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Barberton junior football star Keye Thompson is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for October 7th-14th. Thompson scored three touchdowns in the Magics’ tremendous win last week over West Holmes.

"It was a great feeling as the line blocked well and I was able to get through,” said Thompson. “It was a great team win.”

Keye is a junior veteran on this team, as he is a three-year player and a two-year starter. On offense, he is team's most explosive running back while on defense his an All-Suburban League performer at inside linebacker.

"I like the aggressiveness of the game and it has helped me in basketball. [I] love to tackle," said Thompson.

Keye is a forward on the Barberton Varsity Basketball team, and also plans on running track this coming spring. In the classroom, he is a high level academic student who would like to be an Athletic Trainer when he finishes college.

"I have been around sports my whole life, it would be a way of staying in sports when my playing days are through,” Thompson says.

On the side of giving back, Thompson often circles the Barberton streets with other teammates picking up trash to better the Barberton neighborhoods.

Thompson carries a 3.87 GPA.

Friday, 30 September 2016 08:04

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Ty Shannon

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Ty Shannon, a football player at Tallmadge High School, is our Male Student Athlete of the Week!


This week's 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is senior volleyball player Mary Kate Harmody from CVCA High School.

Mary Kate says she enjoys being on the court with her teammates and coaches day in and day out.

"We have 8 seniors and I enjoy playing with each and every one of them, and I'm very thankful for the team that we have," she says.

As a three-year captain, she says mentoring the younger girls is something she takes seriously as well.

Balancing academics and and athletics is a challenge for any student athlete, but Mary Kate says that it's taught her a lot of life lessons.

"It teaches me how to get through the tough scenarios, so whenI'm out of season it becomes a little bit easier."

Mary Kate plans on studying nursing at either the University of Virginia or Ohio State University after graduation and also plans on joining the ROTC Program.

In her spare time, Harmody enjoys reading, volunteering, and spending time with family.  


Friday, 23 September 2016 07:12

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Dalton Earich

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Dalton Earich from Manchester High School.

Dalton is a two-sport athlete for the Panthers, where he is the quarterback on the football team in the fall and on the baseball squad in the springtime. He certainly excels in football, as he was named the PAC player of the year in 2015, and looks to build on it in 2016.

Dalton looks forward to continuing his education at Youngstown State where he will play baseball and study Bio Chemistry. He looks forward to attending Youngstown State because it will give him the opportunity to play with some of his high school teammates.

We here at 1590 WAKR are wishing him the best of luck throughout his senior year and on into college.

Friday, 23 September 2016 07:07

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Kaci Evans

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Wadsworth High School sophomore volleyball player Kaci Evans is the WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week for September 23rd-September 30th.

The super sophomore has been tremendous on the court, as well as off the court, for the Grizzlies. She was selected as one of the team captains as a 10th grader.

"Yeah, we have a close team and I am proud that I was selected," says Evans. "I like to lead, it is great."

Kaci began playing the sport at the young age of 7, as both her parents participated in volleyball in high school and college.

"I fell in love with the sport right away. I remember telling my parents that this is the sport I want to play the rest of my life," said Evans.

This is her second year on the team and will try her hat at basketball this winter as she looks to try to get back into that sport after taking time away the past few seasons.

Kaci is a member of the key Club and the International Club at Wadsworth, and is already thinking of a career in Physical Therapy.

Evans plays outside hitter on the team and currently carries an impressive 3,67 GPA.

Friday, 16 September 2016 06:35

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Lauren Stanley

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Lauren Stanley from Garfield High School.

Lauren has been a cheerleader for the Golden Rams since her freshman year, and is now a team captain. Being a cheerleader, her favorite school slogan is "Ram Pride, Win or Lose."

Lauren plans on attending The Ohio State University as an undergrad, then hopefully to The University of Akron to study pre-law. She is a member of the 3.0 GPA Club, as well as a member of the Junior Leadership program.

On top of her school and cheerleading responsibilities, Lauren also holds down a job. When she does have a little bit of free time, she likes to hang out with friends and continue to practice her cheerleading skills.

Her favorite thing about attending Garfield is the school spirit and her teachers, who continuously push her to do her very best.

Friday, 16 September 2016 06:32

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Jadon Vanyo

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Jadon Vanyo, a senior on the Cuyahoga Falls soccer team.

Jadon says he enjoys being around his coaches and teammates day in and day out, and as a captain, he says leading vocally and by example is important both on the pitch and off.

"I'm a very loud player on the field," says Jadon. "If you ever come to a game, you can probably hear me from a ways off."

Vanyo says his love of the game grew from a young age and he enjoys competing.

"It's a beautiful game to play. I absoluetly love it," he says.

Jadon also takes great pride in his academics, and with his 4.375 GPA, that is truly evident. He is unsure if he will play soccer in college, but he plans on attending the Air Force Academy and studying petroleum engineering.

When he's not on the pitch or studying, Jadon spends a lot of his time working at ACME Fresh Market and volunteering at a local animal shelter.

Friday, 09 September 2016 06:58

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Christian Dokes

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Firestone High School senior football player Christian Dokes is the WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week for September 9th-September 16th.

Through the first two games for the Falcons, the senior defensive end has nine solo tackles and two quarterback sacks.

"His motor never stops," says head coach Eric Mitchell. "He can set the edge against the run and he can really rush the passer."

"I've always enjoyed the game of football," says Dokes. "I first played at the age of nine and have never stopped."

Christian is a four-year member of the Falcon football team and a three-year starter, and was an All-City performer last year at defensive end. Dokes plans on playing basketball and track this calendar year, as well.

Christian is also a volunteer in the "Focus Food" program, which helps deliver food to families in need in Summit County.

In his upcoming college years, he is hoping for a degree in Biology and then a trip to Dentistry School.

"I have always loved science and the human body, I would really like to become a dentist," said Dokes.

"He is a man who is a terrific role model for younger team members as well as others in the school," said Mitchell.

Friday, 09 September 2016 06:49

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Abbie Pearce

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Abbie Pearce is a bright, well-spoken Senior at Green High School, and she is this weeks 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week.

Abbie and the Green girls golf team is putting together a great season on the links with impressive wins in the Federal League. Abbie is hitting them straight on the course, as well as in the classroom and community. She is a member of the National Honors Society and the ROX Women's Empowerment Group.

In her free time, Abbie spends it volunteering at the Greenview Inn nursing home. She also holds court as the point guard on the girls basketball team.

During her time at Green, Abbie has compiled a list of accomplishments that include records on both nine and eighteen holes, the Dapper Dan Award, and Federal League Player of the Year.

Abbie plans on continuing her education at the University of Akron, where she will look to study pre-vet or nursing.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish her the best in her senior year and into college.

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.

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