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

West Side overpowers Canfield to secure Ohio Little League title
 Once again, Hamilton West Side rules Little League baseball at the 12-year-old level in Ohio. West Side completed an unbeaten surge through the state tournament Saturday by run-ruling Canfield 15-4 in five innings at Ford Park’s Robert S. Hoag Field. “It feels good, something we’ve worked hard for for a long, long time,&rdquo...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Once again, Hamilton West Side rules Little League baseball at the 12-year-old level in Ohio. West Side completed an unbeaten surge through the state tournament Saturday by run-ruling Canfield 15-4 in five innings at Ford Park’s Robert S. Hoag Field. “It feels good, something we’ve worked hard for for a long, long time,&rdquo...
Fairfield’s Scott making immediate impact with Michigan State football
 Josiah Scott is on the rise within Michigan State University’s football program. He’s been rising, in fact, pretty much since he got here. Scott graduated early from Fairfield High School last December and enrolled at MSU in January. All he’s done is achieve a grade point average around 3.5 and earn a starting spot as a...

Posted: a day ago

Josiah Scott is on the rise within Michigan State University’s football program. He’s been rising, in fact, pretty much since he got here. Scott graduated early from Fairfield High School last December and enrolled at MSU in January. All he’s done is achieve a grade point average around 3.5 and earn a starting spot as a...
West Side set for Ohio Little League finals, needs 1 win over Canfield
 Only one victory separates Hamilton West Side from another Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball championship. That doesn’t mean the job will be easy. It’s West Side vs. Canfield for the title in the double-elimination tournament, with Hamilton winning their first matchup 5-4 on Thursday. Saturday’s finals are scheduled...

Posted: a day ago

Only one victory separates Hamilton West Side from another Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball championship. That doesn’t mean the job will be easy. It’s West Side vs. Canfield for the title in the double-elimination tournament, with Hamilton winning their first matchup 5-4 on Thursday. Saturday’s finals are scheduled...
West Side survives wild finish to top Canfield, advance to state final
 Hamilton West Side is on the verge of another Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball championship. The locals nearly squandered a 5-1 lead and survived a frantic finish Thursday in the winners’ bracket final to hold off Canfield 5-4 at Ford Park’s Robert S. Hoag Field. “We battled and pulled it out, but we’re still...

Posted: 2 days ago

Hamilton West Side is on the verge of another Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball championship. The locals nearly squandered a 5-1 lead and survived a frantic finish Thursday in the winners’ bracket final to hold off Canfield 5-4 at Ford Park’s Robert S. Hoag Field. “We battled and pulled it out, but we’re still...
West Side, Canfield bracing for Ohio Little League showdown
 It’s showdown time in the Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament. Hamilton West Side, the perennial 12-year-old state champion, and Canfield, winner of 10- and 11-year-old state titles the last two years, are set to square off again. They are the last two unbeaten teams in the double-elimination state event, with the winners&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

It’s showdown time in the Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament. Hamilton West Side, the perennial 12-year-old state champion, and Canfield, winner of 10- and 11-year-old state titles the last two years, are set to square off again. They are the last two unbeaten teams in the double-elimination state event, with the winners&rsquo...
West Side’s bats too potent for Mt. Vernon in 12-3 victory
 Casey Parsons continues to be a pretty dangerous No. 7 hitter for Hamilton West Side. After collecting two hits in West Side’s Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament opener against Maumee, Parsons went 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in Tuesday’s 12-3 triumph over Mt. Vernon at Ford Park’s Robert S. Hoag...

Posted: 4 days ago

Casey Parsons continues to be a pretty dangerous No. 7 hitter for Hamilton West Side. After collecting two hits in West Side’s Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament opener against Maumee, Parsons went 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in Tuesday’s 12-3 triumph over Mt. Vernon at Ford Park’s Robert S. Hoag...
Mt. Vernon next for West Side in quest for Ohio Little League title
 State tournaments don’t involve a lot of sitting around for the Hamilton West Side all-stars. On Sunday evening, hours after winning its opener in the Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament, West Side practiced. “We go with our system,” Hamilton coach Ken Coomer said. “Our system is a lot of reps, understanding...

Posted: 5 days ago

State tournaments don’t involve a lot of sitting around for the Hamilton West Side all-stars. On Sunday evening, hours after winning its opener in the Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament, West Side practiced. “We go with our system,” Hamilton coach Ken Coomer said. “Our system is a lot of reps, understanding...
Ohio Little League tournament results
 Here are the results for the double-elimination Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament. All games were played at Ford Park, Robert S. Hoag Field, 509 Ford St., Maumee. Saturday, July 15 Maumee 11, Wheelersburg 1, four innings Canfield 10, Avon 0, four innings Washington Court House 1, Jefferson 0, seven innings Mt. Vernon 3, Galion...

Posted: 6 days ago

Here are the results for the double-elimination Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament. All games were played at Ford Park, Robert S. Hoag Field, 509 Ford St., Maumee. Saturday, July 15 Maumee 11, Wheelersburg 1, four innings Canfield 10, Avon 0, four innings Washington Court House 1, Jefferson 0, seven innings Mt. Vernon 3, Galion...
Ohio Little League: West Side gets going early, rolls past Maumee
 Ken Coomer felt a good week of hitting practice would help his Hamilton West Side all-stars move past a string of slow starts. He was right and then some Sunday afternoon. West Side scored in every inning but the sixth and led 10-0 in the third inning against host Maumee before securing a 13-4 victory in the Ohio Little League 12-year-old...

Posted: 6 days ago

Ken Coomer felt a good week of hitting practice would help his Hamilton West Side all-stars move past a string of slow starts. He was right and then some Sunday afternoon. West Side scored in every inning but the sixth and led 10-0 in the third inning against host Maumee before securing a 13-4 victory in the Ohio Little League 12-year-old...
Maumee rolls into Ohio Little League matchup with West Side
 Hamilton West Side’s first game in the Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament will be against the host team. Maumee opened the tournament Saturday with an 11-1, four-inning victory over Wheelersburg and will meet West Side at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Ford Park’s Robert S. Hoag Field. “They’re a good, fundamental...

Posted: 7 days ago

Hamilton West Side’s first game in the Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament will be against the host team. Maumee opened the tournament Saturday with an 11-1, four-inning victory over Wheelersburg and will meet West Side at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Ford Park’s Robert S. Hoag Field. “They’re a good, fundamental...
Canfield playing favorite’s role as West Side heads to state
 The drive for another Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball championship doesn’t figure to be an easy one for Hamilton West Side. The locals have won nine of the last 11 state titles in this age group, but the 11-team field at the state tournament in suburban Toledo is headed by Canfield. That doesn’t mean West Side coach Ken...

Posted: 8 days ago

The drive for another Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball championship doesn’t figure to be an easy one for Hamilton West Side. The locals have won nine of the last 11 state titles in this age group, but the 11-team field at the state tournament in suburban Toledo is headed by Canfield. That doesn’t mean West Side coach Ken...