Rick Cassano


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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Edgewood’s Dylan Crouch (34) eludes a tackle by Talawanda’s Cody Short (5) after intecepting a pass late in the second quarter of their Southwest Ohio Conference game Oct. 16, 2015, in Oxford. The visiting Cougars won 49-28. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY DAVID A. MOODIE

PREP FOOTBALL: Local rivals Cougars, Hornets will meet in opener

The preseason was very good for Edgewood High School’s senior-powered football team. Now it’s time to do it for real.The Cougars will start the year on the road Friday night, facing longtime rival Monroe in a clash of Butler County programs.“I’m proud of the boys’ effort and the goals and ...

PREP FOOTBALL: Falcons eager to blaze new trail, start with Anderson

Fenwick High School’s football team begins its new journey Friday night. The Falcons will host Anderson in a season opener after finishing the 2015 campaign with a 13-1 record, having lost to Columbus Hartley in the Division IV state semifinals. “High-energy practices, coaches getting on us, all the senior leaders ...

PREP FOOTBALL: Defenses may rule Fairfield-Centerville this year

The offensive fireworks that dominated last year’s Fairfield-Centerville prep football game may not be repeated when the teams open the season Friday at Centerville Stadium.Fairfield secured a 35-32 decision in 2015, but the Indians and Elks have some offensive question marks this season.“At this point, I feel a little bit ...

Alter quarterback Ryan Markoff (13) scrambles during their Division IV playoff game against Fenwick at Dayton Outpatient Center Stadium in West Carrollton on Nov. 14, 2015. Fenwick won 19-9. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

PREP FOOTBALL: Alter favored to start new North streak

Alter High School’s football team is trying to start a new streak this year.The Knights have been voted No. 1 in the Greater Catholic League Coed North Division preseason coaches poll, one season after Fenwick snapped their 13-year string of North championships.“Our goals don’t change from year to year,” Alter ...

Franklin quarterback Ryan Montgomery is pressured by Monroe’s Ryan McNerny on Oct. 16, 2015, at Monroe. The host Hornets won the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division game 24-14. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

PREP FOOTBALL: Wildcats picked to rule SWBL Southwestern

Brad Childers believes it’s time for his Franklin High School football team to return to the top of the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division.The Wildcats, seeking their first title since 2013 and coming off consecutive 5-5 campaigns, were voted No. 1 in the Southwestern preseason coaches poll.“Am I surprised? No, ...

Badin halfback Lavassa Martin (6) looks for yards during their Division IV playoff game at Fenwick on Nov. 7, 2015. The host Falcons won 14-7. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

PREP FOOTBALL: McNick voted No. 1 in GCLC Central, Badin second

The favorite’s role has once again found its way to McNicholas High School’s football team.The Rockets have been voted No. 1 in the Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division preseason coaches poll and will be seeking their fifth straight Central title.“I don’t know about that, but I appreciate the votes,” ...

Edgewood running back Thomas Lindsay escapes Mount Healthy’s defense on his way to the end zone, but he was ruled out of bounds on the run during their game at Kumler Field in Trenton on Oct. 23, 2015. The visiting Owls won 50-14. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD

Edgewood hoping to end Owls’ dominance of SWOC football

Could this be the year Mount Healthy High School’s football dominance of the Southwest Ohio Conference ends?That’s the goal at Edgewood, which is coming off a 7-3 campaign and hoping to win the SWOC championship for the first time.The Owls were voted first in the preseason coaches poll, receiving six ...

Carlisle’s Zayne Hart tries to stiff-arm Madison’s Zach Friend during their game Oct. 9, 2015, at CHS. The visiting Mohawks won 28-14. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

PREP FOOTBALL: Madison, Carlisle tied for first in Buckeye voting

Madison High School’s bid for a third straight Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division football championship figures to be interesting.The Mohawks and Carlisle finished tied for the top spot in the preseason coaches poll, with Madison receiving three first-place votes and the Indians getting four.“I’m not surprised,” third-year Mohawks coach Steve ...

Middies change final football scrimmage

Middletown High School has changed its final football scrimmage.The Middies were scheduled to play at Sycamore on Friday. Instead, they will compete with Fenwick and Thurgood Marshall in a 7 p.m. tri-scrimmage at Barnitz Stadium.There will be no admission charge.

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PREP FOOTBALL: Day. Christian unanimous pick to win MVC Gray

New Miami High School’s football team isn’t wearing the Miami Valley Conference Gray Division bull’s-eye this year.But the Vikings will definitely be hunters.“We’re going to play for the championship. That’s what we’ve talked about all year,” New Miami coach John Singleton said after his squad was voted second behind defending ...


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