Tony Mazur

Tony Mazur

This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Daichele Hatcher from Buchtel High School. Daichele is a Junior basketball standout for the Griffins and their head coach Brian Nuegebauer.

Daichele began playing basketball her Freshman year, and really enjoys the team chemistry aspect of playing. She loves to practice and because she is a former track runner, she doesn't mind all of the running during and after practice.

Her plans are to attend The University of North Carolina and play basketball for the Tar Heels someday. Daichele wants to study architecture in college.

Daichele likes to pattern her game after Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs and really enjoys watching him play. She is looking forward to hopefully playing for the City Series Championship this year.

Thursday, 03 December 2015 09:21

AUDIO: John Michael On Cavs Stuggles, Injuries

The Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a 13-5 start, which is impressive and not surprising, even though the Golden State Warriors can't seem to lose.

The Cavs sit atop the Eastern Conference, and because of the nagging injuries to key members, that stat looks extraordinary. The voice of the team, John Michael, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the struggles they've encountered and how they've played through injuries.

Since 1999, the Cleveland Browns haven't exactly played up to snuff by NFL standards. Since their return, the team averages a 5-11 record each year, and each loss brings more boisterous criticism.

Politicians and citizens fought tooth and nail to bring the Browns back, but was it all worth it? That's the question Kevin Kleps from Crain's Business asked. Kevin interviewed politicians and front office members about their efforts in bringing the team back, and he discussed his experiences on the Ray Horner Morning Show.

2016 will be a fresh start for the city of Akron, and the goal is to put the town back on the map.

Planning director Marco Sommerville, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the potential job growth in downtown Akron, as well as recruiting businesses to lay a foundation in the city limits.

Sommerville also touched on the demolition of homes in the city. His goal is to demolish 500 houses per year.

Friday, 27 November 2015 09:58

AUDIO: Dan Coughlin Has Himself Another

You want stories? Dan Coughlin has a million of them. Maybe even more than that.

Coughlin, the long-time Cleveland sportswriter and sportscaster at WJW, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to promote his third book, Let's Have Another.

In this audio clip, Coughlin mentions his new book and his distrust of the Cleveland Browns. Danny believes Johnny Manziel is "empty calories," and that the Browns need a football guy in charge.

This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Noah Donald from Walsh Jesuit High school.

Noah is a senior and plays basketball for the Warriors. Noah plays power forward and center under head coach John Norris.

"I got into the game of basketball because of the love of the sport and the competition," Noah told me.

Another motivating factor for Noah was his dad coaching his team and always pushed him to be the best basketball player he could be. You can definitely tell basketball is a family affair for the Donalds.

Noah is also doing very well in school and has aspirations to attend college. Noah is currently keeping his options open and looking at multiple universities including Cornell and Ohio State.

During his time at Walsh, Noah he has built up a list of accomplishments that include four years of basketball and football, one year of baseball, Scholar athlete in 2014, honorable mention all district Northeast Ohio, most improved Offensive Player 2014, and Creed of the Pack Award winner, as well.

We here at WAKR wish Noah the best of luck as he continues his senior year and on into college.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the week is Elisa Bartel, a junior basketball player at CVCA.

Elisa says she enjoys her teammates on the hardwood and the camaraderie it brings.

One of three captains this season for the Lady Royals, she says leadership is a role she embraces readily when it comes to either leading by example or vocally.

"It just depends on the situation," she says.

Bartel says time management is the key to balancing schoolwork and sports, and that the support staff, teachers, and coaches at CVCA have not only been developmental in her approach to athletics and academics, but to her faith as well.

"They always try to help me with my devotions, and with my attitude and things," Elisa says. "Once that happens, I can start adjusting and focusing on other things."

Coventry High School senior football quarterback Jaret Skaggs is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for November 21st-November 27th.

Jaret had a remarkable year for the 5-5 Comets, as he tossed 30 touchdown passes with only 7 interceptions while throwing for 2414 yards. As a junior, Skaggs throw for 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns.

"It has been fun, a good group of friends and players," said Skaggs.

Jaret is a three-sport athlete at Coventry while maintaining an impressive GPA at 3.2, Skaggs participates in football, basketball, and track for the Comets.

"We have a terrific group of athletes in the school right now, I'm now getting ready for basketball," said Skaggs.

Jaret plans on a career in education, with the hopes of becoming a teacher and coach in the future. He has yet to make his college choice at this time, but would like to continue to play football in college.

In the final game of the 2015 season Skaggs tossed five touchdown passes for 329 yards, as he was 25 for 35.

In addition to his football skills, Skaggs is also the sixth man on the basketball team.

Our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Claire Moritz from Firestone High School. Claire plays soccer, cross country, track, and is on the bowling team. While being involved with all of the sports activities, Claire still has time to keep up with her studies and maintain a 4.6 GPA.

Claire started playing soccer when she was five years old, and of out of all of the sports she participates in, she enjoys playing soccer the most. She is looking forward to next year when the new Firestone High School opens, and playing on their brand new soccer field.

Claire grew up in California, later moved to Mississippi, and has been in Ohio for the past 12 years. Even though she is only a Sophomore, Claire is already looking at possible destinations for college, and is interested in maybe attending Stanford University.

Claire really enjoys her time at Firestone, and loves the school's diversity. She says she has met some really great people, and is looking forward to an exciting next couple of years.

The question whether to take in the Syrian refugees or not is split directly down party lines with no sign of compromise.

Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, sides with his party, believing a Republican embargo on the refugees is based on fear and not facts. The Ohio senator joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the vetting process with refugees and how the American people can be educated on the issue.

Sen. Brown also believes there's "demagoguery" on the part of the Right.

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