Tony Mazur

Tony Mazur

Mogadore senior star football player Josh Tompkins is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for November 6th-13th.

Josh is a three year letter winner for the football team and was the Wildcat team captain last year on their wrestling team.

"It is a great place to play sports, everyone knows your name in Mogadore, a big family" said Tompkins. Josh plays running back and linebacker on the playoff bound Wildcat football team. Tompkins has been an All-PTC performer for the last two seasons.

"There is no doubt that the work in the classroom effects what you do on the field and mat, it takes a lot of time management and discipline to succeed in both, I've been able to do that" said Tompkins.

Josh plans on getting into Engineering in college, he has not made his college choice at this time. He is very involved in the Mogadore school as he is a Principal Advisor inside the school and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Tompkins currently carries a 3.86 GPA.

This week's 1590 WAKR female Student Athlete of the Week is Maddie Grosklos from Arch-Bishop Hoban High School. Maddie is a Senior soccer standout for the Knights, and her team is getting ready to play for a Regional Championship this Saturday in Ravenna.

Maddie, a lifelong resident of Akron, loves being at Hoban and really enjoys the close knit atmosphere, especially how the student body supports all the school's athletic teams. She says the support of the other students is not taken for granted.

Maddie, takes a heavy load of AP and honors classes at Hoban. She is planning on studying engineering in college. She is interested in attending Ohio State, Purdue, Pitt, or Cincinnati. Outside of soccer and studying, she likes to hand out with friends and root on her schoolmates when they are playing their sports.

Soccer has been a big part of Maddie's life since she was four years old and she has made a lot of great memories at Hoban High School.

Much has occurred both locally, nationally, and internationally since 1987, the last time citizens of Akron elected a new mayor. The Berlin Wall was still intact; there have been two generations of Bushes in the White House; LeBron James was just three years of age.

2015 has been a whirlwind year for Akron politics, from turmoil inside city council chambers to the resignations of long-time mayor Don Plusquellic and his successor Garry Moneypenny. But the stepping down of Plusquellic opened the door for a collection of others to throw their hat in the proverbial mayoral ring.

One of those names is the mayor-elect, Dan Horrigan.

"We had got a message out early and stayed consistent with it," said Horrigan during his interview on the Ray Horner Morning Show. "Mike Williams said it a long time ago 'sewers aren't sexy,' but it's those issues that are important, and we stayed with those. It's the financial stability of the city. It's operations and how we can be efficient. That's the approach I've taken in my entire public service career."

Through it all, Horrigan was pleased that his opponents ran campaigns largely free of mudslinging, saying this was a "welcome change" in Akron politics.

"I congratulate [Eddie Sipplen and Bill Melver]. They both ran vigorous campaigns, they concentrated on issues."

Though Akron traditionally has been a Democrat haven, Horrigan cleaned up at the polls, taking home 72 percent of the vote. Sipplen garnered 24 percent, while Melver came in at 3.7.

"I will lead this city forward. It's about having the respect of other people's opinion, and respecting the institutions that they come from."

So what is on the mayor-elect's plate for the near future?

"We're not going to wait till January to get started," says Horrigan. "I want to put together a financial and operational assessment team. These are people who have volunteered civic, community, and faith-based leaders to kinda take look at the city's finances from the outside, then give us a baseline on where to move forward."

Horrigan will take over as 62nd mayor of Akron beginning January 2016.

Monday, 02 November 2015 08:49

AUDIO: Amy Grant Talks Life, Career

From Christian radio to the pop charts to country to Christmas, Amy Grant has seemed to have done it all in a career spanning three decades.

Amy joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about her long career, in addition to her life and marriage to Vince Gill. She'll be performing at the Canton Palace Theatre this Wednesday, November 4th.

This week's 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week is Nate Mallue, a Cross Country runner at Jackson High School in Massillon.

Nate is coached by Cross Country coach Kevin Walsh. Nate is a very nice and well mannered young man who has a deep love for Cross Country. Nate developed a love for the sport from his older brother, Alex. Nate has been running since the 6th grade and he continues to run to this day as a senior at Jackson.

Some of the accolades that Nate has earned during his time at Jackson include: placing 15th as a team in the Division I State meet in 2014, First Team all Federal League in Stark county, and an Academic All-Ohio.

Nate enjoys business class and looks forward to studying it further in college. Nate also hopes to continue running in college as well.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish him the best.

This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the week is Hailey Gerrow, junior soccer star from Ellet HS.

Hailey set the record for goals in a season and in a career as a junior, something she is very proud of. She does say that her teammates make soccer what it is, and she enjoyed accomplishing those feats with them.

"Just playing together, things came naturally," she said. "Throughout the season we were working on things and accomplishing those goals."

Gerrow had 31 goals this season, setting both season and career records at Ellet.

Hailey also runs track in addition to playing soccer, carries a 4.0 GPA, and is looking to study either mechanical or chemical engineering in college.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 08:55

AUDIO: Big Chuck Previews Ghoulardifest

A local television staple lives on as an annual gathering. While Ghoulardi hasn't been on TV in a half-century, his image lives on.

Big Chuck Schodowski joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to promote this weekend's annual Ghoulardifest. Big Chuck looked up to Ernie Anderson in their days at WJW in the early 1960s, and eventually took over the late-night slot on TV 8. Anderson eventually became a high profile announcer for ABC TV for three decades.

Ghoulardifest is going on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at La Villa Banquet Center in Cleveland.

Stow-Munroe Falls senior football stud Jayson Gobble is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for October 23rd-October 30th.

The talented Gobble has run for 1,310 yards with outstanding yards per carry average of 8.34. He has rushed for 23 touchdowns and caught an additional 2 scores.

"Jayson has a natural talent in that he has great vision when he has the ball in his hands, he has great awareness of second level defenders that helps him see the holes" said Stow Head Football Coach Mark Nori.

"I've been a running back since I was in sixth grade, it just comes natural for me," said Gobble.

Jayson has a 88 yard run to his credit this year for the unbeaten Bulldogs, who are now ranked number seven in the state Division I.

"I like being part of this school's turnaround in football, we are certainly a football school now," said Gobble.

"Jayson is a leader and a captain that the team looks to on game day and ignites his teammates to play," said Nori.

Gobble currently holds a solid 4.0 GPA and plans on playing football in college, and is looking for a career in Engineering.

Stow-Munroe Falls senior football stud Jayson Gobble is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for October 23rd-October 30th.

The talented Gobble has run for 1,310 yards with outstanding yards per carry average of 8.34. He has rushed for 23 touchdowns and caught an additional 2 scores.

"Jayson has a natural talent in that he has great vision when he has the ball in his hands, he has great awareness of second level defenders that helps him see the holes" said Stow Head Football Coach Mark Nori.

"I've been a running back since I was in sixth grade, it just comes natural for me," said Gobble.

Jayson has a 88 yard run to his credit this year for the unbeaten Bulldogs, who are now ranked number seven in the state Division I.

"I like being part of this school's turnaround in football, we are certainly a football school now," said Gobble.

"Jayson is a leader and a captain that the team looks to on game day and ignites his teammates to play," said Nori.

Gobble currently holds a solid 4.0 GPA and plans on playing football in college, and is looking for a career in Engineering.

This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Alexis Meffert from Lake High School in Uniontown. She is a standout soccer player for the Bluestreaks, and will be a four-year letter winner.

Alexis recently broke the single season scoring record this year by scoring 30 goals, breaking the record of 26 goals. She has been playing soccer for almost ten years now, and will continue her soccer and academic career next year at Walsh University for the Cavaliers. Alexis, who is an excellent student, says she will study physical therapy or occupational therapy in college.

One of her favorite memories playing soccer at Lake was during her Sophomore year when she scored the game winning goal against GlenOak as Lake won the Federal League championship.

Alexis says she is very excited to take the next step in here career, and is looking forward to making even more memories with teammates and friends along the way.

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