so it is not much more than a desperation move on our behalf. Not some heavily-negotiated coup. We let the MAC and Akron dictate the terms.

I could care less about what happened in the past, we have played Akron in most every other sport for years now. It does not change the fact that we let a school and a conference walk on us years ago and did nothing about it. We should have petitioned the NCAA many years ago to send a request to the MAC to drop the policy to not allow conference schools to play at lower-division schools. At the very least, allow exceptions for historically significant schools, schools within a certain mileage of each other, or within the same state.

So again, YSU will struggle with Akron (because of proximity and history); where NDSU, JMU, SDSU and other would barely break a sweat. This is a no-win game for us:
-If we lose, we will be written off at the beginning of the year (just like the Butler loss doomed us this past season).
-If it is a close win, YSU is "not looking to be very good this year".
-If we win big it is an expectation, because of Akron's terribly-low ranking and standing as an FBS team.

In short, a no-win situation and a game that NEVER should have been scheduled. BTW Chief, real fans do not have to be deaf, dumb and blind. GO ...Butler and Akron are both "bottom-feeders". So in that regard, they are exactly the same.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Carmon Bricillo and Justus Reed
« on: February 14, 2019, 01:43:56 PM »
I did not think that Bricillo was a bad coach at ...quite the opposite. His issues did not start until Bo got here and the clash of offensive styles began. This along with the lack of recruiting on the O-line. Under Wolf, Bricillo had us 2-deep (less injuries) almost every game.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: The Steel Tire
« on: February 14, 2019, 01:32:02 PM »
I am not living in the 90's. Just the opposite.. Heck, I was severely chastised when I mentioned that I was happy when Tressel left for Columbus. I did not like his new offense. (1996)

 However, Chief & Pride are talking about the excitement or "buzz" and the only people that would be excited are those people over age 45. All we are doing is making Akron feel larger than they are, at our own expense. I will never support  this game. Sure I will go, because I am a YSU fan, that is my duty.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: The Steel Tire
« on: February 14, 2019, 10:39:55 AM »
Take the money. Win the game.  A big crowd will put a lot of pressure on Akron and Kent to rethink what they are doing and the subsidies they pay for their sports programs. It is about time universities listen to customer interest on who they schedule.

Don't you mean "university"? As in YSU. Why should Akron care, all they are doing is filling a HOME date with no other obligation. No sense of community here at all. Fan's in Akron see their team as stepping down to play an FCS team, nothing more. It has been 3 generations since we last played Akron in football.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: The Steel Tire
« on: February 14, 2019, 10:33:54 AM »
Pride & Chief, I cannot support what you are saying. First of all Akron does not even count if we win & will crush our post-season chances (and general reputation) if we lose (just like losing to Butler). Being tied with a ranked WVU at half time, or upsetting Pitt is meaningful. For any decent I-AA/FCS team ... Beating Akron is an expectation and a necessity.

Secondly, I am 100-times more excited about ANY home game, than ANY away game. Just common sense. Other reasons include UA "trashing" our program for just about the entire decade of the 90's and the players that we will lose (recruits) if we do not win. Also people being excited? The excitement will leave in an instant when they find out we get no return Right now, we hold the trophy, what if we lose it, with no chance to get it back? This is the same thing that happened with Kent. The last time we played KSU (the Schwebel's trophy) ...we lost. There has been no chance since to get the trophy back.  This game should NEVER have been agreed to w/o a return guarantee.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: The Steel Tire
« on: February 13, 2019, 05:29:23 PM »
I did not wish to sound so negative in my last post; but the truth is that Akron will be lucky to be outside of the bottom-25 in any given year. The expectation for any quality I-AA team would be to easily defeat the Zips.

Now maybe it has been a while, but there are still some feelings of a rivalry out there and that makes this game much more difficult for YSU, than any other I-AA/FCS team. The MAC is not paying us what we could get from a major conference. Sure, I like having a close away venue, but with no return game and less cash than another IA/FBS club would pay pay us…there is simply no good reason to play this game.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: The Steel Tire
« on: February 13, 2019, 03:45:47 PM »
If there is no return game... I have no interest and I doubt this will be a trophy game. Just means that we are having trouble scheduling a money game. We could very easily lose a game like this, which would be very bad for our post-season chances should we be borderline for a selection.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Spring Game
« on: February 12, 2019, 03:07:42 PM »
It did seem a little confusing to me, but it does say we get a "game ticket" with our $9?  You don't have game tickets to no game do you??

I read that as the March 2 basketball game. The tailgate is in Beeghly. We are not having our spring game a week before camp even starts

YSU Penguin Athletics / Spring Game
« on: February 12, 2019, 07:38:14 AM »
Has everyone seen the letter they mailed over the weekend regarding the player/staff meet & greet in cooperation with MBB? It is a great idea, but I cannot help but believe that this is the spring game tailgate; which means that we, once again, have no spring game.

ndianapolis, Ind. - Youngstown State freshman Olivia Jones has been named the Nike® Women's Field Athlete of the Week for her performance at the YSU National Mid-Major Invitational, the league announced on Tuesday.

Jones won her first collegiate pentathlon on Friday afternoon while racking up 3,410 points. Her performance ranks her third all-time in school history and lands her atop of the Horizon League pentathlon standings. Jones also achieved personal-best performances in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.19 seconds and in the 800m with a time of 2:37.44.

YSU Horizon League Athletes of the Week

Jan. 15 - Chad Zallow
Jan. 22 - Chad Zallow, Chontel Fils
Jan. 29 - Chad Zallow, Jaliyah Elliott
Feb. 5 -  Olivia Jones

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Football Recruiting
« on: February 04, 2019, 12:35:42 PM »
So is Hadley a FB, or another on the long list of DE's? He is local, does anybody know anything about him? Can he handle a DI running back position?

YSU Penguin Athletics / Lady Pens Have Best Shooting Day in 21 Years
« on: February 02, 2019, 06:49:38 PM »
Alison Smolinski made five 3-pointers during a 19-0 run to start the game, and the Youngstown State women's basketball team had seven players score in double figures in a 91-45 victory over Detroit Mercy on Saturday at Beeghly Center.

The win finished off a perfect 5-0 homestand for the Penguins, who improved to 17-5 overall, 9-2 in Horizon League play and 13-1 on Rosselli Court.

YSU wore pink jerseys for the first time in program history to raise awareness for breast cancer, and it went on to have its best shooting day in 21 years. The Penguins were 34-for-56 from the field for 60.7 percent, which was the third-best mark in program history. It was the team's first time over 60 percent since shooting a school record 68.8 percent against Western Illinois on Feb. 23, 1998.

Smolinski scored 17 of her 20 points in the first period, and six teammates joined her in double figures. Mary Dunn scored 14 points, Chelsea Olson had 13 on 5-for-5 shooting, Sarah Cash and Melinda Trimmer both had 12, and Amara Chikwe and McKenah Peters added 10 apiece. It was the first time that seven Penguins reached double figures in the same game since Dec. 19, 1991, in a game that was also against the Titans.

As a team, YSU set season highs in points, field-goal percentage, 3-pointers (13), 3-point field-goal percentage (.565), assists (26) and steals (10).

Smolinski and Sarah Cash combined to score the first 19 points of the game, and the Penguins led the Titans 25-2 less than seven minutes into the contest. Smolinski made her first five attempts from beyond the arc and finished 6-for-12.

Detroit closed the first period on an 11-2 spurt to get within 14, but the Penguins got the lead back to above 20 when a Dunn basket made the score 38-17 at the 5:30 mark of the second quarter. YSU extended the advantage to 50-24 at halftime.

The Penguins shot 70.4 percent (19-of-27) from the field in the first half, which was their best shooting performance in a half since Feb. 11, 2015, at Oakland.

Youngstown State then scored the first 14 points of the second half to widen its advantage to 64-24. The Penguins led 73-37 through three periods, and the lead grew to 48 twice in the fourth.

Youngstown State will head to IUPUI on Friday in a key Horizon League road matchup. Tipoff at The Jungle is set for 7 p.m., and the game against the Jaguars will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN+ and WatchESPN.

The Youngstown State women's basketball team went on a 30-6 run in the second half to fight off Oakland for a 76-61 victory on Thursday evening at Beeghly Center.

The Penguins overcame a rough shooting start from the field by sinking four of their last five attempts in the third period and 7-of-10 in the fourth as they made their run. YSU was also 32-for-36 from the free-throw line and outscored the Golden Grizzlies by 24 at the charity stripe.

Youngstown State has earned its best start through 10 Horizon League games in program history with an 8-2 record, and the Penguins also improved to 16-5 overall and 12-1 at home. Oakland dropped to 4-17 overall and 1-9 in the conference.

Chelsea Olson scored 22 points, and Melinda Trimmer and Mary Dunn both scored 15 to lead YSU. Trimmer was 10-for-10 at the free-throw line, and she had seven assists against just one turnover. Dunn scored nine of her points in the fourth period.

Kahlaijah Dean led Oakland with 29 points, the most by any player against YSU this season.

In a game where the 47 fouls inhibited a natural flow, YSU had a pair of runs in the first half and the big one in the second half that decided the contest.

Oakland made its first three attempts from the field and took a 6-1 lead on a Nikita Telesford drive at the 7:43 mark. The Penguins answered with their first of two runs in the quarter by scoring the next seven points, and their first lead came when Amara Chikwe made two free throws with 5:35 left.

Oakland countered with a 7-0 spurt to go up 13-8 and match its largest lead, but the Penguins scored the final nine points of the period to take a 17-13 lead at the break. Dunn started the run with a 3-pointer, Olson scored the next four and Chikwe finished it with two free throws.

Olson scored on the first possession of the second quarter to push the lead to six, and YSU's advantage was six twice more when Trimmer and Olson hit 3s. Olson's triple at the 3:07 mark gave the Penguins a 30-24 lead, and that was their final field goal of the period. Oakland scored the next four points to get within two, and Trimmer made two free throws for the 32-28 halftime difference.

YSU was 8-for-31 from the field in the first half, and it missed its first six shots of the second half as Dean and Autumn Kissman helped the Golden Grizzlies gain a 41-33 lead at the six-minute mark of the third period. Dean scored nine points in the first four minutes of the period as Oakland opened on a 13-1 run.

Dunn split a pair of free throws with 4:20 left to stop the run, and McKenah Peters hit a 3 on YSU's next possession for the Penguins' first field goal of the quarter. Dunn tied the score at 41, and Oakland's final lead of the night was 42-41 when Teneea Heston went 1-of-2 at the free-throw line with 1:24 left. Peters had a driving basket on YSU's next trip down the floor to give the Penguins the lead, and Trimmer scored the final four points of the period to give Youngstown State a 47-42 advantage.

Olson then hit a triple 10 seconds into the fourth period to push the lead to eight, and Dean's 3-pointer at the 9:36 mark accounted for Oakland's only points of the first three-and-a-half minutes. By the time Dean scored again with 6:15 left, YSU had built a 59-45 lead. Dunn scored seven straight points and Dunn had the other two during that stretch. The margin grew to as much as 16 at 63-47, and YSU led by double digits for the final 7:52 of the contest.

Oakland shot 47.1 percent from the field but was hurt by 20 turnovers. The Penguins shot 36.5 percent from the field, but they made 88.9 percent of their free-throw attempts. YSU was 8-for-37 from the field but made 11 of its last 15.

Youngstown State will try to wrap up a perfect record on its five-game homestand on Saturday against Detroit Mercy at 1 p.m. It will be YSU's "Pink Out" Game as the Penguins will wear pink jerseys and raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center locally as well as the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

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