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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is junior wrestler Matt Smoley from Ellet High School.

Matt, who wrestles in the 170-pound class, says he started wrestling in his younger days, and he's stuck with it ever since.

As a captain on the wrestling team for the Orangemen this year, he says his role is that of a vocal leader, and leading by example as well, something he takes seriously.

“I try to set a good example for our younger kids and our freshmen, and try to keep everyone on track,” Smoley explained.

Ellet is back-to-back City Series wrestling champions under the direction of coach Mark Hayhurst.

Smoley, a two-sport athlete in both football and wrestling knows balancing academics and athletics is of the utmost importance.

“Our coaches are very supportive and are always trying to help us with our schoolwork,” he said.

Matt says he plans on wrestling in college in a couple of years, and he says he's focused on getting to the city championships, as well as getting himself and more of his teammates to the District Tournament.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Matt the best in his future endeavors.

This week's WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Jeremy McAleese from Green High School.

Jeremy is a running back for the Bulldogs and was recently named Second Team All-Ohio at his position. His love of football began at an early age, as he was a spectator watching his older brothers play sports.

"I knew early on watching them play that I wanted to play sports to and be special," says Jeremy.

The Bulldog back enjoys all aspects of the game, which include the camaraderie he shares with his fellow teammates. Those aspects extend into the world of superstition, as he will consume a six-piece chicken strip basket from Dairy Queen before each game.

As he heads to the next level of schooling, Jeremy is interested in studying accounting.

We here at WAKR wish him the best of luck his senior year and into college.

Friday, 02 December 2016 06:32

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Madeline Dyer

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Firestone High School freshman swimmer Madeline Dyer is the WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week for December 1st-8th

Madeline recently found out that she is two steps towards the goal of an Olympic trial by having outstanding qualifying times at a Junior National USA Swimming event in Indianapolis.

"It kind of surprised me that my times were that good,” said Dyer. “I knew I was doing well but to do that well was just great.”

Madeline and her Falcon teammates do a lot of volunteer work in the community, as Coach Cindy Virdo stresses community involvement with her team.

"Yes, we all enjoy working with others as we have a great program at Firestone,” Dyer says. “[It’s] great to be part of it.”

Dyer's great times were both in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, but Madeline is more than a one-trick pony.

"I know I did great in the breaststroke but I believe I can do a good job in just about any event," she says.

Madeline is taking high level courses at Firestone as college is in her future plans but for now, very happy to be an important part of Firestone swimming.

Sunday, 27 November 2016 14:43

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Sophia Rossi

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This week's female Student Athlete of the Week is Sophia Rossi from Walsh Jesuit High School.

Sophia is a standout soccer player for the Warriors, who have won the last five OHSAA Girls Division I State Championships.

A senior at Walsh, Sophia is headed to Wake Forest University next year to continue her soccer career, with an interest in the field of anatomy.

In her free time, Sophia likes to hang out with friends and family, as well as checking out the Akron area's great restaurants.

Sophia has really enjoyed her time at Walsh Jesuit due to the close-knit family atmosphere. She is really looking forward to the future, and excited to where it will lead.

This week, our male 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Juan Rodriguez, a junior soccer player from North High School.

The Vikings were City Series Champions in 2016 and he said his team grew in their chemistry on and off the pitch.

“We became more than a team, we were more of a family throughout time, and we reached our goal which was becoming City Champions,” he said.

Juan has shown that leadership not only on the soccer pitch but in the classroom as well, serving as a member of Student Council and the National Honor Society.

He realizes that education comes first and foremost before any athletic goals.

“Without education, there's no future,” he says.

The Vikings will have a young team returning in 2017, but Juan will be a senior then and he will be counted on more than ever for his leadership.

He says his goals for his senior season is to advance in the state tournament in soccer and attend college. Rodriquez said he would be the first in his family to go to college, and that would truly make his family proud.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Juan the best in his future endeavors both athletically and academically.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Connor Delahaty of Lake High School.

Connor is a very outgoing and well-spoken young man who participates in cross country and track for the Blue Streaks. He was the Federal League cross country champion, as well as the 2016 District champ, 2016 Stark County runner of the year, and a three-time state qualifier.

His accomplishments go much farther than athletics. He has aspirations of attending college, checking out universities such as Duke and Vanderbilt, with an interest in engineering.

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

Highland High School freshman sensation tennis player Elizabeth Hadler is the WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week for November 18th-25th.

Elizabeth was the Suburban League Most Valuable Player as only a freshman compiling an impressive 24-4 recording leading the Hornets to the league title.

"I was hoping to have a big year, but this was just great," said Hadler.

Hadler is heavily involved in her school. She is a member of Student Council and is a key contributor to the Highland girls basketball team.

"I started playing tennis at a young age and quickly fell in love with sport," said Hadler.

Elizabeth spends valuable time at her church in volunteer role as well as being a youth tennis instructor.

"As a player, I am a mixture of a player that will return everything, but when need be I like to charge and be aggressive at the net," said Hadler.

Hadler currently carries an impressive GPA and will take her studies and tennis game onto college after her days as a Hornet Netter.

Friday, 11 November 2016 06:33

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Dillan Raines

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Dillan Raines from Coventry High School. A senior at Coventry, he is a standout soccer player and track star for the Comets.

Dillan began kicking the soccer ball when he was three years old, and hopes to parlay his talents into a college scholarship. That college of choice may either be Cedarville or Malone University, where he plans on majoring in Biology.

In addition to studies and sports, Dillan is involved in Key Club, Chess Club, and a member of the National Honors Society. In his free time, enjoys hanging out with friends and taking his father on in a spirited game of ping-pong.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Deztani Roberts, a senior volleyball player for Buchtel and a student at Akron Early College.

Roberts says that she enjoyed her senior season in volleyball and that her coaches and teammates made it truly enjoyable.

"Some of the most enjoyable moments was being able to be out there with my team," she said.

"You go out there your senior year, and you just want to play hard."

Deztani has a 4.2 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. She says the balance between academic excellence and athletic prowess is a great responsibility, and one she takes seriously.

"It was kind of hard at first, because you spend hours at school, hours at practice, and it doesn't leave you a lot of time to do stuff on the weekends and have fun, but in the end, it pays off."

In addition to being a captain on the volleyball team, she also is a standout in track and field, where she competes in the

Upon graduation, Deztani is plans on studying biology at Ohio State in hopes of becoming a surgeon.

Friday, 04 November 2016 06:39

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Katie Oliver

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This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Katie Oliver of Mogadore High School. Katie is a three-sport athlete for the Wildcats.

Katie said she likes playing sports to make her parents and her community proud through her athletic prowess. She plays volleyball, basketball, and softball, and is also involved in the FCCLA.

The Lady Wildcats volleyball team made it to the district semifinals this season, and Katie said it was a growing experience for both herself and the team.

Katie is looking forward to the basketball season and finishing her senior year strong. She has plans on going to college and studying early childhood education.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Katie the best through her senior year and on and to college.

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