This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Samuel Lord, a junior wrestler from Ellet High School.
He started wrestling at an early age, but now as a junior in high school, the grind and the discipline of the sport drives him and his teammates.
“The coaches push us to be our best and the athletes in there all really push each other to be better every day,” he said.
His coach Brian Biel said that the junior captain knows the meaning of working hard and staying focused.
"He leads by example and has earned the respect of his teammates and coaches through his hard work, positive attitude, and pursuit of personal and team growth," he said,
Lord said that school always comes first and the coaches and his fellow teammates are always cognizant of that.
“Sometimes practices have to be short so we can get our work done, but it’s all about balance,” he said.
As always, the goal is States, but last year in just his sophomore season, Samuel was 6th in sectionals and 7th in the North Coast Classic.
As a team leader, he says leadership by example is more his style, but he’s not afraid to motivate a teammate when he knows they can do better.
Our next 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Sarah Mason, a senior basketball player from Ellet High School.
She learned the sport of basketball growing up with 6 brothers and grew to appreciate the game that way.
“I just grew up around basketball,” she said.
She also appreciates her head coach Tina Wallace, who is a tough coach, but looks out for her team day in and day out.
“She’s always there for us and always there to support us and teach us what we need to know,” she explained.
Coach Wallace talked about Mason’s hard work on and off the court
“She’s a relentless defender, first one in the gym, last one to leave, I call her the rock in your shoe” Wallace said.
“But the most impressive quality is her character, Sarah has Great Parents and she truly exemplifies Student-Athlete.”
Sarah is a four year starter and letter winner for Ellet and says it’s great playing basketball with people she’s grown up with and enjoys being around.
“It’s just a great feeling,” Mason said with a smile.
Upon graduation in the spring, Sarah says she plans on attending the University of Akron to study art.
We wish Samuel and Sarah the best in all of their future endeavors.