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YSU Penguin Athletics / Other Sports
« on: April 26, 2021, 10:45:13 AM »
Not much on here about the minor sports at YSU, some of which are doing from respectable to very good.  I follow baseball, softball, track, bowling, and golf mostly.  In the past many time these sports were at the bottom of the standings year after year.  Now it seems only volleyball is on hard times.   Bowling just competed in the final four of D1 bowling. Softball is in first place and on the verge of hosting the league championship tournament. Baseball is in 3rd place and is the only team to beat first place Wright State, 3 times in 8 games against them.  Top 4 teams make the tournament. Track and field are perennial champs in that area with Brian Gorby doing an outstanding job for many years.  Women's golf is very competitive and Men's golf is respectable.  They are currently in the league tournament and the women's team is in 1st place. So overall I think the minor sports are competitive and not an embarra$$ment like many years in the past. Of all the bashing on this site of Ron Strollo and his management, I think he has done a great job in all sports given the limited recourses we have compared to the competition. In all cases our competition does not sponsor football at the FCS full scholarship level and in most cases are in markets much larger than ours and many more business that are successful and can donate to college sports teams and facilities. Think about raising money for an update of our basketball facilities in Youngstown compared to Cleveland, Detroit, Dayton, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, or Chicago. That is what we are up against. We need to be good to accomplish what we have in that environment.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Wright State
« on: January 05, 2021, 06:48:20 PM »
Big weekend coming.  On national TV on Friday, ESPN2.  Naz will be fine as will Q and Mays. The rest I worry about. We need some mid range production, not just 3's and try's at layups. Our full court pressure needs to be limited or they we kill us with easy baskets. And David and Garret need to be productive for us to have a chance.  The new guys sure have a chance to step up, namely Vargo, Dunn, Hunter, and Traore. Dunn and Traore seem to be tall enough for an inside presence, but Dunn needs to bulk up some to survive inside and Traore probably needs some practice / playing time to get ready. Even David A could be more effective inside and help so much, but he likes to shoot 3's and that is not his game at this time. Unfortunately none of the redshirt freshman seem to be ready to contribute. I am not totally sure who the redshirt freshman are, Ogoro for sure and maybe Ganley.

We need to start fast to have a chance I think.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU Softball
« on: March 05, 2020, 10:33:05 AM »
I see that Addy Jarvis who pitched for us last year as a freshman and did very well is now on the University of Illinois team.  A somewhat local player from Matthews High School.  Any input on how this happened?  I see she has pitched in 8 or so games this year so I guess she isn't sitting out a year due to the transfer.

Pitching is the name of the game in baseball, but even more so in Softball.  Big loss for our season.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Women's BKB
« on: January 18, 2020, 04:47:28 PM »
Women win again today at Detroit.  I know Detroit is struggling, but it is a win without some of our top players. Jen got hurt in the 3rd quarter, our last taller player.  Hope she and McKenzie can be back for the weekend's games.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / WBB vs Eastern Kentucky
« on: December 03, 2019, 10:02:55 PM »
Watched the game tonight on ESPN+.  Down by 15 in the first half and come back to win by 10 or so.  Great comeback. Lacking height for sure, but played smart and number 22 was outstanding off the bench.  She was the main reason for the spark that got us the win.  Will be difficult without an inside presence. Many easy baskets by EKU inside off rebounds etc.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Football Practice Schedule
« on: July 31, 2019, 01:38:20 PM »
Wanted to attend a practice or two.  Is there a schedule published as yet?  Also Saturdays usually had a scrimmage.  Is there one this Saturday?  Time?

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Last Game of the Season
« on: June 07, 2019, 06:39:44 PM »
Just watched our final game of the season again, Illinois State 35 - YSU 28.  Really disappointing.  The only player to stand out for us was Tevin Macaster in my mind.  I sure hope the returners from this team grow into better players for this coming year with more enthusiasm.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Baseball and Softball
« on: March 10, 2019, 10:20:40 PM »
I think Baseball is 0-13 and softball is 1-10.  Both have batting averages below 200 and many K's.  Some is against difficult southern competition, but not all.  I sure hope they have a turnaround or it will be a long season for them.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / MBB this week NKU and WSU
« on: February 19, 2019, 07:09:17 PM »
Two very tough road games for us.  Both teams have good players and big and capable inside players, and have won a lot of conference games.  We need to somehow slow down their inside game to have a chance.  I think John Sally can hopefully be the person to do it.  He doesn't fit well with man defense and the running game, but could be effective with a zone defense in my opinion. And we need Q to continue to play as strongly as he has and the team to really work on defense.  Lets hope for good games.  Who would have thought we could win 6 straight conference games?

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YSU Penguin Athletics / MBB vs Illinois Chicago
« on: February 16, 2019, 10:04:03 AM »
We are a 1 point underdog.  They have some really good guards so that will be an issue.  Last time we played them in Chicago, they really beat us badly, so this will be no easy task.  Need a strong effort and things to go our way win.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / MBB vs IUPUI
« on: February 14, 2019, 05:08:11 PM »
I see we are 1.5 point underdogs.  We can win if we keep playing like we have.  I think the emphasis on defense has really helped.  Much different than earlier in the season.  Need to have players step up tonight.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / MBB vs Milwaukee
« on: February 07, 2019, 01:26:28 PM »
I see we are a 4 point favorite. Not often we are a favorite in the league. On Mondays talk show, Coach said that John Sally would start. We beat Milwaukee last time, but 2 of their better players did not play.  A different game this time. We need to handle the winning of last week well, and continue to play hard on offence and defense every possession to have a chance to win.  Hope we can do it.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / MBB vs Oakland
« on: January 31, 2019, 01:21:09 PM »
I see we are an 8 point underdog.  Same old line, we are underdogs.  We can win, but need to have a good game out of our outside players, and get some penetration to the basket and a bit of inside play from our bigs.  Hope we can get a win to help the team with their mental game.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / MBB YSU vs UIC
« on: January 10, 2019, 04:13:41 PM »
I see we are 9.5 point underdogs. Our freshman and sophomores need to have a good game. And we need to go inside.  Hoping for the win which will show our progress this season.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Men's BKB vs Milwaukee
« on: January 05, 2019, 09:45:02 AM »
I see we are 7.5 point underdogs vs Milwaukee.  It is a winnable game I think.  I think I heard Coach Calhoun say that Naz could have played the last game except for some delay so hopefully his health is fine and he is up to playing.  We need our inside guys to step up and be a bit of a threat.  With that we have a good chance.  Can't believe that Pendersen is not productive.  I was at the Pitt game and he did well against them and seemed to have a bright future.  Not sure what happened.  Need to get the ball inside!! Hopefully Quisenberry continues his excellent play and stays out of foul trouble. I think 2 of his fouls were charges without the ball.

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