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Thursday, 01 September 2016 23:38

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Daniel McRaven

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Daniel McRaven, senior soccer player at Archbishop Hoban High School.

Daniel patrols the midfield for the Hoban Knights, and makes it a point to play his best day in, day out.

"Every game I go in, I don't think about who I'm playing," says Daniel. I just think I'm gonna go out and give 110%, and play my best."

They say the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, as is the case in the McRaven household. Daniel's father played soccer in college, and he showed his son the ropes at a young age. Facetiously, Daniel says he can beat his dad on the field.

As of this posting, the Knights' soccer team has yet to lose. They have some tough teams on the horizon, as they will take on St. Edward, Walsh Jesuit, St. Vincent-St. Mary, and Lake Catholic.

When asked about his time at Hoban, Daniel has enjoyed his stay.

"I like everyone here," Daniel says. "I think everyone here has a great personality. The school is a family."

In his spare time, Daniel plays the piano and checks out other high school and college soccer games.

After graduation, Daniel is taking a serious look at the University of Cincinnati.

Thursday, 01 September 2016 23:35

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Carlie Staats

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the week is senior soccer player Carlie Staats from Ellet High School.

Carlie says that working with her teammates and coaches day in and day out is a rewarding experience.

"They're really nice to be around," Carlie says. "And it's nice to see that they want to be there as much as I do, and it's great that they love the sport as much as I do."

Carlie is in the Top 10 of the Class of 2017, and is a returning captain on the soccer team for Ellet.

As a captain, she says building team unity is one of her goals this season, in addition to winning the City Series Championship this season over Firestone.

The team has 4 wins already this year, and Staats says that she and the rest of her teammates want to eclipse the mark for wins in a season.

Carlie plans on attending Case Western Reserve University next fall to study either Pediatrics or Anesthesiology.

Our female Student Athlete of the Week is Abigail Butler from Lake High School for the week of April 22-29.

Abigail is a multi-sport athlete, and participates in sports all year round. In the fall, it's volleyball, wintertime is basketball, and right now it's softball. She spoke highly of her softball experiences.

We're becoming more of a team, more of a unit this year," Abigail said. "Everything's just clocking, and it's going pretty good."

At Lake, Abigail has been taking mostly AP classes, and has four years of Spanish under her belt. After high school, she plans on heading out of town to study either sports medicine or physical therapy. Abigail is contemplating going to the University of Kentucky, or a smaller school like Ashland or Eastern Michigan.

In her free time, Abigail enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the movies, or playing board games with her siblings.

Ellet Orangeman baseball junior hurler Matt Cody is the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for April 22nd-April 29th.

Matt threw a one-hit shutout against Firestone this week, and in three starts this year, he has limited his opponents to just five hits.

"I've been pretty on target this year," says Cody. [I] love to pitch."

Matt is a two-year starter for Ellet on the mound, and when he is not pitching, he roams centerfield for the Orangeman. His twin brother, Steve, patrols left field for Ellet.

"It is pretty special getting a chance to play with your brother," said Cody. "we love the game and the friendly competition between us."

Both Matt and Steve play on the Ellet football team, as well. Matt was an All-City Academic selection in 2015.

"My sport is baseball. I like football but my passion is baseball. I have played since those little league and travel baseball days. It's a blast."

Matt is planning on a career in criminal justice, as he would like to become a Police Officer.

This week, the 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Reed Becker from Norton High School.

A senior at Norton, Reed plays basketball and baseball for the Panthers under Coach Rod Swarts. Reed mentioned he's been able to hone in on his basketball game over the last few years, and has been able to break the record for most three-pointers made in a game. He has also been selected as second-team PTC in basketball.

Like many student athletes, Reed has to find a balance between schoolwork and athletics, and says the help from his parents is a motivating factor to keep him on track.

Reed looks up to the coaches as more of a role model than just a coach. "They teach us responsibility through sports.”

Reed plans to continue his studies at Kent State University.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish him the best through the rest of his senior year and on into college.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is senior softball player Kali Stroud of Tallmadge.

Stroud says she enjoys the time with her teammates, especially her senior classmates.

"We have seven seniors, we're a pretty tight-knit group of girls,” said Stroud. “We spend a lot of time with each other outside of practice."

Stroud says the importance of team camaraderie and unity is important, and that bonds are forged in Tallmadge softball from the youth level all the way through high school.

She says the balance of academics and athletics is essential and time management is the key to success.

"You have to know how to balance your life, and know that sports is important, but education comes first."

She plans on majoring in psychology in college and is unsure on whether or not she will play softball at the collegiate level.

STVM senior basketball player Henry Baddley is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for April 8th-April 15th.

Henry just completed a terrific season leading the Irish a state runner-up finish in Division II boys basketball ball, losing to John Glenn in the finals.

"It was disappointing to lose that game but we were had a pretty good team," said Baddley. “We came close.”

Henry averaged 19.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg to the irish while playing the wing position for Coach Dru Joyce. Baddley was a three-year starter and was just week named Ohio Division II Player of the Year.

"It was a quick four years at STVM. I really liked playing there, we had a bunch of talent and learned a whole lot from coach," said Baddley.

Henry will attend Butler University in Indians and continue his basketball career.

STVM totaled a 26-4 record this season.

This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Addy Moro, a junior from Green High School.

Addy is a standout pitcher on the Green softball team, and has already verbally committed to Cedarville University. She has plans on studying nursing, and hopes someday to explore missions overseas in Thailand to study human trafficking. She currently carries a 4.0 GPA.

Addy also plays summer ball, usually around 70 games, and pitches in the majority of those. She is working on a knuckleball to go along with her other pitches that include a curveball and a tough screwball.

In her free time, Addy likes to volunteer at her church with her leadership team, hang out with friends, and go to the movies.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Dillon Dingler of Jackson.

Dillon is a multi-sport athlete, playing baseball, football, and basketball for the Polar Bears. Dillon has been a part of a great baseball team that went to the district finals two years in a row and captured a Federal League title.

During his time at Jackson, Dillon has lettered twice in both football and basketball. On the football side, he was first-team all-district and second-team all-state in punting. He has accomplished all this and he is only a junior.

Dillon has committed to the Ohio State University to play Baseball. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Dillon performs well in the classroom, maintaining a high GPA.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish him the best of luck at Jackson and at Ohio State.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is senior softball player Jenna Williams from Manchester High School.

Williams says she enjoys her time with her coaching staff and teammates, saying they have a close bond both on and off the diamond.

"I wouldn't trade them for the world," Williams says. "You really develop close bonds with the coaches and with the girls.”

"It's just a great time every day," Jenna says. "They [her teammates] become your best friends during the season."

Williams says time management is the key to maintaining good grades in the classroom and sustained success on the field. She says her organizational skills help her with juggling the day-to-day balance of studies and sports.

She enjoys the game, and has played from a young age. As a pitcher for the Lady Panthers, she says working on her craft and practicing is key for good performances come gametime.

Williams is a two-sport athlete for the Panthers, playing volleyball in the fall and softball in the spring.

She plans on attending Stark State College after graduation and will either major in physical therapy or business marketing.