This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is junior basketball player Josh Fleming from Woodridge High School.
He says he got into basketball at an early age and has enjoyed it ever since.
“I’ve been playing it my whole life, one of my friends was playing when I was younger and I just wanted to play with them,” he said. “From then I grew to love the sport.”
A two-sport letterman in both soccer and basketball, Fleming says competition and being around his teammates are a couple of the most important and enjoyable things about being a Woodridge Bulldog.
“I enjoy playing with my teammates and coaches, they’re always super supportive,” he said.
His coach Richard Blevins had some high praise for the junior.
“Josh epitomizes what we want Woodridge Basketball to represent,” Blevins said.
“He is a tireless worker and a great teammate as well as an excellent student and we always know Josh will give 100% in any situation.”
One unique thing about Josh is his volunteer work during the Polar Express in Peninsula during the holiday season.
Our next 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Isabella (Bella) Chriakos, a junior basketball player from Woodridge High School.
She enjoys playing basketball at Woodridge because of the great relationships she built with her teammates over the years.
“I love my team so much, every day with them is a blessing,” she said.
A three-sport athlete participating in golf, basketball, and track, Bella says that the atmosphere at Woodridge is a positive one for her and her teammates.
“It makes it great because I see the girls every day and we do a lot of team bonding activities.”
Her basketball coach Chris Nauer talked about her leadership on and off the court.
“She works extremely hard throughout the season as well as the off season,” Nauer said. “She is very dedicated to the game and is a great teammate.”
That dedication crosses over from the court to the classroom.
“She encompasses everything that represents a student-athlete excelling in the classroom and on the basketball court.”
In addition to being a starter on the basketball team, Bella is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club among other activities.
When she’s not playing sports or studying, she’s volunteering at One of A Kind Pet Rescue and doing other philanthropic endeavors such as organizing the school blood drive at the high school.
We wish Josh and Bella the best in all of their future endeavors.