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Mackenzie Hance of Lake High School is this week's 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week.

Mackenzie is a member of the Blue Streaks girls basketball team who just wrapped up their regular season 5-10, and are getting ready to start tournament play Saturday against Louisville. Mackenzie who is a junior has lettered in basketball all three years of high school and was the leading scorer in 2016 and 2017.

Even as an Junior Mackenzie knows the importance of leadership. " Being a junior I just really want to be a leader for the younger girls on the team." Mackenzie is also a leader off the court as part of the mentor program at Lake where she volunteers her time to help younger students at the school.

Health Tech is Mackenzie's favorite subject in school but wants to learn more about the medical field before fully committing to studying it in college.

Tyler Hays from Copley High School is the 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week for April 13th-20th.

While he may not look like baseball hall of famer Randy Johnson, his tall presence on the mound for the Copley Indians would remind one of the Big Unit.

Baseball has been in Tyler’s blood from a young age, and he added pitching to his repitour when he was ten. When he’s not on the mound, Tyler is in right field or a large target at first base.

Spring baseball in Ohio is not always cooperative due to inclement weather, but Tyler is not deterred. "I’m just always trying to stick to my routine no matter what,” he says. "If I’m supposed to start and my game gets canceled, I just push everything back a day to maintain my focus."

Tyler has lettered varsity in all four years at Copley. He has been named first-team All-Suburban League twice, looking to make it a third, and was named to the All-District team his junior year.

A resident of Copley from a young age, Tyler has enjoyed his time at both the school and the town.

"I love it, it’s been great to me all thirteen years I’ve been here,” says Tyler. "The school system, I love it here. If someone asked me if I could go anywhere else, I’d say nowhere. Copley is the place for me."

After graduation, Tyler will take the Ohio Turnpike out west to Bowling Green State University, where he will be a member of the Falcons’ baseball team next spring. He plans on majoring in criminal justice.

Grace Hete is this week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

Grace is a junior at Revere Highs School, and is a member of the girls basketball team. Grace first tried her hand at basketball in the fourth she was encouraged to play by her father and friends due to her height. It wasn't long before grace was hooked on the game and the relationships that were built while playing it.

"Playing over the years, I love the people I got to know and got to be friends with," says Grace. "That's why I've stuck with it."

Grace also works very hard in the classroom. She wants to continue to play basketball in college and wants to study dermatology. Being only a junior, she is still keeping her options open for college.

This week's 1590 WAKR Female Student of the Week is Kendal Miller from St. Vincent-St Mary High School.

Kendal is standout senior basketball player for Coach Carley Whitney and the Fighting Irish. St. V had another tremendous season, as they made it to the regional championship game in Division II, before falling to Gilmour Academy.

Kendal is already set to continue her academic and athletic career, which will ocurr at The University of Akron. She actually committed to the Zips during her junior year at St. Vincent-St Mary.

Miller really is a big fan of the tight-knit community at St. V. She says you can always count on the student body and teachers to be there when you need them the most, on or off the court. Kendal is also a really big fan of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. When she isn't playing ball or studying, Kendal enjoys catching up on her sleep.

Best of luck to you, Kendal!

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 20:48

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Alex Cramer

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

Alex said he got into the sport in the third grade and played a variety of sports growing up.

As a team captain for the Bulldogs, he leads more by example than vocally, although he says both are necessary at different times.

As a Stow baseball player, Alex knows the expectations and tradition of being a Bulldog.

“It’s such an honor,” Cramer said. “We have very high expectations and I’m very proud to be a part of that.”

In addition to playing baseball, Alex is a member of the National Honor Society and volunteers at the Akron Food Bank.

Upon graduation in the spring, Alex plans on attending the University of Akron to study mechanical engineering.

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

Erika Johnson from Springfield High School is this week’s 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week.

Ericka is four-year letter winner in softball for the Spartans. She was also recognized as first team all-PTC in the outfield, as well as an all-state honorable mention.

Erika loves playing for the Lady Spartans because the team is very close and great friends "Whether we are winning or losing, we are always having fun in the dug out,” she says.

Staying focused is one of the more challenging things when it comes to playing softball. Erika makes it a point to stay mentally prepared.

"Sometimes during a seven inning game, you can get tired and lose focus."

Focus is also important in the classroom, where Erika enjoys studying marketing. After high school, Malone University is her next stop, where she plans to study child psychology.

Hayden Murphy from Barberton High School is the male 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for March 30th-April 6th.

A senior at Barberton, Hayden is a member of the Magics baseball team. When this interview was recorded, the baseball team has yet to play for 2018 due to the time of year and the inclement weather, but Hayden looks to finish his career strong.

Through his senior guidance, Hayden looks to help lead the Magics to an improved record in 2018. To beat the wintertime blues, the coaches had the players in the weight room, sometimes as early as 5:30 in the morning.

Baseball has been passion and main sport for Hayden since he was four years old. Like many teenage athletes, they participate in other sports until they fall in love with one in particular, and baseball grabbed Hayden’s attention early on.

"I played soccer my freshman and sophomore year,” Hayden says. "But I ended up getting hurt and I thought I’d just play baseball after that."

As for college, Hayden is still undecided. However, he looks to stay local, taking a glance at smaller neighborhood schools such as Walsh and Malone. Biomedical engineering

Hayden is a Barberton lifer, spending his 17+ years in the Magic City.

"I think growing up in Barberton allows you to be different,” says Hayden. As for the school, he says "It’s amazing. I love it here."

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

Garrett is a member of the Knights' lacrosse team. Hoban's season is already underway, and they are looking forward to a very competitive year.

Garrett settled on lacrosse as his full-time sport just one year ago, after years of playing football and basketball. But it wasn't the first time he picked up a lacrosse stick, as he has been dabbling in the sport since he was six.

The family atmosphere at Hoban has been attractive to Garrett. He says the support is great across the board, whether it is in the classroom or on the athletic fields.

Garrett hopes to attend The Ohio State University and play lacrosse in the future.

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

Lexi has been interested in softball from an early age and grew to love the sport.

“I've been playing ever since I was in T-ball, since I was six years old, and I've just loved it ever since then.”

Shultz is a two-sport athlete at Ellet, playing both volleyball and softball, garnering honors in both sports as a 1st team all city softball player and a 2nd team selection in volleyball.

She says working with her coaches, including head coach Chuck Shuman and her Ellet teammates has been a great experience.

“Our goal is to not only win the city championship, but to go further in the districts as well,” she said.

Aside from the team goals, she said the mark of a successful season would be the ladies coming together as one and working hard on and away from the diamond.

“I think if we're all working hard, working together, and putting in as much effort as we can, I think we'll be successful.”

After graduation, Lexi plans on attending the University of Akron, where she is already taking classes, and majoring in exercise science.

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

Thursday, 15 March 2018 18:17

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Zach Larue

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Zach Larue from Manchester High School is the male 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

Zach is a member of the Panthers wrestling team, and has recently made a run to states, finishing fourth in his weight class as a junior.

Zach weighhs in a 126 pounds, and he understands the work one must put in to compete at this level, even if it means early or late practices.

"I just want to win states," Zach says. "That's all I think about when I'm training."

Zach loves being apart of the team for Manchester, which coached by Josh Cintron. "We don't have a ton of guys on the team, but we are all very close."

Being only a junior, Zach has an eye on Cleveland State University for college.

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