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Buchtel All-City Cross Country Star Brittany Tate-Lockett is the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for November 29th-December 6th.
Brittany was recently named the Runner of the Year in the City Series with a time of 22:00.
"I just started running years ago and here I am, I enjoy it" said Tate-Lockett.
Brittany has run AAU events since she was seven years old and has been a member of the Buchtel Cross Country for the past year. She moved here with her family from Cuyahoga County.
Brittany had two top 20 finishes this year at the meets in Medina and Cleveland Heights. She finished first in the City meet.
Brittany is a member of Upper Bound at Buchtel High School where she helps students prepare for their college SAT's scores.
Tate-Lockett is hoping to run in college where she plans on majoring in Nursing. She currently carries a 3.5 GPA.
Mogadore junior running back Brandon Berry is the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for November 22nd-November 29th.
Brandon has been the key weapon in Mogadore's offensive attack in their quest for a state championship.
"I just work hard, and try to get things done, it has been good" said Berry.
"He is a workhorse and gets better and better as the game unfolds, he has great leg drive" said Mogadore head coach Matt Adorni.
For the season Brandon has 1419 yards and has scored 18 touchdowns for the Wildcats.
"Coming back from my injury has really made me appreciate this season" said Berry.
Berry had to work hard to get back on the field following a key injury last year and his recovery and rehabilitation has changed his mind about a professional career.
"In seeing how much I received help from my injury, I want to get into Physical Therapy" said Berry.
"As a person he is a class leader in more ways than sports" said Adorni. "He excels in fitness and loves sports, he will play at the next level".
Brandon currently carries a 3.2 GPA.
Ellet High School Football standout Matt Geer is the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for November 15th-November 22nd.
Geer was a four year starter for Orangemen, who went unbeaten this season before losing last week in the State Playoffs to Perrysville.
"I have enjoyed my career here, a quick four years" said Geer.
"Throughout the season Matt has picked this team up when they needed a lift, he is a great leader and a very good football player" said Ellet Football Coach Joe Yost.
This season marked the first time Ellet had a perfect season since the 1930's.
"We knew we were good, a good year" said Geer.
Matt is in the Mentoring Program at the school and has been named a Student of the Month at Ellet. He is looking at getting into Physical Therapy in College and hopefully have an opportunity to play football.
"When I went through rehabilitation I noticed the great work they do, I would like to help" said Geer.
Matt has been an All-City selection three straight years and was All-Ohio Honorable Mention as a Junior.
Geer carries a 3.5 GPA.
Copley High School senior soccer sensation Anna Haverchak is the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for November 8th-15th.
Anna was recently named the District Player of the Year in Girls Soccer. In her career she has also been named to All-Suburban League, All-District, and All-State teams.
Anna scored 12 goals this year to go along with 17 assists. In her career she scored 34 goals and had 30 assists. She is the all time leading scorer in school history, breaking the record set by her older sister.
"She is a driven persona and player who takes it upon itself to make the team successful" said Copley Head Coach Wally Senk.
"I really love the game and my teammates, we play together" said Haverchak.
Anna actually had more goals as a junior (17) as she had at least 1 goal in four straight years for the Indians.
"She is so dangerous on the field as she just knows how to break down defenders, she is silky smooth with the ball" said Senk.
Anna is going to the University of Cincinnati to play soccer but is not sure what her major will be.
"The decision was easy once I got to that campus and saw the commitment of the players and school in athletics and academics" said Haverchak.
Anna carries a 4.0 gpa.
Revere senior soccer standout Brandon Taylor is the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for November 1st-November 8th.
The Minutemen have had a great season and Mark is one of the true leaders of the squad.
"Brandon is a unique player that has the technical abilities and the composure to play soccer at a very high level" said Revere Boys Soccer Coach Sandor Jakab.
"I really love the game, and playing a team sport, it has been great" said Taylor.
As a junior Brandon was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School All-American. He was also the Greater Akron Division II Player of the Year.
"He is well respected by his teammates and peers, he has mental toughness" said Jakab.
Brandon has scored 6 goals and contributed 7 assists to the team from the defensive position.
"I like it back there, you not only save the team but can also set up your scorers, it is fun" said Taylor.
Brandon is a two time team Captain and carries an impressive 3.33 GPA with the idea of getting into Accounting in college and playing soccer.
"He has a low key demeanor that exemplifies his focus and he leads by example on the field" said Jakab.
Wadsworth High School senior soccer star Leah Runkle is the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for October 25th-November 1st.
The Wadsworth team is making another strong push in the playoffs and the play of Runkle is one of the reasons why.
Last year she accumulated 26 goals and this year already over 20 to go along with 10 assists.
"It has been a quick four years, but a great four years, I love the game" said Runkle.
Runkle has made All-Suburban League since her freshman year and last year as a junior she was All-Ohio. Leah runs on the track team, as she participates in the 100, 200, and 400 runs for the team.
Leah is also involved in the Huddle Program as school where she goes into the Elementary Schools in Wadsworth and talks about school challenges that are ahead for the young students. Runkle keeps her eyes on the school by being the Editor of the School's newspaper.
She is planning on majoring in Business in college and playing soccer.
Leah currently carries a 3.95 GPA.
Buchtel High School senior volleyball standout Maya Frazier is the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for October 18th-October 25th.
Maya has been part of the Lady Griffin volleyball team for two years and in that time has established herself as one of the leading spikers in the City Series.
"I really enjoy that part of the game, love it actually" said Frazier.
In a recent match against North, Frazier had 8 kills leading the Griffins to a City Series victory.
"I work hard and I think I have really improved as our team has: said Frazier.
Last year she won the "Most Athletic" award on the volleyball team at Buchtel.
Maya currently carries an impressive 3.57 GPA and plans on a career in Medicine once she enters college.
"I hope to play volleyball in college, we'll see but I will try hard" said Frazier.
Archbishop Hoban Senior Star football player Jake Tersigni is the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for October 11th-October 18th.
For the second straight year Jake has led the Knight football team in receptions and touchdowns. As a junior Tersigni was second team All-Inland District and first team All-NCL. He totaled 68 catches, 1002, yards and 10 touchdowns last year and this season he has been just has productive.
"I enjoy the football season and trying to help our team win, I really love Hoban" said Tersigni.
Jake is also a star on the Knight Track team as he runs the 400 and 800 in the spring season.
"This was where I wanted to be the first time I visited the school, I really enjoy it here" said Tersigni.
Jake is heavily involved in the school as he is a Student Mentor and a Student Ambassador. He is works with Project Hope, where he spends time working with Akron's homeless population.
"A quick four years, I'll miss it here" said Tersigni.
Jake plans on a career in Business at college and currently carries an impressive 3.75 GPA.
Norton senior running back Jake Fling is the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for October 4th-October 11th.
Through five games this season Fling has rushed for 944 yards and has scored 19 touchdowns for the 4-1 Norton Panthers.
"I do love getting out there again, it's fun" said Fling.
Fling now owns the school record for touchdowns in a season and is just five away from breaking the career record at the school. He also has 1427 yards this season which is less than 500 yards away from the season record for total yards.
Last season Jake had his season cut short in week two with a hip pointer but was able to get back to patrol centerfield for the Norton baseball team. Jake is an All-Conference player for the Panther baseball team.
"It was tough last year with me unable to play, glad to be back" said Fling.
Fling is a super student as well as he carries a 3.5 GPA with a planned career in Engineering in college.
"That profession is deep in my family, that's what we do" said Fling.
Jake is a member of the school's Spanish Club and Ski Club.
North High School
North Viking star kicker Phurba Tamang is the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for September 27th-October 4th.
Originally from Nepal, Phurba has fit perfectly into the Akron scene and into the halls of North High School.
"I love Akron, it has been good for me" said Phurba.
"He is a terrific role model for our team and school with the way he approaches school and soccer" said North boys Soccer Coach Michael Kane.
Phurba already has one 2 goal game this year and looks to improve on his play from last year when he gained second team All-City.
"The equipment and playing fields are so nice here compared to Nepal" said Phurba.
Phurba plays all positions on the field for the Vikings but the really look for him to score.
"We need him to take shots, but he is such a team guy that he does not want to be greedy with his play" said Kane.
Phurba is looking to go to college here in the United States and major in Business. He currently carries a 3.4 GPA.
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