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Prep basketball: Reed adds head coaching position at Talawanda
 Tim Reed is retired and busier than ever at Talawanda High School. The Braves’ head baseball coach for the past two seasons, Reed recently added another varsity position. He’s now Talawanda’s head boys basketball coach. “I’ve coached each of them for about 30 years, so I kind of got used to having them back to...

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Tim Reed is retired and busier than ever at Talawanda High School. The Braves’ head baseball coach for the past two seasons, Reed recently added another varsity position. He’s now Talawanda’s head boys basketball coach. “I’ve coached each of them for about 30 years, so I kind of got used to having them back to...
Prep football: Cox Media’s Week 5 coverage schedule
 Week 5 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games Thursday and Friday. Here’s our coverage schedule and where you can follow along for live updates on Twitter (photos and videos will be coming for selected games as well): THURSDAY NIGHT • Springboro at Centerville...

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Week 5 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games Thursday and Friday. Here’s our coverage schedule and where you can follow along for live updates on Twitter (photos and videos will be coming for selected games as well): THURSDAY NIGHT • Springboro at Centerville...
Prep football: Badin keeping Bacon freshman in its plans
 Badin High School’s football team is keeping its ears open for an injury update on Roger Bacon tailback Corey Kiner. The highly regarded freshman is the leading rusher in the Greater Catholic League Coed Division, and that’s in three games. But Kiner also has a high ankle sprain and didn’t play last weekend against McNicholas...

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Badin High School’s football team is keeping its ears open for an injury update on Roger Bacon tailback Corey Kiner. The highly regarded freshman is the leading rusher in the Greater Catholic League Coed Division, and that’s in three games. But Kiner also has a high ankle sprain and didn’t play last weekend against McNicholas...
Prep football: SWBL unbeatens Franklin, Valley View ready to clash
 Brad Childers doesn’t believe the Franklin-Valley View prep football showdown will be special in terms of how it’s won. “I say it week in and week out and it’s never going to change — it’s going to come down to the guys up front,” said Childers, who will take his Franklin squad to Germantown on Friday...

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Brad Childers doesn’t believe the Franklin-Valley View prep football showdown will be special in terms of how it’s won. “I say it week in and week out and it’s never going to change — it’s going to come down to the guys up front,” said Childers, who will take his Franklin squad to Germantown on Friday...
Prep football: Phillips quietly makes rushing history at Edgewood
 Wade Phillips continued to run like crazy last weekend. And he continued to do it quietly. The Edgewood High School junior running back is known to be a kid of many yards and few words. Simply put, it works for him. “He’s not very talkative,” Cougars coach Scott Clemmons confirmed. “He’s that way playing football...

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Wade Phillips continued to run like crazy last weekend. And he continued to do it quietly. The Edgewood High School junior running back is known to be a kid of many yards and few words. Simply put, it works for him. “He’s not very talkative,” Cougars coach Scott Clemmons confirmed. “He’s that way playing football...
Fairfield-Princeton football: Krause, Daniels together again
 Jason Krause and Mike Daniels are getting together on a football field once again. Krause will take his Fairfield High School squad on the road Friday night to face Princeton, which is in its first season of the Daniels era. In 1999, Krause’s last year as head coach at Lockland, Daniels was a freshman in his offensive backfield. &ldquo...

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Jason Krause and Mike Daniels are getting together on a football field once again. Krause will take his Fairfield High School squad on the road Friday night to face Princeton, which is in its first season of the Daniels era. In 1999, Krause’s last year as head coach at Lockland, Daniels was a freshman in his offensive backfield. &ldquo...
Prep football: Ross, Mt. Healthy in search of consistency
 The Ross-Mt. Healthy prep football matchup will feature two teams trying to figure some things out. Ross is 0-4 under first-year coach Kenyon Commins and looking to become efficient in the triple-option offense without its top quarterback. Mt. Healthy is 1-3 and playing well defensively, but doesn’t have its No. 1 quarterback either...

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The Ross-Mt. Healthy prep football matchup will feature two teams trying to figure some things out. Ross is 0-4 under first-year coach Kenyon Commins and looking to become efficient in the triple-option offense without its top quarterback. Mt. Healthy is 1-3 and playing well defensively, but doesn’t have its No. 1 quarterback either...
Prep football: Talawanda eyes Panthers, fresh start in SWOC
 Talawanda High School’s football team wouldn’t mind another stunning start in the Southwest Ohio Conference. The Braves began the 2016 season with an 0-4 mark, then kicked off SWOC play with a wild 45-44 victory over Little Miami. A year later, Talawanda is 0-4 once again and preparing for a conference opener on the road against...

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Talawanda High School’s football team wouldn’t mind another stunning start in the Southwest Ohio Conference. The Braves began the 2016 season with an 0-4 mark, then kicked off SWOC play with a wild 45-44 victory over Little Miami. A year later, Talawanda is 0-4 once again and preparing for a conference opener on the road against...
Prep football: Rams, Braves working to make noise in competitive SWOC
 The Southwest Ohio Conference prep football race figures to be competitive this year. Ross and Talawanda? They’re yearning to be part of the conversation. The Butler County Rams and Braves are winless through four weeks, with Ross getting outscored 122-40 and Talawanda getting outscored 147-21. Yet neither team is anywhere close to...

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The Southwest Ohio Conference prep football race figures to be competitive this year. Ross and Talawanda? They’re yearning to be part of the conversation. The Butler County Rams and Braves are winless through four weeks, with Ross getting outscored 122-40 and Talawanda getting outscored 147-21. Yet neither team is anywhere close to...
College Insider: West’s Higginbotham is Morehead’s No. 1 receiver
 Lakota West High School product Jarin Higginbotham is the top receiver for the Morehead State University football team this fall. The 6-foot, 195-pound redshirt junior has nine receptions for 259 yards and four touchdowns for the Eagles (1-2). He snagged three balls for 91 yards and two TDs in last Saturday’s 69-13 loss to Austin Peay...

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Lakota West High School product Jarin Higginbotham is the top receiver for the Morehead State University football team this fall. The 6-foot, 195-pound redshirt junior has nine receptions for 259 yards and four touchdowns for the Eagles (1-2). He snagged three balls for 91 yards and two TDs in last Saturday’s 69-13 loss to Austin Peay...
Prep cross country: Middletown’s Smith cruises to Friendship title
 Middletown High School junior Conant Smith ruled the Division I boys cross country field Saturday at the Cedarville University Friendship Invitational. Smith, a third-place finisher at last year’s D-I state meet, covered the 5K course in 15:24.5 and bested runner-up Cameron Stark of Liberty Center by a minute. Carroll was the boys champion...

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Middletown High School junior Conant Smith ruled the Division I boys cross country field Saturday at the Cedarville University Friendship Invitational. Smith, a third-place finisher at last year’s D-I state meet, covered the 5K course in 15:24.5 and bested runner-up Cameron Stark of Liberty Center by a minute. Carroll was the boys champion...
Prep football: Strong running, opportunistic ‘D’ lead Rams past Purcell
 Badin High School’s running game made another strong showing Saturday night, and that was good. But when the Rams were ready to stick a fork in Purcell Marian at Walnut Hills’ Marx Stadium, it was their defense that did the sticking. Luke Tabler and Grayson Taylor registered defensive touchdowns during an 18-second span early...

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Badin High School’s running game made another strong showing Saturday night, and that was good. But when the Rams were ready to stick a fork in Purcell Marian at Walnut Hills’ Marx Stadium, it was their defense that did the sticking. Luke Tabler and Grayson Taylor registered defensive touchdowns during an 18-second span early...
Prep football: Lakota West, New Miami emerge from ranks of the winless
 Victory droughts ended in dramatic fashion Friday night for the Lakota West and New Miami prep football teams. West rallied to win 31-24 at Oak Hills when MyJaden Horton hit Jordan Harris for a 12-yard touchdown with 1:01 remaining, while New Miami had 498 total yards and came from behind to edge visiting Jefferson 50-48. “The old adage...

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Victory droughts ended in dramatic fashion Friday night for the Lakota West and New Miami prep football teams. West rallied to win 31-24 at Oak Hills when MyJaden Horton hit Jordan Harris for a 12-yard touchdown with 1:01 remaining, while New Miami had 498 total yards and came from behind to edge visiting Jefferson 50-48. “The old adage...
Prep football: Fairfield overwhelms Thunderhawks to go 2-0 in GMC
 Fairfield High School’s football squad is suddenly starting to look like the team everybody expected to see this season. Winless in two nonconference games, the Indians are 2-0 in the Greater Miami Conference after pummeling previously unbeaten Lakota East 48-14 on Friday night at Fairfield Stadium. “Everybody was sleeping on...

Posted: 6 days ago

Fairfield High School’s football squad is suddenly starting to look like the team everybody expected to see this season. Winless in two nonconference games, the Indians are 2-0 in the Greater Miami Conference after pummeling previously unbeaten Lakota East 48-14 on Friday night at Fairfield Stadium. “Everybody was sleeping on...
Prep football: Badin takes positive approach to GCLC Central opener
 The start of the Greater Catholic League Coed Division season finds Badin High School’s football team in a positive place. The Rams took their first loss of the year last weekend against Edgewood, but they’re 2-1 heading into Saturday night’s matchup with GCLC Central rival Purcell Marian at Walnut Hills. “When I got...

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The start of the Greater Catholic League Coed Division season finds Badin High School’s football team in a positive place. The Rams took their first loss of the year last weekend against Edgewood, but they’re 2-1 heading into Saturday night’s matchup with GCLC Central rival Purcell Marian at Walnut Hills. “When I got...
Cox Media’s Week 4 Prep Football Coverage Schedule
 Week 4 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games Friday and Saturday. Here’s our coverage schedule and where you can follow along for live updates on Twitter (photos and videos will be coming for selected games as well): • Lakota East at Fairfield, 7 p.m., Rick Cassano...

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Week 4 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games Friday and Saturday. Here’s our coverage schedule and where you can follow along for live updates on Twitter (photos and videos will be coming for selected games as well): • Lakota East at Fairfield, 7 p.m., Rick Cassano...
High school volleyball: Fenwick notches 3-1 road win over Badin
 Fenwick High School’s volleyball team posted a 25-14, 25-19, 21-25, 25-15 road victory over Badin on Thursday night at Mulcahey Gym. The Rams dropped out of a three-way tie for first place in the Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division, getting nine kills from junior Samantha Raley and eight aces from sophomore Audrey Horsley...

Posted: 7 days ago

Fenwick High School’s volleyball team posted a 25-14, 25-19, 21-25, 25-15 road victory over Badin on Thursday night at Mulcahey Gym. The Rams dropped out of a three-way tie for first place in the Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division, getting nine kills from junior Samantha Raley and eight aces from sophomore Audrey Horsley...
Gunter resigns as athletic director, boys basketball coach at Ross
 Brian Gunter is out as athletic director and varsity boys basketball coach in the Ross Local School District. Gunter, who has been at Ross since 2014, submitted his resignation to the Ross Board of Education on Thursday night. He cited personal reasons. “You will not find a nicer guy in our profession than Brian Gunter,” RHS principal...

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Brian Gunter is out as athletic director and varsity boys basketball coach in the Ross Local School District. Gunter, who has been at Ross since 2014, submitted his resignation to the Ross Board of Education on Thursday night. He cited personal reasons. “You will not find a nicer guy in our profession than Brian Gunter,” RHS principal...
Prep football: Dobrozsi, unbeaten Thunderhawks rolling into Fairfield
 Surprising is the operative word when it comes to Lakota East High School’s football team and junior fullback Jack Dobrozsi this season. The Thunderhawks are off to a 3-0 start, while Dobrozsi — who logged two varsity carries for 8 yards last year — tops the Greater Miami Conference in rushing and has 226 more yards than...

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Surprising is the operative word when it comes to Lakota East High School’s football team and junior fullback Jack Dobrozsi this season. The Thunderhawks are off to a 3-0 start, while Dobrozsi — who logged two varsity carries for 8 yards last year — tops the Greater Miami Conference in rushing and has 226 more yards than...
Prep football: Comeback win boosts Big Blue toward Mason matchup
 Hamilton High School’s football team was staring at the real possibility of being 0-3, then did something about it. Big Blue trailed Oak Hills 21-13 at halftime last Friday, but dominated the rest of the way en route to a 41-21 victory at Virgil Schwarm Stadium. “Something needed to be done,” HHS senior linebacker Jason...

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Hamilton High School’s football team was staring at the real possibility of being 0-3, then did something about it. Big Blue trailed Oak Hills 21-13 at halftime last Friday, but dominated the rest of the way en route to a 41-21 victory at Virgil Schwarm Stadium. “Something needed to be done,” HHS senior linebacker Jason...
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