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Defiance blanks Badin 8-0 in state-championship rematch
 The early-season marquee matchup turned out to be a dud for Badin High School’s baseball team. Two-time defending state champion Defiance came to town Wednesday for a rematch of last year’s Division II state final and beat the Rams again. But it was much easier this time. Jackson Meter, Logan Andonian and Braden Frederick combined...

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The early-season marquee matchup turned out to be a dud for Badin High School’s baseball team. Two-time defending state champion Defiance came to town Wednesday for a rematch of last year’s Division II state final and beat the Rams again. But it was much easier this time. Jackson Meter, Logan Andonian and Braden Frederick combined...
Delk finishes what she started in Fairfield’s win over Aviators
 Taylor Delk finished off a five-hitter in somewhat unstable fashion Tuesday evening. The Fairfield High School pitcher took a hard throw off her helmet while running the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning against visiting Sycamore, then worked out of a jam in the top of the seventh to secure a 2-1 victory. “It was a little blurry...

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Taylor Delk finished off a five-hitter in somewhat unstable fashion Tuesday evening. The Fairfield High School pitcher took a hard throw off her helmet while running the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning against visiting Sycamore, then worked out of a jam in the top of the seventh to secure a 2-1 victory. “It was a little blurry...
Unbeaten Rams mixing youth, experience on softball diamond
 A lot of things have changed within Badin High School’s softball team this year. The expectations have not. The Rams have captured six straight Greater Catholic League championships and back-to-back Division III district titles, and they’re on the prowl for more. “Maybe there’s a little bit of rebuilding, but even...

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A lot of things have changed within Badin High School’s softball team this year. The expectations have not. The Rams have captured six straight Greater Catholic League championships and back-to-back Division III district titles, and they’re on the prowl for more. “Maybe there’s a little bit of rebuilding, but even...
College Insider: Badin’s Nichting among top Conference USA hitters
 T.J. Nichting is having a standout senior baseball season for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The senior infielder/outfielder and Badin High School graduate ranks second in Conference USA hitting with a .410 batting average, trailing only teammate Jackson Mims (.413). Nichting leads the 49ers in triples (two), home runs (four)...

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T.J. Nichting is having a standout senior baseball season for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The senior infielder/outfielder and Badin High School graduate ranks second in Conference USA hitting with a .410 batting average, trailing only teammate Jackson Mims (.413). Nichting leads the 49ers in triples (two), home runs (four)...
College Insider: Fleming honored as Taylor reaches NAIA Sweet 16
 The Taylor University men’s basketball team has completed an outstanding season with a strong local flavor. Three area players helped the Trojans go 21-12 and reach the Sweet 16 of the NAIA Division II National Championship in Point Lookout, Mo. Taylor began the national event with a 73-67 victory over Warner on March 8, then lost to...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Taylor University men’s basketball team has completed an outstanding season with a strong local flavor. Three area players helped the Trojans go 21-12 and reach the Sweet 16 of the NAIA Division II National Championship in Point Lookout, Mo. Taylor began the national event with a 73-67 victory over Warner on March 8, then lost to...
CCS bid for state falls one win short as Perry captures regional
 The Final Four dream failed to become reality for Cincinnati Christian School’s boys basketball team. Lima Perry controlled the fourth quarter and earned its first Division IV state tournament berth Friday night, capturing a regional championship with a 57-44 victory at Fairmont’s Trent Arena. “It just wasn’t in God&rsquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Final Four dream failed to become reality for Cincinnati Christian School’s boys basketball team. Lima Perry controlled the fourth quarter and earned its first Division IV state tournament berth Friday night, capturing a regional championship with a 57-44 victory at Fairmont’s Trent Arena. “It just wasn’t in God&rsquo...
CCS-Lima Perry: One team will head to state for the first time
 Carl Woods is caught up in the whirlwind that’s created by postseason success. And he’d like it to last a bit longer. “I couldn’t sleep well. I was still excited,” Woods said Wednesday after his Cincinnati Christian School boys basketball team beat New Madison Tri-Village on Tuesday night for its first Division...

Posted: 13 days ago

Carl Woods is caught up in the whirlwind that’s created by postseason success. And he’d like it to last a bit longer. “I couldn’t sleep well. I was still excited,” Woods said Wednesday after his Cincinnati Christian School boys basketball team beat New Madison Tri-Village on Tuesday night for its first Division...
CCS boys continue historic run, one win away from state
 The history march is ongoing for Cincinnati Christian School’s boys basketball team. The Cougars are one win away from the Division IV state tournament after securing their first regional victory Tuesday night, a 49-42 semifinal triumph over New Madison Tri-Village at Fairmont’s Trent Arena. “How do you describe it? I&rsquo...

Posted: 15 days ago

The history march is ongoing for Cincinnati Christian School’s boys basketball team. The Cougars are one win away from the Division IV state tournament after securing their first regional victory Tuesday night, a 49-42 semifinal triumph over New Madison Tri-Village at Fairmont’s Trent Arena. “How do you describe it? I&rsquo...
First regional appearance, Tri-Village up next for CCS boys
 Uncharted territory has been reached by Cincinnati Christian School’s boys basketball team. The Cougars are in the Division IV regionals for the first time and will meet New Madison Tri-Village in an 8 p.m. semifinal Tuesday at Fairmont’s Trent Arena. “Getting over that district hump was a huge sigh of relief from a coaching...

Posted: 16 days ago

Uncharted territory has been reached by Cincinnati Christian School’s boys basketball team. The Cougars are in the Division IV regionals for the first time and will meet New Madison Tri-Village in an 8 p.m. semifinal Tuesday at Fairmont’s Trent Arena. “Getting over that district hump was a huge sigh of relief from a coaching...
College Insider: East’s Jessee swims his way to All-America status
 Keith Jessee earned All-America men’s swimming honors in two events at the NAIA National Championships on March 1-4 in Columbus, Ga. The Asbury University sophomore and Lakota East High School graduate was third in the 200-yard individual medley (1:51.06) and 400 IM (4:02.52) to achieve All-America status. Jessee set a school record...

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Keith Jessee earned All-America men’s swimming honors in two events at the NAIA National Championships on March 1-4 in Columbus, Ga. The Asbury University sophomore and Lakota East High School graduate was third in the 200-yard individual medley (1:51.06) and 400 IM (4:02.52) to achieve All-America status. Jessee set a school record...
CCS boys end district drought with emotional win over Southeastern
 When the moment finally arrived late Friday night, Carl Woods was more than ready to do a little jig. Cincinnati Christian School’s boys basketball team broke through the Division IV district ceiling with a 54-52 victory over South Charleston Southeastern at the University of Dayton Arena, giving the Cougars the first district championship...

Posted: 18 days ago

When the moment finally arrived late Friday night, Carl Woods was more than ready to do a little jig. Cincinnati Christian School’s boys basketball team broke through the Division IV district ceiling with a 54-52 victory over South Charleston Southeastern at the University of Dayton Arena, giving the Cougars the first district championship...
State-bound Arvin proud to make Big Blue bowling history
 Kaylee Arvin is proud to carry the Hamilton High School banner to the Division I state girls bowling tournament in Columbus. And she’d like to make a little noise when she gets there. The senior is the first Big Blue individual to earn a state berth since the Ohio High School Athletic Association began sanctioning the sport in 2006-07...

Posted: 20 days ago

Kaylee Arvin is proud to carry the Hamilton High School banner to the Division I state girls bowling tournament in Columbus. And she’d like to make a little noise when she gets there. The senior is the first Big Blue individual to earn a state berth since the Ohio High School Athletic Association began sanctioning the sport in 2006-07...
Senior-driven Cincinnati Christian boys eyeing first district title
 His collegiate golf career will be here soon enough. Brady Roberts isn’t ready to give up basketball just yet. He is one of 10 seniors for the Cincinnati Christian School boys basketball team, which has advanced to the Division IV district finals for the third time in five years. The Cougars (20-5) are still seeking their first district...

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His collegiate golf career will be here soon enough. Brady Roberts isn’t ready to give up basketball just yet. He is one of 10 seniors for the Cincinnati Christian School boys basketball team, which has advanced to the Division IV district finals for the third time in five years. The Cougars (20-5) are still seeking their first district...
Cold shooting dooms Rams in regional loss to Versailles
 Badin High School’s pathway into the offseason was paved with plenty of missed shots Wednesday night. The Rams’ shooting touch disappeared in the second half against Versailles in a Division III regional girls basketball semifinal, with the Tigers surging to a 50-36 victory at Springfield. “We couldn’t make shots,&rdquo...

Posted: 21 days ago

Badin High School’s pathway into the offseason was paved with plenty of missed shots Wednesday night. The Rams’ shooting touch disappeared in the second half against Versailles in a Division III regional girls basketball semifinal, with the Tigers surging to a 50-36 victory at Springfield. “We couldn’t make shots,&rdquo...
Youthful Badin girls ready for regional shot at Versailles
 A youth movement has driven Badin High School’s girls basketball team back to the loftier heights of the postseason. The Rams have captured 16 district championships, but No. 16 is the program’s first since 2012. And they’re starting three sophomores. Ninth-year Badin coach Tom Sunderman will take his squad to Springfield...

Posted: 22 days ago

A youth movement has driven Badin High School’s girls basketball team back to the loftier heights of the postseason. The Rams have captured 16 district championships, but No. 16 is the program’s first since 2012. And they’re starting three sophomores. Ninth-year Badin coach Tom Sunderman will take his squad to Springfield...
College Insider: Madison’s Brinegar standout on UNOH diamond
 Freshman Joey Brinegar is making a strong impression with the University of Northwestern Ohio softball team. The Madison High School graduate is hitting .500 and leading the Racers in hits (14), home runs (two) and RBIs (12). The catcher/first baseman has started every game, collecting a double and six runs. Senior pitcher Chelsea Miller...

Posted: 23 days ago

Freshman Joey Brinegar is making a strong impression with the University of Northwestern Ohio softball team. The Madison High School graduate is hitting .500 and leading the Racers in hits (14), home runs (two) and RBIs (12). The catcher/first baseman has started every game, collecting a double and six runs. Senior pitcher Chelsea Miller...
CCS boys romp through sectional, eye first district championship
 The Division IV Cincinnati sectional was one big preliminary round for Cincinnati Christian School’s boys basketball team. Now it gets real. The Cougars are headed back to the district finals after claiming their second straight sectional championship Saturday night, overwhelming Georgetown 91-50 at Taylor. In three sectional wins,...

Posted: 24 days ago

The Division IV Cincinnati sectional was one big preliminary round for Cincinnati Christian School’s boys basketball team. Now it gets real. The Cougars are headed back to the district finals after claiming their second straight sectional championship Saturday night, overwhelming Georgetown 91-50 at Taylor. In three sectional wins,...
Offensive woes lead to district defeat for Cincinnati Christian girls
 Cincinnati Christian School’s girls basketball road may have ended in Troy, but the Cougars are hoping it was just the start of something big. CCS had never made it to the Division IV district finals before Saturday afternoon, and the 37-26 loss to Jackson Center wasn’t easy to digest. The future, though, looks bright for the...

Posted: 25 days ago

Cincinnati Christian School’s girls basketball road may have ended in Troy, but the Cougars are hoping it was just the start of something big. CCS had never made it to the Division IV district finals before Saturday afternoon, and the 37-26 loss to Jackson Center wasn’t easy to digest. The future, though, looks bright for the...
Jackson Center awaits CCS girls in their first trip to district
 History has been made by the Cincinnati Christian School girls basketball team, so why not make a little more? That’s the Cougars’ mind-set as they travel to Troy on Saturday for a Division IV district final against Jackson Center at 1 p.m. CCS is just 11-14, but can’t wait to head north for its first-ever district appearance...

Posted: 27 days ago

History has been made by the Cincinnati Christian School girls basketball team, so why not make a little more? That’s the Cougars’ mind-set as they travel to Troy on Saturday for a Division IV district final against Jackson Center at 1 p.m. CCS is just 11-14, but can’t wait to head north for its first-ever district appearance...
CCS boys batter New Miami, earn spot in sectional final
 Stephen Lunt was grateful for the chance to contribute Wednesday night. The senior guard doesn’t play a whole lot for the Cincinnati Christian School boys basketball squad, but he saw plenty of action in an 84-28 rout of New Miami in a Division IV sectional semifinal at Taylor. “I knew it would probably be one of the last times...

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Stephen Lunt was grateful for the chance to contribute Wednesday night. The senior guard doesn’t play a whole lot for the Cincinnati Christian School boys basketball squad, but he saw plenty of action in an 84-28 rout of New Miami in a Division IV sectional semifinal at Taylor. “I knew it would probably be one of the last times...
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