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Prep football: Bombers providing another tall order for Fairfield
 Fairfield High School’s football team will make its third straight Division I, Region 4 playoff appearance Friday night at St. Xavier. If it sounds like a familiar matchup, that’s because it is. The Indians got handled by the 5-5 Bombers 35-14 in the first round of the postseason last year, starting a step-by-step surge that led...

Posted: 15 days ago

Fairfield High School’s football team will make its third straight Division I, Region 4 playoff appearance Friday night at St. Xavier. If it sounds like a familiar matchup, that’s because it is. The Indians got handled by the 5-5 Bombers 35-14 in the first round of the postseason last year, starting a step-by-step surge that led...
Prep football: Playoffs find Franklin, New Richmond together again
 A lot has changed since Franklin High School’s football team last saw the New Richmond Lions in person. The Wildcats hosted a quad scrimmage in August that included New Richmond, Northmont and Minster. For Franklin, that was more than a few injuries ago. “It was a good scrimmage,” fourth-year Wildcats coach Brad Childers...

Posted: 15 days ago

A lot has changed since Franklin High School’s football team last saw the New Richmond Lions in person. The Wildcats hosted a quad scrimmage in August that included New Richmond, Northmont and Minster. For Franklin, that was more than a few injuries ago. “It was a good scrimmage,” fourth-year Wildcats coach Brad Childers...
Prep football: Rickard, Wildcats like playing the takeaway game
 Kyle Rickard sees himself as just one part of a Franklin High School defense that is powered by a basic philosophy — get the ball away from the other guys. “Last year, we had a goal of 40 turnovers. This year, we had 50 turnovers as a goal,” said Rickard, a senior free safety for the Wildcats football team. “We&rsquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

Kyle Rickard sees himself as just one part of a Franklin High School defense that is powered by a basic philosophy — get the ball away from the other guys. “Last year, we had a goal of 40 turnovers. This year, we had 50 turnovers as a goal,” said Rickard, a senior free safety for the Wildcats football team. “We&rsquo...
Prep football: McClain adds big-play skills as a sophomore for Indians
 JuTahn McClain has made a big jump to a major role in Fairfield High School’s football offense. How big? Well, he’s a sophomore who didn’t get to play as a freshman because of a broken collarbone. “It’s my first high school season, so I wasn’t really expecting anything like what I’ve gotten,&rdquo...

Posted: 17 days ago

JuTahn McClain has made a big jump to a major role in Fairfield High School’s football offense. How big? Well, he’s a sophomore who didn’t get to play as a freshman because of a broken collarbone. “It’s my first high school season, so I wasn’t really expecting anything like what I’ve gotten,&rdquo...
Prep football: Watts among seniors savoring Madison’s historic surge
 The Madison High School football team has made history by qualifying for the playoffs for the first time. For seniors like Stephen Watts, it’s a time to rejoice and reflect on times when the postseason seemed like a far-away dream. “My senior class has been pretty bad in years past,” Watts admitted. “We were not very...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Madison High School football team has made history by qualifying for the playoffs for the first time. For seniors like Stephen Watts, it’s a time to rejoice and reflect on times when the postseason seemed like a far-away dream. “My senior class has been pretty bad in years past,” Watts admitted. “We were not very...
Prep football: Engleka resigns after two years, 1-19 mark at Middletown
 The Lance Engleka era of Middletown High School football is over. Engleka said he submitted his resignation Saturday after going 1-19 in two seasons at the helm. He responded to an interview request by texting, “You can request a copy of my resignation letter. It’s a public document. It states everything I have to say on the matter...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Lance Engleka era of Middletown High School football is over. Engleka said he submitted his resignation Saturday after going 1-19 in two seasons at the helm. He responded to an interview request by texting, “You can request a copy of my resignation letter. It’s a public document. It states everything I have to say on the matter...
College Insider: Middletown’s Colson running strong for ODU football
 E.J. Colson is the leading rusher for the Ohio Dominican University football team this fall. The 5-foot-8, 190-pound redshirt sophomore and Middletown High School graduate has 597 yards and seven touchdowns on 87 carries. He’s also caught 12 passes for 112 yards. Colson was named Great Midwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of...

Posted: 19 days ago

E.J. Colson is the leading rusher for the Ohio Dominican University football team this fall. The 5-foot-8, 190-pound redshirt sophomore and Middletown High School graduate has 597 yards and seven touchdowns on 87 carries. He’s also caught 12 passes for 112 yards. Colson was named Great Midwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of...
Prep football: Talawanda avoids winless season, holds off Ross 10-8
 It was a cold, rainy, miserable and absolutely wonderful Friday night for Talawanda High School’s football team. The Braves finished the season by avoiding a perfect 0-10 record, securing their first win by fighting off Southwest Ohio Conference rival Ross 10-8 at Talawanda Field. “It was a great way to end the season,”...

Posted: 21 days ago

It was a cold, rainy, miserable and absolutely wonderful Friday night for Talawanda High School’s football team. The Braves finished the season by avoiding a perfect 0-10 record, securing their first win by fighting off Southwest Ohio Conference rival Ross 10-8 at Talawanda Field. “It was a great way to end the season,”...
Prep football: No playoffs for Badin, but Central title up for grabs
 Badin High School’s football season will end this weekend, but it might end with a Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division championship. The Rams will travel to McNicholas on Saturday afternoon for a winner-take-all Central title game, making last season’s 2-8 record seem like a long time ago. “For what we’re...

Posted: 21 days ago

Badin High School’s football season will end this weekend, but it might end with a Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division championship. The Rams will travel to McNicholas on Saturday afternoon for a winner-take-all Central title game, making last season’s 2-8 record seem like a long time ago. “For what we’re...
Prep football: Franklin holds off Devils, taking 8-2 mark to playoffs
 Brad Childers has accepted the fact that nothing is going to come easy for his injury-riddled Franklin High School football team this year. Childers just wants his players to believe and persist, much like they did Thursday night in their regular-season finale. Jared Kinzer scored three touchdowns for the Wildcats, who had leads of 17-0 and...

Posted: 22 days ago

Brad Childers has accepted the fact that nothing is going to come easy for his injury-riddled Franklin High School football team this year. Childers just wants his players to believe and persist, much like they did Thursday night in their regular-season finale. Jared Kinzer scored three touchdowns for the Wildcats, who had leads of 17-0 and...
Prep football: Cox Media’s Week 10 coverage schedule
 Week 10 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games Thursday and Friday. Here’s our coverage schedule and where you can follow along for live updates on Twitter (photos and videos will be coming for selected games as well): • Brookville at Franklin, 7:06 p.m., Rick...

Posted: 22 days ago

Week 10 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games Thursday and Friday. Here’s our coverage schedule and where you can follow along for live updates on Twitter (photos and videos will be coming for selected games as well): • Brookville at Franklin, 7:06 p.m., Rick...
Prep football: Season finale important to 1-8 Ross, 0-9 Talawanda
 The first victory of the season was a sweet thing for Ross High School’s football team, and it didn’t come easily. The Rams had to rally from a 14-0 deficit to defeat Logan 33-21 last Friday, giving Kenyon Commins his first win as a head coach while improving their record to 1-8. “It felt great to be out there with my teammates...

Posted: 23 days ago

The first victory of the season was a sweet thing for Ross High School’s football team, and it didn’t come easily. The Rams had to rally from a 14-0 deficit to defeat Logan 33-21 last Friday, giving Kenyon Commins his first win as a head coach while improving their record to 1-8. “It felt great to be out there with my teammates...
Prep football: Outright SWOC title, playoff berth in Edgewood’s sights
 A large task remains for Edgewood High School’s football team heading into Week 10. A little help would also be appreciated. The Cougars have already clinched a share of their second straight Southwest Ohio Conference championship and can win it outright Friday night with a road victory over the Mount Healthy Owls. Edgewood (7-2 overall...

Posted: 23 days ago

A large task remains for Edgewood High School’s football team heading into Week 10. A little help would also be appreciated. The Cougars have already clinched a share of their second straight Southwest Ohio Conference championship and can win it outright Friday night with a road victory over the Mount Healthy Owls. Edgewood (7-2 overall...
College Insider: Former Ross standout Hall excelling for EKU soccer
 Senior goalkeeper Anna Hall has led the Eastern Kentucky University women’s soccer team to the No. 3 seed in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The Ross High School graduate has played every minute in goal this fall for the Colonels. Hall is allowing 1.04 goals per game with a .759 save percentage and has six shutouts. She also...

Posted: 26 days ago

Senior goalkeeper Anna Hall has led the Eastern Kentucky University women’s soccer team to the No. 3 seed in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The Ross High School graduate has played every minute in goal this fall for the Colonels. Hall is allowing 1.04 goals per game with a .759 save percentage and has six shutouts. She also...
Prep football: Edgewood overpowers LM, savors another SWOC title
 The ground-and-pound approach worked wonders yet again Friday night for Edgewood High School’s football team. The Cougars rumbled to 428 rushing yards and took care of host Little Miami 34-12 in a Southwest Ohio Conference affair at Hi-Five Field, then found out they had repeated as SWOC champions. Harrison (7-2 overall, 4-1 SWOC) drilled...

Posted: 28 days ago

The ground-and-pound approach worked wonders yet again Friday night for Edgewood High School’s football team. The Cougars rumbled to 428 rushing yards and took care of host Little Miami 34-12 in a Southwest Ohio Conference affair at Hi-Five Field, then found out they had repeated as SWOC champions. Harrison (7-2 overall, 4-1 SWOC) drilled...
Prep football: Carlisle shrugs off rough start, handles Eagles 28-20
 Mike Brown got the answer he was hoping for Thursday night. His Carlisle High School football team staggered into an early 13-7 deficit with some self-inflicted wounds, but the Indians rose up and showed their mettle in a 28-20 triumph over visiting Eaton at Laughlin Field. “We practice to play the perfect game, and I think something...

Posted: 29 days ago

Mike Brown got the answer he was hoping for Thursday night. His Carlisle High School football team staggered into an early 13-7 deficit with some self-inflicted wounds, but the Indians rose up and showed their mettle in a 28-20 triumph over visiting Eaton at Laughlin Field. “We practice to play the perfect game, and I think something...
Prep girls tennis: For Madison’s Porter, playing at state is historic
 Madi Porter is thrilled to be the first Madison High School tennis player to qualify for the state tournament. How thrilled would she be to bring a state championship back to Madison Township? “I might pass out … seriously,” Porter said. “It’s so cool. I love this school so much. It’s exciting to be making...

Posted: 29 days ago

Madi Porter is thrilled to be the first Madison High School tennis player to qualify for the state tournament. How thrilled would she be to bring a state championship back to Madison Township? “I might pass out … seriously,” Porter said. “It’s so cool. I love this school so much. It’s exciting to be making...
Prep football: Cox Media’s Week 9 coverage schedule
 Week 9 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games Thursday and Friday. Here’s our coverage schedule and where you can follow along for live updates on Twitter (photos and videos will be coming for selected games as well): Eaton at Carlisle, 7:06 p.m., Rick Cassano @RickCassano...

Posted: 29 days ago

Week 9 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games Thursday and Friday. Here’s our coverage schedule and where you can follow along for live updates on Twitter (photos and videos will be coming for selected games as well): Eaton at Carlisle, 7:06 p.m., Rick Cassano @RickCassano...
Prep football: Franklin finding ways to shine despite injuries
 Brad Childers has a growing appreciation of his Franklin High School football team, even with the Wildcats’ injury list also growing. “Great kids, great coaches and a great tradition. That keeps us going,” said Childers, whose squad is 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division. “That&rsquo...

Posted: 30 days ago

Brad Childers has a growing appreciation of his Franklin High School football team, even with the Wildcats’ injury list also growing. “Great kids, great coaches and a great tradition. That keeps us going,” said Childers, whose squad is 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division. “That&rsquo...
Prep football: Mohawks rolling in their quest for SWBL title, playoffs
 Madison High School’s football team is surging toward a double prize — the outright Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division title and a Division V, Region 20 playoff berth. Both seem likely, but there are no absolutes right now, especially when it comes to Harbin computer points. “All we can do is control these last...

Posted: 30 days ago

Madison High School’s football team is surging toward a double prize — the outright Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division title and a Division V, Region 20 playoff berth. Both seem likely, but there are no absolutes right now, especially when it comes to Harbin computer points. “All we can do is control these last...
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