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

2018 Prep Football Season Preview: Ross Rams
 Kenyon Commins is sure his Ross High School football team is much improved over the 1-9 Rams of 2017. What that means in terms of wins and losses this season … well, the second-year head coach will just let that play out on the field. “We’ll define our own success,” Commins said. “If our success is 5-5, it&rsquo...

Posted: 18 hours ago

Kenyon Commins is sure his Ross High School football team is much improved over the 1-9 Rams of 2017. What that means in terms of wins and losses this season … well, the second-year head coach will just let that play out on the field. “We’ll define our own success,” Commins said. “If our success is 5-5, it&rsquo...
2018 Prep Football Season Preview: Badin Rams
 Badin High School’s football team is hoping to continue its resurgence this fall. The Rams were a competitive 5-5 in Nick Yordy’s first season at the helm last year after going 2-8 in 2016, and Yordy likes the progress he’s seeing. “The kids continue to buy into what we’re doing,” he said. “We had...

Posted: a day ago

Badin High School’s football team is hoping to continue its resurgence this fall. The Rams were a competitive 5-5 in Nick Yordy’s first season at the helm last year after going 2-8 in 2016, and Yordy likes the progress he’s seeing. “The kids continue to buy into what we’re doing,” he said. “We had...
Major league dream: Franklin’s Lakins making waves in Red Sox system
 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Life-altering moments are coming at a rapid pace for Travis Lakins. He got married last November, so he’s still a newlywed. His wife is about to give birth to their daughter, so he’s going to be a father. His job sent him to a new level about two weeks ago, so he’s trying to get settled into an unfamiliar...

Posted: 3 days ago

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Life-altering moments are coming at a rapid pace for Travis Lakins. He got married last November, so he’s still a newlywed. His wife is about to give birth to their daughter, so he’s going to be a father. His job sent him to a new level about two weeks ago, so he’s trying to get settled into an unfamiliar...
2018 Prep Football Season Preview: Madison Mohawks
 Steve Poff’s message is clear: We’re moving on. Madison High School’s historic run to the 2017 Division V state football semifinals is in the Mohawks’ rear-view mirror, even with most of their starters back this year. “The key to it is figuring out with this group what’s going to work best,” said...

Posted: 4 days ago

Steve Poff’s message is clear: We’re moving on. Madison High School’s historic run to the 2017 Division V state football semifinals is in the Mohawks’ rear-view mirror, even with most of their starters back this year. “The key to it is figuring out with this group what’s going to work best,” said...
2018 Prep Football Season Preview: Fenwick Falcons
 It’s a new era of Fenwick High School football, but first-year coach Dan Haverkamp is expecting continued success for the Falcons. They were 6-4 last season and haven’t had a losing record since 2008, and this year’s roster is stocked with 20 seniors. “I’m pretty excited with where we’re at,” said...

Posted: 5 days ago

It’s a new era of Fenwick High School football, but first-year coach Dan Haverkamp is expecting continued success for the Falcons. They were 6-4 last season and haven’t had a losing record since 2008, and this year’s roster is stocked with 20 seniors. “I’m pretty excited with where we’re at,” said...
2018 Prep Football Season Preview: New Miami Vikings
 Jessie Hubbard is ready to do some winning with New Miami High School’s football team. The first-year head coach likes what he’s seeing from his Vikings and believes they’re ready to charge forward after collecting just seven victories over the past three seasons. New Miami was 2-8 last year under John Singleton, who&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Jessie Hubbard is ready to do some winning with New Miami High School’s football team. The first-year head coach likes what he’s seeing from his Vikings and believes they’re ready to charge forward after collecting just seven victories over the past three seasons. New Miami was 2-8 last year under John Singleton, who&rsquo...
2018 Prep Football Season Preview: Middletown Middies
 Don’t expect Don Simpson to start predicting immediate championships or Division I playoff glory. But he truly believes his Middletown High School football team, which hasn’t had a winning season since 2011 and managed just one victory the last two years, is already taking steps in the right direction. “I love their attitude...

Posted: 7 days ago

Don’t expect Don Simpson to start predicting immediate championships or Division I playoff glory. But he truly believes his Middletown High School football team, which hasn’t had a winning season since 2011 and managed just one victory the last two years, is already taking steps in the right direction. “I love their attitude...
2018 Prep Football Season Preview: Fairfield Indians
 “Pretty good” is no longer good enough for Fairfield High School’s football team. Eighth-year coach Jason Krause has taken his Indians to the Division I playoffs four times in the last five years. Yet the program’s last postseason win came in 2000. “It’s like asking, ‘Are you happy just saying we...

Posted: 8 days ago

“Pretty good” is no longer good enough for Fairfield High School’s football team. Eighth-year coach Jason Krause has taken his Indians to the Division I playoffs four times in the last five years. Yet the program’s last postseason win came in 2000. “It’s like asking, ‘Are you happy just saying we...
2018 Prep Football Season Preview: Lakota West Firebirds
 Lakota West High School’s football program may seem like it’s in a state of turmoil right now, but that’s not how Jeff Wadl views it. Larry Cox was the Firebirds’ head coach for the first 21 years of the program before resigning in May, and longtime assistant Wadl agreed to take over as the interim head coach this...

Posted: 11 days ago

Lakota West High School’s football program may seem like it’s in a state of turmoil right now, but that’s not how Jeff Wadl views it. Larry Cox was the Firebirds’ head coach for the first 21 years of the program before resigning in May, and longtime assistant Wadl agreed to take over as the interim head coach this...
2018 Prep Football Season Preview: Hamilton Big Blue
 Chad Murphy is hoping a natural progression of success will find Hamilton High School’s football team this year. Big Blue haven’t finished above .500 at the varsity level since 2010 and went 3-7 last season, but the younger levels have been winning for a while. “We’ve had three classes in a row that have won,&rdquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

Chad Murphy is hoping a natural progression of success will find Hamilton High School’s football team this year. Big Blue haven’t finished above .500 at the varsity level since 2010 and went 3-7 last season, but the younger levels have been winning for a while. “We’ve had three classes in a row that have won,&rdquo...
MVC Gray football: Dayton Christian is unanimous choice to repeat as champion
 The 2018 Miami Valley Conference Gray Division prep football favorite is a unanimous one. Defending champion Dayton Christian got every No. 1 vote in this year’s preseason coaches poll after a 9-2 season that included a trip to the Division VI, Region 24 playoffs. “Well, that’s an honor,” fifth-year Warriors coach...

Posted: 11 days ago

The 2018 Miami Valley Conference Gray Division prep football favorite is a unanimous one. Defending champion Dayton Christian got every No. 1 vote in this year’s preseason coaches poll after a 9-2 season that included a trip to the Division VI, Region 24 playoffs. “Well, that’s an honor,” fifth-year Warriors coach...