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Shawnee girls begin sectional by completing sweep of Carlisle
 Rounds 1, 2 and 3 ultimately produced the same result for Preble Shawnee High School’s girls basketball team. The Arrows swept Carlisle during Southwestern Buckeye League play and completed the seasonal triple by beating the Indians 37-28 in a Division III sectional opener Saturday at Franklin Monroe. “I was worried about the...

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Rounds 1, 2 and 3 ultimately produced the same result for Preble Shawnee High School’s girls basketball team. The Arrows swept Carlisle during Southwestern Buckeye League play and completed the seasonal triple by beating the Indians 37-28 in a Division III sectional opener Saturday at Franklin Monroe. “I was worried about the...
Madison girls barely hold off Bethel for sectional victory
 What looked like an easy victory for Madison High School’s girls basketball team turned into a tense struggle for postseason survival. The Mohawks triumphed in their Division III sectional opener Saturday, but had to withstand a furious Tipp City Bethel rally to win 52-46 at Franklin Monroe. “That was very interesting,”...

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What looked like an easy victory for Madison High School’s girls basketball team turned into a tense struggle for postseason survival. The Mohawks triumphed in their Division III sectional opener Saturday, but had to withstand a furious Tipp City Bethel rally to win 52-46 at Franklin Monroe. “That was very interesting,”...
Carlisle fights off Polar Bears to earn share of SWBL Buckeye title
 Carlisle High School’s boys basketball team made it a championship season Friday night. The Indians had to scratch and claw to secure a 60-52 road victory over Northridge and will share the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division title with Preble Shawnee. “It’s awesome,” said Carlisle junior forward Justin Flor...

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Carlisle High School’s boys basketball team made it a championship season Friday night. The Indians had to scratch and claw to secure a 60-52 road victory over Northridge and will share the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division title with Preble Shawnee. “It’s awesome,” said Carlisle junior forward Justin Flor...
Talawanda girls ousted by Ursuline in sectional opener
 The postseason didn’t last long for Talawanda High School’s girls basketball team, but the Braves still managed some smiles Wednesday night. Talawanda turned in a typically gritty, all-out performance in its Division I sectional opener. Ursuline simply proved to be a little too strong in a 62-46 victory at Lakota East. &ldquo...

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The postseason didn’t last long for Talawanda High School’s girls basketball team, but the Braves still managed some smiles Wednesday night. Talawanda turned in a typically gritty, all-out performance in its Division I sectional opener. Ursuline simply proved to be a little too strong in a 62-46 victory at Lakota East. &ldquo...
Lebanon continues late-season surge, rolls past Cougars 58-44
 Lebanon High School’s boys basketball team is happy to see brightness at the end of the tunnel. It’s been a tough season for the Warriors, but they’re still getting after it and won their third straight game Tuesday night, overpowering visiting Edgewood in the second half en route to a 58-44 victory. “The kids never...

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Lebanon High School’s boys basketball team is happy to see brightness at the end of the tunnel. It’s been a tough season for the Warriors, but they’re still getting after it and won their third straight game Tuesday night, overpowering visiting Edgewood in the second half en route to a 58-44 victory. “The kids never...
Lebanon continues late-season surge, rolls past Cougars 58-44
 Lebanon High School’s boys basketball team is happy to see brightness at the end of the tunnel. It’s been a tough season for the Warriors, but they’re still getting after it and won their third straight game Tuesday night, overpowering visiting Edgewood in the second half en route to a 58-44 victory. “The kids never...

Posted: 4 days ago

Lebanon High School’s boys basketball team is happy to see brightness at the end of the tunnel. It’s been a tough season for the Warriors, but they’re still getting after it and won their third straight game Tuesday night, overpowering visiting Edgewood in the second half en route to a 58-44 victory. “The kids never...
College Insider: Locals part of Taylor’s strong season on hardwood
 The Taylor University men’s basketball program is on the rise, thanks in large part to a strong local influence. The Trojans are coached by Josh Andrews, a Hamilton High School graduate who was also the head coach at Middletown, and their record has improved in all four of his seasons at the helm. Taylor went 11-19 in 2013-14, 13-17...

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The Taylor University men’s basketball program is on the rise, thanks in large part to a strong local influence. The Trojans are coached by Josh Andrews, a Hamilton High School graduate who was also the head coach at Middletown, and their record has improved in all four of his seasons at the helm. Taylor went 11-19 in 2013-14, 13-17...
Basketball draw: East-Mason III could be on the horizon
 It didn’t rise to the level of controversy, but Clint Adkins certainly raised some eyebrows Sunday at the Division I Cincinnati sectional boys basketball draw at Lakota West High School. Lakota East earned the No. 6 seed and Adkins placed his Thunderhawks in the Cincinnati 2 bracket with fourth-seeded Greater Miami Conference rival...

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It didn’t rise to the level of controversy, but Clint Adkins certainly raised some eyebrows Sunday at the Division I Cincinnati sectional boys basketball draw at Lakota West High School. Lakota East earned the No. 6 seed and Adkins placed his Thunderhawks in the Cincinnati 2 bracket with fourth-seeded Greater Miami Conference rival...
Miami Valley rolls over MCS to sweep regular-season series
 It wasn’t such a good weekend for the Middletown Christian School boys basketball team. After absorbing a 54-47 road loss to Dayton Christian on Friday, the Eagles came home Saturday night and fell flat in a 58-35 defeat at the hands of Miami Valley. “We tried. We just didn’t play very well,” MCS coach Eric Gwinn said...

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It wasn’t such a good weekend for the Middletown Christian School boys basketball team. After absorbing a 54-47 road loss to Dayton Christian on Friday, the Eagles came home Saturday night and fell flat in a 58-35 defeat at the hands of Miami Valley. “We tried. We just didn’t play very well,” MCS coach Eric Gwinn said...
Edgewood girls rule SWOC, celebrate first-ever outright title
 Another grinding victory produced a piece of history for Edgewood High School’s girls basketball team Saturday afternoon. In their 47th year as a program, the Cougars are finally outright league champions. Edgewood has sole ownership of the Southwest Ohio Conference title after recording a 37-24 road win over Mt. Healthy, finishing...

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Another grinding victory produced a piece of history for Edgewood High School’s girls basketball team Saturday afternoon. In their 47th year as a program, the Cougars are finally outright league champions. Edgewood has sole ownership of the Southwest Ohio Conference title after recording a 37-24 road win over Mt. Healthy, finishing...
Fenwick pulls off Senior Night win over GCLC North leader Alter
 The string of close, agonizing defeats has been a cloud hanging over Fenwick High School’s boys basketball team, but the view became a lot clearer Friday. The Falcons rose up on Senior Night and knocked off Greater Catholic League Coed North Division leader Alter 61-57, hitting 11 triples in front of a large, energetic crowd. &ldquo...

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The string of close, agonizing defeats has been a cloud hanging over Fenwick High School’s boys basketball team, but the view became a lot clearer Friday. The Falcons rose up on Senior Night and knocked off Greater Catholic League Coed North Division leader Alter 61-57, hitting 11 triples in front of a large, energetic crowd. &ldquo...
Badin girls fall to McNick, will share GCLC Central title
 It was a dejected group of Badin High School girls basketball players that departed Mulcahey Gym on Wednesday night. The Rams achieved one of their goals by winning the Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division championship, but their home-court celebration didn’t materialize. Visiting McNicholas dominated the fourth quarter and...

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It was a dejected group of Badin High School girls basketball players that departed Mulcahey Gym on Wednesday night. The Rams achieved one of their goals by winning the Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division championship, but their home-court celebration didn’t materialize. Visiting McNicholas dominated the fourth quarter and...
Hamilton set to honor its 21st Athletic Hall of Fame class
 The Hamilton City School District will honor its 21st Athletic Hall of Fame class this weekend. This year’s inductees include Chris Calihan (Class of 1992), Dawnjene DeLong (2004), Rusty Hargraves (1983), David Huff (2000), Jennifer McKee Dyson (2006), Adam Myers-White (2005), Maurice “Mo” Riggins (1988), Jon Smith (2003)...

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The Hamilton City School District will honor its 21st Athletic Hall of Fame class this weekend. This year’s inductees include Chris Calihan (Class of 1992), Dawnjene DeLong (2004), Rusty Hargraves (1983), David Huff (2000), Jennifer McKee Dyson (2006), Adam Myers-White (2005), Maurice “Mo” Riggins (1988), Jon Smith (2003)...
Franklin handles Blue Devils, earns share of sixth straight SWBL title
 There would be no three-game losing streak for Franklin High School’s boys basketball team. The Wildcats got knocked off twice last weekend, but rebounded in grand fashion Tuesday night by clinching a share of their sixth straight Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division championship. Jared Kinzer scored 15 points and Cole...

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There would be no three-game losing streak for Franklin High School’s boys basketball team. The Wildcats got knocked off twice last weekend, but rebounded in grand fashion Tuesday night by clinching a share of their sixth straight Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division championship. Jared Kinzer scored 15 points and Cole...
College Insider: Middletown’s Edwards playing key role for Purdue
 Vincent Edwards continues to be a standout player with the Purdue University men’s basketball team. The 6-foot-8 junior forward and Middletown High School graduate is averaging 11.3 points, 5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for the Boilermakers, who are 19-5 overall and 8-3 in the Big Ten Conference. Edwards, who has started 16 games...

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Vincent Edwards continues to be a standout player with the Purdue University men’s basketball team. The 6-foot-8 junior forward and Middletown High School graduate is averaging 11.3 points, 5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for the Boilermakers, who are 19-5 overall and 8-3 in the Big Ten Conference. Edwards, who has started 16 games...
Girls basketball: Lakota West earns No. 1 seed in D-I Cincinnati draw
 The Division I girls basketball postseason will begin with Lakota West High School on top of the pile. The Firebirds earned the No. 1 seed in Sunday’s Cincinnati tournament draw at West, collecting 23 first-place votes. “I guess folks could’ve gone either way with Mason or us since we were the top two,” Firebirds coach...

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The Division I girls basketball postseason will begin with Lakota West High School on top of the pile. The Firebirds earned the No. 1 seed in Sunday’s Cincinnati tournament draw at West, collecting 23 first-place votes. “I guess folks could’ve gone either way with Mason or us since we were the top two,” Firebirds coach...
Flor, Goodpaster lead Carlisle past slumping Badin
 Carlisle High School’s boys basketball team recorded a nonconference victory with some weight to it Saturday night. That’s how Indians coach Don Ridinger viewed his Division III squad’s 53-44 win over visiting Badin, a D-II Greater Catholic League Coed Division opponent. “I think it really helps our tournament resume...

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Carlisle High School’s boys basketball team recorded a nonconference victory with some weight to it Saturday night. That’s how Indians coach Don Ridinger viewed his Division III squad’s 53-44 win over visiting Badin, a D-II Greater Catholic League Coed Division opponent. “I think it really helps our tournament resume...
Slow start leads to 15th loss for East girls at Princeton
 Gideon Dudgeon feels strongly that this season will pay off down the line for his Lakota East High School girls basketball team. But it’s pretty tough to deal with right now. The Thunderhawks lost for the seventh time in eight games Saturday afternoon, making one field goal in the first half of a 46-31 Greater Miami Conference defeat...

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Gideon Dudgeon feels strongly that this season will pay off down the line for his Lakota East High School girls basketball team. But it’s pretty tough to deal with right now. The Thunderhawks lost for the seventh time in eight games Saturday afternoon, making one field goal in the first half of a 46-31 Greater Miami Conference defeat...
Hamilton High School set to host all-star basketball event in April
 All-star basketball is coming to Hamilton High School in April. Inspired by the Butler County Classic, which was played in the 1980s and ’90s, HHS has created its own version to shine a spotlight on local players. It’s called the All-Butler County All-Star Game — it’s actually two games, one for boys and one for girls...

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All-star basketball is coming to Hamilton High School in April. Inspired by the Butler County Classic, which was played in the 1980s and ’90s, HHS has created its own version to shine a spotlight on local players. It’s called the All-Butler County All-Star Game — it’s actually two games, one for boys and one for girls...
Mason overpowers Big Blue for 72-55 GMC victory
 Hamilton High School’s boys basketball team came to Mason on a pretty good roll. By the time Big Blue left, they needed to start over. The Comets, coming off a 51-45 loss to Princeton on Tuesday, put up 26 points in the first quarter Friday night and overwhelmed HHS 72-55 in Greater Miami Conference play at the Mason Arena. “We...

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Hamilton High School’s boys basketball team came to Mason on a pretty good roll. By the time Big Blue left, they needed to start over. The Comets, coming off a 51-45 loss to Princeton on Tuesday, put up 26 points in the first quarter Friday night and overwhelmed HHS 72-55 in Greater Miami Conference play at the Mason Arena. “We...
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