This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Kylee Beaty a senior basketball player from Wadsworth High School.

Kylee said she got into the sport of basketball at a young age and enjoys playing with her teammates.
 
“All the girls on the team are really close and we’re all best friends, so it’s great going to school with them and playing basketball with them,” Kylee said.
 
 
 
She says the coaching staff is supportive and pushes the girls to be the best athletes and people they can be.
 
“All the coaches on the team support us on a day to day basis, Batey explained. 
 
Her head coach Andy Booth says Kylee is one of the hardest working players he’s coached. 
 
“She moved from northwest Ohio as a freshman, she’s in her second year of varsity basketball, and she’s. earned everything,” Booth said.
 
“She’s a balanced player, can shoot the three and get into the paint and she’s quick and strong defensively,” 
 
In addition to being a basketball player on the Grizzlies team, Kylee is a member of Advancement to Nursing and the Big Brother/ Big Sister program.
 
Upon graduation in the spring, Kylee plans on attending Lawrence Tech University to study nursing. 
 
Our next Male Student Athlete of the Week is Eric Auffenberg, a senior bowler from Wadsworth.
 
He says bowling has been a part of his life since he was a youngster.
 
“I started bowling at a very young age, my parents got me into it when I was three or four years old and I’ve liked it ever since,” he said.
 
 
 
Eric’s a team captain and a four year letterman for the Grizzlies, and he says he leads both vocally and by example.
 
“I think it’s more vocal than anything else, because I can explain what to do with the teammates and help them out,” he said.
 
In addition to being a bowler for Wadsworth, Eric is a member of the National Honor Society, Band, and a statistician for the Grizzlies baseball team.
 
His coach George Steele says that Eric is one of the smartest bowlers he's ever been around.
 
"He comes from a bowling family, he understands the game so well, Steele said, "He's also a good kid and very coachable, what every coach looks for in an athlete," 
 
Upon graduation in the spring, he plans on attending the University of Cincinnati to study mechanical engineering.
 
We wish both Kylee and Eric all the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Sicilia Ho, a senior golfer for Wadsworth High School.

 She got into golf at an early age, with encouragement from her dad and two older sisters. 
 
“They played college golf and it runs in the family now, so that’s how I got into it,” she says.
 
She says she learned her competitive nature from them, something she takes out on the course with her.
 
“We always tried to improve one another, but it’s always nice to beat one of them, “she said with a laugh. 
 
Coach Michael Schmeltzer said her success is largely in part  due to her coach. 
 
“Sicilia is one of the hardest working student-athletes I have had the privilege to coach,” he said.
 
“She has a great future ahead of her both academically, and in women's golf. She is a true role model. “
 
Upon graduation in the spring, she plans on studying  mechanical engineering.
 
In addition to her golf at Wadsworth, she serves as President of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and Student Council Secretary, among other activities and clubs 
 
We wish Sicilia the best in all of her future endeavors
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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Mason McMillen, a senior football player for Wadsworth High School.

He’s grown up around the sport, having started in second grade. Mason says he’s grown with his teammates throughout his football journey.
 
“I was eager to get out there and ever since (childhood) I’ve played it,” he explained.
 
Wadsworth Head Coach Justin Todd had some positive words for McMillen, who he appointed as a captain both his junior and senior year.
 
“Mason exemplifies everything a coach looks for in a student athlete,” Coach Todd explained. 
 

“He is a leader among his peers, being voted as a two time captain, and is looked favorably upon as a model for excellent student athlete behavior by the teaching staff and administration alike.”
 
Mason credits Coach Todd for helping him achieve success both on and off the field.
 
“I think he’s got the most out of me out of my high school career, and he’s prepared me for college coming up,” McMillen said.
 
His coach says it’s his work ethic that makes him stand out amongst his peers.
 
“He is the hardest working athlete I've had the pleasure of coaching, and Mason's achievements are a result of the hard work, discipline and fortitude he displays in each facet of life.”
 
Upon graduation in the spring,Mason plans on studying business economics once he gets to college.
 
We wish Mason the best in all of his future endeavors. 
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Wadsworth High School wrestling coach Clay Wegner spoke with Brad and Justin shortly after the board announced the decision.

The 25-year-old Wegner takes over from longtime head coach John Gramuglia, who coached Wegner in HS. 

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After over thirty years and 369 wins under his belt, John Gramuglia has decided to pass the torch.

The head coach of the Wadsworth wrestling team joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to look back on his decorated career with the Grizzlies. Gramuglia felt this was the right time to step aside and give the program some new blood. He feels the program must continue to evolve, and knows it is in good hands.

Gramuglia will not be going far. Though he won’t be head coach anymore, he plans on guiding the team in a less hands-on role, and will help further develop the youth program.

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Monday, 23 January 2017 12:35

Wadsworth High Student Arrested For Threat

A Wadsworth High School student is under arrest after posting threats against the school on a personal Facebook page. 

Wadsworth City School Superintendent Andy Hill says the student, whose name and age has not been released, did not single out any specific other student or faculty member, but mentioned the school itself in the threat. 

Once the threat was made public and made known to the Wadsworth Police and school district Sunday, the student was arrested shortly after. Hill says the school district then posted to their own Facebook page and made calls to students and families regarding the incident. "We don't have any reason to believe there was anything more to this than the one student who is now in custody," Hill said Monday. 

There is no word on the charges that student is facing. No other arrests were made in the case. Classes continued as normal Monday morning at Wadsworth High School and throughout the rest of the district. 

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Friday, 07 October 2016 11:32

Wadsworth, Glenoak High Schools Locked Down

Update: As of 11:30 a.m. Friday the lockdown at Glenoak High School had been lifted. There is no official word on any arrests or any other information regarding the nature or seriousness of the threats written on the walls of the bathrooms. The Sheriff's Office has determined, however, that students and staff are safe to resume normal operations. 

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Friday morning Wadsworth Police were alerted by someone who claimed to be a student at Wadsworth High School that there was an intruder on the school's campus. The school was placed on lockdown for more than an hour as the Wadsworth Police responded and investigated. 

It wasn't long before police determined that the threat was not credible and there was no intruder on campus. As a follow up, all of the buildings on campus were checked over and the lockdown was lifted just after 10:30 a.m. 

In an unrelated incident, Glenoak High School was also placed on lockdown Friday morning in response to threats that were written on the walls of a "couple" of bathrooms on campus. 

Plain Local Schools Treasurer Kathy Jordan tells WAKR.net that the Stark County Sheriff's Office was called immediately to investigate the nature of those threats, though she said she could not go into any further details while the investigation was ongoing. 

"No child is in danger, no one's been hurt, but we did go into lockdown," Jordan said, as a precaution. She went on to say that people often hear the term "lockdown" and fear the worst, but that is a standard procedure as the safety of all of their students is the number one priority. 

As of 11 a.m. Friday, the Stark County Sheriff's Office was still investigating the written threats, but again, there was no real concern regarding the safety of the students at Glenoak High School. 

Stay with 1590 WAKR and WAKR.net for more updates on this story. 

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