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

The simplicity of a question: How Tom Bolden ended up at Lakota West
 WEST CHESTER TWP. — The idea seemed far-fetched enough that Elgin Card, when presented with it, responded with a laugh. Card, Lakota West High School’s principal, was in the car with West athletic director Scott Kaufman on Dec. 2. It was a long ride back from Canton, site of the seven state football championships, and football...

Posted: 14 hours ago

WEST CHESTER TWP. — The idea seemed far-fetched enough that Elgin Card, when presented with it, responded with a laugh. Card, Lakota West High School’s principal, was in the car with West athletic director Scott Kaufman on Dec. 2. It was a long ride back from Canton, site of the seven state football championships, and football...
Prep basketball: CCS too strong for New Miami, remains unbeaten in MVC
 NEW MIAMI — There were plenty of quality performances from Cincinnati Christian School’s boys basketball team Friday night, but the “Beast Mode” belt could only go to one player. That was senior forward Riley Reutener, who tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds in a 70-52 Miami Valley Conference victory at New Miami. &ldquo...

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NEW MIAMI — There were plenty of quality performances from Cincinnati Christian School’s boys basketball team Friday night, but the “Beast Mode” belt could only go to one player. That was senior forward Riley Reutener, who tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds in a 70-52 Miami Valley Conference victory at New Miami. &ldquo...
GMC BASKETBALL: East voted No. 1, but no team appears to be dominant
 Clint Adkins isn’t much of a believer when it comes to preseason polls, even when his team is No. 1. His Lakota East High School boys basketball squad, seeking its first Greater Miami Conference championship since 2014-15, has taken the top spot in this year’s voting by the GMC coaches. “In my opinion, polls don’t...

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Clint Adkins isn’t much of a believer when it comes to preseason polls, even when his team is No. 1. His Lakota East High School boys basketball squad, seeking its first Greater Miami Conference championship since 2014-15, has taken the top spot in this year’s voting by the GMC coaches. “In my opinion, polls don’t...
Prep basketball: Badin’s Weisgerber on the verge of 300th coaching win
 HAMILTON — Gerry Weisgerber’s march toward a major coaching milestone has essentially been a stealth mission. It’s taken nearly 40 years — with a lengthy break along the way — but Badin High School’s boys basketball coach finds himself on the verge of earning his 300th career victory. His Rams are 4-0 and...

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HAMILTON — Gerry Weisgerber’s march toward a major coaching milestone has essentially been a stealth mission. It’s taken nearly 40 years — with a lengthy break along the way — but Badin High School’s boys basketball coach finds himself on the verge of earning his 300th career victory. His Rams are 4-0 and...
GCLC CENTRAL BASKETBALL: Purcell short-handed, but still voted No. 1
 The injury bug hasn’t been kind to Purcell Marian High School’s boys basketball team this season, but the Cavaliers aren’t exactly in a woeful situation. They were voted No. 1 in the Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division preseason coaches poll and have started 1-2, losing to La Salle and Chaminade Julienne by a combined...

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The injury bug hasn’t been kind to Purcell Marian High School’s boys basketball team this season, but the Cavaliers aren’t exactly in a woeful situation. They were voted No. 1 in the Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division preseason coaches poll and have started 1-2, losing to La Salle and Chaminade Julienne by a combined...
Prep basketball: Franklin rolls Hornets for Bales’ 200th career victory
 FRANKLIN — Brian Bales reached a coaching milestone Tuesday night and was quick to thank all the people who helped him get there. Franklin High School’s boys basketball coach collected his 200th career victory with a 67-42 conquest of visiting Monroe, a win that included double-digit scoring from Savon O’Neal (22) and Will...

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FRANKLIN — Brian Bales reached a coaching milestone Tuesday night and was quick to thank all the people who helped him get there. Franklin High School’s boys basketball coach collected his 200th career victory with a 67-42 conquest of visiting Monroe, a win that included double-digit scoring from Savon O’Neal (22) and Will...
SWBL BUCKEYE BOYS BASKETBALL: Injuries aside, Madison voted favorite to repeat
 The goals remain high for Madison High School’s boys basketball team, even with multiple injuries early in the season. The Mohawks are favored to repeat as Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division champions, garnering six of the seven first-place votes in the Buckeye preseason coaches poll. Madison, though, has already lost senior...

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The goals remain high for Madison High School’s boys basketball team, even with multiple injuries early in the season. The Mohawks are favored to repeat as Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division champions, garnering six of the seven first-place votes in the Buckeye preseason coaches poll. Madison, though, has already lost senior...
Prep girls basketball: Fenwick seeks rhythm after third straight defeat
 MIDDLETOWN — Scott Dalton is still trying to bring everything together with his Fenwick High School girls basketball team this season. The Falcons are a quick, athletic bunch, but they also took their third straight loss Monday night, a 66-50 setback at the hands of visiting Oakwood in nonleague play. “We’re still trying...

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MIDDLETOWN — Scott Dalton is still trying to bring everything together with his Fenwick High School girls basketball team this season. The Falcons are a quick, athletic bunch, but they also took their third straight loss Monday night, a 66-50 setback at the hands of visiting Oakwood in nonleague play. “We’re still trying...
SWOC BASKETBALL: Northwest favored to make it five consecutive titles
 Northwest High School has started the boys basketball season in a familiar place — on top of the Southwest Ohio Conference. The Knights have won the last four SWOC championships and are favored to make it five in a row in 2018-19, garnering six of the seven first-place votes in the preseason coaches poll. “I’m sure Colerain...

Posted: 5 days ago

Northwest High School has started the boys basketball season in a familiar place — on top of the Southwest Ohio Conference. The Knights have won the last four SWOC championships and are favored to make it five in a row in 2018-19, garnering six of the seven first-place votes in the preseason coaches poll. “I’m sure Colerain...
College Insider: Fairfield’s Sams excelling for Bellarmine wrestling
 Sophomore Andrew Sams is a standout performer for the Bellarmine University wrestling team this season. The Fairfield High School graduate is 13-2 and riding a seven-match winning streak for the Knights, who are based in Louisville, Ky. Bellarmine lost to visiting Lindsey Wilson, the 14th-ranked NAIA team in the country, by a 27-12 margin...

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Sophomore Andrew Sams is a standout performer for the Bellarmine University wrestling team this season. The Fairfield High School graduate is 13-2 and riding a seven-match winning streak for the Knights, who are based in Louisville, Ky. Bellarmine lost to visiting Lindsey Wilson, the 14th-ranked NAIA team in the country, by a 27-12 margin...