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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 softball: CCS on the rise, but Bradford takes Division IV district title
 Cincinnati Christian School’s quest for a Division IV district softball championship continues. The Cougars came up short in the district finals for the fourth time in program history Sunday afternoon, losing to Bradford 2-1 in eight innings at Mason. “I really wish we could’ve won that, but anything can happen. It was done...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Cincinnati Christian School’s quest for a Division IV district softball championship continues. The Cougars came up short in the district finals for the fourth time in program history Sunday afternoon, losing to Bradford 2-1 in eight innings at Mason. “I really wish we could’ve won that, but anything can happen. It was done...
A milestone for DeGennaro, a district softball title for No. 1 Lebanon
 Lebanon High School’s softball team is once again on the prowl for a Division I state championship. The Warriors are ranked No. 1 in the state coaches poll and striving for their fifth trip to the Final Four, having lost in the state finals in 2012, 2015 and 2017. Last year’s loss to Elyria was particularly brutal for Lebanon...

Posted: a day ago

Lebanon High School’s softball team is once again on the prowl for a Division I state championship. The Warriors are ranked No. 1 in the state coaches poll and striving for their fifth trip to the Final Four, having lost in the state finals in 2012, 2015 and 2017. Last year’s loss to Elyria was particularly brutal for Lebanon...
Prep baseball: CHCA takes advantage of Fenwick’s mistakes in 4-2 win
 Fenwick High School’s baseball season ended with a flurry of errors Friday evening. The Falcons totaled four errors, three in a four-run fourth inning for Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, and dropped a 4-2 decision in a Division II district semifinal at Princeton. “That one defensive letdown and one inning have bit us a couple...

Posted: 2 days ago

Fenwick High School’s baseball season ended with a flurry of errors Friday evening. The Falcons totaled four errors, three in a four-run fourth inning for Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, and dropped a 4-2 decision in a Division II district semifinal at Princeton. “That one defensive letdown and one inning have bit us a couple...
Prep softball: Freshman Bush among leaders as CCS eyes first district championship
 Cincinnati Christian School’s quest for an elusive district softball championship began with a scramble for players. Athletic director Steve Gillens returned to the head coaching position this year after Stephanie Grossmann was unable to continue because of a work conflict, and the Cougars found themselves with barely enough players...

Posted: 2 days ago

Cincinnati Christian School’s quest for an elusive district softball championship began with a scramble for players. Athletic director Steve Gillens returned to the head coaching position this year after Stephanie Grossmann was unable to continue because of a work conflict, and the Cougars found themselves with barely enough players...
Prep baseball: Three innings, a unique experience for CCS, New Miami
 Here’s what kind of Thursday it was for the Cincinnati Christian and New Miami prep baseball teams: The biggest influences were Mother Nature, a defective base and darkness. Their Division IV district semifinal at the Midland complex was rained out Wednesday and rescheduled for Thursday. It was announced during the day that the contest...

Posted: 3 days ago

Here’s what kind of Thursday it was for the Cincinnati Christian and New Miami prep baseball teams: The biggest influences were Mother Nature, a defective base and darkness. Their Division IV district semifinal at the Midland complex was rained out Wednesday and rescheduled for Thursday. It was announced during the day that the contest...
Prep softball: Monroe blanks Franklin to secure berth in Division II district finals
 Monroe High School’s softball team is once again on the verge of making history. The Hornets have never won a Division II district championship, but they’ve earned a shot at that feat and will meet Springfield Kenton Ridge at 5 p.m. on Friday at Brookville. “I’m just so happy for these kids with where they started...

Posted: 4 days ago

Monroe High School’s softball team is once again on the verge of making history. The Hornets have never won a Division II district championship, but they’ve earned a shot at that feat and will meet Springfield Kenton Ridge at 5 p.m. on Friday at Brookville. “I’m just so happy for these kids with where they started...
Prep softball: Bush powers CCS past Felicity in Division IV district semifinal
 Briahna Bush fired a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts Tuesday as the Cincinnati Christian School softball team ran its winning streak to nine with a 7-0 victory over Felicity-Franklin in a Division IV district semifinal at Sycamore. A five-run sixth inning sparked the third-seeded Cougars (15-4), with Ashley Veldkamp and Merrick Heid plating...

Posted: 4 days ago

Briahna Bush fired a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts Tuesday as the Cincinnati Christian School softball team ran its winning streak to nine with a 7-0 victory over Felicity-Franklin in a Division IV district semifinal at Sycamore. A five-run sixth inning sparked the third-seeded Cougars (15-4), with Ashley Veldkamp and Merrick Heid plating...
Prep softball: Ross edges Badin 4-3 in 10-inning tournament classic
 Bailee Gunnell did a lot of watching Tuesday before grabbing a bat and heading into the spotlight. The Ross High School freshman was a pinch-hitter with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning during a Division II district softball semifinal against Badin at Kings. How did Gunnell get there? Well, senior pitcher Kenzie...

Posted: 5 days ago

Bailee Gunnell did a lot of watching Tuesday before grabbing a bat and heading into the spotlight. The Ross High School freshman was a pinch-hitter with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning during a Division II district softball semifinal against Badin at Kings. How did Gunnell get there? Well, senior pitcher Kenzie...
College Insider: West’s Sharp top softball pitcher in Horizon League
 Ashley Sharp’s Wright State University softball career has ended with the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year award. The senior right-hander and Lakota West High School graduate was 15-19 with a 2.33 earned run average this season, striking out 128 batters in 225.2 innings. Sharp started 31 games and made 12 relief appearances with one...

Posted: 6 days ago

Ashley Sharp’s Wright State University softball career has ended with the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year award. The senior right-hander and Lakota West High School graduate was 15-19 with a 2.33 earned run average this season, striking out 128 batters in 225.2 innings. Sharp started 31 games and made 12 relief appearances with one...
Prep baseball: Koger’s walkoff gives East sectional win over Fairfield
 Will Koger made the final move on a gut-check day for Lakota East High School’s baseball team. Locked in an all-out pitchers’ duel with Greater Miami Conference rival Fairfield, the Thunderhawks found a way to survive in Division I Cincinnati sectional play Thursday. No. 9 hitter Sean Church led off the bottom of the eighth inning...

Posted: 10 days ago

Will Koger made the final move on a gut-check day for Lakota East High School’s baseball team. Locked in an all-out pitchers’ duel with Greater Miami Conference rival Fairfield, the Thunderhawks found a way to survive in Division I Cincinnati sectional play Thursday. No. 9 hitter Sean Church led off the bottom of the eighth inning...