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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.

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Prep girls basketball: Ferrell leads ‘inspired’ Wildcats past Badin
 Layne Ferrell didn’t have the time or the mind-set for pain Tuesday night. The Franklin High School junior guard may have suffered a significant wrist injury in the regular-season finale against Valley View nearly two weeks ago, but she performed just fine in a Division II sectional semifinal against Badin. Ferrell totaled 20 points...

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Layne Ferrell didn’t have the time or the mind-set for pain Tuesday night. The Franklin High School junior guard may have suffered a significant wrist injury in the regular-season finale against Valley View nearly two weeks ago, but she performed just fine in a Division II sectional semifinal against Badin. Ferrell totaled 20 points...
Prep girls basketball: Surging Monroe will play for sectional title
 There wasn’t much suspense involved in Monroe High School’s latest girls basketball victory. The Hornets’ pressure defense dominated Southwestern Buckeye League rival Oakwood in a Division II sectional semifinal Tuesday night and powered Monroe to a 55-33 victory at Lebanon. “We knew what we needed to do and got it...

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There wasn’t much suspense involved in Monroe High School’s latest girls basketball victory. The Hornets’ pressure defense dominated Southwestern Buckeye League rival Oakwood in a Division II sectional semifinal Tuesday night and powered Monroe to a 55-33 victory at Lebanon. “We knew what we needed to do and got it...
College Insider: East’s Emrick leading shooter for Fairmont State
 Andrew Emrick is the top shooter for Fairmont State University’s men’s basketball team this season. The sophomore forward and Lakota East High School graduate has a team-best 56.9 field-goal percentage for the Falcons, who are 19-7 overall and 15-5 in the Mountain East Conference Emrick has made 15 starts and is averaging 10.5...

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Andrew Emrick is the top shooter for Fairmont State University’s men’s basketball team this season. The sophomore forward and Lakota East High School graduate has a team-best 56.9 field-goal percentage for the Falcons, who are 19-7 overall and 15-5 in the Mountain East Conference Emrick has made 15 starts and is averaging 10.5...
Prep girls basketball: Icy touch dooms Falcons in loss to Oakwood
 Fenwick High School’s girls basketball team made a quiet exit from the Division II sectional tournament Saturday, and it wasn’t hard to figure out why. The Falcons shot 21 percent from the floor and misfired on all 17 of their 3-point attempts in a 52-33 first-round loss to Oakwood at Lebanon. “We’ve had games like...

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Fenwick High School’s girls basketball team made a quiet exit from the Division II sectional tournament Saturday, and it wasn’t hard to figure out why. The Falcons shot 21 percent from the floor and misfired on all 17 of their 3-point attempts in a 52-33 first-round loss to Oakwood at Lebanon. “We’ve had games like...
Prep girls basketball: CJ too strong for Ross in 57-27 sectional rout
 The lead lasted for 20 seconds. And then it was gone … long gone. Ross High School’s girls basketball team was overmatched in its Division II sectional opener against Chaminade Julienne on Saturday afternoon at Lebanon, and the 57-27 score reflected that. “You dig a hole in the first eight minutes that you cannot dig out...

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The lead lasted for 20 seconds. And then it was gone … long gone. Ross High School’s girls basketball team was overmatched in its Division II sectional opener against Chaminade Julienne on Saturday afternoon at Lebanon, and the 57-27 score reflected that. “You dig a hole in the first eight minutes that you cannot dig out...
Prep girls basketball: Dunbar fights off Mohawks 50-46 in sectional
 Madison High School’s bid for a piece of girls basketball history came up a little short Saturday afternoon. The Mohawks were involved in their first-ever Division II sectional game and rallied from an 11-point deficit to take the lead against Dunbar, but Madison couldn’t hold on and got ousted 50-46 at Lebanon. “I was wanting...

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Madison High School’s bid for a piece of girls basketball history came up a little short Saturday afternoon. The Mohawks were involved in their first-ever Division II sectional game and rallied from an 11-point deficit to take the lead against Dunbar, but Madison couldn’t hold on and got ousted 50-46 at Lebanon. “I was wanting...
Oakwood bumps Fenwick girls from tournament trail

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Fenwick High School’s girls basketball team made a quiet exit from the Division II sectional tournament Saturday, and it wasn’t hard to figure out why. The Falcons shot 21 percent from the floor and misfired on all 17 of their 3-point attempts in a 52-33 loss to Oakwood at Lebanon. “We’ve had games like this,&rdquo...
Fenwick’s Christie making strong final push in Bluffton hoop career
 Kevin Christie is playing the best basketball of his Bluffton University career … just as it’s about to end. But he is happy. He’s content. The 2014 Fenwick High School graduate knows that all things run their course. And at the age of 22, he’s got a lifetime of experiences ahead of him. “I think there&rsquo...

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Kevin Christie is playing the best basketball of his Bluffton University career … just as it’s about to end. But he is happy. He’s content. The 2014 Fenwick High School graduate knows that all things run their course. And at the age of 22, he’s got a lifetime of experiences ahead of him. “I think there&rsquo...
Seven in a row: Franklin tops Spartans, celebrates another SWBL title
 The universal symbol of basketball success came out Friday night at Franklin High School’s Darrell Hedric Gym. A ladder. The Wildcats used it to do some climbing and net cutting after securing a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division boys championship — their seventh straight title — with a 61-42...

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The universal symbol of basketball success came out Friday night at Franklin High School’s Darrell Hedric Gym. A ladder. The Wildcats used it to do some climbing and net cutting after securing a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division boys championship — their seventh straight title — with a 61-42...
Prep girls basketball: Badin ousts three-time defending state champs
 Years of futility against Alter High School’s girls basketball team have suddenly given way to a winning streak for Badin. The Rams knocked off the Knights for the second time in three weeks Thursday night in a Division II sectional opener at Lebanon, having endured a string of 22 straight losses in the series before that. And this...

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Years of futility against Alter High School’s girls basketball team have suddenly given way to a winning streak for Badin. The Rams knocked off the Knights for the second time in three weeks Thursday night in a Division II sectional opener at Lebanon, having endured a string of 22 straight losses in the series before that. And this...
Prep girls basketball: Hornets overpower Clinton-Massie in sectional
 Monroe High School’s girls basketball team has the look of a squad that wants to keep playing for a while. Clinton-Massie was no match for the Hornets in a Division II sectional opener Thursday night as Monroe won for the 13th time in its last 15 games by recording a 53-31 victory at Lebanon. “At the beginning of the season, we...

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Monroe High School’s girls basketball team has the look of a squad that wants to keep playing for a while. Clinton-Massie was no match for the Hornets in a Division II sectional opener Thursday night as Monroe won for the 13th time in its last 15 games by recording a 53-31 victory at Lebanon. “At the beginning of the season, we...