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Riders/Wildcats set to square off in round 2

ST. MARYS, OH – Saturday night will mark the second time the Roughriders of St. Marys will square off with the Wildcats from Franklin.

In their first go round the Roughriders were victorious 21-7 for the first playoff win in program history. That win however took place back in 1989 before this group of players on each side were even close to being born.

Five players on this seasons St. Marys squad that finished the regular season at 9-1 and as WBL Champs for the first time since 2008 will be represented by that previous game however as their fathers were part of a defensive unit that sacked Franklin QB Keith Creech on multiple occasions and put a stop to the Wildcats first ever undefeated season.

The Roughriders are coming off of a 42-8 win last weekend at home against the Belmont Bison that is St. Marys first ever home playoff win. In the win Eric Spicer rushed for nearly 175 yards in the contest and moved into third place on the schools all-time rushing list while classmate Dustin Howell rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the victory.

Franklin, the #1 seed in Division 3 Region 12 found themselves trailing 21-0 early to 8th seeded Tippecanoe but battled back and were able to score the go ahead touchdown with just :18 left when Ryan Montgomery scored on a five yard touchdown run to give his team a 41-40 come from behind victory and move them into the second round.

Offensively the Wildcats (11-0) are led by Montgomery, a tailback who finished second in the Southwest Ohio Buckeye League this season with 1609 yards and 30 touchdowns while also playing some quarterback and connecting on three touchdown passes and 397 yards. Leading the Franklin passing attack is Braden White who has connected on 106/155 tosses for 1,671 yards, 22 touchdowns and just 1 interception. Balance is the key to the Franklin offense as they have accumulated 26 touchdowns through the air and 35 scores on the ground.

Defensively Franklin is led by Junior Linebacker Ryan Knippen who has recorded 10 sacks on the season (2nd in SWOBL), and 6’4 Defensive Back Noah Kremer who has the most interceptions on his team with 5. Trenten Scott finished with 15 tackles, while Matt Centers had 10 to lead Franklin’s defense last week, but the Wildcats gave up 475 yards to Tippecanoe in their victory.

St. Marys is led on the ground by the duo of Eric Spicer (1353 yards, 12 td’s) and Julius Fisher (970 yards, 11 td) while Dustin Howell (9 rushing td) leads the way through the air with 558 yards passing, 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Last week the Riders had multiple players in on every tackle and scored their first defensive touchdown of the season as well with Grant Keith returning a blocked punt for a score that pushed their lead to an insurmountable level at the time.

Saturday’s game

What: Division III, Region 12 Semifinal, St. Marys (10-1) vs Franklin (11-0) 7 p.m.

Where: Good Samaritan Athletic Field at Heidkamp Stadium (5400 Chambersburg Rd, Huber Heights, OH – 45424)

Listen Live: 6:30pm Pregame/7:00pm Kickoff – 94.3 FM WKKI Celina (Mike Hirn/Denny Cisco): WKKI Radio

St. Marys playoff history: 21-12 record in 16 appearances (1977, 1978, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2016)

Franklin playoff history: 5-9 record in 10 appearances (1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016)

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3rd Annual J31 Showcase Recap

The 3rd Annual J31 Showcase sponsored by Rich Harland (HOF Huddle twitter) took place at Garaway High School on Sunday, July 31st with many young ladies working out in front of college scouts.

During the event a 1 on 1 Champion was crowned in Hoover 2018 Makenna Drabick:

Makenna and Rich

Complete list of competitors as well as pictures from the event can be viewed below. Be sure to check out HOF Huddle for more girls basketball coverage throughout the 2016-17 season.

(2017’s)

Chloe Cheresne (Salem)
Rachel Chessar (Hoban)
Delaney Cullen (Medina)
Shay Davidson (Avon)
Kallee Dowler (Barnesville)
Sammie Hall (West Holmes)
CeCe King (Shelby)
Lexee Miller (New Philadelphia)
Chloe Moore (Lake Center)
Mayci Sales (Tuslaw)
Jenna Strayer (Bellevue)
Audrey Tingle (Ridgewood)
Tawnie Vair (Rootstown)
Ellen Vichill (St. Joseph)

(2018’s)

Peyton Banks (Wadsworth)
Makenna Drabick (Hoover)
Taylor Duplaga (Wheeling Central (WV))
Bella Gajdos (Poland)
Izzy Geraci (North Ridgeville)
Emily Grandy (Struthers)
Alexis Green (Hoover)
Kadie Hempfling (Ottawa Glandorf)
Lindsay Humbel (Parma)
Madison Hunter (John Glenn)
Izzy Kline (Newton Falls)
Sydney Mayberry (Lake Ridge Academy)
Boston McKinney (Tusky Valley)
Maddie Movsesian (Wadsworth)
Madi Pearson (Minerva)
Haley Shutt (Garaway)
Sydney Williams (Teays Valley)
Savannah Yacklin (East Canton)

(2019’s)

Aaliyah Currence (New Philadelphia)
Maria Ferrett (Marlington)
Lauren Flannery (River)
Alyssa Fuchs (Grove City)
Ashton Gerber (Garaway)
Erin Haun (Louisville)
Bryana Housley (Norton)
Sumer McWilliams (Grove City)
Morgan Metzger (Garaway)
Maddy Reese (Fairless)
Annie Roshak (Hoover)
Emma Tecca (Hoban)
Nikki Weber (Loudonville)
Rachel Windemuth (Central)

(2020’s)

Alana Belknap (Dover)
Lizzie Bickar (Tallmadge)
Sydney Bourquin (Jonathan Alder)
Bree Call (Lucasville Valley)
Lauren Campbell (Portsmouth Clay)
Callie Cline (West Holmes)
Kenedy Flinn (St. V)
Mackenzie Green (Hoover)
Aubrey Held (Hoover)
Lizzie Imrie (Nordonia)
Taylor Leatherman (Wadsworth)
Malina Moore (Carrollton)
Gabby Piercy (Jackson)
Amanda Rarick (Canal Winchester)
Natalie Rarick (Canal Winchester)
Kallie Regula (Garaway)
Annie Seboe (Loudonville)
Emily Seboe (Loudonville)

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I’m glad I didn’t miss the dance

A year ago I wrote an article about losing my best friend, my biggest supporter, the best guy I’ve ever known….or more simply, my dad.

The article I wrote can be viewed here: http://www.michaelhirn.com/the-greatest-man-ive-ever-known/

I know that everyone thinks their parents are the greatest, but despite our issues from time to time, and his curmudgeon ways my dad really was THE best. Never did anyone not know where they stood with him, which be honest is a rare thing in today’s world that has generally become a say good things to your face but negative when you turn around mentality.

There will never be truly enough words to show just how truly I and so many other people loved and cared for Ted Mitchell Hirn (he would hate that I just middle named him), because none could ever do justice to just how amazing of a person he was…..to everyone who ever had their lives graced to have him in it for even a fleeting moment.

Some of the most interesting things I’ve learned about my dad have come since he passed and left us a year ago on April 21st, 2015…..some of which I could post here, some of which might not be suitable for this blog in its current form.

Certain songs on the radio have different meanings to me now, take for instance the Bob Seger classic “Turn the Page”. I’ve loved this song and it was one of dad’s staples for years, but I never truly connected a meaning until I was driving to call a ballgame in Cleveland last summer on 30 just outside of Lodi, Ohio. As I stared as the road and listened to him belt out this one lone song on a cd we finally got him to do it hit me just how much it represents both of our journeys in life.

His was a life of traveling on the road, from town to town to get to that next delivery. Mine is from town to town to that next ballgame as I continue to chase a dream we have long shared for me to accomplish from as far back as I can remember.

You will never hear me say to anyone that I am the only one feeling this pain of losing my father. Not just my own family, but some close friends of mine that I love and would do anything for have also been given this pain in the past year…..my heart ached for them the minute I heard just as it did of my own last April. I wish that noone would ever go through the pain of losing a loved one, especially ones who were loved as much as mine and my close friends were.

This blog I’ve written so many times in the past couple of weeks in my head, so many drafts of “what’s the best phrasing to honor my father” have bounced back and forth….but if you know anything about me you know that I’m a pretty blunt person and the only way I can think to talk about him or anything else is as straight forward as can be.

Before every single broadcast I do that I can help it I have the same ritual: playing one of the songs dad recorded before he passed with a couple of talented musician friends of his. It’s just my way to honor him and feel like he’s at every broadcast….because he was, he listened to everything. Whether that be baseball (he hated baseball), soccer (hated it), or girls basketball (he once sent me a text during a game that said “Son, I love you more than anything and I’m proud of you but I’ve gotta go do ANYTHING else, I can’t listen to a blowout like this even with you calling it)….now that is honesty.

Say what you want about Ted Hirn (and a lot of people have over the years I’m sure, some warranted some probably not), but you can not deny the effect he had on so many peoples lives. As long as I live I will never forget the outpouring of support and the length of the line entering the funeral home during his visitation, and the love we as a family have for each and every person there and who reached out to us in our time of need. From the bottom of my heart I thank you and I love you all.

I’m sad for many things in my life that my father won’t get to be around for, but mostly I am saddened and think about the most of the amount of people that will never get to know just how much of an amazing dad, singer and person Ted Hirn was.

“I’m glad I didn’t know the way it all would end but Id’ve missed the dance” – Garth Brooks said this words so many moons ago and dad lived them. For as many bad things that happened to him or didn’t go as planned in his life he always said he wouldn’t change a thing because he didn’t know what would be different if he did.

I love you dad and I miss you, every second of every single day……until we meet again be sure to keep keeping everyone on their toes up there in heaven and use just a little patience, I’ll see you when I see you.

dad bday

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Titans move to 3-0

OTTAWA, OHIO – OG’s Kadie Hempfling has now broken her own career high for points scored in a game in two of the Titans three contests this season. Friday afternoon the Sophomore obliterated her previous high of 15 set in Tuesday’s win over Tinora with a 26 point outburst in her teams 57-48 win over visiting Kalida.

As it had done in all 26 of their wins last season, the Titans defensive pressure forced Kalida into a myriad of turnovers early on as the duo of Senior PG Dani Ellerbrock and Junior Kylie White accounted for 11 of OG’s 16 first quarter points.

Trailing 16-5 after one period of play the Wildcats were able to switch to a zone and slow the Titan attack down as Cathy Basinger came off the bench to go 4/4 from the free throw line alongside a make from the field to propel her team to a 15 point quarter to pull with a pair of points at 22-20 at the halftime break.

Of the 26 points she accounted for in the game Hempfling came out firing in the games third stanza as she knocked down a pair of triple tries as well as four from inside the arc and finished the period with 16 points and helped OG push their advantage out to 45-29.

With most of the Titan starters coming out of the contest early in the fourth quarter the Wildcats were again able to turn up the defensive pressure and cut into the OG lead behind three pointers from Kylie Osterhage and Kara Siefker. With the aforementioned duo able to connect from the outside Wildcats were able to cut the lead as low as 6 before bringing in Sarah Klausing who finished with 6 points of her own before the clock struck zeroes and the Titans finished with a 9 point win.

Eight Titans found their way into the scorebook and were led by Hempfling while seven Wildcats were able to put points on the board with 14 coming from Osterhage.

Kalida drops to 1-2 on the season and will next travel to Antwerp on Dec 5th, while OG will have a pair of home games next Tuesday (vs Wauseon) and Thursday as they begin WBL play by hosting St. Marys.

Every game this season both home and away for the Titans can be heard live via WZOQ Radio WZOQ Radio

Scoring:

OG (57)

Devon Warnecke 1
Carri Johnson 2
Dani Ellerbrock 6
Erin Kaufman 2
Nina Brown 2
Kylie White 9
Lexi Schroeder 9
Kadie Hempfling 26

Turnovers: 18

Kalida (48)

Joni Kaufman 3
Brittany Kahle 2
Sarah Klausing 6
Allison Recker 9
Kara Siefker 7
Kylie Osterhage 14
Cathy Basinger 6

Turnovers: 31

JV: Kalida (2-1) 40-23 over OG (2-1)

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Cavs blitz Tigers

COLDWATER, OH – A matchup of two squads with very different playoff histories took place in Coldwater Friday night as the MAC Champion Cavaliers blitzed past the Bethel Tate Tigers 42-0 and in to the second round.

Tate, making their first ever playoff appearance in school history was no match for the experience of the Cavaliers who have now made the playoffs 19 straight seasons and have reached the State Finals every year since 2008.

After winning the opening coin toss and deciding to go on defense to begin the game the Cavs forced the Tigers into their first of five first half punts and used just one play to get on the scoreboard. After catching a line drive from Senior QB and MAC Offensive Player of the Year, wideout Aaron Harlamert turned and tossed to his left to Chris “Petey” Post who blazed a trail 45 yards for the games opening marker to put his team on top 7-0. Post on the evening would account for exactly half of the Cavaliers scores as they led 42-0 at the halftime break.

On their second possession of the contest after forcing another punt, the Cavaliers used just four plays to pick up 58 yards as Harlamert took a handoff himself for a score of 43 yards to push his teams lead out to 14-0 with 5:06 remaining in the first stanza.

Following a 28 yard punt by Tate’s Jeffrey Botts that put the ball at their own 46, Coldwater scored on their second play of the drive on a 51 yard rumble by Senior Slot Kraig Schoenherr to push the advantage to 21-0 just 2:05 following the last score.

With their next drive coming to an end after just three plays the Tigers found themselves being forced to punt one more time in the first quarter and just as quickly found their offering returned 46 yards down to their 2 yard line by Senior Kyle McKibben, the MAC’s leader in punt return yardage this season. Despite his scoring opportunity being thwarted on the return by the Tigers kicker, McKibben would get into the endzone on the very next play as his rush from 2 yards out made it 28-0 Coldwater with 22.1 remaining before the start of the second period.

Six yards is all the Tate offense could pick up on the games ensuing drive before their fifth punt of the first half. Coldwater used just :52 to drive 74 yards and push the lead to 35-0 as on the third play from scrimmage of their fifth drive, Hemmelgarn connected on a screen pass to his left that Post rumbled 56 yards for the score on. As he crossed deep into the Tigers zone Post was aided by a huge block from Schoenherr that knocked Sophomore Austin Carter deep into the dirt.

Coldwater’s only miscue offensively came on their second to last drive as Hemmelgarn’s pass was picked off by Tate’s Cooper Dunn.

The Tigers best drive of the first half would follow as they used 11 plays to move from their 21 to the Coldwater 39, but could not connect on fourth down and were forced to give the ball back to the Cavs.

Using just four plays of their own the Cavaliers put the games final points on the board as Post rushed in from 5 yards out to push the lead to 42-0 at the break.

In Ohio if there is a 30+ point differential the game becomes a running clock game, and this game featured that element for the entire second half. Coldwater would have the ball for two of the three possessions and see their second team offense take nearly the entire fourth quarter to run out the game as they followed up a nearly 12 minute drive by Tate that ended in a turnover on downs.

Tate sees their season and first ever playoff appearance come to an end at 6-4 overall. On the evening the Tigers offense gained 147 yards on 55 total plays but were shutout of the endzone against the Midwest Athletic Conference’s top defense.

Coldwater ups their record to 11-0 on the season and improves their all-time wins in the playoffs to 61, which ties them for 3rd best with Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. The Cavaliers racked up 384 yards on just 38 plays, with 297 of those yards coming on the ground. Petey Post led the ground attack as he carried the ball 7 times for 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Next Friday night the Cavaliers will get a rematch of the 2014 State Semifinals with Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, a team they defeated 34-3 en route to winning their third straight state title.

WKKI, K94.3fm (www.k943.com) will broadcast the contest between CHCA and the Cavaliers with myself and Dennis Cisco on the call beginning at 7:15pm next Friday night 11/13.

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Scourge dominate Ravens to win first OFL title

GIRARD, OHIO – The Western Reserve Scourge are the 2015 Ohio Football League Champions as they dispatched the River City Ravens by a 42-13 score Saturday night in front of a big crowd at the home of the Girard Indians.

After Kareem Johnson’s interception of a Maurice Lovett pass and return to the River City 7, the Scourge’s Derrick Maddox opened the scoring of the contest as he rumbled into the endzone to give his team a 6-0 lead early. A busted play on the ensuing two point conversion would fail and result in an incomplete pass to keep the game at 6-0.

Trailing by the aforementioned score, the Ravens utilized their rushing and passing game to perfection upon getting the ball back and flew 60 yards to take the lead at 7-6 when Lovett tossed his 5th touchdown pass of the season to speedster Khalid Ali for a 20 yard score.

Mike Bell, the OFL recordholder in interceptions with 8 this season pilfered a pass from Scourge QB Mike Witherow near the goal line early in the games second stanza, but gave the home team new life as they forced and recovered a fumble at the Ravens 18 yard line to take possession once again. With new life on the drive it would only take the OFL North Conference Champions 5 plays to go 18 yards as Glenn Owens found himself the recipient of a strike of 12 yards from Witherow to give his team the lead at 14-7 after an Ed McElroy 2 point conversion run was successful.

Following a short kickoff that was fumbled away by the Ravens, James Williams would cash in on his first of two touchdown runs on the night from 14 yards out to send his team deep into the quarter with a 21-7 advantage. Williams’ jaunt capped off a quick two play drive that lasted a mere :55 on the stadium scoreboard.

With a Tevin Redmond fumble recovery setting them up at the Scourge 10, the Ravens offense quickly went to work but were almost as quickly stopped by the Western Reserve defense, a unit that forced six turnovers on the night. OFL All-Star Punting selection Mitchell Jet would miss on his attempted field goal of 30 yards as the half wound down to keep the score at 21-7 Scourge.

Chris Williams began the scoring for the Scourge in the games penultimate stanza as he caught a ball from Witherow and used his speed to outrun the defense 40 yards to push the lead to 28-7.

A second 14 yard touchdown run from James Williams of the ballooned the lead in the contest to 35-7, where it would stay for just one drive until Lovett rushed in from a yard out. The ensuing two point conversion however was no good and kept the score at 35-13 with 7:35 remaining.

With no other choice but to kick onside and try to recover the ball quickly and get another score in the endzone, the Ravens would attempt an onside kick. Unfortunately for the visitors however, their ball took a perfect bounce into the hands of the aptly named Tim Goforth who sprinted down the sideline untouched 41 yards for the games final scoring play.

River City finishes their inaugural season at 7-6 overall, but as champions of the OFL South and having gone on the road to knock off the defending North Champion Zanesville Jets and top seeded Ohio Crush just to advance to this contest.

Western Reserve ends their 2015 campaign at 13-2 and joins the Ohio Golden Knights (2013), and Southern Ohio Buckeyes (2014) as the first three champions in Ohio Football League history. For more information on the Scourge please be sure to check out their website at www.wrscourge.com

OFL North and OFL League Trophies
OFL North and OFL League Trophies
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The greatest man I’ve ever known

April 21st, 2015 is easily the worst day of my life, the day my Dad passed away.

This is going to jump around a bit but I can’t help it, I am just writing down how I feel (as it’s the only way I truly know how to express myself and how I feel) with no planning beforehand so please bear with me as I get this out about the best man I’ve ever known.

He used to tell me that the measure of a man is how people see him when he’s no longer there to defend himself from the negative things they say, and how many people show up to see him once he’s passed on. If any of that is true then I know without a shadow of a doubt that my Dad was one of the greatest people to others that he was to my brother and I because of the massive outpouring of people who showed up to honor his memory.

I am a better person for having been Ted Hirn’s son, anyone who ever met him is a better person for having spent even a fleeting moment around him. He just had one of those infectious personalities that you either loved him or detested him, but I would venture to say there were a lot more of the former than the latter.

My dad and me

Everything I am today in a weird way is because of my Dad. I am successful in life because I have a job that I love, a beautiful wife and family around me, and because no matter what I tried to do, my Dad was always near the front of the line to tell me to keep pushing through that glass ceiling whenever I’d get down about it not going the way my perfectionist self wanted it to.

When I would drive home from whatever game I had done or whatever random thing I found myself part of, my Dad would always be the first person I’d call. I’ve talked to him about so much random stuff over the years that others would be annoyed by and not find amusement in….like for instance hot sauce or some random town I was in, but we always had a great conversation….about the stupidest things, that is what I will miss about our phone calls.

A number of years ago we got into it about what I realize now was him looking out for me, and didn’t speak for almost three months. Those three months were three of the worst months of my life. I made everyone around me miserable just because I (like him) were too bullheaded and “proud” to pick up the damn phone and just say…..anything. That whole thing is one of the biggest regrets of my entire life, and I can’t get that time back.

One of my favorite pics of all-time at my wedding

Over the course of the three days from the time he passed away (peacefully I’m told for those of you who don’t know), a handful of things happened: I heard some amazing stories I had never heard before from people who genuinely cared and loved him, I sobbed like a baby for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and likely more times as an adult and I told stories about him that seemed to put others at ease.

Me with 2 of the greatest men I’ve ever known, my dad and my grampa

One of the “most Ted Hirn” things I can tell you here about him is that he was a HUGE prankster. There’s a story….or five that involve saran wrap that is too long to get into here that has always amused anyone who has heard it but I digress to this next one: the one great last Ted prank took place during the viewing when the night beforehand my step-sister found his pen holder. The story goes that apparently a lady got offended that after signing the guestbook that she had to return the pen into the butt shaped holder that it came with…..for the rest of us we laughed and laughed because it without a doubt would’ve put a smile on his face that even after he was gone to still be able to offend someone.

Dad’s motto about offending people was pretty simple (I’ll use the clean version): if they don’t have a sense of humor I don’t have time for them in my life.

There are so many things I want to say about my Dad here, but none of them can do justice to the amazingness that was Ted Mitchell Hirn. I’ve been wanting to put in print so to speak some of the many many words that I feel when I hear a song done incorrectly (he had a way of changing the words to things and making it so I can’t hear them correctly to this day), see a hot sauce I bet he won’t try (it worked ONCE, ONCE), or a movie too stupid that even he won’t watch it all the way through (never had that happen).

When you think of my Dad, think of the two little boys he left behind that to this day want nothing more than to be half the man that he was and tried to teach them to be, to his wife Donna who loved and took care of him for over 20 years and was by his side through good and bad (and trust me, I myself brought them plenty of bad at times, something I’m still sorry to this day for), and remember how much he loved life and could always bring a smile to your face, even when you least thought it was possible.

I love you Dad, thank you for everything you’ve given me in my life and will continue to give me as you look down on us from above, my hope in life is that no matter what I ever do that I make you proud. I’ll even let you say “I heard you admit I was right” about the things I said at your viewing…..and it’ll be ok because you being right isn’t such a bad thing after all I’m learning.

My Dad’s comment on this pic was “poor kid is so screwed”
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Cleveland Cobras vs Zanesville Jets Broadcast

Listen live at 4pm on May 16th as the Cleveland Cobras take on the Zanesville Jets in Grove City, Ohio brought to you by AUSAM Graphics and Apparel.


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If you’re out and about and would like to listen to the game on your cellphone or tablet just download the Tunein radio app and search for Zsportslive.

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Delphos defeats Spencerville, Claims NWC

DELPHOS, OHIO – Delphos Jefferson needed a win Saturday night to get into the playoffs but what they got was a dominating performance as they downed Spencerville 21-0.

In the annual battle of Route 66 between the Wildcats and Bearcats, both teams entered with different playoff scenarios on the line. For Delphos Jefferson they needed a win to get into the playoffs while their rival Spencerville was looking for a win to earn a home game in round 1.

Following a Jefferson punt on the opening possession of the game, the Bearcats who started at their own 26 got inside the Delphos 20 yard line on the strength of their running game before seeing an 11 play drive finish with a turnover on downs when Junior QB Mason Nourse missed on a pass in the back of the Wildcat endzone intended for Calvin Wilson.

With a score dodged, the Wildcats used just 3 plays to go 70 yards in 59 seconds when Sophomore signal caller Jace Stockwell found a streaking Mike Cline up the middle of the field behind two Bearcat defenders for a 67 yard touchdown pass to put Delphos on top for good 7-0.

On the third play of their ensuing drive, the Bearcats fumbled the football as runningback Andrew Emery tried to gain extra a couple of extra yards right in front of his own bench before Josh Teman scooped it up and rumbled 38 yards for the second Jefferson score.

With the game at 14-0 both teams traded punts for their next four possessions of the half before Spencerville made a run at their first score late in the half. Utilizing a 15 play drive, the Bearcats rushed the football from their own 25 to the Wildcat 21 yard line before a pair of Nourse incomplete passes on third and fourth down saw them give it back to the Wildcats on downs.

Weather was not a factor Saturday night at Stadium Park as it had been just 24 hours earlier around Northwest Ohio, but both teams did struggle offensively to move the football to open the second half. The first four possessions of the second half resulted in three punts and a turnover on downs as Spencerville took over the ball with 2:55 to go in the 3rd quarter. On the evening the Bearcats fumbled four times and this was one of those as Calvin Wilson was hit and fumbled the football out of the backfield, Warren Poling fell on it for Delpho.

Andrew Emery’s second fumble of the night looked eerily similar to his first as it took place on nearly the same spot on the field as his first. Unlike his first fumble however the Delphos offense capitalized on his second miscue as they turned the fumble into a 7 play 33 yard scoring drive that was finished off from 11 yards out with a run for Freshman Brenen Auer to put Jefferson on top 21-0 late in the 4th.

Mason Nourse’s interception on the following possession for Spencerville put a finish to the contest as he was picked off by Jace Stockwell.

Offensively the Bearcats who lead the NWC with 350 yards rushing per game were held to just 146 by a strong Jefferson defense and were led by Zach Goecke the conference’s leading rusher with 64 yards on 19 carries. Delphos finished with 248 yards of total offense(166 rushing/82 passing).

With their win this year the Wildcats not only have a 2 game winning streak over the Bearcats, but finish 6-1 in the NWC and clinch the conference championship for the second straight season. Delphos improved their overall record to 8-2 on the season and will travel to take on Bucyrus Wynford Friday night at 7:30pm.

Spencerville finishes their NWC season with back to back losses to Crestview and Jefferson and is 5-2 in the NWC. Overall the Bearcats are 8-2 on the year and will travel to take on the Crestview Knights in a rematch from Week 8 in the season as they were defeated 22-21 in Convoy.

Spencerville vs Crestview can be heard live as it happens Friday night from Convoy on www.zsportslive.com with pregame beginning at 7:15pm.

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Kirsten Karbach Interview

I am excited to be able to reach out to great broadcasters and interact with them on both LinkedIn and on twitter (@michaelhirnpbp), and then be able to have them share their stories with you here. Today I am fortunate enough to share the story of a terrific young lady I interact with on twitter by the name of Kirsten Karbach who is currently the PBP voice of the Clearwater Threshers and can be reached on twitter https://twitter.com/Kirsten_Karbach
 
How long have you been in broadcasting?
 
It will be four years since my first broadcast this fall.
 

When did you know it was what you wanted to do?

I started volunteering at Bulls Radio, which is the student-run radio station at the University of South Florida, at the beginning of my sophomore year in college. I was never fully set on a particular career path before that, and I had so much fun working there that a few months later I realized this is something I would love to do for the rest of my life. Before that, broadcasting was something I had never even considered doing.

How much time do you spend preparing for a broadcast?
 
It depends on the day, but at the minimum I will come in four hours before first pitch to compile game notes, prep my scorebook, record any pregame segments or interviews we may air that day, and set up the commercial and intro playlist for the broadcast.
What sports do you currently broadcast?
 
Currently I’m broadcasting baseball exclusively, but I have also done basketball, volleyball, and softball.
Who are/were the people you look/looked up to in broadcasting?
 
I was a Tampa Bay Rays fan growing up, so I enjoyed listening to their radio broadcasters Dave Wills and Andy Freed, as well as Dewayne Staats and company on their TV broadcasts. Staats now works with Brian Anderson and, like Wills and Freed, they seem to have a strong camaraderie. Once you get past the basics, I think that is actually one of the most important aspects in making an enjoyable broadcast.
Do you think it is easier or harder that you are a woman in broadcasting and why?
 
It is a little bit of both at times, but I think overall for me it isn’t necessarily different than it is for others who are trying to learn and to better themselves in broadcasting.
 
Is there anyone you emulate, and if so in what way?
 

I wouldn’t say there is any one particular person, but I am constantly learning from those around me and the broadcasters I’ve had the privilege to work with. I did a few internships before landing my first professional broadcasting job, and I learned an incredible amount from the guys I worked with in the past. Often I notice certain techniques of theirs coming out in my own broadcasts.

What is your favorite on air story you can share with us?

 
Earlier this season my broadcast partner started hiccuping on the air, and did so right in the midst of a home run call. He tried to shake them and keep going, but I ended up having to call the rest of the game by myself. I’ve been fortunate enough to never have that happen to me!
What advice do you have for young broadcasters just starting out?
 
I think the best thing you can do is to get experience any way possible – be willing to do the games and the jobs that no one else wants to. In college we had a lot of new broadcasters who maybe only wanted to work one sport, when the real opportunity for getting on-air experience was in a less popular event. You can only get better by getting the reps in.
 
A big thank you to Kirsten for the interview and thank you to everyone for reading another play by play story here at PBPStories. Be sure to check out Kirsten on Soundcloud to hear some of her great work here: https://soundcloud.com/kirsten_karbach
 
 
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