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Prep girls basketball: Late surge gives Fenwick stunning sectional win over Badin
 LEBANON — Just when it seemed like Fenwick High School’s girls basketball team was fading toward the offseason, Elena Daly became a shooting star. Staring at a 44-36 deficit with under five minutes remaining Tuesday night, Daly drilled two 3-pointers in a 31-second span to spark the Falcons to a stunning 17-point run against Greater...

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LEBANON — Just when it seemed like Fenwick High School’s girls basketball team was fading toward the offseason, Elena Daly became a shooting star. Staring at a 44-36 deficit with under five minutes remaining Tuesday night, Daly drilled two 3-pointers in a 31-second span to spark the Falcons to a stunning 17-point run against Greater...
Prep girls basketball: Top-seeded Franklin rolls on with another sectional rout
 LEBANON — The wait only delayed the inevitable. Franklin High School’s girls basketball team warmed up a couple times Tuesday while waiting for Thurgood Marshall, which had some transportation issues, to show up for a Division II sectional contest at Lebanon. The game started 17 minutes late, but it was over in a hurry as top-seeded...

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LEBANON — The wait only delayed the inevitable. Franklin High School’s girls basketball team warmed up a couple times Tuesday while waiting for Thurgood Marshall, which had some transportation issues, to show up for a Division II sectional contest at Lebanon. The game started 17 minutes late, but it was over in a hurry as top-seeded...
Prep basketball: Fenwick celebrates Senior Night with emphatic victory
 MIDDLETOWN — Senior Night was a joy for Fenwick High School’s eight seniors and a positive springboard into the boys basketball postseason. The Falcons closed the regular season in impressive fashion Monday, battering Clinton-Massie 67-48 before a large crowd at the FHS gym. “Now we don’t want to lose at all. We think...

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MIDDLETOWN — Senior Night was a joy for Fenwick High School’s eight seniors and a positive springboard into the boys basketball postseason. The Falcons closed the regular season in impressive fashion Monday, battering Clinton-Massie 67-48 before a large crowd at the FHS gym. “Now we don’t want to lose at all. We think...
College Insider: Lakota East’s Dieball makes first cut for Bevo Francis Award
 Adam Dieball is in the running for the Bevo Francis Award, given to the player who has the finest overall season in small college basketball. The Lakota East High School graduate is a 6-foot-9, 230-pound senior forward for Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. The NCAA Division II Bucs are 18-8 overall and 13-5 in the Gulf South...

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Adam Dieball is in the running for the Bevo Francis Award, given to the player who has the finest overall season in small college basketball. The Lakota East High School graduate is a 6-foot-9, 230-pound senior forward for Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. The NCAA Division II Bucs are 18-8 overall and 13-5 in the Gulf South...
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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...
Basketball draw: A traffic jam gives Middletown a date with No. 1
 WEST CHESTER TWP. — Darnell Hoskins was a hot topic Sunday at the Division I sectional boys basketball tournament draw, though that was clearly not his intention. Middletown High School’s coach didn’t make an appearance at Lakota West for the 2 p.m. draw, meaning his 19th-seeded team had to take the 31st and last available...

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WEST CHESTER TWP. — Darnell Hoskins was a hot topic Sunday at the Division I sectional boys basketball tournament draw, though that was clearly not his intention. Middletown High School’s coach didn’t make an appearance at Lakota West for the 2 p.m. draw, meaning his 19th-seeded team had to take the 31st and last available...
Rams vs. Rams: Sellout crowd watches Badin handle Ross in county clash
 ROSS TWP. — Justin Pappas found the sold-out gym and shrieking crowd very much to his liking. The senior forward was the key figure for Badin High School’s boys basketball team Saturday night as the Rams went on the road and handled Ross 51-38 in a Butler County rivalry showdown. “It was a great experience, I’m not...

Posted: 10 days ago

ROSS TWP. — Justin Pappas found the sold-out gym and shrieking crowd very much to his liking. The senior forward was the key figure for Badin High School’s boys basketball team Saturday night as the Rams went on the road and handled Ross 51-38 in a Butler County rivalry showdown. “It was a great experience, I’m not...
Prep basketball: Franklin girls fall just short against unbeaten Waynesville
 WAYNESVILLE — Franklin High School’s girls basketball team got the postseason tune-up it was seeking, just not the victory. The Wildcats had opportunities to take down unbeaten Waynesville on the road, but the Spartans were better when it mattered the most in a 48-46 triumph that played out in front of a large Saturday afternoon...

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WAYNESVILLE — Franklin High School’s girls basketball team got the postseason tune-up it was seeking, just not the victory. The Wildcats had opportunities to take down unbeaten Waynesville on the road, but the Spartans were better when it mattered the most in a 48-46 triumph that played out in front of a large Saturday afternoon...
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