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Franklin High School’s Luke Kennard speaks to an audience packed into the school cafeteria before signing his national letter of intent to play basketball at Duke University Wednesday night. JIM WITMER / STAFF

Kennard sets tourney scoring record in Franklin victory

Franklin’s Luke Kennard set a tournament scoring record in a 96-73 defeat of Mullins (S.C.) in the opening round of the Beach Ball Classic held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Kennard poured in 52 points on 18-of-26 shooting, including 14-of-17 from the free throw line. He also added 15 rebounds ...

GMC, GWOC teams set for Challenge

The Greater Miami Conference and the Greater Western Ohio Conference are on another collision course.Eighteen boys basketball teams will be involved in the GMC/GWOC Holiday Hoops Challenge on Saturday, with eight of the nine games set up as clashes between the two conferences.The Challenge ended in a 4-4 deadlock last ...

Andy Cress of Lakota West wrestles Dalton Hartshorn of Minerva at 145 lbs. during the finals of the GMVWA Holiday Tournament in 2012. STAFF PHOTO

West’s Cress gearing up for Holiday tourney

Lakota West senior Andy Cress will be keeping his eyes open this weekend at the Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Holiday Tournament.Cress, coming off a sixth place finish at the Coaches Classic at 145, is hoping to get a better gauge to both 145 and 138 for making a run ...

West grad part of school-record relay at Rose-Hulman

Savannah Rice was part of a school-record performance by the Rose-Hulman University women’s swim team Dec. 6-7 at the Transylvania Invitational.Rice, a sophomore and Lakota West High School graduate, combined with Ellie Hong, Celeste Kline and Bethany Lefeber to set a new school standard in the 800-yard freestyle relay (8:11.87). ...

Badin’s Zach Larkin shoots over Madeira’s Kyle Rizzuto on Tuesday night at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. Larkin had 22 points in the Rams’ 49-46 victory. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD

Larkin comes up big, Badin edges Mustangs 49-46

Zach Larkin had the hot hand, so when the game was on the line Tuesday night, who else was going to get the ball?In this case, for Badin High School’s boys basketball team, the answer was a no-brainer.Larkin tallied 22 points and nine rebounds for the Rams against visiting Madeira, ...

Falcons throttle Shawnee, even record at 3-3

John Rossi can accept the bumps in the road because he believes the process is working.The Fenwick High School girls basketball team is basking in competitiveness in the early stages of Rossi’s second stint at the FHS helm.The Falcons are 0-3 in the Greater Catholic League Coed Division, but they’re ...

Panthers’ long-range bombing buries Middletown

Springboro High School’s boys basketball team found exactly what it was looking for Saturday night.The Middletown Middies? Let the soul-searching begin.The Panthers fired in 11 treys and led almost the entire way, getting double-digit scoring from Nick McGrail (14), Drew Holweger (13) and Jake Bourke (12) in a surprisingly easy ...

Talawanda’s Chloe Wright (10) and Darby Glaab (31) scrap on defense Saturday afternoon during the Braves’ 51-21 victory over visiting Northwest. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

Short-handed Braves hammer Northwest 51-21

Perseverance has become the theme of Talawanda High School’s girls basketball season.The Braves had low numbers to begin with, and injuries whittled their roster to 10 total players for Saturday’s varsity and reserve games against visiting Northwest.Talawanda won both easily, so it’s unlikely that anybody in the Southwest Ohio Conference ...

Rams put up good fight, but lose to Bacon 62-58

Badin High School’s streak of futility against Roger Bacon isn’t quite over.The Rams suffered their 14th straight boys basketball loss to the Spartans on Friday night, but put a scare into the visitors before dropping a 62-58 decision at Mulcahey Gym.Jordan Rutherford and Zach Larkin both scored 14 points for ...

Lakota West’s Jacob Biehle takes the shot over Middletown’s James Bailey on Friday night at Wade E. Miller Gym. The Middies dropped a 54-53 overtime decision to the visiting Firebirds. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MARTIN WHEELER

Mahdi leads Firebirds past Middies in OT

Naa’il Mahdi won’t soon forget how he reached double digits in scoring for the first time at the varsity level.Trailing by one in overtime, the Lakota West High School junior guard scored the game-winning layup in the final seconds to lift the Firebirds past Middletown 54-53 in a Greater Miami ...

Franklin’s Luke Kennard heads to the basket Friday night during the Wildcats’ 83-58 victory at Bellbrook. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY NICK FALZERANO

Kennard gets 48, Franklin rumbles past Bellbrook

Two old guards met again Friday night.Bellbrook High School’s boys basketball team – traditionally the Southwestern Buckeye League’s flagship program – hosted reigning Mr. Basketball and Franklin front man Luke Kennard one final time.It was quite the encore.Led by the Duke University recruit and his 48 points, the Wildcats stretched ...

HHS rallies past Vikings 55-53

For two and a half quarters, the Hamilton High boys basketball squad played like a team destined to lose.Emerging out of a timeout midway through the third quarter, however, the Big Blue played like a team which couldn’t be denied.Jamil Daniels had 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead Hamilton ...

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Summit’s Brown accepts football job at Carlisle

The Carlisle High School football program has a new man at the top.Mike Brown, who posted a 33-12 record at Summit Country Day and took the Silver Knights to the playoffs four times in the last four years, has accepted the head job at Carlisle.“We spent a lot of time ...

KiLee Genslinger

Speedy Spartans off to 5-0 start

Valley View High School’s girls basketball team is thriving with a simple philosophy: Get it and go.The Spartans have plenty of speed and nobody taller than 5-foot-9, so up-tempo play is a must. And it’s definitely working.“The best way we play is pushing the ball up the floor, outlet pass ...

Lakota East’s Leah Goodwin drives to the basket as Lakota West’s Nia Staples defends Wednesday night. Visiting West won the Greater Miami Conference contest 64-40. Nick Graham/Staff

Firebirds overpower East 64-40

Nia Staples is taking her game to the next level, right along with Lakota West High School’s girls basketball team.The junior guard and West Virginia University commit totaled 16 points to lead the visiting Firebirds to a 64-40 rout of Lakota East in Greater Miami Conference play on Wednesday night.“Personally, ...

Fairfield coach John Cecere works the sideline Tuesday night during the Indians’ 60-49 loss to visiting Mason. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD

Comets top Fairfield in battle of unbeatens

The battle of unbeatens was ruled by the color green Tuesday night.Mason High School’s boys basketball team never trailed and got double-digit scoring from Kyle Lamotte (15), Spencer Cline (13) and Matt King (11) in a 60-49 triumph at Fairfield.It was the first loss for first-year FHS coach John Cecere, ...

Middies handle adversity, Princeton

Middletown High School boys basketball coach Mark Baker has been talking to his squad a lot about handling adversity.Baker thought his young squad took some steps in a double-overtime win at Oak Hills. Tuesday night, Princeton offered another test for the Middies.On the Vikings’ home floor in a game bogged ...

East routs West, stays unbeaten in GMC

Halftime adjustments paid off for the Lakota East High School boys basketball team.The Thunderhawks shifted their focus to their interior game and turned it up a notch on defense to extend a five-point lead into a 56-34 win over rival Lakota West on Tuesday at the Hawks Nest.With the win, ...

Franklin’s Luke Kennard gets the basket and the foul on Tyler Whiteman of Valley View on Friday night at FHS. Kennard scored 33 points in the Wildcats’ 74-42 win. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD

Kennard surpasses 2,000 career points

Duke-bound senior guard Luke Kennard passed the 2,000 career point mark, scoring 33 in Franklin’s 91-44 thrashing of Edgewood. Also Tuesday, the reigning Ohio Mr. Basketball confirmed on Twitter he has been invited to the Nike Hoop Summit next April 11 in Portland, Ore. The full team is expected to ...

Carl Woods

CCS starts strong, hopes to finish even better

Carl Woods is liking the growth he’s seeing within his Cincinnati Christian School boys basketball team.The Cougars are battling some injuries, sickness and transfer issues, but they’re off to a 4-1 start and tied with St. Bernard at 2-0 on top of the Miami Valley Conference Gray Division.“It’s definitely a ...

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