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Rick Cassano

Beat reporter for Miami University athletics. Rick grew up on the west side of Hamilton, Ohio.  He spent a little over 13 months working for the Watertown Daily Times in upstate New York after graduating from Ohio University in 1986.

Latest from Rick Cassano

Prep girls basketball: Yablonsky has some rebuilding to do at MCS
 Middletown Christian School’s girls basketball fortunes have shifted a bit since last season. The Eagles were 10-13 last year, won a Division IV sectional game and nearly won another behind the high-scoring junior duo of Aubriana Bellard and Kayla Arington. Ken Yablonsky was expecting to have a Metro Buckeye Conference contender in...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Middletown Christian School’s girls basketball fortunes have shifted a bit since last season. The Eagles were 10-13 last year, won a Division IV sectional game and nearly won another behind the high-scoring junior duo of Aubriana Bellard and Kayla Arington. Ken Yablonsky was expecting to have a Metro Buckeye Conference contender in...
College Insider: Fenwick’s Catrine ends solid football career at Valpo
 Senior wide receiver Frank Catrine has finished his Valparaiso University football career with nearly 1,500 receiving yards. The Fenwick High School graduate helped the Crusaders post a 6-5 record this season, their first winning mark since 2003. They were 5-3 in the Pioneer Football League. Catrine caught 31 balls for 402 yards and a touchdown...

Posted: a day ago

Senior wide receiver Frank Catrine has finished his Valparaiso University football career with nearly 1,500 receiving yards. The Fenwick High School graduate helped the Crusaders post a 6-5 record this season, their first winning mark since 2003. They were 5-3 in the Pioneer Football League. Catrine caught 31 balls for 402 yards and a touchdown...
Prep football: Wheelersburg, a trip to Chillicothe up next for Madison
 The Division V Final Four almost matches the top of the final Associated Press regular-season football poll. Almost. Madison High School is the party crasher as the Mohawks (11-2) were unranked heading into their first playoff competition, but they’ll face third-ranked Wheelersburg (13-0) in a state semifinal at 7:30 p.m. on Friday...

Posted: a day ago

The Division V Final Four almost matches the top of the final Associated Press regular-season football poll. Almost. Madison High School is the party crasher as the Mohawks (11-2) were unranked heading into their first playoff competition, but they’ll face third-ranked Wheelersburg (13-0) in a state semifinal at 7:30 p.m. on Friday...
Prep football: Mohawks crush West Jefferson to earn spot in Final Four
 Madison High School’s inaugural postseason run became a thundering march Friday night. The Mohawks surged within two wins of the Division V state championship by clobbering West Jefferson 42-7 at Beavercreek’s Frank Zink Field, capturing the Region 20 title before another large throng of cowbell-clanging MHS fans. “It&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Madison High School’s inaugural postseason run became a thundering march Friday night. The Mohawks surged within two wins of the Division V state championship by clobbering West Jefferson 42-7 at Beavercreek’s Frank Zink Field, capturing the Region 20 title before another large throng of cowbell-clanging MHS fans. “It&rsquo...
Prep girls basketball: Badin young, experienced and aiming high
 Another season has brought more lofty expectations for Badin High School’s girls basketball team. The Rams return the majority of their roster from a 2016-17 squad that went 19-8, shared the Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division title with McNicholas and lost to Versailles in the Division III regional semifinals. Badin has moved...

Posted: 3 days ago

Another season has brought more lofty expectations for Badin High School’s girls basketball team. The Rams return the majority of their roster from a 2016-17 squad that went 19-8, shared the Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division title with McNicholas and lost to Versailles in the Division III regional semifinals. Badin has moved...
Prep girls basketball: Rossi optimistic about potential at Franklin
 John Rossi is Franklin High School’s new girls basketball coach this season, and he’s found himself in a quality situation. The Wildcats are coming off a 15-9 campaign and return most of their team, including 6-foot-1 junior guard Layne Ferrell, the Southwestern Buckeye League’s leading scorer last year. “We&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

John Rossi is Franklin High School’s new girls basketball coach this season, and he’s found himself in a quality situation. The Wildcats are coming off a 15-9 campaign and return most of their team, including 6-foot-1 junior guard Layne Ferrell, the Southwestern Buckeye League’s leading scorer last year. “We&rsquo...
Prep football: Cox Media’s Week 13 playoff coverage schedule
 Week 13 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering regional championship games Friday. Here’s our coverage schedule (all games at 7:30 p.m.) and where you can follow along for live updates on Twitter (photos and videos will be coming for selected games as well): Trotwood-Madison...

Posted: 3 days ago

Week 13 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering regional championship games Friday. Here’s our coverage schedule (all games at 7:30 p.m.) and where you can follow along for live updates on Twitter (photos and videos will be coming for selected games as well): Trotwood-Madison...
Prep football: It’s Madison vs. 12-0 West Jefferson for regional title
 Madison High School’s football team is striving to continue the march that has earned notice across Ohio. The Mohawks, the only first-time playoff qualifiers still playing this season, will meet West Jefferson for the Division V, Region 20 championship Friday night at Beavercreek. “For the kids, it’s a journey, someplace...

Posted: 4 days ago

Madison High School’s football team is striving to continue the march that has earned notice across Ohio. The Mohawks, the only first-time playoff qualifiers still playing this season, will meet West Jefferson for the Division V, Region 20 championship Friday night at Beavercreek. “For the kids, it’s a journey, someplace...
Prep football: Davis happy to contribute to Madison’s historic season
 Reid Davis has learned a few things this season, certainly a few more than he expected. The Madison High School football team has soared to historic heights with its first-ever playoff berth and two postseason victories, with the Mohawks set to meet West Jefferson for the Division V, Region 20 title Friday night at Beavercreek. Davis will...

Posted: 5 days ago

Reid Davis has learned a few things this season, certainly a few more than he expected. The Madison High School football team has soared to historic heights with its first-ever playoff berth and two postseason victories, with the Mohawks set to meet West Jefferson for the Division V, Region 20 title Friday night at Beavercreek. Davis will...
Prep football: Madison’s D-line thrives with continuity, aggressiveness
 Madison High School’s defensive line became a force when Steve Poff decided to stop playing musical chairs up front. The Mohawks were 1-2 and coming off consecutive losses to Monroe and Valley View when Poff, Madison’s fourth-year head football coach, felt it was time to pick a side for all of his linemen and leave them there...

Posted: 6 days ago

Madison High School’s defensive line became a force when Steve Poff decided to stop playing musical chairs up front. The Mohawks were 1-2 and coming off consecutive losses to Monroe and Valley View when Poff, Madison’s fourth-year head football coach, felt it was time to pick a side for all of his linemen and leave them there...
College Insider: Fairfield’s Hamblin three-peats as Horizon League’s POY
 Macy Hamblin’s collegiate soccer career has ended with another Player of the Year award from the Horizon League. The Northern Kentucky University senior forward and Fairfield High School graduate was named POY and Offensive Player of the Year for the third straight season as she tallied 10 goals and four assists this fall. Hamblin had...

Posted: 7 days ago

Macy Hamblin’s collegiate soccer career has ended with another Player of the Year award from the Horizon League. The Northern Kentucky University senior forward and Fairfield High School graduate was named POY and Offensive Player of the Year for the third straight season as she tallied 10 goals and four assists this fall. Hamblin had...