Highland High School junior basketball player Collin Rittman is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for February 10th-17th.

Collin had a three-game stretch recently where he averaged over 32 points per game in keying a great run by the Hornets. "Yeah, I was making the shots, but my teammates were feeding me the ball, and I just got lucky I guess," said Rittman.

The Hornets have 11 wins this season and are lead by Rittman, who is averaging over 23.0 PPG. Collin plays both guard and forward in the Highland offense. He is a two-year starter and an All-Suburban League Honorable Mention selection a year ago.

He was also an All-Inland District selection and All-Medina pick as a sophomore at Highland.

Rittman is active in the school as he is a member of Student Council and carries a 3.4 GPA.

"School comes first, but the sports work to help make you a better player," said Rittman.

Collin wants to continue his basketball career in college once he graduates from high school and plans on a career in Business.

Our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Landry Carneal of Lake High School.

Landry is a three-sport athlete for the Blue Streaks, where she competes in soccer, swimming, and track. During the winter, she is a star swimmer, where she holds school records for the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle relay.

Recently, Landry has committed to attend Malone University in the fall, where she will continue her education and study nursing. In athletics, she will don the cleats and play for the women’s soccer team.

Why Malone? Landry says it is “close to home and is a faith-based community."

We here at WAKR wish Landry the best of luck and congratulate her on being this week's WAKR Student Athlete of the week.

Friday, 03 February 2017 07:22

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Megan Murray

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This week's 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Megan Murray from Coventry High School.

Megan is a basketball standout for the Comets of Coventry, and began her career shooting hoops way back in the third grade. On the court, she is deadly from behind the three-point line, ala Steph Curry. However, her all-time favorite basketball player is LeBron Games.

Megan’s post-high school plans are to continue playing basketball and to study education, with an eye on Mount Union College.

Best of luck, Megan!

Friday, 03 February 2017 07:12

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Tariq Vinson

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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Tariq Vinson, a senior basketball player at Buchtel High School.

Vinson says the season has gone pretty well so far for the Griffs, and his coaches and teammates make that atmosphere of going to practice each day an enjoyable one.

"Our team chemistry is great," Vinson said. "We've been together for a pretty long time, our coaching staff is always with us, they help us to better ourselves."

Vinson is a three-sport athlete in basketball, football, and track and field. He understands the balance of balancing academics and athletics is an important one.

"It's non-stop," Vinson said. "You just have to be able to manage your time."

Tariq is a captain for Steve White's basketball team, and he takes that leadership role off the court as well, serving as a class officer and school ambassador.

Vinson plans on studying microbiology at The Ohio State University after graduation this spring.

We wish Tariq the best in all of his future endeavors.

Friday, 27 January 2017 06:17

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Kelsey Hosey

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Norton High School Girls Basketball sophomore Kelsey Hosey is the 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week for January 27th-February 3rd.

The sophomore has been an important player in the teams outstanding 12-3 start.

"She is a real good player and choice, such a talented young player," said Norton head Coach Brian Miller.

"I feel right at home, even though I am an underclassman," said Hosey.

Kelsey had 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals in the Panthers recent win over Field and came back with 19 points and 9 rebounds in a win on the road against Cloverleaf.

Kelsey's older sister had a storied career at Norton and Hosey said watching and learning from her sister has helped make her a better player.

"She helped me so much, on and off the court, how to listen and how to lead," said Hosey.

Kelsey is a three sport performer for the Panthers as she is a middle hitter on the Girls Volleyball team as well as a runner in the 40, 800 and 4 x 4 in track. On the basketball team she plays three positions and is a two year starter as a sophomore.

Kelsey is still a few years away from college but she hopes to get into a field where she can help those in need. She is already giving back by being a youth basketball coach in Norton.

Friday, 27 January 2017 06:12

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Jarad Dunn

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This week's WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Jarad Dunn, a senior at Mogadore High School.

Jarad is the starting center for the Wildcats, and has been a four-year starter, as well as a two-time dunk contest winner. Jarad has also played for the football team and run track at Mogadore.

Throughout his time on the court, on the track, and the football field, Jarad has lived by this motto: "Anybody can do anything they want to, as along as they want it bad enough,” which is something he has learned from Coach Russ Swarts and others.

Jarad's favorite basketball player is Russell Westbrook, who "can dunk on dunkers." Jarad also loves the community support the he and his teammates receive at Mogadore.

We here at WAKR wish him the best of luck moving forward.

This week's WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Sophia DeBord from Woodridge High School.

Sophia is a standout junior basketball and softball player for the Bulldogs. In basketball, she has lettered for varsity of her high school career. When asked about who her favorite hoops stars are, she went with Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, two players whose careers occurred before she was born.

For now, Sophia says she won't participate in sports in college, as her focus is to one day become a special education teacher.

Sophia is a member of the Woodridge Athletic Leadership Program, FECLA, and National Honors Society. She enjoys attending Woodridge because of the atmosphere of the school and the grest teachers and student body.

Best of luck, Sophia!

Friday, 20 January 2017 06:41

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Tyler Silcox

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is senior bowler Tyler Silcox of East CLC.

He says he's proud of how the team has done thus far, at 4-3 on the season.

"My team has really come on to be a competitive team, and I'm happy to see the progress we've had so far."

Tyler has been bowling since age 11, and with his dad as his coach, he's had some good support on the home front and on the lanes.

"We tend to disagree in some aspects, but we have the same goal in mind, and that's to make the team better," he explained.

One of his most memorable moments while bowling for East, is when Tyler bowled a 300 game as a sophomore in the City Series bowling tournament.

Even though Tyler is proud of his accomplishments on the lanes, he puts the team first and recognizes them for their contributions to the greater goals of the season.

"Without my team, without my dad being my coach, I wouldn't be here bowling for East," he says.

Tyler plans on attending Kent State University after graduation in the spring of this year (2017) and study Database Administration.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Tyler the best in all of his future endeavors.

Friday, 13 January 2017 07:19

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Jenna Kelley

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Barberton junior basketball player Jenna Kelley is the WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week for January 13th-January 20th.

Jenna recently scored 32 points in win over Kent-Roosevelt while getting her team off to a nice start.

"This year I am playing the point guard position more, but I have played other spots but whatever I can do to help the team is good with me," said Kelley.

Jenna is a three-year starter in not only basketball at Barberton, but is also a three-year member of the girls soccer team. Kelley was an All-Suburban League choice this past fall as a midfielder on the soccer team.

"It can be challenging playing multiple sports and working hard in the classroom,” says Kelley. “But you have to do, and yes, I think excelling with the grades helps me in sports.”

Jenna was an All-Suburban League choice in basketball last year and is off to a quick start this year averaging 17.0ppg for coach Greg Whitmer's Magics.

"We are improving, and working hard,” Kelley believes. “[It’s] starting to come together.”

Jenna is a volunteer soccer referee and is a member of Barberton High School's Student Council. She is looking at getting into a Chemistry Major once she goes to college.

Friday, 13 January 2017 07:18

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Thomas Woods

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This week’s 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week is Thomas Woods of Kenmore High School.

Thomas is a member of the Cardinals boys basketball team and plays multiple positions on the hardwood. He is a well-spoken and confident young man that has a lot of pride in his school and plans to represent well in Kenmore's final year.

The Kenmore senior also learned the value of being coachable. "You always have to be open to constructive criticism,” says Thomas. "It will make you a better player and person.”

Thomas enjoys studying business and marketing, and has a plethora of options to look at as he heads to college. He is looking to continue his education at either Ohio Christian or Barry University.

We here at WAKR wish him luck through his senior year and into college.

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