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.

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Fairfield-Colerain: Indians facing historic challenge in GMC showdown
 The plan is to ignore the history and create a new narrative in the Greater Miami Conference. That’s the idea behind Fairfield High School’s approach to the Colerain Cardinals on the gridiron. But it’s all just thoughts and words until somebody actually knocks off the longtime conference rulers from Colerain Township. The...

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The plan is to ignore the history and create a new narrative in the Greater Miami Conference. That’s the idea behind Fairfield High School’s approach to the Colerain Cardinals on the gridiron. But it’s all just thoughts and words until somebody actually knocks off the longtime conference rulers from Colerain Township. The...
Fairfield-Colerain: Former hoop teammates set to square off on football field
 Jeff Tyus and Luke Bolden are eager to take each other down on the football field. Somebody’s going to walk away from that clash feeling unsatisfied, but the former basketball teammates will be ready to shake hands however it turns out. It’s one of the numerous subplots in the Fairfield-Colerain prep football showdown Friday night...

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Jeff Tyus and Luke Bolden are eager to take each other down on the football field. Somebody’s going to walk away from that clash feeling unsatisfied, but the former basketball teammates will be ready to shake hands however it turns out. It’s one of the numerous subplots in the Fairfield-Colerain prep football showdown Friday night...
Prep football: Madison, Fairfield, Fenwick still ranked in state poll
 Three local teams continue to hold spots in this week’s Associated Press Ohio high school football poll. Madison (8-0) remained in second place in Division V, while Fairfield (7-1) moved from 14th to a tie for 13th in Division I and Fenwick (6-2) advanced from 16th to 15th in Division III in voting by a state panel of sports writers...

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Three local teams continue to hold spots in this week’s Associated Press Ohio high school football poll. Madison (8-0) remained in second place in Division V, while Fairfield (7-1) moved from 14th to a tie for 13th in Division I and Fenwick (6-2) advanced from 16th to 15th in Division III in voting by a state panel of sports writers...
Prep state golf: Fenwick’s Utterdyke 22nd, Mid. Christian’s Swartz 45th
 Two local players competed at the state golf tournaments over the weekend in central Ohio. In Division II girls competition at the Ohio State University Gray Course, Fenwick senior Meghan Utterdyke carded a 30-over-par total of 90-80—170 to finish in a tie for 22nd place. Lima Central Catholic took the team title, and Kansas Lakota&rsquo...

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Two local players competed at the state golf tournaments over the weekend in central Ohio. In Division II girls competition at the Ohio State University Gray Course, Fenwick senior Meghan Utterdyke carded a 30-over-par total of 90-80—170 to finish in a tie for 22nd place. Lima Central Catholic took the team title, and Kansas Lakota&rsquo...
College Insider: Middletown’s Calhoun hitting hard at Eastern Michigan
 Vince Calhoun is the second-leading tackler this season for Eastern Michigan University’s football team. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior rover and Middletown High School graduate has 31 solo tackles and 23 assists for the Eagles, who are 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the Mid-American Conference West Division. Calhoun also has two tackles for...

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Vince Calhoun is the second-leading tackler this season for Eastern Michigan University’s football team. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior rover and Middletown High School graduate has 31 solo tackles and 23 assists for the Eagles, who are 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the Mid-American Conference West Division. Calhoun also has two tackles for...
Prep football: New Miami too strong for CCPA, remains perfect in MVC Gray
 CINCINNATI — Winning is starting to become a habit for New Miami High School’s football team, even if it isn’t always pretty. The Vikings recorded a 36-8 road victory over Cincinnati College Prep Academy on Saturday at Western Hills’ McCartney Stadium, giving them a three-game winning streak and maintaining their perfect...

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CINCINNATI — Winning is starting to become a habit for New Miami High School’s football team, even if it isn’t always pretty. The Vikings recorded a 36-8 road victory over Cincinnati College Prep Academy on Saturday at Western Hills’ McCartney Stadium, giving them a three-game winning streak and maintaining their perfect...
Prep football roundup: McClain keeps running at a high level as Fairfield rolls
 JuTahn McClain had another outstanding night Friday as Fairfield High School’s football team ran its winning streak to six. The junior running back totaled 164 yards on 20 carries for the visiting Indians, who erased an early 3-0 deficit to hammer Oak Hills 41-10. McClain scored three TDs on the ground and one through the air. Jeff...

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JuTahn McClain had another outstanding night Friday as Fairfield High School’s football team ran its winning streak to six. The junior running back totaled 164 yards on 20 carries for the visiting Indians, who erased an early 3-0 deficit to hammer Oak Hills 41-10. McClain scored three TDs on the ground and one through the air. Jeff...
Prep football: Fessler, Janeck key Fenwick offense in Senior Night win
 MIDDLETOWN — Senior Jack Fessler carried the ball 20 times for 203 yards and three touchdowns Friday as Fenwick High School’s football team celebrated Senior Night with a 31-14 victory over Purcell Marian at Krusling Field. Senior quarterback Sully Janeck was 16-of-23 for 213 yards and connected with David Schuh for a TD for the...

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MIDDLETOWN — Senior Jack Fessler carried the ball 20 times for 203 yards and three touchdowns Friday as Fenwick High School’s football team celebrated Senior Night with a 31-14 victory over Purcell Marian at Krusling Field. Senior quarterback Sully Janeck was 16-of-23 for 213 yards and connected with David Schuh for a TD for the...
Prep football: Madison trounces Northridge, earns share of SWBL title
 HARRISON TWP. — The destruction of the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division continued Friday night for Madison High School’s football team. The Mohawks, ranked second in the latest Associated Press Division V state poll and a Final Four squad a year ago, went on the road and gave upstart Northridge a 56-0 beating for a...

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HARRISON TWP. — The destruction of the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division continued Friday night for Madison High School’s football team. The Mohawks, ranked second in the latest Associated Press Division V state poll and a Final Four squad a year ago, went on the road and gave upstart Northridge a 56-0 beating for a...
Prep football: Five area games to keep an eye on in Week 8
 Here are five Week 8 prep football games in the Journal-News coverage area to keep an eye on Friday: It’s been nearly 20 years since Badin won a game in this series, and the Rams are sizable underdogs in this matchup as well. But they have the kind of ball-control offense that can eat minutes off the clock, something they’ll need...

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Here are five Week 8 prep football games in the Journal-News coverage area to keep an eye on Friday: It’s been nearly 20 years since Badin won a game in this series, and the Rams are sizable underdogs in this matchup as well. But they have the kind of ball-control offense that can eat minutes off the clock, something they’ll need...