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.
This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Samuel Lord, a junior wrestler from Ellet High School.
He started wrestling at an early age, but now as a junior in high school, the grind and the discipline of the sport drives him and his teammates.
“The coaches push us to be our best and the athletes in there all really push each other to be better every day,” he said.
His coach Brian Biel said that the junior captain knows the meaning of working hard and staying focused.
"He leads by example and has earned the respect of his teammates and coaches through his hard work, positive attitude, and pursuit of personal and team growth," he said,
Lord said that school always comes first and the coaches and his fellow teammates are always cognizant of that.
“Sometimes practices have to be short so we can get our work done, but it’s all about balance,” he said.
As always, the goal is States, but last year in just his sophomore season, Samuel was 6th in sectionals and 7th in the North Coast Classic.
As a team leader, he says leadership by example is more his style, but he’s not afraid to motivate a teammate when he knows they can do better.
Our next 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Sarah Mason, a senior basketball player from Ellet High School.
She learned the sport of basketball growing up with 6 brothers and grew to appreciate the game that way.
“I just grew up around basketball,” she said.
She also appreciates her head coach Tina Wallace, who is a tough coach, but looks out for her team day in and day out.
“She’s always there for us and always there to support us and teach us what we need to know,” she explained.
Coach Wallace talked about Mason’s hard work on and off the court
“She’s a relentless defender, first one in the gym, last one to leave, I call her the rock in your shoe” Wallace said.
“But the most impressive quality is her character, Sarah has Great Parents and she truly exemplifies Student-Athlete.”
Sarah is a four year starter and letter winner for Ellet and says it’s great playing basketball with people she’s grown up with and enjoys being around.
“It’s just a great feeling,” Mason said with a smile.
Upon graduation in the spring, Sarah says she plans on attending the University of Akron to study art.
We wish Samuel and Sarah the best in all of their future endeavors.
This year's 2018 Male and Female Student Athletes of the Year are Tyler Dawson of Springfield High School and Lexi Shultz of Ellet High School.
This crop of athletes was honored at St. George's Fellowship Centre in Fairlawn during the Student Athlete of the Year Banquet.
Both Tyler and Lexi were humbled and honored to receive the $1,000 scholarships during the annual event.
Dawson plans on studying accounting at the University of Akron.
He says one of his favorite memories as a student athlete was playing with his fellow seniors, most of whom he has played with since he was 12 years old.
“I wouldn't change anything I did,” Dawson explained.
Tyler was a two-sport athlete, playing both football and basketball at Springfield High School.
Lexi Shultz, our second scholarship winner was a two-sport athlete playing both volleyball and softball for Ellet High School.
She says that she learned a lot of lessons throughout her time at Ellet, including those from Coach Chuck Shuman, her softball coach.
“The biggest thing I took from him was even when things get rough, just keep going, keep your head up,” she said.
Shultz plans on studying Exercise Science at the University of Akron and becoming a physical therapist.
Congratulations to both Tyler and Lexi, and also a special thanks goes to our sponsors, NECA, IBEW( International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), Akron Children's Hospital, Dominion, and St. George's Fellowship Centre.
Akron Police have arrested a 16-year-old Ellet High School student after making threats online that referenced the Parkland, Florida shooting that left 17 people dead on Valentines Day.
The student, whose name hasn't been released because he is a juvenile, allegedly posted a message to Snapchat indicating that he was going to "shoot up Ellet High School" and entitled, allegedly, the note "I hate Florida, part 2."
Employees of Ellet High School, who also have parents that attend the school, notified police about the messages.
Lt. Rick Edwards with the Akron Police Department tells the 1590 WAKR newsroom that the student admitted to making the threat on the social media platform.
The boy has been booked in Summit County Jail on the third degree felony charges of making terroristic threats.
Akron Police were notified of another threat that was posted to Facebook referencing a past school shooting and claiming that the author of the post, very specifically, was going to carry out an attack on Firestone High School. The post even reference February 15, as the target date for such an attack. After investigating, it turns out that post was from one year ago and showed up in the caller's Facebook Timeline as a "memory."
Still though, no arrest has been made in reference to that specific threat.
Charles Queer, 64, of Tallmadge, was sentenced to 3 years in prison, fined $15,000, and has had his license suspended for the rest of his life, in Summit County Common Pleas Court Friday morning. Judge Joy Malek-Oldfield handing down that sentence.
Back in March of 2016, 17-year-old Patricia Powell's car had broken down along I-76 in Akron. Queer, who was driving under the influence, slammed his car into the back of Powell's vehicle, killing her.
Queer pleaded no contest to two felony counts of aggravated vehicle homicide and one misdemeanor count of operating under the influence of alcohol. In court, Queer's attorney said that while he's entering a no contest plea, his client is not denying guilt.
The family of Powell recalled that in court, Queer had expressed no remorse and had never apologized for taking her life. Powell was a senior at Ellet High School, scheduled to graduate that year.
At this year's Student Athlete of the Year Banquet at Todaro's Party Center, our Male and Female scholarship winners were seniors Samantha Wolf of Ellet High School and Clayton Langdon of Revere High School.
Both Samantha and Clatyon were both humbled and grateful to recieve the $1,000 scholarships to their respective schools.
"It's amazing I don't know what to say," Wolf said. Adds Clayton, "It means a lot to me, I don't know what I did to deserve it, thank you," he said.
Samantha was a three sport athlete at Ellet, as she competed in cross country, softball, and was a cheerleader. She plans on attending the University of Akron and studying nursing. Clayton competed in track and field for Revere as well as football. Clayton plans on studying pre-med and play football at the University of Dayton.
Congratulations to both Samantha and Clayton, and also thanks to our sponsors, NECA, IBEW( International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), Akron Children's Hospital, Dominion, and Todaro's Party Center.
Ellet High School has a new football coach, a familiar face to fans of the Orangemen.
Longtime assistant coach Chuck Shuman joined the Sam and Brad Show and Sam Bourquin Monday afternoon to talk about being named the coach and what he looks to bring to the program.
Shuman takes over for coach Joe Yost, who was the head man at Ellet for 38 years. Shuman was an assistant coach for 32 of those years.
A fixture at Ellet High School for nearly four decades, Joe Yost has decided to call it a career. Yost called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his long tenure with the Orangemen, which included 23 winning seasons and a collection of shared and outright City Series titles. Why retire now? “I just thought it was the right time,” says Yost.
After 38 seasons as the head coach of the Ellet Orangemen football team, Joe Yost resigned from his position Friday morning.
Athletic Director of the Akron Public Schools, Joe Vassalotti joined the Sam and Brad Show on Friday to talk about his legacy for the Ellet community and how he impacted the lives of many young people.
Vassalotti coached against Yost during his own coaching journey. He said when people think Ellet, and especially Ellet football, you think Joe Yost.
Yost won 234 games as the Ellet head football coach and accumulated many other accolades throughout his coaching career including multiple City Series Championships.
Vassalotti said Yost plans on taking some time to himself and still being active in the Ellet community.
Joe Yost could not be reached for comment.
The full interview can be heard here.
Marquise Bridges, Ellet High School football standout running back, spoke with the Sam and Brad Show Wednesday to talk about the commitment to go play for the University of Akron Zips.
Mark Fisher, head coach of the Ellet Orangemen spoke with Sam Thursday to talk about his ballclub heading into the holidays.
The boys are 6-0 on the young season heading into the holiday tournaments.
The Buchtel Griffins are set for a physical matchup with the Ellet Orangemen Friday night at Infocision Stadium.
Ricky Powers, head coach of the Griffs, joined Sammy B on Thursday to talk about his team and what he sees with Ellet.
The Ellet Orangemen are prepared to avenge last week's loss to the East Dragons, and they will be facing off against Ricky Powers and the Buchtel Griffins.
Joe Yost, the head coach of the Orangemen, spoke with Sam Bourquin on Wednesday to talk about his ballclub.
Ellet High School will open again for students Wednesday.
Ellet High has been closed this week after cleanup crews spent the past few days clearing smoke and water damage from Saturday night's fire inside a construction classroom on the first floor.
Containment walls were built around areas directly affected by the fire, allowing students to return to classes in the rest of the building.
The investigation into what caused the fire continues.
(Earlier coverage) Ellet High School remains closed Tuesday as clean-up crews continue to ready the school for students after Saturday night's fire inside a construction classroom on the first floor.
Akron City Schools Communications Director Mark Williamson says it's a matter of safety for the students of Ellet. While the fire was mostly contained to that one classroom, smoke spread throughout the building and left a lingering smell which could be harmful to anyone occupying the building. Water damage is also a factor, as fire crews used their hoses to extinguish the blaze. Williamson says there is potential to continue clean-up efforts while students are back in the classrooms, containing certain affected areas with containment walls, but they want to be sure it's completely safe before doing so.
They expect to have the clean-up wrapped up soon, but they're not rushing things at Ellet High. The investigation into what caused the fire, meanwhile, continues. Fire investigators have not designated the fire as accidental, nor as arson, as of Tuesday.
UPDATE 3:58 PM 9/12/16: Akron Public Schools announced Monday afternoon that Ellet High School will be closed again Tuesday, as cleanup continues.
(Previous coverage) Ellet High School will be closed Monday as smoke damage is assessed following a late-evening fire Saturday that apprently started in a room used for building maintenance and the school's construction program.
Firefighters were alerted by an alarm triggered around 11:00 p.m.
Damage estimates haven't been released but the worst of the fire was contained to the room and adjoining area, although firefighters did find hallways filled with "light smoke" on their arrival at 304 Wolf Avenue. AFD responded with multiple alarm calls that included four fire engine trucks, a medical unit, a pair of battalion commanders and additional shift commander on site as well as an arson investigator. Firefighters used a foam truck which also doubles as a ventilation truck to help exhaust the smoke from the building.
Akron Public School opted to keep the school closed tomorrow while clean-up and investigation into the cause continues.
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(Akron Fire Department)Akron Fire responded to a private alarm at 304 Wolf Ave Ellet High School. Companies on scene
investigated the building and found light smoke in the hallways. The alarm was upgraded to 2nd alarm that includes 4 Engines ,2 Ladder trucks, 2 Battalion Commanders, Med unit, Shift Commander, and Arson investigator. After a search of the building room to room, Firefighters were able to locate the fire and extinguish it.
Foam Truck 660, which is also a large commercial ventilation truck, was called in to assist in ventilating the smoke from the building. Unknown at the time of this press release of the extent of the damages or where at in the building was effected most.
Week 2 of the high school football season is underway and two neighboring communities will be squaring off on the gridiron.
A student was found with a gun at Ellet High School late Wednesday morning.
Akron police say that a school staffer discovered the concealed gun on a 17 year-old male student.
"He was confronted by both the Akron officer at the school there, and staff members," Capt. Dan Zampelli tells WAKR.net, "and the 17 year-old immediately put his hands up, and allowed the officer to retrieve the weapon which was on his person at the time."
Capt. Zampelli says the student had a loaded, 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun, which has been confiscated.
He says the student faces felony charges of carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a firearm into the school. The student was sent to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.
The school was placed on lockdown for about an extra 40 minutes as a precaution.
No one was hurt, and classes were not disrupted at Ellet High.
In an unrelated incident, Miller South was locked for about 3 minutes early this afternoon, because Akron police were searching for someone outside the school.
(Previous coverage) Akron Public School officials say a student was found with a gun at Ellet High School late Wednesday morning.
Not many details have been released, but officials say the school was locked and place on what admintrators call a "Safe School Watch" for about an hour around 10:35 a.m. after a tip from a staff member.
Police confronted the student within five minutes of the lockdown and recovered the weapon without incident.