HS FOOTBALL: Lakeland's Wormuth, Abington Heights' Bossi named to PSFCA East all-star teams
Feb. 18—Adam Wormuth and Nico Bossi already proved they are two of the top football players in the Lackawanna Football Conference, and now they are ready to show where they rank against athletes from across the state.
Wormuth, a senior All-Region offensive tackle from Lakeland and Bossi, a senior All-Region defensive end from Abington Heights earned a spots on East rosters Saturday for the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association East-West games.
The all-star games are set for Sunday, May 21 at Bishop McDevitt's Rocco Ortenzio Stadium in Dauphin County. Kickoff for Small School (Class 1A-Class 2A-Class 3A) game is at noon, and the kickoff for the Big School (Class 4A-Class 5A-Class 6A) game is at 5 p.m.
Two coaches from the LFC will also be part of the games. Honesdale's Paul Russick is an assistant coach for the East team in the Big School game, while Mid Valley's Stan Yanoski is an assistant coach for the Small School game.
Hazleton Area wide receiver Connor Shamany and athlete Matthew Cusatis, Wyoming Area lineman Ethan Speece, Crestwood lineman John Jones, and long snapper Chris Smolenak are also on the East Big School team.
Wormuth, who is committed to the United States Military Academy at West Point where he will start at the prep school, helped Lakeland win the District 2 Class 2A championship and have a 12-1 season.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound two-way lineman who started playing football in his junior year did not allow a sack in 25 career starts. He dominated the line of scrimmage for an offense that led the LFC with 384 total yards per game and 2,470 yards rushing this season. Wormuth was selected to the Pennsylvania Football Writers Class 2A all-state team and won the Hookey Reap award as the best offensive lineman in Lackawanna County.
Defensively, Wormuth had 55 tackles, 14 for loss and two sacks in career.
"Deciding to play two years ago, I just went out to help the team; I never would have thought anything like this could happen, and now I am here, picked for this all-star game," Wormuth said. "I am looking forward to giving it my best and going against the best in the state."
Bossi, who made his commitment to Brown before the season, had an outstanding senior season and is listed as an athlete for the all-star game. He finished with 101 tackles, which included 10 for losses. He also had three sacks, five passes defended, and five games with double-digit tackles, finishing as the runner-up for the Hookey Reap Award for defense to Lakeland's Lacota Dippre.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound two-year starter who had his sophomore season canceled because the school did not permit contact sports in response to the COVID-19 pandemic finished with 86 solo tackles, 57 assists for 143 total stops, and 24 tackles for loss. He added nine sacks.
Offensively, the tight end had 26 receptions for 379 yards and seven touchdowns in his two seasons.
"This means a lot to me," Bossi said. "It will serve as excellent preparation for college. I was listed as an athlete. Being selected as an athlete, I will try to show some people what i can do that they may not have seen before.
"I am looking forward to this. I feel honored that I was chosen, and I can't wait to see how I stack up."
Russick has been the head coach at Honesdale for three seasons and has a career record of 11-18. He guided the Hornets to the District 2 Class 4A quarterfinals last season and finished with a 5-6 record.
Yanoski has coached at his alma mater for three seasons and has a record of 12-16. Two seasons ago, he led the Spartans to the District 2 Class 3A semifinals. Md. Valley finished 2-8 this past season.
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