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Around The Hirn

Around The Hirn

By Michael Hirn
High school and college sports from the 419 and Northwest Ohio as told by Michael Hirn. Each episode will feature recaps, previews and interviews with players and coaches from the area.
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Week One Hundred Ten
ONU head coach Dean Paul and Findlay boss Kory Allen are on this weeks show to discuss the Polar Bears and Oilers upcoming football seasons.  Also we take a look at area fall sports standings and big games coming up this weekend. 
September 07, 2022
Week One Hundred Nine
High school football week with coaches Andy Schafer (Columbus Grove), Spencer Wells (Ft. Loramie) and Chip Otten (Coldwater) who take a look at their teams and what can be expected of them this season. 
August 23, 2022
Week One Hundred Eight
SIX coaches this week who are kicking off their fall seasons join the show and give their insight into their 2022 campaigns: Kory Zenz - Head Golf Coach at Spencerville Michelle Maag - Head Girls Soccer Coach at Ottawa Glandorf  Dustin Markward - Head Boys Soccer Coach at Ottoville Jamie Bartlett - Head Boys Soccer Coach at Kenton Caley Yoder - Head Volleyball Coach at St. Marys Nick Wilson - Head Girls Soccer Coach at St. Marys 
August 17, 2022
Week One Hundred Seven
Golf talk as the season kicks off this week with Minster girls coach Deb Ahrns, Ottoville boys boss Keith Utendorf and Leipsic mentor Kevin Brandt. 
August 11, 2022
Week One Hundred Six
This week we chat with Ben Mauch about the #ACME22 baseball tournament in St. Henry and about NWO Sports with Logan Bailey as well as recap a pair of local passings and area sports news.
July 16, 2022
Week One Hundred Five
Finishing up the spring season with a tribute to Tyler Mescher as well as chats with Russia head baseball coach Kevin Phlipot and Baldwin Wallace standout Luke Vonderhaar. Also track and field state results as well as the All-Ohio lists.
June 09, 2022
Week One Hundred Four
State semifinal softball on tap this week as we sit down with members of the Lincolnview Lady Lancers Final 4 bound softball team in Makayla Jackman, Taylor Post, Andi Webb, Kendall Bollenbacher and head coach Eric Schwab.
June 02, 2022
Week One Hundred Three
BIG week to return this week as Coldwater softball coach Kyle Aherns and OG track boss Matt Burwell join the show to talk about their respective squads success this season. News and notes features local college news, head coaching changes and area highlights from the past week.
May 06, 2022
Week One Hundred Two
Finishing off the winter season and looking forward to the spring as we chat with local baseball coached Brian Harlamert of Coldwater and Eric Fishpaw of Lincolnview. News and notes features the recent all-ohio lists, recent sports recaps and my favorite menu item at Tony's.
March 30, 2022
Week One Hundred One
Week 101 is dedicated to the finish of the local sports winter season and chatting about the Owens Express women's national title with head coach Stephen Perry.
March 21, 2022
Week One Hundred
Joining the triple digit episode club with a bang as OG sophomore Colin White and Leipsic senior and future Findlay Oiler Mason Brandt talk hoops on the show this week. News and notes featuring area conference awards and a preview of this weekends swim and dive championships along with a trio of awards and local college signings.
February 23, 2022
Week Ninety Nine
Route 66 week on the show as I'm joined by Spencerville boys coach Kevin Sensabaugh and Delphos Jefferson girls coach Denise Lindeman. Also on the show news and notes including local college signings and record breaking achievements.
February 01, 2022
Week Ninety Eight
Botkins basketball week with girls standout and 1,000 point scorer Carmen Heuker and boys star Jacob Pleiman as they talk about their seasons and careers. News and notes featuring local milestones and conference standings.
January 20, 2022
Week Ninety Seven
This weeks entire episode is dedicated to my friend and mentor and brother and so much more Aaron Molaski aka Matthews who the world lost recently. Hear from 30 or so friends and family members who knew Aaron and listen to them tell stories about the man and the legacy he leaves behind. I love you Aaron.
January 10, 2022
Week Ninety Six
Wrapping up the 2021 football season with state championship winning head coaches Jonathan Mershman of Carey and Ryan Jones of Versailles.
December 12, 2021
Week Ninety Five
Boys high school basketball preview week for the 2021-22 season with coaches: Carson Manger - New Knoxville Chris Kuhlman - Leipsic Brett Hammons - Lincolnview Jordan Jettinghoff - Jefferson Ben Laudick - Van Wert Corey Britton - Ft. Loramie Doug Billman - Antwerp Keith Utendorf - Ottoville Matt Tabler - Elida Frank Kill - LCC
November 26, 2021
Week Ninety Four
Girls basketball previews are the focus this week as the following coaches drop by the show to talk about their seasons: Troy Yant, Ottawa Glandorf Michelle Leach, Ottoville Adam Huber, Kalida Jon Burke, St. Marys Greg Ekis, Spencerville
November 24, 2021
Week Ninety Three
College hoopers Kadie Hempfling of BGSU and Ivy Wolf of Miami OH talk about their college debuts this week and how proud they are of their alma maters and so much more. State soccer and volleyball talk along with a preview of area high school football games and college signings also on the show this week.
November 12, 2021
Week Ninety Two
Future Findlay Oiler and current Antwerp HS standout Jagger Landers is the guest on this weeks show as he chats about his journey to UF and what it means to him to be finishing up in HS and so much more. News and notes takes a look at the local teams still battling in football, soccer, volleyball and local college standouts.
November 02, 2021
Week Ninety One
Route 65 Soccer coaches Michelle Maag of Ottawa Glandorf and Chris Halker of Columbus Grove join the show this week to chat about their seasons and getting ready for the tournament next week. Also a look at local state golf results as well as area football, volleyball and soccer news.
October 17, 2021
Week Ninety
Talking state golf with Ottoville boss Keith Utendorf and football both Notre Dame and St Marys with Mike Elston on this weeks show. Also a look at news and notes as well as area tournament results and league champions crowned.
October 08, 2021
Week Eighty Nine
This week on the show we chat Ohio Northern Football with head coach Dean Paul and high school golf with Leipsic boss Kevin Brandt. Also a preview of local high school football games for this week and a recap of local volleyball and soccer games.
October 01, 2021
Week Eighty Eight
Toby Bidlack, girls soccer coach at Continental and Coldwater Volleyball coach Nikki Etzler are the guests on this weeks show talking about their teams, upcoming schedule and so much more. News and notes looks at college happenings and recent tournament scores from the golf world.
September 24, 2021
Week Eighty Seven
Delphos St. Johns head football coach Todd Schulte and Lincolnview volleyball boss JaNahn Evans are guests on this weeks program as they chat about their squads and communities. Also on the show news and notes returns to showcase local sports standings and college signings.
September 13, 2021
Week Eighty Six
St. Marys basketball hall of fame talk this week as Mike & Kelly Jay stop by to chat about the boys and girls inductions and their work to put it together as well as Bluffton football coach Jeff Richards who previews his squads week three matchup and chats about his Pirates program.
September 05, 2021
Week Eighty Five
Tyler Leopold of OG and soon the University of Akron and Vince McKee of keeonsports visit the show to talk high school football ahead of week 1. Area soccer, golf and more results in the news and notes segment of the show.
August 20, 2021
Week Eighty Four
Botkins week on the show as we hear from a pair of new coaches in Padraig Murphy (girls soccer) and Tricia Dietz (volleyball) as they begin their first fall seasons leading the Trojans on the court and the pitch. Also we take a look at golf, tennis and local results in this weeks edition of news and notes.
August 13, 2021
Week Eighty Three
High school football previews begin this week on the show as we chat with Kenton 1st year head coach Zach Turner about the Wildcats season and spend some time talking to Columbus Grove kicking standout Rece Verhoff as well as take a look at opening week area golf results and news and notes.
August 09, 2021
Week Eighty Two
Lynn Groll of Black Swamp Football and Touchdown Publications joins the podcast to talk everything in the world of NW Ohio football and the new magazine to preview the upcoming season.
July 29, 2021
Week Eighty One
Talking with Joe Recker the former Kalida Baseball coach about the ballpark upgrades at Holy Name Ballpark in Kalida as well as Iheartradio multi sport announcer Alex Wollf on his journey to Indycar and so much more.
July 15, 2021
Week Eighty
This weeks show kicks off with a chat with John Adams talking about the Wayne Trace Jr High Club Baseball/ Multiple Sclerosis Golf Outing coming up in July and Ottawa Glandorf multi sport athlete Alexa Fortman about the sports and events she's involved in during her busy sports life. Also on the show this week we take a deep dive into the Prep Baseball Report All-Ohio list and a look at the area's Olympic hopefuls.
June 30, 2021
Week Seventy Nine
State championship track coach Larry Topp of Minster and State runner up coach Eric Fishpaw of Lincolnview are the guests this week as they chat about their seasons. News and notes features local track results and area coaching news.
June 18, 2021
Week Seventy Eight
Baseball takes center stage this week as we sit down with Grand Lake Mariners skipper Tony Perez and former Ft Recovery standout and San Diego Padres minor league pitcher Nick Thwaits to hear about their seasons and journeys. Also on the show we preview the state baseball and softball tournaments and peer into the world of track and field.
June 04, 2021
Week Seventy Seven
Head coaches and head coaching news on the show this week as we visit with new Botkins girls head coach Brittany Gross as well as Napoleon River Bandits boss Chad Donsbach. News and notes looks at area tournaments and conference awards as well as what's going on in NW Ohio.
May 21, 2021
Week Seventy Six
New Ada Boys Basketball coach Vince Halliday drops by to talk about taking the reigns of a boys program after being the girls coach at Lima Senior for years and author Mindy Drayer talks about her book "The King" as well as Putnam County and so much more. News and notes looks at local track, baseball and softball results as well as coaching news.
May 09, 2021
Week Seventy Five
St. Marys new head football coach Bo Frye is this weeks guest as he chats about his time as an assistant and taking over the job from his father Doug and so much more. Also on the show news and notes features a look at local college athletic and high school achievements.
May 03, 2021
Week Seventy Four
Esports takes center stage on this weeks show as we chat to New Knoxville coach Cory Canan and Ohio Northern University head man Troy Chiefari about the growing world of video gaming competitions and their programs. Also news and notes looks at the coaching news this past week as well as local sports results and college signings in the area.
April 27, 2021
Week Seventy Three
Golf talk on this weeks show with Findlay junior golfer Jill Schmitmeyer as we look at her Oilers golf season and reminisce about her times at St. Marys. Also on the show news and notes from the track, football, coaching and baseball/softball local worlds.
April 19, 2021
Week Seventy Two
Route 66 coaches week on the show features now former St. Marys football coach Doug Frye and current Fort Loramie Softball/Golf mentor Brad Turner. Also on the show a review of the area's big home runs and no hitters and the boys All-Ohio basketball lists.
April 08, 2021
Week Seventy One
Baseball coaches week on the show as Coldwater boss Brian Harlamert and Van Wert skipper Charlie Witten join the conversation to chat about their teams who are both returning from Final 4 runs in 2019.
April 02, 2021
Week Seventy
Talking all about the Div 4 boys HSBB finals from last week with both coaches of the game : Botkins Sean Powell and Columbus Grove's Chris Sautter.
March 26, 2021
Week Sixty Nine
Coaches week on the show previews state semifinal matchups as Ft Loramie head coach Carla Siegel, Crestview boss Mark Gregory, Waynedale coach Rick Geiser and OG boss Troy Yant talk about their teams and matchups.
March 11, 2021
Week Sixty Eight
Talking girls hoops this week with MaKayla Elmore of Hopewell-Loudon and soon of Clemson University as well as Ohio Northern freshman and Ottawa Glandorf graduate Peyton Warnecke about their seasons and what is next. Also on the show a look at area wrestling qualifiers and upcoming boys and girls basketball tournament matchups.
March 08, 2021
Week Sixty Seven
This week is a legendary week on the show as I sit down with WDOH's "Voice of Delphos" for the past 40 years Rick Miller and discuss his career, family and why it's time to walk away from the booth and get back to being just dad and grandpa. Also on the show a preview of this weekends basketball contests and a look at the swim & dive, wrestling, and bowling tournaments as well as news on a local college signing and a star headed overseas.
February 26, 2021
Week Sixty Six
Coaches join the show this week to talk tournament season as Abram Kaple of Buckeye Central and Corey Kreinbrink of Napoleon chat about their squads. Also on the show a look at the NWC/PCL girls all league teams and some upcoming tournament broadcasts.
February 16, 2021
Week Sixty Five
Talking Ottoville basketball with Josh Thorbahn and Michelle Leach.
February 10, 2021
Week Sixty Four
Another big week of High School and college sports talk features Van Wert Times Bulletin sports editor Chris Howell and OG alum and current BGSU Falcon junior Kadie Hempfling as they chat about the Van Wert area sports teams, the VW Cougars state football title and the Falcons battle of I-75 contest on Saturday afternoon. Also news and notes featuring the state basketball polls and a look at the areas big basketball games.
January 29, 2021
Week Sixty Three
Two of my favorite people this week join the show in my longtime broadcast partner and friend on K94 Dennis Cisco and Leipsic and Ohio State University football star and now graduate Gavin Cupp as they talk stories from their careers and so much more. Also as usual news and notes highlights recent coaching changes and accomplishments in area hoops this past week.
January 23, 2021
Week Sixty Two
BIG show this week as we chat about Worst Cooks in America, OSU Football, Browns football and social media with TIK TOK and social media star Joey Kinsley AKA Sir Yacht and spend time walking down memory lane with former Lima Warrior and current Toledo St. Francis Boys basketball coach Travis Lewis. Also on the show news and notes talks OHSAA changes and sports changes as well as a look at the local basketball polls.
January 14, 2021
Week Sixty One
Boys basketball takes center stage this week as Toledo Christian coach Dave McWhinnie and Minster boss Mike McClurg talk about their teams, challenges and seasons. Also on the show news and notes featuring state polls and a look at local colleges in action.
January 08, 2021
Week Sixty
On this weeks episode we celebrate the beginning of 2021 with Chase Dettrow of the Chase Talks Sports podcast and Photography expert Wyatt Richardson who shares his insights on photography as well as his own podcast The Inside Look. Also the usual news and notes segment kicks off the episode.
January 01, 2021
Week Fifty Nine
MERRY CHRISTMAS! This week on the show features Miller City's 3rd all-time leading scorer and 3-sport athlete Natalie Koenig as well as a look at Tinora sports with Tinora Rams Live head man Keith Brown.
December 26, 2020
Week Fifty Eight
This week two great basketball minds join the podcast as we chat with the Director of Basketball Operations (DOBO) at St. Henry Paul Hemmelgarn and the AD/Girls basketball coach at Toledo Christian Tim Wensink about their life, the challenges and rewards of 2020 and so much more. Also the news and notes to open the show and a special shout out to a young man from Pandora Gilboa and the boys at Fort Recovery Radio who helped raise over 100,000 dollars last week.
December 18, 2020
Week Fifty Seven
BIG show this week as we chat with St. Marys Girls hoop boss Jon Burke, Boys boss at Lincolnview Brett Hammons and the one and only Jerry Snodgrass as well as reveal the All-Ohio football voting and news and notes from the area.
December 10, 2020
Week Fifty Six
Boys basketball season kicks off with three young coaches on this weeks show: Jordan Jettinghoff of Delphos Jefferson Cory Stephens of New Bremen Trey Elchert of Wapak All three talk about their season so far and what they expect from 2020-21. News and notes features a pair of local women's college games as well as a look at additions and cancelled games to the local preps schedule.
December 04, 2020
Week Fifty Five
Happy Thanksgiving! This week we recap the 3 NWO state championship game victories by Coldwater, New Bremen, and Van Wert and hear from Damon McCracken who kicked the Cougars to their first ever state title. Also on the show we visit with Your News Now world traveler and sports reporter Tyler Seggerman about the business, his life, and covering sports in NW Ohio. News and notes takes a look at local area college signees as well as the tipoff of the basketball season.
November 27, 2020
Week Fifty Four
State Championship football weekend brings about previews of New Bremen and Van Wert football with head coach Chris Schmidt of the Cardinals as well as Scott Truxell of and WERT as well as Cougars QB Owen Treece. Also we chat with New Bremen Volleyball coach Diana Kramer about last weekends state volleyball championships and take a look at the NW District awards for football as well as area collegiate signings.
November 20, 2020
Week Fifty Three
Year #2 kicks off with a big show as we chat about college signings, local sports and news and notes as well as with the following HUGE set of guests: Coldwater football coach Chip Otten LCC football coach Scott Palte New Bremen football coach Chris Schmidt Columbus Grove football coach Andy Schaefer Van Wert football coach Keith Recker Emma Leis is on the show again as she talks about why she signed officially at Kentucky Wesleyan as well as her AAU coach Rich Harland and her winter coach Greg Ekis talk about her as well.
November 13, 2020
Week Fifty Two
The one year anniversary edition of the show is jam packed with soccer talk with St. Marys coach Nick Wilson as well as a trio of Cross Country coaches ahead of the state meet this weekend. Hear from Ottawa Glandorf's Holly Flueckiger, Botkins' Ryan Gutman, and Lincolnview's Matt Langdon as they each break down their teams run and chances to bring home a state championship from Fortress Obetz. Also on the show news and notes from around the area previewing this weekends high school football and soccer matchups as well as today's Volleyball regional semifinals contests.
November 05, 2020
Week Fifty One
This week we chat with Fort Loramie football coach Spencer Wells about his teams Friday night matchup against New Bremen as well as how his journey led him to the Redskins. Also on the show the usual news and notes segment features a look at area volleyball, soccer, and football matchups across the area.
October 29, 2020
Week Fifty
Spencerville head football coach Chris Sommers sits in on this weeks show as he talks about preparing to face NWC rival Crestview for the 3rd time this season while Coldwater hooper Riley Rismiller chats about her volleyball season and the recent opportunity she attained on the basketball court. Also on the show news and notes and a playoff preview of volleyball, soccer, and football in the area for the weekend.
October 23, 2020
Week Forty Nine
Coaches week on the show features a pair of conference champions with Leipsic Volleyball mentor Brent Newell and St. Marys Girls Soccer coach Nick Wilson. Also on the show broadcaster Lance Morris chats about how Covid has put him in some interesting spots for broadcasting games. News and notes looks at area volleyball and soccer champions as well as golf results and state tennis.
October 16, 2020
Week Forty Eight
3 big guests this week as we chat football with: Columbus Grove coach Andy Schaefer New Bremen coach Chris Schmidt Air Force Academy RB Bo Gross Also the news and notes segment takes a look at the state polls and so much more.
October 08, 2020
Week Forty Seven
Dustin Markward the boys soccer coach at Ottoville is this weeks guest as he chats about his teams unbeaten season so far and their big matchup on Friday night as well as all things soccer at OVHS. Also on this weeks show the news and notes segment kicks off the show taking a look at the OHSAA Football playoff draws around the area as well as golf sectional results and team state rankings in the Volleyball and Soccer polls.
October 01, 2020
Week Forty Six
New Knoxville volleyball coach Meg Lageman and Van Wert multi-sport standout Owen Treece are the guests on this weeks show as they talk about their unbeaten seasons and so much more. Also on the show news and notes about area teams and players and the shoutout of the week for one local record breaker.
September 24, 2020
Week Forty Five
BIG week of guests this time around as I sit and chat with New Bremen State Champion Volleyball coach Diana Kramer about her team this season, Rich Harland of Hall of Fame Huddle and Team Huddle about the #NWOFallShowcase and new Kentucky Wesleyan basketball signee Emma Leis. Also a HUGE week of local news and notes that includes conference champions crowned and a local star signing to play overseas as well as the local sports shoutout of the week.
September 18, 2020
Week Forty Four
This week we chat with UTSA Women's Basketball coach and Bath graduate Kristen Holt as well as the voice of the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark Joe Zerhusen as well as take a look at local news and sports notes from the area and chat about a pair of girls basketball college signings.
September 10, 2020
Week Forty Three
Caley Yoder the head coach of St. Marys Memorial's volleyball team and Katie Gilhooly of Your News Now Sports are this weeks guests as they discuss the Roughriders season so far and a love of weather and sports and so much more. Also in the news segment of the show breaking news from the OHSAA about their new tournament procedures and cost cutting measures for the 20-21 school seasons.
September 03, 2020
Week Forty Two
This week we start talking high school football actually being played on the field with Coldwater head coach Chip Otten and high school soccer kicking off their season with New Knoxville boss Matthew Stetler. Also on the show news and notes and a bit of personal news I am happy to share.
August 27, 2020
Week Forty One
Talking Ottawa Glandorf sports this week as Volleyball coach Amber Miller and the new voice of football/boys basketball for 106.3 the Fox Kevin Piel are this weeks guests chatting about the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Also on the show we look at news and notes from around the area as usual and pay tribute to a great man we lost in my family this week.
August 20, 2020
Week Forty
Lima area basketball coaches Frank Kill of Lima Central Catholic and Matt Tabler of Perry are the guests this week as they join the show in the first ever joint interview to discuss their possible upcoming seasons, high school football, Indians vs Reds, COVID 19 and so much more. Also hear the latest local golf results and what plans the area conferences have in store for their football seasons this year.
August 14, 2020
Week Thirty Nine
Andy Brown, a world traveler and painter of baseball stadiums is this weeks guest as he chats about how his occupation came to be and where he's been able to go in the world because of it. Also on the show the usual local sports news and notes from around the 419 including schools delaying or cancelling sports for the fall season.
August 06, 2020
Week Thirty Eight
Basketball takes center stage this week as ONU Women's coach Mark Huelsman talks about taking over the program after being an assistant for 7 years. Jon Cook stops in to chat about his love for hoops, his coaching career and his podcast Talkin Hoops with Coach Jon Cook. Also on the show random area news and notes from the sports world as well as information about the Spencerville Girls basketball golf outing.
July 30, 2020
Week Thirty Seven
One of my favorite episodes I've ever done as it features interviews with Cleveland Indians broadcaster and Emmy Award Winner Andre Knott and PHAALS head honcho Jeff Swick, two of my favorite people. Both bring their unique sense of humor and knowledge to the podcast and chat about things going on with the Indians, their own podcast, and raising money to defeat ALS.
July 23, 2020
Week Thirty Six
A BIG episode of college sports this week as I chat with University of Toledo Softball coach Joe Abraham on his season that got short as well as his journey to UT and how he deals with recruiting when he can't go watch games. Fox Sports and Big East Play by Play man John Fanta stops by the show and chats about all things college hoops and football as well as his new gig covering his hometown Cleveland Indians and how they are preparing for the start of the 2020 60 game season.
July 16, 2020
Week Thirty Five
Talking two basketball camps this week with professional basketball players Dakota Mathis (Elida/Purdue) and Will Vorhees (Columbus Grove/Notre Dame College) and how kids can sign up to work with the duo. Also on this weeks episode we talk about Jerry Snodgrass and have many broadcasters and coaches share their thoughts after the news he is no longer a part of the OHSAA.
July 09, 2020
Week Thirty Four
Martyce Kimbrough of LCC and University of Findlay and CB Marabella stops by the show to talk about life in Spain playing professionally as well as growing up in Lima and his basketball camp in town in August. Hear local news as well as sports news from the area.
July 03, 2020
Week Thirty Three
This week's show features and interview with new Miami University Hamilton head coach and former New Knoxville boss Mike Piatt as well as the news and notes segment that usually opens the podcast. Also on this weeks show I attempt to honor my Mom in the way I know how, with words and hope to do her life and legacy the justice it deserves.
June 27, 2020
Week Thirty Two
An earlier week episode of the show this time around featuring some breaking news about Columbus Grove now former head baseball coach Eric Naughton. Hear from Eric himself why he decided to step away and what the future holds. Also on the episode Kate Leichty chats about her decision to play college basketball in North Dakota and what her time at Coldwater meant to her.
June 17, 2020
Week Thirty One
Two young athletes forced to change their college plans explain their journey this week with Elida HS graduate Jordan Davis and Ottoville grad/Urbana hooper Kasey Knippen. Also on the show this weeks college signing news as well as a recap of the 4-County Veterans All-Star Games held last weekend in Ottawa and so much more.
June 12, 2020
Week Thirty
Coaches week on the show kicks off with a former head coach and a new head coach. Kirk Lehman talks about his journey and the decision to step down as Defiance boys basketball coach while New Knoxville's new boss Cole Fischbach talks about his change from assistant at Delphos St. Johns to the new role as the Rangers top man. Also on the show local sports news and college signings as well as upcoming OHSAA rule changes for the new seasons of football and basketball.
June 04, 2020
Week Twenty Nine
Two great interviews this week as the Celina Daily Standard's Gary Rasberry shares his thoughts on classic games he's called and a project the paper is working on in the area. Kalida graduate and BGSU pitcher Owen Recker chats about his injury, his time as a Falcon and the possible future of the program as well as his times as a Wildcat. Also hear the latest area news in the coaching realm and college signings.
May 28, 2020
Week Twenty Eight
Three of my favorite people stop by this week as I chat with Allen East Baseball coach Abe Escamilla about his upcoming 4 County All-Star games, Jerry Snodgrass of the OHSAA on the playoff expansion, and Spencerville AD and former football head coach John Zerbe on the state of Spencerville athletics as well as a look back at the Bearcats first ever football playoff win. Also hear about local athletes decisions on where to play at the next level and so much more.
May 22, 2020
Week Twenty Seven
New Celina Boys Basketball Coach Adam Johns talks about his hiring and his trek from Wapak and St. Marys to the new job as well as his memories of the 2004 St. Marys State Title game. Lincolnview and BGSU standout Brandon Pardon reminisces about his teams 1997 championship as well as what he remembers about his playing career and so much more. In this episode we also take a look at area news and another college closes the doors to their fall and winter seasons.
May 14, 2020
Week Twenty Six
Two high school memories this week on Around The Hirn as I chat with Ottawa Glandorf and Mt. Vernon Nazarene grad and guard Dani Ellerbrock about her basketball career as well as relive "the shot" over Toledo Rogers to send the Titans to state for the second year in a row. Crestview's Kalen Etzler stops by and chats about his Knights state title, his prep basketball career and choice to stay home as well as his signing at Ohio State. A trio of locals sign to continue their athletic careers at the next level as well this week.
May 08, 2020
Week Twenty Five
Fort Loramie graduate and Hanwha Eagles outfielder Jared Hoying is this weeks guest as he talks about his journey to the Korean League and the shape of his world and so much more.
May 01, 2020
Week Twenty Four
This week on Around the Hirn we talk about local athletes signing to play college ball as well as the end of the spring season officially and the local university shutting it's doors. Guest this week include: Coldwater duo Jacob Wenning and Cole Frilling are back to talk about the Cavaliers state baseball run from 2019. Luke Krouse tells us what it was like to be a part of an Antwerp team who reached the final 4. Drew Johnson opines about his days at Pandora Gilboa and now at Huntington University. Luke Knapke recaps his tremendous career at Toledo and talks about signing his first pro contract.
April 23, 2020
Week Twenty Three
Another week looking back at classic games with Spencerville's girls basketball coach Greg Ekis about his teams 2019 win over Columbus Grove. Wapak baseball coach Jason Brandt chats about classic games and his recent twitter bracket of best Redskin squads. Coldwater graduates Cole Frilling and Jacob Wenning reminisce on their run to a regional finals appearance in basketball in their senior seasons.
April 16, 2020
Week Twenty Two
Two great guests on this weeks show talk about life and sports. Doug Jenkins explains his recent news on stepping away from calling Ottawa Glandorf sports and reminisces about some classic Titan(ic) struggles while Lincolnview baseball coach Eric Fishpaw opines about the possibility of the high school baseball season and what it might look like if it does indeed happen. Be sure to tweet us @michaelhirnpbp with what you think of the show and who you'd like to hear on next.
April 11, 2020
Week Twenty One
While the Covid-19 virus may be cancelling sports we've still got plenty of things to talk about with this weeks guest: ONU standout and Marion Local graduate Ryan Bruns returns to talk about the cancellation of his season in Spain, Van Buren 3 sport star Cade Whitticar explains his thoughts on having two sports he participates in cancelled, and Parkway coach Doug Hughes reflects on his Panthers dream season.
April 01, 2020
Week Twenty
4 of the best coaches in the state of Ohio appear on this weeks show as I'm honored to have these guys on: Coldwater Baseball coach Brian Harlamert #1 Columbus Grove Bulldogs Boys Basketball coach Chris Sautter Ottawa Glandorf Boys Basketball coach Tyson McGlaughlin Marion Local Boys Basketball coach Kurt Goettemoeller All four coaches talk about their seasons as well as look back to a pair of titles and talk about the OHSAA's cancellation of the winter championships.
March 26, 2020
Week 19
Baseball talk with two of Division 4's best this week: Minster's baseball and girls hoops boss Mike Wiss Miller City baseball head coach Dusty Pester Also Jerry Snodgrass remarks from the OHSAA press conference held on Thursday and updates on spring/winter/fall seasons.
March 20, 2020
Week Eighteen
Guest this week include: Jerry Snodgrass, Exec Director of OHSAA to talk about recent events caused by the Coronavirus Carla Siegel, HC of the Ft Loramie girls basketball team that will play in Columbus Jeff Maurer, HC of the Anna girls hoops squad that will play in Cbus. Also talk about local athletes getting recognition and local sports news.
March 12, 2020
Week 17
This weeks episode features Eric McCracken aka Big E of Lee Kinstle who talks about his love for the area and all he does for the local sports scene and why. Rick Hartings, the bowling coach at Coldwater speaks about his teams state title and runner up run from this past weekend. A look at local sports and the teams still alive takes place as well.
March 06, 2020
Week 16
WBL Girls Basketball Player of the Year Kelsey Erford and bowling expert and fanatic Scott Frey are the guests this week as they discuss their seasons and the tournament landscape in the area respectively. Also on this weeks episode I talk about the tournament draws for both boys and girls and the schedule of what is happening in the area.
February 28, 2020
Week 15
Nelaya Burden, the newest 1,000 point scorer at Spencerville and Colin Foster, the Sports Editor of the Celina Daily Standard are the guests this week. Also news and notes from the area and a look at girls basketball's conference awards.
February 21, 2020
Week Fourteen
This weeks episode features two coaches with #1 ranked teams in the state as Columbus Grove boss Chris Sautter and Shawnee head coach Mark Triplett talk basketball while Spencerville head cheerleading coach Kimberly Ekis chats about her teams State Championship appearance coming up in March. Also on the show I chat about the WBL Coaches Pre-Season baseball poll, Girls league championships that were decided last night, and the St. Marys Bowling team.
February 14, 2020
Week Thirteen
Two scheduled guests and a bonus guest this week! Leipsic AD/Girls Basketball coach Gary Kreinbrink discusses his teams success, tournament draw and the schools new Hall of Fame honors. Broadcaster and NWCC head honcho Aaron Matthews talks his broadcasting career, brings up some memories of various things and discusses what's next on his agenda. St. Marys Girls basketball coach Jon Burke joins the show to talk all things Roughriders in a surprise addition and becomes the first guest to appear live twice on the podcast. All of that plus a look at the girls basketball tournament and a throwback from my days as an intern reading scores on Friday nights.
February 06, 2020
Week twelve
Week 12 features Fort Jennings baseball coach Matt Dube as he talks about fundraising a new field project in the Fort, DHI Media's Joe Dray who speaks on the female wrestlers in the area and his story on it, and Spencerville junior Emma Leis who chats about breaking the school record for points in a game on Thursday night. Hear also about this weeks basketball schedule and so much more.
January 31, 2020
Week eleven
This weeks episode takes a look at the area winter standings as well as Perry basketball with Matt Tabler and Ottoville basketball after their experience at Flyin to the Hoop with Keith Utendorf.
January 24, 2020
Week 10
This week features a look around big area games as well as Flyin to the Hoop this weekend in Kettering. Guest this week include Coldwater's 3 sport athlete Noah Miller and Lincolnview standout pitcher Landon Price as both talk about their seasons and where and why they chose to continue playing at the next level.
January 16, 2020
Week nine
This weeks guests include WLIO Sports Director Jayson Geiser as he chats about growing up in the area, his favorite memories and replacing Vince Koza. Lee W Mowen of the Dayton and Cincinnati Sports Podcast talks about his podcast and his growth in the business with a microphone doing both play by play and PA announcing. Also on the show some thoughts about the tragedy in Ottawa this morning and a look ahead to the big games on this Friday night. Personal note: My heart goes out to the community in their time of need.
January 10, 2020
Week 8
Ryan Bruns of Marion Local/ONU stops by to talk about playing professional basketball in Spain as well as Tyson McGlaughlin the head coach of the OG Boys program breaks down his teams Friday night matchup with Africentric. Favorite sports moments of the past decade at the local level and remembering Vince Koza also highlight this weeks show.
January 03, 2020
Week Seven
A lot to get to in this episode! Four of my favorite people are interviewed this week: Jon Burke the girls head coach at St. Marys talks about his season and the ups and downs, Coach Q chats about Lima Senior and the Coach Q Holiday Showcase this weekend in Lima, Frank Kill banters about his LCC boys squad as well as life outside of basketball and WKSD radio play by play guy Kenny Stabler drops knowledge on his calls as well as what it was like to broadcast both alongside his son as well as his son's games. Be sure to find us on Itunes as well and leave a great rating if you enjoy the show. Happy New Year!
December 27, 2019
Week 6
This weeks show comes partially from Las Vegas and features interviews with Aaron Gross of the Crescent News, Jerry Snodgrass of the OHSAA and John Rawlings from WEVV in Evansville, Indiana.
December 20, 2019
Week Five
Ryan Rau of the Toledo Disc Golf team teaches me about the sport, Tim Goodwin talks about the Marion Local Flyers 11th state title and more on this weeks show.
December 13, 2019
Week Four
This weeks episode features Anna head football coach Nick Marino as he prepares for a Division 6 state title game on Friday, New York Times best selling author Joe Drape who wrote an article in the NYT sports section about Marion Local's success, and the one and only Marty Bannister of the OHSAA Radio Network and so many more places who provide their outlooks on the world of sports in NW Ohio.
December 05, 2019
Week three
The post Thanksgiving/Black Friday episode of the show gets you ready for High School Football's State Semifinals in NW Ohio as well as some HSBB. Guest this week include Columbus Grove and Notre Dame College graduate and German Pro Basketball standout Will Vorhees, Leipsic Boys Basketball coach Chris Kuhlman, and Minster Boys Basketball coach Michael McClurg. Also on the show a weekly look at collegiate stars from our area.
November 29, 2019
Week two
Week 2 of the show features Ottawa Glandorf girls coach Troy Yant, BGSU standout Kadie Hempfling, and Fort Loramie boys coach Corey Britton as guests. Also on the show a look at this week in sports and a recap of college kids from the area playing and the NW District Football awards.
November 21, 2019
The first one
The first episode that features Spencerville's Kelsey Shaffer and Ottoville Boys Basketball coach Keith Utendorf as well as a preview of the high school playoffs round 2 and high school basketball.
November 14, 2019