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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.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is senior girls basketball player Jodi Johnson.

Jodi said it was an incredible experience winning the state championship last weekend, the second in school history. Even more exciting was the players from the 1997 state championship team giving encouragement to the players ahead of the Division I final.

"That was unbelievable, we started hearing from some of the players, they were flying in from Florida and Texas," she said.

"As we were coming out of the tunnel, they were giving us high fives as we got out to the court, so it was an awesome for us, and then as well."

Jodi says her teammates are like family and she says she treasures her journey with her fellow Lady Grizzlies over the past four years.

"We're just one big family, and there's no other way to describe it," Johnson explained.

Johnson will continue her academic and athletic career at Ashland University. She said it was the program and the proximity to home which sold her on Ashland. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.

Manchester High School’s Alyssa Matheny is the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for March 11th-March 18th.

Alyssa, a junior, is a track-and-field standout for Panthers, competing in both the high jump and the long jump. She is no stranger to this sport, having three sisters also competing in track-and-field events.

In addition to track, Alyssa is a solid player, as well. On her soccer season, she says “it was really enjoyable. I enjoy my team and my coaches, and I think that helps the season out a lot."

How can Alyssa balance out athletics and academics? "It’s all about time management,” she said.

Being a junior, she has colleges in mind, but has yet to make a decision on where to go. However, Alyssa has interest in running track after high school, and majoring in the medical field.

Wadsworth senior wrestler Noah Baughman is the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for March 11th-March 18th.

Last week, Noah won his second state wrestling championship in three years, winning the state title at the 120 pound weight class. Baughman won as a sophomore at 106, and took a third place finish as a junior at 113.

"This was certainly the high point of my career at Wadsworth winning for the second time," said Noah. “Even better than the first."

"Just a tremendous young man," said Wadsworth head Wrestling Coach John Gramuglia. “[I’m] so happy for him, as I have been around him since he was in the youth programs here at Wadsworth. Just happy for him."

Wrestling is in the family bloodline, with Noah's older brother Christian currently wrestling at Lake Erie College. The younger brother, Luke, was a state qualifier this year for the Grizzlies.

"As the final seconds ticketed down, I was just trying to win, thinking of nothing else,” Noah recalled. “It was a great moment ,and one I will never forget."

Noah will be majoring in business at Cornell University, while also being a member of the school's wrestling team. He currently carries a 4.0 GPA.

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