Dolphin and Warrior joining the Varsity Blues squad

Toronto picks up two local recruits.

Sometimes you don’t have to look far to find a good thing. Just ask the Toronto Varsity Blues who picked up two commits in their own backyard, Will Lear, an offensive tackle from Ajax High School, and Tom Sivaroli, an offensive lineman from Lorne Park Secondary School.

Will Lear

Courtesy of Will Lear.

Courtesy of Will Lear.

Will Lear is nothing short of a giant. The 6’7, 290lbs offensive lineman’s football career only spans back to grade nine sum three years ago when he started playing with the Ajax Rams (Lake Ontario Secondary School Athletics). Now he will be bringing his size and skill to the Varsity Blues.

“I chose to commit to the school because I feel it has everything I need to be successful, a well-run football program, a strong academic background as well as lots of support. I like that the school has a family atmosphere and I feel that I fit right in,” Lear said.

In his short career, Lear didn’t start playing rep football until 2014 when he joined the Oshawa Hawkeyes (OVFL). After getting a release from the Hawkeyes in 2016, he joined the Durham Dolphins (OVFL).

“Thanks to the knowledge of the coaching staff that Richard Karikari (the Dolphins’ owner) had for the senior team, my knowledge and skills had improved,” Lear said.

Now the product of Ajax, Ontario in the GTA will be looking to further his play with Toronto’s coaching staff. “The coaches that I met are very nice. They have a positive attitude and are very enthusiastic about the program,” he said.

Having made honour roll every year since grade eight, Lear said he is interested in kinesiology. He added, “I also like that the coaches are concerned with education as well as development in football.”

Tommy Silvaroli

Courtesy of Tommy Silvaroli.

Courtesy of Tommy Silvaroli.

Tommy Silvaroli is already familiar with the University of Toronto life. He is currently in his second year of commerce at the UofT Mississauga campus. “I chose UofT because it is leading every Canadian university in academics and I believed this school would provide me with the best education,” he said.

The 6’0, 310lbs football player has spent seven years with the Mississauga Warriors (OVFL) and four with his high school club, the Lorne Park Spartans (Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association). Having played both on the offensive line and defensive line, he will now be taking his talents to the Varsity Blues.

“The downtown facilities that the sports teams get to use are top notch and I am amazed at how well-run the program appears,” Silvaroli said. “The coaches greeted me with a lot of respect and I have heard many great things about their coaching abilities.”

The Varsity Blues have conscripted a well-decorated player to their team. In his 11-year career, Silvaroli has built up quite the to resume:

2009 Best Offensive Lineman – Mississauga Warriors
2009 Best Defensive Lineman – Mississauga Warriors
2010 Offensive MVP – Mississauga Warriors
2010 Best Defensive Lineman – Mississauga Warriors
2011 Team MVP – Mississauga Warriors
2011 Junior Rookie of the Year – Lorne Park S.S. Football
2012 Team MVP – Lorne Park S.S. Football
2012-2013 Junior Male Athlete of the Year – Lorne Park S.S.
2014-2015 Silver Key Award – Lorne Park S.S.

(The Silver Key award is awarded to a student who has had high academic success and/or is highly active in the school community.)

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