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Badin’s defense shines in sectional-final rout of Madeira
 The postseason has found Badin High School’s girls basketball team in quite a groove. The Rams continued their surge with a resounding 49-24 victory over Madeira on Saturday afternoon at Fairfield Arena, securing their first Division III sectional championship since 2013-14. “No offense to anybody we’re playing, but it really...

1:01 AM Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

The postseason has found Badin High School’s girls basketball team in quite a groove. The Rams continued their surge with a resounding 49-24 victory over Madeira on Saturday afternoon at Fairfield Arena, securing their first Division III sectional championship since 2013-14. “No offense to anybody we’re playing, but it really...
Mohawks fall to Clinton-Massie, make first-round sectional exit
 It was a celebration of sorts, just not the one Madison High School’s boys basketball team really wanted. The Mohawks went one-and-done in Division II sectional play Friday night, suffering a 62-48 loss to Clinton-Massie at Fairmont’s Trent Arena. But the team then boarded a limousine and headed for Donatos Pizza. “It&rsquo...

6:23 AM Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017

It was a celebration of sorts, just not the one Madison High School’s boys basketball team really wanted. The Mohawks went one-and-done in Division II sectional play Friday night, suffering a 62-48 loss to Clinton-Massie at Fairmont’s Trent Arena. But the team then boarded a limousine and headed for Donatos Pizza. “It&rsquo...
Madison girls roll past Dixie, will face top seed for sectional title
 Madison High School’s girls basketball team has earned the right to play for a championship. In this case, it’s a Division III sectional title, and the Mohawks have created a nice head of steam by winning nine of their last 11 games. “It’s a really big honor to be back in the sectional finals,” senior forward...

2:23 AM Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

Madison High School’s girls basketball team has earned the right to play for a championship. In this case, it’s a Division III sectional title, and the Mohawks have created a nice head of steam by winning nine of their last 11 games. “It’s a really big honor to be back in the sectional finals,” senior forward...
CCS girls advance to sectional final, while MCS loses in shootout
 The late-season surge continued Tuesday night for the Cincinnati Christian School girls basketball team, leaving the Cougars one win away from the first Division IV sectional championship in program history. Surprised? CCS coach Paul Owens admitted he really isn’t. “For a Division IV school, we play a relatively difficult schedule...

7:18 AM Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

The late-season surge continued Tuesday night for the Cincinnati Christian School girls basketball team, leaving the Cougars one win away from the first Division IV sectional championship in program history. Surprised? CCS coach Paul Owens admitted he really isn’t. “For a Division IV school, we play a relatively difficult schedule...
Defending champion Keiner leads locals at state swim meet
 Defending state champion Payton Keiner of Cincinnati Christian will lead the local contingent at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Championships this week. Keiner won the Division II 100 backstroke title last season and is returning to state in that event, along with the 200 individual medley. The four-day event...

6:06 PM Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Defending state champion Payton Keiner of Cincinnati Christian will lead the local contingent at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Championships this week. Keiner won the Division II 100 backstroke title last season and is returning to state in that event, along with the 200 individual medley. The four-day event...
Franklin girls throttle Fairborn, advance to sectional semifinal
 The tournament draw seemed like a long time ago Monday night. Franklin High School’s girls basketball team and Fairborn tied for the 13th seed in the Division I Dayton sectional voting, with the Wildcats losing the vote-off 13-8 to fall to No. 14. It was a little extra motivation for Franklin, and it was all good. The Wildcats ran their...

3:03 AM Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

The tournament draw seemed like a long time ago Monday night. Franklin High School’s girls basketball team and Fairborn tied for the 13th seed in the Division I Dayton sectional voting, with the Wildcats losing the vote-off 13-8 to fall to No. 14. It was a little extra motivation for Franklin, and it was all good. The Wildcats ran their...
College Insider: West’s Addington swinging hot bat at Carson-Newman
 Ryan Addington is off to a blazing start this season for the Carson-Newman University baseball team. The senior center fielder and Lakota West High School graduate is hitting .477 for the Eagles (6-5), totaling four doubles, two triples, three home runs, 15 runs and 15 RBIs. His on-base percentage is .538. Addington was named Player of the...

5:56 PM Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

Ryan Addington is off to a blazing start this season for the Carson-Newman University baseball team. The senior center fielder and Lakota West High School graduate is hitting .477 for the Eagles (6-5), totaling four doubles, two triples, three home runs, 15 runs and 15 RBIs. His on-base percentage is .538. Addington was named Player of the...
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...

12:11 AM Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

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,”...

8:02 PM Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

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...

3:13 AM Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

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...

2:13 AM Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

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...

5:55 AM Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

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...

2:22 AM Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

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...

4:51 PM Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

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...

11:26 PM Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017

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...

4:59 AM Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017

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...

9:31 PM Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017

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...

3:10 AM Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017

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...

3:12 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

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)...

6:09 PM Wednesday, Feb. 08, 2017

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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