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Friday, 16 September 2016 06:35

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Lauren Stanley

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Lauren Stanley from Garfield High School.

Lauren has been a cheerleader for the Golden Rams since her freshman year, and is now a team captain. Being a cheerleader, her favorite school slogan is "Ram Pride, Win or Lose."

Lauren plans on attending The Ohio State University as an undergrad, then hopefully to The University of Akron to study pre-law. She is a member of the 3.0 GPA Club, as well as a member of the Junior Leadership program.

On top of her school and cheerleading responsibilities, Lauren also holds down a job. When she does have a little bit of free time, she likes to hang out with friends and continue to practice her cheerleading skills.

Her favorite thing about attending Garfield is the school spirit and her teachers, who continuously push her to do her very best.

Friday, 16 September 2016 06:32

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Jadon Vanyo

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Jadon Vanyo, a senior on the Cuyahoga Falls soccer team.

Jadon says he enjoys being around his coaches and teammates day in and day out, and as a captain, he says leading vocally and by example is important both on the pitch and off.

"I'm a very loud player on the field," says Jadon. "If you ever come to a game, you can probably hear me from a ways off."

Vanyo says his love of the game grew from a young age and he enjoys competing.

"It's a beautiful game to play. I absoluetly love it," he says.

Jadon also takes great pride in his academics, and with his 4.375 GPA, that is truly evident. He is unsure if he will play soccer in college, but he plans on attending the Air Force Academy and studying petroleum engineering.

When he's not on the pitch or studying, Jadon spends a lot of his time working at ACME Fresh Market and volunteering at a local animal shelter.

Friday, 09 September 2016 06:58

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Christian Dokes

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Firestone High School senior football player Christian Dokes is the WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week for September 9th-September 16th.

Through the first two games for the Falcons, the senior defensive end has nine solo tackles and two quarterback sacks.

"His motor never stops," says head coach Eric Mitchell. "He can set the edge against the run and he can really rush the passer."

"I've always enjoyed the game of football," says Dokes. "I first played at the age of nine and have never stopped."

Christian is a four-year member of the Falcon football team and a three-year starter, and was an All-City performer last year at defensive end. Dokes plans on playing basketball and track this calendar year, as well.

Christian is also a volunteer in the "Focus Food" program, which helps deliver food to families in need in Summit County.

In his upcoming college years, he is hoping for a degree in Biology and then a trip to Dentistry School.

"I have always loved science and the human body, I would really like to become a dentist," said Dokes.

"He is a man who is a terrific role model for younger team members as well as others in the school," said Mitchell.

Friday, 09 September 2016 06:49

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Abbie Pearce

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Abbie Pearce is a bright, well-spoken Senior at Green High School, and she is this weeks 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week.

Abbie and the Green girls golf team is putting together a great season on the links with impressive wins in the Federal League. Abbie is hitting them straight on the course, as well as in the classroom and community. She is a member of the National Honors Society and the ROX Women's Empowerment Group.

In her free time, Abbie spends it volunteering at the Greenview Inn nursing home. She also holds court as the point guard on the girls basketball team.

During her time at Green, Abbie has compiled a list of accomplishments that include records on both nine and eighteen holes, the Dapper Dan Award, and Federal League Player of the Year.

Abbie plans on continuing her education at the University of Akron, where she will look to study pre-vet or nursing.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish her the best in her senior year and into college.

Thursday, 01 September 2016 23:38

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Daniel McRaven

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Daniel McRaven, senior soccer player at Archbishop Hoban High School.

Daniel patrols the midfield for the Hoban Knights, and makes it a point to play his best day in, day out.

"Every game I go in, I don't think about who I'm playing," says Daniel. I just think I'm gonna go out and give 110%, and play my best."

They say the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, as is the case in the McRaven household. Daniel's father played soccer in college, and he showed his son the ropes at a young age. Facetiously, Daniel says he can beat his dad on the field.

As of this posting, the Knights' soccer team has yet to lose. They have some tough teams on the horizon, as they will take on St. Edward, Walsh Jesuit, St. Vincent-St. Mary, and Lake Catholic.

When asked about his time at Hoban, Daniel has enjoyed his stay.

"I like everyone here," Daniel says. "I think everyone here has a great personality. The school is a family."

In his spare time, Daniel plays the piano and checks out other high school and college soccer games.

After graduation, Daniel is taking a serious look at the University of Cincinnati.

Thursday, 01 September 2016 23:35

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Carlie Staats

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the week is senior soccer player Carlie Staats from Ellet High School.

Carlie says that working with her teammates and coaches day in and day out is a rewarding experience.

"They're really nice to be around," Carlie says. "And it's nice to see that they want to be there as much as I do, and it's great that they love the sport as much as I do."

Carlie is in the Top 10 of the Class of 2017, and is a returning captain on the soccer team for Ellet.

As a captain, she says building team unity is one of her goals this season, in addition to winning the City Series Championship this season over Firestone.

The team has 4 wins already this year, and Staats says that she and the rest of her teammates want to eclipse the mark for wins in a season.

Carlie plans on attending Case Western Reserve University next fall to study either Pediatrics or Anesthesiology.

Our female Student Athlete of the Week is Abigail Butler from Lake High School for the week of April 22-29.

Abigail is a multi-sport athlete, and participates in sports all year round. In the fall, it's volleyball, wintertime is basketball, and right now it's softball. She spoke highly of her softball experiences.

We're becoming more of a team, more of a unit this year," Abigail said. "Everything's just clocking, and it's going pretty good."

At Lake, Abigail has been taking mostly AP classes, and has four years of Spanish under her belt. After high school, she plans on heading out of town to study either sports medicine or physical therapy. Abigail is contemplating going to the University of Kentucky, or a smaller school like Ashland or Eastern Michigan.

In her free time, Abigail enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the movies, or playing board games with her siblings.

Ellet Orangeman baseball junior hurler Matt Cody is the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for April 22nd-April 29th.

Matt threw a one-hit shutout against Firestone this week, and in three starts this year, he has limited his opponents to just five hits.

"I've been pretty on target this year," says Cody. [I] love to pitch."

Matt is a two-year starter for Ellet on the mound, and when he is not pitching, he roams centerfield for the Orangeman. His twin brother, Steve, patrols left field for Ellet.

"It is pretty special getting a chance to play with your brother," said Cody. "we love the game and the friendly competition between us."

Both Matt and Steve play on the Ellet football team, as well. Matt was an All-City Academic selection in 2015.

"My sport is baseball. I like football but my passion is baseball. I have played since those little league and travel baseball days. It's a blast."

Matt is planning on a career in criminal justice, as he would like to become a Police Officer.

This week, the 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Reed Becker from Norton High School.

A senior at Norton, Reed plays basketball and baseball for the Panthers under Coach Rod Swarts. Reed mentioned he's been able to hone in on his basketball game over the last few years, and has been able to break the record for most three-pointers made in a game. He has also been selected as second-team PTC in basketball.

Like many student athletes, Reed has to find a balance between schoolwork and athletics, and says the help from his parents is a motivating factor to keep him on track.

Reed looks up to the coaches as more of a role model than just a coach. "They teach us responsibility through sports.”

Reed plans to continue his studies at Kent State University.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish him the best through the rest of his senior year and on into college.

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.

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