MVP Podcast: State Champions Edition; Title winners talk about setting records and winning gold


MVP Podcast: Statewide sports talk

This week’s MVP Podcast spectacular celebrates the end of the 2009-10
school year with a humble parade of champions. Olentangy Liberty pole vaulters Chris and Joe Uhle land in studio as does state shot put record holder Dustin Brode of Canfield. Newton softball coach Kirk Kadel also swings by…all that and more on this week’s MVP Podcast.

This week’s MVP Podcast spectacular celebrates the end of the 2009-10
school year with a humble parade of champions.

We’ll start by introducing you to Chris Uhle the new OHSAA
D-I pole vault champion. He is also the new state record holder in that
event having posted an incredible 16-foot-9 vault in the process.

Then we’ll introduce you to his identical twin brother, Joe Uhle,
who entered the event as the state record holder and number one seed.
He jumped 16-foot-0 and finished in second place.

Both brothers are juniors at Olentangy Liberty High School
just outside of Columbus and they are likely to challenge Pat Matson’s
all-time high school record of 17-feet-6 next spring. They are likely to
bury that bad boy like Bob Beamon did when he took his one and only
long jump at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

One day you might just see this duo at the Olympics – it isn’t even
close to being a far-fetched proposition. Write it down. If you don’t
you’ll likely see their older brother Mike who is a six-time MAC
champion at the University of Akron.

Consider that Mike didn’t come close to clearing 16-foot-0 in high
school (he, too, was the state pole vault champion) and you ‘ll
understand just how good these twins really are.

Following in hot persuit is Dustin Brode of Canfield High
School. He is the state record holder in the shot-put as well as the
two-time defending champion. He will attend Harvard in the fall.

Also in the studio is Jimmy Hull, the pole vault coach for Thomas
Worthington High School
as well as for the Midwest Meet of
He is an outstanding interview.

Finally. you’ll meet Kirk Kadel the head coach of Newton
High School’s fast pitch softball squad
. Newton, located in the
incredibly small town of Pleasant Hill (P-Hill, Miami County), is
absolutely mad about their girls team, and they have good reason.

With only 60 girls in the entire school, NHS beat some serious odds
this season to win the OHSAA D-IV state title, and they lived to tell
the tale.

All of this and more–for free–from your friends at the MVPpodcast.


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