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Two changes in collegiate sports:

1. Drop the portal. Or at least put much more thought into it. It is clear they are just trying to appease the "Bigs".
2. Drop the outside paychecks, or at least allow it to go to a "team" fund.  This idea of paying an individual player is a joke. No one does it alone. Let's see that QB complete a pa$$ with no receivers or protection.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Fresno State
« on: March 30, 2022, 09:57:08 AM »
Yes I meant UNC, not Duke. That will be an interesting final-4 game. They said it is the first time they have faced each other at this level.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Fresno State
« on: March 28, 2022, 02:25:42 PM »
To compare St Peters recruiting area to Youngstown is like comparing Ohio weather to Florida.  St Peters is in Jersey City and close to NYC and Philly.  The biggest challenge is finding kids that qualify for college.  Lots of street ballers on the east coast. Physical, gifted and fearless.  However,  most dont understand team concept.

So true. I watched those guys a few times in their run and they were very much Ghetto ball. They were coached to be overly-aggressive and knew that eventually the officials would stop calling it as often. They moved their pivot foot on almost every single pick they set and I doubt it was called more that a few times each game. That one player drove underneath the board, out-of-bounds almost every time, then pushed his backside up against the defender & that was not only never called, but most of the times the defender was called. Had he moved under the hoop face-forward he would have been called every time ... very smart.

Then when they met Duke, St. Peters had no idea what to do. Stronger with more finesse in almost every way. So it showed how aggressive St Peters was and they were suddenly called. Look how long it took Peters to even score back-to-back baskets. By then it was too late. Their run reminded me of Butler, only Butler had the 3-pointers. I also noticed that Duke got back in position when inbounding the ball, where most teams stayed with St. Peter's press, Duke did not. Of course that is easy to do when you are playing with a 20-point lead.

The Youngstown State bowling team knocked off Louisiana Tech in an elimination match on Sunday morning to advance to the title match and finished as the runners-up at the 2022 Southland Bowling League Championship.

The Penguins had their best finish at the conference tournament in program history, going 3-2 over after being 1-4 combined in their first two appearances. Their only two losses at Colonial Bowling Lanes outside of New Orleans this weekend came to Vanderbilt in the winners bracket final on Saturday and again to the Commodores in the championship match on Sunday.

While Youngstown State came up short in the opportunity to secure an automatic bid to the National Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship, the Penguins certainly improved their resume for consideration for one of the national tournament's eight at-large invitations by placing second in the toughest conference in the country. YSU was seventh in the NCAA's RPI heading into the conference weekend, and it beat No. 3 Sam Houston and No. 8 Louisiana Tech twice.

The Penguins, who were the fourth seed in the Southland tournament, began Sunday by beating fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech 2-1 in an elimination match. YSU then had to play a rested Vanderbilt team 45 minutes later, and the second-seeded Commodores won 2-0 to win the conference crown for the second straight season.

"We had a lot of fun out there competing," said YSU head coach Doug Kuberski. "The talent in the Southland is impressive across the board, and we've been honored since day one to be a part of it. All of us in the conference make each other better, and there is a lot of mutual respect between us. As a program, we have progressed nicely each year within the conference and have put ourselves right there in the conversation with a solid chance to win."

"I can sense us growing closer and closer as a group and elevating our game together. Our love for each other is strong, and this weekend has definitely made us even hungrier. We can't wait to get back to work and continue elevating for each other."

Seniors Emma Wrenn and Emma Dockery were both named to the all-tournament team, becoming the first Penguins ever to earn the distinction at the conference level. Wrenn, the team's anchor bowler, averaged 225.3 in traditional play but had to miss the final four games of the Louisiana Tech match and the entire championship match with an injury. Dockery averaged 213 over the weekend and slid into the anchor position in Wrenn's absence as the Penguins finished off the Lady Techsters.

After 2-1 wins over Louisiana Tech and Sam Houston on Friday and a 2-1 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday, Youngstown State again had to go to the best-of-seven Baker match play format to decide the winner in the losers bracket final on Sunday morning against the Lady Techsters.

The Penguins dropped the traditional round by just six pins, and they dug themselves a big hole in the quint Baker round with a 130 in game one. YSU was down 65 pins heading into game two, but it outscored the Lady Techsters 878-780 over the final four games to win the round 1,008-975. The Penguins then built a 3-1 lead in match play, and a string of seven strikes in game seven carried them into the championship match.

Both teams took a while to get a read on the lanes in the morning match as Wrenn's 210 was the highest on the pair in the traditional round. YSU had opens from four of its five bowlers in the first two frames, but the scoring pace was low enough that the Penguins stayed right with La Tech and held a nine-pin lead after seven frames. The Penguins had two opens in the eighth and three more in the ninth, and they couldn't make up enough ground in the 10th as they fell 906-900.

Youngstown State then had six opens in a 130 in the first game of the Baker total pinfall round, but it had a higher total than the Lady Techsters in each of the next four games to mount a rally. YSU followed the 130 with a 234 to shave 36 pins off the deficit, and it followed by outscoring La Tech 193-190 and 226-199 over the next two games to take a one-pin lead going into the final game. The Penguins shot a clean 225, and they had a double in the third and fourth and a triple in the seventh through ninth frames as they went on to win the point 1,008-975.

The Penguins kept the momentum for the start of the best-of-seven match play by winning game one 181-163 and game two 233-172 to take a 2-0 lead. La Tech claimed game three 239-209, and Wrenn was injured in the 10th frame. Kirsten Moore entered the lineup in place of Wrenn, and Madyson Marx, Jade Cote and Dockery slid down a spot, and YSU took game four 172-163 to go up 3-1 in the round.

Louisiana Tech won the next two games 149-135 and 190-174 to force a game seven, and the Penguins strung seven strikes together in the deciding game to win 256-203. Lyndsay Ennis began the string with a strike in the second, and Dockery had good fortune in the fifth when good pin action tripped a possible 4-9 split. Megan Grams, Ennis and Marx followed Dockery's strike, and YSU's good fortune continued in the ninth when Cote had the 2 and 4-pins trip in a possible 2-4-7 split. Cote picked up the spare, and the Penguins doubled in the 10th for good measure in the 53-pin win.

Against Vanderbilt, the short-handed Penguins had three opens in the first two frames of the traditional round and had to play from behind the entire way. Youngstown State kept grinding and posted all marks in the seventh and eighth frames and trailed by just 30 pins heading into the ninth. YSU had just one open in its final two frames, but Dockery was the only Penguin to double as Vanderbilt hung on to win 964-946. Ennis had YSU's highest game with a 211, and Dockery finished with a 210.

Youngstown State topped 195 in four of its five Baker games, but Vanderbilt averaged 224.4 and built a sizeable margin over the final two games.

The Penguins' only open in the first two games was the opening frame of the first game as they shot 217 and 220. Vanderbilt countered with a 248 in game one to take a 31-pin lead, and YSU took two off the deficit with a 220-218 edge in game two. The Commodores got those two pins back with a 201-199 advantage in game three, and they extended the lead to 81 pins after a 209-159 margin in game four. Vanderbilt then finished off the title with a 246 in its final game.

The Penguins will find out if they will qualify for the NCAA Regionals on Wednesday. The selection show will be broadcast live at 4 p.m. on

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Football Staff Changes
« on: March 24, 2022, 08:37:39 AM »
Seems like we are continuously downgrading. Looks like personality is becoming more important than ability. Building ourselves into a solid DII program?

Youngstown State senior pitcher Jon Snyder was named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Monday for his performance at Purdue Fort Wayne on Friday.

The senior right-hander allowed just one hit and had a season-high 10 strikeouts over 6.1 innings to lead the Penguins to a 4-0 victory in its Horizon League opener against Purdue Fort Wayne on Friday.

Snyder did not allow a hit until a one-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning. He retired the first six batters he faced and he faced the minimum in each of the first five frames. He retired the side in order in the first, second and fifth innings. The Springboro, Ohio, native recorded a strikeout in six different innings, and he had multiple punch outs in four different frames as he earned his first victory of the season.

Snyder was also recognized nationally by, as he was included among the website's Top-30 Pitchers for March 18.

Snyder has a 2.96 ERA, 34 strikeouts and a .179 opponent batting average in 27.1 innings over five starts through the first five weeks of the 2022 season. He was named the Horizon League Preseason Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game before the season after earning Second-Team All-Horizon League honors in 2021.

Youngstown State will play at Penn State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before opening a three-game series at West Virginia on Friday at 6:30 p.m. All four of YSU's games this week will be broadcast live on

For the latest news and updates, follow @YSUBaseball on Twitter.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Fresno State
« on: March 22, 2022, 09:15:56 AM »
Yes. The game is on my calendar for ESPN+. It adds automatically. so it must be getting coverage.

This one was on line. we should have won this game. The first half we were very competitive, but were missing shots we would normally nail. Then it was as if we did not adjust for the second half and Kent played more methodically to pull ahead and away.

The Youngstown State women's basketball team's record-breaking 2021-22 campaign came to a close Wednesday night with a 68-59 loss to Kent State in the opening round of the Women's NIT.

The Penguins finish the season with a 24-7 record, a Horizon League regular-season championship and their most wins in 24 years. Kent State advances to the round of 32 and will play either Houston Baptist or Toledo.

Youngstown State led by as many as 10 in the second quarter, and the Penguins had a 29-21 advantage with five minutes left in the half when fifth-year senior guard Chelsea Olson suffered a lower-body injury while running for a rebound. Olson, a four-time All-Horizon League guard who led the Penguins in minutes and a$$ists and was second in points during the season, did not return. She had 11 points in the first 13 minutes of the contest, and Kent State went on a 27-6 run over the next 13 minutes as the Penguins tried to adjust without their leader.

Youngstown State battled to trim a 48-35 deficit down to five at the end of the third quarter, and the Penguins trailed 58-52 following a Paige Shy 3-pointer with 4:43 left in the fourth. However, they went scoreless for the next three minutes, and Kent State scored 10 straight points to take a 68-52 lead with less than two minutes remaining. The Penguins scored the final seven points for the final margin.

Malia Magestro scored a game-high 16 points, and 10 of those came in the second half. Lilly Ritz had 14 points and five rebounds, and Olson finished with 11 points, a rebound, a block and a steal in the final game of her legendary career.

Lindsey Thall had 15 points to lead three Golden Flashes in double figures.

Kent State shot 48.1% from the field, and it was 8-for-21 from 3-point range. Youngstown State shot 38.5% overall while going 7-for-21 from beyond the arc. The Penguins were also 12-for-13 from the free-throw line.

Olson's 3-pointer at the 8:10 mark of the first quarter acted as the Penguins' first points of the contest after Kent State bucketed back-to-back threes off the opening tip. YSU closed Kent State's early advantage to a one-point margin at the 7:12 and 5:29 marks of the quarter, both off Ritz baskets, and the Golden Flashes worked their lead back to six at 15-9.

YSU took its first lead of the game, 16-15, off a Paige Shy long-ball from Aulbach with 56 seconds to play in the quarter, which capped a 7-0 run to end the period. The Penguins then scored the first eight points of the second period on a two-pointer by Olson, a three-point play by Ritz and a 3-pointer by Magestro. In the first 46 seconds of the quarter, Olson had the field goal, a steal and an a$$ist.

Magestro's 3-pointer gave the Penguins a 24-15 lead, and the margin peaked at 29-19 on another 3-pointer by Magestro with 7:11 on the clock. Jenna Batsch scored for Kent State on the next possession to make it 29-21, and Olson's injury came after she tried to rebound her own miss with just over five minutes left in the half.

Kent State shaved the margin down to five before Lindsey Mack hit a 3-pointer in front of the Golden Flashes' bench extended the Penguin advantage back to eight, 32-24. During the span, the Penguins defense held steady as they forced Kent State to shoot just 2-of-6 from the floor, including 0-of-3 from long range. Kent State went on a 6-0 run to cut the YSU lead to a pair before a made free throw from Ritz with 47 ticks remaining in the half sent the Penguins into the break with a 3-point lead, 33-30.

The Golden Flashes scored 18 of the first 20 points of the third period to take their 48-35 lead with 1:54 left. Magestro made two free throws at the 1:36 mark to spark an 8-0 run to close the quarter, and her basket on a driving layup at the 1:03 mark accounted for the Penguins' first field goal since Mack's 3 at the 2:50 mark of the second period. Magestro scored again on a cut to the basket, and Aulbach made two free throws with 0.3 seconds left to trim the 13-point deficit down to 48-43.

Thall scored a quick basket to start the fourth, and Mariah Modkins followed with a 3-pointer to get the margin back to 10 at 53-43. YSU didn't back down and got within six twice at 53-47 and 58-52 before Kent State's 10-0 run that made the score 68-52 with 1:51 left.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Bowling Remains Ninth in Latest NTCA Poll
« on: March 12, 2022, 04:38:53 PM »
This is really terrific, as we lost to a few team below & above us this season. However the coaches must have seen how tough we competed and kept us in the top-10. We did finish 3rd in a tourney that had 4 top-20 teams. Congrats ladies!

YSU Penguin Athletics / Bowling Remains Ninth in Latest NTCA Poll
« on: March 12, 2022, 04:33:58 PM »
For the second straight month, the Youngstown State bowling team is ranked ninth in the National Tenpin Coaches a$$ociation Top 25 Poll, the NTCA announced on Thursday.

The Penguins received 960 points in the poll, which was 84 more than they did in February. YSU was 14 points behind eighth-ranked Stephen F. Austin, but it was a firm 206 points ahead of 10th-ranked Duquesne. The Penguins have been ranked in the top 10 of the poll all season long.

YSU and SFA are two of six teams in the Southland Bowling League that are ranked in the top nine of the poll. Joining them are Sam Houston in third, Vanderbilt in the fourth position, Arkansas at No. 6 and Louisiana Tech at No. 7.

McKendree is at the top of the poll with 1,537 points, and the Bearcats received 24 out of a possible 42 first-place votes. Nebraska is second with 1,519 points and 16 first-place votes, and North Carolina A&T is fifth behind Sam Houston and Vanderbilt.

Voting for the poll is done by NCAA head coaches that are members of the NTCA. There were 42 ballots cast for the February poll.

Youngstown State will have its final tune-up of the regular season next week at the Columbia 300 Music City Cla$$ic on March 18-20 in Smyrna, Tenn. The Southland Bowling League Championship will be March 25-27 in Harahan, La.

The Youngstown State baseball team scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning to overcome a five-run deficit and earn a 6-5 victory over New Orleans in the series opener on Friday at Maestri Field in New Orleans, La.

Youngstown State won its second straight game to improve to 4-8 overall. New Orleans dropped to 8-3 overall after having its three-game winning streak snapped.

Dylan Swarmer went 4-for-4 at the plate, and he had two hits including the go-ahead RBI single during YSU's furious eighth-inning rally.

Alex Cardona, Brandon Mikos, Casey Marshalwitz and Nathan Ball combined to limit New Orleans to one hit over four scoreless innings of relief to help facilitate the Penguins' comeback. Each tossed a scoreless inning of relief after the Privateers scored five unearned runs off YSU starter Jon Snyder in the bottom of the fifth. Mikos earned the win in his first collegiate appearance while Ball picked up his fourth save of the season.

In the top of the eighth inning, Swarmer, Austin Earl and Lucas Nasonti hit three straight singles to load bases. Swarmer scored on a wild pitch before Braeden O'Shaughnessy greeted New Orleans reliever Collin Kulivan with an RBI single to right field. After Dominick Bucko brought home Nasonti with an RBI groundout, Padraig O'Shaughnessy drove in his brother Braeden O'Shaughnessy with a sacrifice fly to center field. After Steven D'Eusanio smacked a two-out double, Seth Lucero and Swarmer each came through with an RBI single to put YSU ahead 6-5.

Swarmer finished the game 4-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored to lead Youngstown State offensively. Lucero went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored while Nasonti, Braeden O'Shaughnessy, D'Eusanio and Earl also added hits for the Penguins. YSU outhit UNO 10-4 for the contest and it sent 10 batters to the plate during the deciding eighth inning.

The Privateers broke a scoreless tie with five runs on two hits in the home half of the fifth inning. After Snyder issued a pair of walks and a hit a batter to load the bases, Amani Larry delivered a two-out RBI single and Pearce Howard followed with a grand slam to right field that put New Orleans in front 5-0.

Snyder surrendered five unearned runs on three hits and three walks and struck out five batters over five innings. He retired the first eight batters he faced before issuing a two-out walk in the third. Snyder retired the side in order in the first, second and fourth frames.

New Orleans starter Tyler LeBlanc scattered three hits and struck out six batters over six scoreless innings of work in a no-decision. He retired the side in order in the first, fourth and sixth frames. Caleb Seroski suffered the loss after allowing the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.

Larry went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to pace the Privateers offensively. Howard drove in UNO's other four runs with his fifth-inning grand slam.

Youngstown State and New Orleans will continue this weekend's four-game series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. ET. Both games will be broadcast live on and

YSU Penguin Athletics / Softball Completes Series Sweep of Detroit
« on: March 12, 2022, 04:27:52 PM »
Sophomore Sophie Howell fired a complete-game three-hitter and struck out nine to lead the Youngtown State softball team to a series sweep of Detroit Mercy with a 2-1 win on Friday morning at the YSU Softball Field.

The Penguins have now won three straight to improve to 12-9 overall and 3-0 in Horizon League play. The Titans fall to 0-12 overall and 0-3 in league play.

Senior Yazmine Romero went 3-for-3 with a run scored while junior Conchetta Rindaldi was 2-for-2 with two runs batted in. The duo combined for all five of the Penguins' hits in the one-run victory.

A two-run first inning was all of the offense Howell needed. Romero led off with a single and stole second. She advanced to third on a wild pitch on Alex DeLeon's walk then DeLeon stole second.

Rinaldi laced a 3-1 pitch to center field plating Romero and DeLeon with the Penguins' runs.

The Titan's lone run was a pinch-hit home run by Jaiden Lara in the top of the fifth inning.

Youngstown State visits Akron in a doubleheader, Tuesday, March 15. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. in Akron, Ohio.

The Youngstown State men's basketball team has accepted an invitation to compete in The Basketball Cla$$ic presented by Eracism, Youngstown State Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun announced on Wednesday.

The Basketball Cla$$ic is a 32-team tournament with first-round games on campus sites starting March 14. This creates another bracket to follow and gives student-athletes across the country an opportunity to participate in the postseason and compete for a championship.

 The Penguins' opponent and the entire bracket will be announced on Sunday, March 13, by the 20-member tournament selection committee.  Should YSU receive the opportunity to host a first-round game, ticket information for the event will be released that evening.

"We are excited for the opportunity to continue a successful season," Calhoun said. "If we are selected for a home game, we hope our fans will come out and help create an electric atmosphere.

"It is a credit to our guys and all the hard work they put in this season to be invited to a postseason tournament."

This is the Penguins' third Division I postseason appearance and the second in the last three seasons. Youngstown State accepted a berth to the 2020 Postseason Tournament (CIT), but the tournament was canceled due to COVID-19.

The Penguins first appeared in the postseason when they played in the CIT in 2013. YSU owns a CIT record of 1-1 after defeating Oakland, 99-87, and falling to Canisius, 84-82, in overtime in 2013. Both games were at Beeghly Center.

This season, the Penguins have recorded a winning record for the third consecutive season with a mark of 18-14. It marks just the second time in YSU's Division I history and the first time since 1982-83, 1983-84, and 1984-85 that the Penguins posted three straight winning campaigns.

The Penguins set a school record for most conference victories with 12 Horizon League wins, and their 18 overall wins rank tied for third in YSU's Division I history. Youngstown State also won 18 games during the 2019-20 season.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Women WNIT
« on: March 09, 2022, 03:04:30 PM »
The Youngstown State women's basketball team's 2021-22 season will continue next week as the Penguins have accepted the Horizon League's automatic bid to compete in the Women's NIT.

This will be the fourth time in the last 10 years that YSU will play in the WNIT and the sixth postseason appearance overall for the program in the last decade. First-round games will be held March 16-18 on campus sites, and the Penguins will find out who, when and where they will play to start the tournament on Sunday evening.

Youngstown State received the automatic bid from the Horizon League by being the highest-finishing team in the conference's regular-season standings that is not selected for the NCAA Tournament. IUPUI, which YSU shared the league's regular-season title with, earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Keeps Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship on Tuesday afternoon.

While the Penguins will compete in the WNIT for the fourth time in program history, this will be just their second appearance as an automatic qualifier. YSU received the Horizon League's automatic bid in 2013, and it was an at-large selection in the WNIT in 2015 and 2019. In between the at-large berths, YSU also competed in the Women's Basketball Invitational in 2016 and 2018.

Youngstown State is 1-3 all-time in the Women's NIT and will be looking for its first win in the tournament since beating Indiana State at Beeghly Center in the opening round in 2013. Since then, YSU has played at Toledo in 2013, hosted Duquesne in 2015, and played at Cincinnati in 2019.

More details will be announced as they become available.

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