New Castle News

Schools

July 4, 2013

Male Athlete of the Year: Jon Yohman of Wilmington

NEW CASTLE — There was a time when one nail in the wall was good for Jon Yohman.

He used it to hang a gold medal in his bedroom.

However, that single nail became obsolete in a hurry. As Yohman capped his high school career at Wilmington, that wall became pretty covered.

“It’s a really cool thing,” he said. “I have a good collection of medals.”

Yohman earned all that hardware with the Greyhounds’ football team and track and field squads. He was a four-year starter on the gridiron and graduated as Wilmington’s most-decorated male thrower in the discus and shot put.

He’ll get a chance to continue his academic and athletic careers in the fall at Penn State University. He earned a track and field scholarship and will compete for the Nittany Lions in the throwing events.

“I am a small-town kid. Last year, I never would have guessed I would be going to a (NCAA) D-I school,” he said. “It’s a great reward for putting in all those hours.”

TRACK AND FIELD STAR

Yohman wrapped up his illustrious track and field career with another gold at the PIAA championships at Shippensburg University. He claimed the Class AA shot put championship and finished second in the discus.

Last year, that was reversed as he won PIAA gold in the discus and came in second in the shot put.

“Getting a gold this year in the shot was a great way to cap off my high school career,” he said. “I have a state gold in the shot and a gold in discus. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Yohman enjoys throwing both the shot put and discus.

“The shot and discus almost go hand in hand. I have always been equal in both, but I sort of strive more in the shot only because of my body structure. The discus is more of a lean thing, but I am really bulky, so that’s why I excelled more in the shot put consistently,” he said. “I can’t possibly say which one is my favorite. They both take a lot of dedication. You have to put in the hours; you won’t be handed anything. I just love to compete. That’s really what I look forward to – just the competition. That’s why I like them both.”

Yohman has excelled in competition. He captured District 10 championships in both the shot and discus the past two years. As a sophomore, he was second in both the D-10 meets and fourth at the PIAA championship.

He owns school records in the shot put (62-1) and discus (189-6). He set both marks in the spring.

“He has had a tremendous four years at Wilmington, really a tremendous six years. He owns almost all the shot put and discus records starting around fifth grade and up in the junior high program and set some pretty high standards back then. We knew he’d be really good at the varsity level,” Wilmington track and field coach J. R. McFarland said. “As strong as he was his freshman year, he continued to increase his strength. Technique-wise, he’d mature every year as he learned more about the throws. He is a unique athlete who has the ability to make quick adjustments to his body. It’s easier for him than most athletes.  He put in a lot of hard work to sharpen his skills in the throws.

“I believe he hasn’t reached his peak by any stretch. I think he has a great career to look forward to at Penn State. He really set a high standard for many athletes to come after him, not only in track and field but football as well.”

Yohman credits his brother, Paul — a former PIAA shot put champion — and the work of McFarland and throwing coach Brandon Phillian in refining his technique.

“They put in the hours, especially Coach Phillian. Our (team) practices were over at 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. and we’d be out until 8, 9 or 10 p.m. He doesn’t limit himself to his knowledge. If he doesn’t know about what I should work on, he’d talk to other coaches to see if they saw something,” Yohman said. “There was never a time in my career where we didn’t know what to work on. My technique always needed something. If not for him, I would not have become as good at throwing as I was.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Schools
  • Yauger.jpg Yauger’s Mercer County trial on hold

    A pending criminal trial for the former Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV executive director has been continued again in Mercer County.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Yauger.jpg Yauger now facing federal charge

    With Mercer County court proceedings pending this week, Cecelia Yauger faces federal prosecution for alleged business credit card misuse.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • school.jpg New Castle board adopts budget despite uncertainty

    The New Castle school board adopted its 2014-15 budget Monday but may have to re-open it next week. The $5.4 million budget, introduced in May, has no tax increase and will not tap into the fund balance. Taxes remain at 17.72 mills.

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • Todora.jpg Board, staff bids farewell to superintendent

    Dr. Mary Todora will retire Monday from the Neshannock school district. “I remember eight and a half years ago when Dr. John Dietz (then-board president) called to tell me I got the job. I was thrilled,” Todora said at her final board meeting.

    June 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rich.jpg Vo-tech administrators get bonuses, no raises

    Lawrence County Career and Technical Center administrators will get one-time bonuses instead of raises next year. The joint operating committee approved one-year agreements that would freeze the salaries of director Leonard A. Rich and the principal, head custodian, cafeteria supervisor and computer technician.

    June 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • FrankAloi.jpg Frank Aloi: 50 years of school spirit in Ellwood City

    Frank Aloi is a true Wolverine. Aloi, who turned 73 Friday, spent the past half-century affiliated with the Ellwood City school district and its sports teams.

    June 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • FrankAloi.JPG Frank Aloi Retiring: Ellwood superintendent leaving amid budget woes

    Frank Aloi is retiring next month as Ellwood City’s superintendent of schools. Aloi, a 50-year district employee and its superintendent for nearly 12, submitted his retirement notice to the board during an executive session prior to Thursday’s meeting. His last day is July 16.

    June 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • school.jpg District mulls building sale options

    The New Castle school district is considering selling its three recently closed buildings through a sealed bid process.

    June 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Perfect.jpg Your Education: Shenango grad never missed a day

    They say nobody’s perfect. But for 13 years, Jenna DiGiammarino certainly was. When Jenna left last night’s commencement ceremonies at Shenango High School, she did so not only with a diploma in hand, but also with a flawless record of attendance dating back to Day One of kindergarten.

    June 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • 03.jpg Photo Gallery, Story: Three New Castle schools close today for good

    Today is bittersweet for New Castle Area School District elementary students and teachers. Three buildings packed with history as longtime learning institutions are closing their doors for good.
     

    June 5, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Poll

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to authorize Speaker John Boehner to sue President Obama for allegedly overstepping his legal authority with the way he's handled Obamacare. Good call?

Yes. Obama's been overstepping his authority since day one in office. It's time he pay the piper.
No. The allegations are ridiculous and the law suit is a waste of time and tax payer money.
I don't know. I'm not a huge fan of Obama, but the suit seems a little extreme.
     View Results