This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Andreana Gotto, a senior basketball player from Tallmadge 

She says that working with her coaches and teammates is something that she truly enjoys.
 
“We always have a good time, always having fun, but some moments we have to take things seriously to get ready for the games,” she says. 
 
Her head coach Collin Epstein says she is driven and focused both on and off the court.
 

 
“Andreana has a 3.896 GPA, outside of school she has volunteered at the science convention, haven of rest, youth basketball camps, and red cross,” he said.
 
“On the basketball court she is a two time captain for our team and was honorable mention suburban league last year.”
 
As a captain, she says she leads both vocally and by example.
 
“I get the girls going, I talk (on the court), even if we’re just messing around, I say something,” she said with a smile. 
 
Our next Male Student Athlete of the Week is Nick Hussing, a senior basketball player from Tallmadge High School. 
 
Nick says he got the love of basketball from his older brother growing up.
 
“He would always beat me, never took it easy on me, but he made me better,” Hussing said. 
 

 
His head coach Bill Johnson said Nick is a quality young man on and off the court.

“Nick volunteers at his church and helps with youth basketball, Johnson explains. “He is a great worker and an even better leader.”

“On the court, Nick is a senior captain for us,” he continued. “He is the kind of kid that will run through a wall for you and never ask questions,” he said.

“Since I’m a senior captain, I’ve always led by example, but this year I try to lead with my voice,”Nick explained. 

Hussing is a 3.8 student, a member of NHS, the Tallmadge High School Pep Club and the French Club. 

We wish Andreana and Nick the best in all of their future endeavors. 

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Former Tallmadge head boys basketball coach Michael Bluey spoke with the Sam and Brad Show to talk about his new venture, coaching the boys basketball team at North Canton Hoover.

Bluey served as an an assistant at Jackson High School before becoming the head coach at Tallmadge. 

 "Opportunities like Hoover don't come around very often," Bluey said. 

 "It's a diamond in the rough,and I'm certainly excited to get started."

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The Tallmadge City School District is hoping voters say YES on two bond issues on the upcoming ballot to make changes to its buildings and athletic facilities.

Issue 43 is a 3.86 mill bond issue that would consolidate the district's primary, elementary and middle schools into two buildings, a K-5 building and a 6-8 building on the middle school campus.

Issue 44 is a 0.9 mill bond issue that would relocate the high school athletic facilities to its current campus.

"The way we see it, it's just a completion of that original vision when we built that high school is that eventually we would get all the high school athletic facilities over the high school," said Superintendent Jeff Ferguson.

Ferguson said the reason for splitting the issues was to remain transparent.

"The board of education though it was very important to be transparent, so they didn't want any confusion when you look at one number and then say 'how much is the athletics going to cost," said Ferguson.

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As Week 6 approaches and Copley and Tallmadge get ready to meet on the gridiron, both of the athletic directors stopped by to talk about the game, their respective schools, and what's been going on this week.

New athletic director of Copley Michael Chuppa joined Sam and Brad live on the road as they broadcast live from Redstone Pub ahead of the game.

 

Tallmadge Athletic Director Don Seeker also stopped by the show to talk about Homecoming week at Tallmadge and their matchup with the Indians.  He also discussed how first-year head coach Alan Vanderink has galvanized the community and the student body.

 

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Thursday, 29 September 2016 16:14

AUDIO Copley, Tallmadge Ready To Tussle

As we head into Week 6 of the high school football season, the  Copley Indians head to Tallmadge to take on an old Suburban League foe.

Scott Chouinard, the head coach of the Copley Indians spoke with Sam Bourquin about where his team is at after the first five weeks of the season.

 

For the full interview with Coach Chouinard, listen below.

 

Alan Vanderink, the head coach of the Tallmadge Blue Devils joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell to talk about the game and the family culture he's building over in Tallmadge.

 

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Week 2 of the high school football season is underway and two neighboring communities will be squaring off on the gridiron. 

Ellet and Tallmadge will meet on the football field with 1-0 records and will be looking to start the season with two wins. 
 
Joe Yost of Ellet joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell as they were live from DeVitis Italian Market. 
 
 
Alan Vanderink, first year head coach of Tallmadge also joined in to talk about his club heading into the game.
 
The first-year head man of the Blue Devils says building a family atmosphere around the football program is one of the keys to success for his program.
 

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Thursday, 04 August 2016 19:23

MULTIMEDIA Camp Days:Tallmadge High School

First year head football coach at Tallmadge High School Alan Vanderink is excited about the 2016 season, and he says the staff and the players are getting ready to lace up the cleats and get after it in the Suburban League.

Alan spoke with us during Suburban League Media Day and he says the league is a competitive and well-balanced league.

 

"There's no weeks that you can take off," Vanderink said. "That's good for our coaches and our young people."

He says the community has been behind him 100 percent since he got the job at Tallmadge, coming over from the Copley staff, where he served as an assistant. 

  

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