This week our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Shae Moles, a senior basketball player from Springfield High School.
He says he got into basketball at an early age and kept it going ever since.
"Football was my first love for any sport, but once I started playing in youth and got up to junior high, I just fell in love with the game," he said.
He says working with his teammates and coaches has been a truly rewarding experience over the course of his career as a Spartan.
His head coach Tim Cole said Shae's hard work is apparent on the court and in the classroom.
"Shae is a perfect example of what we want a Spartan Basketball player to be," Cole says. "He works really hard in the classroom, volunteers in the community, and excels in all parts of the game on the floor. He never misses practice, works hard in the offseason, and is a leader for both his senior teammates and underclassmen alike. He leads a small-cell group of underclassmen and has taken them under his wing to teach the next generation ‘The Spartan Way’.“
"They (coaches and teammates) help you each step of the way," he explained.
Shae' s a three year letterman and was 2nd team All-PTC and participated in the PTC All Star Game. He's also showing excellence in the classroom as well, with a 3.4 GPA and participation in such extracirriculars such as senior council.
In the community, Shae serves as a referee for youth sports basketball games in the area.
Upon graduation in the spring, Shae plans on majoring in either education or physical therapy.
Our next Student Athlete of the Week is Natalie Phillips, a junior basketball player from Springfield High School.
She says seventh grade is when she got into the sport of basketball
"My brother did it and I started it because I wanted to try something new.
Phillips is a two-sport athlete at Springfield in both basketball and cross country all while maintaining a 3.6 GPA.
Her head coach Kevin Pletcher has this to say about one of his leaders.
“Natalie loves the game of basketball, she loves being part of the girls basketball program,” he said. “She represents herself first class as a student-athlete here in the Springfield school system and community."
She said one of the cool aspects of playing basketball for the Lady Spartans includes playing at the Q (Quicken Loans Arena) during the course of her career.
"We go every two years, so that's pretty unique," she says.
Phillips is a 3 year letterwinner in basketball heading into her senior season in 2019-20.
We wish both Shae and Natalie the best in all of their future endeavors.
This week our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Caleb Eckenrode of Springfield High School.
Our last week of our 2018 Camp Reports continue with new head football coach of the Springfield Spartans David Bosko.
The Spartans open up the 2018 season with neighborhood rival Ellet.
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.