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

HEARTBREAK: Wheelersburg holds off Madison, ends Mohawks’ perfect run in regional final
 HILLIARD — It was an ending filled with anguish for Madison High School’s football team Saturday night. The Mohawks stormed back from a 24-6 halftime deficit against defending Division V state champion Wheelersburg in the Region 20 title game, but came up just short of the end zone in the final seconds and lost 24-16 at Hilliard...

Posted: 20 hours ago

HILLIARD — It was an ending filled with anguish for Madison High School’s football team Saturday night. The Mohawks stormed back from a 24-6 halftime deficit against defending Division V state champion Wheelersburg in the Region 20 title game, but came up just short of the end zone in the final seconds and lost 24-16 at Hilliard...
Prep football: Madison’s Cooke finds motivation, focus on the gridiron
 MADISON TWP. — When Cameron Cooke talks about the importance of Madison High School football in his life, he’s not just talking about wins and championships and celebrations. For Cooke, a senior linebacker, it means an awful lot more. “Football has taught me more than just how to down-block someone and catch a ball,&rdquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

MADISON TWP. — When Cameron Cooke talks about the importance of Madison High School football in his life, he’s not just talking about wins and championships and celebrations. For Cooke, a senior linebacker, it means an awful lot more. “Football has taught me more than just how to down-block someone and catch a ball,&rdquo...
It’s Madison-Wheelersburg II, this time for a regional football title
 MADISON TWP. — Nearly one year later, the Madison and Wheelersburg prep football teams have found their way back to each other. Wheelersburg rallied from a 10-0 deficit to knock off the Mohawks 15-10 in the 2017 Division V state semifinals, then topped Pemberville Eastwood to win the state title. They’re both in Region 20 this...

Posted: 2 days ago

MADISON TWP. — Nearly one year later, the Madison and Wheelersburg prep football teams have found their way back to each other. Wheelersburg rallied from a 10-0 deficit to knock off the Mohawks 15-10 in the 2017 Division V state semifinals, then topped Pemberville Eastwood to win the state title. They’re both in Region 20 this...
Prep football: Madison’s Whiteman strives for career-ending state title
 MADISON TWP. — Mason Whiteman has plenty of motivation as Madison High School’s football team continues its quest for the Division V state championship. He’s got a double round of bad memories from last year’s 15-10 state semifinal loss to Wheelersburg. Not only did he have to suffer the pain of losing, he also suffered...

Posted: 3 days ago

MADISON TWP. — Mason Whiteman has plenty of motivation as Madison High School’s football team continues its quest for the Division V state championship. He’s got a double round of bad memories from last year’s 15-10 state semifinal loss to Wheelersburg. Not only did he have to suffer the pain of losing, he also suffered...
At Wheelersburg, winning football games and work ethic go hand in hand
 WHEELERSBURG — Trent Salyers is the senior quarterback for Wheelersburg High School’s football team, and just saying those words will make him smile. Why? Because he’s been thinking about it for as long as he can remember. “Oh yeah, ever since I could walk I’ve been watching Wheelersburg football and wanting...

Posted: 4 days ago

WHEELERSBURG — Trent Salyers is the senior quarterback for Wheelersburg High School’s football team, and just saying those words will make him smile. Why? Because he’s been thinking about it for as long as he can remember. “Oh yeah, ever since I could walk I’ve been watching Wheelersburg football and wanting...
Prep football: Davis makes a hometown coaching connection at Madison
 MADISON TWP. — Ricky Davis didn’t have to wear a Madison High School football uniform to make it mean something to him. He’s a former prep standout at Moeller and Fenwick who went on to play collegiately at Youngstown State. He’s also a Madison Township native who’s giving coaching a try at Madison, which is...

Posted: 5 days ago

MADISON TWP. — Ricky Davis didn’t have to wear a Madison High School football uniform to make it mean something to him. He’s a former prep standout at Moeller and Fenwick who went on to play collegiately at Youngstown State. He’s also a Madison Township native who’s giving coaching a try at Madison, which is...
College Insider: Locals play key roles in Ohio women’s soccer success
 Three area players contributed to a breakout season for the Ohio University women’s soccer team. Senior defender Rianna Reese, a Lakota East High School graduate, started every game and was a defensive mainstay for the Bobcats, who finished 9-8-3 for their first winning record since 2009. Senior midfielder Madelyn Kah (Badin) made 19...

Posted: 6 days ago

Three area players contributed to a breakout season for the Ohio University women’s soccer team. Senior defender Rianna Reese, a Lakota East High School graduate, started every game and was a defensive mainstay for the Bobcats, who finished 9-8-3 for their first winning record since 2009. Senior midfielder Madelyn Kah (Badin) made 19...
Prep football: Hilliard Darby is the site for Madison vs. Wheelersburg
 Madison High School’s football team will continue its quest for the Division V state championship at Hilliard Darby, facing Wheelersburg for the Region 20 title Saturday at 7 p.m. The second-seeded Mohawks are 12-0 and lost to Wheelersburg 15-10 in last year’s state semifinals. The top-seeded Pirates are 11-1, having lost to Columbus...

Posted: 7 days ago

Madison High School’s football team will continue its quest for the Division V state championship at Hilliard Darby, facing Wheelersburg for the Region 20 title Saturday at 7 p.m. The second-seeded Mohawks are 12-0 and lost to Wheelersburg 15-10 in last year’s state semifinals. The top-seeded Pirates are 11-1, having lost to Columbus...
Prep football: Wheelersburg rematch next for unbeaten Madison after rout of CHCA
 LIBERTY TWP. — It’s been a conscious effort by Madison High School’s football players and coaches, a decision to keep Wheelersburg out of their conversations and minds as much as possible. But that’s over now. The time has come to put the Pirates front and center in their sights. The Mohawks couldn’t hold a 10-0...

Posted: 7 days ago

LIBERTY TWP. — It’s been a conscious effort by Madison High School’s football players and coaches, a decision to keep Wheelersburg out of their conversations and minds as much as possible. But that’s over now. The time has come to put the Pirates front and center in their sights. The Mohawks couldn’t hold a 10-0...
Prep football: Wapakoneta closes door on Fenwick’s standout season
 PIQUA — There was so much good in the 2018 season that Jack Fessler found it hard to feel bad Friday night. Fessler and his Fenwick High School football teammates exited the Division III playoffs with a 27-17 loss to Wapakoneta in a Region 12 semifinal at Piqua’s Purk Field at Alexander Stadium, finishing with a 9-3 record. How...

Posted: 8 days ago

PIQUA — There was so much good in the 2018 season that Jack Fessler found it hard to feel bad Friday night. Fessler and his Fenwick High School football teammates exited the Division III playoffs with a 27-17 loss to Wapakoneta in a Region 12 semifinal at Piqua’s Purk Field at Alexander Stadium, finishing with a 9-3 record. How...
Prep volleyball: Fenwick’s memorable run to state ends with semifinal loss to Holy Name
 FAIRBORN — Fenwick High School’s volleyball team wasn’t in top form Friday afternoon. That fact paved the way for a disappointing finish for the Falcons as they lost to Parma Heights Holy Name 3-1 in a Division II state semifinal at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. “It just wasn’t our moment,&rdquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

FAIRBORN — Fenwick High School’s volleyball team wasn’t in top form Friday afternoon. That fact paved the way for a disappointing finish for the Falcons as they lost to Parma Heights Holy Name 3-1 in a Division II state semifinal at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. “It just wasn’t our moment,&rdquo...