This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Billie Johnson, a junior basketball player from East.
 
He says that working with his teammates and coaches is something he enjoys and pushes him to be better day in and day out.
 
“Sometimes it's hard because some people don't like to listen, but we always come together and figure out what to do," he said.
 
He says head coach of the Dragons Brian Dawson gets the most out of him and his fellow basketball players and puts them in a position to succeed on the court and off.
 
“He always gets the best out of us," Billie explained.
 
 
 
Coach Dawson says Billie’s work ethic is contagious and that having him on the court makes a difference for East. 
 
“He’s one of our post players and we need him to get a double-double for us (points and rebounds) which he usually does,” Dawson said 
 
“Not only is he a great player, but a great kid as well, he goes to practice, he maintains a 3.0 GPA, he does the morning announcements in the morning, and on top of all that he goes to work, so he’s a well rounded young man.”
 
The three year letterman is not only a leader on the court, but also a leader in his school community, being a part of the Student Council. 
 
Our next Female Student Athlete of the Week is Alexis Buchanan, a senior  basketball player from East. 
 
She says she got into basketball from an early age and never looked back.
 
“ I used to look up to my male cousins when I was younger, I started playing when I was 8, and I wasn't too good, but I kept up with it and I'm on the varsity," she said.
   
 
 
 In addition to being a basketball player and a  three year letterwinner, she is also a co-captain on the cheerleading squad.
 
Her head coach on the basketball team Darryl Anderson says she is a leader on and off the court. 
 
“Alexis us a high energy; high quality young lady,” Anderson said.
 
“Alexis does our dirty work and she is one of the top rebounders and defenders on the team.”
 
Off the court, Buchanan exhibits a lot of good characteristics that make her a good basketball player.
 
“She is a leader at school and she is a positive role model to all of her teammates,” Anderson continued.  
 
“Alexis is a young lady that her coaches and teammates can rely on.”
 
Buchanan said that working with her coaches and teammates is something she truly enjoys.
 
“Every year I like coming across more people," she explained. 
 
Upon graduation in the spring, Alexis plans on attending Bowling Green State University to major in pre-nursing.
 
We wish Billie and Alexis the best in all of their future endeavors. 
 
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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 10:19

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/6/2018

:17 - It’s election day! We covered the most crucial and series topic of our time: is a hot dog a sandwich?

3:46 - We had the Browns covered for you, as well. Our Browns guy, Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report, talked about Gregg Williams’s first game as interim head coach, and how the team looks as they take on the Atlanta Falcons before the bye week.

12:42 - In this sports-heavy show, Ray talked Tribe with broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus. The GM meetings are going on in Major League Baseball, and Rosey discussed the state of the Indians, including the reports of possible trades of core players.

31:52 - The East Dragons are 9-2 on the season, and they’re set to take on Canfield this week. Head coach Marques Hayes talked about his strong football team.

35:14 - We head to Mogodore to talk to head coach Matt Adorni. The Wildcats are 10-1 on the season and they are set to take on McDonald.

39:15 - Speaking of “futbol,” Ray heads north to Richfield as he chats with boys soccer coach Nick DePompei and his Minutemen.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 11:08

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/23/2018

:17 - October 23, 2001 was the day the iPod was first announced, so today is iPod Day. Does anyone still use one of them? And what are some other technological devices that have either been phased out over time, like the pager or the PalmPilot? Remember LaserDisc? Ray and Tony talked about all of these.

17:08 - The Browns, whether they pretend otherwise, have problems within the coaching staff. On Monday, Hue Jackson says he won’t take over the playcalling from OC Todd Haley, but that’s a different tone than what he had after Sunday’s game. Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report came on to interpret and break down what’s happening.

26:17 - Remember the Pacer? The Pinto? The original Honda Civic? We mentioned some old ugly cars from yesteryear on the program.

39:25 - The 8-1 East Dragons have a big game against Buchtel this Friday. Dragons head coach Marques Hayes joined Ray to preview the matchup and look back on their season so far.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 11:09

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/16/2018

:17 - One of the big talking points in Akron these last few weeks has been a proposed ordinance to fine and even jail residents who have incessant barking dogs. Well, city council shot down Russ Neal’s proposal, and he joined Ray to discuss what’s next.

10:17 - Time now for our Academic Exam, sponsored by the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Matt and Katelyn from East Community Learning Center squared off a day earlier than normal, as we’re live at Goodyear Hall tomorrow.

23:00 - The devastation continues in the gulf of Florida, as the panhandle looks to rebuild what was torn up from Michael. The tornado-like winds damaged the power structure and grids need to be rebuilt. Mark Durbin from FirstEnergy gave us some education on what needs to be done.

30:52 - The Browns came out flat in Sunday’s contest against the Los Angeles Chargers. What needs to be done to rectify both sides of the ball to get back to .500? Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report gave his thoughts on the game and looked ahead to Sunday in Tampa.

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