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Athlete of the Week: Allie Cummins, Lakota West High School

Name: Allie CumminsSchool: Lakota West High SchoolSport: SoftballClass: 2018Age: 16Claim to fame: Youngest player in West history to hit a grand slamBet you didn’t know: I’ve committed to Akron to play softballToughest opponent/why? Lakota East, because it’s always a tough game because we are big rivals.Favorite book: A Fault in ...

Athlete of the Week: Nicole Bagby, Mason High School

Name: Nicole BagbySchool: Mason High SchoolSport: Track (pole vault)Class: JuniorAge: 16Claim to fame: Set school pole vault record, 12 feet, four inchesBet you didn’t know: My parents got me a cat for breaking the middle school long jump recordToughest opponent/why? Anna Watson from Olentangy because she won indoor state and ...

Mason girls win 15th consecutive district track title

A little rain wasn’t enough to deter the Mason High School girls track team at the Division I district meet at Atrium Stadium at Mason.The team wracked up 146 points in claiming its 15th consecutive district title. Withrow was second with 119.The top four in each event advanced to the ...

Mason’s ESPY awards show a hit

The Mason High School athletic program was looking at making a change.With three huge athletic banquets at the end of each sports season, the department was hoping to find a way to liven things up from the endless roll call of names.On May 9, assistant athletic director Dylan McKinney’s vision ...

Athlete of the Week: John Bissman, Lebanon

Name: John BissmanSchool: Lebanon High SchoolSport: BaseballClass: 2016Age: 18Claim to fame: I’ve played varsity baseball for three yearsBet you didn’t know: I was in the band for four yearsToughest opponent/why? Springboro because of the rivalryFavorite book: The BibleFavorite movie: 42Favorite TV show: The OfficeFavorite musical artist/song? Marvin’s Room by DrakeFavorite ...

Athlete of the Week: Blake Butikofer, Lakota East

Name: Blake ButikoferSchool: Lakota EastSport: VolleyballClass: SeniorAge: 18Bet you didn’t know: I like long walks on the beachToughest opponent/why? Mason, because they are goodFavorite book: The BibleFavorite movie: HancockFavorite TV show: Big Bang TheoryFavorite musical artist: QuaroFavorite pro athlete/why? Steph Curry, because he drains threesFavorite smell: VanillaFavorite home-cooked meal: Chicken ...

Mason girls retain GMC track title

Mason High School girls track coach Tony Affatato was having fun inside the madness.The Comets, going for their ninth straight Greater Miami Conference title, were locked in a battle with Lakota West for the top spot in the GMC meet, and Affatato was loving it.“The GMC is a very competitive ...

Honors keep pouring in for Mason’s King

Shortly before Alex King came onto the campus at Mason High School, football coach Brian Castner coached in the Big 33.The annual showdown of the top seniors from Ohio and Pennsylvania had excited Castner about the talent in Ohio.The first time King took the field, Castner had flashbacks.“He’s that type ...

Athlete of the Week, Jillian Taylor, Monroe High School

Name: Jillian TaylorSchool: MonroeSport: SoftballClass: JuniorAge: 17Claim to fame: Three-year varsity pitcherBet you didn’t know: I absolutely love readingToughest opponent/why? Myself because I have high expectationsFavorite book: The ProgramFavorite movie: League of Their OwnFavorite TV show: One Tree HillFavorite pro athlete/why? Jenny Finch because she’s an amazing pitcher and personFavorite ...

Athlete of the Week: Tyler Smith, Little Miami

Name: Tyler SmithSchool: Little MiamiSport: LacrosseClass: 2016Age: 18Claim to fame: Scored three goals in first lacrosse gameBet you didn’t know: That I am enlisted in the U.S. Army as a future U.S. Army ranger with a scheduled date to ship in June.Toughest opponent/why? Anderson High School because they beat our ...

Mason takes hot streak into baseball tournament

Mason High School baseball coach Curt Bly has preached a simple message to his squad during the season.It is the “we before me” talk many coaches give teams.And the Comets have really bought into it.“All season long, they have had total concentration on winning the next game,” Bly said. “They ...

Top-seeded Comets enter softball tourney with lofty goals

Mason High School softball coach Liann Muff knows the numbers beside the Comets’ name don’t really make a difference.The Comets enter the postseason as the top-ranked Division I team in the state, the city of Cincinnati and the sectional tournament, but even when the number has been lower beside them, ...

Gideon Dudgeon works the sideline during Hamilton’s girls basketball game against Mason at the Hamilton Athletic Center on Dec. 12, 2015. Dudgeon has resigned as Big Blue’s head coach to take the same position at Lakota East. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD

From Hamilton to East: Dudgeon switching girls basketball jobs

Gideon Dudgeon felt the opportunity was too enticing to pass up.He led the Hamilton High School girls basketball team to a memorable turnaround season this year, but Dudgeon is leaving HHS and will become the head coach at Greater Miami Conference rival Lakota East.His hiring at East requires school board ...

Athlete of the Week, Bryson Lonsbury, Kings

Name: Bryson LonsburySchool: KingsSport: BaseballClass: 2016Age: 18Claim to fame: Best athletic office aide in the landBet you didn’t know: I’ve been hit by a carToughest opponent/why? Milford because they always do the little things rightFavorite book: Great GatsbyFavorite movie: For Love of the GameFavorite TV show: ArrowFavorite musical artist: G-EazyFavorite ...

Athlete of the Week, Madison Koger, Fairfield

Name: Madison KogerSchool: FairfieldSport: SoftballClass: 2017Age: 17Claim to fame: Freshman softball pictureBet you didn’t know: 90 percent of what I say comes from movie quotesToughest opponent/why? Myself, because I always expect greatness.Favorite book: InsurgentFavorite movie: A League of their OwnFavorite TV show: Grey’s anatomyFavorite musical artist/song? T-shirt by Thomas RhettFavorite ...

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High School Wrestling: Root to take over as Mason coach

Ryan Root never really saw this coming.What started out as a way to get his wrestling fix while going through some dark days turned into Root being named the new head wrestling coach at Mason High School following Craig Murnan’s resignation after the season.“I was just trying to get my ...

Little Miami’s Lykins headed to Thomas More College

Little Miami senior Dusty Lykins had been weighing his college choices for what seemed like forever, and when the quarterback made his call, it ended a five-year drought of Panthers playing in college.“I’m finally glad I made a decision,” Lykins said. “It seemed like it took forever. This is definitely ...

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WATCH: High school softball team loses championship while they celebrate

In sports, the worst-case scenario is always a possibility. But in Texas, members of the Wylie High School softball team probably never could have imagined what happened during a district championship game. Wylie had a 6-2 lead over McKinney North High entering the bottom of the seventh inning in their April ...

GMC-leading Fairfield seeded fourth in D-I sectional baseball

Fairfield High School’s baseball team got a healthy dose of respect Sunday. Now comes the hard part. The Indians collected the No. 4 seed in the Division I Cincinnati sectional tournament draw at Lakota West and likely will begin play against Elder. “We put together a pretty good year,” said ...

Mason’s Alex King finds home at Kentucky

Mason High School defensive end Alex King knew he was home.From the time he stepped foot onto Kentucky’s campus in Lexington, King knew his journey along the recruiting trail was over.“Just the atmosphere there, I loved it… my parents loved it,” said King, who recently committed to the Wildcats. “They ...

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