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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...

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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...

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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: 2 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...
Fairfield girls jump on Big Blue, coast to 65-49 victory
 A strong first half wasn’t enough to satisfy Fairfield High School girls basketball coach David Loper. His Indians weren’t seriously challenged after jumping to a 36-18 halftime lead Wednesday night at Hamilton, but Loper wanted to see more consistency in the 65-49 victory. “That’s not where we need to be,” he...

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A strong first half wasn’t enough to satisfy Fairfield High School girls basketball coach David Loper. His Indians weren’t seriously challenged after jumping to a 36-18 halftime lead Wednesday night at Hamilton, but Loper wanted to see more consistency in the 65-49 victory. “That’s not where we need to be,” he...
Bailey sparks Middies past West with big inside effort
 Jomar Bailey was the dunkmaster general Tuesday night. The Middletown High School senior sparked his team’s struggling offense with a career-high 23 points and six dunks as the Middies defeated visiting Lakota West 53-42 in Greater Miami Conference boys basketball action at Wade E. Miller Gym. “We didn’t want to lose a game...

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Jomar Bailey was the dunkmaster general Tuesday night. The Middletown High School senior sparked his team’s struggling offense with a career-high 23 points and six dunks as the Middies defeated visiting Lakota West 53-42 in Greater Miami Conference boys basketball action at Wade E. Miller Gym. “We didn’t want to lose a game...
Bailey sparks Middies past West with big inside effort
 Jomar Bailey was the dunkmaster general Tuesday night. The Middletown High School senior sparked his team’s struggling offense with a career-high 23 points and six dunks as the Middies defeated visiting Lakota West 53-42 in Greater Miami Conference boys basketball action at Wade E. Miller Gym. “We didn’t want to lose a game...

Posted: 8 days ago

Jomar Bailey was the dunkmaster general Tuesday night. The Middletown High School senior sparked his team’s struggling offense with a career-high 23 points and six dunks as the Middies defeated visiting Lakota West 53-42 in Greater Miami Conference boys basketball action at Wade E. Miller Gym. “We didn’t want to lose a game...
Robinette powers inside game as New Miami girls beat MCS 46-33
 New Miami High School’s girls basketball team took the methodical path to victory Monday night. The Vikings pulled away from a 27-27 deadlock by outscoring Middletown Christian 16-1 over a stretch of almost nine minutes, surging to a 46-33 nonconference win over the visiting Eagles. Post players Alyssa Robinette and Faith Parker combined...

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New Miami High School’s girls basketball team took the methodical path to victory Monday night. The Vikings pulled away from a 27-27 deadlock by outscoring Middletown Christian 16-1 over a stretch of almost nine minutes, surging to a 46-33 nonconference win over the visiting Eagles. Post players Alyssa Robinette and Faith Parker combined...
College Insider: East’s White shows shooting skills at Mount Union

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Erin White tops the Ohio Athletic Conference women’s basketball rankings in field-goal percentage and has started every game this season for the University of Mount Union. The 6-foot junior center and Lakota East High School graduate is shooting 59.4 percent from the floor and leads the Raiders in rebounding with an 8.3 average. White...
Middletown’s offensive woes continue in loss to Springboro
 The search for Middletown High School’s AWOL offense is on. The Middies scored 37 points or less in all three of their games this week and fell to 3-5 with a 43-31 boys basketball loss at Springboro on Saturday night. “I think we’re relying too heavily on our defense,” Middletown coach Darnell Hoskins said. &ldquo...

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The search for Middletown High School’s AWOL offense is on. The Middies scored 37 points or less in all three of their games this week and fell to 3-5 with a 43-31 boys basketball loss at Springboro on Saturday night. “I think we’re relying too heavily on our defense,” Middletown coach Darnell Hoskins said. &ldquo...
Sluggish start can’t stop Carlisle girls from beating CCS
 The hole wasn’t deep enough to keep Carlisle High School’s girls basketball team from climbing out and grabbing a victory Saturday afternoon. Freshman Caitlyn Stewart tossed in a career-high 15 points for the Indians, who overcame a 23-9 deficit to win 47-39 at Cincinnati Christian. “This is not how we envisioned our day...

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The hole wasn’t deep enough to keep Carlisle High School’s girls basketball team from climbing out and grabbing a victory Saturday afternoon. Freshman Caitlyn Stewart tossed in a career-high 15 points for the Indians, who overcame a 23-9 deficit to win 47-39 at Cincinnati Christian. “This is not how we envisioned our day...
Strong start powers Badin to 55-44 win over McNicholas
 The pieces are starting to fall more and more into place for Badin High School’s boys basketball team. Sophomore Justin Pappas scored 18 points Friday night as the host Rams won for the fourth time in five games, handling McNicholas 55-44 in Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division play at Mulcahey Gym. “We were just thinking...

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The pieces are starting to fall more and more into place for Badin High School’s boys basketball team. Sophomore Justin Pappas scored 18 points Friday night as the host Rams won for the fourth time in five games, handling McNicholas 55-44 in Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division play at Mulcahey Gym. “We were just thinking...
Hamilton’s Jones making name for himself at D-III Wilmington
 Hamilton is never that far away from Christian Jones, in distance or in spirit. The 2014 Hamilton High School graduate is enjoying a successful basketball career at Wilmington College, but he remembers his Big Blue days with a vivid memory. “Those were the good old days,” Jones said Tuesday afternoon while taking a break after...

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Hamilton is never that far away from Christian Jones, in distance or in spirit. The 2014 Hamilton High School graduate is enjoying a successful basketball career at Wilmington College, but he remembers his Big Blue days with a vivid memory. “Those were the good old days,” Jones said Tuesday afternoon while taking a break after...
Edgewood girls top Talawanda 31-28 in defensive battle
 Defense ruled the night as Edgewood High School’s girls basketball team took sole possession of first place in the Southwest Ohio Conference on Wednesday. The Cougars overcame poor shooting, including a 1-of-9 performance at the charity stripe, and knocked off host Talawanda 31-28. “It was crazy. My heart is still beating,&rdquo...

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Defense ruled the night as Edgewood High School’s girls basketball team took sole possession of first place in the Southwest Ohio Conference on Wednesday. The Cougars overcame poor shooting, including a 1-of-9 performance at the charity stripe, and knocked off host Talawanda 31-28. “It was crazy. My heart is still beating,&rdquo...
Franklin fights off Carlisle 68-62 to remain unbeaten
 It wasn’t the overall performance Franklin High School boys basketball coach Brian Bales was looking for, but unbeaten is still unbeaten. The Wildcats went on the road and improved to 7-0 on Tuesday night, fighting off Carlisle 68-62 in a local rivalry matchup before a large, boisterous crowd. “Big rivalry game. Hostile environment...

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It wasn’t the overall performance Franklin High School boys basketball coach Brian Bales was looking for, but unbeaten is still unbeaten. The Wildcats went on the road and improved to 7-0 on Tuesday night, fighting off Carlisle 68-62 in a local rivalry matchup before a large, boisterous crowd. “Big rivalry game. Hostile environment...
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