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Talawanda girls rally to hand Cougars first SWOC defeat
 The celebration got postponed, thanks to a gritty comeback effort by Talawanda High School’s girls basketball team. Edgewood was looking to clinch the Southwest Ohio Conference championship Wednesday night and had a 12-point lead late in the third quarter, but couldn’t hold it. Addie Brown scored 17 points and Emma Wright had...

Posted: 17 days ago

The celebration got postponed, thanks to a gritty comeback effort by Talawanda High School’s girls basketball team. Edgewood was looking to clinch the Southwest Ohio Conference championship Wednesday night and had a 12-point lead late in the third quarter, but couldn’t hold it. Addie Brown scored 17 points and Emma Wright had...
GMC Signing Day: Middletown’s Smith excited about new start at UC
 Cole Smith believes he’s going to be part of something special with the University of Cincinnati football program. The Middletown High School senior place-kicker took a roller-coaster ride to reach this point. He verbally committed to Tommy Tuberville (who resigned Dec. 4), but signed with Luke Fickell (who was hired Dec. 10). &ldquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

Cole Smith believes he’s going to be part of something special with the University of Cincinnati football program. The Middletown High School senior place-kicker took a roller-coaster ride to reach this point. He verbally committed to Tommy Tuberville (who resigned Dec. 4), but signed with Luke Fickell (who was hired Dec. 10). &ldquo...
East still rolling, holds off Middies for seventh win in eight games
 Things are going well for Lakota East High School’s boys basketball team. But it’s still a journey for Thunderhawks coach Clint Adkins. East won for the seventh time in its last eight games Tuesday night, going on the road and fighting off host Middletown for a 52-48 Greater Miami Conference victory at Wade E. Miller Gym. &ldquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

Things are going well for Lakota East High School’s boys basketball team. But it’s still a journey for Thunderhawks coach Clint Adkins. East won for the seventh time in its last eight games Tuesday night, going on the road and fighting off host Middletown for a 52-48 Greater Miami Conference victory at Wade E. Miller Gym. &ldquo...
Signing Day: Check out the local list and photos
 Here is a list of individuals in the Journal-News coverage area who were National Signing Day commits. Wednesday was National Signing Day for football and soccer. Other sports are listed as provided by the schools: FOOTBALL Dakota Allen, Lebanon — Eastern Kentucky Gary Beatty, Middletown — Urbana Hunter Boggs, Edgewood &mdash...

Posted: 19 days ago

Here is a list of individuals in the Journal-News coverage area who were National Signing Day commits. Wednesday was National Signing Day for football and soccer. Other sports are listed as provided by the schools: FOOTBALL Dakota Allen, Lebanon — Eastern Kentucky Gary Beatty, Middletown — Urbana Hunter Boggs, Edgewood &mdash...
Ross turns to Commins as new head football coach
 Kenyon Commins has eagerly accepted the challenge as Ross High School’s next head football coach. Commins received school-board approval last Friday and has jumped head-first into the position after serving as a Rams assistant coach the last four years. “I went after it with absolutely everything I had, and I got a lot of help...

Posted: 20 days ago

Kenyon Commins has eagerly accepted the challenge as Ross High School’s next head football coach. Commins received school-board approval last Friday and has jumped head-first into the position after serving as a Rams assistant coach the last four years. “I went after it with absolutely everything I had, and I got a lot of help...
College Insider: East’s Emrick playing role for unbeaten FSU
 Freshman forward Andrew Emrick is contributing for the second-ranked team in NCAA Division II men’s basketball. The Lakota East High School graduate is averaging 12.9 minutes per game for Fairmont State University and is shooting 53.3 percent from the floor. Emrick, who has made one start this year, is averaging 5.6 points, 2.5 rebounds...

Posted: 20 days ago

Freshman forward Andrew Emrick is contributing for the second-ranked team in NCAA Division II men’s basketball. The Lakota East High School graduate is averaging 12.9 minutes per game for Fairmont State University and is shooting 53.3 percent from the floor. Emrick, who has made one start this year, is averaging 5.6 points, 2.5 rebounds...
Former Middletown High School football coach Jack Gordon dead at 85
 Jack Gordon, a 1949 Hamilton High School graduate and longtime football coach at Middletown, died Saturday at the age of 85. Gordon had been in deteriorating health for some time and passed away at Hospice Care of Butler and Warren Counties. He played football at the University of Cincinnati and was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams, but chose...

Posted: 21 days ago

Jack Gordon, a 1949 Hamilton High School graduate and longtime football coach at Middletown, died Saturday at the age of 85. Gordon had been in deteriorating health for some time and passed away at Hospice Care of Butler and Warren Counties. He played football at the University of Cincinnati and was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams, but chose...
Lakota West rallies to topple Comets in GMC girls showdown
 Andy Fishman savored a very good experience Saturday afternoon. The win was enjoyable too. Lakota West High School’s girls basketball team rallied to knock off host Mason 64-61 in a matchup of Ohio Division I heavyweights, leaving the squads deadlocked atop the Greater Miami Conference. “I’m going to be real,” said...

Posted: 22 days ago

Andy Fishman savored a very good experience Saturday afternoon. The win was enjoyable too. Lakota West High School’s girls basketball team rallied to knock off host Mason 64-61 in a matchup of Ohio Division I heavyweights, leaving the squads deadlocked atop the Greater Miami Conference. “I’m going to be real,” said...
Goodpaster nets career-high 31 points, Carlisle hammers Mohawks
 Overtime was never part of Carlisle High School’s boys basketball narrative Friday night. The Indians had to go OT to win at Madison in December, but they cranked up their game in the rematch as senior guard Adam Goodpaster made some personal history. Goodpaster roared to a career-high 31 points in Carlisle’s 69-47 triumph, a...

Posted: 22 days ago

Overtime was never part of Carlisle High School’s boys basketball narrative Friday night. The Indians had to go OT to win at Madison in December, but they cranked up their game in the rematch as senior guard Adam Goodpaster made some personal history. Goodpaster roared to a career-high 31 points in Carlisle’s 69-47 triumph, a...
High School Football: Ross names new head coach
 Kenyon Commins is Ross High School’s new head football coach after receiving school-board approval Friday night. Commins, the Rams’ offensive coordinator in 2016, confirmed the approval on his Twitter account. He replaces Brian Butts, who resigned after 11 seasons at the helm.

Posted: 22 days ago

Kenyon Commins is Ross High School’s new head football coach after receiving school-board approval Friday night. Commins, the Rams’ offensive coordinator in 2016, confirmed the approval on his Twitter account. He replaces Brian Butts, who resigned after 11 seasons at the helm.
Bellbrook girls fight off Hornets 35-32 in SWBL showdown
 Cassidy Hofacker grabbed the ball and sprinted to victory Thursday night. The Bellbrook High School junior stole an in-bounds pass with two seconds remaining at Monroe, preserving a 35-32 girls basketball triumph for the Golden Eagles in a defensive-minded Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division battle. “That was great. I...

Posted: 23 days ago

Cassidy Hofacker grabbed the ball and sprinted to victory Thursday night. The Bellbrook High School junior stole an in-bounds pass with two seconds remaining at Monroe, preserving a 35-32 girls basketball triumph for the Golden Eagles in a defensive-minded Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division battle. “That was great. I...
Middies finish strong to beat Fairmont, end losing streak
 Losing was wearing on Nelson Rutledge, so the Middletown High School senior guard did something about it. Rutledge scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night as the Middies boys basketball team halted its five-game losing streak, rallying for a 53-47 nonconference victory over visiting Fairmont at Wade E. Miller Gym...

Posted: 24 days ago

Losing was wearing on Nelson Rutledge, so the Middletown High School senior guard did something about it. Rutledge scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night as the Middies boys basketball team halted its five-game losing streak, rallying for a 53-47 nonconference victory over visiting Fairmont at Wade E. Miller Gym...
Badin throttles Edgewood 64-46, moves back over .500
 Badin High School’s search for a strong performance Tuesday night was a big success. The Rams had lost three of four games heading into their Butler County rivalry matchup with Edgewood, but Badin pounced on the host Cougars and never let up in a 64-46 boys basketball triumph at Ron Kash Court. “That has to be one of our better...

Posted: 25 days ago

Badin High School’s search for a strong performance Tuesday night was a big success. The Rams had lost three of four games heading into their Butler County rivalry matchup with Edgewood, but Badin pounced on the host Cougars and never let up in a 64-46 boys basketball triumph at Ron Kash Court. “That has to be one of our better...
Badin selects Yordy as new head football coach
 Nick Yordy is returning to his alma mater for his first head coaching job. Badin High School introduced Yordy as the Rams’ new football coach Monday afternoon, and the 1997 graduate said he’s ready to lead his own program. “This is one of the few places that I would make this switch for,” said Yordy, who spent the...

Posted: 27 days ago

Nick Yordy is returning to his alma mater for his first head coaching job. Badin High School introduced Yordy as the Rams’ new football coach Monday afternoon, and the 1997 graduate said he’s ready to lead his own program. “This is one of the few places that I would make this switch for,” said Yordy, who spent the...
College Insider: Fairfield’s Gaffney tops Xavier women in scoring
 Raeshaun Gaffney is having a standout season as a redshirt senior guard for the Xavier University women’s basketball team. The Fairfield High School graduate leads the Musketeers in scoring (15.7) and is also averaging 4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Gaffney is shooting 40.2 percent from the floor, 42 percent from 3-point...

Posted: 27 days ago

Raeshaun Gaffney is having a standout season as a redshirt senior guard for the Xavier University women’s basketball team. The Fairfield High School graduate leads the Musketeers in scoring (15.7) and is also averaging 4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Gaffney is shooting 40.2 percent from the floor, 42 percent from 3-point...
Edgewood girls blank Ross in third quarter, remain unbeaten in SWOC
 The wins keep piling up for Edgewood High School’s girls basketball team, even if the style points don’t. The Southwest Ohio Conference’s best defensive unit won with ‘D’ again Saturday afternoon, shrugging off a ragged first half to blank visiting Ross in the third quarter en route to a 42-25 victory. &ldquo...

Posted: 29 days ago

The wins keep piling up for Edgewood High School’s girls basketball team, even if the style points don’t. The Southwest Ohio Conference’s best defensive unit won with ‘D’ again Saturday afternoon, shrugging off a ragged first half to blank visiting Ross in the third quarter en route to a 42-25 victory. &ldquo...
Carlisle fights off Shawnee, forges tie atop SWBL Buckeye Division
 There was nothing easy about Carlisle High School’s climb to the top of the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division on Friday night. The Indians went on the road and battled Preble Shawnee in what turned out to be a slowdown affair on both sides, and Carlisle emerged with a 36-33 boys basketball victory. “It doesn’t...

Posted: 29 days ago

There was nothing easy about Carlisle High School’s climb to the top of the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division on Friday night. The Indians went on the road and battled Preble Shawnee in what turned out to be a slowdown affair on both sides, and Carlisle emerged with a 36-33 boys basketball victory. “It doesn’t...
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...

2:46 AM Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

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...

3:10 AM Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

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...

3:01 AM Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

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...
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