Friday, 04 November 2016 06:39

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Katie Oliver

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This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Katie Oliver of Mogadore High School. Katie is a three-sport athlete for the Wildcats.

Katie said she likes playing sports to make her parents and her community proud through her athletic prowess. She plays volleyball, basketball, and softball, and is also involved in the FCCLA.

The Lady Wildcats volleyball team made it to the district semifinals this season, and Katie said it was a growing experience for both herself and the team.

Katie is looking forward to the basketball season and finishing her senior year strong. She has plans on going to college and studying early childhood education.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Katie the best through her senior year and on and to college.

Norton High School senior cross country runner Jared Frankland is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for the week of November 4th-11th.

For two years, Jared has qualified for the State Regional competition for the Panthers, and is a four-year member of the cross country team at Norton.

"I decided to try the running thing and liked it right away," said Frankland. "Some of my friends suggested I try and I loved it."

Jared is heavily involved in school activities, including the National Honor Society and the Key Club. He is preparing himself for college where he plans on majoring in engineering.

Frankland's best time this year was at the league meet where he did the 3.1 mile track in seventeen minutes and one second.

"I felt good that day. I thought I did real well," said Frankland.

On the school track team, Jared runs the 1 and 2 mile where he also advanced to the Regionals.

"There is a lot of practice time and dedication in being a runner," Frankland says. "It is tough, but I just get into it and I really enjoy my runs."

Jared carries a 4.0 GPA at Norton High School.

Friday, 28 October 2016 07:04

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Noah Perrin

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Noah Perrin from Woodridge High School.

Noah is a standout in cross country and track and field for the Bulldogs. Though he played the big three sports in middle school, Noah got into competitive running at age 10, and has since turned his attention full-time to running once high school began.

Noah usually puts in around three hours a day or more training and running for meets during the season.

In his free time during and after the sports seasons, Noah enjoys hanging out with friends and will hit the slopes snowboarding during the winter. He can be seen playing some pickup basketball, as well.

Noah is currently studying business and government, and may look into those fields in college.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Lonnae Watkins, a senior at Akron Early College High School, and a volleyball player for East Community Learning Center.

Lonnae says she's been playing volleyball since her sophomore year in high school. She says her teammates and coaches are great to work with day in and day out.

“My coaches are very supportive, they're there to help you if you need help, my teammates are very supportive as well, we're like a big family,” Watkins explained.

Lonnae has a 3.6 GPA and was named honorable mention All-City as a junior.

In addition to her fine work on the volleyball court, Watkins is also a volunteer at Summa Hospital, where she is part of the Teen Leadership Program, as is also on the Honor Roll.

She says it's a tough balancing act at times balancing her coursework and sports, but it's a challenge she readily accepts.

After graduation, Lonnae says she plans on attending either Ohio University or The University of Cincinnati to study nursing.

Copley High School junior soccer star Brooke Simmelroth is the WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week for October 21st-October 28th.

Brooke carries an impressive 4.0 GPA while being a three-year player on the terrific Copley Girls soccer team.

Brooke is coming off a knee injury that kept her out early, but has put together another outstanding season for the Indians with 2 goals and 5 assists.

"Her soccer IQ speaks for itself, as she is a selfless leader and a determined hard worker," said Copley girls soccer coach Wally Senk.

"I have always loved soccer since I was little," said Simmelroth. "I like to score but I really love to help teammates get in a position to score. I love to assist."

That is where Semmelroth would like to take the next step, as she would like to not only educate on the soccer field, but would love to teach in a classroom.

"I really would like to get into education and teach," she says.

"Brooke's leadership and field smarts have also led to great academic success at Copley," said Senk.

Brooke does a lot of volunteering at her church, as she teaches kids in her church soccer and basketball.

Semmelroth was an All-Suburban League performer in 2015 as a Center-Midfielder, helping the Indians enjoy another winning season.

"Being part of this program is great, and Coach Senk does a great job of coaching and teaching," says Simmelroth.

This week's WAKR Male Student Athlete of Week is Clayton Langdon, a two-sport athlete at Revere High School.

Clayton is a senior and a member of the track and football teams. He is the running back for the Minutemen, and has had a great season carrying the ball in the Suburban League.

Like many of our student athletes, Clayton is a smart young man with a bright future ahead of him. At Revere, Clayton is a Student Ambassador and a member of the National Honor Society.

On the field, Clayton has impressed with accolades which include Scholar Athlete (Suburban League ), All-Suburban League First Team two years in a row, and All District honors.

Clayton has plans to attend Harvard for college, where he plans to study pre-med.

This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Brandon Bischof from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

Brandon is a two-sport standout for the Irish, playing both football and baseball. His football team is heading down the home stretch in 2016, and hoping to land a spot in the 2016 OHSAA Playoffs.

Brandon will play baseball at the next level, as he is an outstanding pitcher and outfielder.

While football, baseball, and studying take up a large amount of time, Brandon enjoys watching sports on television and challenging his brothers at XBox.

Brandon is currently studying anatomy in his senior year, and is looking into sports medicine next year when he attends The University of South Carolina Upstate. He carries a 3.5 GPA right now at St.Vincent-St. Mary.

Brandon really enjoys the family atmosphere at St. V, and hopes to add a few more memories during his time on Maple Street before he graduates in the spring.

Friday, 14 October 2016 06:24

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Joe Andrassy

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is senior football player Joe Andrassy from Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

Joe says playing for coach Mark Nori has been a pleasure and he enjoys his role as a leader on the team.

“We've got 17-18 seniors, we're all leaders, we all know each other,” Andrassy says. “We're all a team.”

Joe says quite a few of the seniors have been playing together since the sixth grade and the bond with those teammates has been special.

“We're friends, we're teammates, we have that chemistry, so it's been fun,” he says.

With a GPA over 4.0, Andrassy takes his school work seriously and is a part of the National Honor Society.

He is undecided on where he will be attending college, but plans on studying engineering upon graduation.

In his spare time, Joe enjoys hanging with friends and relaxing. We wish Joe the best in his future endeavors.

Friday, 07 October 2016 06:33

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Amber Howell

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Our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Amber Howell, a senior multi-sport athlete at Kenmore High School.

Howell competes in volleyball, softball, and basketball, while continuing to maintain high marks in the classroom. Amber one day hopes to study in the medical field in college.

Amber is also a member of the Junior ROTC, and the National Honor Society. She takes great pride in her work both on the field and in the classroom. Amber believes the life lessons she learns through sports can be applied throughout her life.

We here at WAKR News Room the best through her senior year and into college.

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.

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