Revere High School senior basketball player Mike Hill is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for December 4th-11th.

The Minuteman are off to a nice start and Mike has led the way early including a 20 point effort in the team's win over Cloverleaf on Monday night.

"I think we are going to be strong this year, a good team makeup" said Hill.

"Mike is a well rounded player as he can go inside or outside and always goes 100%" said Revere Boys Basketball Coach Dean Rahas.

Mike is a four year member of the Revere team and a two year starter.

"I have been a basketball kid for a long time even though I first did not like the sport until I found I could play" said Hill.

Mike's twin brother David is also a key member of the Minuteman team.

"It makes it a lot of fun to look at the game when we get home but there is certainly some competition there inside the house" said Hill.

"He is a young man with class and character, he exemplifies a Student Athlete" said Rahas.

Mike carries an impressive 3.5 GPA.

This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Daichele Hatcher from Buchtel High School. Daichele is a Junior basketball standout for the Griffins and their head coach Brian Nuegebauer.

Daichele began playing basketball her Freshman year, and really enjoys the team chemistry aspect of playing. She loves to practice and because she is a former track runner, she doesn't mind all of the running during and after practice.

Her plans are to attend The University of North Carolina and play basketball for the Tar Heels someday. Daichele wants to study architecture in college.

Daichele likes to pattern her game after Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs and really enjoys watching him play. She is looking forward to hopefully playing for the City Series Championship this year.

This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Noah Donald from Walsh Jesuit High school.

Noah is a senior and plays basketball for the Warriors. Noah plays power forward and center under head coach John Norris.

"I got into the game of basketball because of the love of the sport and the competition," Noah told me.

Another motivating factor for Noah was his dad coaching his team and always pushed him to be the best basketball player he could be. You can definitely tell basketball is a family affair for the Donalds.

Noah is also doing very well in school and has aspirations to attend college. Noah is currently keeping his options open and looking at multiple universities including Cornell and Ohio State.

During his time at Walsh, Noah he has built up a list of accomplishments that include four years of basketball and football, one year of baseball, Scholar athlete in 2014, honorable mention all district Northeast Ohio, most improved Offensive Player 2014, and Creed of the Pack Award winner, as well.

We here at WAKR wish Noah the best of luck as he continues his senior year and on into college.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the week is Elisa Bartel, a junior basketball player at CVCA.

Elisa says she enjoys her teammates on the hardwood and the camaraderie it brings.

One of three captains this season for the Lady Royals, she says leadership is a role she embraces readily when it comes to either leading by example or vocally.

"It just depends on the situation," she says.

Bartel says time management is the key to balancing schoolwork and sports, and that the support staff, teachers, and coaches at CVCA have not only been developmental in her approach to athletics and academics, but to her faith as well.

"They always try to help me with my devotions, and with my attitude and things," Elisa says. "Once that happens, I can start adjusting and focusing on other things."

Coventry High School senior football quarterback Jaret Skaggs is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for November 21st-November 27th.

Jaret had a remarkable year for the 5-5 Comets, as he tossed 30 touchdown passes with only 7 interceptions while throwing for 2414 yards. As a junior, Skaggs throw for 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns.

"It has been fun, a good group of friends and players," said Skaggs.

Jaret is a three-sport athlete at Coventry while maintaining an impressive GPA at 3.2, Skaggs participates in football, basketball, and track for the Comets.

"We have a terrific group of athletes in the school right now, I'm now getting ready for basketball," said Skaggs.

Jaret plans on a career in education, with the hopes of becoming a teacher and coach in the future. He has yet to make his college choice at this time, but would like to continue to play football in college.

In the final game of the 2015 season Skaggs tossed five touchdown passes for 329 yards, as he was 25 for 35.

In addition to his football skills, Skaggs is also the sixth man on the basketball team.

Our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Claire Moritz from Firestone High School. Claire plays soccer, cross country, track, and is on the bowling team. While being involved with all of the sports activities, Claire still has time to keep up with her studies and maintain a 4.6 GPA.

Claire started playing soccer when she was five years old, and of out of all of the sports she participates in, she enjoys playing soccer the most. She is looking forward to next year when the new Firestone High School opens, and playing on their brand new soccer field.

Claire grew up in California, later moved to Mississippi, and has been in Ohio for the past 12 years. Even though she is only a Sophomore, Claire is already looking at possible destinations for college, and is interested in maybe attending Stanford University.

Claire really enjoys her time at Firestone, and loves the school's diversity. She says she has met some really great people, and is looking forward to an exciting next couple of years.

This week our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is senior cross country runner Courtney Hill of East Community Learning Center (East HS).

Courtney said she enjoys the camaraderie with her teammates, and striving to be the best each day.

“The team in general, they always want to be a family, so it's good when you work together with other athletes who want to work less as a team and more of a family,” Hill said.

Hill said seeing progress each week and working hard are two things that drove her to succeed throughout the cross country season.

In addition to running cross country, and playing softball, Courtney carries a 3.4 GPA, and is a commanding officer in the school's ROTC program. She plans on attending Kent State University upon graduation and majoring in Criminology.

She says that being in the ROTC has instilled discipline and solid values that she will carry on with her beyond high school and into the rest of her life.

This weeks 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week is Alex Grassie.

Alex is a senior at Tallmadge High School and plays left tackle for the Blue Devils. One thing I picked up on about him was how well he was respected among his peers. As I was waiting in the office for Alex to join me for his interview, a few of his fellow school mates realized that I was there to interview Alex, The students all took the time to mention how nice Alex was and that he was a good leader in the classroom as well as on the field.

This was also confirmed by Tallmadge A.D. Don Seeker, as well. Don filled me on how Alex had really stepped up to being a leader of the football team during his senior season.

"Alex put together times for the O-line to work out and organized group dinners for the O-line," said Seeker.

Alex not only did a great job this year as being a leader on the football team he is also pulling down a 4.2 GPA and plans to attend Ohio State University.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish him the best.

Mogadore senior star football player Josh Tompkins is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for November 6th-13th.

Josh is a three year letter winner for the football team and was the Wildcat team captain last year on their wrestling team.

"It is a great place to play sports, everyone knows your name in Mogadore, a big family" said Tompkins. Josh plays running back and linebacker on the playoff bound Wildcat football team. Tompkins has been an All-PTC performer for the last two seasons.

"There is no doubt that the work in the classroom effects what you do on the field and mat, it takes a lot of time management and discipline to succeed in both, I've been able to do that" said Tompkins.

Josh plans on getting into Engineering in college, he has not made his college choice at this time. He is very involved in the Mogadore school as he is a Principal Advisor inside the school and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Tompkins currently carries a 3.86 GPA.

This week's 1590 WAKR female Student Athlete of the Week is Maddie Grosklos from Arch-Bishop Hoban High School. Maddie is a Senior soccer standout for the Knights, and her team is getting ready to play for a Regional Championship this Saturday in Ravenna.

Maddie, a lifelong resident of Akron, loves being at Hoban and really enjoys the close knit atmosphere, especially how the student body supports all the school's athletic teams. She says the support of the other students is not taken for granted.

Maddie, takes a heavy load of AP and honors classes at Hoban. She is planning on studying engineering in college. She is interested in attending Ohio State, Purdue, Pitt, or Cincinnati. Outside of soccer and studying, she likes to hand out with friends and root on her schoolmates when they are playing their sports.

Soccer has been a big part of Maddie's life since she was four years old and she has made a lot of great memories at Hoban High School.

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