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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: MBB
« Last post by go guins on October 27, 2020, 02:23:05 PM »
Sounds great, except I am very skeptical about the 900 fans.  Based on national press I'm reading -0- seems more likely.  With no TV this will be a completely lost season, no matter how good the team.  Real Shame.

I thought Horizon league had a contract with ESPN + to carry the league games. What changed?
To me, ESPN+ isn't TV it's streaming.  I turn on my TV, click guide.  If it's there its's TV if it isn't it isn't on TV. 
Somebody give me the viewership of ESPN+ and I'll prove my opinion is shared by the vast majority of the viewing public. 
To expand on the issue, without live fans look at the ratings for sports.  The world series reminds me of my grandkids soccer.  Parents watch, grandparents watch and virtually nobody else bothers.  The World Series used to draw 40M plus TV viewers, this year about 6M. The NBA was off 50%+ and the NFL despite playing a full regular season in it's normal time, is off some 20%  Live fans make the game. This is really hurting sports which may be a good thing.  Sports stars have risen to the level of demi-gods in the public eye. Good grief a HS education only basketball player from Akron it treated as a expert in a pandemic NOT because of anything but his ability on a court.  That being said, I love football and can't wait to get back to sing it live.  NOTHING like it.   
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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: MBB
« Last post by Double ET on October 27, 2020, 01:29:01 PM »
Sounds great, except I am very skeptical about the 900 fans.  Based on national press I'm reading -0- seems more likely.  With no TV this will be a completely lost season, no matter how good the team.  Real Shame.

I thought Horizon league had a contract with ESPN + to carry the league games. What changed?
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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: MBB
« Last post by ucfpengbuck on October 27, 2020, 09:07:22 AM »
go guins, what do you mean by no tv ?
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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: MBB
« Last post by go guins on October 27, 2020, 08:58:11 AM »
 Sounds great, except I am very skeptical about the 900 fans.  Based on national press I'm reading -0- seems more likely.  With no TV this will be a completely lost season, no matter how good the team.  Real Shame.
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YSU Penguin Athletics / MBB
« Last post by Double ET on October 27, 2020, 08:29:55 AM »
From today’s Tribune/Vindy on YSU MBB:

Calhoun, Penguins have high hopes

LOCAL SPORTS
OCT 27, 2020

GREG GULAS
Correspondent
sports@tribtoday.com
 
 
BEAVER TOWNSHIP — The 2020-21 basketball season marks the 92nd intercollegiate campaign for Youngstown State University.


As the 13th head coach in the school’s cage history, Jerrod Calhoun is one of just two head coaches to sports a double-figure improvement between his first and third seasons, the other being Dan Peters who improved 13 games from his first year when he went 5-21 in 1993-94, following that up with an 18-10 ledger the following year.

Calhoun still feels this year’s team, despite a coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that cancelled their CIT tournament bid last March and affected programs nationwide, can be something special.

“It has been a lot of hard work for a lot of people but the original cla$$ of Michael Akuchie, Naz Bohannon and Garrett Covington have been the catalysts from year No. 1 to year No. 4,” Calhoun told the Curbstone Coaches during Monday’s weekly meeting at Avion Banquet Center. “You then go to each cla$$ and obviously getting a guy like Darius Quisenberry was huge. It’s neat to see those guys grow, both on and off the court and I’m excited about taking an even bigger step this year.”

Calhoun said having last year’s season end so abruptly left everyone with an unfulfilled feeling.


“Initially, when our season ended and we didn’t get to play in the CIT, I think we were all devastated,” he added. “We didn’t get to fulfill what we worked so hard for and that was to play in a post-season tournament.

“We were set to host a couple games but our seniors didn’t get the opportunity to finish their careers like they had planned. Once the anger went away, we understood that we were in a global pandemic, that there was a lot going on around the country so our focus shifted to the players and their safety, how we could help them and get through these difficult times. There were a lot of zoom calls, multiple guest speakers and just connecting with them to make sure they were doing alright mentally since everyone was so isolated. We weren’t around each other and that’s just not normal for a team.”

Like their female counterparts, this year’s schedule will have its challenges.

“The Horizon League has decided on a back-to-back setting, whether that’s Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday. That’s this year’s format,” Calhoun stated. “You won’t have the traditional schedule where you play a team at home then on the road.

“It’s going to be split right in half. You’ll play 20 games with 10 on the road in a back-to-back setting with the other 10 here in a home-and-home setting. Just the overall back-to-backs will be different, the way you’ll strategize and game-plan throughout the week will be so much different because you are playing 80 minutes of basketball in a very short period of time.”

The Penguins’ non-league schedule includes their hosting a tournament on Dom Rosselli Court.

“The non-league schedule we’re still working through but we’re fortunate in that we are set to host a tournament from November 27-29,” he noted. “We have West Virginia on Dec. 2. Other than those four games, we’re still working through the final three games.”

This year’s Penguins’ squad features eight uppercla$$ leaders, which includes six seniors, two juniors and then eight freshmen.

The NCAA gave winter sports athletes another year of eligibility, giving them the chance return for the 2021-22 season.

“What we’ve got to figure out at the end of the year, probably not any time sooner, is what guys will decide to come back. In a perfect world, we’d have our entire team back because I think they could be very special,” Calhoun said. “I think that’s how you get good because you get a little bit older and guys gain experience. We’ve had those initial conversations with our six seniors.

“You always have to start with the seniors and try to explain to them the positives and the negatives of opting to come back next year. We’re continuing to recruit and already have a few commitments. I think the NCAA got it right because it will be different for every individual. Some guys might be ready to move on while some might want to come back. We’ll see how this plays out.”

YSU’s senior cla$$ includes Akuchie, Bohannon, Covington, Jamir Thomas, Christian Bentley and transfer Greyson Kelley while Quisenberry and Geoff Hamperian comprise the junior contingent.

“Naz has just become a total, complete player,” Calhoun said. “Pound for pound and inch for inch, he’s the best rebounder in the country in college basketball. He’s going to leave here with a chance to score 1,000 points and pull down 1,000 rebounds, which would make him the first player in YSU basketball history to accomplish that feat.

“Garrett is a two-time, Horizon League all-defensive team selection and is a lockdown defender. Michael has just continued to get better and is a big guy with the ability to make shots. Those three guys will be a huge key for us this season while Jamir showed flashes last year on the inside and is a very strong, physical post player. Christian is a combo-guard who also had a nice off-season while Greyson is a Division II transfer from Shaw University, a gym rat who averaged 20-plus points at the Division II level.”

Calhoun said Quisenberry has been dynamite since his arrival on campus.

“Darius went through the draft process last year which I think that was really good for him,” Calhoun stated. “He got to speak to those teams, they evaluated his game and he learned so much more about himself. He’s the one player who had access to a gym during this pandemic.

“Geoff does all the little things that give you extra possessions. He’s a great story, a kid who decided to walk on and earned big minutes last year. It just shows what you can accomplish when you work hard.”

The eight freshmen include local product Carson Ryan of Struthers High School, Shemar Rathan-Mayes, Alex Vargo, Myles Hunter, Will Dunn, Cheick Traore, Daniel Ogoro and Kenny Ganley.

Calhoun is looking forward to seeing the fans at the games.

“We are trying to get 900 fans into the Beeghly Center,” he stated. “I know that our athletic director, Ron Strollo, is working closely with local and state health officials and trying to get 15 percent of the capacity. They remain a big part of our success.”

Next Monday, Theresa Walton, newly hired YSU women’s lacrosse coach, will serve as guest speaker.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Baseball Announces Addition of Three Student-Athletes
« Last post by IAA Fan on October 22, 2020, 05:19:54 PM »
You have to be a little excited about these 3 recruits and especially Johnson.   Big high-school & quality JUCO program. Solid ERA in both.
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YSU Penguin Athletics / Baseball Announces Addition of Three Student-Athletes
« Last post by IAA Fan on October 22, 2020, 05:16:03 PM »
Youngstown State head baseball coach Dan Bertolini has announced that Alex Cardona, Conner Johnson and Andrew Russell have joined the program for the upcoming 2021 season.

Cardona (Boardman, Ohio) spent the previous two seasons at Mercyhurst North East, Johnson (Heber City, Utah) played the last two years at Salt Lake Community College and Russell (Champion, Ohio) played for Ohio in 2020. Cardona and Johnson will both be juniors, and Russell will be a sophomore.

The group of newcomers will join three other student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and baseball futures at YSU during the early signing period last November.

Information on each of the student-athletes who have joined the program is provided below:


Alex Cardona

RHP | 5'8 | 175 | Boardman, Ohio | Boardman High School | Mercyhurst North East

Highlights: Posted a 4-2 record and a 5.32 ERA in 44.0 innings over nine starts and two relief appearances for Mercyhurst North East in 2019... Tossed three complete games and posted 12.27 K/9... Struck out 60 batters while walking 31... Posted an 8.00 ERA in nine innings over two relief appearances in 2020... Fanned 14 batters while issuing seven walks… Four-year letterwinner at Boardman High School... Posted a 6-0 record as a senior... Threw a no-hitter that featured 16 strikeouts... Accumulated 59 strikeouts and finished with a 1.17 ERA as a senior... Named First-Team All-AAC... Shared AAC Player of the Year honors.

Cardona on choosing YSU: "I chose YSU because I heard that it's a great environment with great coaches, and we have the ability to make some noise. It's a great feeling to be a Penguin. Having a chance to make an impact on your hometown is an amazing opportunity."


Conner Johnson

RHP | 6'1 | 200 | Heber City, Utah | Wasatch High School | Salt Lake Community College

Highlights: Made a total of 13 appearances out of the bullpen for Salt Lake Community College in 2019 and 2020... Recorded a 2.64 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 17 innings pitched... Earned two victories in relief during the shortened 2020 campaign... The Bruins were ranked in the top 15 in the nation in 2019 and 2020, reaching as high as eighth in 2019... Coach was David Nelson… Three-year letterwinner at Wasatch High School... Recorded an 8-2 record and a 1.80 ERA while pitching over 60 innings as a senior... Team advanced to the Utah 5A state playoffs where he earned a pair of victories on the mound... Was a 2018 5A All-Star Game selection and was honored as a 5A all-state selection.

Johnson on choosing YSU: "I chose YSU because of the great coaching staff and the great facilities we use. To me, becoming a Penguin means to be a hardworking, disciplined individual who makes a positive impact on the field and in the community. I am so excited to compete at the level we play at and do it with the great guys on the team."


Andrew Russell

RHP/UTIL | 6'1 | 190 | Champion, Ohio | Champion High School | Ohio

Highlights: Played in six games as a position player and made one pitching appearance as a freshman for Ohio in 2020... Recorded three hits and a run scored in 15 at-bats... Went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a run scored at Southeast Missouri State (2/29)... Did not allow a hit and registered a strikeout in one inning on the mound vs. Saint Louis (2/21)… Holds the Champion High School record with a 0.27 ERA in a season... Won a state championship as a sophomore and pitched a complete game in the title game... Named First-Team All-Ohio as a junior... Named second-team all-conference as a sophomore.

Russell on choosing YSU: "I chose YSU because of the ability to continue my education and baseball career close to home. Becoming a Penguin means so much being that I am from the area and can have my loved ones come support me at my games. Go Guins!"
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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Spring 2021 Football Schedule
« Last post by IAA Fan on October 22, 2020, 05:05:06 PM »
I think a lot of the things listed here make a nice thread. One thing I would like to see are the number of high-schools and their divisions over the past 50-years in the Valley.
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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Justus Reed
« Last post by YSUinBoston on October 20, 2020, 07:27:35 AM »
Justus Reed who?

He is a freedom fighter raging against communists, masks, those Dove ad with the models with different body shapes
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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Justus Reed
« Last post by guinpen on October 19, 2020, 06:10:47 PM »
Justus Reed who?
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