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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Friday, 08 February 2019 15:56

G&G Fitness Coach of the Week Jake Parsons

Jake Parsons, the new head coach of the Copley Indians is this week's G&G Fitness Coach of the Week.

He says Copley is one of the premier jobs in Summit County.

"They have great facilities, and great kids, it's a great area,  and I'm just excited to be a part of it," he said. 

Stay tuned for next week's Coach of the Week during the Sam and Brad Show! 


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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Emily Dente, a junior soccer player from Copley High School.

As a team captain, Dente says her leadership on the pitch is both vocal and by example.

“I’m very vocal on the field,” she says. I play center back, so I can see everything.”


 Her head soccer coach Wally Senk echoed that sentiment.

"Emily is a bonafide competitor with an innate ability to lead. She doesn't have an off-switch, embracing the grind and paying attention to the little things that make her and her teammates better,” he said.

Dente is a multi-sport athlete playing soccer, basketball, and track for the Indians.

Away from the field, Senk said she maintains that focus and intensity in the classroom as well.

“Emmy's determination, perseverance, and self-motivation are contagious and evident on the field as well as in the classroom, where she keeps her GPA above 4.0."

Emily comes from an athletic family as her dad Mark, is the boys and girls basketball coach at Copley High, and also has two brothers in sports.

“I really like it (being in an athletic family)because we all support each other,” she said.

Upon graduation in the spring of 2020, Emily plans on studying pediatric nursing.

We wish Emily the best in all of her future endeavors.

This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is senior football player Tyler Lenke of Copley High School.

Lenke said he got into football at an early age, and says it’s a lot of fun getting to work with his coaches and teammates day in and day out.

“There’s times, but there’s a lot of good times, and you just make the best of it,” he said. Tyler’s head coach Scott Chouinard, talked about his work ethic on the field. “Tyler Lenke is a three year starter and captain of our 2018 football team,” Chouinard explained. “He has played Offensive Line and Defensive Line and has been one of our most consistent players for the past three years.”

Away from the gridiron, Lenke also exhibits leadership, according to Coach Chouinard. “Off the field he is a kind and thoughtful individual who is always willing to help teachers and fellow students and he represents the best of Copley High School in his actions and his performance on the football field and in the hallways.”


 Tyler has played every position along the offensive line during his time at Copley, and as a captain, that versatility gives him insight and credibility with his teammates, especially his mates along the line. “When you’ve played every position along the line, you get to know what everyone’s supposed to do, and if someone needs help, you know exactly what to do, and you help them.”

Upon graduation in the spring, Tyler plans on attending college and mechanical engineering could be a possible course of study. We wish Tyler the best in all of his future endeavors.

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Friday, 09 March 2018 15:17

AUDIO Copley Preparing For Hoban Knights

Copley head coach Mark Dente spoke with Sam and Brad on a Feel Good Friday ahead of their matchup with the Archbishop Hoban Knights on Saturday.


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The districts are now here in high school basketball and the Copley Indians will be taking on the Jackson Polar Bears in the Division I district semifinals at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

Mark Dente, the head coach of the Indians boys' basketball team spoke with Sam and Brad Tuesday to talk about the psyche of his team heading into the matchup with the Polar Bears.


For the full interview with Coach Dente, click here.


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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 14:54

AUDIO Copley Basketball Ready For Tournament

Head coach of the Copley Indians Mark Dente spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell Tuesday to talk about his team's seeding in the upcoming state tournament in the Division I Canton district.


The undefeated Indians will take on Aurora tonight in a Suburban League contest.

For the full interview, click here.

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:44

AUDIO Weston Bridges Talks MSU Commitment

Copley High School's Weston Bridges spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about his commitment to Michigan State University during the special National Signing Day edition of the show.

Bridges said he was sold on Michigan State from the jump, saying he appreciated the tradition at running back, a position he plays.


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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:12

AUDIO Copley Hoops Undefeated At 9-0

1590 WAKR's Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell caught up with Copley head boys' basketball coach Mark Dente Wednesday to talk about his undefeated team after a defeat of Nordonia last night.


For the full interview, click here. 

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Friday, 16 December 2016 17:29

AUDIO Revere Ready For Copley

The Revere Minutemen will be taking on the Copley Indians in a rivalry game that spans many years on the hardwood.

Revere head basketball coach Dean Rahas from Revere High School joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the matchup and his team's play so far this young season. 

For the full interview, click here. 


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Thursday, 15 December 2016 18:10

AUDIO Copley Ready For Minutemen Friday

Coach Mark Dente of the Copley Indians talked with Sam Bourquin Thursday ahead of their game Friday with Revere.


The Indians are coming off a nice win over Alliance and are led by senior guard Austin Brenner, along with Jacob Williams and Brian Roberts.

For the full interview, click the link below.


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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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Monday, 19 September 2016 18:48

AUDIO Copley and Revere Battle For The Bell

Coming off a big win over Barberton in Week 4, the Copley Indians are ready to face rival Revere in the Battle for the Bell this week.

Indians head coach Scott Chouinard says this game is a rivalry that runs deep and is important for the entire Copley community.

Copley is 3-1 heading into the game with the Minutemen, who are also 3-1 on the season.

For the full interview with Coach Chouinard, click here.

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Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:10

MULTIMEDIA Camp Days: Copley High School

For Wednesday's edition of Camp Days, we're looking at the 2016 edition of the Copley Indians under head coach Scott Chouinard.

Chouinard joined us at Surburban League Media Days in Cuyahoga Falls last week, and he said that his team is excited to put on the pads and get after it on the football field.

 "One of our top goals is making sure we're healthy all the way through the season,  win one game at a time, an our ultimate goal is to win the Suburban League."

 The Indians won 9 games in 2015, and are looking to make a solid run not only in the league, put in the postseason as well.

 Chouinard also pointed to the tough Suburban League slate and how each week is a tough matchup between well-coached teams with talented and hard-working players.


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