Our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete  of the Week is Christian Beckett a senior lacrosse player from CVCA High School.

Christian says he got into lacrosse in his younger years and loves the physical aspect of the sport.
 
“One of my hockey coaches in third grade introduced me to it, and a bunch of my buddies started doing it," he said.
 
"I started playing in fourth grade and have stuck with it ever since."
 
Beckett, a three sport athlete in lacrosse, hockey, and golf also is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is active in the community by helping with his church. 
 
His coach Rob Atwood talked about his leadership on and off the field.
 
“Christian is a great young man from a great family. He is a really good athlete and an even better person,” he said. 
 
“He leads by example, plays hard, and is always dependable.” 
 
 
   
Upon graduation in the spring, Beckett plans on studying Business/Sales and Marketing at Dallas Baptist University, where he will play hockey at the collegiate level. 
 
Our next Female Student Athlete of the Week is Kally Ashton, a senior softball player from CVCA High School.
 
She says her love and appreciation for athletics, especially softball came from her family growing up.
 
"I started out on my brother's baseball team when I was in second grade and hated it," she said with a laugh.
 
“I played softball in fifth grade and just fell in love with  it ever since," she said. 
 
As a captain on the softball team, she says she leads more by example and says the younger players see how she works and tailor that to their game. 
 
Her coach Jeff Johnson talked about her work on and off the field.
 
“Kally has become an amazing softball player. She is our centerfielder but could play anywhere you need her. She is batting over 500 this season, set a school record for doubles last year and has not struck out over the past year and a half,” he said. 
 
“She is very coachable and just fun to be around. She is a great teammate and is more of a quiet leader. She leads by example and by how she carries herself.”
  

  
Ashton is a two sport athlete in both golf and softball. In addition to that, she is a member of the Birdclub. 
 
She says her favorite bird is the Blue Jay, in part to her family being from Canada. 
 
In the community, she enjoys working with her church and tutoring. 
 
Upon graduation in the spring, Kally plans on studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. 
 
We wish Christian and Kally the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Mary Rohrer, a senior softball player from Firestone High School.

Mary said softball was something she got into from an early age and it has stuck with her ever since.
 
“My parents put me in it, I liked it and stayed with it,” she said. 
 
She’s a two sport letter athlete in both soccer and softball in addition to being in the choir, the school musicals and dance. 
 
 
 
  
Her softball coach Joe Moxon said that Rohrer exhibits great leadership both on and off the field.
 
“Mary is an exceptional student athlete who is very well rounded. She excels in the classroom, on the stage and leads on the field in practice and games,” he said.
 
“She is one of the hardest working players that we have. She is very well liked by her coaches & teachers, teammates and peers.”
 
Upon graduation in the spring, Mary plans on attending Ohio University and majoring in business. 
 
Our next  male Student Athlete of the Week is Max Erisey, a senior baseball player from Firestone High School. 
 
He says he’s been engrained in the game of baseball from an early age.
 
“My older brother got me into it, he played, my dad played for Firestone, and it's been a family thing," he said. 
 
 
He's been a four year letterman and a 2-year captain at Firestone and he's enjoyed every minute of it. 
 
He says being a student athlete at Firestone has been a true honor.
 
"To be able to represent Firestone, the green and gold, it's nice." 
Coach John Sloan talked about his prowess both in the classroom and on the field.
 
"He has a 3.8 gpa and a 30 on the ACT in addition to being  a member of the soccer, bowling and a 4 year starter on the baseball team," he said. "As a person he is an extremely polite people person. He has been a co captain and this year the sole captain of the baseball team. He is a student amabassador of the Lebron James Family Foundation."
 
 Upon graduation in the spring. Erisey plans on studying anthropology at the University of Akron. 
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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Syndie Wolf, a senior softball player from Ellet High School.

She said that she got into softball from an early age and with her family dynamic with her sisters playing and her grandfather coaching the team, it's been in her blood from the start.

"When I was five, I started going to games, and I always wanted to play, It was fun watching my sisters play," she said.

 

 

Sydnie is a three-sport athlete in softball, volleyball, and cheerleading. Among her accomplishments at Ellet, in volleyball she was an All City Honorable Mention, academic all-city performer and a three-year letterman.

In softball she was an academic all-city selection and a 4 year letterman.  and in cheer, she was an academic all city and a 2 year letterman.

She says her and her fellow seniors make practice fun and lighthearted.

"It's hard to explain, but it's always one of us," she says.

Her coach and grandfather Chuck Shuman says that Sydnie is a very hard worker on and off the softball diamond.

"I respect her for the time she puts in," Shuman said. "She does everything I ask, we're going to ask her to pitch some this year."

Despite having fought through some injuries over the years, she shown hard work and dedication.

"She never misses a day, she's a very dedicated athlete, and we appreciate the effort that she gives us."

Upon graduation in the spring, Sydnie plans on attending the University of Akron or Ohio University to study Biology and Pre-Med.

Our next 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Josh Jaeger a senior baseball player from Ellet.

He always enjoyed the game of baseball growing up and says he enjoys working with his coaches and teammates at Ellet.

 

  "It's just a fun experience having to learn and be able to make yourself better with other people and share experience with everyone around you," Jaeger said.

His coach John Sarver talked about his versatility and work ethic.

"Josh Jaeger is one of our hardest workers. He can play multiple positions, including pitching.," he explained.

"He is very coachable and one of our best hitters. He seems to play his best in the most important games."

Upon graduation in the spring, Josh plans on attending Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania to play baseball and study Biology.

We wish Sydnie and Josh all the best in all of their future endeavors. 

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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. 

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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Jess Vari a senior basketball player from Revere High School. 

She says basketball is something that runs in her family with her older siblings and father all playing. 
 
“It was just a family thing,” she said 
 
She says that the relationship between her coaches and teammates is is a special one, and getting to know first year coach Dan Brown was a great experience for her as well.
 
“The first day we met him he had full confidence in us and he was really supportive and engaging,” she said. 
 
 
 
  
Coach Brown said that Vari exhibits leadership both on and off the court.
 
“Jess meant so much to our team this  season," he said.
 
“ She was our on-the-court leader, not only vocally, but in the way she conducted herself with outstanding footwork in the post, is a skilled defender and is one of the hardest workers I've ever coached. We're going to miss her."
 
This year she was a co-captain and was 2nd team all conference during her senior year. 
 
In addition to being a basketball player for Revere, she’s also a member of the National Honor Society and the Athletic Leadership Council among other groups.
 
Upon graduation in the spring, Jess plans on studying nursing in college.
 
Our next Student Athlete of the Week is Bradley Garrison a senior lacrosse player from Revere High School. 
 
He got into lacrosse at an early age and he truly enjoys the game and the physicality it brings.
 
“I always like the agressiveness of it and I like the fast pace," he says.
 
Garrison is a two-sport athlete in football and lacrosse and is a 3 year letterman in lacrosse. 
 
His coach Patrick Quinn has this to say about his senior.
 
“Our team motto is strength and honor and Bradley exemplifies these traits on a daily basis,” he said. 
 
  
 
 
 He runs straight towards and through the obstacles and challenges in his life and is always looking for opportunities for his teammates, he is a leader and a great lacrosse player.”
 
In addition to those sports, Bradley is a member of Ski and Snowboard Club. 
 
Upon graduation in the spring, Garrison plans on studying Criminal Justice. 
 
“I enjoy the action and I like police officers and what they do for the community," he explained. 
 
We wish Jess and Bradley the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Savannah McGraw, a senior bowler from Coventry High School. 

She says she got into bowling to have another challenge for herself and to compete alongside her friends. 
 
“I just thought it would be cool and something to do with my friends, and over time it just became something that I love to do," she says.
 
She says working with her coaches and teammates is something she truly enjoys.
 
“It is just a lot of fun and being with your friends," she explained. 
 
McGraw is a three sport athlete competing in volleyball, bowling, and track. In addition, she was part of the all-district team in bowling in 2018-19.
 
 
 
  
In addition to being a three sport athlete, Savannah is a member of the National Honor Society and the Key Club. 
 
Her coach Aaron Rose talked about her leadership and competitive nature.
 
“Savannah is a competitor that does not like to lose,” he said. “She is hard working and is always trying to get better and it has been a pleasure to coach and teach such an outstanding student and athlete.”
 
Upon graduation in the spring, McGraw plans on studying Criminal Justice at Gannon University. 
 
Our next Student Athlete is Nolland Almestica a senior track and field athlete from Coventry High School. 
 
He says competing in track has been a passion of his since his middle school days.
 
“I started track in eighth grade and it was difficult to get it started  because of athsma," he said.  "But when I started I had this rush of adrenaline and it felt like I was meant to be on the track."

 
Nolland is a three year letter heading into his senior year, competing in the middle distance events such as the 800 meter dash and the 4x800 and 4X400 relay. 
 
He says working with his teammates and communication is essential to success on the track.
 
Track Coach Danny Savage had this to say about his star senior.
 
“Nolland is an amazing young man who is every coach's dream,” Savage explains.
 
“He is one of the hardest working athletes I've ever seen but still finds the time to succeed in the classroom and community. “ 
 
In addition to being a track athlete, Almestica also participates in Marching Band, Symphonic Band and is a member of the National Honor Society. 
 
Upon graduation in the spring, he plans on attending the University of Akron and majoring in Political Science.
 
We wish Savannah and Nolland the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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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.

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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. 

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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Tommy Cummings, a senior basketball player from Walsh Jesuit High School.

Tommy says he got into basketball in kindergarten and stuck with it ever since then growing up in the Macedonia area. He said that working with his coaches and teammates is special because of the grind of the season and the bond he developed with them over the years.
 
"It's really fun because you bond every day, you go through hardships together, and winning makes it just that much better when you're with your teammates and you become brothers," he explained. 
 
 
 
 
 His head coach Kevin Byrne talked about the leadership Cummings brings both on and off the floor. 
 
"Tommy exemplifies everything we look for in our student athletes at Walsh Jesuit," he said.
 
"He is a great student, a great teammate, and most importantly a great person.  He is reliable, one of the most important things any person can be."
 
On the court, coach Byrne says he is just as dynamic. 
 
Tommy has had an outstanding senior season for us and by  playing the point for a new coach, as a senior, is challenging for anyone" Byrne explains.
 
"Tommy has made it look effortless.  No one in the area plays harder.  It is contagious.  We remain a dangerous team to play largely because of Tom's ability to play both ends of the floor and be a threat on the offensive end, both with his scoring and his ability to make great decisions on when and where to throw his teammates the ball."
 
Upon graduation in the spring, he plans on studying engineering in college. 
 
Our next 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Kyra Dossa a gymnast and diver from Walsh Jesuit High School.
 
She says that balancing the two winter sports isn't easy but its a challenge she readily accepts.
 
"Gymnastics is definitely a priority because I've been doing it longer, but my two coaches communicate well and balance my schedule," she says.
 
 
 

 
  
Kyra says the community at Walsh is a welcoming one, and that makes going to school and going to practice a great experience.
 
This year has already been a great one for her as she placed 1st in the all-around at the Win The Day Invitational and 2nd in the all around at the McGee Invitational. 
 
Her gymnastics coach Megan Crysler said Kyra is a true team leader even as a young underclassman
 
"She’s a hard worker everyday and pushes herself to be a better gymnast," she said.
 
"Not only is she an amazing gymnast, but she’s a kind, sweet, and funny person and I can’t wait to work with her over the next few years!  "
 
In her community of Sagamore Hills, she volunteers to coach her neighborhood swim team. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping and being with her family and friends. She enjoys the volunteer aspect to help out the next generation of swimmers.
 
"You get to help out the little kids and it's a lot of fun, she says.
 
We wish Tommy and Kyra the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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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. 
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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Cameron Fitzsimmons, a senior wrestler from Barberton High School. 

 
Cameron says he got into wrestling at a young age and grew to love the competition on the mat.
 
“I have been wrestling since I was 5 years old and the sport has taught me so much. Its taught me discipline, determination, leadership and it has made me a better person overall and I thank my teammates and coaches for that." 
 
He says that the grind of working with his coaches and teammates is something he enjoys.
 
“Barberton wrestling is one of a kind, every athlete is dedicated and willing to learn everyday, “ he said.
 
“We have the best coaches in the area that do everything in their power to make sure we meet our goals as a team."
 
 
 
As of this writing, Fitzsimmons has a 24-8 record in the 2018-19 season and 8 losses. He’s also the recipient of the Dave Cline Award as well. 
 
He is also a member of the National Technical Honors Society and College Credit Plus.
 
Upon graduation in the spring, Cameron plans on studying Business Management in college. 
 
Our next female student athlete of the week is Madison Goodrich, a junior bowler from Barberton High School.
 
She says she got into bowling in the second grade and stuck with it ever since then.
 
“It was just a second-grade league just to get out of the house, and I stuck with it."
 
She says she leads by example and vocally and as a left handed bowler, she has a unique perspective.
 
“It's a little bit of both, I can show the other left handed bowlers what to do and actually show them some things, plus I can talk to them as well," she said. 
 
In addition to being a bowler she’s also a member of the color guard and Teens Against Cancer over at Barberton 
 

 
Her coach Ed Sitko said that her leadership carries both in competition and in life.
 
“As a bowler, Madison is a talented young lady, she was given the gift of being left handed. This year she has positioned herself as a team captain with her bowling ability and team attitude, “ he explained.
 
“As a person, she truly cares about her friends and teammates. I am thankful to have her on the team, and glad she has one more year left. “
 
Theres also a unique family aspect as well.
 
“It has to be hard for her to have me as her coach and step-dad, she has the normal pressures of the sport and a little more.”
 
We wish Cameron and Madison the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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1590 WAKR Student Athletes of the Week

This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is junior basketball player Lukas Swartz of Mogadore High School. 

Lukas says the love of basketball came from his family growing up.
 
“My dad and my uncle played in college and I always grew up with a ball in my hands, and I've played ever since I was little," he said.
 
He says playing for his dad, Russ Swartz is a interesting and fun dynamic.
 
“I enjoy it a lot because he'll help me a lot, and at home, we talk basketball a lot."
   

 
The head coach had this to say about Lukas as a player and a person.
 
“Lukas is a hard worker both in the classroom and on the court,” Swartz said. “He wants to be the one best player and more importantly be the best person he can possibly be, and with that he is very team oriented and always puts the success of the team first.” 
 
In addition to being a member of the basketball team, Lukas plays baseball, and is a member of the National Honor Society.
 
Our next 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Hope Murphy, a junior basketball player from Mogadore High School. 
 
She says that working with her coaches and teammates is a true joy as they get ready to compete on the hardwood.
 
“We have come a long way from where we started this year," Murphy said. "We're a young team."
 
 
 
   
Her head coach Jennifer Ritch said she is a true leader on and off the court.
 
“Hope is a fantastic student athlete that always gives 100% whether on the basketball court, cross country course or track,” she explains.
 
“She is a great leader and she brings tenacity and toughness to our team, always putting her teammates first and is a perfect representative of what a Mogadore Wildcat is all about.”
 
In addition to being a three sport athlete, Murphy is a member of the National Honor Society and Junior Akron Leadership.
 
“It's opened me up to a lot of different professions and situations that have been very eye-opening to me."
 
We wish Lukas and Hope the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Romello Pacely, a junior basketball player from North High School.

Romello says he got into basketball at an early age and stuck with the game when he got to high school.
 
“I got into it from my brother," he said. "I always looked up to him, so I liked the game of basketball."
 
The junior letterman says he, his teammates and coaches are determined to work hard, hold themselves accountable, and change the culture at North. 
 
“He (Coach Marc Smith) motivates us every day, always pushes us to be better," Romello explained.
  
 
 
  
In addition to being a basketball player, Pacely maintains a 3.3 GPA and works hard in the classroom as well as the court.
 
His coach Marc Smith talked about his work ethic and how he’s developing as a player and a person. 
 
“Romello is a young man who has worked very hard in the classroom and on the court, “ Smith said. “He hasn't allowed his limitations to dictate who he is as a person. “
 
We are proud of what he has accomplished in the classroom and look forward to watching his development over the next couple of years.”
 
Our next Female Student Athlete of the Week is Akilah Primm, a senior basketball player from North High School. 
 
She says she got the competition bug from her sister, Amani who plays college basketball at Tri-C.
 
Primm  says that by her sister earning that college scholarship, it pushes her to do the same.
 
“She was playing when we were younger and it became fun to me," Akilah said. "It makes me want to go (to college) and be with her."
 
As a captain and one of the key cogs for North, she knows that getting the best out of her teammates is one of the most important things she can do for her team.
 
 
  
Her coach Shermaine Meadows talked about her leadership on and off the court. 
 
“Akilah Primm has been a quality leader to our program in which we have grown to depend on day in and day out,” he explained.
 
She is by far the best defender on the team and her blazing speed makes it almost impossible to stay in front off.”
 
Off the court, she has the same drive and determination.
 
“Akilah has helped change the culture here at North high school with a high level of excellence and competitive spirit that transcends the court,” Meadows said. 
 
“Akilah volunteers at the haven of rest and churches around the city. She carries a Gpa of 3.5  One of the most coachable kids I’ve experienced.”
 
We wish Romello and Akilah the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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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. 

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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Imani Jackson, a senior basketball player from Buchtel High School.

Jackson says the team dynamics are strong, an aspect of playing at Buchtel she enjoys.
 
“We have fun when we're at practice," Jackson explains. "The girls are fun, we're laughing throughout practice, even though we're out of breath," she said with a laugh.
 
Her head coach Brian Neugebauer says Imani is an integral part of the team for the Lady Griffs.
 
“She is a leader that has become vocal and assertive over time,” he said. 

 
“She has a high work ethic and through that work has improved all aspects of her game.”
 
Neugebauer says that leadership and and overall drive to excel carries over
away from the court. 

“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.”

 
Our next Male Student Athlete of the Week is Addison Singletary, a junior basketball player from Buchtel.
 
He transferred from Kenmore-Garfield High School after spending two years there, and his new teammates at Buchtel embraced him from the start before the season even began.
 
“They were very welcoming and it's been a great experience," he said. 
 
His coach, Matt Futch, a 2002 Buchtel graduate said Singletarty is a great young man on and off the court.
 
“He is a tremendous kid who has an unbelievable work ethic in the classroom and on the court,” Futch explains.
 
  

  
 
“He is a very coachable young man and a joy to be around. “
 
 "Addy" holds a 3.5 GPA currently and says one of the highlights from his time at Buchtel was helping with the youth clinic earlier in the year.
 
We wish Imani and Addison the best in all of their future endeavors.
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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.

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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. 
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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Logan Johnson a senior wrestler from Firestone. 

Logan says that he got into the sport of wrestling at an early age and has loved it ever since.
 
A team captain and a letterman for the Falcons, Johnson says working with his coaches and teammates is something he enjoys.
 
“You make good friends when you wrestle, you meet a lot of people in tournaments, it's fun but it's hard work."
 
His coach Dan Sandy had some great words for Logan and the work he puts in on the mat and in other aspects of his life.
 
“Logan was the 2018 Akron City Series Heavyweight Champion and was also a member of the Academic All-City Series Team,” Sandy explained. “He is the rock of our team.”
 
 
 
  
In addition, he also helps with other activities when he has time. 
 
“He (Logan) helps volunteer at our community youth league events with concessions and doing score tables at times. He is also a member of our school's prestigious Akron School of the Arts Visual Arts Program. “
 
Logan says the Firestone community is like one big family and one he’s glad to be a part of.
 
“No matter where you go, you're always saying hi to people, no matter what."
 
Upon graduation in the spring, Johnson plans to attend The Ohio State University to study Agriculture.
 
Our next 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete is Madeline Dyer, a junior swimmer from Firestone.
 
She says swimming has always been a part of what she’s done, and she wanted to follow her older brother, who swam as well.
 
“I kind of wanted to do what he was doing, so my parents put me in swim lessons and it grew from there,"
 
She says being a part of the Firestone swimming tradition is an honor and a privilege. 
 
“It's such an incredible thing to have that kind of tradition," she says. 
 
Her coach Cindy Dial says she is a hard worker in and out of the pool. 
 
"Madeline is a great role model and she has a passion for her academics as well as her athletics and it is very contagious," she explained.
 
A returning letterman, All-Ohio Award Winner and All American, Madeline says she sets high goals for not only herself, but her team as well.
 
 
 
 When she’s not in the pool or studying, she’s volunteering at One of a Kind Pet Shelter and hanging with friends. 
 
We wish Logan and Madeline the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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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,"
he explained.

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. 

 

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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.

 

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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Brooke Sells a senior soccer player from Coventry High School.

Brooke says her love of the sport started at an early age.
 
"My mother got me into soccer about 15 years ago, my brother started playing when he was 5 and we've played ever since," Brooke explained. 
This year as a captain and 2nd team All-PTC member, Sells says she leads her team both vocally and by example.
 
"I feel like I'm a combination of both, she said, "I/m always telling my teammates where to be on the field." 
Her head coach Mike Gaugler echoes that sentiment by explaining how Brooke took a leadership role with the Comets early on.
 
“This being my 1st year coaching High School Girls Soccer, Brooke was a definite asset to myself and the team getting us rolling with conditioning and pace for the season,” Gaugler said. 
 
 “As a player she is very fierce and has great ball placement anywhere on the field!”

    
As of this writing, that has truly translated into success for her and the team this season, as she has 9 goals, 12 assists this season.
 
She’s already taking some classes at the University of Akron and plans on studying either Biology or Microbiology at Walsh University upon graduation in the spring. 
 
We wish Brooke the best in all of her future endeavors. 
 
Our next student athlete is Caleb Shank of Coventry High School. 
 
Kaleb says the experience of playing football for the Comets is a great experience when it comes to working with his coaches and teammates.
 
“It's really fun to be out there with all of them, it's always a good time, and I love playing hard with them," he said. 
 
 
 
  
He says that as a senior, the biggest thing he and his peers can pass on to the underclassmen is the work ethic it takes to be a Coventry football player.
 
“Just give it everything you got and never take a play off," he explained. 
 
Kaleb’s coach Ed Egan said that his perseverance as a person translates well to his ability on the field.
 
“Kaleb has had some knee injuries in the past,” Egan said.
 
“He came out this year as a senior, and has had a tremendous impact with 2 Sacks and 1 tackle for loss against Streetsboro, and this past Friday night against Woodridge he had 3 Sacks and 1 tackle for loss which was very impressive."
 
In addition to being a two-year letterman in football, Kaleb is a wrestler during the winter season. 
 
Upon graduation in the spring, Kaleb plans on studying physical therapy. His own experiences with injury led him to choosing that career path. 
 
“I had a couple knee surgeries and going to physical therapy seeing how they help people, I was really interested in it," he said. 
 
We wish Kaleb the best in all of his future endeavors. 
 
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