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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

Edgewood girls blank Ross in third quarter, remain unbeaten in SWOC
 The wins keep piling up for Edgewood High School’s girls basketball team, even if the style points don’t. The Southwest Ohio Conference’s best defensive unit won with ‘D’ again Saturday afternoon, shrugging off a ragged first half to blank visiting Ross in the third quarter en route to a 42-25 victory. &ldquo...

Posted: an hour ago

The wins keep piling up for Edgewood High School’s girls basketball team, even if the style points don’t. The Southwest Ohio Conference’s best defensive unit won with ‘D’ again Saturday afternoon, shrugging off a ragged first half to blank visiting Ross in the third quarter en route to a 42-25 victory. &ldquo...
Carlisle fights off Shawnee, forges tie atop SWBL Buckeye Division
 There was nothing easy about Carlisle High School’s climb to the top of the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division on Friday night. The Indians went on the road and battled Preble Shawnee in what turned out to be a slowdown affair on both sides, and Carlisle emerged with a 36-33 boys basketball victory. “It doesn’t...

Posted: 21 hours ago

There was nothing easy about Carlisle High School’s climb to the top of the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division on Friday night. The Indians went on the road and battled Preble Shawnee in what turned out to be a slowdown affair on both sides, and Carlisle emerged with a 36-33 boys basketball victory. “It doesn’t...
Big first half powers New Miami to second win at Mt. Auburn
 Winning has been a rarity this season for New Miami High School’s boys basketball team, so Wednesday was a good night. Austin Howard (14) and Ronnie Bowman (13) topped the scoring as the Vikings improved to 2-11 with a 63-34 road victory over Mt. Auburn International Academy. “This was fun,” said Bowman, a sophomore forward...

Posted: 2 days ago

Winning has been a rarity this season for New Miami High School’s boys basketball team, so Wednesday was a good night. Austin Howard (14) and Ronnie Bowman (13) topped the scoring as the Vikings improved to 2-11 with a 63-34 road victory over Mt. Auburn International Academy. “This was fun,” said Bowman, a sophomore forward...
Up-and-down Fenwick handles Hornets 59-42
 Pat Kreke has taken enough roller-coaster rides with his Fenwick High School boys basketball team this season. The Falcons rolled to a 20-point first-half lead Tuesday night against visiting Monroe, then swooned in the third quarter before righting the ship for a 59-42 victory in a matchup of old Mid-Miami League rivals. “How many times...

Posted: 3 days ago

Pat Kreke has taken enough roller-coaster rides with his Fenwick High School boys basketball team this season. The Falcons rolled to a 20-point first-half lead Tuesday night against visiting Monroe, then swooned in the third quarter before righting the ship for a 59-42 victory in a matchup of old Mid-Miami League rivals. “How many times...
Middletown falters down the stretch, suffers 48-44 loss to Alter
 The Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop ended quietly for Middletown High School’s boys basketball team. The Middies surged to a pair of 10-point leads in the first half against Alter, but stumbled down the stretch and dropped a 48-44 decision at Fairmont’s Trent Arena on Monday night. “I thought for a half, our kids...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop ended quietly for Middletown High School’s boys basketball team. The Middies surged to a pair of 10-point leads in the first half against Alter, but stumbled down the stretch and dropped a 48-44 decision at Fairmont’s Trent Arena on Monday night. “I thought for a half, our kids...
College Insider: East’s Lowry brothers shining at Hillsdale
 The Lowry brothers from Lakota East High School are key players for the Hillsdale (Mich.) College men’s basketball team. Stedman Lowry, a redshirt junior guard, leads the Chargers in scoring with a 15.9 average and is also getting 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He’s shooting 46.1 percent from the floor, 41.5 percent from...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Lowry brothers from Lakota East High School are key players for the Hillsdale (Mich.) College men’s basketball team. Stedman Lowry, a redshirt junior guard, leads the Chargers in scoring with a 15.9 average and is also getting 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He’s shooting 46.1 percent from the floor, 41.5 percent from...
Firebird girls take control down stretch, defeat New Jersey power
 Lakota West High School’s annual trek to the Classic in the Country Challenge has become a victory march. The Firebirds recorded their sixth straight Classic win over the last four seasons Sunday afternoon, fighting off St. Rose (N.J.) 48-43 in a fast-paced, physical girls basketball contest at Hiland’s Perry Reese Jr. Community...

Posted: 6 days ago

Lakota West High School’s annual trek to the Classic in the Country Challenge has become a victory march. The Firebirds recorded their sixth straight Classic win over the last four seasons Sunday afternoon, fighting off St. Rose (N.J.) 48-43 in a fast-paced, physical girls basketball contest at Hiland’s Perry Reese Jr. Community...
Northwest flies past Edgewood in second half for 62-41 win
 Saturday marked the end of a lost Southwest Ohio Conference weekend for Edgewood High School’s boys basketball team. One night after losing at Mount Healthy, the Cougars came home and got whipped by Northwest 62-41 as Ronnell Turner fired in 28 points for the Knights. “We couldn’t really hit a shot. We gave them a little...

Posted: 6 days ago

Saturday marked the end of a lost Southwest Ohio Conference weekend for Edgewood High School’s boys basketball team. One night after losing at Mount Healthy, the Cougars came home and got whipped by Northwest 62-41 as Ronnell Turner fired in 28 points for the Knights. “We couldn’t really hit a shot. We gave them a little...
A FOOTBALL LEGEND: Badin’s Terry Malone passes away at 83
 Area football coaching legend Terry Malone has passed away at the age of 83. Malone, who won 360 games in a 46-year prep head coaching career at Hamilton Catholic and Badin, died Saturday just before 7 a.m. at Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital after undergoing eight hours of quadruple bypass surgery Friday. John Malone, a 1979 Badin graduate...

Posted: 7 days ago

Area football coaching legend Terry Malone has passed away at the age of 83. Malone, who won 360 games in a 46-year prep head coaching career at Hamilton Catholic and Badin, died Saturday just before 7 a.m. at Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital after undergoing eight hours of quadruple bypass surgery Friday. John Malone, a 1979 Badin graduate...
Badin’s first-half meltdown leads to another loss to Bacon
 Badin High School’s boys basketball team ran into a brick wall Friday night. And it was a familiar brick wall. Roger Bacon came to town and continued its years-long mastery of the Rams with a 63-45 triumph at Mulcahey Gym, extending its winning streak in the series to 18. “You have a large crowd and a very good team, and we&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Badin High School’s boys basketball team ran into a brick wall Friday night. And it was a familiar brick wall. Roger Bacon came to town and continued its years-long mastery of the Rams with a 63-45 triumph at Mulcahey Gym, extending its winning streak in the series to 18. “You have a large crowd and a very good team, and we&rsquo...
State powers St. Rose, Solon await Firebirds in the Country
 Andy Fishman is a big advocate of a trip to the Country in the middle of winter. He’s taking his Lakota West High School girls basketball team back to the Classic in the Country Challenge in Berlin this holiday weekend, with high-level opponents on tap for Sunday and Monday. “I will be honest in saying that it’s very exciting...

Posted: 8 days ago

Andy Fishman is a big advocate of a trip to the Country in the middle of winter. He’s taking his Lakota West High School girls basketball team back to the Classic in the Country Challenge in Berlin this holiday weekend, with high-level opponents on tap for Sunday and Monday. “I will be honest in saying that it’s very exciting...