Tony Mazur

Tony Mazur

This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Javann Rogers, a sophomore basketball player from Buchtel High School.

Rogers says she's excited for the season to start and make things happen on the hardwood.

“We're hoping to make it farther than the city, we want to go to state,” she says. “We're advancing (on the court) because we have a young team this year.”

The Lady Griffins were City Series Champions last season and lost to Marlington in the second round two years in a row.

Javann is an honors student at Buchtel, and she knows the balance between school and sports is necessary. Last year in addition to her work in the classroom being on both the honor roll and merit roll, she was 2nd team All-City last season.

She is a two-sport athlete playing both basketball and softball, but basketball is truly a family affair, as her older siblings played and her mother coached as well.

Off the court, Javann shares her love of the game coaching as a volunteer basketball coach for Ladies First in Akron, for whom she used to play in her younger days.

She says her teammates now with the Lady Griffs have been known to share a good practical joke or two during their time on the court.

“There's times we're serious, there's times we play, but we know to get back serious and work hard,” she explained.

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

Madalynn Buttler is week's female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

Madalynn is a sophomore volleyball player for the Wildcats. She has been first-team All-PTC, as well as being named Player of the Year All-District.

She is actually coached by her mother, head volleyball coach Jessica Butler. When asked what it's like playing with her mom as coach, Madalynn says “It's very interesting, but she is a great coach and she always wants whats best for the team."

Math is Madalynn’s favorite subject, and she enjoys being a student mentor at Mogadore. Madalynn plans on studying occupational therapy in college, while also continuing her volleyball career.

Occupational therapy interests because of her ability to work with all different age groups and people. She is currently looking at schools that offer occupational therapy courses.

Congratulations to Madalynn Buttler, this week’s female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

Norton senior Bret Baker is the male 1590 WAKR student athlete of the week for November 10-17.

Bret is a star on the wrestling mats for the Panthers, and he will be moving up from the 138 weight class to 145 for his senior season.

From a young age, Bret has been involved in wrestling, having done so for twelve years.

"My dad got me into [wrestling], and I stuck with it ever since,” he says. "It [takes] a lot of mental toughness.”

In his junior year, Bret finished seventh in the state in Division II and was named team MVP for the Panthers

Though he is putting the finishing touches on his senior year at Norton, Bret spends very little time at the high school. He isn’t playing hooky, mind you; Bret spends most of his school days taking college prep classes at Stark State College.

When he is not wrestling, Bret can be seen in the grass somewhere, either on a baseball field or a golf course. In his free time, he enjoys unwinding on his Xbox.

After graduation, Bret is looking to further his education at either Akron or Kent State. The field of medicine runs in the Baker family, and Bret seems to have caught the medical bug, as he looks to major in NEOMED.

“I may wrestle,” he says at the next level. “But I’m definitely focusing on academics."

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 09:52

AUDIO: 2017 Election Roundup

The local elections for 2017 have now come and gone. While it was not a loaded election as far as major issues, there were points of interest on the ballot that were important to the communities. These were discussed on the Ray Horner Morning Show.

In Cuyahoga Falls, incumbent Don Walters keeps his seat in the mayor’s office in a race over Susan Hale.

The Clerk of Courts race was tightly-contested and came down to the wire, but incumbent Jim Laria won by a whisker over Jeff Fusco.

A much-needed school levy was passed in Coventry, a community that has had their share of issues passing levies over the years. Lisa Blough, their superintendent, is excited about the next chapter.

An upbeat Jeff Ramnytz, the superintendent at Barberton schools, talked about their passage of their levy.

Not all the school levies passed. Woodridge schools did not pass theirs, and neither did Norton. Dana Addis, the superintendent at Norton, talked about how they will regroup.

This week's male Student Athlete of the Week is Spencer Robinson from Woodridge High School.

Spencer is standout senior on the Bulldogs football team, coached by Jeff Decker. In addition to his football prowess, Spencer also wrestles at Woodridge.

As for attending Woodridge, Spencer enjoys the atmosphere at the school, and likes how close-knit he is with his fellow classmates.

In addition to athletics, Spencer is a member of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), and he plans on continuing his education at the University of Mount Union.

Spencer is a huge fan of all the Cleveland pro sports teams, especially the Browns. "I hope someday that they will eventually turn it around," he says.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Talia Kirksey a junior volleyball player for East and a student at STEM High School.

Talia carries her leadership on an off the volleyball court, as a member of Student Council and a Junior Class Officer, as well as a captain on the volleyball team. She says she likes the team aspect of the game has always been a draw for her.

“No one person can win the game,” Talia says. “We all have to work as one heartbeat.”

Kirksey carries a 4.3 GPA and in addition to her time on the court, she is also a varsity cheerleader and runs track as well.

She says one of her favorite memories as a cheerleader was supporting the football team during their deep playoff run during the 2016 season.

Kirksey says she plans on majoring in Biomedical Engineering upon graduation in 2019, and plans on being a pediatric doctor.

“I enjoy working with kids, Talia explained. “I've had many volunteer opportunities (involving kids).”

One of those ventures is the Fadia Young Women's Program in Akron, which helps inner city youth.

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

Thursday, 02 November 2017 09:52

AUDIO: Bernie Kosar Learns To Scramble

The current state of the Cleveland Browns will make a segment of fans to pine for the old days. The most recent glory days for the Browns came some thirty years ago, and that team had a quarterback from nearby Boardman, Ohio.

Bernie Kosar joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to promote his new book, Learning to Scramble. Kosar says the book is about some of the life lessons he learned in Northeast Ohio, from growing up in a blue-collar steel town to a blue-collar football town.

The former Browns QB also shared his thoughts on the current team, where he used be a preseason color commentator. Bernie is disappointed in how the team has been managed over the years, and it believes the losing is causing some apathy within the fanbase.

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:10

AUDIO: Tim Dimoff On NYC Terror Attack

New York City suffered its worst terrorist attack since September 11th, 2001, and the suspect happens to have ties to Summit County. Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect who killed eight people and injured about a dozen with a truck, lived off Wyoga Lake Road until 2015, before moving his family to Florida.

Tim Dimoff, president of SACS Security, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss proper precautions and measures during such attacks. Dimoff says the vehicular attacks have now become a “trend,” due to how easily one can obtain a truck.

Dimoff also talked about the interrogation of the suspect, who is in the hospital but in custody. The questioning, according to Dimoff, will help track down where and when the radicalization set in by interviewing anyone Saipov had contact with.

Monday, 30 October 2017 07:44

AUDIO: Jim France On Setting Wins Record

The Manchester Panthers are heading to the playoffs at full speed, and they did so with a 58-42 victory over Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. But a major footnote from that contest was it was the 382nd victory for head coach Jim France, and that made him the all-time winningest coach in Ohio high school football history.

France, who is also Manchester’s principal, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to recap the win over CVCA, as well as the relief of achieving the record. It is a family affair at Manchester, with France’s son as the offensive coordinator and his grandson is the starting quarterback.

The Panthers finished the season 8-2, and will take on Fairless this Friday in the Division V playoffs.

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