Rick Cassano

Beat reporter for Miami University athletics. Rick grew up on the west side of Hamilton, Ohio.  He spent a little over 13 months working for the Watertown Daily Times in upstate New York after graduating from Ohio University in 1986.

Latest from Rick Cassano

Prep girls basketball: Fenwick makes postseason move, beats GCLC rival
 LEBANON — The regular season didn’t include a single Greater Catholic League Coed Division victory for Fenwick High School’s girls basketball team. Suddenly that seems like a long time ago. The Falcons rose up and knocked off GCLC rival Chaminade Julienne 38-35 in a Division II sectional opener Saturday afternoon at Lebanon...

Posted: 14 hours ago

LEBANON — The regular season didn’t include a single Greater Catholic League Coed Division victory for Fenwick High School’s girls basketball team. Suddenly that seems like a long time ago. The Falcons rose up and knocked off GCLC rival Chaminade Julienne 38-35 in a Division II sectional opener Saturday afternoon at Lebanon...
Prep girls basketball: A 35-point run highlights Badin’s sectional rout
 LEBANON — The first-round jitters made an appearance, but they didn’t stick around very long. Badin High School’s girls basketball team had a 7-6 lead over Clinton-Massie in the final 80 seconds of the first quarter Saturday afternoon. Then the Rams scored 35 consecutive points. Runs like that don’t happen every day...

Posted: 17 hours ago

LEBANON — The first-round jitters made an appearance, but they didn’t stick around very long. Badin High School’s girls basketball team had a 7-6 lead over Clinton-Massie in the final 80 seconds of the first quarter Saturday afternoon. Then the Rams scored 35 consecutive points. Runs like that don’t happen every day...
Prep girls basketball: Franklin too much for Ross in sectional opener
 LEBANON — It was a solid start for what Franklin High School’s girls basketball team is hoping will be a long postseason run. The top-seeded Wildcats weren’t great in a Division II sectional opener against Ross on Saturday afternoon, but they were plenty good enough to roll to a 53-16 victory at Lebanon. “We don&rsquo...

Posted: 19 hours ago

LEBANON — It was a solid start for what Franklin High School’s girls basketball team is hoping will be a long postseason run. The top-seeded Wildcats weren’t great in a Division II sectional opener against Ross on Saturday afternoon, but they were plenty good enough to roll to a 53-16 victory at Lebanon. “We don&rsquo...
A time to share: Waynesville buries Madison to get piece of SWBL title
 WAYNESVILLE — History will show that Madison High School’s boys basketball team won its second straight Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division championship this season. But it sure didn’t feel like that Friday night. The Mohawks came to Waynesville looking to secure the outright title, but the host Spartans had other...

Posted: a day ago

WAYNESVILLE — History will show that Madison High School’s boys basketball team won its second straight Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division championship this season. But it sure didn’t feel like that Friday night. The Mohawks came to Waynesville looking to secure the outright title, but the host Spartans had other...
Prep girls basketball: Valley View routs Madison in sectional opener
 LEBANON — Madison High School’s girls basketball season proved to be a long, rough road, so the ending wasn’t really a surprise. The Mohawks were ousted by Valley View in a Division II sectional opener at Lebanon on Thursday night, and it wasn’t pretty. Madison fell behind 18-0 and generally got run over in a 63-17...

Posted: 2 days ago

LEBANON — Madison High School’s girls basketball season proved to be a long, rough road, so the ending wasn’t really a surprise. The Mohawks were ousted by Valley View in a Division II sectional opener at Lebanon on Thursday night, and it wasn’t pretty. Madison fell behind 18-0 and generally got run over in a 63-17...
Prep girls basketball: CCS, MCS decisively bounced from postseason
 MONROE — Rhyan Pater is sure there are better days ahead for Cincinnati Christian School’s girls basketball program. Wednesday night wasn’t so good for the Cougars, who nearly got blanked in the first half and took a 40-12 beating from South Charleston Southeastern in a Division IV sectional opener at Monroe. Yet Pater,...

Posted: 3 days ago

MONROE — Rhyan Pater is sure there are better days ahead for Cincinnati Christian School’s girls basketball program. Wednesday night wasn’t so good for the Cougars, who nearly got blanked in the first half and took a 40-12 beating from South Charleston Southeastern in a Division IV sectional opener at Monroe. Yet Pater,...
Why Lakota East’s league basketball title is ‘super special’ this time around
 HAMILTON — So much for sharing. Lakota East High School’s boys basketball team secured the outright Greater Miami Conference championship Tuesday night by avenging its only defeat in GMC play, defeating Hamilton 47-40 at the Hamilton Athletic Center. It’s the Thunderhawks’ first conference title since 2014-15 and their...

Posted: 4 days ago

HAMILTON — So much for sharing. Lakota East High School’s boys basketball team secured the outright Greater Miami Conference championship Tuesday night by avenging its only defeat in GMC play, defeating Hamilton 47-40 at the Hamilton Athletic Center. It’s the Thunderhawks’ first conference title since 2014-15 and their...
College Insider: Lebanon’s Hartman off to fast start for WSU softball
 Madison Hartman made a strong first impression with Wright State University’s softball team last weekend. The freshman shortstop and Lebanon High School graduate came out of the season-opening Alabama-Birmingham tournament as the Raiders’ second-leading hitter with a .385 average. Hartman started all five games and also had a...

Posted: 5 days ago

Madison Hartman made a strong first impression with Wright State University’s softball team last weekend. The freshman shortstop and Lebanon High School graduate came out of the season-opening Alabama-Birmingham tournament as the Raiders’ second-leading hitter with a .385 average. Hartman started all five games and also had a...
At 25, new Butler County high school football coach could be the youngest in Ohio
 MADISON TWP. — Ricky Davis is already making waves as Madison High School’s new head football coach. “I just found out that I was the youngest head coach in the state of Ohio, so that’s pretty crazy,” the 25-year-old Davis said Thursday after the school announced that he’s replacing Steve Poff at the Mohawk...

Posted: 5 days ago

MADISON TWP. — Ricky Davis is already making waves as Madison High School’s new head football coach. “I just found out that I was the youngest head coach in the state of Ohio, so that’s pretty crazy,” the 25-year-old Davis said Thursday after the school announced that he’s replacing Steve Poff at the Mohawk...