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East, West swimming loaded for run back to state

Dennis Beck figures to have an busy postseason around the pool this season.Beck, the head swimming coach for both Lakota West and Lakota East, has an abundance of talent returning from the four teams — all of whom finished in the top five in the Greater Miami Conference and made ...

Lakota West’s Jacob Biehle takes the shot over Middletown’s James Bailey on Friday night at Wade E. Miller Gym. The Middies dropped a 54-53 overtime decision to the visiting Firebirds. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MARTIN WHEELER

Mahdi leads Firebirds past Middies in OT

Naa’il Mahdi won’t soon forget how he reached double digits in scoring for the first time at the varsity level.Trailing by one in overtime, the Lakota West High School junior guard scored the game-winning layup in the final seconds to lift the Firebirds past Middletown 54-53 in a Greater Miami ...

Fairfield coach John Cecere works the sideline Tuesday night during the Indians’ 60-49 loss to visiting Mason. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD

Comets top Fairfield in battle of unbeatens

The battle of unbeatens was ruled by the color green Tuesday night.Mason High School’s boys basketball team never trailed and got double-digit scoring from Kyle Lamotte (15), Spencer Cline (13) and Matt King (11) in a 60-49 triumph at Fairfield.It was the first loss for first-year FHS coach John Cecere, ...

East routs West, stays unbeaten in GMC

Halftime adjustments paid off for the Lakota East High School boys basketball team.The Thunderhawks shifted their focus to their interior game and turned it up a notch on defense to extend a five-point lead into a 56-34 win over rival Lakota West on Tuesday at the Hawks Nest.With the win, ...

Mason’s Ashley Volpenhein won a state championship as a freshman and will anchor the Comets in 2014-15. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Swimming: Mason girls look to continue state success

Mason High School swim coach Mark Sullivan never has to remind the swimmers of the history of the program.No talks about goals. The expectations are understood.“I really never need to mention it to the team,” Sullivan said. “They know what is involved and know their team expectations. Our kids have ...

Indians return solid corps for first-year coach

Talk about big changes.For the first time in 48 years, Ron Masanek will not be leading the Fairfield High School wrestling program.Longtime assistant – and former Fairfield state champ – Jason Laflin will lead the Indians.And while a lot remains the same, there are a few changes wrestlers were greeted ...

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Despite change, expectations still high for Fairfield

Most of the names and faces are different, but little else has changed for the Fairfield High School boys basketball team as it rebuilds under first-year head coach John Cecere.Despite returning just one player with significant varsity experience, Cecere expects the two-time defending Greater Miami Conference co-champion Indians to maintain ...

Lakota East’s Alex White (right) battles Chance Sorrell of Middletown during a Greater Miami Conference game last January at Wade E. Miller Gym in Middletown. TY GREENLEES/STAFF

White key cog for loaded Thunderhawks

Alex White statistically was one of the most productive boys basketball players in the area last season.But the Lakota East High School senior center still feels like there is more he can do for his team.“I’m just doing everything I can to help my team,” said White, who just turned ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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