This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Nicole Lester, a senior basketball player from Norton High School.

 Nicole said she got into the game of basketball from her friends at a young age and stuck with it ever since.
She says that because of playing with a lot of her teammates earlier in life, it translates into the court now.
“It’s easy because you can read where everyone is going,” Lester said.

She said her head coach Brian Miller gets the most out of her teammates day in and day out, caring not only about them as players, but as students and people. 
“He’s really funny,” Nicole said with a smile. “He cares about us and our education first.”
Miller said Nicole’s leadership and positive attitude carries from the court to off the court.
“She is not interested in her stats only cares about winning and making sure the team is first,” he explained.
“She is a tremendous student. Her grades are excellent and she will have great success in her life.”
In addition to being a four year letter winner for the Lady Panthers, Nicole is a member of the National Honor Society and volunteering with the Youth basketball camp at Norton as well as father/daughter dances. 
Our next male Student Athlete of the Week is Nathan Dobben, a senior basketball player from Norton High School. 
Nate says he got into basketball at an early age and fell in love with the sport.
“In sixth grade I went out for the team and ever since then I’ve loved the sport and always wanted to play.”
Dobben is also a captain on the team this year and he takes his leadership role seriously.
“I feel like now as a senior I have to lead both vocally and by example,” he said. 

His coach BJ Sanderson had this to say about his senior leader.
“Nate is a phenomenal kid. Great grades, great manners, great family, and a great head on his shoulders,” Sanderson explained.
“He is a great example of the kind of student-athlete leading our program.”
Nathan is also a part of the National Honor Society , Key Club, and is the Senior Class Vice President.
Upon graduation in the spring, he plans on attending the University of Akron to study engineering. 
We wish Nicole and Nathan the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Madison Bennett, a junior soccer player from Norton High School.

Madison says the great thing about competing for Norton is the relationships between her teammates and the coaching staff.

She says this year’s team has a good group of freshmen and as an experienced player, it’s up to her to lead them on the pitch.

“We've just been playing hard and we're trying to adjust on the field, we're a quality team and we've learned a lot in the past season,'' she says.

"I try to lead the freshmen vocally, I try to stay positive and build relationships."


 Bennett is a 3-year letter winner for the Panthers and plays attacking midfield.

She says she likes it because of the opportunity to keep her teammates involved.

 Her coach Daniel DiPasquale says her versatility on the pitch is what makes her a great player.

“Madison is a complete soccer player!” he explained.

“She plays wherever is needed for what’s best for her team.”

“As good as she is as a soccer player, she’s also an even better person,” said DiPasquale.

Away from soccer, Madison works just as hard in the classroom, maintaining her grades and also staying active in her school community.

She’s a member of the Key Club, Pep Club, Spanish Club, Homecoming/Prom Committee, and serves as a Student Council Class Officer.
In the community, she’s participated in a family missions trip to Cambodia.

We wish Madison all the best in her future endeavors.

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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Tyler Scott, a junior football player from Norton High School.

Tyler is a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track and field. He says the balance between academics and athletics is a challenge that he readily accepts. 
“Since I was little, father and mother have always taught me that grades come first," he said. 
"If you're going to participate in  school and want to play (sports) why not be the best at it? " 
On the football field, he says the camaraderie between his fellow players and coaches has led to success on the gridiron thus far.
“It's pretty fun and we have a lot more camaraderie this year, and we're winning so it's fun," Scott explained. 
His head coach, Kevin Pollock, who is in his first year with the Panthers says  that Scott is a natural with his skill set at both running back and defensive back.
"He’s an incredibly naturally gifted athlete who doesnt rely on his skill but works his butt off,” Pollock explained. 
Off the field, Scott is also a great young man to be around, says Pollock.
“Tyler is an outstanding playmaker, but also a great person. Always smiling, always doing the right things. Fun kid to be around and its special to watch him play."
We wish Tyler the best in all of his future endeavors. 
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New Norton head football coach Kevin Pollock spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about his latest coaching venture on a Feel Good Friday.


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Thursday, 15 September 2016 11:35

Police ID Student Struck, Killed By School Bus

The 16-year-old student who was struck and killed by a school bus Wednesday afternoon in Norton has officially been identified.

The Norton Police Department has identified the Norton High School teen as Kyle Richmond, 16, of Barberton. The accident happened in the 3100 block Greenwich Road. Police said Richmond fell from a skate board and was hit by the school bus. Authorities said he suffered severe head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Norton Police Department released this statement: "The entire city of Norton is devastated by this loss and expresses its support to the victim's family and entire student body and faculty within the Norton school system."

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Friday, 22 July 2016 15:37

AUDIO Norton Hires New A.D. Shimek

The Norton Panthers have a new athletic director in the fold, and with the changes going on with the district and some new facilities going in place, he knows he'll have an exciting challenge on his hands.

Don Shimek, the new Athletic Director joined Sam Bourquin Friday to talk about the new job.  With the renovations and things taking place, he knows that there's a lot of moving pieces and parts there.

 "There's quite a bit that's going on there," Shimek said. "They're going to to be moving to a new high school in December, and there's a lot of construction going on to meet those needs."

Shimek comes to Norton from the North Canton school district.  The Panthers compete in the Portage Trail Conference.  He says that it's a competitive conference with a lot of tradition.

"There's a lot of great coaches, super kids, and great community support to provide the best kind of facilities and the best kind of opportunities for kids in the Norton district."


For the full interview, click here.

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