This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is junior basketball player Lukas Swartz of Mogadore High School.
This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Romello Pacely, a junior basketball player from North High School.
his week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Emily Andrassy, a senior basketball player from Stow-Munroe Falls High School.
Emily says she started playing basketball from an early age, and has enjoyed the game ever since.
“My parents are very athletic, but I’ve always been athletic and I enjoyed playing outside with my neighbors,” she said.
As a four-year letterwinner and two-time captain both junior and senior year, Emily said that even though she can motivate her teammates vocally, she mostly leads by example on the practice floor, and on game day.
"I probably lead more by example, but I try to be more vocal, but it’s all about coming to practice and working hard.”
Her head coach Bob Podges had some great words for Andrassy and what she brings to the court.
"Emily is the heart and soul of our team," he said. "She's our best defender with an oustanding competive spirt."
The leadership qualities that she displays on the court also are on display off the court as Andrassy participates in the Freshman Mentorship program, something she takes a great deal of pride in.
Upon graduation in the spring, Emily plans on attending Kent State University.
Our next Male Student Athlete is Jackson Carlson, a senior basketball player from Stow High School.
He said he too fell in love with the game of basketball from an early age.
"My dad put a basketball in my hand since I before I can remember, and I’ve always been around the sport and loved it,” he said.
As a two-sport athlete for Stow (basketball and baseball), Carlson says he enjoys being with his teammates and working with them towards a common goal.
Coach Dave Close, the longtime coach of the Bulldogs, said that Jackson has grown as a player and as a person.
"He is a young man who has worked very hard to improve as a player and as a junior, he did not receive a lot of playing time. But he rolled up his sleeves and worked hard
the entire off-season to become a better and more well-rounded player," he said.
He also works hard off the court as well to become a more well-rounded person as well.
"He too has volunteered at Open M and has volunteered in the summer helping to teach youngsters
the game of basketball," Close said.
Carlson plans on majoring in education when he attends college in the spring, He says helping youngsters is something he's really interested in.
"I always liked being around students and want to coach as well,” he explained.
We wish Emily and Jackson the best in all of their future endeavors.
This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Imani Jackson, a senior basketball player from Buchtel High School.
“Imani is in the Nursing Program at Buchtel CLC, maintains an accumulative GPA of 3.8, scored a 24 on her ACT & is an overall outstanding individual.”
This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Zach Miller, a senior hockey player from CVCA.
Hockey’s been a big part of his life from his early years when his parents had him taking skating lessons.
“Ever since I was seven years old, I started playing hockey and have played it ever since,” Zach said.
He says being around the guys is one of the best aspects of being on the team.
“Being around the guys is so much fun, because of the atmosphere that’s provided,” Miller said.
His coach Doug Fairchild says that Zach is a true leader both on and off the ice.
“Zach is an outstanding student, one of the top students in our engineering program at CVCA,” Fairchild explains.
“Zach was a unanimous selection as a team captain this season due to his hard work and dedication. He is an excellent example for our younger players to follow.”
When he’s not playing hockey, Zach’s a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Honor Society. He’s also done some volunteer work for the Akron–Canton Regional Foodbank.
Upon graduation in the spring, Zach plans to major in Areospace Engineering.
Our next Student Athlete is Lauren Davis, a senior basketball player from CVCA.
She says working with her coaches and teammates is something she truly enjoys whenever she steps on the basketball court.
“We all just care about each other so much and it makes for a good atmosphere during games and practices,” she explained.
She is a two year captain, and a three-year varsity letter winner for the Royals.
Her coach Andy O’Keefe says that leadership translates to all facets of Lauren’s life.
“She exemplifies what it means to be a servant leader. Lauren's toughness, skillset, and determination make her a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court,” O’Keefe.
“At the same time, her selfless and humble character makes everyone on the team better.”
Upon graduation in the spring, Lauren plans to attend Kent State University to study nursing.
We wish Zach and Lauren the best in all of their future endeavors.
This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is junior basketball player Josh Fleming from Woodridge High School.
“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.
This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Logan Johnson a senior wrestler from Firestone.
This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Theresa Damm, a senior basketball player from Our Lady of the Elms High School.
She says she got into basketball at an early age and as a senior leader, she wants to lead her team not only vocally, but by example as well.
"We have a young team, a lot of freshmen, so it's going to be a lot of them (the coaches) coaching, but also myself helping out the younger players learning the game," she says.
Coach John Reed echoed that sentiment as he offered his take on Theresa both as a player and as a person.
"She is a role model on and off the court and we are looking for her to model and teach the younger ladies how to play the game and how to do things the "Elms" way,"
On the court, she will be expected to lead as well, Reed says.
"This will be her 4th year in the program in which she excels in every facet of the game and she has the ability to handle the ball and to post up."
Damm says that the Elms community is a very close one and they encourage leadership and being involved all across the board.
"Everybody really gets a fair shot at leadership and to have a voice, and to speak and be heard," she explained.
Theresa is also her class vice president, and is involved in community activities such as volunteering at the Haven of Rest and the American Red Cross.
Upon graduation in the spring, Theresa plans on attending the University of Akron to study criminal justice and participate in the ROTC program.
Our next 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Nick Llewellyn, a senior football player from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.
Nick says that the brotherhood amongst the football players and especially his fellow seniors was one of the things he most enjoyed during his time with the Fighting Irish.
"Not much has changed with our group, we were always fighting and shooting for what we want, that was the main thing that kept us going all the way through."
He said that the alumni who played for the Irish also helped guide the team as well.
"Everyone comes back and the whole school supports you, and it's a great family atmosphere," he said.
Llewellyn's coach, first year head coach Bobby Nickol talked about his grit and toughness on the football field.
"He's an Unbelievably hard working player and gives every ounce of his 160 pound frame to play a position meant for 200 pound guys," Coach Nickol said.
Nick 13 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception on Friday, their last game of the 2018 season.
As a young man, Nickol says Llewellyn is just as impressive.
"He has 4.0 GPA and is going to be highly successful in anything he chooses to do in life," Nickol continued. " He is the definition of a STVM student athlete."
Nick is a two-sport athlete as a football player and a wrestler.
In addition to those things, he is also a Peer Minister, a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Irish Athletes for Christ, among other clubs and groups.
We wish Nick and Theresa the best in all of their future endeavors.
This week our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is junior football player Ethan Wright of Manchester High School.
Ethan says he got into football at an early age and loved the team aspect and the camaraderie of his teammates, some of whom he plays with today.
“I just love the game,” Ethan says. “I started playing in second grade, and have just loved it ever since.”
He plays for the Panthers and legendary coach Jim France, Ohio’s all time wins leader in high school.
France says Wright, who plays running back and safety at Manchester, is a team-first player despite a great deal of individual accomplishments.
“Ethan Wright is a quality young man who strives to get better as an athlete and human being each and every day,” France said.
On the field, even though he was a first team all state performer and a three year letterman, France explains that Ethan’s work ethic sets him apart.
“Ethan is a hard working and humble guy, he is team oriented and is a winner.”
Wright says the team success this year on the gridiron stems from the togetherness and brotherhood that has started since before the season began.
Ethan says that his work on the field translates to the classroom as well, saying it’s going to prepare him for college and beyond, taking pride in his work.
“You just got to work hard in the classroom, you have to have the right GPA or coaches won’t look at you,” he said.
Our next 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Audrey Dolan a junior soccer player from Manchester High School.
Audrey says the coaches and teammates are what keeps her going and looking forward to working with them day in and day out.
“It’s actually a lot of fun,” Dolan said. “It gets stressful when the games get hard, but it’s fun.”
Her coach Eddie Kissner says that Dolan’s work ethic in both the classroom with a 3.5 GPA and the soccer field is apparent to all.
“Audrey has improved so much as the season has progressed. Audrey works extremely hard as a forward pressuring backs to create turnovers,” he said.
“She has also become a great finisher scoring some of our biggest goals of the season.”
In addition to being on the soccer team, Dolan is also a member of the Ski Club and the Art Club.
When she’s not on the soccer field or staying on top of her studies, she volunteers at the Cuyahoga Falls Women’s Club.
“My grandma plays cards there and I cook and clean there a couple times a week,” she says.
Audrey says she enjoys her time there and she’s always picking up some good advice from the people at the Women’s Club.
We wish Ethan and Audrey the best in all of their future endeavors.
This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Brooke Sells a senior soccer player from Coventry High School.