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Mason pitcher signs with North Carolina

As Mason High School senior Rodney Hutchinson signed his name to his National Letter of Intent on signing day, the realization began to dawn on him.This spring will be his last in a green and white Comets jersey.“One of my long-term dreams as a kid came true,” Hutchinson said after ...

Mason’s Lauren Van Kleunen (34) takes a shot during Monday night’s Division I girls sectional final game Feb. 24, 2014, against lakota West at Lakota East High School. West defeated Mason 44-39. NICK DAGGY / STAFF

Girls basketball: Talented Comets short on experience

Mason High School girls basketball coach Rob Matula knows that repeating the 22-2 run his squad compiled in 2013-14 won’t be easy.The Greater Miami Conference runner-up lost All-GMC selection Jenna Gunn and Hayley Vorherr to graduation, but returns some experienced inexperience.“I expect us to compete each and every night and ...

Lakota West slotback Zelwyn Robinson (4) celebrates with teammate Braxton Neal (1) and others after a run up the middle for a touchdown last Saturday night during the Firebirds’ 52-27 Division I playoff victory over Lakota East at Mason. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

Healthy Robinson elevating his game for West

Speed is a beautiful thing on the football field. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.Zelwyn Robinson is happy to be an example. The Lakota West High School sophomore blows past enough opponents to make it a routine.“It’s kind of funny,” Robinson said. “I just give ’em a look and ...

Lakota high schools excited, good-natured about rivalry

Call it the Big Showdown. Call it Clash of the Titans. Call it destiny. OK, maybe the rivalry isn’t quite that big. But tonight, for the first time in district history, the Lakota East Thunderhawks and the Lakota West Firebirds will square off against each other on the football field ...

DeAndre Barnett of Kings looks for running room in last week’s game vs. Northwest. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY WARREN DORSA

Knights roll in playoff opener

The workout gear for the Kings High School football team has three simple words on it: work, scheme and execute.“It is not enough to work hard,” Kings coach Andy Olds said. “The coaches have to put together a scheme and the players have to go out and play.”All three came ...

Mason boys water polo second in state

Mason High School boys water polo coach Mark Sullivan had high hopes for the 2014 season.“We really felt like we had the team to win it all,” Sullivan said. “We didn’t lose that much (from 2013) and we had a great group of returning players. The goal was to win ...

Elite 8 spot up for grabs in East-West showdown

One high school football team from Lakota will be the first in the district to advance to the Elite 8.That means more than a rivalry’s bragging rights is on the line when Lakota East (9-2) and Lakota West (6-5) meet in the Division I-Region 2 quarterfinals at 7 p.m. on ...

T.J. Jemison

Transition back to QB smooth for Jemison

TJ Jemison knew there would be pressure this season taking over as Lakota East High School’s starting quarterback.That just comes with the position, especially in a triple-option offense.But add to it that he was replacing a three-year quarterback and working behind a rebuilt offensive line — and it would have ...

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Badin standout named Ohio’s Ms. Soccer

Malia Berkely was scrolling through her Twitter feed just like she does most every morning when she came upon a Badin High School girls soccer post announcing she had been named Ohio’s Ms. Soccer.The Rams junior midfielder said she thought she had misread the tweet.“I thought maybe I saw it ...

East QB TJ Jemison (1) unloads a pitch while be tackled by Springboro’s Kyle Campfield. Springboro hosted East in a D-I, Region 2 high school football playoff opener on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

East, West gear up for rematch

Any matchup between rivals Lakota East and Lakota West carries some level of hype, but imagine what it will be like when the two schools meet in the football playoffs.That will happen this week for the first time since the district divided Lakota High School in 1997.East (9-2) and West ...

West stuffs top-seeded Centerville

Every break at practice or in the weight room at Lakota West High School centers around two words: West Pride.“It is a resonating feeling all around,” West defensive standout CJ Stalker said. “It is putting maximum effort in all the time.”Saturday night at Centerville, Firebirds coach Larry Cox used the ...

Mason boys capture state cross country title

Mason High School boys cross country coach Tom Rapp saw a lot of potential in his team.However, through most of the season, he also saw some hurdles they needed to clear to reach their potential.“We were a little above average for half of the season,” Rapp said after the Comets ...

Mason girls second at state cross country

Mason High School girls cross country coach Chip Dobson knows how hard it is just to make the podium at the state cross country meet.“It is always an honor to be on the podium,” Dobson said after Mason finished second to Centerville in the Division I meet at National Trail ...

West standout commits to West Virginia

The recruiting process ramped up in a hurry for Lakota West High School’s Nia Staples.Following a regional final where Staples scored 20 points and dished out seven assists against eventual state champ Princeton, her stock rose.In came offers from Purdue, Louisville, Duke, Pitt, Louisiana Tech, Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio State and ...

Comets fall in state semifinals

Mason High School girls soccer coach Andy Schur wasn’t sure what to tell his squad Tuesday night at Bellbrook High School.The Comets dominated the final 40 minutes but fell just short of their third consecutive trip to the Division I state finals in a 1-0 loss to Dublin Coffman.“I’m heartbroken ...

Contributed photo by E.L. Hubbard Badin midfielder/defender Emily Henson controls the ball against Lynchburg-Clay during the Division III regional finals at Monroe Sat., Nov. 1, 2014.

Confident Badin set to face Summit in state semis

Todd Berkely looks at his Badin High School girls soccer team and sees a much more confident group of players than the one he took to a state-title run last year.That confidence comes with experience, and as the Rams head into a Division III semifinal Tuesday night against Summit Country ...

Comets upset St. X to win regional

Mason High School boys cross country coach Tom Rapp’s strategy heading into the Division I regional cross country meet at Troy Memorial Stadium was a simple one.“We decided we were going to run our own race because it gets tough to try and find people on other teams that you ...

Comets hold off strong field to win regional

The Mason High School girls cross country team knew the Division I regional in Troy wouldn’t be easy.The Comets entered as the second ranked team in the state, but the field was stocked with half of the top 20 teams in the final state poll, including top-ranked Centerville.“It is very ...

Bizzarro leads Mason past Oak Hills

It was only fitting that Mason High School junior Toni Bizzarro was the last player to walk to the line during penalty kicks Tuesday night at Kings High School.Bizzarro, who had turned in a Tim Howard-ish performance in the goal, got the chance to turn the tables on the Oak ...

Own goal the difference as Badin advances

Malia Berkely looked up field, saw teammates heading toward the goal and sent the ball high in their direction.“I normally look to find a player running in and we had a bunch that time,” Badin’s junior midfielder said. “So it didn’t matter where I played it at, somebody was going ...

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