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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

Badin seeking elusive regional softball win against Northwestern
 Badin High School’s softball team is eager for its fourth crack at the regional tournament. The Rams will face Northwestern in a Division III regional semifinal Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Wright State University, 
               a rematch of last year’s regional semi that the Warriors won 4-0. BHS is 0-3 as a regional participant...

Posted: an hour ago

Badin High School’s softball team is eager for its fourth crack at the regional tournament. The Rams will face Northwestern in a Division III regional semifinal Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Wright State University, a rematch of last year’s regional semi that the Warriors won 4-0. BHS is 0-3 as a regional participant...
Badin handles CNE 10-1, claims third straight district softball crown
 District championships are starting to become routine for Badin High School’s softball team. But there’s still a major obstacle on the horizon. The Rams captured their third consecutive Division III district title Monday and the fourth such crown in school history with a 10-1 triumph over Clermont Northeastern at Kings, yet the...

Posted: 19 hours ago

District championships are starting to become routine for Badin High School’s softball team. But there’s still a major obstacle on the horizon. The Rams captured their third consecutive Division III district title Monday and the fourth such crown in school history with a 10-1 triumph over Clermont Northeastern at Kings, yet the...
College Insider: Badin’s Holderbach has strong year for EKU baseball
 Alex Holderbach has completed a standout sophomore season with the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team in Richmond, Ky. The Badin High School graduate, who plays infield and outfield, nearly doubled his batting average from last season, hitting .355 with 12 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 49 RBIs, 39 runs and three stolen bases...

Posted: a day ago

Alex Holderbach has completed a standout sophomore season with the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team in Richmond, Ky. The Badin High School graduate, who plays infield and outfield, nearly doubled his batting average from last season, hitting .355 with 12 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 49 RBIs, 39 runs and three stolen bases...
Firebirds rally to edge Springboro, capture district championship
 Greg Leurck has an opportunistic baseball team at Lakota West High School, and he’s not going to apologize for that. Springboro may have deserved a better fate Saturday in a Division I district final at Centerville, but West is headed to the regional after battling its way to a 4-3 victory. “We find a way. That’s the way...

Posted: 2 days ago

Greg Leurck has an opportunistic baseball team at Lakota West High School, and he’s not going to apologize for that. Springboro may have deserved a better fate Saturday in a Division I district final at Centerville, but West is headed to the regional after battling its way to a 4-3 victory. “We find a way. That’s the way...
Sams’ mound gem leads Fairfield to first district crown since 2002
 Fairfield High School’s baseball team didn’t need a comeback special Saturday afternoon. Less than 48 hours after using a stirring rally to defeat Kings in a Division I sectional final, the Indians blanked Vandalia Butler 7-0 at Centerville to capture the program’s first district championship since 2002. “After our...

Posted: 2 days ago

Fairfield High School’s baseball team didn’t need a comeback special Saturday afternoon. Less than 48 hours after using a stirring rally to defeat Kings in a Division I sectional final, the Indians blanked Vandalia Butler 7-0 at Centerville to capture the program’s first district championship since 2002. “After our...
Late burst heartens Rams, but Clinton-Massie rolls to district title
 A late rally gave some season-ending comfort to Ross High School’s softball team Friday afternoon. The Rams tallied five two-out runs in the top of the fifth inning in a Division II district final against Clinton-Massie, though the surge wasn’t nearly enough to extend their 2017 campaign. The Falcons romped to their first district...

Posted: 3 days ago

A late rally gave some season-ending comfort to Ross High School’s softball team Friday afternoon. The Rams tallied five two-out runs in the top of the fifth inning in a Division II district final against Clinton-Massie, though the surge wasn’t nearly enough to extend their 2017 campaign. The Falcons romped to their first district...
CJ’s Barhorst delivers walkoff hit to sink Badin in sectional final
 It was a nice round number for Mark Barhorst, along with a soggy celebration. The Chaminade Julienne High School baseball team is headed to the Division II district finals after surviving a 3-2 thriller against Greater Catholic League Coed Division rival Badin on Thursday at Miamisburg’s Toadvine Field. Barhorst was the walkoff hero...

Posted: 4 days ago

It was a nice round number for Mark Barhorst, along with a soggy celebration. The Chaminade Julienne High School baseball team is headed to the Division II district finals after surviving a 3-2 thriller against Greater Catholic League Coed Division rival Badin on Thursday at Miamisburg’s Toadvine Field. Barhorst was the walkoff hero...
High School Football: Crosstown Showdown schedule
 Below is the schedule for the 20th Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown high school football event: FRIDAY, AUG. 18 • East Central (Ind.) at Lawrenceburg (Ind.), 7 p.m. • Highlands (Ky.) at Cooper (Ky.), 7:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 23 • Hughes at Deer Park, 7 p.m. THURSDAY, AUG. 24 • Taft at Mount Healthy, 7 p.m. • Aiken...

Posted: 5 days ago

Below is the schedule for the 20th Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown high school football event: FRIDAY, AUG. 18 • East Central (Ind.) at Lawrenceburg (Ind.), 7 p.m. • Highlands (Ky.) at Cooper (Ky.), 7:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 23 • Hughes at Deer Park, 7 p.m. THURSDAY, AUG. 24 • Taft at Mount Healthy, 7 p.m. • Aiken...
Crosstown Showdown: Ross-Badin among local football matchups
 The renewal of the Ross-Badin prep football rivalry will have an extra flair in the upcoming season. The Butler County Ram units haven’t played since 2010, but they’ll square off in the 20th edition of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. Tom Gamble of In-Game Sports, which owns and manages the event, announced the 21-game schedule...

Posted: 5 days ago

The renewal of the Ross-Badin prep football rivalry will have an extra flair in the upcoming season. The Butler County Ram units haven’t played since 2010, but they’ll square off in the 20th edition of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. Tom Gamble of In-Game Sports, which owns and manages the event, announced the 21-game schedule...
Softball: Clinton-Massie batters Hornets in D-II sectional final
 It was the scenario that never entered the collective mind of Monroe High School’s softball team — a blowout defeat. The top-seeded Hornets’ season came to an emotional end Wednesday afternoon with a five-inning, 12-2 loss to Clinton-Massie in a Division II sectional final at Lefferson Park. “We had much more momentum...

Posted: 5 days ago

It was the scenario that never entered the collective mind of Monroe High School’s softball team — a blowout defeat. The top-seeded Hornets’ season came to an emotional end Wednesday afternoon with a five-inning, 12-2 loss to Clinton-Massie in a Division II sectional final at Lefferson Park. “We had much more momentum...
College Insider: Local trio in major roles for NCAA-bound Earlham
 Three local players have led Earlham College to the NCAA Division III baseball tournament for the first time in school history. Senior center fielder Nate Lynch, a Talawanda High School graduate, has been named Most Valuable Player in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Lynch leads the HCAC in batting average (.411) and stolen bases...

Posted: 6 days ago

Three local players have led Earlham College to the NCAA Division III baseball tournament for the first time in school history. Senior center fielder Nate Lynch, a Talawanda High School graduate, has been named Most Valuable Player in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Lynch leads the HCAC in batting average (.411) and stolen bases...