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.

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'We want rings’ ... West blanks Lebanon to secure fourth Division I state softball berth
 Call it a celebratory step. Lakota West High School’s softball team earned a Division I regional championship with a 5-0 triumph over top-ranked Lebanon on Saturday afternoon at Centerville, and the Firebirds believe they can add their first state title next weekend. “Absolutely … as long as we play as one,” said...

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Call it a celebratory step. Lakota West High School’s softball team earned a Division I regional championship with a 5-0 triumph over top-ranked Lebanon on Saturday afternoon at Centerville, and the Firebirds believe they can add their first state title next weekend. “Absolutely … as long as we play as one,” said...
Division I regional softball title on the line for Lebanon, West in latest clash
 Lebanon and Lakota West have once again found each other in the Division I prep softball postseason. They’ll square off for the third straight year in the tournament at noon Saturday at Centerville, and the regional championship and a berth in the state tournament will be on the line. “The last two years have been one-run games...

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Lebanon and Lakota West have once again found each other in the Division I prep softball postseason. They’ll square off for the third straight year in the tournament at noon Saturday at Centerville, and the regional championship and a berth in the state tournament will be on the line. “The last two years have been one-run games...
Prep football: Larry Cox out as head coach at Lakota West
 Larry Cox, the only head football coach in Lakota West High School history, has resigned after 21 seasons. West athletic director Scott Kaufman said Cox informed him of his decision Friday morning. “Larry made this decision on his own,” Kaufman said. “Coach Cox has always had the best interest of the kids at heart, and we...

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Larry Cox, the only head football coach in Lakota West High School history, has resigned after 21 seasons. West athletic director Scott Kaufman said Cox informed him of his decision Friday morning. “Larry made this decision on his own,” Kaufman said. “Coach Cox has always had the best interest of the kids at heart, and we...
Prep baseball: Madison’s bats quiet in Division III regional loss to Madeira
 Madison High School’s bats were mostly quiet Thursday evening as the Mohawks’ baseball season came to a close. Tyler Sullivan fired a four-hitter for Madeira, which overcame a 1-0 deficit to defeat Madison 5-1 in a Division III regional semifinal at the Athletes in Action complex. “Sullivan threw the heck out of the ball...

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Madison High School’s bats were mostly quiet Thursday evening as the Mohawks’ baseball season came to a close. Tyler Sullivan fired a four-hitter for Madeira, which overcame a 1-0 deficit to defeat Madison 5-1 in a Division III regional semifinal at the Athletes in Action complex. “Sullivan threw the heck out of the ball...
‘Oh man, it’s fantastic’ … CCS earns historic Division IV regional baseball victory
 The Division IV postseason has turned into a magical journey for Cincinnati Christian School’s baseball team. The Cougars found themselves on an emotional high Thursday after making history with the program’s first-ever regional victory, leaving them one win away from the state tournament. “Oh man, it’s fantastic,&rdquo...

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The Division IV postseason has turned into a magical journey for Cincinnati Christian School’s baseball team. The Cougars found themselves on an emotional high Thursday after making history with the program’s first-ever regional victory, leaving them one win away from the state tournament. “Oh man, it’s fantastic,&rdquo...
CCS seeking breakthrough Division IV regional baseball win against Russia
 It’s been a special run that Cincinnati Christian School’s baseball team would love to extend. The Cougars (15-8) earned a Division IV district championship by beating Franklin Monroe 7-6 on a walkoff bunt last Saturday. Now they’re bracing for a 2 p.m. regional semifinal Thursday against Russia (19-9) at Carleton Davidson...

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It’s been a special run that Cincinnati Christian School’s baseball team would love to extend. The Cougars (15-8) earned a Division IV district championship by beating Franklin Monroe 7-6 on a walkoff bunt last Saturday. Now they’re bracing for a 2 p.m. regional semifinal Thursday against Russia (19-9) at Carleton Davidson...
Late eruption pushes West past Mason, into Division I softball regional final
 Keith Castner saw a calmness in his players Wednesday that he admittedly doesn’t always see in himself. “Sometimes the football coach in me doesn’t let me do that,” said Castner, Lakota West High School’s softball coach. “But these girls were really relaxed. They responded the way we needed them to respond...

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Keith Castner saw a calmness in his players Wednesday that he admittedly doesn’t always see in himself. “Sometimes the football coach in me doesn’t let me do that,” said Castner, Lakota West High School’s softball coach. “But these girls were really relaxed. They responded the way we needed them to respond...
Gressly provides firepower, Lebanon tops East in Division I softball regional
 There were big hits and big plays and big pitches from numerous Lebanon High School softball players Wednesday afternoon. But Grace Gressly was the terminator. The junior cracked a pair of home runs and totaled five RBIs for the top-ranked Warriors, who rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to conquer Lakota East 6-3 in a Division I regional...

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There were big hits and big plays and big pitches from numerous Lebanon High School softball players Wednesday afternoon. But Grace Gressly was the terminator. The junior cracked a pair of home runs and totaled five RBIs for the top-ranked Warriors, who rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to conquer Lakota East 6-3 in a Division I regional...
Division II baseball: Ross takes aim at CHCA, first regional win in program history
 The road to a milestone victory is not an easy one for Ross High School’s baseball team. The Rams are hoping to make history Thursday at 2 p.m. when they meet Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in a Division II regional semifinal at Mason. Ross has never registered a regional win, dropping semifinal decisions to St. Paris Graham in...

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The road to a milestone victory is not an easy one for Ross High School’s baseball team. The Rams are hoping to make history Thursday at 2 p.m. when they meet Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in a Division II regional semifinal at Mason. Ross has never registered a regional win, dropping semifinal decisions to St. Paris Graham in...
Division III regional baseball: Madison feeling strong in preparation for Mustangs
 There is a feeling of looseness and confidence as Madison High School’s baseball team strives to make history this spring. Sound familiar? It should. The Mohawks had this kind of experience last fall by advancing to the Division V state football semifinals, and some of those players are now on the diamond. “It really just reminds...

Posted: 3 days ago

There is a feeling of looseness and confidence as Madison High School’s baseball team strives to make history this spring. Sound familiar? It should. The Mohawks had this kind of experience last fall by advancing to the Division V state football semifinals, and some of those players are now on the diamond. “It really just reminds...