This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Nicole Lester, a senior basketball player from Norton High School.
Nicole said she got into the game of basketball from her friends at a young age and stuck with it ever since.
She says that because of playing with a lot of her teammates earlier in life, it translates into the court now.
“It’s easy because you can read where everyone is going,” Lester said.
She said her head coach Brian Miller gets the most out of her teammates day in and day out, caring not only about them as players, but as students and people.
“He’s really funny,” Nicole said with a smile. “He cares about us and our education first.”
Miller said Nicole’s leadership and positive attitude carries from the court to off the court.
“She is not interested in her stats only cares about winning and making sure the team is first,” he explained.
“She is a tremendous student. Her grades are excellent and she will have great success in her life.”
In addition to being a four year letter winner for the Lady Panthers, Nicole is a member of the National Honor Society and volunteering with the Youth basketball camp at Norton as well as father/daughter dances.
Our next male Student Athlete of the Week is Nathan Dobben, a senior basketball player from Norton High School.
Nate says he got into basketball at an early age and fell in love with the sport.
“In sixth grade I went out for the team and ever since then I’ve loved the sport and always wanted to play.”
Dobben is also a captain on the team this year and he takes his leadership role seriously.
“I feel like now as a senior I have to lead both vocally and by example,” he said.
His coach BJ Sanderson had this to say about his senior leader.
“Nate is a phenomenal kid. Great grades, great manners, great family, and a great head on his shoulders,” Sanderson explained.
“He is a great example of the kind of student-athlete leading our program.”
Nathan is also a part of the National Honor Society , Key Club, and is the Senior Class Vice President.
Upon graduation in the spring, he plans on attending the University of Akron to study engineering.
We wish Nicole and Nathan the best in all of their future endeavors.