Hometown Highlights

Hometown Highlights

Hometown Highlights brings attention to professionals, business owners, and community members to highlight their stories. Dominic Frey & Ryan Pessell interview individuals with a special story to share. Their goal is to provide a platform for unique and fun conversations of telling these experiences of individuals, businesses and community events.Thanks to our sponsor at Hitchings Insurance. Hitchings is a full-service insurance agency specializing in personal, farm, commercial, and health insurance. For more information on them you can go to https://hitchingsinsurance.com/

Episodes

June 29, 2022 23 mins

In this episode, Dominic sits down with seniors Jackson Seislove & Garrett Spaun from Tiffin Calvert's basketball team. They take a deep dive into their most recent season. After a couple close games to start the year, they cruised through the majority of the season and ended the regular season undefeated. Unfortunately they were just short of reaching their goal of playing at state, but it was a fun ride while it lasted! L...

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In this episode, Dominic sits down with Luke & Ryan Montgomery and their coach, Stefan Adams. They discuss the unique relationship that the brothers have and how they make it work on the football field. Neither of them grew up with football as their first love, but they have made football their main sport. Luke has recently committed to Ohio State to play at the next level and Ryan is currently being recruited all over the coun...

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In this episode, Dominic & Brock Colman interview Mike Lento, head coach of Lakota High School's football team. Coming into the his fifth season as the Raiders head coach he was excited for a normal year. Unfortunately, it was anything but a normal year. The team had two coaches pass away unexpectedly. Lento led the team the same way he had been, by pouring love onto the athletes. He could not have been more proud of the gu...

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May 18, 2022 50 mins

In this episode, Dominic interviews Joe Hall before he starts his walk across the United States. "Hall Across the Country" started from a bad motorcycle accident a few years ago. After finding the will to persevere, Joe has completed several races with each one becoming more difficult. Why is he doing this? To raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. The infamous walk began on May 15th where he started in D...

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In this episode, Dominic interviews Coach Jami Hepp with Faith, Savannah & Audrey from the Tiffin Columbian Cheerleading program. They take a deep dive into the history of the program and how far it has come over the years. Jami and her family's roots are deep within the program, as she previously coached alongside her mom for many years. Today, she has the privilege to coach her daughters and the rest of this talented team...

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In this episode, Dominic & Ryan interview two students at Van Buren High School that are making a positive impact. Beyond being great students and athletes for the Black Knights, they led a 7 week fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. They both have personal connections with this disease which fueled their passion to fundraise. Listen to the full episode for their story and heart behind this organization!

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In this episode, Dominic & Ryan interview the 19 year head coach of Oak Harbor's swimming program, Andrea Sorg. She lives and breathes swimming in her community. Born, raised & swam as a Rocket herself and now is the coach of the boys and girls programs. The program has consistently been improving and setting the bar just an inch higher every year. After last season, Andrea was selected as the Regional Coach of the Year...

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In this episode, Dominic & Ryan interview the head coach and three captains of Bowling Green High School's Hockey Team. Coach Connor Rogowski is able to give an in depth look at the program and share about it's powerhouse reign in the 90s and early 2000s. Being a Bobcat alum and now the head coach, Rogowski has a strong sense of community. These three seniors (Luke Johnson, Nick Powers & Brayden Clauson) have persev...

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In this episode, Dominic & Ryan interview an energetic and positive member of the viral sensation of The Singing Cops, Moe Badger. Moe shares the background story for himself and his partner, Mike Norwood, who went viral in 2019. The internet loved these two Buffalo police officers and were amazed at their singing ability. Since then, they have been interviewed on The Ellen Show and were most recently contestants on The Amazing...

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January 25, 2022 44 mins

In this episode, Dominic & Ryan sat down  with a talented and humble trio, in Girl Named Tom two weeks ago. Starting with an idea from their mom, these siblings created a band and went on to win season 21 of The Voice. Caleb, Josh & Bekah share their story about how the band started, when they thought they were going to get voted off, and much much more.  This is a light hearted episode full of laughter. Today, they have th...

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In this episode, Dominic & Ryan sit down with three members of the State Champion Carey football team: Head Coach Mershman, Defensive Coach Stock & Quarterback Derek Lonsway. They discuss the entire season, specifically once they got into their groove after the first six quarters of the season. Fun conversation rehashing memories from the whole year and how it prepared them to be state champions. They share in detail how th...

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In this episode, Dominic & Ryan talk with Lauren, Hannah & Karis Willow. It's a fun conversation with all three with lots of volleyball talk, as Lauren and Hannah are collegiate athletes right now and Karis has recently committed to play at the next level. Lauren and Hannah played together in high school and are now teammates at Cedarville University. Karis, a junior at Liberty Benton High School, has just signed with P...

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November 24, 2021 34 mins

In this episode, Dominic & Ryan talk with Bryce Cobb. Bryce is currently a senior at Anna High School and has recently signed to golf at Ohio Dominican University. Fun conversation digging into Bryce's life long passion of golf. After many years of playing (and practicing), everything started to click for him on the course during his junior year. He was able to qualify to the state competition and broke the school record du...

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In this episode, Dominic & Ryan talk with retired MLB pitcher Jerry Blevins. The conversation begins with Jerry and his time at Arcadia High School. He was a three sport athlete and was involved in band and art. He decided to take a leap of faith and attend the University of Dayton and walk onto their baseball team. After making the team, he found adversity and learned to preserve in those moments. The conversation shifts to hi...

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New episode with Alex Pessell discussing his education and community involvement. The Arcadia High School graduate went to Trine University for a degree in Biomedical Engineering. After being heavily involved with athletics as a Redskin, he started focusing more on academics and other campus involvement. He spent his time wisely in college and now is at John Hopkins in their Ph.D. program to become a scientist. He sees himself long...

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In this episode, Dominic & Ryan talk with recent high school graduate Kayleigh Lininger. Kayleigh shares her experiences in the New Riegel community, specifically being apart of the softball team. After a successful career and playing at state this last season, she has decided to attend Ohio State University as an athlete. Not in softball, but in rowing! Starting as a joke between Kayleigh and her dad, and now she is competing ...

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In this episode, Dominic & Ryan get to chat with Gary Wilson, from the Findlay area. Gary was, is, and will be heavily involved in the Agriculture community in Hancock County. After being an OSU Agricultural Extension Agent for 32 years, he retired in 2011. He once was affiliated with 45 different groups and organizations between Hancock County and Ohio State. He's a proud Buckeye alumni, and his family has several degrees ...

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New episode with America's Fun Fitness Coach, Jim Steffen. Jim brings a lot of energy, especially for someone who sets their "opportunity clock" at 3:07 each morning. He shares about his career and how he started a gym, then sold it, and got back into the fitness industry. Today, he owns XT Fitness which is a local gym in Findlay, OH and has online services as well. He also does motivational public speaking and shares h...

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New episode with the one and only, Patrick Sadowski. This is a fun interview that discusses everything from 16 years of being a lawyer to his guilty pleasure of enjoying listening to Lizzo. He shares his experience of moving to Findlay for work, and how he has fallen in love with the community. Through experiences at Eastman & Smith he has been able to travel the world and shares some unique aspects to each country he's bee...

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This episode is with North Carolina native, Christopher Cook. The conversation starts with his mindset when he started his scratch insurance agency in 2004 with Alliance Insurance Services. He learned quickly that they had to sell what they had and what their agency was good at. Over the years, Christopher has continually kept adding various community groups to his plate. Most recently, he became the Co-Chair of Armfield Civic Cent...

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