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Fairfield fights off Milford, improves to 5-1
 The winning continues for Fairfield High School’s boys basketball team. The Indians overcame 38-percent shooting and improved to 5-1 on Tuesday night, fighting off host Milford 48-45 in a nonconference matchup. “It was a fight,” said senior forward Devonte Ross, who paced Fairfield with 16 points and nine rebounds. &ldquo...

Posted: 19 days ago

The winning continues for Fairfield High School’s boys basketball team. The Indians overcame 38-percent shooting and improved to 5-1 on Tuesday night, fighting off host Milford 48-45 in a nonconference matchup. “It was a fight,” said senior forward Devonte Ross, who paced Fairfield with 16 points and nine rebounds. &ldquo...
College Insider: Former Middie playing key role for Notre Dame College
 Freshman guard Kobie Johnson has started every game this season for the Notre Dame College men’s basketball team. The Middletown High School graduate is averaging 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game for the Falcons, who are 8-2 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain East Conference. Johnson has scored in double figures...

Posted: 20 days ago

Freshman guard Kobie Johnson has started every game this season for the Notre Dame College men’s basketball team. The Middletown High School graduate is averaging 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game for the Falcons, who are 8-2 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain East Conference. Johnson has scored in double figures...
Edgewood battles through sluggish start to top Ross 54-41
 John Thomas gave his Edgewood High School boys basketball team a serious piece of his mind midway through the first quarter Friday night. The coach’s voice could probably be heard back in Trenton. And his players heard it. The Cougars gradually stepped up from there and fought off a spirited effort from host Ross in a 54-41 Southwest...

Posted: 23 days ago

John Thomas gave his Edgewood High School boys basketball team a serious piece of his mind midway through the first quarter Friday night. The coach’s voice could probably be heard back in Trenton. And his players heard it. The Cougars gradually stepped up from there and fought off a spirited effort from host Ross in a 54-41 Southwest...
Bellard stands out with MCS girls, statistically and as a leader
 Basketball is just one part of Aubriana Bellard’s life. But it’s a big part. Her on-court talents have been magnified this season with the Middletown Christian School girls program. The Eagles are off to a 4-2 start, and Bellard tops the Metro Buckeye Conference in scoring, rebounding and steals. “I just love playing the...

Posted: 25 days ago

Basketball is just one part of Aubriana Bellard’s life. But it’s a big part. Her on-court talents have been magnified this season with the Middletown Christian School girls program. The Eagles are off to a 4-2 start, and Bellard tops the Metro Buckeye Conference in scoring, rebounding and steals. “I just love playing the...
Phillips gets hot, boosts Fairfield in 54-48 win over Kings
 Ben Phillips found his groove Tuesday night and led the Fairfield High School boys basketball team to a solid nonconference win. Phillips, a senior forward, scored 15 total points in the Indians’ first three games, but he punished visiting Kings with 17 points, six rebounds and three assists. The final score was 54-48 at the Fairfield...

Posted: 26 days ago

Ben Phillips found his groove Tuesday night and led the Fairfield High School boys basketball team to a solid nonconference win. Phillips, a senior forward, scored 15 total points in the Indians’ first three games, but he punished visiting Kings with 17 points, six rebounds and three assists. The final score was 54-48 at the Fairfield...
College Insider: Lakota East grads excelling for Christian Brothers
 Two Lakota East High School products are among the top players in the Christian Brothers University men’s basketball program in Memphis, Tenn. Sophomore forward Adam Dieball is tied for the team lead in scoring (15.6) and also tops the Buccaneers in blocks (1.8). He is averaging 5.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 52...

Posted: 26 days ago

Two Lakota East High School products are among the top players in the Christian Brothers University men’s basketball program in Memphis, Tenn. Sophomore forward Adam Dieball is tied for the team lead in scoring (15.6) and also tops the Buccaneers in blocks (1.8). He is averaging 5.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 52...
Lebanon girls thump Edgewood, hand Cougars first loss of the year
 Lebanon High School’s girls basketball team had plenty of motivation to play well Monday night. That was not good news for the Edgewood Cougars. The host Warriors, coming off a one-point loss at Springboro on Saturday, got 20 rebounds from senior forward Rachel Perry and smothered previously unbeaten Edgewood with their defense in a...

Posted: 27 days ago

Lebanon High School’s girls basketball team had plenty of motivation to play well Monday night. That was not good news for the Edgewood Cougars. The host Warriors, coming off a one-point loss at Springboro on Saturday, got 20 rebounds from senior forward Rachel Perry and smothered previously unbeaten Edgewood with their defense in a...
Fenwick’s fantastic finish sinks Lebanon 50-37
 Fenwick High School’s boys basketball team will head south with a lot of smiling faces, and not just because of the warm Florida weather. The Falcons will take a 3-2 record to Vero Beach for the Holiday Hoopla tournament after getting a 50-37 road victory over Lebanon on Saturday night. “You go into your Christmas tournament with...

Posted: 29 days ago

Fenwick High School’s boys basketball team will head south with a lot of smiling faces, and not just because of the warm Florida weather. The Falcons will take a 3-2 record to Vero Beach for the Holiday Hoopla tournament after getting a 50-37 road victory over Lebanon on Saturday night. “You go into your Christmas tournament with...
Defense keys unbeaten Waynesville girls in rout of Madison
 The road trip proved to be a lesson in defense for Madison High School’s girls basketball team. Unbeaten Waynesville hounded the Mohawks and didn’t let their offense breathe Saturday afternoon, rolling to a 57-33 victory in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play. “Waynesville is just very athletic on the defensive...

Posted: 29 days ago

The road trip proved to be a lesson in defense for Madison High School’s girls basketball team. Unbeaten Waynesville hounded the Mohawks and didn’t let their offense breathe Saturday afternoon, rolling to a 57-33 victory in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play. “Waynesville is just very athletic on the defensive...
Great start helps Franklin remain perfect with win at Bellbrook
 Franklin High School’s quest for a sixth straight Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division boys basketball title is off to a promising start. The Wildcats remained unbeaten Friday night as junior guard Ryan Montgomery collected a career-high 27 points in a 79-61 road victory over Bellbrook. “We like the bull’s-eye...

Posted: 30 days ago

Franklin High School’s quest for a sixth straight Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division boys basketball title is off to a promising start. The Wildcats remained unbeaten Friday night as junior guard Ryan Montgomery collected a career-high 27 points in a 79-61 road victory over Bellbrook. “We like the bull’s-eye...
Franklin’s Kennard elevating his game with Blue Devils
 Luke Kennard has enhanced his college basketball status this season. The reason is simple, even if the process is not. “As humble and confident as I can say it, I do think I am better than I was last year,” said Kennard, a sophomore guard for Duke University and a proud son of Franklin. “I just feel a lot more comfortable...

Posted: 30 days ago

Luke Kennard has enhanced his college basketball status this season. The reason is simple, even if the process is not. “As humble and confident as I can say it, I do think I am better than I was last year,” said Kennard, a sophomore guard for Duke University and a proud son of Franklin. “I just feel a lot more comfortable...
Monroe girls handle Wildcats to remain unbeaten
 It’s a program on the rise. Finally. Monroe High School’s girls basketball team hasn’t had a winning season since 2006-07, but the Hornets have reeled off five straight victories — all in the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division — to begin this year. Sophie Sloneker scored 14 points and Katie Sloneker...

2:55 AM Friday, Dec. 16, 2016

It’s a program on the rise. Finally. Monroe High School’s girls basketball team hasn’t had a winning season since 2006-07, but the Hornets have reeled off five straight victories — all in the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division — to begin this year. Sophie Sloneker scored 14 points and Katie Sloneker...
Former Miami guard Mason directing Brush program
 Chet Mason is at home in Northeast Ohio and heavily involved in — what else? — basketball. The former Miami University standout is in his second season as head coach at Lyndhurst Brush High School, which faces Middletown on Saturday in the LeBron James Classic at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. “I hadn’t done any real...

4:45 PM Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

Chet Mason is at home in Northeast Ohio and heavily involved in — what else? — basketball. The former Miami University standout is in his second season as head coach at Lyndhurst Brush High School, which faces Middletown on Saturday in the LeBron James Classic at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. “I hadn’t done any real...
Middletown bracing for Brush challenge in LeBron James Classic
 Darnell Hoskins is taking his Middletown High School boys basketball team to a big stage this weekend. The Middies are headed to Akron for the third annual LeBron James Classic at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s LeBron James Arena, facing Lyndhurst Brush at 2 p.m. on Saturday. “I just feel like if we want to take this program in a direction...

4:13 PM Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

Darnell Hoskins is taking his Middletown High School boys basketball team to a big stage this weekend. The Middies are headed to Akron for the third annual LeBron James Classic at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s LeBron James Arena, facing Lyndhurst Brush at 2 p.m. on Saturday. “I just feel like if we want to take this program in a direction...
Howard powers Big Blue past East for first win 56-46
 Hamilton High School’s boys basketball team had an answer every time one was needed Tuesday night. Myles Howard scored a career-high 22 points and Jaylen Robinson added 10 as visiting Big Blue recorded their first win of the season, a 56-46 conquest of Lakota East in Greater Miami Conference play. “We were 0-2, but we felt like...

3:14 AM Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

Hamilton High School’s boys basketball team had an answer every time one was needed Tuesday night. Myles Howard scored a career-high 22 points and Jaylen Robinson added 10 as visiting Big Blue recorded their first win of the season, a 56-46 conquest of Lakota East in Greater Miami Conference play. “We were 0-2, but we felt like...
Monroe graduate Morrison will be Madison’s next athletic director
 Madison High School has announced the hiring of Matt Morrison, a 2004 Monroe graduate, as its new athletic director. Morrison is currently the AD at Calvary Christian. He will serve in that role through the end of 2016. Darren Stevens began the school year as Madison’s athletic director. He recently resigned, but is still an assistant...

8:40 PM Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Madison High School has announced the hiring of Matt Morrison, a 2004 Monroe graduate, as its new athletic director. Morrison is currently the AD at Calvary Christian. He will serve in that role through the end of 2016. Darren Stevens began the school year as Madison’s athletic director. He recently resigned, but is still an assistant...
Fairfield selects HHS graduate Begley as head baseball coach
 Tommy Begley believes the Greater Miami Conference is the perfect place for him to coach. The 2001 Hamilton High School graduate is the new head baseball coach at Fairfield, having spent last season as a varsity assistant with the Indians. “I’m sitting here at a GMC school with great tradition. It just seemed like perfect timing...

7:57 PM Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Tommy Begley believes the Greater Miami Conference is the perfect place for him to coach. The 2001 Hamilton High School graduate is the new head baseball coach at Fairfield, having spent last season as a varsity assistant with the Indians. “I’m sitting here at a GMC school with great tradition. It just seemed like perfect timing...
College Insider: Hamilton’s Oliver, Riggins key figures for IU football
 Hamilton High School products Marcus Oliver and A’Shon Riggins are starters for the Indiana University football team, which finished the regular season with a 6-6 record. Oliver, a redshirt junior linebacker, ranks second on the squad with 96 total tackles (65 solos, 31 assists). The Big Ten Conference honorable-mention selection has...

7:41 PM Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

Hamilton High School products Marcus Oliver and A’Shon Riggins are starters for the Indiana University football team, which finished the regular season with a 6-6 record. Oliver, a redshirt junior linebacker, ranks second on the squad with 96 total tackles (65 solos, 31 assists). The Big Ten Conference honorable-mention selection has...
Edgewood comes out hot, rolls past Mohawks 60-42
 The 3-point bonanza started early for Edgewood High School’s boys basketball team, much to the chagrin of Madison coach Jeff Smith. The Cougars buried eight treys in the first half and added one more after the break Saturday night, cruising to a 60-42 road victory over the Mohawks. “We knew athletically they were a little more...

5:53 AM Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016

The 3-point bonanza started early for Edgewood High School’s boys basketball team, much to the chagrin of Madison coach Jeff Smith. The Cougars buried eight treys in the first half and added one more after the break Saturday night, cruising to a 60-42 road victory over the Mohawks. “We knew athletically they were a little more...
Strong comeback leads to Carlisle victory over Mohawks
 Randy Glover called it a simple case of seizing the moment. His Carlisle High School girls basketball team rose up when it mattered the most and overcame a 12-point deficit in the last nine minutes Saturday afternoon, collecting a 45-42 home victory over previously unbeaten Madison. “I’m gushing today,” said Glover, whose...

11:05 PM Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

Randy Glover called it a simple case of seizing the moment. His Carlisle High School girls basketball team rose up when it mattered the most and overcame a 12-point deficit in the last nine minutes Saturday afternoon, collecting a 45-42 home victory over previously unbeaten Madison. “I’m gushing today,” said Glover, whose...
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