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Lakota East’s Ryan Middendorf throws a pitch during their 6-0 win over host Hamilton at Stang Field on Monday. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Middendorf throws a gem as Thunderhawks blank Hamilton 6-0

The second-to-last week of Greater Miami Conference prep baseball play opened Monday with several teams jockeying for position to stay hot on the heels of front-running Fairfield.Two of them, Hamilton and Lakota East, met at the Big Blue’s Stang Field, and after the visiting Thunderhawks remained the Indians’ closest pursuer ...

Athlete of the Week: Braden Zsembik, Lebanon High School

Name: Braden ZsembikSchool: Lebanon High SchoolSport: TennisClass: SeniorAge: 18Claim to fame: Second team all division, 2015Bet you didn’t know: Started playing tennis three years agoToughest opponent/why? Springboro. They always do a great job at tennis.Favorite book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanFavorite movie: Weekend at Bernie’sFavorite TV show: Parks ...

Athlete of the Week: Andrew Emrick, Lakota East High School

Name: Andrew EmrickSchool: Lakota EastSport: BasketballClass: 2016Age: 18Claim to fame: Sectional and district title my senior yearToughest opponent/why? Mason/guarding the flexFavorite book: Put Me In CoachFavorite movie: InterstellarFavorite TV show: The Walking DeadFavorite musical artist/song? Lil Yachty/1nightFavorite pro athlete/why? D’Angelo Russell. So smoothFavorite smell: Not our locker roomFavorite home-cooked meal: ...

Strong senior class propels Mason softball

Mason High School softball coach Liann Muff knew there would be ups and downs with a younger squad this year.The fact that the Comets have worked through the downs and still remained perfect is not something she had planned on, especially with the schedule Muff puts in front of them.So, ...

Mason boys volleyball off to good start

Mason High School boys volleyball coach Paul Melnick knew there would be a lot of new faces in new places this year.The Comets lost the bulk of the players who contributed to last season’s 15-7 record.So far, the new faces are coming through grandly for the Comets.Mason is off to ...

Adams among standouts as Franklin rallies to sweep Hornets

Another day. Another emotional struggle. And another sweet, sweet win.Franklin High School’s softball team rallied to knock off Southwestern Buckeye League rival Monroe for the second time in four days, completing a season sweep with Monday’s 7-4 road triumph.“Oh man, I can’t even explain the feeling,” said sophomore second baseman ...

Butler County Athlete of the Week: Kailey Ivins, Monroe High School

Name: Kailey IvinsSchool: MonroeSport: TrackClass: 2017Age: 17Claim to fame: School record in the 4x4 relayBet you didn’t know: I like to drawFavorite book: Looking for AlaskaFavorite movie: Step BrothersFavorite TV show: The OfficeFavorite pro athlete: Alex MorganFavorite smell: VanillaFavorite home cooked meal: Grilled cheeseGame day rituals: NapPerson who would play ...

Warren County Athlete of the Week: Dylan Carpenter, Little Miami H.S.

Name: Dylan CarpenterSchool: Little Miami High SchoolSport: BaseballClass: 2017Age: 17Claim to fame: No fame, still tryingBet you didn’t know: My middle name is JoviToughest opponent/why? Harrison because they are very talented and well coachedFavorite book: Adventures of Huckleberry FinnFavorite movie: The BlindsideFavorite TV show: LockupFavorite musical artist/song? Eminem’s Lose YourselfFavorite ...

All-Star Game ‘bittersweet’ for Mason girls

The fun of an all-star game lasted all the way until tipoff for Mason High School senior Lauren Van Kleunen in the annual Ohio-Kentucky All-Star girls basketball event at Thomas More College last weekend.“Your competitive edge kicks in when the game starts,” Van Kleunen said after scoring 10 points and ...

Lacrosse: Mason optimistic despite inexperience

Mason boys lacrosse coach Paul Limpert knows the season may be rough for his squad.Perhaps not as rough as the 6-12 mark the Comets battled through in 2015, but still with a lot of growing pains to experience.“We will be better than 2015,” Limpert said. “However, we are still young ...

Fairfield coach Brenda Stieger hugs junior Maddie Koger after Koger and teammate Sydney Wyatt presented Stieger with flowers and cupcakes for her 400th coaching victory Tuesday at Colerain. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD

Fairfield coach gets 400th win in style as Indians bury Cardinals

When this season’s edition of the Fairfield High School softball team wins, it wins big.By even those standards, though, Tuesday’s 14-1, five-inning Greater Miami Conference win at Colerain was bigger than most. Beyond lifting Fairfield to 3-4 overall and 2-4 in the GMC, the Indians handed coach Brenda Stieger the ...

Athlete of the Week: Maddie Huffman, Little Miami High School

Name: Maddie HuffmanSchool: Little Miami High SchoolSport: BasketballClass: 2017Age: 17Claim to fame: SWOC ChampsBet you didn’t know: I was a dancer for 12 yearsToughest opponent/why? Edgewood. It’s a really tough game mentallyFavorite book: “A thousand Splendid Suns”Favorite movie: Heaven Is For RealFavorite TV show: Full HouseFavorite musical artist/song? Cole Swindell/“You ...

Athlete of the Week: Jake Daulton, Monroe High School

Name: Jake DaultonSchool: Monroe High SchoolSport: BaseballClass: 2016Age: 18Claim to fame: Hitting my first home run in high school in FloridaBet you didn’t know: I’m a good drawerToughest opponent/why? Ohio Warhawks because they are ranked number one in the stateFavorite book: Fever PitchFavorite movie: 21 Jump StreetFavorite TV show: Family ...

Track preview: Mason girls hungry to contend again

Mason High School girls track coach Tony Affatato admits he had mixed emotions leaving Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium after the state tournament in 2015.The Comets, accustomed to being one of the top contenders for the title, finished 27th after finishing third in the regional meet the week before.“While you’re there, ...

Boys tennis preview: ‘Solid’ Mason faces big challenge

Mason High School’s boys tennis coach Mike Reid loves a challenge.That’s good, because the challenge in front of the Comets is a big one: Catch defending Greater Miami Conference and state champ Sycamore.“We should have another very solid team,” Reid said. “We’re going to do our best to catch them.”The ...

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High school basketball player wants to make first leap to NBA in 10 years

It's been more than 10 years since a high school basketball player successfully jumped to the NBA.  But five-star high school recruit Thon Maker announced in a Bleacher Report video that he's declaring for the NBA draft — meaning he could set a new precedent for highly recruited high school players.  But all this ...

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 03: Natalia Sompolvorachai, competing in the 14-15 Girls category, in action during the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Golf: Lakota West freshman wins national title at site of Masters

Lakota West freshman Natalia Sompolvorachai is a national champion.Sompolvorachai won the chipping competition Sunday in girls 14-15 age division at the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta National, site of this week’s Masters tournament.Her first chip finished 2 feet, 1 inch away from the cup. Her second was ...

Warren County Athlete of the Week: Tyler Mitchell

Name: Tyler MitchellSchool: Kings High SchoolSport: BasketballYear: 2017Age: 17Claim to fame: BasketballBet you didn’t know: I’m from South CarolinaToughest opponent: MasonFavorite book: SnitchFavorite movie: Pursuit of HappinessFavorite TV show: RidiculousnessFavorite musical artist: Drake and Bryson TillerFavorite pro athlete: Steph CurryFavorite smell: VanillaFavorite home cooked meal: LasagnaGame day rituals: Music, Chipotle, ...

Butler County Athlete of the Week: Jacob Bria

Name: Jacob BriaSchool: FairfieldSport: WrestlingClass: SeniorAge: 17Claim to fame: State placerBet you didn’t know: I grew up in Utah but was born in West Virginia.Toughest opponent/why?: My training partner, because he’s good and knows what my game is.Favorite book: The Maze RunnerFavorite movie: InterstellarFavorite TV show: Game of ThronesFavorite musical ...

Baseball preview: Mason poised to keep rolling

The Mason High School machine appears ready to keep rolling through the production line.After losing five key seniors — including North Carolina signee Rodney Hutchinson — from a team that finished 23-8 and lost in the regional final to Moeller, the Comets look to be back again.“We return a strong ...

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