ESPN MLB Senior Writer Buster Olney joined the Sam and Brad to talk about the MLB and the Cleveland Indians ahead of the 2019 season.
Brad Russell and Ben Thomas got into the Feel Good Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show:
ESPN's Buster Olney talked MLB and Indians (20 seconds in)
Brad and Ben talked about the morale amongst fans and players for the Cleveland Indians if they were to make a trade with one of their ace pitchers (14:47)
Ben Braun former NCAA College basketball coach chimed in on the NCAA Basketball Tournament. (17:18)
This week our 1590 WAKR G&G Fitness Coach of the Week is Dru Joyce II the longtime boy's basketball coach at STVM.
The STVM Fighting Irish will be playing in the state semifinals tonight.
Coach Dru said that he wasn't worried about the naysayers who said that they couldn't make it to Columbus again in Division I
"People in the basketball community, you hear it," Joyce said, "It's not about me, it's about the kids and they understand it's not about getting there ,it's about winning and that's the mindset."
Stay tuned for next week's G&G Fitness Coach of the Week!
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.
On the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:
The guys got into the NCAA Tournament and some of the locations and seedings with the callers 20 seconds in
Paul Keels the voice of the Buckeyes spoke about their upcoming game against Iowa State (15:05)
Kyle Boone of CBS Sports broke down the brackets and the NCAA Tournament. (26:46)
For Monday on the Sam and Brad Show:
Dru Joyce II on the STVM Fighting Irish heading back to Columbus for a chance at another state title. (19 seconds)
This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Jess Vari a senior basketball player from Revere High School.
Sam and Brad discussed the Browns offseason and some of the rumors floating around with Browns beat writer Steve Doerschuk (30-40 seconds in)
They also talked about the signing of Breshad Perriman and took a call from Chris in Copley about their remaining needs. (around 13:13)
They also caught up with Jim Rosenhaus of the Cleveland Indians Radio Network to talk about the Tribe out in Goodyear, Arizona. (around 25 minutes in).
The Tuesday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast!
Show open with WAKR's Ryan Lang (15.7 seconds)
Leslie Rarick:joined from Akron Noir Alley to talk true crime and unsolved cases in studio (15:00)
Judge Jack Durkin joined in to talk about Governor DeWine providing resources to drug courts (30:35)
Christopher Wilkins, from the Akron Symphony performs music associated with Space. (40:35)
This week our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week is none other than Fred Thomas, the former coach at Malone University. He is now a volunteer assistant at the University of Mount Union, helping with the offensive line.
Coach Thomas said it's been an interesting road to get to Alliance and coach alongside Vince Kehres, but he says he's been fortunate to land with such a prestigious program.
"It's been a blessing," Coach Thomas said. "The players have been great to me, the coaches have been great to me."
The Purple Raiders start spring football in a week and a half.
For the video of Coach Thomas in the studio, click here. https://www.facebook.com/1590WAKRAkron/videos/1007896886086642/
The Jasen Sokol Show Podcast for Thursday!
Show Open: The Firestone Estate is for sale! (20.2 seconds in)
Rep Scott Oelslager of North Canton,on the gas tax (14:37)
Jan Leach of KSU comments on Government program screening journalists (26:19)
Jason Klein on the :Maple Sugar Festival at Hale Farm (36:51)
PGA Pro Joe Leenheer on golf news (44:41)
This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Savannah McGraw, a senior bowler from Coventry High School.
Sam and Brad's Monday edition of the Podcast:
They spoke with Bill Landis on the state of the OSU Basketball Buckeyes
Zac Jackson spoke with the guys to talk about all of the news surrounding the Browns and the NFL Combine
They also discussed their NFL Dream Booth for Monday Night Football after Jason Witten came out of retirement to rejoin the Dallas Cowboys.
On the Monday edtion of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast:
Jeff Schudel joined the show to talk Weekend Sports (19.3 seconds)
Dr Toni Bisconti discussed the MOMO hoax in studio (11:57)
Dr. Stacey Willet discussed the Alabama Tornado (23:56)
Ashley Bettis spoke about Touchdowns and Tutus (35:59)
This week our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week is Gene Schindewolf of Manchester.
He coaches the boys' team there and has amassed over 500 wins as a coach.
Coach says that this is a hard working and fun group of young men to lead in 2018-19.
"This is a fun group, they bust their tail and work hard," he said.
Stay tuned for next week's edition of the Coach of the Week!
Sam and Brad talked a little fishing ahead of tomorrow's Boat and Water Sports Show (that they will be broadcasting from tomorrow)
Also they caught up with Fred Couples, who is this year's Ambassador of Golf for the Senior Players Tour coming to Firestone CC in July.
On the Thursday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast:
On the Monday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:
Sam spoke with Kurt Helin, national NBA Writer from NBC.Sports.com on the One and Done rule in the NBA and if that could change in the next couple of years. (19 seconds in)
Jeff from Akron weighed in on the television aspect of high school sports and why the NBA ratings are down. (15:52)
Dr. Cash also called in to chop it up with Sammy B (20:43)
On the Monday edtion of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast:
Jeff Schudel talked about the weekend in sports (17 seconds)
Ray Horner talked about our Cleveland Indians in Goodyear, Arizona as they get ready for the season (12:10)
Dr. Toni Bisconti talked about the Oscars from last night. (23:45)
Today is Indians Radio Week Day 1, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On the first day, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff. :29 - Relief pitcher Dan Otero talked about the bullpen and changing faces. 8:06 - Infield coach Mike Sarbaugh chatted about Francisco Lindor and the infield. 13:02 - Broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus stopped by the radio table to touch on how the first weekend looked in Arizona. 22:43 - Southpaw reliever Tyler Olson tries to improve on his disappointing 2018 season. 26:51 - VP Bob DiBiaso mentioned his relationship with Bob Feller and previewed the 2019 season ahead. 35:02 - Outfielder Tyler Naquin on bulking up and wanting a spot as an everyday player. 37:04 - Starting pitcher Shane Bieber recaps his 2018 rookie campaign and looks ahead to 2019. 40:11 - Closer Brad Hand, who came over in a trade from San Diego, is ready for his first spring training with the Indians.
On the show today,
The fellas spoke with Andre Knott of STO (20 seconds in)
Also they spoke with Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal to talk Browns as they get ready to evaluate players at the NFL Combine next week. (16:04)
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.
Sam and Brad on the Tuesday edition of the podcast:
Spoke with Buchtel coach Matt Futch (19 seconds) and Hoban coach TK Griffith (9:20) on their matchup tonight
They also spoke with MLB.com reporter Anthony Castrovince.(19:52) to talk Manny Machado signing with the Padres and the Indians as they continue Spring Training.
On the Monday Edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:
Sam and Brad had some fun as one of the callers talked about wrestling a bear at a bar. (18 seconds)
Mike Fuline head coach of the Mount Union Purple Raiders spoke about the win over the weekend as they get closer to the close of the season (6:24)
Sam and Brad asked the callers where they stand with the Cleveland Indians. (18:20)
On the Monday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast:
Jeff Schudel talked about the weekend in sports: 20 seconds in
Dr. Toni Bisconti discussed the Jussie Smollett situation: 8:56
On the Sam and Brad Show Podcast "Feel Good Friday Edition:"
This week our 1590 WAKR G&G Fitness Coach of the Week is Yontami Jones, the girls' basketball coach of Kenmore Garfield Golden Rams.
The Lady Rams won the 2018-19 City Series title.
She says that her team fought through some adversity earlier in the season, but perservered and came through.
Stay tuned for next week's Coach of the Week!