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YSU Penguin Athletics / Bowers Nabs Nike #HLTF Athlete of the Week Honors
« on: January 20, 2022, 07:23:12 AM »
Jahniya Bowers has been named Nike #HLTF Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Penn State Nittany Lion Challenge on Jan. 15, the league office announced on Tuesday.

The honor marks the second time during the 2021-22 indoor season Bowers has been selected to sit atop the conference's best female runners. The first coming off a pair of event wins and a league-best mark in the 60m dash at the YSU Icebreaker.

Tallying her second meet with a pair of event wins, Bowers took the 60m dash crown to capture her third 60m dash event victory on the year at the one-day meet hosted at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track inside the Multi-Sport Facility in University Park, Penn. The Youngstown, Ohio, native posted a time of 7.42 to edge the rest of the field. Bowers would step into the blocks later in the afternoon and tally another event win in the women's 200m, clocking a time of 24.24 - a conference-best.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Penguins Announce Talented Group of NLI Signees
« on: December 15, 2021, 05:40:52 PM »

The Youngstown State Football program has announced the members of its 2022 Signing cla$$ on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

List of the newest Penguins:

 Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown High School
 Joe Blahovec DB 6-2 190 Fr. Greensburg, Pa. Greensburg CC
 Ezekiel Blake DB 6-3 185 So. West Palm Beach, Fla. Wellington
 Max Blanc QB 6-5 205 Fr. Bethel Park, Pa. Bethel Park
 Michael Boyd Jr. DL 6-3 280  Fr. Sylvania, Ga. Screven County
 Beau Brungard QB 6-0 200  Fr. New Middletown, Ohio Springfield Local
 Nate Damron TE 6-4 240 Jr. Elyria, Ohio Elyria Catholic
 Dylan Dominguez DB 5-11 190  Fr. North Lima, Ohio South Range
 Nehemiah Dukes DL 6-2 270 Fr. Douglasville, Ga. Alexander
 Keon Freeman DL 6-0 230 Jr. Whitehall, Ohio Whitehall-Yearling
 Andrew Hardin DB 6-2 200 Jr. Woodbridge, Va. Woodbridge
 Cephus Harris III RB 5-9 195 Fr. Clinton Township, Pa. Chippewa Valley
 Tico Jones Jr. DL 6-3 255 Fr. Lakewood, Ohio Lakewood
 Van Keen OL 6-3 305 Fr. Stow, Ohio Stow
 Shane Keenan OL 6-5 275 Fr. Toronto, Ohio Toronto
 Jack Kenneally WR 6-6 210 Fr. Elyria, Ohio Elyria Catholic
 Easton Korody OL 6-4 280 Fr. Carey, Ohio Carey
 Desmeal Leigh OL 6-7 260 Fr. Kent, Ohio Roosevelt
 Alex McDonald TE 6-4 245 Fr. Chardon, Ohio Chardon
 Jasiah Medley DB 5-11 180 Fr. Piqua, Ohio Piqua
 Jordan Rudolph DB 5-11 160 Fr. Lewis Center, Ohio Olentangy Orange
 Colt Sechrest TE 6-4 220 Fr. Bellarie, Ohio Bellaire
 Nathanael Sulka LB 6-4 195 Fr. Chardon, Ohio Chardon
 Michael Wells LB 6-3 220 Fr. New Castle, Pa. New Castle
 Bryce Wood LB 6-3 210 Fr. Erie, Pa. McDowell

 

Signed With Youngstown State During NLI Signing Day

Joe Blahovec

6-2 | 190 | Defensive Back
Greensburg, Pa.
Greensburg Central Catholic High School

High School: Played wide receiver, defensive back, linebacker and was a kick returner...as a junior, had 21 catches for 222 yards and three touchdowns...also intercepted three pa$$es and was a kick returner...coach was Marko Thomas.


Ezekiel Blake

6-3 | 185 | Defensive Back
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Wellington High School/Independence CC

INDY CC: Was a member of the program in 2021.
 
High School: Was a standout defensive back at Wellington. 

Max Blanc

6-5 | 205 | Quarterback
Bethel Park, Pa.
Bethel Park High School

High School: As a senior threw for 1,348 yards on 97 completions and had 11 touchdowns...was a second-team Cla$$ 5A Allegheny Six All-Conference selection...as a junior, completed 49-of-92 pa$$es for 436 yards and two touchdowns...coach was Brian DeLallo... plays basketball and throws the javelin. 


Michael Boyd Jr.

6-3 | 280 | Defensive Lineman
Sylvania, Ga.
Screven County High School

High School: Was a standout on the defensive line at Screven County...played defensive tackle and defensive end...Cla$$ 1A Public All Region 3 selection...had more than 100 tackles in high school career.


Beau Brungard

6-0 | 200 | Quarterback
New Middletown, Ohio
Springfield Local High School

High School: Division VI All-Ohio Offensive Player of the Year...first-team Division VI All-Ohio selection...Division All-Northeast Inland District Offensive Player of the Year...as a senior, completed 112-of-159 pa$$ing attempts for 1,779 with 22 touchdowns...rushed 147 times for 1,754 yards and had 32 touchdowns...had six 100-yard rushing games...had three rushes of 80 yards or more, with a long of 88...also credited with 72 total tackles...Springfield was 13-2 losing to eventual state champion Carey in the semifinals...as a junior, completed 130-of-189 pa$$es for 1,948 yards and 19 touchdowns in 12 games...had 1,035 yards rushing on 105 carries and scored 23 touchdowns...also had 41 tackles...guided Springfield to the state championship game where it lost a tough 38-35 decision to Coldwater...as a sophomore, completed 139-of-210 pa$$es for 2,245 yards and 27 touchdowns in 14 games...rushed for 1,024 yards on 122 carries and had 18 touchdowns...as a starting quarterback posted an 38-4 record...coach was Sean Guerriero....father Mark was a quarterback at YSU from 1992-95 and helped lead the Penguins to two National Championships.


Nate Damron

6-4 | 240 | Tight End
Elyria, Ohio
Elyria Cathloic High School/Independence CC

INDY CC: In lone season with the program, had seven receptions for 69 yards and three touchdowns...Pirates finished the year with an 8-2 record...coach was Jason Martin.
 
HIGH SCHOOL: Was a standout two-way player at Elyria Catholic...as a senior, had 109 tackles, including 64 solo stops, and 10.5 sacks...had seven rushing touchdowns and 497 yards on 62 carries...caught 14 pa$$es for 207 yards and a score...as a junior, had 86 tackles and 8.5 sacks.

Dylan Dominguez

5-11 | 190 | Defensive Back
North Lima, Ohio
South Range High School

High School: First-Team Division V All-Ohio selection...NE8 Conference Player of the Year...Raiders finished the season 13-1...in 2020 was a second-team All-Ohio Division V honoree...in 2019 was a Special Mention All-Ohio Division V pick.


Nehemiah Dukes

6-2 | 270 | Defensive Lineman
Douglasville, Ga.
Alexander High School

High School: Standout defensive lineman at Alexander...coach was Olten Downs.


Keon Freeman

6-0 | 230 | Defensive Lineman
Whitehall, Ohio
Whitehall-Yearling High School/Monroe College

Charleston: In 2021, led the team with 85 total tackles, including 48 solo stops...credited with 13 TFLs and four sacks...had 16 tackles against Glenville State... Mountain East Conference first-team selection...in 2019, finished the season with 26 tackles (16 solo), 6.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks and two pa$$ breakups... posted eight tackles in each game against Concord and West Liberty.
 
High School: First-team Division II All-Ohio selection in 2018 as a defensive lineman...as a junior, was a second-team All-Ohio pick.

Andrew Hardin

6-2 | 200 | Defensive Back
Woodbridge, Va.
Woodbridge H.S./Monroe College

Monroe: Had 36 total tackles, including 16 solo stops...intercepted three pa$$es and had four pa$$ breakups in 2021.
 
High School: Helped Woodbridge tie the school record for wins with 12 in 2017...played wide receiver and defensive back.

Chephus Harris III

5-9 | 195 | Running Back
Clinton Township, Mich.
Chippewa Valley High School

High School: Three-star prospect by 247sports...first-team all-state...was a finalist for Mr. Football in Michigan...first-team All-Macomb County selection...named to the Detroit News Dream Team in 2021...rushed for 1,985 on 212 carries and scored 27 touchdowns...caught 26 pa$$es for 548 yards and eight scores...also had 383 yards on kickoff returns...tied the school record for rushing yards in a game with 300 in a 28-21 victory over Eisenhower...coach was Scott Merchant.


Tico Jones Jr.

6-3 | 255 | Defensive Lineman
Lakewood, Ohio
Lakewood High School

High School: Two-star prospect by 247sports...first-team All-Ohio Division II selection as a defensive lineman...Division II Northeast Lakes District Defensive Player of the Year...named the Great Lakes Conference Lineman of the Year...was a first-team all-conference and all-district selection...team captain.


Van Keen

6-3 | 305 | Offensive Lineman
Stow, Ohio
Stow High School

High School: Third-team Division I All-Ohio honoree...first-team All Northeast Inland Division I selection...first-team All-Suburban League National Division selection...helped Stow win the Conference title in 2021...Bulldogs finished the year 9-3...Coach was Tom Phillips.


Shane Keenan

6-5 | 275 | Offensive Lineman
Toronto, Ohio
Toronto High School

High School: Division VII first-team All-East District...had 44 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three pa$$ deflections and a 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown during the regular season...on offense, hauled in 22 pa$$es for 395 yards and three touchdowns, rushing for another 244 yards and four scores...also handled kickoffs and placement kicks and punts...averaged 44.7 yards per punt and made 15 PATs...was a second-team All-Ohio selection as a junior in 2020... coach was Josh Franke.


Jack Kenneally

6-6 | 210 | Wide Receiver
Elyria, Ohio
Elyria Catholic High School

High School: Two-star prospect by 247sports...Second-team Division V All-Ohio selection...first-team Northeast Lakes District and Great Lakes Conference selection...caught 50 pa$$es for 904 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior...  as a junior, had 13 catches for 258 yards - 19.8 yards per catch - and a pair of touchdowns in five games... also had 11 tackles and four pa$$ breakups as a defensive back..spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Holy Name before transferring to Elyria Catholic...first-team Great Lakes Conference and first-team Lorain County pick as a basketball player.


Easton Korody

6-4 | 280 | Offensive Lineman
Carey, Ohio
Carey High School

High School: First-Team Division VI All-Ohio selection...Division VI All-Northwest District Lineman of the Year...first-team all-district and two-time first-team All-Northern 10 Athletic Conference pick...Blue Devils won the Ohio Division State Championship in 2021 beating Coldwater 26-14...Carey won 15 straight games, all by double figures...was the school's first state title since 1975...coach was Jon Mershman.


Desmeal Leigh

6-7 | 260 | Offensive Lineman
Kent, Ohio
Roosevelt High School

High School: Honorable-Mention Division II All-Northeast Inland District pick...is also a standout basketball player.


Alex McDonald

6-4 | 245 | Tight End
Chardon, Ohio
Chardon High School

High School: Second-team Division III All-Ohio selection...two-way starter as a tight end and defensive end...earned second-team All-Ohio honors twice...Chardon beat Hamilton Badin in the Division III state championship game, 21-14, to earn its second straight title...the Hilltoppers were the first team in OHSAA football history to go 16-0 in a season...won final 28 games as a member of the team...had 33 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks for the Chardon defense...was a team captain...coach was Mitch Hewitt...state-caliber wrestler.


Jasiah Medley

5-11 | 190 | Defensive Back
Piqua, Ohio
Piqua High School

High School: First-team All-Ohio Division II selection...named the Division II Offensive Player of the Year in the Southwest District...named the Miami Valley League Offensive Player of the Year...first-team all-district pick..rushed for 1,769 yards on 12.9 yards per carry and scored 33 touchdowns in the regular season...finished with 1,992 yards and 35 touchdowns...also had 42 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception...Indians won consecutive conference championships...coach was Bill Nees.


Jordan Rudolph

5-11 | 160 | Defensive Back
Lewis Center, Ohio
Oletangy Orange High School

High School: Second-team All-OCC selection as a senior...two-way player as a defensive back and wide receiver...credited with eight pa$$ breakups and had three touchdown receptions...as a junior, had 22 catches for 384 yards and three touchdowns as a wide receiver...at defensive back, the second-team all-league performer had 24 tackles and eight pa$$ break-ups...coach was Zebb Schroeder...also competes in track and field in jumps and sprints.


Colt Sechrest

6-4 | 220 | Tight End
Bellaire, Ohio
Bellaire High School

High School: First-team Division V All-Ohio selection as a linebacker...had 345 yards rushing and scored seven touchdowns...had19 receptions for 360 Yards and five TDs...on defense, had 96 tackles, 88 solo stops, 11 TFLs with five Interception returns for 137 yards,including two TDs...competes in track and field throwing the discus...was the Division II runner-up last year in the event.


Nathanael Sulka

6-4 | 195 | Linebacker
Chardon, Ohio
Chardon High School

High School: Three-star prospect by 247sports...two-star prospect by Rivals.com...first-team Division III All-Ohio selection...Chardon beat Hamilton Badin in the Division III state championship game, 21-14, to earn its second straight title...the Hilltoppers were the first team in OHSAA football history to go 16-0 in a season...first-team All-Ohio defensive back as a junior...won final 28 games as a member of the team inclduing two state championships...coach was Mitch Hewitt.


Michael Wells

6-3 | 220 | Linebacker
New Castle, Pa.
New Castle High School

High School: Helped lead New Castle to its first playoff win since 2016...played linebacker and wide receiver as a senior...saw time at quarterback during career...coach was Joe Cowart...also a standout basketball player...was a third-team all-state selection last year.


Bryce Wood

6-3 | 210 | Linebacker
Erie, Pa.
McDowell High School

High School: District 10 Region 6 first-team All-Star as a tight end and linebacker...also a standout wrestler.


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YSU Penguin Athletics / McLaughlin Earns All-American Honors
« on: December 15, 2021, 08:29:15 AM »
Youngstown State TB Jaleel McLaughlin was named third-team The a$$ociated Press and HERO Sports' FCS All-America the services announced on Tuesday.

A first-team All-MVFC selection this year, McLaughlin was one of two MVFC running backs to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in the fall and he did it in 10 games. He rushed for 1,139 total yards on the season averaging 113.9 yards per contest. In MVFC games, he had 893 yards on 133 carries, an average of 107.9 yards per contest while scoring 10 touchdowns on the season in league games. Overall he scored 12 touchdowns on 175 carries. He also had scores in six games.

On six occasions he rushed for more than 122 yards in a game. He had a season-best 242 yards on 29 attempts and scored two touchdowns in a season-opening win over eventual-playoff qualifier UIW. He had season highs of three touchdowns against Western Illinois and Southern Illinois. In the season finale against the Salukis he had 185 yards on 25 carries.

In his collegiate career, he has rushed for 6,578 yards which ranks him 14th in the NCAA history. He was a second-team All-MVFC pick following the spring season.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Four Penguins Earn MVFC All-Academic Honors
« on: December 15, 2021, 08:26:58 AM »
The Youngstown State football team had four student-athletes named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference's All-Academic team, the conference announced on Tuesday.

Senior linebacker Grant Dixon was a first-team selection while PK Colt McFadden and TB Christian Turner were second-team recipients and DT Vinny Gentile was tabbed Honorable Mention. It marks the first time since the 2012 season that the Penguins had four student-athletes earn Academic All-League laurels.

Dixon is the first Penguin to earn first-team accolades since Kyle Hegedus and Joe Alessi in 2019. Dixon was named first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District earlier this year. He led the Penguins with 67 total tackles, including 40 solo stops while being the team's leading tackler by 16 tackles. Dixon was an Honorable-Mention All-MVFC pick in the fall after earning first-team honors in the spring.

McFadden showed strong accuracy throughout the season making 8-of-9 field goals and 29-of-30 PAT attempts. His lone miss was a 56-yard try at UNI that had the distance, but was just wide. McFadden was an Honorable-Mention All-MVFC pick in the fall. Turner played in 49 games in his YSU career rushing for 1,206 yards on 267 carries and scored eight touchdowns. He also caught 84 pa$$es for 657 yards and five scores. He was a two-time Campbell Trophy semifinalist and first-team CoSIDA All-Academic All-District honoree in the spring.

Gentile played in all 10 games, making eight starts on the defensive line in the fall. Gentile was a second-team All-MVFC academic selection in the spring.

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Cohill averaged 19 points and 6.5 rebounds as the Penguins picked up a pair of impressive home wins during the week. He scored 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the two games and was a plus-32 on the court. He was 15-of-25 from the field (60 percent), 3-of-4 on 3-point attempts (75 percent) and was 5-of-5 on free-throw attempts.
 
In an 84-77 win over Central Michigan, he scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting in the contest and was plus-nine while on the court. It was YSU's first win over a MAC program since November 2016. In a big 71-43 victory over Canisius, he had his first career double-double scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in only 19 minutes. He was 7-of-11 from the field against the Golden Griffins and YSU was plus-22 in scoring during his 19 minutes. It was YSU's first win over Canisius in school history after dropping the first six contests. It was the fewest points scored by an opponent against Youngstown State since Fredonia State had 35 on Dec. 6, 2011 and the least against a Division I program since January 2000.
 
The Penguins return to action on Saturday when they take a four-game winning streak into a home contest against Westminster. Tipoff at the Beeghly Center is set for Noon.

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Long-time successful College Football Head Coach Mark Dantonio, and his wife Becky, have made a gift to support the students and football program at Youngstown State University.

The Dantonio Family has donated $100,000 to the University to a$$ist the enhancement of the Penguins Football program and the state-of-the-art Don Constanini Multimedia Center.
In recognition of their generosity, the annual Graduate a$$istant position within the football program will be designated The Mark and Becky Dantonio Graduate a$$istant. Additionally, the Home Coaches booth in the Constantini Center will be named The Mark and Becky Dantonio Coaches Booth.

"The impact that Becky and Mark have had on many lives, whether its been student-athletes, coaches, support staff and even their local communities is something that has made a big difference," President Jim Tressel said. "We are very appreciative of their donation and that they see the continued potential of Youngstown State University."

Dantonio was an a$$istant coach at Youngstown State from 1986-90. He served as the Defensive Coordinator in 1990 for the Penguins and coached the secondary for all five years with Tressel. In 1990, YSU posted the only unbeaten, untied regular-season in school history.

"What this University has done for Becky and myself has been amazing," Dantonio said. "The relationship I was able to establish with Coach Tressel has been life-changing. The opportunity he gave me back in 1986 helped lay the foundation for the tremendous coaching journey I was able to experience. This donation can help with the continued growth of YSU and its successful football program."

Dantonio spent 13 seasons as the Head Football Coach at Michigan State University, retiring from the program in February 2020. He finished his career with a record of 114-57 in East Lansing. During his time at the helm of the Spartans program, Dantonio compiled an impressive list of accomplishments including three Big Ten Championships, two victories in the Big Ten Championship Game, victories in the 2014 Rose Bowl and the 2015 Cotton Bowl, and an appearance in the 2015 College Football Playoff, finishing his career as the winningest football coach in Michigan State history.

Beyond his record for most victories at MSU, Dantonio won more Big Ten Championships (three) and bowl games (six) than any other coach in school history, while also ranking first with 12 bowl appearances. His .639 (69-39) winning percentage in Big Ten games is a school record, while he stands tied for first in AP Top 25 finishes (seven) and second in Big Ten wins (69), home wins (67) and AP Top 25 wins (21). A two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2010, 2013), Dantonio led Michigan State to Top 25 finishes seven times.

A Zanesville, Ohio, native with Midwest ties, Dantonio spent 40 years in collegiate coaching, including 19 seasons as a head coach – 16 at Michigan State and three at Cincinnati (2004-06). In 16 overall seasons, he had a career coaching record of 132-74.

After leaving YSU he served as an a$$istant at Kansas, Michigan and Ohio State. He was reunited with Tressel at OSU where Dantonio was the Defensive Coordinator from 2001-03. In 2002, the Buckeyes won its first National Championship since 1968.

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The YSU Athletics Department is proud to announce a six-member 2021 Hall of Fame Cla$$. The group will be honored on Saturday, Jan. 29.

The 2021 honorees include former Women's Golf Coach Roseann Schwartz, women's golfers Samantha Formeck and Katie Rogner, men's golfer Ryan Stocke, track and field standout Alisha Anthony and baseball player John Koehnlein.

Schwartz was the first coach in the history of the women's golf program helping create the team in 1996. She served as the Penguins' head coach until 2013 after guiding the Penguins to Horizon League Championships in 2003 and 2009. YSU also had six second-place finishes and five third-place finishes in the Horizon League and Mid-Continent Conference under Schwartz's guidance. Only twice from 1998 through 2013 did the Penguins fail to finish in the top three at the league meet.

Formeck and Rogner helped set the standard for the women's golf program during their careers. Both won Horizon League Championships and were named YSU Female Athletes of the Year.

Formeck won the league meet in 2009, finished second in 2011 and was third in 2010. She was named the Horizon League's Golfer of the Year in 2009 and 2010. In her three years, she claimed six tournament titles overall. She was a model of consistency throughout her career. In 28 career tournaments, she won six times, placed second on five occasions and had 23 top 10 finishes. In 63 rounds played, she set the school record averaging 78.3 strokes per 18 holes.

Rogner won the Horizon League title in 2008, was fourth in 2011 and fifth in 2010. As a freshman in 2008 she was named the HL's Golfer and Newcomer of the Year. In 87 rounds played, she averaged 79.4 per round, which was the second-best total in school history upon the conclusion of her career. The 87 career rounds were also a school mark at the time. She had five tournament victories while at YSU.

Stocke is the only men's golfer to win a Horizon League title placing first at the event in April 2010. He is the school record holder for most rounds played (128) and still ranks second for career average (74.8 strokes per round). He was a two-time first-team all-league selection during his career.

Anthony was a two-time NCAA East Regional qualifier in the long jump (2010 and 2011). She won three straight Horizon League Indoor long jump crowns from 2007-09. At the outdoor meet, she won the triple jump in 2008 and 2009 and took home the long jump title in 2011. She was named the Outstanding Field Performer at the 2009 Horizon League Indoor Championships.

Koehnlein was one of the top producing hitters in the baseball program's history. He still ranks third in school history with a .376 batting average with 245 career hits. His hit total ranks fifth in program history. He is also seventh in runs scored with 130. Koehnlein was a All-Horizon League first-team selection in 2007 and was named to the second team in 2006. In 2007, he had a school-record .434 batting average with school bests 108 hits in 249 at bats.

For more information on the 2021 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony contact Rebecca Fink at rjfink01@ysu.edu

2021 YSU Athletics Hall of Fame Cla$$

Roseann Schwartz (Former women's golf coach) – Contributor
Ryan Stocke – Men's Golf
Samantha Formeck – Women's Golf
Kate Rogner – Women's Golf
Alisha Anthony – Women's Track and Field
John Koehnlein – Baseball

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Missouri Valley Football Announces Specialty Honors
« on: November 26, 2021, 11:55:20 AM »
Missouri State QB Jason Shelley has been named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year and the league's Newcomer of the Year; UNI's Jared Brinkman has been tabbed the league's Defensive Player of the Year; Youngstown State's QB Demeatric Crenshaw is the conference Freshman of the Year; and coach Matt Entz has been tabbed the MVFC Coach of the Year.

    Full All-Conference Team announced Monday, Nov. 29
    Full All-Newcomer Team announced Tuesday, Nov. 30

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  QB Jason Shelley, Missouri State
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  DL Jared Brinkman, UNI
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:  QB Jason Shelley, Missouri State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:  QB Demeatric Crenshaw, Youngstown State
‘BRUCE CRADDOCK’ VALLEY FOOTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR:  Matt Entz, North Dakota State

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  QB Jason Shelley, Missouri State
#3 QB Jason Shelley, 5-11, 197, RJr., Missouri State, Frisco (Texas) Lone Star High, Utah St.
Walter Payton Award Finalist … Two-time MVFC Offensive Player of the Week … Three-time MVFC Newcomer of the Week … STATS FCS National Player of the Week honorable mention (11/15/21) … Valley leader in total offense (310.3), yards per pa$$ attempt (8.57) and points responsible for (176) … Shattered Missouri State single-season pa$$ing yardage (3,068) and total offense (3,417) records … Only Missouri State quarterback in program history to throw for 200 yards or more in his first 11 career games … Engineered four game-winning drives in the fourth quarter Ranked 10th in the nation in total offense … Transfer from Utah State.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:  QB Jason Shelley, Missouri State
#44 DL Jared Brinkman, UNI, 6-2, 290 pounds, Sr., Iowa City (Iowa) Regina High
Leads team in tackles for losses with 13 for 47 yards ... notched 7 sacks for a loss of 34 yards ... has 1 forced fumble and recovered 1 fumble ... leads in tackling with 67 total on the season ... has 21 solo tackles and a$$isted on 46 more ... Buck Buchanan Award Preseason Watch List ... Stats Perform Preseason All-American ... Athlon Preseason All-American ... Phil Steele Preseason DPOTY ... MVFC First Team preseason honors.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:  QB Demeatric Crenshaw, Youngstown State
#10 QB Demeatric Crenshaw, Youngstown State, 6-1, 215, RFr., Pickerington, Ohio (Central)
Crenshaw started nine games for the Penguins as a redshirt freshman…he completed 97-of-156 pa$$es for 791 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 599 yards on 132 carries and scored seven times…in MVFC games, was 78-of-121 (64.5 percent) for 598 yards and five TDs and rushed for 449 yards on 94 attempts and had four scores…had 195 yards rushing against Missouri State and 134 against Western Illinois…had a season-high 198 yards pa$$ing at UNI…had two pa$$ing TDs against Southern Illinois and MSU…was named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List.

‘BRUCE CRADDOCK’ VALLEY FOOTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR:  Matt Entz, North Dakota State
Matt Entz, NDSU, 3rd Season
Led the Bison to their second outright league title in three years as head coach with a 10-1 overall record and 7-1 in the league...Earned a No. 2 national seed for the FCS playoffs...NDSU is making its 12th straight postseason appearance...Team ranks No. 1 in FCS scoring defense (12.1) and leads the league in 13 categories including total defense (262.3), pa$$ing yards allowed (177.2), red zone defense (.684), third down defense (.265), sacks per game (3.64) and rushing offense (271.8)...Highest ranked FCS team in the Sagarin ratings (55)...Has a 33-4 record as head coach, 20-3 in the league...Two-time AFCA Regional Coach of the Year.

LEADING VOTE GETTERS IN EACH CATEGORY
A panel of coaches, sports information and media determined the teams.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Name    School    Points
Jason Shelley    MSU    148
Pierre Strong    SDSU    135
Nic Baker    SIU    30
 
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Name    School    Points
Jared Brinkman    UNI    129
Brayden Thomas    NDSU    60
Montrae Braswell    MSU    53
Jack Cochrane    USD    51
 
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Name    School    Points
Demeatric Crenshaw    YSU    123
Cole Mueller    ILS    96
Nick Gaes    USD    61
 
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Name    School    Points
Jason Shelley    MSU    172
Chris Oladokun    SDSU    108
Darius Joiner    WIU    43
 
COACH OF THE YEAR
Name    School    Points
Matt Entz    NDSU    124
Bobby Petrino    MSU    115
Bob Nielson    USD    87

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This week's Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week is Youngstown State's Jordan Velez.

OG Jordan Velez, Senior, 6-4, 305, Kenilworth, N.J. (St. Joesph Regional)
Velez didn't start but came on during first quarter and played a big part in the Penguins' 35-18 win over Southern Illinois. Playing in his final game at YSU, he came in to play on the second series at left guard and played the remainder of the contest. The Penguins had 268 yards rushing on 53 carries against the Salukis while tailback Jaleel McLaughlin rushed for 185 yards and three scores, two of which were 30-yards plus that were set up by Velez blocks.

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Cape Girardeau, Mo. - The Youngstown State men's basketball team outscored Southeast Missouri by 20 points in a second half surge that led to a 97-79 Penguins victory at the Show Me Center on Saturday.

After trailing by two points at halftime, YSU outscored the Redhawks 60-40 to pick up its first win of the season and first-ever win by the program in the state of Missouri. Both the Guins and SEMO are 1-1 through two games early in the season.

Tevin Olison was one of five Penguins to reach double figures scoring 27 points. Olison scored the game's first nine points and had 14 in the half. Garrett Covington finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Michael Akuchie added 16 points, Shemar Rathan-Mayes had 15 and Dwayne Cohill contributed 10.

YSU jumped out to an 11-0 lead as Olison scored the first nine points and Jamir Thomas added a layup. SEMO answered with a 15-4 run tying the contest on a pair of free throws by Eric Reed Jr. at the 11:27 mark of the half.

YSU's biggest lead the remainder of the first half was 29-25 with 5:29 left before the Penguins found themselves down 37-32 with 2:27 left in the half before getting within 39-37 at the break.

The final 14 minutes was all Penguins.

Six minutes into the frame, Cohill drained a 3-pointer to make the score 54-51. Reed split a pair of free throws to make the contest 54-52 with 13:16 remaining. Over the next 3:19 YSU went on a 15-0 run to seize control of the contest. During the run, SEMO missed six consecutive shots while Olison and Covington combined for 10 points. A Chris Harris basket stopped the run, but the Guins scored the next eight points to go on a 23-2 spurt. Covington had six of the eight during that run.

YSU's largest lead of the game came at 84-60 with 5:34 left.

YSU outrebounded SEMO 43-33 and committed just seven turnovers. The Penguins made 28-of-36 free-throw attempts (77.8 percent) and from the field made 31-of-63 attempts (49.2 percent). Southeast Missouri had four players score in double figures. The Redhawks shot 40.4 percent from the field making 23-of-57 attempts.

The Penguins play their home opener on Friday when they play host to St. Thomas (Minn.) on Friday at the Beeghly Center. Tipoff for the opening contest of the The YSU/J. Arnold Wealth Management Company Basketball Tournament.

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Youngstown State redshirt freshman Demeatric Crenshaw is one of 22 players named on Wednesday to the watch list for the 2021 Stats Perform FCS Jerry Rice Award, which is presented to the national freshman of the year in college football's Division I subdivision.

The Rice Award, now in its 11th season, is named for the legendary Hall of Fame wide receiver. Past recipients include Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington), Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (Fordham) and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (North Dakota State).

He is one of five quarterbacks on the list as the season enters the final four weeks of the regular season.

This year, Crenshaw has started six games, throwing for 569 yards on 68-of-116 attempts and rushing for 501 yards on 94 carries and has scored six touchdowns.

To be eligible for the Rice Award, a freshman can't have surpa$$ed four games played in one previous academic year – similar to the NCAA's regular redshirt rule. More players can join the watch list before a 50-member, national media panel selects the winner following the regular season.


Joining the Jerry Rice Award Watch List:

Quarterback
Demeatric Crenshaw, Youngstown State (MVFC)
Zevi Eckhaus, Bryant (NEC)
RJ Martinez, Northern Arizona (Big Sky)
Shedeur Sanders, Jackson State (SWAC)

Running Back
Elijah Burris, Hampton (Big South)
Kobe Dillon, Southern (SWAC)
Darius Hale, Central Arkansas (ASUN)
Sy’Veon Wilkerson, Delaware State (MEAC)

Wide Receiver
Nate Bennett, Portland State (Big Sky)
Jacari Carter, Merrimack (NEC)
Drae McCray, Austin Peay (OVC)         
Jalyn Witcher, Presbyterian (Pioneer)

Defensive Line
Thor Griffith, Harvard (Ivy)
Josiah Silver, New Hampshire (CAA)

Linebacker
James Conway, Fordham (Patriot)
Rodney Dansby, Houston Baptist (Southland)
Tyler King, Stony Brook (CAA)
Bryce Norman, Southeast Missouri (OVC)

Defensive Back
Marsean Fisher, Tarleton (WAC)
Andreas Keaton, Western Carolina (Southern)
Dominick Poole, The Citadel (Southern)

Place-kicker

Blake Gessner, Montana State (Big Sky)

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Season tickets
« on: June 15, 2021, 05:01:19 PM »
Season ticket forms came and are already completed with a zero dollars due!! Nice. For all of those that let them keep the money 2-years ago, it looks like they still need to be mailed in.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Penguins Reach 30 Wins
« on: May 22, 2021, 11:07:42 AM »
The Youngstown State baseball team has reached 30 wins for just the second time in program history after a 3-2 victory over Milwaukee in the series opener on Friday at Eastwood Field.

Youngstown State won its fifth straight game to improve to 30-21 overall, 22-15 in Horizon League play and 17-3 at Eastwood Field. Milwaukee falls 19-29 overall and 16-21 in league action. The Penguins have reached the 30-win plateau for the first time since going 37-17 in 1995. YSU has also won 17 home games for the second time in program history and for the first time since 1977.

The Penguins scored single runs in the first and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead before Milwaukee scored once in the fifth to pull within a run. YSU got the run back in the home half of the fifth to take a 3-1 advantage before Milwaukee scored once in the ninth to produce the final margin.

YSU starter Collin Floyd allowed one run on five hits and had seven strikeouts over five innings to earn his ninth victory of the season. With nine wins on the season, Floyd has tied the single-season school record that was set by Joe Herubin in 1989. With his second strikeout of the game in the top of the second inning, Floyd became just the third player in school history to record 100 strikeouts in a season. He is the first Penguin since Phil Klein in 2011 to reach 100 strikeouts in a campaign.

After allowing a leadoff single in the first inning, the senior left-hander retired the next six batters he faced as he retired the side in order in the second. The Akron, Ohio, native recorded a strikeout in each of the five innings he was on the mound, and he had multiple punch outs in two different frames.

Colin Clark allowed one run on three hits and struck out a pair over four innings of relief to earn his first save of the season. The senior southpaw retired the first eight batters he faced as he retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh innings.

Jeff Wehler went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and was a home run shy of the cycle while Blaze Glenn went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

The Penguins jumped out to an early lead with one run on one hit in the bottom of the first inning. Wehler hit a leadoff double, advanced to third on fly out by Phillip Gla$$er and scored on a balk.

YSU pushed its lead to 2-0 with one run on three hits and an error in the home half of the fourth inning. Glenn hit a leadoff single, advanced to second on a walk by Turner Grau and scored on an error following an infield single by Padraig O'Shaughnessy.

Milwaukee cut YSU's lead in half in the top of the fifth when Jack Cavanaugh led off the inning with a solo home run to left field.

The Penguins increased their advantage to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Wehler hit a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly from Gla$$er.

The Panthers scored the final run of the game in the top of the ninth when Jack Kraus led off the inning with a solo home run to center field.

Milwaukee starter Riley Frey took the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out four batters over eight innings.

Six different Panthers recorded a hit in the contest as Milwaukee outhit YSU 8-7. Luke Seidel and Cavanaugh each had two hits to pace the Panthers offensively.

The Penguins and Panthers will continue their four-game Horizon League series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Live audio will be available at YSNLive.com.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Baseball
« on: May 01, 2021, 09:06:06 AM »
I am happy about baseball this season. First 20-game win season in a long time. When they were swept at Wright State, I just figured a typical season, but they then won the home series against WSU 3-1

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Youngstown State head women's golf coach Nate Miklos has been named the Horizon League Coach of the Year, the league office announced on Friday.

This is the fourth time in his career, and the third time during his tenure at YSU that Miklos has earned recognition from the league. He was previously named the Horizon League Co-Coach of the Year while at Loyola in 2004 and in 2017 during his fourth season with the Penguins. He was also named Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2019 during his sixth season at YSU.

"I am extremely fortunate to have two incredible a$$istants in Ann and Heidi, who both had a huge impact on the team this season," said Miklos. We would not have had the season we did without the two of them."

In his eighth season in Youngstown, Miklos has led the Penguins to a school record-tying five tournament wins including a victory at the Horizon League Championships on Tuesday. YSU earned its fourth league crown in program history with a league-record three-round team total of 893. The Penguins shattered the previous league 54-hole scoring record by an impressive 27 strokes. Katlyn Shutt earned medalist honors with a school and league-record three-round score of 208 (67-73-68) to become just the third player in Horizon League history to win the event multiple times. She set the league single-round scoring record with a five-under-par 67 in the first round. Puthita Khuanrudee finished third with a three-round 221 (75-74-72) to join Shutt on the Horizon League All-Tournament Team.

Miklos has now led Youngstown State to two Horizon League Championships; the Penguins also won the league title under his direction in 2015. By virtue of its league title, YSU earned a berth in the NCAA Regionals for the second time in program history. The Penguins will compete at the NCAA Columbus Regional at The Ohio University Golf Club's Scarlet Course on May 10-12.

Youngstown State began the 2020-21 season with a 309-311 dual victory over Charleston Southern on Feb. 20. The Penguins then earned a 12-stroke victory at the Nevel Meade Collegiate on March 22-23 with a three-round team total of 891. The performance ranks as the second-lowest 54-hole score in program history. YSU earned its third win of the season with a 308-362 dual victory over St. Francis (Pa.) on March 27. The Penguins' fourth win was a 302-305 dual victory over Cleveland State on April 17. YSU's five tournament wins match the single-season school record; the Penguins also won five events in 1997-98 and 1999-00.

Miklos helped Shutt and Khuanrudee earn First-Team All-Horizon League honors in 2020-21. In addition, Shutt was named Horizon League Golfer of the Year. She becomes the fifth golfer in school history, and the second coached by Miklos, to be named Horizon League Golfer of the Year. Miklos also coached Emily Dixon to Golfer-of-the-Year honors in 2016. This season marks the third time under Miklos that YSU has had multiple all-league honorees. Miklos has now had a player earn First-Team All-Horizon League honors in each of the seven seasons during his tenure that postseason league honors have been handed out.

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