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Heartbreak: Extra-inning loss ends Carlisle’s baseball season
 It was bound to be a season-ending gut punch for somebody. Jake Glover just didn’t think his Carlisle High School baseball team would be on the receiving end Friday. The Indians were left to ponder what might have been as their bid for a Division III state tournament berth came up just short, with Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy...

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It was bound to be a season-ending gut punch for somebody. Jake Glover just didn’t think his Carlisle High School baseball team would be on the receiving end Friday. The Indians were left to ponder what might have been as their bid for a Division III state tournament berth came up just short, with Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy...
Carlisle will play for regional baseball title after blanking CCD 2-0
 The Division III state tournament is one more celebration away for Carlisle High School’s baseball team. Senior Adam Goodpaster tossed a three-hitter and launched the first home run of his prep career Thursday in a 2-0 regional semifinal victory over Cincinnati Country Day at the Athletes in Action complex. “I can’t believe...

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The Division III state tournament is one more celebration away for Carlisle High School’s baseball team. Senior Adam Goodpaster tossed a three-hitter and launched the first home run of his prep career Thursday in a 2-0 regional semifinal victory over Cincinnati Country Day at the Athletes in Action complex. “I can’t believe...
‘Good vibe’ Tribe has D-I regional date with St. Xavier
 Momentum is a beautiful thing, especially in the postseason. Fairfield High School’s baseball team is riding such a wave and has advanced to the Division I regional for the first time since 2002, with the Indians set to face St. Xavier in a 5 p.m. semifinal Thursday at the University of Cincinnati’s Marge Schott Stadium. &ldquo...

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Momentum is a beautiful thing, especially in the postseason. Fairfield High School’s baseball team is riding such a wave and has advanced to the Division I regional for the first time since 2002, with the Indians set to face St. Xavier in a 5 p.m. semifinal Thursday at the University of Cincinnati’s Marge Schott Stadium. &ldquo...
Tradition-laden CCD awaits Carlisle in regional baseball semifinal
 Chris Hawkins believes his Carlisle High School baseball team is still rising. The 21-9 Indians are Division III district champions for the first time since 2010 and will meet Cincinnati Country Day in a 2 p.m. regional semifinal Thursday at the Athletes in Action complex in Xenia. “I like this group of kids. They’ve got a little...

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Chris Hawkins believes his Carlisle High School baseball team is still rising. The 21-9 Indians are Division III district champions for the first time since 2010 and will meet Cincinnati Country Day in a 2 p.m. regional semifinal Thursday at the Athletes in Action complex in Xenia. “I like this group of kids. They’ve got a little...
Top-ranked Lebanon pulls off stunning 14-13 win over West in regional
 Ashley West was one of the few players who hadn’t done much hitting when she stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday. Then the Lebanon High School sophomore got in the act. West’s two-out, two-run single to left field capped a five-run rally as the top-ranked Warriors pulled off an extraordinary 14-13...

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Ashley West was one of the few players who hadn’t done much hitting when she stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday. Then the Lebanon High School sophomore got in the act. West’s two-out, two-run single to left field capped a five-run rally as the top-ranked Warriors pulled off an extraordinary 14-13...
Badin seeking elusive regional softball win against Northwestern
 Badin High School’s softball team is eager for its fourth crack at the regional tournament. The Rams will face Springfield Northwestern in a Division III regional semifinal Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Wright State University, a rematch of last year’s regional semi that the Warriors won 4-0. BHS is 0-3 as a regional participant...

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Badin High School’s softball team is eager for its fourth crack at the regional tournament. The Rams will face Springfield Northwestern in a Division III regional semifinal Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Wright State University, a rematch of last year’s regional semi that the Warriors won 4-0. BHS is 0-3 as a regional participant...
Badin handles CNE 10-1, claims third straight district softball crown
 District championships are starting to become routine for Badin High School’s softball team. But there’s still a major obstacle on the horizon. The Rams captured their third consecutive Division III district title Monday and the fourth such crown in school history with a 10-1 triumph over Clermont Northeastern at Kings, yet the...

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District championships are starting to become routine for Badin High School’s softball team. But there’s still a major obstacle on the horizon. The Rams captured their third consecutive Division III district title Monday and the fourth such crown in school history with a 10-1 triumph over Clermont Northeastern at Kings, yet the...
College Insider: Badin’s Holderbach has strong year for EKU baseball
 Alex Holderbach has completed a standout sophomore season with the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team in Richmond, Ky. The Badin High School graduate, who plays infield and outfield, nearly doubled his batting average from last season, hitting .355 with 12 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 49 RBIs, 39 runs and three stolen bases...

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Alex Holderbach has completed a standout sophomore season with the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team in Richmond, Ky. The Badin High School graduate, who plays infield and outfield, nearly doubled his batting average from last season, hitting .355 with 12 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 49 RBIs, 39 runs and three stolen bases...
Firebirds rally to edge Springboro, capture district championship
 Greg Leurck has an opportunistic baseball team at Lakota West High School, and he’s not going to apologize for that. Springboro may have deserved a better fate Saturday in a Division I district final at Centerville, but West is headed to the regional after battling its way to a 4-3 victory. “We find a way. That’s the way...

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Greg Leurck has an opportunistic baseball team at Lakota West High School, and he’s not going to apologize for that. Springboro may have deserved a better fate Saturday in a Division I district final at Centerville, but West is headed to the regional after battling its way to a 4-3 victory. “We find a way. That’s the way...
Sams’ mound gem leads Fairfield to first district crown since 2002
 Fairfield High School’s baseball team didn’t need a comeback special Saturday afternoon. Less than 48 hours after using a stirring rally to defeat Kings in a Division I sectional final, the Indians blanked Vandalia Butler 7-0 at Centerville to capture the program’s first district championship since 2002. “After our...

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Fairfield High School’s baseball team didn’t need a comeback special Saturday afternoon. Less than 48 hours after using a stirring rally to defeat Kings in a Division I sectional final, the Indians blanked Vandalia Butler 7-0 at Centerville to capture the program’s first district championship since 2002. “After our...
Late burst heartens Rams, but Clinton-Massie rolls to district title
 A late rally gave some season-ending comfort to Ross High School’s softball team Friday afternoon. The Rams tallied five two-out runs in the top of the fifth inning in a Division II district final against Clinton-Massie, though the surge wasn’t nearly enough to extend their 2017 campaign. The Falcons romped to their first district...

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A late rally gave some season-ending comfort to Ross High School’s softball team Friday afternoon. The Rams tallied five two-out runs in the top of the fifth inning in a Division II district final against Clinton-Massie, though the surge wasn’t nearly enough to extend their 2017 campaign. The Falcons romped to their first district...
CJ’s Barhorst delivers walkoff hit to sink Badin in sectional final
 It was a nice round number for Mark Barhorst, along with a soggy celebration. The Chaminade Julienne High School baseball team is headed to the Division II district finals after surviving a 3-2 thriller against Greater Catholic League Coed Division rival Badin on Thursday at Miamisburg’s Toadvine Field. Barhorst was the walkoff hero...

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It was a nice round number for Mark Barhorst, along with a soggy celebration. The Chaminade Julienne High School baseball team is headed to the Division II district finals after surviving a 3-2 thriller against Greater Catholic League Coed Division rival Badin on Thursday at Miamisburg’s Toadvine Field. Barhorst was the walkoff hero...
High School Football: Crosstown Showdown schedule
 Below is the schedule for the 20th Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown high school football event: FRIDAY, AUG. 18 • East Central (Ind.) at Lawrenceburg (Ind.), 7 p.m. • Highlands (Ky.) at Cooper (Ky.), 7:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 23 • Hughes at Deer Park, 7 p.m. THURSDAY, AUG. 24 • Taft at Mount Healthy, 7 p.m. • Aiken...

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Below is the schedule for the 20th Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown high school football event: FRIDAY, AUG. 18 • East Central (Ind.) at Lawrenceburg (Ind.), 7 p.m. • Highlands (Ky.) at Cooper (Ky.), 7:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 23 • Hughes at Deer Park, 7 p.m. THURSDAY, AUG. 24 • Taft at Mount Healthy, 7 p.m. • Aiken...
Crosstown Showdown: Ross-Badin among local football matchups
 The renewal of the Ross-Badin prep football rivalry will have an extra flair in the upcoming season. The Butler County Ram units haven’t played since 2010, but they’ll square off in the 20th edition of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. Tom Gamble of In-Game Sports, which owns and manages the event, announced the 21-game schedule...

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The renewal of the Ross-Badin prep football rivalry will have an extra flair in the upcoming season. The Butler County Ram units haven’t played since 2010, but they’ll square off in the 20th edition of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. Tom Gamble of In-Game Sports, which owns and manages the event, announced the 21-game schedule...
Softball: Clinton-Massie batters Hornets in D-II sectional final
 It was the scenario that never entered the collective mind of Monroe High School’s softball team — a blowout defeat. The top-seeded Hornets’ season came to an emotional end Wednesday afternoon with a five-inning, 12-2 loss to Clinton-Massie in a Division II sectional final at Lefferson Park. “We had much more momentum...

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It was the scenario that never entered the collective mind of Monroe High School’s softball team — a blowout defeat. The top-seeded Hornets’ season came to an emotional end Wednesday afternoon with a five-inning, 12-2 loss to Clinton-Massie in a Division II sectional final at Lefferson Park. “We had much more momentum...
College Insider: Local trio in major roles for NCAA-bound Earlham
 Three local players have led Earlham College to the NCAA Division III baseball tournament for the first time in school history. Senior center fielder Nate Lynch, a Talawanda High School graduate, has been named Most Valuable Player in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Lynch leads the HCAC in batting average (.411) and stolen bases...

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Three local players have led Earlham College to the NCAA Division III baseball tournament for the first time in school history. Senior center fielder Nate Lynch, a Talawanda High School graduate, has been named Most Valuable Player in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Lynch leads the HCAC in batting average (.411) and stolen bases...
CCS overwhelmed by Fayetteville in D-IV sectional softball final
 Madison Adams won’t let the final game of her Cincinnati Christian School softball career be her lasting memory. The senior first baseman admitted the ending wasn’t easy, but there wasn’t much the Cougars could do Tuesday in a 22-1 thrashing at the hands of Fayetteville in a Division IV sectional final at Indian Hill. &ldquo...

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Madison Adams won’t let the final game of her Cincinnati Christian School softball career be her lasting memory. The senior first baseman admitted the ending wasn’t easy, but there wasn’t much the Cougars could do Tuesday in a 22-1 thrashing at the hands of Fayetteville in a Division IV sectional final at Indian Hill. &ldquo...
Badin erases early deficit, beats Brookville for D-III sectional title
 An early jolt gave Badin High School’s softball team something to think about Monday, and the Rams thought quickly. Staring at a 3-0 deficit before its first at-bat, top-seeded Badin rebounded for a 4-3 lead after two innings and went on to defeat Brookville 6-3 in a Division III sectional final at Xenia. »Madison edges Carlisle...

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An early jolt gave Badin High School’s softball team something to think about Monday, and the Rams thought quickly. Staring at a 3-0 deficit before its first at-bat, top-seeded Badin rebounded for a 4-3 lead after two innings and went on to defeat Brookville 6-3 in a Division III sectional final at Xenia. »Madison edges Carlisle...
Hornets fight off Brookville, grab share of SWBL Southwestern title
 Monroe High School’s softball team took care of some championship business Saturday afternoon. The Hornets looked more relieved than excited after winning 8-6 at Brookville, but the victory clinched a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division title. “After last night, it was like, ‘OK, how do we get...

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Monroe High School’s softball team took care of some championship business Saturday afternoon. The Hornets looked more relieved than excited after winning 8-6 at Brookville, but the victory clinched a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division title. “After last night, it was like, ‘OK, how do we get...
Late explosion powers Ross girls in run-rule win over Blanchester
 Once the bats came alive, there was no stopping Ross High School’s softball team. The Rams managed just two hits through five innings Friday in a Division II sectional semifinal at Blanchester, then erupted for eight hits and nine runs in the sixth en route to a 14-3 run-rule victory. “One person hits and then it just goes down...

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Once the bats came alive, there was no stopping Ross High School’s softball team. The Rams managed just two hits through five innings Friday in a Division II sectional semifinal at Blanchester, then erupted for eight hits and nine runs in the sixth en route to a 14-3 run-rule victory. “One person hits and then it just goes down...
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