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: Icy touch dooms Falcons in loss to Oakwood
 Fenwick High School’s girls basketball team made a quiet exit from the Division II sectional tournament Saturday, and it wasn’t hard to figure out why. The Falcons shot 21 percent from the floor and misfired on all 17 of their 3-point attempts in a 52-33 first-round loss to Oakwood at Lebanon. “We’ve had games like...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Fenwick High School’s girls basketball team made a quiet exit from the Division II sectional tournament Saturday, and it wasn’t hard to figure out why. The Falcons shot 21 percent from the floor and misfired on all 17 of their 3-point attempts in a 52-33 first-round loss to Oakwood at Lebanon. “We’ve had games like...
Prep girls basketball: CJ too strong for Ross in 57-27 sectional rout
 The lead lasted for 20 seconds. And then it was gone … long gone. Ross High School’s girls basketball team was overmatched in its Division II sectional opener against Chaminade Julienne on Saturday afternoon at Lebanon, and the 57-27 score reflected that. “You dig a hole in the first eight minutes that you cannot dig out...

Posted: 19 hours ago

The lead lasted for 20 seconds. And then it was gone … long gone. Ross High School’s girls basketball team was overmatched in its Division II sectional opener against Chaminade Julienne on Saturday afternoon at Lebanon, and the 57-27 score reflected that. “You dig a hole in the first eight minutes that you cannot dig out...
Prep girls basketball: Dunbar fights off Mohawks 50-46 in sectional
 Madison High School’s bid for a piece of girls basketball history came up a little short Saturday afternoon. The Mohawks were involved in their first-ever Division II sectional game and rallied from an 11-point deficit to take the lead against Dunbar, but Madison couldn’t hold on and got ousted 50-46 at Lebanon. “I was wanting...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Madison High School’s bid for a piece of girls basketball history came up a little short Saturday afternoon. The Mohawks were involved in their first-ever Division II sectional game and rallied from an 11-point deficit to take the lead against Dunbar, but Madison couldn’t hold on and got ousted 50-46 at Lebanon. “I was wanting...
Oakwood bumps Fenwick girls from tournament trail

Posted: 23 hours ago

Fenwick High School’s girls basketball team made a quiet exit from the Division II sectional tournament Saturday, and it wasn’t hard to figure out why. The Falcons shot 21 percent from the floor and misfired on all 17 of their 3-point attempts in a 52-33 loss to Oakwood at Lebanon. “We’ve had games like this,&rdquo...
Fenwick’s Christie making strong final push in Bluffton hoop career
 Kevin Christie is playing the best basketball of his Bluffton University career … just as it’s about to end. But he is happy. He’s content. The 2014 Fenwick High School graduate knows that all things run their course. And at the age of 22, he’s got a lifetime of experiences ahead of him. “I think there&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

Kevin Christie is playing the best basketball of his Bluffton University career … just as it’s about to end. But he is happy. He’s content. The 2014 Fenwick High School graduate knows that all things run their course. And at the age of 22, he’s got a lifetime of experiences ahead of him. “I think there&rsquo...
Seven in a row: Franklin tops Spartans, celebrates another SWBL title
 The universal symbol of basketball success came out Friday night at Franklin High School’s Darrell Hedric Gym. A ladder. The Wildcats used it to do some climbing and net cutting after securing a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division boys championship — their seventh straight title — with a 61-42...

Posted: a day ago

The universal symbol of basketball success came out Friday night at Franklin High School’s Darrell Hedric Gym. A ladder. The Wildcats used it to do some climbing and net cutting after securing a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division boys championship — their seventh straight title — with a 61-42...
Prep girls basketball: Badin ousts three-time defending state champs
 Years of futility against Alter High School’s girls basketball team have suddenly given way to a winning streak for Badin. The Rams knocked off the Knights for the second time in three weeks Thursday night in a Division II sectional opener at Lebanon, having endured a string of 22 straight losses in the series before that. And this...

Posted: 2 days ago

Years of futility against Alter High School’s girls basketball team have suddenly given way to a winning streak for Badin. The Rams knocked off the Knights for the second time in three weeks Thursday night in a Division II sectional opener at Lebanon, having endured a string of 22 straight losses in the series before that. And this...
Prep girls basketball: Hornets overpower Clinton-Massie in sectional
 Monroe High School’s girls basketball team has the look of a squad that wants to keep playing for a while. Clinton-Massie was no match for the Hornets in a Division II sectional opener Thursday night as Monroe won for the 13th time in its last 15 games by recording a 53-31 victory at Lebanon. “At the beginning of the season, we...

Posted: 2 days ago

Monroe High School’s girls basketball team has the look of a squad that wants to keep playing for a while. Clinton-Massie was no match for the Hornets in a Division II sectional opener Thursday night as Monroe won for the 13th time in its last 15 games by recording a 53-31 victory at Lebanon. “At the beginning of the season, we...
To lead and serve: Talawanda’s Brown has a passion for hoops, ministry
 She’s not exactly sure when basketball became a part of her life. But Addie Brown can take a pretty good guess. “Probably when I started walking,” she said. “I remember this picture of me when I was like 2 or 3 holding a basketball. It was probably then.” It was a long time ago regardless. Brown is a senior at...

Posted: 3 days ago

She’s not exactly sure when basketball became a part of her life. But Addie Brown can take a pretty good guess. “Probably when I started walking,” she said. “I remember this picture of me when I was like 2 or 3 holding a basketball. It was probably then.” It was a long time ago regardless. Brown is a senior at...
Prep girls basketball: New Miami still winless as regular season ends
 It was a competitive affair for two quarters. New Miami High School’s winless girls basketball team earned a halftime tie with visiting Lockland on Wednesday night, but got steamrolled the rest of the way in Miami Valley Conference Gray Division play. Erin Goins tallied 10 of her 21 points in the third period and grabbed 13 rebounds...

Posted: 3 days ago

It was a competitive affair for two quarters. New Miami High School’s winless girls basketball team earned a halftime tie with visiting Lockland on Wednesday night, but got steamrolled the rest of the way in Miami Valley Conference Gray Division play. Erin Goins tallied 10 of her 21 points in the third period and grabbed 13 rebounds...
WATCH: Students rush the court after a last-second shot keeps Ross rolling 
 Landen Angel had the golden touch once again Tuesday night, hitting a last-second shot to ignite a Ross High School boys basketball celebration. On the other side, the Monroe Hornets didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. That’s how it went for two teams navigating in opposite directions this season. Ross is 14-7 after the 44-42...

Posted: 4 days ago

Landen Angel had the golden touch once again Tuesday night, hitting a last-second shot to ignite a Ross High School boys basketball celebration. On the other side, the Monroe Hornets didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. That’s how it went for two teams navigating in opposite directions this season. Ross is 14-7 after the 44-42...