Friday, 23 October 2015 13:37

AUDIO Zavac: Thompson Signs, Cavs Ready To Go

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After a long wait, Tristan Thompson is now back in the fold for the Wine and Gold.

Dave Zavac from Fear the Sword joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about how the 5-year-$82 million deal got done and now that the band is back together, the Cavaliers can make another deep run resulting in a Larry O'Brien trophy.

 

Thompson made his mark defensively, with his tenacious rebounding an determined defense, especially in the playoffs. Team leader LeBron James, who shares the same agent as Thompson, has said numerous times how important the Toronto native is to the success of the Cavaliers moving forward.

The Cavaliers will tip off the regular season against the Chicago Bulls. Coverage begins at 7:30pm on 1590 WAKR.

Stow-Munroe Falls senior football stud Jayson Gobble is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for October 23rd-October 30th.

The talented Gobble has run for 1,310 yards with outstanding yards per carry average of 8.34. He has rushed for 23 touchdowns and caught an additional 2 scores.

"Jayson has a natural talent in that he has great vision when he has the ball in his hands, he has great awareness of second level defenders that helps him see the holes" said Stow Head Football Coach Mark Nori.

"I've been a running back since I was in sixth grade, it just comes natural for me," said Gobble.

Jayson has a 88 yard run to his credit this year for the unbeaten Bulldogs, who are now ranked number seven in the state Division I.

"I like being part of this school's turnaround in football, we are certainly a football school now," said Gobble.

"Jayson is a leader and a captain that the team looks to on game day and ignites his teammates to play," said Nori.

Gobble currently holds a solid 4.0 GPA and plans on playing football in college, and is looking for a career in Engineering.

This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Alexis Meffert from Lake High School in Uniontown. She is a standout soccer player for the Bluestreaks, and will be a four-year letter winner.

Alexis recently broke the single season scoring record this year by scoring 30 goals, breaking the record of 26 goals. She has been playing soccer for almost ten years now, and will continue her soccer and academic career next year at Walsh University for the Cavaliers. Alexis, who is an excellent student, says she will study physical therapy or occupational therapy in college.

One of her favorite memories playing soccer at Lake was during her Sophomore year when she scored the game winning goal against GlenOak as Lake won the Federal League championship.

Alexis says she is very excited to take the next step in here career, and is looking forward to making even more memories with teammates and friends along the way.

Athletic infractions and $10,000 in fines have been handed down to the Akron Public Schools, as a result of the Ohio High School Athletic Association's investigation into problems with eligibility at APS.

Tim Stied with the OHSAA says that 16 ineligible athletes were found at five of seven APS high schools.

"We had seven kids that didn't meet the academic requirements to be eligible," Stried tells WAKR's Sam Bourquin, "and there were seven kids that had transfered in that ended being eligible retroactively, but these schools had never requested an eligibility ruling for them in the first place."

The five high schools, according to an OHSAA document, are Buchtel, East, Firestone, Garfield and Kenmore.

Stried says they started looking into APS after realizing the district didn't run standard eligibility questions by them.

The Akron schools have instituted a new eligibility checking plan under new athletic director Joe Vassalotti, which will help knock down the OHSAA fine from $12,500 to $10,000.

Stried says he's confident that the Akron schools understand what needs to be done, and should be OK moving forward.

Thursday, 22 October 2015 14:11

AUDIO Zips' Men & Women Ready For Hoops

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The Akron Zips men's and women's basketball teams are getting ready for the 2015-16 season with the expectation of being competitive in the MAC.

 The teams held their annual Media Day on the campus of the University of Akron inside the Student Union. 
 
Men's basketball coach Keith Dambrot said his team is capable of playing with anyone in the country.
 
"We've got an experienced team, we shoot the ball well, and we're big and strong, so I have high expectations," Dambrot said. 
 
Akron returns four starters from last year's 21-14 campaign including seniors Pat Forsythe, Jake Kretzer, and Reggie McAdams.
 
 

  
On the women's side, Jodi Kest has her team prepared for the grind that is the regular season in the MAC. Her key players include seniors Anita Brown, Megan Barilla, and DiAndra Gibson, along with junior Hannah Plybon.
 
Kest says the program is making serious strides, and it all starts with working hard on the practice floor and studying the game.
 
"I think we have very good players," she says. "We don't have great size, and that scares me, so we have to stay healthy and outwork teams."
 
 
The Zips' women's basketball team is coming off a 22-9 season in 2014-15 and an appearance in the WNIT.
 
 

Almost five years ago, then-Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in the face during a gathering in Tucson. Since then, her recovery has been slow, yet miraculous and promising.

Gabby and her husband, Mark Kelly, will be at EJ Thomas Hall tonight to "spread their message of courage and hope." Mark joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his relationship with his wife and her healing process.

Besides being the husband of a congresswoman, Mark is a retired astronaut and former US Navy Captain in the Gulf War, and he talked about his life as an astronaut.

With John Kasich busy on a run for Washington D.C., an opening in Columbus, Ohio may be a possibility. Three Republicans may be in the running for governor in 2016, one of which is Green's own Mary Taylor.

The Lieutenant Governor joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to address the rumors swirling around a run for governor. Her response? She is "seriously considering" it.

In addition to the running possibility, Taylor shared her thoughts on the controversial Issue 3, for which she is against.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 19:23

AUDIO Scott Petrak Talking Manziel, Browns

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The Cleveland Browns have had their struggles as of late. One particular Brown has been under fire as of late...again.
 
Scott Petrak from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about the latest incident involving Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel.
 
Petrak says his thought on the Manziel story is that discipline is still possible after the alleged incident involving his girlfriend. Speculation is out there that Manziel will either be traded or released in the near future.
 
"The Browns are going to follow the league's lead on this situation, and we'll see what happens after that," Petrak said.
 
 
The Browns will travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams this Sunday.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 19:08

AUDIO Embick, UA Ready For Sparty

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The University of Akron men's soccer team is up to their winning ways once again, and they will look to continue on the good path as they prepare to face Michigan State on Wednesday.
 
Head Coach Jared Embick joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his team heading into their showdown with Sparty.
 
Embick said the Spartans are a good test for his club, especially as the team is riding a six-game winning streak.
 
"We have a good balance between our attack and our defense," Embick said. "We're in a nice groove, we've just found the right combination that gives us a good flow on both sides of the ball."
 
The Zips, who are #5 in the country, will square off with the Spartans from Infocision Stadium-Cub Cadet Field at 7 p.m.

Secretary of State Jon Husted has never shied away from his criticism of Issue 3, which is the bill that, if passed, will legalize marijuana in Ohio.

Husted defended his use of calling the issue a monopoly on the Ray Horner Morning Show, and he feels that the entire proposal should be scrapped.

In addition to Issue 3, Husted was also asked about his thoughts on a possible gubernatorial run.

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