Friday, 24 March 2017 18:01

AUDIO Know Your Prospect: Solomon Thomas

Today's edition of Know Your Prospect takes us to Coppell, Texas, where we meet Joe McBride, head coach of Coppell, HS.

He was the high school coach of Solomon Thomas, who went on to have a great career at Stanford on the defensive line, and could be a target for the Browns in the first round. 

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Barberton High School Junior wrestling star Cameron Fitzsimmons is the 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for March 24th-March 31st.

Cameron recently finished a strong sophomore varsity wrestling season with 32 wins and a top 10 finish in the district competition.

"I've been wrestling since I was five years old,” said Fitzsimmons. “It feels great to be in this program and making an impact at this age.”

Dave Mariola's wrestling program has quickly become one of the top programs in the state as the team is constantly refueled with young talent.

"Yeah, I feel this program and the coaches push us to be the best,” said FItzsimmons. “They really push us, making us better.”

Cameron is a three-sport performer at Barberton as he is a linebacker and tailback for the football team and is a relay runner for the spring track team but his first love is on the mats at the purple palace.

"Wrestling is what I want to do in college,” Fitzsimmons says. “I like to help the young wrestlers coming up as well as a volunteer as a coach for them.”

Cameron plans to pursue a career in Business in college.

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This week’s WAKR female Student Athlete of the Week is Ron'Naeza Saunders of Kenmore High School.

Ron'Naeza is bright young girl with a quiet confidence about her. For the Cardinals, Ron’Naeza is a cheerleader and volleyball player, but during the winter, she enjoys playing basketball. Under coach Yontami Jones, the young Cardinals finished fourth in the city.

About her Kenmore team, Ron’Naeza believes “[We] are a good team, but if we play to our potential, we could be great.”

During her time on the basketball team, Ron'Naeza has received awards including Most Improved Player and Team MVP.

Ron'Naeza would love to continue her basketball career into college.

Congratulations to Ron'Naeza on being this week’s WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

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Ken Thomson of Sports X Radio in Vegas discussed the possibility of the Oakland Raiders relocating to Las Vegas in the near future.

He hopped on with Sam and Brad Thursday.

 

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Sam, Brad, and Justin got in on a "Pick 3 Thursday" edition of the Wager of the Day.

 

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 17:13

AUDIO Know Your Prospect: Mike Williams

Today's edition of Know Your Prospect takes us to South Carolina where we meet coach Chris Carter from Edisto HS.

He coached former Clemson standout Mike Williams at Lake Marion HS in the Palmetto State.

Here's what Coach had to say about Mike with Sam and Brad on Thursday.

 

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In the wake of the World Baseball Classic with the USA winning over Puerto Rico, a lot of people were tuning in to see two of the world's best baseball nations go at it on the diamond.

The Puerto Rican team was known for playing with a lot of emotion and fire. Sam and Brad weighed in on when and when not to show emotion on the playing field.

 

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Sam and Brad spoke with Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer Rick Noland to talk about the Cavaliers' tough loss to the Denver Nuggets last night.

 

For the full interview, click here.

The Cavaliers play the Charlotte Hornets Friday.

 

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Some studies published the Akron Beacon Journal showed some surprising statistics about the area as far as population and median income. As is the case in many Rust Belt towns, city leaders are always looking for ways of bringing residents into the area. Akron mayor Dan Horrigan joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss what he and his associates plan to do. Horrigan looks at the residents like they are customers, and what would the customers what they want out of their city. The most important aspects of a city, according to the mayor, are job growth, safe neighborhoods, and a strong downtown. As far as the neighborhoods go, Horrigan says city planners are looking at what areas are ready and what needs to be built up. He also puts a lot of value in a city’s strengths and landmarks, such as the Goodyear area and near the hospitals.

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Sam and Brad, along with Justin McKinney got in on the Wednesday Wager of the Day, as they picked the Nuggets and Cavaliers tonight as well as some select NIT games.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:23

AUDIO Jackson Ready For Columbus, St. Ed's.

Jackson High boys basketball coach Tim Debevec spoke with Sam and Brad Wednesday live from the Wingstop in Wallhaven as the Polar Bears prepare for Lakewood St. Edward's later on this week in Columbus.

 

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Zips' beat writer George Thomas spoke with Sam Bourquin to discuss the Zips' season in 2016-17. Their season came to an end last night at the hands of UT Arlington. 

 

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Sports Time Ohio In-Game reporter Andre Knott spoke with Sam Bourquin Tuesday to talk about the health of the Cleveland Indians and the return of Michael Brantley to the lineup yesterday against the Dodgers.

 

For the full interview click here.

 

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 18:38

AUDIO Tuesday Wager Of The Day

Sam and Justin, along with listener Mike in Cuyahoga Falls, spoke about the Tuesday Wager of the Day, in which the fellas weighed in on some of tonight's NIT games.

 

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 18:09

AUDIO STVM Primed For Trotwood-Madison

STVM and head coach Dru Joyce II spoke with Sam Bourquin to talk about the upcoming game against Trotwood-Madison on Thursday for the right to play for a state title on Saturday.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Monday, 20 March 2017 18:34

AUDIO Wager Of The Day Monday

Sam and Justin got in on a "Vending Machine Monday" edition of the Wager of the Day on the Sam and Brad Show.

The guys wagered on the NIT games tonight, Mike from Cuyahoga Falls joined in on the fun as well!

You can join in the fun as well by listening to the Wager of the Day every Monday-Friday at 5:25pm on 1590 WAKR.

  

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The University of Akron Zips will be taking on the Mavericks of U.T. Arlington for a second round NIT matchup in Texas.

Assistant coach Kevin Byrne of the UA basketball team spoke with Sam and Brad Monday to talk about the team, their journey on the road, and what they're looking for in the Mavericks tonight. 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Ken Pomeroy from KenPom.com joined the Sam and Brad Show Monday to talk NCAA Tournament and who could make some noise in the Sweet 16 starting Thursday.

 

For more, go to Kenpom.com

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The NBA is none to happy about the Cavs' Big Three taking a rest day against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

Cavs beat writer Joe Gabriele from Cavs.com joined Sam and Brad Monday to discuss the issue.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Sam and Brad got into the Friday Wager of the Day, centered around the NCAA Tournament as well as the Cavs/Clippers game that will be taking place Saturday.

Tune in Monday to see who wins!

 

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Friday, 17 March 2017 17:54

AUDIO UA, Dambrot Ready For Mavericks

University of Akron Zips head basketball coach Keith Dambrot spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the win over Houston in the first round of the NIT.

The Zips will play the Mavericks of UT Arlington on Monday at 8pm in Texas.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Friday, 17 March 2017 16:59

AUDIO Campy Russell Talking Wine & Gold

Fox Sports Ohio's own Campy Russell spoke with Sam and Brad on a Feel Good Friday to talk about the Cavs' win from last night and how Kevin Love's return helps the Wine and Gold.

Love missed some time recovering from knee surgery.

 

The full interview can be heard here. 

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Tim Debevec, head coach of the Jackson Polar Bears boys' basketball team caught up with Sam and Brad on a Feel Good Friday to talk about his team's 80-59 win over Medina.

 

The Polar Bears advance to the Regional Final to take on Toledo St. John.

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This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Lukus Stricker from Archbishop Hoban High School.

Lukus is standout senior wrestler for the Knights, and is coming off an amazing season where he finished second in the state of Ohio in his weight class of 120 pounds.

Lukus is currently studying applied mathematics at Hoban. He has already been accepted to Harvard, and will continue his wrestling career there, as well. He has been wrestling since he was in the second grade.

He is also a member of the National Honors Society. He really enjoys going to school at Hoban because of the tight knit student body and the caring faculty.

Best of luck Lukus!

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Samantha Wolf, a senior softball player from Ellet High School.

She has played softball all four years at Ellet , earning 2nd team all-city honors.

Sam describes the team as a whole as close-knit, especially the seniors.

"We're all pretty close, and the past four years we've been friends, so we're pretty inseparable," she says.

In addition to the bond Samantha has with her teammates on the softball diamond, her head coach, Chuck Shuman, is also her grandfather.

Sam says it's been an awesome experience getting to play for her grandfather, and alongside her sisters as well.

Wolf is a three-sport athlete in cheerleading, cross country, and softball, and she says time management is key to being a student athlete.

Adding to her athletic accomplishments, she's also a member of Student Council and the National Honor Society.

Samantha plans on studying nursing at the University of Akron after graduation in the spring.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish her the best in all her future endeavors.

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Former St. Joseph's standout, Ohio State Buckeye, and current broadcaster for CBS Sports Clark Kellogg joined the Sam and Brad Show Thursday to discuss what he's seen so far in the NCAA Tournament.

 

For the full interview with Clark, click here.

 

 

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Sam and Brad got in on a few select games in the NCAA Tournament and the Cavs/Jazz game for today's Wager of the Day! 

Tune in Friday to see who came out on top! 

 

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Former Kent State guard Trevor Huffman joined the Sam and Brad Show Thursday to talk about his memories of playing in the NCAA Tournament including their run in the 2002 tournament, including an Elite Eight berth.

He says he's glad to see his alma mater back in the tournament.

"I'm really excited we're back in the tournament," he said. "Those guys worked really hard."

 

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Chip Patterson, CBS Sports College Basketball Writer joined the Sam and Brad Show Thursday on the first day of the NCAA Tournament to talk about the madness that is March.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Tom McBride, head boys basketball coach of the Lake Blue Streaks spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell to talk about the matchup tonight between his squad and Garfield Heights tonight in the Regionals.

 

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You all know "that" sports parent and one California man is taking that to a whole new level in Chino Hills as it relates to his basketball-playing sons.

LaVar Ball has been in the headlines and features reporter Ryan Kartje spoke with Sam and Brad Wednesday to talk about the buzz surrounding the patriarch of the Ball family.

 

For Ryan's article, click here.

 

 

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President Trump’s overhaul of the Affordable Care Act has been met with loud scrutiny, especially here in our backyard.

Senator Sherrod Brown joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss what he and fellow senator Rob Portman have on their plates. Brown and Portman, along with Governor Kasich, teamed up to combat what is colloquially known as “Trumpcare.” Brown believes the new healthcare plan will benefit the 2% while taking insurance away from 20 million people.

The Ohio senators have also teamed up with Bob Dole to go over trade policies that affect Ohioans.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 18:08

AUDIO Sam & Brad Wager Of The Day Tuesday

Today's Sam and Brad Wager of the Day centers around college hoops in both the NCAA Tournament and the NIT as well as the Cavs/Pistons Game.

Sam's taking the Pistons plus 7 1/2, Brad is taking the Cavaliers minus 7 1/2.  Listen to see what else the fellas are wagering on for a Tuesday!

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Local author Matt Lupica spoke with Sam and Brad Tuesday to talk about his new book, The Baseball Stadium Insider to talk about some of the unique traits of all the Major League ballparks.

 

The full interview with Matt, Sam, and Brad can be heard right here.

 

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Kent State has punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament and will take on UCLA in the first round Friday in Sacramento, CA.

Rob Senderoff, head coach of the men's team talked about the victory over Akron in the MAC Tournament and what challenges lie ahead with the Bruins.

 

The full interview can be heard here. 

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Monday, 13 March 2017 17:38

AUDIO Sam & Brad Wager Of The Day Monday

Sam, Brad, and Justin got in on the Wager of the Day for Monday. Today is a "Vending Machine Monday" and the winner will get to pick three items out of the vending machine here at the Akron Radio Center.

The games the fellas will be wagering on tonight are the Atlanta Hawks and the San Antonio Spurs, as well as the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers and in the NHL, the games of choice are the Columbus Blue Jackets taking on the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Pittsburgh Penguins facing off against the Calgary Flames.

 Who Wins? We shall find out Tuesday! 

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Sports Columnist Brian Dulik from the Medina Gazette spoke with Sam and Brad Monday to talk about the Browns' free agency moves as of late.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Monday, 13 March 2017 16:11

AUDIO Mike DeCourcy Breaks Down Brackets

College Basketball writer Mike DeCourcy from the Sporting News and studio analyst for the Big Ten Network joined the Sam and Brad Show Monday to break down the brackets in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

 

The full interview with Mike can be heard here. 

 

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Monday, 13 March 2017 15:22

AUDIO Allbright: Browns Won Free Agency

Benjamin Allbright joined the Sam and Brad Show Monday to talk about the Browns' picking up some key free agents as of late and landing some additional draft picks.

Allbright's work can be heard on Yahoo! Fox Sports, and ESPN.  He is also a host on AM 1340 and 104.7FM in the Denver/ Boulder area.

He likes what the Browns are doing in terms of building the offensive line with additions such as Kevin Zeitlrer, and JC Tretter.

 

For the full interview, click here. 

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With John Kasich’s term as governor ending in 2018, a collection of names have either confirmed or have been rumored to run. Could Jim Renacci one of them?

Congressman Renacci joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, and said he is definitely considering a run for governor. Based on the 2016 election, Renacci believes the people are “fed up” with career politicians, and that the voters would like to see a change.

Rep. Renacci also touched on Obamacare, which he believes should be “dismantled,” as well as the revised travel ban.

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This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Van Wallbrown of Manchester High School.

Van tees it up for the Panthers' golf team during the fall, and shoots hoops for the basketball team throughout the winter. The basketball team had a nice run this year before falling to Canton Central Catholic in the sectional championship round of the tournament.

Van loves playing under head coach Gene Schinderwolf and his staff. Talking about his teammates, Van says “We are all a very tight group."

Though he is only a junior, Van has his sights set on college, preferably studying military science.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish him the best.

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Wadsworth Sophomore Swim star Hannah Berlin is the 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week for March 10th-March 17th.

Hannah recently set a school record in the 500 Freestyle at the Suburban League meet, which earned her a chance to go to states.

“I knew I had a good time going,” said Berlin. “ I just didn't realize how fast I was going.”

Hannah started swimming at a young age at the local pool, but then decided to give competitive swimming a try.

"I love it, but it is really difficult, but I like that," said Berlin.

Berlin also swims the 200 Freestyle for Wadsworth, but she knows the longer distance is perfect for her.

"That is my favorite,” Berlin says. “I enjoy the longer races.”

Hannah is looking at a career in medicine once her high school days are through, as members of her family have had successful careers in the medical field.

"I'm lucky to swimming at such a great school for swimming at a young age,” she says. “It has been a blast.”

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 16:05

AUDIO STVM Advances In Tournament

Dru Joyce II, the head coach of the STVM Fighting Irish joined the Sam and Brad Show Thursday to talk about the win last night over Alliance 91-54.

 

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Former Ohio State point guard and Canton McKinley Bulldog and current color analyst for men's basketball on the Ohio State -IMG Sports Network Ron Stokes joined Sam and Brad Wednesday to talk about the Buckeyes' upcoming game against Rutgers tonight in the Big 10 Tournament.

 

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 15:15

AUDIO Zac Jackson Talks NFL, Browns

Zac Jackson from Pro Football Talk.com joined the Sam and Brad Show Wednesday to talk about the best course of action for the Cleveland Browns at the quarterback position.

 

Jackson will be covering the Cleveland Browns for The Athletic moving forward, joining the likes of other talented veteran sports writers, such as Jason Lloyd, who covers the Cavaliers.

Here's part two of Zac Jackson discussing NFL free agency, and where Browns WR Terrelle Pryor might be.

 

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There is a who’s who list of names rumored to join the race for governor once John Kasich’s term is complete. One of those is a familiar name from right down the road. Betty Sutton is one of the two confirmed Democrats to enter the race, and she stopped in studio with the Ray Horner Morning Show. Sutton talked about her decision to run, as well as how her experience in the House of Representatives can help expand the job growth in Ohio. The other confirmed candidates are fellow Democrat Joe Schiavoni and Republican Mary Taylor. Other names rumored have been AG Mike DeWine, Rep. Jim Renacci, and Secretary of State Jon Husted.

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Today's edition of Know Your Prospect goes up to Cleveland, Ohio where we speak with Ted Ginn Sr. from the Ginn Academy to talk about defensive back Marshon Lattimore who played at Ohio State and will be drafted in the NFL.

 

Here's the previous Know Your Prospect Interviews: Tre'Davious White,   Myles Garrett , and Deshaun Watson 

 

                                                                     

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 17:46

AUDIO Sam & Brad Wager Of The Day Tuesday

Today's Sam and Brad Wager of the Day was on college hoops as Sam, Brad, and Justin picked against the spread on three college basketball games with the winners getting a chance to go to the Big Dance.

 We shall see who wins! 

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Scott Petrak from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram offered his insight on the Sam and Brad Show Tuesday regarding the Browns' quarterback search.

 

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Jason Lloyd, NBA Reporter from The Athletic, formerly of the Akron Beacon Journal, joined Sam and Brad Tuesday to talk about the tibia injury to Andrew Bogut and where the Cavs go from here.

 

The full interview with Jason can be heard right here.

 

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