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.

Copley High School senior Arman Samouk is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for March 24th-April 1st.

Arman recently competed in his third-straight wrestling state championships in Columbus and took a 5th place finish. Samouk wrestled at the 285 pound weight class.

Arman is a solid athlete at Copley, as he was a key member on the Indian football team where he received All-Ohio honors as a defensive lineman. He also received All-District and All-Suburban League honors.

In addition to his athletic feats, Samouk is also two-time Academic All-Ohio member.

Samouk has loved his experience at Copley, as he has been involved in the National Honor Society was a volunteer at many school activities.

"I have really enjoyed school," says Samouk. "I will miss Copley."

Arman will attend Columbia next year to begin classes to become a doctor.

"I have always wanted to be in the Medical field," Samouk says. "I visited Columbia and Pennsylvania, but fell in love with Columbia."

Samouk currently carries a 4.05 GPA at Copley, and he plans to play football at Columbia.

This week, our 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week is Jeremy Struckel from Barberton High School.

At first glance, Jeremy would appear to be a basketball player, standing at 6'7. While he did play hoops his freshman year, Jeremy runs cross country for the Magics. It was his mother that pushed him to try cross country, as she wanted to see him play a sport alongside his older brother.

Jeremy rolled the dice and went with cross country, eventually falling in love with the sport, and has been running ever since. One of things that Jeremy enjoys about cross country is working hard to bring down his run times.

Being a senior, Jeremy is keeping his options open as it pertains to colleges. He mentioned having an interest in orthodontics, and said Ohio State had a great program he would like to check out.

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

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