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The West Michigan Sports Show

The West Michigan Sports Show
Presented by Dasos Digital
Brandon Wirth
Brandon Wirth covers all things sports in the West Michigan area! From Big Rapids High School Basketball to Reed City Football! The West Michigan Sports Show dives into games, matchups, season previews & recaps, coaches interviews, conference changes, recruiting, and more!
The West Michigan Sports Show
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Ep 72 - Reaching the Top w/ Brad Marek

May 25th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 21:49
Brandon Wirth chats with former Big Rapids High School and Ferris State University hockey standout Brad Marek on his journey to the NHL as well as reviews the CSAA scoreboard.

Ep 71 - Saving Sport Satisfaction w/ Austin Arquette

May 18th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 23:43
Brandon Wirth chats with local official Austin Arquette about the recent rule changes and impact on sports officiating as well as gives a score recap with soccer and track & field.

Ep 70 - A New Playing Field

May 11th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 23:49
Brandon Wirth runs through the local high school scoreboard and breaks down the MHSAA rule changes for the next two years.

Ep 69 - Analyzing the World of Analytics

May 4th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 22:31
Brandon Wirth breaks down the impact of analytics in sports and if it should be used at the high school level.

Ep 68 - Mounting for Mental Battle in Sports

April 27th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 22:55
Brandon Wirth visits the CSAA scoreboard and gives five tips to excel mentally in sports.

Ep 67 - A Salute to the Seniors

April 20th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 23:47
Brandon Wirth runs the local sports scores and gives an emotional message to the senior athletes ahead of the final month of action.

Ep 66 - Landing a Dream Job w/ Coach Theresa Sims

April 13th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 23:35
Brandon Wirth visits the local sports scores, lists fun matchups coming up, and chats with new Reed City Track and Field Coach Theresa Sims.

Ep 65 - Classification Proclamation

April 6th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 22:01
Brandon Wirth runs down the local sports scoreboard, mentions some matchups to look out for coming up, and breaks down the official enrollment numbers for the MHSAA and local schools for the upcoming school year.

Ep 64 - How Media Coverage Can Impact High School Sports

March 30th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 22:57
Brandon Wirth gives his thoughts on media coverage in high school sports and gives one key way schools can help their fan base grow.

Ep 63 - Spring Season Stance w/ Zach Erickson

March 23rd, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 20:28
Brandon Wirth chats with Zach Erickson of Reed City on his commitment to Calvin Football and gives an early quick preview of CSAA baseball and softball.

Ep 62 - The Review of Rules

March 16th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 23:19
Brandon Wirth briefly runs through girls' basketball district and regional scores and then takes a deep dive on the positive and negative effects of this years' MHSAA rule changes.

Ep 61 - The Jump to a New Journey w/ Coach Justin Fox

March 9th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 21:51
Brandon Wirth recaps local district action in girls' hoops, shouts out some of the top wrestlers in the area, and chats with Justin Fox on his coaching move from Big Rapids High School Boys Soccer to Ferris State Women's Soccer.

Ep 60 - Tournament Turnaround

March 2nd, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 23:14
Brandon Wirth runs down the final results in local boys' basketball district action and the girls CSAA tournament, as well as ranks his top five unique hobby sports to help improve athletes.

Ep 59 - Standings, Signings, and the Standard of Today's Sports

February 24th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 23:52
Brandon Wirth runs through the local sports scoreboard, reveals the CSAA girls' basketball tournament bracket, details the district assignments for boys' basketball, and gives his two-sense on what NLI signing day should mean to athletes.

Ep 58 - Big Time Brackets

February 17th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 21:56
Brandon Wirth breaks down postseason action in wrestling and basketball as well as lays out the newly known CSAA boys tournament bracket.

Ep 57 - The Process of Recruitment w/ Riley Vennix

February 10th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 22:14
Brandon Wirth reviews the week in wrestling and basketball action as well as chats with Big Rapids three-sport star Riley Vennix on his decision to play football at Northwood next fall.

Ep 56 - A Dream Come True w/ Olivia Malloy

February 3rd, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 21:48
Brandon Wirth revisits the week in CSAA winter sports action and chats with current Cardinal track star, Olivia Malloy, on her decision to sign at Ferris State for next fall.

Ep 55 - The Structure of Success w/ Coach Bob Raven

January 27th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 23:52
Brandon Wirth analyzes the past week in CSAA basketball and wrestling, including a chat about program building with Morley Stanwood Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Bob Raven.

Ep 54 - Talking Trash

January 20th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 23:45
Brandon Wirth recaps the full week in West Michigan sports action and dives into athlete trash talk and why fans need to let them do it...to an extent.

Ep 53 - Filling a New Role w/ Cole Haist

January 13th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 22:20
Brandon Wirth breaks down the hectic first week of 2024 action in winter sports, chats with Big Rapids Basketball's Cole Haist on their optimism for this season, and takes a peek into the current basketball district seeds through the first half of the season.

Ep 52 - Back for Another Round

January 6th, 2024 12:00am | Duration: 21:59
Brandon Wirth previews the show heading into 2024, including upgrades and changes coming, and reviews the scores for winter break contests as well as highlights some intriguing games for next week.

Ep 51 - Tackling the Tough Questions

December 30th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 23:45
Brandon Wirth finishes out the new year with answering five of the toughest questions in consideration of the future of high school sports.

Ep 50 - Holiday Help

December 22nd, 2023 06:00am | Duration: 23:15
Brandon Wirth recaps a full CSAA recap and standings update for various winter sports and ranks his top 5 holiday gift ideas for athletes.

Ep 49 - Pushing a Program Forward w/ Coach Tim Beilfuss

December 16th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 23:29
Brandon Wirth chats with Reed City Girl's Head Basketball Coach Tim Beilfuss about the development of their roster and reviews the best matchups of the week in the local sports scoreboard review.

Ep 48 - A Frightening Phase of Fandom

December 9th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 22:57
Brandon Wirth checks in on the opening season action across the local winter sports and discusses why fan interaction with other fans and officials can potentially alter the future of high school sports.

Ep 47 - An Unexpected Reality

December 2nd, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 23:36
Brandon Wirth visits the first week of action on the CSAA scoreboard, goes over upcoming matchups for week two, and talks about three key things for high school athletes to know about college athletics.

Ep 46 - Honing the Hardwood w/ Coach Blake Thomas

November 25th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 22:04
Brandon Wirth checks in with Big Rapids Basketball coach Blake Thomas about the upcoming season and goes through a brief preview of the opening conference outlook.

Ep 45 - Recalling the Cardinal Celebration w/ Coach Mike Selzer

November 18th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 22:32
Brandon Wirth chats with Big Rapids Football coach Mike Selzer on their great season and looks at the MHSAA Football brackets for the final two weeks of the season.

Ep 44 - The Money and Mantra of NIL

November 11th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 23:29
Brandon Wirth recaps the local postseasons in volleyball and cross country as well as breaks down the development of Name, Image, and Likeness in high school.

Ep 43 - A Frantic Football Frenzy

November 4th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 23:02
Following a pair of wins by Reed City and Big Rapids, the RunDown crew break down the next round for both teams.

Ep 42 - Conference Calibration in Chaos

October 28th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 23:55
Brandon Wirth reviews the local sports scoreboard, takes a look at the volleyball district brackets, and talks about the future of conference realignments and NIL.

Ep 41 - Soaring the Standings

October 21st, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 21:50
Brandon Wirth breaks down the postseason results in boys' soccer as well as runs through the upcoming postseason slate for volleyball and cross country.

Ep 40 - A Ramble on Recovery

October 14th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 22:16
Brandon Wirth takes a look at the recent postseason scoreboard and gives his top five affordable recovery tools for athletes.

Ep 39 - Addressing the Stigma

October 7th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 23:43
Brandon Wirth addresses the mental health stigma in sports as well as recaps the local sports report.

Ep 38 - Back on Track w/ Coach Isaiah Trice

September 30th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 20:45
Brandon Wirth returns and reviews an interview with White Cloud Football Coach Isaiah Trice and recaps a loaded local sports slate ahead.

Ep 37 - Shaking Up the Standings

September 16th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 22:56
Brandon Wirth recaps a busy week in sports and lists his debatable top 5 list of sporting goods retailers you should shop from this fall.

Ep 36 - Evaluating Expectations w/ Coach Rich Saladin

September 9th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 21:04
Brandon Wirth talks championship expectations and course creation with Reed City Cross Country Head Coach Rich Saladin as well as runs through the local sports scoreboard with notable matchups for the upcoming week.

Ep 35 - The First Full Fall Breakdown w/ Joe Nagy

September 2nd, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 22:10
Brandon Wirth and Joe Nagy bring a full breakdown of week one in the fall sports slate of soccer, football, cross country, and volleyball.

Ep 34 - A New Addition

August 26th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 21:53
Brandon Wirth previews the local sports scoreboard as well as gives a sneak peek into a brand-new football show coming to the Big Rapids Media Network this fall.

Ep 33 - Coming Around the Corner

August 19th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 20:04
Brandon Wirth breaks the news of the area's broadcast team announcement and takes a look at the season's first local sports scoreboard.

Ep 32 - Officially in Trouble

August 12th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 22:32
Brandon Wirth dives into a traditional talk show format discussing the massive loss of officials and how we can save the longevity of high school athletics.

Ep 31 - Strengths of a Schedule w/ Coach Scott Shankel

August 5th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 22:03
Brandon Wirth dives into the fall football strengths of schedule, chats with Reed City head coach Scott Shankel about the upcoming season, and previews his top five games to watch out for in 2023.

Ep 30 - Rules Are Rules

July 29th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 22:40
Brandon Wirth breaks down the biggest, boldest, and sport-specific rules changes for the upcoming sports seasons in high school athletics.

Ep 29 - Pitch Personnel & Preview w/ Coach Justin Fox

July 22nd, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 22:05
Brandon Wirth chats with Big Rapids head soccer coach Justin Fox about the team's outlook for the upcoming season and breaks down the CSAA for teams to watch out for.

Ep 28 - Pondering Participation

July 15th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 23:20
Brandon Wirth breaks down the statewide and local student enrollment numbers and debates his top five best weather conditions to play sports in.

Ep 27 - Initial Insight for Fall Football w/ Joe Nagy

July 8th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 23:04
Brandon Wirth and sports correspondent Joe Nagy dive into an initial preview of the CSAA football season for 2023.

Ep 26 - Honoring the All-Staters

July 1st, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 23:39
Brandon Wirth shouts out the local spring All-State athletes and gives his debatable list of top 5 underrated sports shoe brands.

Ep 25 - Postseason Pedigree w/ Coach Dawn Thompson

June 24th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 23:02
Brandon Wirth recaps the Big Rapids softball season with head coach Dawn Thompson and recaps the state finals champions in softball, baseball, and soccer.

Ep 24 - Performance & Prominence

June 17th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 23:25
Brandon Wirth recaps local postseason soccer, baseball, softball and golf action as well as gives his top five list of sports drinks.

Ep 23 - Underrated Underdogs

June 10th, 2023 12:00am | Duration: 22:18
Brandon Wirth breaks down postseason soccer, baseball, softball and track and field action as well as debates his top 5 underrated hobby sports.

Weather

Local High School Schedule & Scores

CSAA Baseball

MONDAY - 5/13

Reed City 0 @ Big Rapids 3

Reed City 3 @ Big Rapids 16 (5inn)

Lakeview 4 @ C Montcalm 14 (6inn)

Lakeview 4 @ C Montcalm 9

Tri County 5 @ Fremont 1

Tri County 8 @ Fremont 5 (6inn)

TUESDAY - 5/14

Chippewa Hills 5 @ Grant 4

Chippewa Hills 1 @ Grant 2

C Montcalm 7 @ Kent City 6

C Montcalm 12 @ Kent City 2

Big Rapids 13 @ Lakeview 1

Big Rapids 14 @ Lakeview 1 (5inn)

White Cloud 1 @ Morley Stanwood 2

White Cloud 11 @ Morley Stanwood 2

Tri County 1 @ Newaygo 3

Tri County 3 @ Newaygo 4

WEDNESDAY - 5/15

C Montcalm 4 @ Carson City 5

C Montcalm 24 @ Carson City 8 (5inn)

Manistee 3 @ Reed City 4 (6inn)

Manistee 12 @ Reed City 12 (5inn)

FRIDAY - 5/17

Big Rapids 0 @ Byron Center 4

Big Rapids 1 @ Byron Center 3

Kent City 6 @ E Jordan 3

Mancelona 3 @ Kent City 0

Lakeview 3 @ Grant 8

Lakeview 1 @ Grant 13 (5inn)

Ravenna 8 @ Newaygo 15

Ravenna 1 @ Newaygo 2

Morley Stanwood 2 @ Chip Hills 10

Morley Stanwood 2 @ Chip Hills 10

Tri County 6 @ White Cloud 8

Tri County 8 @ White Cloud 3

SATURDAY - 5/18

Inland Lakes 4 @ Big Rapids 7

Big Rapids 1 @ Beal City 11

Fremont 4 @ White Cloud 1

Fremont 5 @ Newaygo 10 (6inn)

Hesperia 2 @ Grant 12 (6inn)

Grant 2 @ Newaygo 1

Clare 22 @ Reed City 2 (4inn)

Ludington 13 @ Reed City 1

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CSAA Softball

MONDAY - 5/13

Reed City 8 @ Big Rapids 10

Reed City 0 @ Big Rapids 9

Lakeview 0 @ C Montcalm 10 (5inn)

Lakeview 1 @ C Montcalm 1 (6inn)

TUESDAY - 5/14

Chip Hills 9 @ Grant 14

Chip Hills 9 @ Grant 10

C Montcalm 7 @ Kent City 6

C Montcalm 12 @ Kent City 2

Big Rapids 14 @ Lakeview 1 (6inn)

Big Rapids 16 @ Lakeview 0 (5inn)

WEDNESDAY - 5/15

C Montcalm 0 @ Sacred Heart 15 (5inn)

C Montcalm 1 @ Sacred Heart 8

THURSDAY - 5/16

Cadillac 0 @ Reed City 19 (3inn)

Cadillac 0 @ Reed City 11 (5inn)

FRIDAY - 5/17

Lakeview 0 @ N Branch 10 (6inn)

SATURDAY - 5/18

Big Rapids 2 @ Dakota 12

Big Rapids 4 @ Oakridge 5

Big Rapids 9 @ Canton 4

Grant 2 @ Newaygo 1

Holton 1 @ Reed City 1

Ludington 0 @ Reed City 7

SUNDAY - 5/19

Big Rapids 14 @ Milan 2

CSAA Softball Standings

1.) Big Rapids: 16-0

2.) Reed City: 16-2

3.) Newaygo: 11-3

4.) Kent City: 9-6

5.) Central Montcalm: 7-5

6.) Grant: 6-8

7.) Morley Stanwood: 4-7

8.) White Cloud: 3-11

9.) Lakeview: 2-12

10.) Chip Hills: 0-10

11.) Tri County: 0-10

(from available data)

CSAA Baseball Standings

1) Big Rapids: 17-1 | +172 -42 (+130)

2) Chippewa Hills: 11-5 | +91 -57 (+34)

3) Grant: 12-6 | 107 -57 (+50)

4) Newaygo: 12-6 | +104 -65 (+39)

5) Central Montcalm: 10-6 | +109 -71 (+38)

6) Reed City: 11-7 | +125 -81 (+44)

7) White Cloud: 8-10 | +79 -117 (-38)

8) Morley Stanwood: 6-12 | +57 -117 (-60)

9) Kent City: 5-13 | +86 -144 (-58)

10) Tri County: 4-14 | +89 -147 (-58)

11) Lakeview: 0-16 | +60 -181 (-121)

This Week's Poll

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