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Wilmington

July 4, 2013

Male Athlete of the Year: Jon Yohman of Wilmington

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NEW CASTLE — FUTURE PLANS

Yohman is looking forward to getting into the Penn State program. He chose the Nittany Lions over Connecticut.

“Whoever gave me the best feeling and whoever I thought had the best facilities was really big in my decision,” he said. “I am definitely going to be homesick. I am not scared to admit that. I don’t ever leave this small town. I just have to hit it running and get used to it as fast as I can.

“It leaves me speechless. You think high school will never end until it does. It hits you hard knowing that it’s all over. I never would have expected to go to Penn State or anywhere far away. I guess I am just a country boy. I am looking out into my fields right now. It’s just weird getting out of here. As a whole, Penn State is a country kind of school. They have the closest to what I could find of what I relate to. That’ll help me fight not being home sick.”

Preparing for the winter indoor track season will help Yohman fight off any homesickness.

“As of now, I am doing my own lifting. I have to start throwing the college implements, too. I will be practicing as soon as the school year starts, practicing for the winter indoor season and competing outdoors in the spring indoors,” he said. “I can’t wait to see how much I can improve going against the best. Either you break at that level or you get better. With the great coaching and facilities, hopefully that’ll work to my benefit and I will be the best I can be.”

Before he knows it, he might have to start clearing more space on another wall in his bedroom.

“Let’s see what happens at Penn State,” he said. “But, that’s the ultimate goal.”

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