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Prep football: Ross, Badin once again raising money for local cause
 The Ross-Badin prep football rivalry is ongoing, and so is the fundraising effort between the two programs. Butler County’s two Ram squads will open the 2018 season at Ross on Aug. 24, but not before getting together at Big Buls Roadhouse in Ross Township on Saturday. The event is the Rams’ Community Kickoff Rally, with all proceeds...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Ross-Badin prep football rivalry is ongoing, and so is the fundraising effort between the two programs. Butler County’s two Ram squads will open the 2018 season at Ross on Aug. 24, but not before getting together at Big Buls Roadhouse in Ross Township on Saturday. The event is the Rams’ Community Kickoff Rally, with all proceeds...
2018 Prep Football Season Preview: Talawanda Braves
 It’s time for Talawanda High School’s football team to start winning again. That’s the view of seventh-year coach J.D. Vonderheide, who’s endured a 3-27 record over the last three seasons and will head into battle with a highly regarded junior class in 2018. “We’re primed and ready to see what we&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

It’s time for Talawanda High School’s football team to start winning again. That’s the view of seventh-year coach J.D. Vonderheide, who’s endured a 3-27 record over the last three seasons and will head into battle with a highly regarded junior class in 2018. “We’re primed and ready to see what we&rsquo...
2018 Prep Football Season Preview: Franklin Wildcats
 It’s another season of high expectations for Franklin High School’s football team. The Wildcats have been to the Division III playoffs and totaled 19 victories the last two years, and they expect to be strong again in 2018. “The expectation around here is just that — go win and make ’em better young men and do...

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It’s another season of high expectations for Franklin High School’s football team. The Wildcats have been to the Division III playoffs and totaled 19 victories the last two years, and they expect to be strong again in 2018. “The expectation around here is just that — go win and make ’em better young men and do...
High schools: GCL Coed, Roger Bacon fighting competitive balance, get temporary restraining order against OHSAA
 The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s competitive balance plan has become a legal issue. The OHSAA said Wednesday it was informed that the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) that prohibits the OHSAA from continuing to utilize a component of the competitive balance process that...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s competitive balance plan has become a legal issue. The OHSAA said Wednesday it was informed that the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) that prohibits the OHSAA from continuing to utilize a component of the competitive balance process that...
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...

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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: 7 days 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: 9 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...

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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...

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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...

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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: 13 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: 14 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: 16 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: 16 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: 17 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...
2018 Prep Football Season Preview: Lakota East Thunderhawks
 The mind-set remains the same for Lakota East High School’s football team this season. Ninth-year coach Rick Haynes is emphasizing fundamentals over flash after the Thunderhawks went 6-4 last year, losing three of their last four games while dealing with some internal problems that kept key players off the field. “I think our...

Posted: 17 days ago

The mind-set remains the same for Lakota East High School’s football team this season. Ninth-year coach Rick Haynes is emphasizing fundamentals over flash after the Thunderhawks went 6-4 last year, losing three of their last four games while dealing with some internal problems that kept key players off the field. “I think our...
College football: Miami coach happy to have a healthy Thomas this year
 Miami University football fans should get to see a healthy Maurice Thomas in 2018. The redshirt junior running back and Talawanda High School graduate only played in three games last year because of a knee injury, but RedHawks coach Chuck Martin said he expects Thomas to be 100 percent for the season opener against Marshall on Sept. 1. &ldquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

Miami University football fans should get to see a healthy Maurice Thomas in 2018. The redshirt junior running back and Talawanda High School graduate only played in three games last year because of a knee injury, but RedHawks coach Chuck Martin said he expects Thomas to be 100 percent for the season opener against Marshall on Sept. 1. &ldquo...
College football: A game-by-game look at the Miami RedHawks’ 2018 schedule
 Optimism abounds for Miami University’s football team as the RedHawks open camp Friday. Their 2018 opener is about a month away, but fifth-year head coach Chuck Martin is excited about the experienced crew he’s assembled. “We’ve been building this thing for a long time,” Martin said last week during Mid-American...

Posted: 18 days ago

Optimism abounds for Miami University’s football team as the RedHawks open camp Friday. Their 2018 opener is about a month away, but fifth-year head coach Chuck Martin is excited about the experienced crew he’s assembled. “We’ve been building this thing for a long time,” Martin said last week during Mid-American...
College football: Talented, experienced defense should be even better for Miami in 2018
 Miami University’s football team ranked among the Mid-American Conference leaders in defense last season, and eight of those starters are back in 2018. So, yes, those defensive guys are feeling pretty confident as camp opens Friday. “We’re going to fly around,” senior linebacker Junior McMullen said. “We&rsquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

Miami University’s football team ranked among the Mid-American Conference leaders in defense last season, and eight of those starters are back in 2018. So, yes, those defensive guys are feeling pretty confident as camp opens Friday. “We’re going to fly around,” senior linebacker Junior McMullen said. “We&rsquo...
College football: Lakota East’s Gasser provides strong leg for Akron
 Lakota East High School graduate Nick Gasser is back for his redshirt senior football season at the University of Akron, and Zips coach Terry Bowden is expecting more strong production from Gasser’s right leg. Gasser has been Akron’s No. 1 punter the last two seasons, averaging 37.7 yards as a sophomore and 42.2 yards last year...

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Lakota East High School graduate Nick Gasser is back for his redshirt senior football season at the University of Akron, and Zips coach Terry Bowden is expecting more strong production from Gasser’s right leg. Gasser has been Akron’s No. 1 punter the last two seasons, averaging 37.7 yards as a sophomore and 42.2 yards last year...
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