This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Katherine Davis, a senior track and field athlete from Copley High School.
Davis said she got into track and field from her family.
"What really got me into track and field was that my dad was a decathlete in college and I had three other siblings that ran track," she said.
She is a two-sport athlete in both volleyball and track and field and in addition to those two sports, she is also a member of DECA, a part of the marketing program at Copley.
Her head coach John Legrair said that she is a great student athlete who leads by example.
"She's willing to focus on quality, not quantity of athletic preparation , during the pre season and that attitude has paid multiple dividends," he said.
One of the other things she is passionate about is the community service she does at her church.
"At my church we have Wednesday night activities for the youth, all the way up through high school, we all go and do service for people, whether it's at a retirement home or at a homeless shelter, I've always had fun helping others,' she explained.
Upon graduation in the spring, Katherine plans on attending Utah Valley University to study marketing.
Our next 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Kyler Farkas, a senior baseball player for Copley High School.
He says that the team concept and the dynamic of playing with guys he's grew up playing with is the enjoyable part of playing baseball at Copley.
"It's just a good atmosphere to be able to play at," he said.
A team captain and letterman this year, Farkas takes that responsibility seriously and says his leadership style is a combination of both vocal leadership and leadership by example.
"It's more by example, on the field I like to lead vocally as well though and push my teammates," he explained.
Baseball Coach Ray Fantozzi said that Farkas is a solid competitor on the diamond and a solid young man away from the field.
"Kyler is a third year varsity infielder, who has a great outlook on baseball," he said.
"He is a tough competitor on the field, and has a great work ethic. Always diligent in his preparation, and focused. He puts his team results first, and is looked up to by his teammates."
In addition to playing baseball, Kyler is a member of DECA and volunteers at Grace Church and serves as a volunteer basketball coach.
Upon graduation in the spring, Kyler plans on attending the University of Akron and majoring in Business Management.
We wish Katherine and Kyler the best in all of their future endeavors.
This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Jess Vari a senior basketball player from Revere High School.
This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Savannah McGraw, a senior bowler from Coventry High School.
This week our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Shae Moles, a senior basketball player from Springfield High School.
He says he got into basketball at an early age and kept it going ever since.
"Football was my first love for any sport, but once I started playing in youth and got up to junior high, I just fell in love with the game," he said.
He says working with his teammates and coaches has been a truly rewarding experience over the course of his career as a Spartan.
His head coach Tim Cole said Shae's hard work is apparent on the court and in the classroom.
"Shae is a perfect example of what we want a Spartan Basketball player to be," Cole says. "He works really hard in the classroom, volunteers in the community, and excels in all parts of the game on the floor. He never misses practice, works hard in the offseason, and is a leader for both his senior teammates and underclassmen alike. He leads a small-cell group of underclassmen and has taken them under his wing to teach the next generation ‘The Spartan Way’.“
"They (coaches and teammates) help you each step of the way," he explained.
Shae' s a three year letterman and was 2nd team All-PTC and participated in the PTC All Star Game. He's also showing excellence in the classroom as well, with a 3.4 GPA and participation in such extracirriculars such as senior council.
In the community, Shae serves as a referee for youth sports basketball games in the area.
Upon graduation in the spring, Shae plans on majoring in either education or physical therapy.
Our next Student Athlete of the Week is Natalie Phillips, a junior basketball player from Springfield High School.
She says seventh grade is when she got into the sport of basketball
"My brother did it and I started it because I wanted to try something new.
Phillips is a two-sport athlete at Springfield in both basketball and cross country all while maintaining a 3.6 GPA.
Her head coach Kevin Pletcher has this to say about one of his leaders.
“Natalie loves the game of basketball, she loves being part of the girls basketball program,” he said. “She represents herself first class as a student-athlete here in the Springfield school system and community."
She said one of the cool aspects of playing basketball for the Lady Spartans includes playing at the Q (Quicken Loans Arena) during the course of her career.
"We go every two years, so that's pretty unique," she says.
Phillips is a 3 year letterwinner in basketball heading into her senior season in 2019-20.
We wish both Shae and Natalie the best in all of their future endeavors.
The 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week from Kenmore-Garfield High School is Brandon Evans, a senior basketball player.
Brandon says he fell in love with the game of basketball at an early age.
"I just instantly had an interest for it, and I've played from 5 years old and I just never stopped," he said.
Brandon's a three sport athlete at Kenmore-Garfield with football, basketball, and cross-country.
He says the balance between academics and athletics is a tough, but managable one.
"School is always the first priority of mine, he said.
His coach Murray Hooten says Brandon's a leader on and off the court.
"Brandon Evans is a good student in the classroom and an amazing athlete on the court. He has an oustanding work-ethic that allows him to compete at a high level for us. Brandon leads by example and I wish we had him in our program for one more year. He will be a great asset to any college program he decides to play in."
Among some of the highlights for Brandon include being named Player of the Month for December, an honor he was truly proud of.
"It felt good and it felt like my talents are being noticed and that my hard work and dedication has been noticed.
Upon graduation in the spring, Brandon plans on studying sports medicine.
Our next Student Athlete of the Week is Alexis Radcliff a senior basketball player from Kenmore Garfield.
She said she got into basketball at an early age and stuck with it ever since,
"I didn't get serious until my junior year, and then my senior year has been a great one for me.
Among some of the honors for Alexis this year, Academic All City, Player of the Year, and First Team All City.
Coach Yontami Jones had this to say about Alexis.
"We are truly going to miss our leader on and off the court!," she said.
"Alexis is like a daughter to me. I was truly blessed to have her as a player!!"
She says the best thing about being a student athlete at Kenmore-Garfield is the family atmosphere.
"I love the school and I love how we all support each other through everything.
Upon graduation in the spring, Radcliff plans on studying business management.
We wish Brandon and Alexis the best in all of their future endeavors.
This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Tommy Cummings, a senior basketball player from Walsh Jesuit High School.
This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Nicole Lester, a senior basketball player from Norton High School.
This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Cameron Fitzsimmons, a senior wrestler from Barberton High School.
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.