Tuesday, 20 February 2018 17:58

AUDIO Know Your Prospect: Sam Darnold USC QB

For the first edition of Know Your Prospect for 2018, we took a trip out to California to catch up with  Coach Jaime Ortiz (San Clemente HS)  to talk about former USC and San Clemente QB Sam Darnold. 

 

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Some two weeks after the settlement with Nexus, some residents of Green are none too please with their city’s response.

Green mayor Gerard Neugebauer joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to address his residents’ concerns. Ultimately, Neugebauer said the initial goal was to move the pipeline out of town, and because that could not happen, he is disappointed with the outcome. However, he says the city’s mission now is to work with Nexus to make the pipe safe for everyone.

Originally, the pipe was supposed to travel six-and-a-half miles through the city. The pushback on Nexus caused the pipe to be extended to eight miles, but through a more rural area to the south than what was initially planned. The mayor says if any residents see anything suspicious with the pipeline, they should call (330) 896-6930 to report what they have witnessed.

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ESPN Senior Writer Buster Olney spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about spring training as well aa the Cleveland Indians' prospects for sustained success moving forward.

For more on Buster's thoughts on the Tribe, click here.

 

 

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The City Series Boys' Basketball Championship will be taking place tomorrow at Firestone High School in what will be another competitive matchup.

First-year Buchtel head coach Matt Futch spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell ahead of the contest Friday.

 

Ellet head basketball coach Mark Fisher joined the show as well, talking about his team and how they can avenge an earlier loss to the Griffins this season.

 

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:56

AUDIO 'Emotional Moment' For HOF Inductee Kramer

Green Bay Packers legendary guard and a member of the Class of 2018 Jerry Kramer spoke with Sam and Brad on Wednesday.

He spoke about the emotional moment when David Baker knocked on his door during Super Bowl Weekend to tell him that he will be enshrined at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. 

 

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In August 2017, then-Akron police chief James Nice was asked to resign from his post after accusations of racism and inappropriate workplace behavior became public. Now, Nice had his police certificate relinquished after pleading guilty over the unauthorized use of a police database.

Nice joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to read a prepared statement in response to what has been said and written about him over the last six months. In the statement, he believes these allegations against him are “simply not true,” and they have caused him “great economic and emotion harm" over the damage to his reputation.

Due to the litigation, Nice could not divulge much information at this time, but he says he will continue to "seek justice."

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 15:08

AUDIO Koby Altman Excited About New Deals

Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about the new-look Cavs and how the new additions to the team have panned out.

"I think the whole organization feels rejuvenated," Koby explained.  "We needed to put some wind in our sails, and these deals helped us do that."

The new additions to the team are Larry Nance Jr. Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, and George Hill.  The Wine and Gold will play the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at 8pm with coverage beginning at 7:30pm on 1590 WAKR. 

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 07:45

AUDIO: David James on Student, Teacher Safety

Ahead of David James's State of the Schools address on Tuesday at the Tangier, the focus has been on teacher safety and discipline. Several teachers claim the schools are not doing enough as far as disciplinary actions, and they lined up in protest in front of the Akron Board of Education on Monday night.

David James, the superintendent of Akron Public Schools, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio sort out the outcries and give both the teachers union and the board a platform. James is concerned about the safety of the teachers, but also believes these assaults may be a case-by-case situations, as opposed to a widespread problem. He mentioned what is considered assault, which is a wide and varying scope, and that students have the opportunity for due process.

The APS superintendent mentioned the creation of alternative programs for certain students, including those who have special needs such as autism.

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Tom Withers of the Associated Press joined the Sam and Brad Show on Monday to talk about the new-look Cavaliers and how they have a new bounce in their step after revamping the roster and beating Boston.

The Cavs will play the Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow before the All Star Break.

 

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Keynote speaker and Baseball Hall of Famer Robbie Alomar spoke with Sam and Brad ahead of tonight's Hot Stove Banquet.

Robbie talked about his memories playing in Cleveland, and his baseball journey.

Robbie will be speaking along with Sheldon Ocker, who was the recipient of the JG Taylor Spink Award for journalism and will also be in Cooperstown this summer.

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Cleveland.com sports columnist Bud Shaw spoke with Sam and Brad ahead of the Cavaliers game with the Atlanta Hawks.

He discussed the four new players aquired in trades, Larry Nance, Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, and George Hill.

 

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This week's 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Bella Pieri from Coventry High School.

Bella is a senior and a standout on the Comets’ basketball team. She is a four-year player in the program, and has been playing basketball for as long as she can remember.

Bella has already made her decision for college, as she will attend the University of Akron and study Business Administration. In addition to her basketball duties at Coventry, Bella also is involved with Key Club and Safety City.

Bella enjoys attending Coventry, and has made a lot of friends in part because of the close-knit community and the welcoming atmosphere.

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Jonathan King, a junior basketball player from Buchtel CLC.

Jonathan says he got into the sport at a young age and he’s grown to love the game.

“I always liked basketball since I was little,” he said.

He enjoys the tradition of playing at Buchtel, and he enjoys the competition aspect of the game.

“When teams play Buchtel, they play their best, “ he said. “They always go hard when they play against us.”

Jonathan has a 3.6 GPA and lists Akron’s own LeBron James as his his favorite NBA player.

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

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CBS Sports NBA writer James Herbert joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about the NBA Trade deadline and the Cleveland Cavaliers' newest players.

 

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:37

AUDIO: Mayor Neugebauer on Nexus Settlement

For the last three years, the city of Green has been in a battle with Nexus over construction of a pipeline in the town. On Wednesday night, that fight came to an end after a 4-3 decision in city council. Gerard Neugebauer, the mayor of Green, called in to the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the settlement with Nexus, which amounted to $7.8 million. Neugebauer said after three years, a decision had to be made, and he was advised by his legal team to settle. The pipeline will be eight miles long in Green city limits, and Nexus will have folks on site monitoring the pipeline 24/7. Nexus says the pipe will be inspected weekly, and will have training for first responders.

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 20:04

AUDIO Conor Head Choosing Toledo

Conor Head of Toledo spoke with Sam Bourquin to talk about his commitment to play at the University of Toledo.

 

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 19:41

AUDIO Devanier Floyd Talks Akron Signing

East running back Devanier Floyd spoke with Sam Bourquin after signing on with the University of Akron to play football for the Zips.

He says he's excited to stay in his hometown and playing ball for the Zips program.

 "I built very strong relationships with the people there (at Akron), and it was the right place for me to go," Floyd said. 

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 19:30

AUDIO Keye Thompson Discusses OU Commitment

Standout linebacker for the Barberton Magics Keye Thompson spoke with Sam Bourquin to talk about signing on with the Ohio Bobcats.

"I'm pretty excited, I can't wait to get down there in June," he said.

 

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 19:13

AUDIO Joey Baughman Talks Elon Signing

Wadsworth QB and Ohio's Mr Football, Joey Baughman spoke with Sam Bourquin to talk about his letter of intent to play football at Elon in North Carolina.

Joey says his time at Wadsworth went fast and he's excited to play in the Colonial Athletic Association. 

 "I'll be going down there to play quarterback, and I'm ready to roll," he said. 

 

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Treon Sibley, one of Coventry's main offensive weapons on the gridiron has committed to play his college football at the University of Akron

Sibley talked about that decision with Sam Bourquin on National Signing Day.

"They (The Akron Staff) told me they needed someone with speed and that I had a chance to be a hometown hero," he explained. 

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:48

AUDIO Nate Bauer Talks Toledo Commitment

Archbishop Hoban senior Nate Bauer spoke with Sam Bourquin on National Signing Day about his commitment to play college football at the University of Toledo.

"Everytime I went there, the coaching staff treated me great, and it was a good fit for me," Bauer said.'

 

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:17

AUDIO: Mayor Kline on Downtown Stow Developments

The city of Stow has its share of restaurants are retail complexes, whether it is in the Stow-Kent area off Route 59 or the area near Graham Road and Hudson Drive. But those areas are on the outskirts of town. What about actual downtown Stow?

Sara Kline, the mayor of Stow, says the city plans to change that. Kline joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the Darrow Road corridor, near the Graham Road intersection, where a plan will be to construct a community entertainment complex. City council will have to approve these plans before Stow can file them to the state of Ohio.

The first step before it reaches council is to draw out concept plans and proposals, and Kline says they look to emulate nearby towns with developed downtowns such as Kent, Hudson, and Cuyahoga Falls.

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 09:26

AUDIO: Mayor Judge on Barberton Road Repairs

The city of Barberton continues to tweak and improve their city, and a major part of that is fixing the streets. Through federal grants, Barberton has received over $8 million for road improvements.

Bill Judge, the mayor of Barberton, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the grant. Judge believes this is “huge news” and “desperately needed” to fix the streets. The streets getting the facelift to start are Norton Avenue, and Wooster Road North and West. Judge is hoping for additional funding down the road for infrastructure.

As for the current roads and conditions during the winter, Judge says the salt supply is still doing well, and they have when they need for city services.

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 15:16

AUDIO STVM/Hoban Gear Up For Hoops Rivalry

There's a big high school basketball game in Akron tonight, and two rival teams will take the hardwood.

T.K. Griffith of Hoban spoke with Sam Bourquin ahead of the game.

 

 Dru Joyce of STVM also joined Sam to talk about the Irish side of things. 

 

 

Tonight's game at Hoban's Barry Gymnasium is sold out. 

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Pete Fierle, Chief of Staff and Vice President of Communications for the Pro Football Hall of Fame spoke with Sam and Brad Monday to talk about the 8-member Class of 2018.

The nominees were Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Robert Brazile, Bobby Beathard, Jerry Kramer, and Brian Dawkins. 

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Friday, 02 February 2018 17:58

AUDIO Ken Thomson Talks Prop Bets, Big Game

Sam and Brad spoke with Ken Thomson of Sports X Radio in Las Vegas to talk about the prop bets and the fun surrounding the Big Game Sunday. 

 

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Friday, 02 February 2018 17:09

AUDIO Jim Thome Talks HOF Nod

One of the Tribe's most popular and productive players will be enshrined in Cooperstown in July, and had a chance to reflect on his time in Cleveland with the media and fans.

Jim Thome was back in Cleveland to answer questions from the media one week after he recieved his call to the Hall.

He talked about the pride he felt in being a first-ballot Hall of Famer and how he accomplished that feat with the help of his teammates and coaching staff.

"The man gets the honor, but it's so much more than about just the individual honor," he said.

 

 Thome and Bob Feller are the only two players in Indians history to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot.

Thome retired with 612 home runs and five All-Star appearances in 22 seasons in the Major Leagues.

One of Jim's mentors, former Tribe hitting coach and manager Charlie Manuel spoke with him before he received the call to Cooperstown. Thome recalled how Charlie helped build up not only his confidence, but the other players around him.

"Charlie's greatest gift is that he could build anybody up to be great, at least make them think they're great, and that's what I love most about him."

Thome is one of six members in this year's Hall of Fame Class, joining Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Vladamir Guererro, along with Jack Morris and Alan Trammell, who were elected this past December.

Thome had a sit-down interview with the radio voice of the Indians, Tom Hamilton before he spoke with the media. That interview can be seen on Sports Time Ohio at a later time.

The event was held at the Westfield Insurance Studio inside the Idea Center in Cleveland's Playhouse Square.

He says he does not know who will present him for enshrinement in July, but that he will speak with his wife Andrea, who was in the audience, and decide that at a later time.

In addition, Jim says he will wear the Block C at his induction in light of the news surrounding Chief Wahoo's removal earlier in the week. 

 For the full interview, click below

 

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Lauren Lucas from Norton High School is the female Student Athlete of the Week for February 2nd-9th.

Lauren is a senior at Norton, and is a member of the Panther basketball team. Brian Miller’s girls are having a terrific season, going on a terror in their conference, and Lauren is a key player for Norton.

However, it has not been all smiles for Lauren, as she spent much of 2017 rehabbing from an ACL injury. That injury also affected her time on the softball field, as she is the catcher for the Panthers. In fact, Lauren says she enjoys basketball, but her passion is softball.

After high school, Lauren won’t stray too far from home, as she will head to the University of Akron. Thanks to her preparation at Norton, she looks to major in special education. "The teachers and staff are great,” she says of Norton High School. “They prepare us to look ahead.”

However, because of her injury, she does not plan to pursue softball in college.

A lifer in Norton, Lauren has enjoyed her time in the school district. "We’re like a big family, and we all support each other.”

When she is not on the court or the diamond, Lauren has her hands full around the school. She is a member of student council, the pep club, peer mentoring, and a part of the prom committee.

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Connor Kerr of Mogadore High School is this week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week.

Connor is a soft-spoken junior who lets his play do the talking on the court, as he along with his teammates have the Wildcats 8-0 in PTC play.

“It's all about hard work," says Connor on playing sports for Mogadore. He has definitely put in that work as a member of the basketball team, as well as the track and football teams. Connor has been a two-year letter winner in both sports and a one-year letter winner in basketball.

​Connor also puts in that same workmen like mentality ​into his studies. He plans on studying Computer Engineering and hopes to attend the University of Akron.

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After two seasons as head football coach of the STVM Fighting Irish, Marcus Wattley resigned yesterday to take a position with the University of Akron  and Terry Bowden's staff.

Coach Wattley discussed the decision with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell.

 

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Former Philadelphia Eagle, 14-year NFL veteran, and current analyst for the Pac-12 Network  Eric Allen discussed the upcoming Super Bowl with Sam and Brad Thursday afternoon. 

 

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 17:22

AUDIO Bobby D Discusses Chief Wahoo Decision

Cleveland Indians Senior V.P. of Public Affairs Bobby DiBiasio spoke at the 1590 WAKR Cleveland Indians Luncheon at the Duck Club.

Bobby D was Canal Park Wednesday to discuss the team as well as the recent news surrounding the removal of Chief Wahoo in 2019.

 

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Sam and Brad spoke with NFL Films Senior Producer David Plaut to talk about how he plans on getting his crew out in Minneapolis for the big one on Sunday.

 

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"Mr Cavalier" Austin Carr joined the Sam and Brad Show Wednesday to talk about the Cavaliers' loss to the Pistons last night and how they can rebound against the Miami Heat tonight. 

 The game can be heard on 1590 WAKR. 

Austin along with Campy Russell, will be featured speakers at the Shaw JCC Sports Dinner Feb 1. 

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Former Canton McKinley Bulldog , OSU guard, and current Color Analyst for the Ohio State Buckeyes Radio Network Ronnie Stokes spoke with Sam and Brad ahead of tonight's game with the Indiana Hoosiers.

Tip-off is at 7pm in Columbus. 

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Former New England Patriot and 3-time Super Bowl Champion Troy Brown spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the Big Game and the Pats' run of success in the 2000's.

Brown played his entire career for the Patriots and is in the team's Hall of Fame.

 

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Danny Sheridan from USA Today spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell to talk odds for the Big Game and the possible legalization of sports betting in America. 

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A sad day for softball fans in the area, as the Akron Racers may be no more, at least in 2018. Joey Arrietta, who ran the Racers from top to bottom, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to sort through the news, which caught her by surprise a few weeks back. Arrietta was ousted as general manager, and now the future of softball remains in doubt. Firestone Stadium will still house high school and collegiate games throughout the summer. An emotional Arrietta says she is fighting to retain the team’s name and the colors, though that is up to the league to decide. As far as the league goes, speculation as to how long it will remain continues to loom.

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2018 is nearly a month old, and the mayor of Akron, Dan Horrigan, addressed some of the needs and visions in the community on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Topics discussed: *The Akron Racers not playing in 2018, and how that will affect Firestone Stadium and the area of South Akron *What is left of the Rubber Bowl, which looks to cost about $400,000 to demolish *The area surrounding the Rubber Bowl, including Akron-Fulton Airport. *Continued development of the 31 acres that once made up the Innerbelt *Issue 4 and the upgrades to the city’s roads and firehouses *The sewer project

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Sam Amico caught up with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell ahead of the Wine & Gold's contest against the Indiana Pacers tonight.

 You can hear the game on 1590 WAKR at 7:30pm with coverage beginning at 7pm. 

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Matt Waskey, a junior bowler from East CLC.

Matt says it was family that got him into the sport of bowling and gave him the foundation to enjoy the sport in high school.

“My father got me into it at a young age,” Waskey said. “I started bowling at the elementary school level and it was a fun program to get into.”

A captain on the bowling team,Matt says he enjoys working with his coaches and teammates day in and day out, saying the team is like a family.

Waskey is a member of the 3.0 club and a student ambassador at East. In addition to his love of bowling, Matt also enjoys music and is a member of both the Jazz Band and Concert Band.

Matt plays the saxophone, and plans on studying music at either the University of Akron, Kent State University or The Ohio State University upon graduation in 2019.

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

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The kid out of Peoria, Illinois is headed to Cooperstown, by way of Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and, most notably, Cleveland. Jim Thome, the Indians’ all-time home run leader, is the newest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, picked on his first try.

Bob DiBiasio, VP of the Tribe, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the heart of Thome’s Indians career, which began in 1991, ended in 2002, and had a brief homecoming in 2011. DiBiasio talked about what Thome did off the field, which was where he showcased both his work ethic and his humble personality.

Sheldon Ocker, who covered the Tribe for decades, also came on WAKR to remember Thome. Ocker had the chance to see the lanky infielder grow to become one of his generation’s greatest power hitters. Ocker also shared his thoughts on Omar Vizquel, who had a nice showing in his first time on the ballot.

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Chris Broussard of FS1 spoke with Sam and Brad Tuesday night to talk about the Cavaliers and their problems as of late.

 Catch the game on 1590 WAKR with coverage beginning at 7:30pm

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Executive Director of the Reese's Senior Bowl Phil Savage joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about this year's game and some of the notable names you may hear on Sundays.

  

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Radio voice of the Ohio State Buckeyes Paul Keels spoke with Sam and Brad Monday to talk about the surging Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team and their success under first year head coach Chris Holtmann.

 

The Buckeyes will take on Nebraska tonight 8pm tip-off on 1590 WAKR with coverage beginning at 7:30pm. 

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Tyler Dawson of Springfield High School is this week’s 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week.

Tyler is in his senior year at Springfield, and is a key member of the football and basketball teams. H recently knocked down two clutch free throws late to push the Spartans over the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders, 41-40, and give Springfield their first win of the season.

"Make sure you act like we have been here before,” Tyler told his teammates after the win. “It's the first one, but it wont be the last."

If Tyler isn't on the football field or the court, he is a member of the National Honor Society and CCP.

Tyler plans to continue his education at the University of Akron. He is currently taking classes and looks to study accounting, with the hopes of getting his CBA.

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Madison Haywood from Barberton High School is the female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for January 19th-26th.

Madison is a swimmer for the Magics, and is currently in her senior season. Though the team is not large, the Magics are competing at their highest level, and Madison is part of the heart and soul.

Though she played other sports such as basketball growing up, Madison fell in love with swimming at a young age. When the local YMCA came to town, she jumped into the pool, and for the last decade, has not looked back.

"I’ve dropped a lot of time this year, and I’ve been placing first, which is really about dropping times and your accomplishments,” says Madison about her senior season.

Some of the events she participates in are the 50 freestyle, the 100 backstroke, and the 200 relay because she enjoys the teamwork.

Madison has won swimming awards in the Suburban League, but she takes great pride in her schoolwork. All four years of high school, she has had a grade point average at or above 3.5.

A Barberton lifer, Madison enjoys her time in the Magic City. "I love it here,” she says. "Obviously, I’ve been here for a long time, so it’s small and we all know each other. And we have a lot of lifelong friends here."

When she is not in the pool, Madison is all over the place in the community. She is a member of the ski club, student council, and National Honor Society, and on the day of this interview, she volunteered her time at the blood drive at Barberton High School. She is also active in her church and has been seen helping out at a local soup kitchen for Thanksgiving.

After high school, Madison plans to head a half hour to the east and attend Kent State University. She says she will hang up her swimsuit in favor of the books, and she is currently undecided on a major, though she is intrigued by Kent’s exploratory program.

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:25

AUDIO Green Wins Backyard Rivalry Over Lake

Head basketball coach of the Green boys baksetball team, Mark Kinsley spoke with Sam and Brad Wednesday after their 52-49 win over Lake Tuesday night.

Junior guard Kaleb Martin scored 30 points in the win for Green. The Bulldogs are 7-3 on the season. 

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Cleveland native, World Heavyweight Champion, and "The Baddest Man on the Planet", Stipe Miocic spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell ahead of UFC 220 this weekend. 

 

 

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Monday, 15 January 2018 18:55

AUDIO Jim Chones Breaks Down Cavs/Warriors

Jim Chones, former Cavalier and color analyst for the Cavaliers Radio Network, spoke with Sam and Brad at the Q.

 

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