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Friday, 29 September 2017 01:00

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Payton Grigsby

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Payton Grigsby from Wadsworth High School is our female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete for the week of September 22nd-29th.

A senior at Wadsworth, Payton has participated in cross-country since her sophomore year. She was a quick learner and a natural athlete, as she has placed high many meets, including taking home first place in an individual race at the Wooster Invitational in early September.

“We do about forty miles a week,” says Payton when talking about her cross-country training. “We definitely build a good base, and do a bunch of speed work toward the end of the season.”

However, cross-country running was not Payton’s first love. She has played soccer from an early age, and decided to run track her freshman year. Her experiences in track and field led her to joining the cross-country team as a sophomore.

After high school, Payton is still undecided as to where she wants to continue her education. She does plan on running in college, talking with schools from Divisions 1 through III. In the classroom, Payton would like to major in Art Therapy.

“I’ve always wanted to help people,” she says about art therapy. "I love art, and I think that’s the best thing for me right now."

Friday, 29 September 2017 00:33

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Jojo France

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JoJo France is this week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete. He is a senior at Manchester High School, participating in football and basketball for the Panthers.

Jojo is proud to be able to carry on the the tradition of the France name at Manchester.

"It means a lot to me," says Jojo, who is proud to carry on the tradition of the France name at Manchester. "And I know it means a lot to them."

In fact, his head coach, Jim France, is his grandfather.

Two-time ​Pac 7 first-team basketball player, as well as Pac 7 first-team football, are just some of the accomplishments Jojo has earned in his time at Manchester.

As for his post high school education, Jojo has an interest in sports management, with an eye on scouting or sports management. He currently excels in government class.

Monday, 25 September 2017 06:41

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Victoria Young

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This week's 1590 WAKR Female student athlete of the week is Victoria Young from Kenmore-Garfield High School.

A sophomore soccer player for the Golden Rams, Victoria just started playing soccer after a friend told her to give it a try. She is a defender on the team.

Young says the transition from Garfield has been a bit overwhelming, but she is adjusting to being in a combined high school of over 1200 students.

In her future, Victoria would maybe like to be a lawyer and have her practice somewhere in Northeast Ohio.

Best of luck, Victoria!

This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Tyler Gibson, a senior football player for Cuyahoga Falls High School.

Tyler discussed his favorite memories of playing football for the Black Tigers and his senior teammates, saying he wouldn't change a thing.

"I've known most of my guys now for nine years, ever since I started playing football in 4th grade," he says. "We have good chemistry together."

Gibson also discussed playing for first-year head coach Shane Parker and the impact he's made on him and the team.

"I like how many things he's changed about the program,like the attitude," he said.

Tyler is a 3-year letterman in football and also lettered in track and field for the Black Tigers. In addition to his work on the field and in the classroom, he volunteers his time working, painting houses.

Gibson plans on attending the University of Akron to study athletic training upon graduation in the spring of 2018.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Tyler the best in all of his future endeavors.

 

Friday, 15 September 2017 07:04

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Jacob Weber

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Firestone senior soccer player Jacob Weber is the 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week for September 8th-15th.

Jacob is a four-year letter winner in soccer for the Falcons. His team has excelled thus far in 2017, even with seven seniors graduating from last year’s program. He is one of three captains on the team, and has had a terrific season after seven games.

"This has probably been my best year in enjoying the sport,” says Jacob. “[Especially] with the people I’ve been around and the team I’m on.”

That team is 5-1-1 in the fall season under Coach Michael Householder with a lot of help from underclassmen.

"We all like each other,” Jacob says. "None of us have issues with each other."

In addition to soccer, Jacob is well-rounded with his athletic activities. He says soccer is where his passion is, but he is an avid bowler. While his soccer career may end in high school, he may look to bowl in college.

Speaking of college, Jacob plans on attending the University of Akron after graduation, with Business and Economics as his major.

Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:38

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Delaney Stecz

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Delaney Stecz of Green is this week’s 1590 WAKR female Student Athlete of the Week.

Delaney is a soccer player for the Bulldogs. Delaney was first introduced to soccer at the tender age of five. Whether it was by her parents or cousins, she always had motivation to play the game.

"My whole family loves and plays soccer,” she says.

A three-year letter winner in soccer, Delaney says she loves being a part of her Bulldog team.

“I love being a part of the environment,” says Delaney. “We play for each other. I love being part of the team."

Delaney’s motivation is not just centered on the field, but in the classroom as well, being a two-year letter winner in the National Scholar Academy. She is also active in the community, volunteering with the Key Club and the National Honors Society.

When she is not on the field or at school, Delaney is earning some extra cash working at a local doughnut shop part-time.

After high school, Delaney plans on attending Edinboro University.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 08:17

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Dylan Erks

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

Dylan is a standout golfer for the Knights under head coach Dylan Parker. His golf feats began as a youngster.

"My dad always put a club in my hand," Erks said. His focus on golf kicked into high gear around the ages of 12 and 13.

Dylan scouts the top PGA golfers on tour such as Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, and others. He was lucky enough to watch Tyler Light in person at the US Open over the summer.

Erks enjoys the students and the faculty at Hoban, especially Late Start Thursdays. He is a member of Peer Mentors and the Gourmet Food Club, and also finds time to pitch for the Knights baseball team.

Free time activities for Dylan include hanging out with friends and family, as well as taking in some horror movies.

Best of luck to Dylan on into his future.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 08:12

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Madison Byler

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Madison Byler, a junior soccer player for the Ellet Orangemen.

Madison says she started playing soccer at the age of four and her love of the sport is contagious among her teammates.

“I really love playing the sport and teaching it as well,” Byler says.

Madison plays defense for the Orangemen and she takes pride in keeping the other team off the scoreboard with a couple of her fellow teammates.

Madison is a captain for the Lady Orangemen this season for coach Justin Dimengo, and she says she's becoming more comfortable being a vocal leader, but it's her example the younger girls follow.

“I would say I'm more of a leader by example,” she says. “I haven't been a captain very long, so I am still sometimes nervous to be a leader vocally, but I am getting better.”

Madison is undecided on whether or not she will play soccer in college, but she does plan on majoring in Psychology.

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

At this year's Student Athlete of the Year Banquet at Todaro's Party Center, our Male and Female scholarship winners were seniors Samantha Wolf of Ellet High School and Clayton Langdon of Revere High School.

Both Samantha and Clatyon were both humbled and grateful to recieve the $1,000 scholarships to their respective schools.

 

 "It's amazing I don't know what to say," Wolf said.  Adds Clayton,  "It means a lot to me, I don't know what I did to deserve it, thank you," he said.

Samantha was a three sport athlete at Ellet,  as she competed in cross country, softball, and was a cheerleader.  She plans on attending the University of Akron and studying nursing.  Clayton competed in track and field for Revere as well as football.  Clayton plans on studying pre-med and play football at the University of Dayton.

 Congratulations to both Samantha and Clayton, and also thanks to our sponsors, NECA, IBEW( International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), Akron Children's Hospital, Dominion, and Todaro's Party Center.

This week's 1590 WAKR Student athlete of the week is Caitlin Raid from Woodridge High School.

Caitlin is a standout softball player for the Bulldogs. She is only a sophomore, but has already put together some impressive numbers as the team's number one pitcher.

Caitlin says she enjoys attending Woodridge High School, and has fun with her softball teammates. She has great memories from a recent trip to Disney World the team made earlier this spring.

Caitlin does plan on attending college after graduation and going into stem research studies.

Best of luck, Caitlin!

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