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Prep softball: CCS on the rise, but Bradford takes D-IV district title
 Cincinnati Christian School’s quest for a Division IV district softball championship continues. The Cougars came up short in the district finals for the fourth time in program history Sunday afternoon, losing to Bradford 2-1 in eight innings at Mason. “I really wish we could’ve won that, but anything can happen. It was done...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Cincinnati Christian School’s quest for a Division IV district softball championship continues. The Cougars came up short in the district finals for the fourth time in program history Sunday afternoon, losing to Bradford 2-1 in eight innings at Mason. “I really wish we could’ve won that, but anything can happen. It was done...
A milestone for DeGennaro, a district softball title for No. 1 Lebanon
 Lebanon High School’s softball team is once again on the prowl for a Division I state championship. The Warriors are ranked No. 1 in the state coaches poll and striving for their fifth trip to the Final Four, having lost in the state finals in 2012, 2015 and 2017. Last year’s loss to Elyria was particularly brutal for Lebanon...

Posted: 2 days ago

Lebanon High School’s softball team is once again on the prowl for a Division I state championship. The Warriors are ranked No. 1 in the state coaches poll and striving for their fifth trip to the Final Four, having lost in the state finals in 2012, 2015 and 2017. Last year’s loss to Elyria was particularly brutal for Lebanon...
Prep baseball: CHCA takes advantage of Fenwick’s mistakes in 4-2 win
 Fenwick High School’s baseball season ended with a flurry of errors Friday evening. The Falcons totaled four errors, three in a four-run fourth inning for Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, and dropped a 4-2 decision in a Division II district semifinal at Princeton. “That one defensive letdown and one inning have bit us a couple...

Posted: 2 days ago

Fenwick High School’s baseball season ended with a flurry of errors Friday evening. The Falcons totaled four errors, three in a four-run fourth inning for Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, and dropped a 4-2 decision in a Division II district semifinal at Princeton. “That one defensive letdown and one inning have bit us a couple...
Prep softball: Freshman Bush among leaders as CCS eyes first district championship
 Cincinnati Christian School’s quest for an elusive district softball championship began with a scramble for players. Athletic director Steve Gillens returned to the head coaching position this year after Stephanie Grossmann was unable to continue because of a work conflict, and the Cougars found themselves with barely enough players...

Posted: 3 days ago

Cincinnati Christian School’s quest for an elusive district softball championship began with a scramble for players. Athletic director Steve Gillens returned to the head coaching position this year after Stephanie Grossmann was unable to continue because of a work conflict, and the Cougars found themselves with barely enough players...
Prep baseball: Three innings, a unique experience for CCS, New Miami
 Here’s what kind of Thursday it was for the Cincinnati Christian and New Miami prep baseball teams: The biggest influences were Mother Nature, a defective base and darkness. Their Division IV district semifinal at the Midland complex was rained out Wednesday and rescheduled for Thursday. It was announced during the day that the contest...

Posted: 3 days ago

Here’s what kind of Thursday it was for the Cincinnati Christian and New Miami prep baseball teams: The biggest influences were Mother Nature, a defective base and darkness. Their Division IV district semifinal at the Midland complex was rained out Wednesday and rescheduled for Thursday. It was announced during the day that the contest...
Prep softball: Monroe blanks Franklin to secure berth in Division II district finals
 Monroe High School’s softball team is once again on the verge of making history. The Hornets have never won a Division II district championship, but they’ve earned a shot at that feat and will meet Springfield Kenton Ridge at 5 p.m. on Friday at Brookville. “I’m just so happy for these kids with where they started...

Posted: 4 days ago

Monroe High School’s softball team is once again on the verge of making history. The Hornets have never won a Division II district championship, but they’ve earned a shot at that feat and will meet Springfield Kenton Ridge at 5 p.m. on Friday at Brookville. “I’m just so happy for these kids with where they started...
Prep softball: Bush powers CCS past Felicity in Division IV district semifinal
 Briahna Bush fired a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts Tuesday as the Cincinnati Christian School softball team ran its winning streak to nine with a 7-0 victory over Felicity-Franklin in a Division IV district semifinal at Sycamore. A five-run sixth inning sparked the third-seeded Cougars (15-4), with Ashley Veldkamp and Merrick Heid plating...

Posted: 5 days ago

Briahna Bush fired a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts Tuesday as the Cincinnati Christian School softball team ran its winning streak to nine with a 7-0 victory over Felicity-Franklin in a Division IV district semifinal at Sycamore. A five-run sixth inning sparked the third-seeded Cougars (15-4), with Ashley Veldkamp and Merrick Heid plating...
Prep softball: Ross edges Badin 4-3 in 10-inning tournament classic
 Bailee Gunnell did a lot of watching Tuesday before grabbing a bat and heading into the spotlight. The Ross High School freshman was a pinch-hitter with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning during a Division II district softball semifinal against Badin at Kings. How did Gunnell get there? Well, senior pitcher Kenzie...

Posted: 5 days ago

Bailee Gunnell did a lot of watching Tuesday before grabbing a bat and heading into the spotlight. The Ross High School freshman was a pinch-hitter with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning during a Division II district softball semifinal against Badin at Kings. How did Gunnell get there? Well, senior pitcher Kenzie...
College Insider: West’s Sharp top softball pitcher in Horizon League
 Ashley Sharp’s Wright State University softball career has ended with the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year award. The senior right-hander and Lakota West High School graduate was 15-19 with a 2.33 earned run average this season, striking out 128 batters in 225.2 innings. Sharp started 31 games and made 12 relief appearances with one...

Posted: 7 days ago

Ashley Sharp’s Wright State University softball career has ended with the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year award. The senior right-hander and Lakota West High School graduate was 15-19 with a 2.33 earned run average this season, striking out 128 batters in 225.2 innings. Sharp started 31 games and made 12 relief appearances with one...
Prep baseball: Koger’s walkoff gives East sectional win over Fairfield
 Will Koger made the final move on a gut-check day for Lakota East High School’s baseball team. Locked in an all-out pitchers’ duel with Greater Miami Conference rival Fairfield, the Thunderhawks found a way to survive in Division I Cincinnati sectional play Thursday. No. 9 hitter Sean Church led off the bottom of the eighth inning...

Posted: 10 days ago

Will Koger made the final move on a gut-check day for Lakota East High School’s baseball team. Locked in an all-out pitchers’ duel with Greater Miami Conference rival Fairfield, the Thunderhawks found a way to survive in Division I Cincinnati sectional play Thursday. No. 9 hitter Sean Church led off the bottom of the eighth inning...
Badin set to induct its 25th Athletic Hall of Fame class Saturday
 Badin High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its 25th class Saturday night at the Pfirman Family Activity Center. Six individuals will join the Hall, which is designed to honor high-level athletic contributors from Badin, Hamilton Catholic and Notre Dame Academy. “These are not just outstanding athletes, but outstanding...

Posted: 11 days ago

Badin High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its 25th class Saturday night at the Pfirman Family Activity Center. Six individuals will join the Hall, which is designed to honor high-level athletic contributors from Badin, Hamilton Catholic and Notre Dame Academy. “These are not just outstanding athletes, but outstanding...
Prep baseball: 12-run inning helps Carlisle oust Arrows in sectional
 For Carlisle High School’s baseball team, the beauty of a 12-run inning was tempered by the notion that it might not be enough. It did prove to be enough for the Indians on Wednesday, but there were a few nervous moments along the way as visiting Preble Shawnee rallied from a 12-1 deficit before falling 16-8 in a Division III Dayton...

Posted: 11 days ago

For Carlisle High School’s baseball team, the beauty of a 12-run inning was tempered by the notion that it might not be enough. It did prove to be enough for the Indians on Wednesday, but there were a few nervous moments along the way as visiting Preble Shawnee rallied from a 12-1 deficit before falling 16-8 in a Division III Dayton...
Prep softball: Kelly’s homers help Franklin start postseason with rout
 Olivia Kelly’s power stroke took center stage on a big Tuesday for Franklin High School’s softball team. Kelly smacked a pair of home runs and totaled five RBIs for the Wildcats, who began Division II sectional play by easily dispatching Chaminade Julienne in a 10-0 run-rule triumph at Franklin Community Park. “They were...

Posted: 12 days ago

Olivia Kelly’s power stroke took center stage on a big Tuesday for Franklin High School’s softball team. Kelly smacked a pair of home runs and totaled five RBIs for the Wildcats, who began Division II sectional play by easily dispatching Chaminade Julienne in a 10-0 run-rule triumph at Franklin Community Park. “They were...
GCL Coed turns focus to scheduling, likely football alliance with Columbus league
 The Greater Catholic League Coed Division finally has a clear view of its future … at least its near future. Purcell Marian and Roger Bacon high schools have been voted into the Miami Valley Conference for football starting in 2019-20, but both schools are remaining in the GCL Coed for all other sports. The GCL Coed schools unanimously...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Greater Catholic League Coed Division finally has a clear view of its future … at least its near future. Purcell Marian and Roger Bacon high schools have been voted into the Miami Valley Conference for football starting in 2019-20, but both schools are remaining in the GCL Coed for all other sports. The GCL Coed schools unanimously...
Purcell Marian, Roger Bacon unanimously voted into MVC for football
 The Miami Valley Conference finalized its football plans Tuesday by voting to accept Purcell Marian and Roger Bacon high schools as associate members starting in 2019-2020. MVC president Brian Phelps said the vote was unanimous and the conference will use unbalanced divisions, six schools in the Scarlet and eight schools in the Gray. Bacon...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Miami Valley Conference finalized its football plans Tuesday by voting to accept Purcell Marian and Roger Bacon high schools as associate members starting in 2019-2020. MVC president Brian Phelps said the vote was unanimous and the conference will use unbalanced divisions, six schools in the Scarlet and eight schools in the Gray. Bacon...
College Insider: West’s Brown earns MSC softball honor at Shawnee State
 Marisa Brown earned first-team honors in the Mid-South Conference this season as a member of the Shawnee State University softball squad. The Lakota West High School graduate and junior designated player/catcher hit .347 for the Bears, totaling 13 doubles, five home runs and 30 RBIs. Shawnee State finished 27-22, its best record since 2014...

Posted: 13 days ago

Marisa Brown earned first-team honors in the Mid-South Conference this season as a member of the Shawnee State University softball squad. The Lakota West High School graduate and junior designated player/catcher hit .347 for the Bears, totaling 13 doubles, five home runs and 30 RBIs. Shawnee State finished 27-22, its best record since 2014...
Prep softball: Small ball powers Edgewood to sectional win over Tigers
 The path to victory was flooded with bunts. Edgewood High School’s softball team sparked its offense with a lot of small ball and a lot of speed Monday in a Division I sectional opener against visiting Loveland, and Sam Davis piled up 16 strikeouts in the circle. It all added up to a 9-6 victory for the Cougars, who improved to 11-13...

Posted: 13 days ago

The path to victory was flooded with bunts. Edgewood High School’s softball team sparked its offense with a lot of small ball and a lot of speed Monday in a Division I sectional opener against visiting Loveland, and Sam Davis piled up 16 strikeouts in the circle. It all added up to a 9-6 victory for the Cougars, who improved to 11-13...
Rettinger announces resignation as Ross baseball coach at season’s end
 Jason Rettinger believes it’s the right time to go. The Ross High School baseball coach confirmed that he has resigned, effective at the end of the season, from the helm of a team that’s won the last two Southwest Ohio Conference championships. “I told the kids yesterday because I didn’t want them to find out from...

Posted: 14 days ago

Jason Rettinger believes it’s the right time to go. The Ross High School baseball coach confirmed that he has resigned, effective at the end of the season, from the helm of a team that’s won the last two Southwest Ohio Conference championships. “I told the kids yesterday because I didn’t want them to find out from...
Rams vs. Rams: Ross rallies past Badin in Butler County baseball clash
 The final stretch of the regular season was a hilly ride for Ross High School’s baseball team, but it ended on a high note. The Rams rallied from a 4-2 deficit Sunday afternoon to defeat Butler County rival Badin 5-4 before a big crowd at the RHS diamond. “Sometimes we’ve just got to find something to motivate us, and I...

Posted: 14 days ago

The final stretch of the regular season was a hilly ride for Ross High School’s baseball team, but it ended on a high note. The Rams rallied from a 4-2 deficit Sunday afternoon to defeat Butler County rival Badin 5-4 before a big crowd at the RHS diamond. “Sometimes we’ve just got to find something to motivate us, and I...
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