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Thursday, 09 November 2017 18:01

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Bret Baker

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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."

Thursday, 02 November 2017 20:18

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Spencer Robinson

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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.

Thursday, 02 November 2017 20:16

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Talia Kirksey

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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, 26 October 2017 22:05

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Paige Brenner

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Paige Brenner from Copley High School is the female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for October 27-November 3.

A junior, Paige is a standout volleyball player for the Indians, who are having a stellar season under head coach Antoine Pastor. The Indians are co-champs in the Suburban League, their highest finish in over a decade, and Paige, who plays center, is a big reason for their record.

Not a volleyball player since birth, Paige picked up on the sport quickly in the seventh grade. In her first two years of high school, she took home an honorable mention and a second team all-conference title.

A Copley resident, Paige talks about growing up there. “The community is really awesome,” she says. A lot of people [in the community] come out and support us.”

As far as the high school goes, Paige enjoys the communal feel. “It’s a really good environment,” she says. “There’s a lot of really good people. There’s not a lot of fights or arguments.”

When she’s not on the volleyball or basketball courts, Paige has been very active in her community. She points to her strong faith, and has been quite active in her church.

Being just a junior, Paige is still undecided on where she wants to attend college. However, when she does, she plans on studying ministry.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 22:04

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Alex Dye

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This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Alex Dye of Revere High School.

Alex is a junior on the golf team, and this year he made it all the way to the district finals as an individual player.

A lifelong admirer of the sport of golf, Alex picked up the sticks at a young age. “My older brother and father played, and I started going out with them, and I fell in love with it.”

“It’s a lot of fun,” Alex says of playing on the Revere golf team. The team is without a senior this season, so Alex has been the upperclassman always up for competition.

Alex’s favorite subjects in school are math and business, and though he’s still undecided on a college, he would like to study accounting at the next level.

This week's female Student Athlete of the Week is Sydney Powell from St.Vincent-St. Mary High School.

A soccer player for the Fighting Irish, Sydney is currently a senior at St. V. After graduation, she plans on attending Mount Union. The plan is for her to major in physical therapy.

Sydney participates in numerous clubs and activities, in addition to studying and playing soccer. She is a member of French Club and Future Medics, and has been involved with the St. Sebastian youth group and Akron Children's Hospital.

Sydney greatly enjoys the family atmosphere at St. V. She also enjoys hanging out with friends in her free time.

Best of luck, Sydney!

Thursday, 19 October 2017 19:30

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Hayden Bartels

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is senior football player Hayden Bartels of Stow High School.

Hayden says he enjoys the camaraderie of his teammates during the season, and that plays a big role in their success this far.

He also says having Coach Mark Nori in his corner and encouraging the players is a benefit as well.

"He's been great," Hayden says. "He cares about us and how we succeed not only in football, but outside of it."

Bartels says playing with his senior classmates has been great, knowing that a lot of them have been working towards their goals since youth football.

"It's been great, something we've all been looking forward to, and to finally get a chance to play together and prove ourselves, we're having a blast doing it."

Hayden plans on studying either Biology or Pre-Med after graduation and he says being focused on his studies is one of his top priorities.

We at 1590 WAKR wish Hayden the best in all his future endeavors.

Eden Amador Gorby is this week’s WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week.

A senior at Springfield High School, Eden participate in track and field, as well as running cross country in the fall. She runs in many track events including the 2 mile, 1 mile, 4x4 ,4x8, and the 800. In cross country, she does the 5K. She is a four-year varsity starter for track, and has had honorable mention in the PTC.

Eden is coached by her dad, Kevin Gorby . "He's coach and he's dad,” says Eden. "He doesn't show favoritism.“

Coach Gorby has helped Eden not only her athletics, but with her confidence as well. "I wasn't always very confident, but with him motivating me, I've learned to become a leader."

Art is one of Eden's favorite subjects in school. Though she is very creative, Eden is not sure if she wants to continue art into college, so she is keeping her options open.

Eden is also a member of the National Honors Society and student council.

Congratulations to Eden Amador Gorby WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:52

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Zane Ries

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Barberton senior quarterback Zane Ries is the male Student Athlete of the Week during the week of October 13th-20th.

As of this writing and recording, Barberton undefeated at 7-0, and Zane is a big reason for the Magics’ success. In his junior year of 2016, Zane received First Team All-Suburban League honors, as well as First Team All-District, and an honorable mention All-State team.

"I feel like we're getting better each week,” says Zane about his football team. "Us seniors are keeping everybody focused week to week, one game at a time.”

Being a senior, Zane wants to lead by example for the underclassmen. How does he do that? “Show them the right way, help them if they need anything, show them the ropes and how to act in public, and how to handle adversity."

When he’s not on the gridiron, Zane is a member of the basketball team, where he was also First Team All-Suburban League.

A Barberton lifer, Zane is active in the community. He has volunteered at the town’s annual Mum Fest, has ranked leaves for the elderly, and is a part of the school’s anti-bullying program.

"It's amazing,” he talks of living in Barberton and attending their schools. "The family aspect, all the support, and the tradition. A lot of schools I don't think have that tradition."

Zane is still undecided on where he wants to attend college, but has had offers from schools across Ohio. He does plan on playing football at the next level, and wants to major in Education.

Friday, 06 October 2017 07:10

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Scott Seeker

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

Scott is a standout athlete in three sports for the Blue Devils, participating in baseball, football, and basketball. He plans on playing baseball at the next level, which will be at West Point. The plan is for Scott to major in Political Science at Army.

In his free time, Scott is a member of THS Leaders in Action, in addition to playing multiple sports and hitting the books. He also enjoys fishing and hanging out with friends.

Best of luck, Scott!

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