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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...

Posted: 11 hours ago

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: 2 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...
Division I regional softball: West hoping to take center stage in GMC vs. Lebanon showdown
 Lakota West High School’s softball opponents have discovered that it doesn’t always pay to intentionally walk Allie Cummins. Nobody will dispute that Cummins, a senior shortstop and University of Akron signee, is among the best players in West history. She’s hitting .592 with eight home runs, 26 extra-base hits and 39 RBIs...

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Lakota West High School’s softball opponents have discovered that it doesn’t always pay to intentionally walk Allie Cummins. Nobody will dispute that Cummins, a senior shortstop and University of Akron signee, is among the best players in West history. She’s hitting .592 with eight home runs, 26 extra-base hits and 39 RBIs...
College Insider: Fenwick’s Rossi among A-10 track & field headliners
 University of Dayton senior Jenni Rossi was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer on May 6 after a trio of top-three finishes at the Atlantic 10 Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Fairfax, Va. Rossi, a Fenwick High School graduate, won the shot put (14.90 meters) and hammer throw (56.27 meters). Her hammer effort was the...

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University of Dayton senior Jenni Rossi was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer on May 6 after a trio of top-three finishes at the Atlantic 10 Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Fairfax, Va. Rossi, a Fenwick High School graduate, won the shot put (14.90 meters) and hammer throw (56.27 meters). Her hammer effort was the...
Prep baseball: Ross rallies past Tippecanoe, repeats as Division II district champion
 Winning has become a contagious, delightful thing for Ross High School’s baseball team. The Rams have discovered some postseason magic again this year and captured their second straight Division II district championship Monday, erasing a 3-0 deficit to knock off Tippecanoe 6-3 at Mason. “Just keep winning. That’s what you...

Posted: 4 days ago

Winning has become a contagious, delightful thing for Ross High School’s baseball team. The Rams have discovered some postseason magic again this year and captured their second straight Division II district championship Monday, erasing a 3-0 deficit to knock off Tippecanoe 6-3 at Mason. “Just keep winning. That’s what you...
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...

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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: 6 days 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: 7 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: 7 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: 7 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: 9 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: 9 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...
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