Norton senior Bret Baker is the male 1590 WAKR student athlete of the week for November 10-17.

Bret is a star on the wrestling mats for the Panthers, and he will be moving up from the 138 weight class to 145 for his senior season.

From a young age, Bret has been involved in wrestling, having done so for twelve years.

"My dad got me into [wrestling], and I stuck with it ever since,” he says. "It [takes] a lot of mental toughness.”

In his junior year, Bret finished seventh in the state in Division II and was named team MVP for the Panthers

Though he is putting the finishing touches on his senior year at Norton, Bret spends very little time at the high school. He isn’t playing hooky, mind you; Bret spends most of his school days taking college prep classes at Stark State College.

When he is not wrestling, Bret can be seen in the grass somewhere, either on a baseball field or a golf course. In his free time, he enjoys unwinding on his Xbox.

After graduation, Bret is looking to further his education at either Akron or Kent State. The field of medicine runs in the Baker family, and Bret seems to have caught the medical bug, as he looks to major in NEOMED.

“I may wrestle,” he says at the next level. “But I’m definitely focusing on academics."

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This week's male Student Athlete of the Week is Spencer Robinson from Woodridge High School.

Spencer is standout senior on the Bulldogs football team, coached by Jeff Decker. In addition to his football prowess, Spencer also wrestles at Woodridge.

As for attending Woodridge, Spencer enjoys the atmosphere at the school, and likes how close-knit he is with his fellow classmates.

In addition to athletics, Spencer is a member of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), and he plans on continuing his education at the University of Mount Union.

Spencer is a huge fan of all the Cleveland pro sports teams, especially the Browns. "I hope someday that they will eventually turn it around," he says.

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Talia Kirksey a junior volleyball player for East and a student at STEM High School.

Talia carries her leadership on an off the volleyball court, as a member of Student Council and a Junior Class Officer, as well as a captain on the volleyball team. She says she likes the team aspect of the game has always been a draw for her.

“No one person can win the game,” Talia says. “We all have to work as one heartbeat.”

Kirksey carries a 4.3 GPA and in addition to her time on the court, she is also a varsity cheerleader and runs track as well.

She says one of her favorite memories as a cheerleader was supporting the football team during their deep playoff run during the 2016 season.

Kirksey says she plans on majoring in Biomedical Engineering upon graduation in 2019, and plans on being a pediatric doctor.

“I enjoy working with kids, Talia explained. “I've had many volunteer opportunities (involving kids).”

One of those ventures is the Fadia Young Women's Program in Akron, which helps inner city youth.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Talia the best in all of her future endeavors.

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Paige Brenner from Copley High School is the female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for October 27-November 3.

A junior, Paige is a standout volleyball player for the Indians, who are having a stellar season under head coach Antoine Pastor. The Indians are co-champs in the Suburban League, their highest finish in over a decade, and Paige, who plays center, is a big reason for their record.

Not a volleyball player since birth, Paige picked up on the sport quickly in the seventh grade. In her first two years of high school, she took home an honorable mention and a second team all-conference title.

A Copley resident, Paige talks about growing up there. “The community is really awesome,” she says. A lot of people [in the community] come out and support us.”

As far as the high school goes, Paige enjoys the communal feel. “It’s a really good environment,” she says. “There’s a lot of really good people. There’s not a lot of fights or arguments.”

When she’s not on the volleyball or basketball courts, Paige has been very active in her community. She points to her strong faith, and has been quite active in her church.

Being just a junior, Paige is still undecided on where she wants to attend college. However, when she does, she plans on studying ministry.

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This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Alex Dye of Revere High School.

Alex is a junior on the golf team, and this year he made it all the way to the district finals as an individual player.

A lifelong admirer of the sport of golf, Alex picked up the sticks at a young age. “My older brother and father played, and I started going out with them, and I fell in love with it.”

“It’s a lot of fun,” Alex says of playing on the Revere golf team. The team is without a senior this season, so Alex has been the upperclassman always up for competition.

Alex’s favorite subjects in school are math and business, and though he’s still undecided on a college, he would like to study accounting at the next level.

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This week's female Student Athlete of the Week is Sydney Powell from St.Vincent-St. Mary High School.

A soccer player for the Fighting Irish, Sydney is currently a senior at St. V. After graduation, she plans on attending Mount Union. The plan is for her to major in physical therapy.

Sydney participates in numerous clubs and activities, in addition to studying and playing soccer. She is a member of French Club and Future Medics, and has been involved with the St. Sebastian youth group and Akron Children's Hospital.

Sydney greatly enjoys the family atmosphere at St. V. She also enjoys hanging out with friends in her free time.

Best of luck, Sydney!

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is senior football player Hayden Bartels of Stow High School.

Hayden says he enjoys the camaraderie of his teammates during the season, and that plays a big role in their success this far.

He also says having Coach Mark Nori in his corner and encouraging the players is a benefit as well.

"He's been great," Hayden says. "He cares about us and how we succeed not only in football, but outside of it."

Bartels says playing with his senior classmates has been great, knowing that a lot of them have been working towards their goals since youth football.

"It's been great, something we've all been looking forward to, and to finally get a chance to play together and prove ourselves, we're having a blast doing it."

Hayden plans on studying either Biology or Pre-Med after graduation and he says being focused on his studies is one of his top priorities.

We at 1590 WAKR wish Hayden the best in all his future endeavors.

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Eden Amador Gorby is this week’s WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week.

A senior at Springfield High School, Eden participate in track and field, as well as running cross country in the fall. She runs in many track events including the 2 mile, 1 mile, 4x4 ,4x8, and the 800. In cross country, she does the 5K. She is a four-year varsity starter for track, and has had honorable mention in the PTC.

Eden is coached by her dad, Kevin Gorby . "He's coach and he's dad,” says Eden. "He doesn't show favoritism.“

Coach Gorby has helped Eden not only her athletics, but with her confidence as well. "I wasn't always very confident, but with him motivating me, I've learned to become a leader."

Art is one of Eden's favorite subjects in school. Though she is very creative, Eden is not sure if she wants to continue art into college, so she is keeping her options open.

Eden is also a member of the National Honors Society and student council.

Congratulations to Eden Amador Gorby WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

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Barberton senior quarterback Zane Ries is the male Student Athlete of the Week during the week of October 13th-20th.

As of this writing and recording, Barberton undefeated at 7-0, and Zane is a big reason for the Magics’ success. In his junior year of 2016, Zane received First Team All-Suburban League honors, as well as First Team All-District, and an honorable mention All-State team.

"I feel like we're getting better each week,” says Zane about his football team. "Us seniors are keeping everybody focused week to week, one game at a time.”

Being a senior, Zane wants to lead by example for the underclassmen. How does he do that? “Show them the right way, help them if they need anything, show them the ropes and how to act in public, and how to handle adversity."

When he’s not on the gridiron, Zane is a member of the basketball team, where he was also First Team All-Suburban League.

A Barberton lifer, Zane is active in the community. He has volunteered at the town’s annual Mum Fest, has ranked leaves for the elderly, and is a part of the school’s anti-bullying program.

"It's amazing,” he talks of living in Barberton and attending their schools. "The family aspect, all the support, and the tradition. A lot of schools I don't think have that tradition."

Zane is still undecided on where he wants to attend college, but has had offers from schools across Ohio. He does plan on playing football at the next level, and wants to major in Education.

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Kaitlyn Judge, a senior soccer player from CVCA High School.

Kaitlyn is a 2-year letterwinner in soccer and a 4-year letterwinner in basketball and is a captain for both sports.

She said she leads both vocally and by example, and as the goalkeeper, she knows pressure.

"I just love the adrenaline, being able to use my hands and stop the ball, getting our team a win," she explained.

In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Judge is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

She says this year has been fun both on and off the pitch, and getting to know her teammates has been a real joy.

"We have a new coach this year, we have a great group of girls, and we have a great chemistry together," Kaitlyn said.

While Kaitlyn is undecided on a college as of now, she plans on studying math upon graduation.

We wish Kaitlyn the best in all of her future endeavors.

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Payton Grigsby from Wadsworth High School is our female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete for the week of September 22nd-29th.

A senior at Wadsworth, Payton has participated in cross-country since her sophomore year. She was a quick learner and a natural athlete, as she has placed high many meets, including taking home first place in an individual race at the Wooster Invitational in early September.

“We do about forty miles a week,” says Payton when talking about her cross-country training. “We definitely build a good base, and do a bunch of speed work toward the end of the season.”

However, cross-country running was not Payton’s first love. She has played soccer from an early age, and decided to run track her freshman year. Her experiences in track and field led her to joining the cross-country team as a sophomore.

After high school, Payton is still undecided as to where she wants to continue her education. She does plan on running in college, talking with schools from Divisions 1 through III. In the classroom, Payton would like to major in Art Therapy.

“I’ve always wanted to help people,” she says about art therapy. "I love art, and I think that’s the best thing for me right now."

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JoJo France is this week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete. He is a senior at Manchester High School, participating in football and basketball for the Panthers.

Jojo is proud to be able to carry on the the tradition of the France name at Manchester.

"It means a lot to me," says Jojo, who is proud to carry on the tradition of the France name at Manchester. "And I know it means a lot to them."

In fact, his head coach, Jim France, is his grandfather.

Two-time ​Pac 7 first-team basketball player, as well as Pac 7 first-team football, are just some of the accomplishments Jojo has earned in his time at Manchester.

As for his post high school education, Jojo has an interest in sports management, with an eye on scouting or sports management. He currently excels in government class.

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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Tyler Gibson, a senior football player for Cuyahoga Falls High School.

Tyler discussed his favorite memories of playing football for the Black Tigers and his senior teammates, saying he wouldn't change a thing.

"I've known most of my guys now for nine years, ever since I started playing football in 4th grade," he says. "We have good chemistry together."

Gibson also discussed playing for first-year head coach Shane Parker and the impact he's made on him and the team.

"I like how many things he's changed about the program,like the attitude," he said.

Tyler is a 3-year letterman in football and also lettered in track and field for the Black Tigers. In addition to his work on the field and in the classroom, he volunteers his time working, painting houses.

Gibson plans on attending the University of Akron to study athletic training upon graduation in the spring of 2018.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Tyler the best in all of his future endeavors.


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Firestone senior soccer player Jacob Weber is the 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week for September 8th-15th.

Jacob is a four-year letter winner in soccer for the Falcons. His team has excelled thus far in 2017, even with seven seniors graduating from last year’s program. He is one of three captains on the team, and has had a terrific season after seven games.

"This has probably been my best year in enjoying the sport,” says Jacob. “[Especially] with the people I’ve been around and the team I’m on.”

That team is 5-1-1 in the fall season under Coach Michael Householder with a lot of help from underclassmen.

"We all like each other,” Jacob says. "None of us have issues with each other."

In addition to soccer, Jacob is well-rounded with his athletic activities. He says soccer is where his passion is, but he is an avid bowler. While his soccer career may end in high school, he may look to bowl in college.

Speaking of college, Jacob plans on attending the University of Akron after graduation, with Business and Economics as his major.

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Delaney Stecz of Green is this week’s 1590 WAKR female Student Athlete of the Week.

Delaney is a soccer player for the Bulldogs. Delaney was first introduced to soccer at the tender age of five. Whether it was by her parents or cousins, she always had motivation to play the game.

"My whole family loves and plays soccer,” she says.

A three-year letter winner in soccer, Delaney says she loves being a part of her Bulldog team.

“I love being a part of the environment,” says Delaney. “We play for each other. I love being part of the team."

Delaney’s motivation is not just centered on the field, but in the classroom as well, being a two-year letter winner in the National Scholar Academy. She is also active in the community, volunteering with the Key Club and the National Honors Society.

When she is not on the field or at school, Delaney is earning some extra cash working at a local doughnut shop part-time.

After high school, Delaney plans on attending Edinboro University.

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 08:17

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Dylan Erks

This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Dylan Erks from Archbishop Hoban High School.

Dylan is a standout golfer for the Knights under head coach Dylan Parker. His golf feats began as a youngster.

"My dad always put a club in my hand," Erks said. His focus on golf kicked into high gear around the ages of 12 and 13.

Dylan scouts the top PGA golfers on tour such as Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, and others. He was lucky enough to watch Tyler Light in person at the US Open over the summer.

Erks enjoys the students and the faculty at Hoban, especially Late Start Thursdays. He is a member of Peer Mentors and the Gourmet Food Club, and also finds time to pitch for the Knights baseball team.

Free time activities for Dylan include hanging out with friends and family, as well as taking in some horror movies.

Best of luck to Dylan on into his future.

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Madison Byler, a junior soccer player for the Ellet Orangemen.

Madison says she started playing soccer at the age of four and her love of the sport is contagious among her teammates.

“I really love playing the sport and teaching it as well,” Byler says.

Madison plays defense for the Orangemen and she takes pride in keeping the other team off the scoreboard with a couple of her fellow teammates.

Madison is a captain for the Lady Orangemen this season for coach Justin Dimengo, and she says she's becoming more comfortable being a vocal leader, but it's her example the younger girls follow.

“I would say I'm more of a leader by example,” she says. “I haven't been a captain very long, so I am still sometimes nervous to be a leader vocally, but I am getting better.”

Madison is undecided on whether or not she will play soccer in college, but she does plan on majoring in Psychology.

We at 1590 WAKR wish Madison the best in all of her future endeavors.

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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.

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This week's 1590 WAKR Student athlete of the week is Caitlin Raid from Woodridge High School.

Caitlin is a standout softball player for the Bulldogs. She is only a sophomore, but has already put together some impressive numbers as the team's number one pitcher.

Caitlin says she enjoys attending Woodridge High School, and has fun with her softball teammates. She has great memories from a recent trip to Disney World the team made earlier this spring.

Caitlin does plan on attending college after graduation and going into stem research studies.

Best of luck, Caitlin!

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Tayler Frame, a senior softball player at East CLC.

Tayler is a 4-year letterwinner on the softball diamond and was named the team's Most Valuable Player.

She says as a senior, being a leader is key for her team.

"I try to lead by example, and then try to give them the extra vocal help that they need if they're missing something," she says.

She's been sharpening those leadership skills as a member of the ROTC, which helps in a lot of aspects of Tayler's life.

"To be a team captain, you have to have strong leadership skills, and I think it really helps my players when I know how to better lead them," she explains.

Frame says her goals for the team this year is to continue to get better, have fun, and win a City Series championship.

In addition, Tayler is also a member of the National Honor Society and is ranked 3rd in the Class of 2017.

Upon graduation, Tayler plans on attending the University of Akron and majoring in pre-med.

We at 1590 WAKR wish Tayler the best in all of her future endeavors.

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Jordan Jolly, a senior baseball player at Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

He said he's excited for the excpectations surrounding the team this year, and leadership is something he takes seriously.

“Being a senior, I've embraced the captain role, leading some of the younger guys,” Jolly said.

“For myself personally, I just want to be able to pitch well and create opportunities for my team to go out there and win the game.”

Jordan is a three-sport athlete, lettering in golf, basketball, and baseball. He says he takes his academics seriously as well, knowing the balance between sports and schoolwork is key to success not only on the playing field, but in life.

“Academics is first and foremost,” Jordan explains. “Being able to manage both schoolwork and baseball is something I pride myself in, and making sure my grades are up and doing well.”

Jordan recently committed to Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH to play baseball and plans on studying Sports Medicine and Marketing.

On the diamond at Wittenberg, Jolly plans on pitching and playing a little outfield as well.

We wish Jordan success in all of his future endeavors at 1590 WAKR.

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Barberton High School Junior wrestling star Cameron Fitzsimmons is the 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for March 24th-March 31st.

Cameron recently finished a strong sophomore varsity wrestling season with 32 wins and a top 10 finish in the district competition.

"I've been wrestling since I was five years old,” said Fitzsimmons. “It feels great to be in this program and making an impact at this age.”

Dave Mariola's wrestling program has quickly become one of the top programs in the state as the team is constantly refueled with young talent.

"Yeah, I feel this program and the coaches push us to be the best,” said FItzsimmons. “They really push us, making us better.”

Cameron is a three-sport performer at Barberton as he is a linebacker and tailback for the football team and is a relay runner for the spring track team but his first love is on the mats at the purple palace.

"Wrestling is what I want to do in college,” Fitzsimmons says. “I like to help the young wrestlers coming up as well as a volunteer as a coach for them.”

Cameron plans to pursue a career in Business in college.

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This week’s WAKR female Student Athlete of the Week is Ron'Naeza Saunders of Kenmore High School.

Ron'Naeza is bright young girl with a quiet confidence about her. For the Cardinals, Ron’Naeza is a cheerleader and volleyball player, but during the winter, she enjoys playing basketball. Under coach Yontami Jones, the young Cardinals finished fourth in the city.

About her Kenmore team, Ron’Naeza believes “[We] are a good team, but if we play to our potential, we could be great.”

During her time on the basketball team, Ron'Naeza has received awards including Most Improved Player and Team MVP.

Ron'Naeza would love to continue her basketball career into college.

Congratulations to Ron'Naeza on being this week’s WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

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This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Lukus Stricker from Archbishop Hoban High School.

Lukus is standout senior wrestler for the Knights, and is coming off an amazing season where he finished second in the state of Ohio in his weight class of 120 pounds.

Lukus is currently studying applied mathematics at Hoban. He has already been accepted to Harvard, and will continue his wrestling career there, as well. He has been wrestling since he was in the second grade.

He is also a member of the National Honors Society. He really enjoys going to school at Hoban because of the tight knit student body and the caring faculty.

Best of luck Lukus!

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Samantha Wolf, a senior softball player from Ellet High School.

She has played softball all four years at Ellet , earning 2nd team all-city honors.

Sam describes the team as a whole as close-knit, especially the seniors.

"We're all pretty close, and the past four years we've been friends, so we're pretty inseparable," she says.

In addition to the bond Samantha has with her teammates on the softball diamond, her head coach, Chuck Shuman, is also her grandfather.

Sam says it's been an awesome experience getting to play for her grandfather, and alongside her sisters as well.

Wolf is a three-sport athlete in cheerleading, cross country, and softball, and she says time management is key to being a student athlete.

Adding to her athletic accomplishments, she's also a member of Student Council and the National Honor Society.

Samantha plans on studying nursing at the University of Akron after graduation in the spring.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish her the best in all her future endeavors.

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This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Van Wallbrown of Manchester High School.

Van tees it up for the Panthers' golf team during the fall, and shoots hoops for the basketball team throughout the winter. The basketball team had a nice run this year before falling to Canton Central Catholic in the sectional championship round of the tournament.

Van loves playing under head coach Gene Schinderwolf and his staff. Talking about his teammates, Van says “We are all a very tight group."

Though he is only a junior, Van has his sights set on college, preferably studying military science.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish him the best.

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Wadsworth Sophomore Swim star Hannah Berlin is the 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week for March 10th-March 17th.

Hannah recently set a school record in the 500 Freestyle at the Suburban League meet, which earned her a chance to go to states.

“I knew I had a good time going,” said Berlin. “ I just didn't realize how fast I was going.”

Hannah started swimming at a young age at the local pool, but then decided to give competitive swimming a try.

"I love it, but it is really difficult, but I like that," said Berlin.

Berlin also swims the 200 Freestyle for Wadsworth, but she knows the longer distance is perfect for her.

"That is my favorite,” Berlin says. “I enjoy the longer races.”

Hannah is looking at a career in medicine once her high school days are through, as members of her family have had successful careers in the medical field.

"I'm lucky to swimming at such a great school for swimming at a young age,” she says. “It has been a blast.”

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This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Paris Blackshear from Garfield High School.

Paris is standout basketball player on the Golden Rams' varsity team. He is a junior, and is looking forward to competing in this year's OHSAA basketball playoffs.

Paris started playing basketball with his older brothers growing up, and thanks to that sibling competition, he has turned into a rising star. His favorite NBA player is the hometown hero, LeBron James.

Paris is thriving in the classroom as well, and is looking forward to studying sports medicine in college.

Best of luck, Paris!

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Cuyahoga Falls High School senior swimmer Marissa Kassinger.

Kassinger says it was a joy working with her teammates with the Black Tigers.

"We really push ourselves to be our best, and it's showing in the pool. " she explained.

Marissa also discussed how the team's new coach Laura Lindsay brought some spark to the team as well, and for her and the rest of the upperclassmen, it was a quality experience.

"She really mixed up our practices and we started lifting for the first time this year, so it was really exciting."

A two-sport athlete in soccer and swimming, Marissa knows the importance of balancing academics and athletics, saying time management is the key to success in sports and in life.

Kassinger understands the strong tradition of swimming at Falls High, and she was proud to carry that tradition during her time with the Black Tigers.

"It's a little bit of pressure, we lost a lot of our good seniors from last year's team, but with us it's about growing the younger swimmers into better people and better competitors," she said.

One of the highlights of her career came during her freshman year competing alongside her sister as they broke the 400 freestyle relay school record.

Marissa plans on attending Ashland University and studying nursing upon graduation this spring.

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Firestone High School Freshman Swimmer Jackson Gallagher is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for February 24th-March 3rd.

Jackson recently dropped 20 seconds off his personal best in the 20 IM in a meet in Canton for a time of 2:36.

"I knew I had a good time going , and I thought I had a chance at a personal best, but I didn't think I could knock that much time off,” said Gallagher.

Jackson is new to the sport, but he already realizes the work that must go into the pool to be a top-level swimmer.

"It is work, “ said Gallagher. “That is what surprised me the most. I like it, but a lot of work.”

Jackson has been a Boy Scout and is a volunteer at his church with college down the road for this talented ninth grade swimmer.

"To be able to swim in this great program is special,” says Gallagher. “I intend to keep working."

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This week’s WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Jen Johnston of Green High School.

Bowling has been a long-time passion for Jen, and she is a star bowler for the Bulldogs. From an early age, she was interested in bowling, and she was encouraged by her father to try out for the team. She picked up the nuances of the game right away, and has improved every year.

The Bulldogs are enjoying their second year in the Federal League. Jen is a standout, posting a personal best 279 mark.

She plans on continuing her bowling career as she attends Medaille College in Buffalo, New York.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Jen the best of luck.

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Tree Paw, a junior bowler from North High School.

Tree says she came into bowling somewhat by accident, but has grown in her appreciation for the sport and her teammates.

“One day they just announced it (bowling tryouts), so I went to the lunchroom to sign up,” she said.

Paw also knows the importance of teamwork and working with her coaches to help keep things on track.

“They help me out when I'm struggling, and they keep me balanced,” she explained.

Tree is a three-sport athlete, participating in volleyball, bowling, and tennis. She's no stranger to academic success as well, maintaining a 3.7 GPA and being ranked #4 in her class.

In addition to those accolades, she's also involved in C.A.T.S. (Concerned About Teen Success) and Upward Bound Classic, which helps students with postsecondary education.

Paw grew up in Thailand before moving to Akron, and plans on studying pre-nursing at Kent State University upon graduation.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Tree success in her future endeavors.

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This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Jakari Desphy from Walsh Jesuit High School.

Jakari is a junior goalie on the Warriors hockey team, and is having a terrific season so far as they get ready for state tournament play.

Since age two, Jakari has loved the sport of hockey. Around that time, he first donned a pair of skates, and has been a long-time fan of the New Jersey Devils. Being a goalie, his favorite player was Martin Brodeur.

Jakari really enjoys attending Walsh Jesuit due to the tight knit student body and faculty. He hopes to attend college at either Vanderbilt or Boston University, a hockey powerhouse.

Best of luck, Jakari!

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Highland High School junior basketball player Collin Rittman is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for February 10th-17th.

Collin had a three-game stretch recently where he averaged over 32 points per game in keying a great run by the Hornets. "Yeah, I was making the shots, but my teammates were feeding me the ball, and I just got lucky I guess," said Rittman.

The Hornets have 11 wins this season and are lead by Rittman, who is averaging over 23.0 PPG. Collin plays both guard and forward in the Highland offense. He is a two-year starter and an All-Suburban League Honorable Mention selection a year ago.

He was also an All-Inland District selection and All-Medina pick as a sophomore at Highland.

Rittman is active in the school as he is a member of Student Council and carries a 3.4 GPA.

"School comes first, but the sports work to help make you a better player," said Rittman.

Collin wants to continue his basketball career in college once he graduates from high school and plans on a career in Business.

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Our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Landry Carneal of Lake High School.

Landry is a three-sport athlete for the Blue Streaks, where she competes in soccer, swimming, and track. During the winter, she is a star swimmer, where she holds school records for the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle relay.

Recently, Landry has committed to attend Malone University in the fall, where she will continue her education and study nursing. In athletics, she will don the cleats and play for the women’s soccer team.

Why Malone? Landry says it is “close to home and is a faith-based community."

We here at WAKR wish Landry the best of luck and congratulate her on being this week's WAKR Student Athlete of the week.

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This week's 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Megan Murray from Coventry High School.

Megan is a basketball standout for the Comets of Coventry, and began her career shooting hoops way back in the third grade. On the court, she is deadly from behind the three-point line, ala Steph Curry. However, her all-time favorite basketball player is LeBron Games.

Megan’s post-high school plans are to continue playing basketball and to study education, with an eye on Mount Union College.

Best of luck, Megan!

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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Tariq Vinson, a senior basketball player at Buchtel High School.

Vinson says the season has gone pretty well so far for the Griffs, and his coaches and teammates make that atmosphere of going to practice each day an enjoyable one.

"Our team chemistry is great," Vinson said. "We've been together for a pretty long time, our coaching staff is always with us, they help us to better ourselves."

Vinson is a three-sport athlete in basketball, football, and track and field. He understands the balance of balancing academics and athletics is an important one.

"It's non-stop," Vinson said. "You just have to be able to manage your time."

Tariq is a captain for Steve White's basketball team, and he takes that leadership role off the court as well, serving as a class officer and school ambassador.

Vinson plans on studying microbiology at The Ohio State University after graduation this spring.

We wish Tariq the best in all of his future endeavors.

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This week's WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Jarad Dunn, a senior at Mogadore High School.

Jarad is the starting center for the Wildcats, and has been a four-year starter, as well as a two-time dunk contest winner. Jarad has also played for the football team and run track at Mogadore.

Throughout his time on the court, on the track, and the football field, Jarad has lived by this motto: "Anybody can do anything they want to, as along as they want it bad enough,” which is something he has learned from Coach Russ Swarts and others.

Jarad's favorite basketball player is Russell Westbrook, who "can dunk on dunkers." Jarad also loves the community support the he and his teammates receive at Mogadore.

We here at WAKR wish him the best of luck moving forward.

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This week's WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Sophia DeBord from Woodridge High School.

Sophia is a standout junior basketball and softball player for the Bulldogs. In basketball, she has lettered for varsity of her high school career. When asked about who her favorite hoops stars are, she went with Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, two players whose careers occurred before she was born.

For now, Sophia says she won't participate in sports in college, as her focus is to one day become a special education teacher.

Sophia is a member of the Woodridge Athletic Leadership Program, FECLA, and National Honors Society. She enjoys attending Woodridge because of the atmosphere of the school and the grest teachers and student body.

Best of luck, Sophia!

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is senior bowler Tyler Silcox of East CLC.

He says he's proud of how the team has done thus far, at 4-3 on the season.

"My team has really come on to be a competitive team, and I'm happy to see the progress we've had so far."

Tyler has been bowling since age 11, and with his dad as his coach, he's had some good support on the home front and on the lanes.

"We tend to disagree in some aspects, but we have the same goal in mind, and that's to make the team better," he explained.

One of his most memorable moments while bowling for East, is when Tyler bowled a 300 game as a sophomore in the City Series bowling tournament.

Even though Tyler is proud of his accomplishments on the lanes, he puts the team first and recognizes them for their contributions to the greater goals of the season.

"Without my team, without my dad being my coach, I wouldn't be here bowling for East," he says.

Tyler plans on attending Kent State University after graduation in the spring of this year (2017) and study Database Administration.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Tyler the best in all of his future endeavors.

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Barberton junior basketball player Jenna Kelley is the WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week for January 13th-January 20th.

Jenna recently scored 32 points in win over Kent-Roosevelt while getting her team off to a nice start.

"This year I am playing the point guard position more, but I have played other spots but whatever I can do to help the team is good with me," said Kelley.

Jenna is a three-year starter in not only basketball at Barberton, but is also a three-year member of the girls soccer team. Kelley was an All-Suburban League choice this past fall as a midfielder on the soccer team.

"It can be challenging playing multiple sports and working hard in the classroom,” says Kelley. “But you have to do, and yes, I think excelling with the grades helps me in sports.”

Jenna was an All-Suburban League choice in basketball last year and is off to a quick start this year averaging 17.0ppg for coach Greg Whitmer's Magics.

"We are improving, and working hard,” Kelley believes. “[It’s] starting to come together.”

Jenna is a volunteer soccer referee and is a member of Barberton High School's Student Council. She is looking at getting into a Chemistry Major once she goes to college.

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This week’s 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week is Thomas Woods of Kenmore High School.

Thomas is a member of the Cardinals boys basketball team and plays multiple positions on the hardwood. He is a well-spoken and confident young man that has a lot of pride in his school and plans to represent well in Kenmore's final year.

The Kenmore senior also learned the value of being coachable. "You always have to be open to constructive criticism,” says Thomas. "It will make you a better player and person.”

Thomas enjoys studying business and marketing, and has a plethora of options to look at as he heads to college. He is looking to continue his education at either Ohio Christian or Barry University.

We here at WAKR wish him luck through his senior year and into college.

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Lauren Turshak, a senior basketball player from Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

Lauren says her coaches and teammates are great to work with each and every day.

"We have good relationships with all the coaches," Turshak says. "They make sure to be really close to their team."

The Stow girls basketball program has experienced a great deal of success under head coach Robert Podges, and he's happy to have leaders like Lauren on the squad to prove that experience and know how on the practice floor and on game days.

Turshak explained she is more of a leader by example, but won't shy away from being vocal and encouraging her teammates.

"I lead by example with my energy and encouraging attitude," she says.

In addition to being a two sport athlete at Stow, Lauren also is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as a mentor for special needs children.

She plans on studying nursing at either the University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, or the Ohio State University upon graduation in the spring of this year.

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This week, the 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is John Williams from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

John is a standout basketball player under head coach Dru Joyce and his famed Irish hoops program. The senior basketball star has tremendous respect for Joyce and his other coaches, and he has really enjoyed his stay at St. V.

On the floor, John tries to pattern his game after such stars like Dr. J and Allen Iverson.

After high school, John has already made the decision to continue his academic and athletic career at Robert Morris University. He will be majoring in Sports Psychology.

When he’s not on the hardwood, John is a member of Irish Athletes for Christ and Peer Ministry. He also volunteers his time with the Salvation Army’s Toys For Tots program.

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This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Ed Suber from Tallmadge High School.

Ed is sophomore standout wrestler for the Blue Devils, with sights of wrestling long after high school. Iowa City may be Ed’s future residence, as that is the home of the Hawkeyes. His dream is to don the black-and-gold, and he’ll see to it that it happens.

In what limited free time he has, Ed will spend time with his friends and family, and will put it some extra study time, as well.

Congratulations, Ed, and best of luck at Tallmadge and in the future!

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Jada Wright, a senior basketball player from CVCA High School.

She says her coaches and teammates have grown closer on and off the court throughout her time with the Royals.

"It's just wonderful to go out and play with them every Wednesday and Saturday, and even during practice," she explained.

Wright says each student athlete has a specific role on the team, and as a senior,it's her job to keep the rest of her teammates are energized throughout the game.

"I bring a lot of vocal energy to the floor and I am always encouraging my teammates," she says.

Jada is a three-sport athlete for CVCA in volleyball, basketball, and track.

Wright says her goal is to become a better teammate each day, and for her team to finish first or second in conference play.

We wish her the best of luck in all her future endeavors.

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This week, the 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Jordan Campbell of Manchester High School.

Jordan is the point guard for the Panthers basketball team, and she absolutely loves the game. She and her teammates feed off their coach, Tucker Pappas, and the intensity and work ethic he preaches.

Jordan’s work ethic is evident, both on and off the court. Her favorite subject in school is math, and since she’s only a junior, Jordan is keeping her options open as far as college goes.

A player Jordan looks up to is also a point guard, Sue Bird, who plays for the Seattle Storm of the WNBA.

We here at WAKR wish Jordan the best through her junior year and on into college.

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Wadsworth senior swimmer Joe Pavlak is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for December 16th-December 23rd.

Joe has been selected as a High School Heisman Trophy finalist for his great work in the tanks, classroom and the community. Pavlak finds out this month if he will receive the national award.

"It was really something as I just started filling out some papers, I applied and then I kept getting word that I was advancing through the process, pretty cool" said Pavlak.

Joe is a member of Wadsworth High School's Student Council and a member of the National honor Society. He will look to get into Pre-Med once he goes to college.

"My family has a good history in medicine so it is something I really want to do" said Pavlak.

Pavlak is a four year member of the swim team at Wadsworth and races in the breast stroke. He finished in the top eight in the state as a junior and looks to improve on that this spring. He is a three time All-Suburban League selection.

Joe is a lifeguard at the Wadsworth YMCA

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Rachel Chessar from Archbishop Hoban High School.

Rachel is a standout basketball player for the Knights, and is currently in her senior year. She has been an active participant in basketball since her freshman year at Hoban.

Off the basketball court, Rachel is close with her family and is very active in the community. She is a eucharistic minister at her church and volunteers at St. Barnabas, as well as being a member of the Siblings Club.

After graduation, Rachel will be attending Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. She is a big Cleveland Cavaliers fan, and her favorite player is point guard Kyrie Irving.

Congratulations, Rachel, and best of luck in your future!

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is junior wrestler Matt Smoley from Ellet High School.

Matt, who wrestles in the 170-pound class, says he started wrestling in his younger days, and he's stuck with it ever since.

As a captain on the wrestling team for the Orangemen this year, he says his role is that of a vocal leader, and leading by example as well, something he takes seriously.

“I try to set a good example for our younger kids and our freshmen, and try to keep everyone on track,” Smoley explained.

Ellet is back-to-back City Series wrestling champions under the direction of coach Mark Hayhurst.

Smoley, a two-sport athlete in both football and wrestling knows balancing academics and athletics is of the utmost importance.

“Our coaches are very supportive and are always trying to help us with our schoolwork,” he said.

Matt says he plans on wrestling in college in a couple of years, and he says he's focused on getting to the city championships, as well as getting himself and more of his teammates to the District Tournament.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Matt the best in his future endeavors.

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