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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College Insider: Carlisle’s Topp among top Bluffton defenders

Four local players have contributed to Bluffton University’s 3-1 start on the football field this season.Senior defensive end Brad Topp, a Carlisle High School graduate, is third on the team in total tackles with 25 (11 solos, 14 assists). He has 5.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and a fumble ...

Edgewood dominates second half, rolls past Wildcats 44-28

Friday was a head-banging night for Edgewood High School’s football team, and the Cougars did most of the pounding. Devon Garrett had 170 of Edgewood’s 344 yards on the ground and the visitors dominated the second half en route to a 44-28 victory over Harrison at Bill Kuntz Field. “That ...

High-powered offenses take center stage in Edgewood-Harrison clash

The Southwest Ohio Conference’s top two offenses will clash Friday night as the SWOC football title chase starts to heat up. Edgewood High School senior cornerback Dylan Crouch said his Cougars, 3-1 after scoring 98 points in wins the last two weeks, are ready to hit the road and face ...

Badin, Bacon striving to end two-game losing streaks

The fundamentals aren’t working out so well for Badin High School’s football team. The Rams fell to 1-3 last weekend after a 32-14 loss to Purcell Marian, and BHS coach Bill Tenore said it wasn’t hard to understand why. “We didn’t stop the run and couldn’t run the ball,” Tenore ...

Carlisle’s Zayne Hart celebrates his touchdown against Franklin with teammates Caleb Boy (6) and Steve Summer (77) at Atrium Stadium in Franklin on Aug. 26. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD

Carlisle gaining momentum, finds its footing after 0-2 start

The discouraging start hasn’t discouraged Carlisle High School’s football team. The Indians opened the season with 30-27 losses to Franklin and Washington Court House Miami Trace, but rebounded with wins over Oakwood (24-7) and Waynesville (47-14). More importantly, the latter ‘W’ represented Carlisle’s Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division opener. “That’s ...

Alter’s David Rueth reacts during the Knights’ season opener against Fairmont in Kettering on Aug. 26. MARC PENDLETON/STAFF

Unbeaten Alter determined to stop skid against Fenwick

Fenwick High School’s football team knows beating Alter is something that can be done. The Falcons did it twice last season.But that doesn’t make this year’s challenge any less daunting.“I think our kids are over that mental hump, but they’re not dumb,” Fenwick coach Joe Snively said. “They get it. ...

Winless West looking to sharpen its play against Fairfield

Lakota West High School’s football schedule was going to be difficult enough, but the Firebirds’ generosity has thrown gas on the fire. Thirteen turnovers have contributed to an 0-4 record for West, the program’s worst start since beginning with an 0-6 mark in 2003. “I’m willing to bet we lead ...

College Insider: Morrison getting his kicks for unbeaten Gannon

Jarod Morrison has contributed a strong leg to Gannon University’s 3-0 football start this season.The Hamilton High School graduate and sophomore punter has eight kicks for a 42.4-yard average. His longest boot traveled 64 yards.The Golden Knights will begin Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference play at Slippery Rock on Saturday at ...

Football roundup: Reed’s big night powers Carlisle in 47-14 win

Ridge Reed rumbled for 198 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries Friday night as Carlisle High School’s football team rolled past host Waynesville 47-14.D.J. Chambers returned a punt 96 yards for a TD for the Indians, who pushed their record to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the Southwestern Buckeye ...

Middletown’s Diondre Cooper finds himself in the middle of Fairfield’s swarming defense during Friday night’s game at Fairfield Stadium. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Fairfield rebounds from first loss, hammers Middies 42-0

Week 3 for Fairfield High School’s football team seemed like a long time ago Friday night.Coming off a disheartening, turnover-marred defeat at Dublin Coffman, the Indians returned home and battered Middletown 42-0 in a Greater Miami Conference opener at Fairfield Stadium.“Everything’s back in order,” said Fairfield senior defensive tackle Alvin ...

 
 

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