Rick Cassano

Reporter

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.

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Silverman excited about opportunity to lead Monroe athletics

Eric Silverman doesn’t just want to hear about how Monroe High School athletes are doing. He wants to see them with his own eyes.He’s been getting his feet wet as Monroe’s new athletic director this summer and will officially take those reins Monday, having spent the last three years in ...

Hamilton Joes in semifinals of GLSCL playoffs

The Hamilton Joes have reached the semifinals of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League baseball playoffs.The Joes opened the postseason with a 3-1 play-in victory over the Cincinnati Steam on Tuesday as Alex Cain was the winning pitcher and Tyler Thamann went 2-for-4.Hamilton began a best-of-three series on the road ...

Hamilton West Side’s Landyn Vidourek (4), Maddox Pennington (3), Charlie Vidourek (2) and Braedyn Moore (7) run with their championship banner in front of the scoreboard after Sunday’s 11-0 victory over Canfield in the Ohio Little League championship game at Boardman’s Fields of Dreams. DAVID DERMER/SPECIAL TO THE JOURNAL-NEWS

West Side hammers Canfield to win another Ohio Little League title

State championships have become the norm at Hamilton West Side.The program secured its 16th Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball title — and ninth in the last 11 years — Sunday afternoon by overpowering Canfield 11-0 at Boardman’s Fields of Dreams.“I think that’s a statement for what kind of program we ...

Hamilton West Side pitcher Maddox Pennington delivers a pitch Tuesday night during a 2-0 victory over Canfield in the Ohio Little League tournament winners’ bracket final at Boardman’s Fields of Dream. DAVID DERMER/THE VINDICATOR

West Side, Canfield will square off for Ohio Little League title

The championship matchup is set for the Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament.Hamilton West Side, the unbeaten ruler of the winners’ bracket, will meet Canfield on Sunday at Boardman’s Fields of Dreams.“My biggest thought is we’ve practiced for four days in a row, so we’re ready to play somebody,” Hamilton ...

Hamilton West Side shortstop Cayden Evans tags out Gianni Gaetano of Canfield at second base during Tuesday’s winners’ bracket final of the Ohio Little League tournament at Boardman’s Fields of Dreams. West Side won 2-0. DAVID DERMER/THE VINDICATOR

Coomer grateful for chance to extend his West Side coaching career

Ken Coomer is feeling good and grateful. The longtime Hamilton West Side coach is an assistant for this year’s team, which is one win away from the Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament championship at Boardman’s Fields of Dreams. Last July, Coomer was the head coach when West Side captured ...

Hamilton West Side catcher Curtus Moak tags out Canfield’s Jake Grdic at the plate during Tuesday’s winners’ bracket final of the Ohio Little League tournament at Boardman’s Fields of Dreams. West Side won 2-0. DAVID DERMER/THE VINDICATOR

Little League: Moak proving to be dual threat for West Side

Curtus Moak is handling his catching duties just like Hamilton West Side coach Tim Nichting thought he would.But his bat is a pleasant surprise.Moak swings from the bottom part of the batting order, yet he leads the locals with a .667 average at the Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament ...

Hamilton West Side’s Landyn Vidourek is safe at first base after Canfield pitcher Ryan Petro couldn’t field the throw Tuesday night at Boardman’s Fields of Dreams. Hamilton recorded a 2-0 victory in the winners’ bracket final of the Ohio Little League tournament. DAVID DERMER/THE VINDICATOR

West Side keeping busy in preparation for Ohio Little League finals

The waiting game has started for Hamilton West Side.The locals have qualified for Sunday’s finals of the Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament at Boardman’s Fields of Dreams, but after emerging from the winners’ bracket with a 2-0 victory over Canfield on Tuesday, Hamilton was looking at four off days.West ...

Hamilton West Side pitcher Maddox Pennington reacts after a game-ending strikeout Tuesday night at the Fields of Dreams in Boardman. Hamilton blanked Canfield 2-0 in the Ohio Little League tournament. DAVID DERMER/THE VINDICATOR

West Side headed to state finals after blanking Canfield 2-0

Maddox Pennington needed very little offense to secure a huge victory for Hamilton West Side on Tuesday night.Pennington fired a four-hitter with seven strikeouts and fought off Canfield for a 2-0 triumph in the winners’ bracket final of the Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament at Boardman’s Fields of Dreams.“We ...

West Side blasts six more homers, blanks Tuscarawas 11-0

Hamilton West Side’s onslaught continues at the Ohio Little League 12-year-old baseball tournament.The locals launched six home runs for the second straight game Monday night and battered Tuscarawas County 11-0 in a third-round contest at Boardman’s Fields of Dreams.“Once we got going, we didn’t stop hitting,” said Hamilton first baseman ...

West Side goes deep six times, hammers Jefferson 13-0

Baseballs were flying everywhere Sunday afternoon, just the way Hamilton West Side coach Tim Nichting likes it.The locals bashed six home runs and stormed to a 13-0, four-inning victory over Jefferson in a second-round contest in the Ohio Little League 12-year-old tournament at Boardman’s Fields of Dreams.“I’ve had a few ...

 
 

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