Silas Wagaman

Family, friends and coaches gathered on Tuesday, July 28 as graduating athletic standout Silas Wagaman signed his letter of intent to continue his athletic career at Bloomsburg University.

WELLSBORO — Wellsboro Hornets three-sport athlete Silas Wagaman has recently decided to continue his athletic career at Bloomsburg on their track and field team. Wagaman also is going to attempt to continue his football playing career at Bloomsburg as well, but will need to continue to work in order to claim a spot on the roster.

“I’m going to see how it goes, they all recommend not playing two sports in your freshman year, it’s pretty difficult, I just have love for the game,” Wagaman said. “With football, play as long as you can. It’s pretty much a high school thing and then you’re done, but if you can play it in college you’re lucky.”

With his career coming to a close, Wagaman had been tirelessly working for this spring sports season, where he was poised to have one of the best seasons for an area athlete on the track and field team.

“The biggest thing with Silas was his determination,” Coach John Deleonardis. “We had him on a lifting program and we were seeing definite increases when we put together a group of four guys for a four by one relay team. We were working hand offs at least one day a week and they were lifting at least three days a week. We went to Cornell University and practiced on their indoor track and the determination and dedication from Silas was fantastic. We couldn’t ask for anybody that worked harder than he did. I think he will be really good at Bloomsburg.”

If the season were not cut short, coach Deleonardis was almost certain that the four by one team that Wagaman would have competed on would have been a state qualifier.

“We definitely thought that the four by one relay team would be at states,” Deleonardis added.

An avid competitor and one of the best athletes graduating in the 2020 Wellsboro class, Wagaman pointed to his junior season of football as one of his most memorable moments and their down-to-the-wire homecoming victories as one of his best in the green and white.

“In the fall, in my 11th grade year, when it was Karter Witmer who threw like a bubble (screen) to Aidan (Hauser) and Aidan threw a 30-yard bomb to me right down the field during our homecoming game that was pretty cool,” Wagaman said. “And it was to tie the game that we ended up winning so that was probably one of my favorite moments.”

Heading into college, Wagaman has embraced the thought of getting the opportunity to take on stronger competition, and is looking forward to using that as a way to constantly improve, just like he has as an athlete throughout his high school career.

“Tougher competition,” Wagaman said in regards to what he looks forward to most about competing at the next level. “In high school you have people you are going up against to make you better, but college everyone is good. Automatically if you play in college sports, you’re good. Instead of iron and steel, it’s steel sharpening steel so the better competition makes myself better.“