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Friday, 19 January 2018 06:12

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Tyler Dawson

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Tyler Dawson of Springfield High School is this week’s 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week.

Tyler is in his senior year at Springfield, and is a key member of the football and basketball teams. H recently knocked down two clutch free throws late to push the Spartans over the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders, 41-40, and give Springfield their first win of the season.

"Make sure you act like we have been here before,” Tyler told his teammates after the win. “It's the first one, but it wont be the last."

If Tyler isn't on the football field or the court, he is a member of the National Honor Society and CCP.

Tyler plans to continue his education at the University of Akron. He is currently taking classes and looks to study accounting, with the hopes of getting his CBA.

Thursday, 18 January 2018 18:29

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Madison Haywood

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Madison Haywood from Barberton High School is the female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for January 19th-26th.

Madison is a swimmer for the Magics, and is currently in her senior season. Though the team is not large, the Magics are competing at their highest level, and Madison is part of the heart and soul.

Though she played other sports such as basketball growing up, Madison fell in love with swimming at a young age. When the local YMCA came to town, she jumped into the pool, and for the last decade, has not looked back.

"I’ve dropped a lot of time this year, and I’ve been placing first, which is really about dropping times and your accomplishments,” says Madison about her senior season.

Some of the events she participates in are the 50 freestyle, the 100 backstroke, and the 200 relay because she enjoys the teamwork.

Madison has won swimming awards in the Suburban League, but she takes great pride in her schoolwork. All four years of high school, she has had a grade point average at or above 3.5.

A Barberton lifer, Madison enjoys her time in the Magic City. "I love it here,” she says. "Obviously, I’ve been here for a long time, so it’s small and we all know each other. And we have a lot of lifelong friends here."

When she is not in the pool, Madison is all over the place in the community. She is a member of the ski club, student council, and National Honor Society, and on the day of this interview, she volunteered her time at the blood drive at Barberton High School. She is also active in her church and has been seen helping out at a local soup kitchen for Thanksgiving.

After high school, Madison plans to head a half hour to the east and attend Kent State University. She says she will hang up her swimsuit in favor of the books, and she is currently undecided on a major, though she is intrigued by Kent’s exploratory program.

Friday, 12 January 2018 07:13

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: David Heath

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This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is David Heath from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

David is a standout wrestler for the Irish, and he is having a spectacular senior season thus far. Wrestling won’t stop for David in high school, as he plans on donning the leotard next year at Brown University.

A solid athlete and just as strong in the classroom, David is a member of the National Honors Society, and is involved in Senior Service at St. V.

The family atmosphere at St. Vincent-St. Mary really appeals to David, and he is appreciative of his teachers and peers.

When he has some free time, David enjoys being around his family and spending time with friends.

Continued success, David, and congratulations!

Thursday, 11 January 2018 19:24

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Lexi Petit

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Lexi Petit, a junor basketball player for Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

Lexi says that team chemistry is one of her favorite things about playing basketball for coach Bob Podges at Stow, but also a key to success for the Lady Bulldogs on the practice floor and on game nights.

“My teammates are my best friends,” Petit said. “Our whole team dynamic gets along very well, and we're like a huge, big family.”

As of this writing, the Bulldogs are 11-1 on the season.

Lexi is a team captain for the Lady Bulldogs, in addition to being a 3rd year letter-winner, and 2nd team All-Suburban League.

Petit is a two sport athlete playing both basketball and golf. She said one of her memorable moments was setting a school record with 11 assists in one game against Brecksville last week.

In her spare time, Lexi likes to play basketball, spend time with her family, and read.

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

This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Isaiah Johnson from Tallmadge High School.

Isaiah is a sophomore and plays wheelchair basketball for both the Blue Devils and the Junior Cavaliers wheelchair basketball team.

Isaiah enjoys attending Tallmadge, and he attributes a lot of his mental toughness to his mother. He says she has helped him overcome adversity, as well as the overall life challenges on a daily basis.

A long-time fan of LeBron James, Isaiah attends as many Cavalier games as he can.

Best of luck to Isaiah and his career at Tallmadge and in the future!

Friday, 29 December 2017 10:09

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Lauren Davis

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The 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Lauren Davis, a junior basketball player from CVCA High School.

Lauren says she got into basketball at an early age and how the camaraderie of her coaches and teammates is something special.

“It started in second grade and I played because all of my friends were playing so I decided to join in,” she said.

“I stuck with it because I like the team aspect of it and how we work together for a common goal.”

With the girls and new coach Andy O'Keefe, it's been a positive experience both on and off the court, despite the day to day grind of competing, winning, and losing.

“We're all kind of like a huge family,” Davis said. “We all pick each other up and we work together really well.”

As the team's point guard, she directs the action on the floor and helps put her teammates in position to make plays scoring the basketball.

Lauren says that her team goal is for her teammates including her to get better each and every day on the court.

In her spare time, Lauren says spending time with family is one of her favorite things to do.

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

Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:29

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Ashley Forret

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This week, the 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Ashley Forret of Manchester High School.

Ashley is a member of the Panthers basketball team, and will alternate between playing guard and forward on the floor. However, her bread and butter is defense.

"I like to hustle on defense and get rebounds," Ashley says.

Her love of sports is not just sequestered to basketball. During the fall season, Ashley is the water girl for the Manchester football team.

When she is not on the court or football sidelines, Ashley is a member of the Spanish Club, and is also the treasurer of the National Honors Society at Manchester.

After high school, Ashley is looking to stick around the state of Ohio. As of this writing, it is a toss-up between Tiffin University and the University of Cincinnati. No matter which school she chooses, Ashley wants to major in criminal justice.

Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:28

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Jordan Earnest

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Wadsworth senior Jordan Earnest is the male 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for December 22nd-29th.

Jordan is a member of the famed Wadsworth wrestling program, and has his share of accolades to take home. He is a team captain for the Grizzlies, and in his junior year, he was named first-team All-Medina County.

He may not appear to be an intimidating presence in the heavyweight division, but Jordan is more than holding his own against opponents who tip the scales about fifty pounds heavier. Jordan has a solid training method, and though he eats what he pleases, he points to his agility for his success.

first place in North Canton Hoover, coincidentally where he spent his early years

What makes Jordan different from other high school athletes is his focus and passion is on wrestling and wrestling only. “I played football, and that’s how I got into wrestling,” he says. "I played football all the way up to my freshman year, but I just wanted to focus on wrestling, and getting better [at the sport].”

Recently, Jordan took home first place at a tournament at North Canton-Hoover, which just so happens to be the area in which he spent his early years. Since he is not a lifelong resident of Wadsworth, Jordan may have a different perspective on the school than his peers. On Wadsworth, he says he enjoys “the togetherness [of the student body], and how everyone helps each other.

When he is not on the mats, Jordan is studying hard in the classroom, and he is also a student ambassador. He will be making his way to Ohio University in the fall of 2018, and plans on wrestling for the Bobcats.

Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:49

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Garrison Keeslar

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This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Garrison Keeslar of Green High School.

Garrison is a shooting guard on the basketball team, and has had a passion for the game since he was quite young. He started shooting hoops back in second grade, and still plays with many of his second grade classmates at this current level.

"Both of my brothers and my parents played basketball, so I was always around it," says Garrison.

When he is not on the court, Garrison is also a member of the Key Club, student council, and The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Math is his favorite subject in school, and he plans on continuing his studies and find a job in the future where he can lean on his strong skills.

Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:48

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Molly Chelovitz

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Firestone swimmer Molly Chelovitz is the female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for December 8th-15th.

Molly is entering her senior season in the pool for the Falcons, and she looks to expand on what she has accomplished earlier in her high school career. As a freshman, she led the team in points, and was named MVP and team captain in her junior year.

The Falcons swim team is off to another good start, and a big reason for that is the amount of upperclassmen on the roster.

"The team bonding is already there,” says Molly. "We support each other fully, and we’ve really been pushing each other this year, and we’ve got really great things ahead of us."

Molly had a stint on the tennis team before giving that up to focus solely on swimming, which is her passion. A Firestone lifer, she has been swimming in the area since the tender age of four.

"I really like Firestone,” Molly says. “I think it’s a great diverse community, and I think that being a part of the swim team is like it’s own little community inside of Firestone, which is great to be a part of."

When she is not in the pool, Molly can be seen with friends or helping others in her community. She has been involved in Buddy Up Tennis, the Special Olympics

After high school, Molly is still undecided on where to go, but she has narrowed her choices down to Georgetown or the University of Michigan. She has toured the halls of Michigan and likes what she sees, and if accepted, she plans on swimming for the Wolverines and will major in either business or law.

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