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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.

This week's 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week is Nate Mallue, a Cross Country runner at Jackson High School in Massillon.

Nate is coached by Cross Country coach Kevin Walsh. Nate is a very nice and well mannered young man who has a deep love for Cross Country. Nate developed a love for the sport from his older brother, Alex. Nate has been running since the 6th grade and he continues to run to this day as a senior at Jackson.

Some of the accolades that Nate has earned during his time at Jackson include: placing 15th as a team in the Division I State meet in 2014, First Team all Federal League in Stark county, and an Academic All-Ohio.

Nate enjoys business class and looks forward to studying it further in college. Nate also hopes to continue running in college as well.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish him the best.

This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the week is Hailey Gerrow, junior soccer star from Ellet HS.

Hailey set the record for goals in a season and in a career as a junior, something she is very proud of. She does say that her teammates make soccer what it is, and she enjoyed accomplishing those feats with them.

"Just playing together, things came naturally," she said. "Throughout the season we were working on things and accomplishing those goals."

Gerrow had 31 goals this season, setting both season and career records at Ellet.

Hailey also runs track in addition to playing soccer, carries a 4.0 GPA, and is looking to study either mechanical or chemical engineering in college.

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.

This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is senior volleyball player Baylie Huth from Mogadore High School.

Baylie says she enjoys playing volleyball with her teammates and playing for coach Calley Lasure.

"This year I've seen a lot of improvements, I love my team and we get along very well," Huth said. She says her goals for the team this year is to keep improving and make it to the district tournament.

In addition to starring on the volleyball court, Baylie also plays softball for the Wildcats.

Baylie says she plans on attending either Kent State University or the University of Akron upon graduation.

She says the balacing act of maintaining her studies and sports can be tough, but she makes time for it. "You have to make sure you get your work done," she says.

The 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week is Brian Schultz. Brian is a Senior at Firestone High School and a member of the Falcons golf team.

Golf was a family affair for Brian, as he picked up the sport from his father and grandfather alike. His older brother also had a passion for the game. Brian said one of his best memories of playing golf for Firestone was being able to play his freshman year during his brother's senior Year. That sense of comradery between he and his teammates will be one of the biggest things he takes away from his time playing golf for Firestone.

While playing golf for Firestone, Brian has accumulated quite a list of accomplishments including: 4 years of Varsity Golf, 1st team his Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years, and US Army Academic/Athletic Scholar award winner. He earned Rookie of the Year his Freshman year and the MVP award for his Sophomore and Junior seasons.

Brian also qualified for District Tournament his Sophomore and Junior years, which hasn't been done in 15 years at Firestone. On top of all of Brian's golf accomplishments, he also played Varsity Tennis his Sophomore and Junior years.

Not only is Brian excellent on the course he excels in the classroom as well. Brian is currently considering colleges including, Mount Union, Baldwin Wallace, and John Carroll.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish him the best in whichever he decides.

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