Youngstown State University Penguins
After spending the last two weekends in northern Kentucky and Cleveland State, the men's basketball program at Youngstown State is ready to ring in the new year with home-cooked food. After the trip to NCAA junior State University and the history of the program, Carlow University in Ohio, basketball will take the opportunity to get back in the game books with a home game against the Penguins on Saturday, January 1 at 7 pm ET.
The Youngstown State campus is a short drive from I-80 and is just a few miles from the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio, and the University of Akron.
YSU plays its home games at Stambaugh Stadium, nicknamed "The Icecastle," which has a capacity of about 3,000 for home games and 2,500 for away games. It was great to see the Penguins in the stadium for one of the most important games of their season. Youngstown is not a big city, but experience makes up for the price.
The number of student-athletes was not affected, but there was a silver lining for Youngstown State. Band and cheerleader began to coordinate their activities better, giving the arena experience at YSU something much - needed energy.
Youngstown State has added men's swimming and diving for the 2019-20 school year, and women's lacrosse will start in the Cleveland-based Mid-American Conference. Women's basketball, the school's most popular sport, has been named the sixth head coach in school history. Wolford's second season culminated in a 10-3 victory and a trip to the NCAA Division II championship game. YSU president Jim Tressel paid tribute to Jim, who led Ohio State's football program to a 106-22 record, a national championship, during his 10-year tenure as head coach.
Tressel, who left the university after the 2000 season and coached Ohio State, helped the Penguins to national championships in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997, as well as a trip to the NCAA Division II championship game in 2000. He led the Pittsburgh Penguins to the national championship in 1990 and to second place in 1992 and 1993.
In 2004, the baseball team won the Horizon League tournament and entered the NCAA tournament despite a loss. They defeated the number two seed Spaniard 2-1 in the first round of the national championship match in front of more than 3,000 fans in the sold-out stadium.
The Penguins shot 52.6 percent (40-76) from the field, but Carlow shot 61.5 percent, 8-13, at the foul line on the night. Wright State won the battle of the boards, grabbed a total of 34-26 rebounds and tallied all the points in the paint while outscoring the Penguins 30-10 in that suit. They outscored the Celtics 52-30 and scored 58 points from Carlson's baskets (18).
In the pre-competition season, I spent idle moments discussing the names of schools that should be included in the game. The names I considered for myself covered all the animals, birds, and things associated with the Steel City, but none seemed to fit.
The first report came from a bystander who said the team looked like the penguins, stomping on the ground and swinging their arms. I spoke to the original cheerleader, who was in the mascot costume in 1986, and she said she had just forgotten the idea that Pete was going to get married in blue.
The story of how Youngstown State adopted the penguin's nickname is true, except that the wrong date was used this time. It happened on the same day as the Penguins' first home game in 1986, which Youngtown State said was the day before.
It would be easy to say that the Youngtown State football team, one of the nation's best, is currently struggling with a 2-4-1 record in its last three games.
The team has been in NCAA Division I since 1981-82, which is also the last season that longtime coach Dom Rosselli coached the team. The team is a member of three separate conferences and competes in the NCAA Division I The men's basketball team won the conference championship in both the regular season and the conference tournament. Since joining the Horizon League in the 2001-02 season, the Penguins have competed in three different conferences at the highest level in college basketball. Before entering Division II, they competed under the American Athletics Conference (AAC) for three seasons and competed as part of the Big East Conference for two seasons before advancing to Division II, III and IV.
Wright State improved to 4-3 overall and 4-1 in the Horizon League, while Youngstown State dropped to 0-1 overall. 0-1 in HL action. The softball team earned its first conference championship in program history last season by winning four consecutive games as fifth in both the conference tournament and the 2006 NCAA Regional Softball Tournament qualifying.
The college football world is falling apart as schools across the country postpone their fall championship until next spring. Akron dropped out, Bowling Green scrapped its baseball program and the fall sports were discontinued at Ohio State, the only major school that had hope. The most notable Youngstown State alumni playing in the NFL are wide receivers Wilkins, Deion Sanders, Chris McFadden and Dez Bryant, and tight end Jordan Cameron.