||WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY BEARCATS HALL OF FAME
Paul Wapato was a stalwart starter on the football, basketball, and baseball teams for Willamette. The 6'1", 185-lbs. athlete from Wenatchee, Washington, was outstanding on the gridiron both offensively and defensively. "Wap", as he was called, split time between end and fullback. In the Wallulah, his abilities and contributions were described as, "His knack of spearing forward passes and his impenatrable defensive work were deciding factors in more than one game...no man who has not been in the school and had his faith placed in "Wap", can ever know his value and what his presence in a contest means."
Wapato led the basketball squad in scoring during his sophomore season to establish himself as a dominant player and was named team captain both as a junior and senior. In 1919, Paul poured in 20 points against Multnomah A.A.C. - a noteworthy accomplishment in those days. He received honorable mention All-Northwest College Basketball Team honors in 1920 and 1921. The Wallulah noted, "Besides his ability to score, "Wap" assists in making many other shots by his accurate passing."
Wapato was also outstanding as a baseball player, hitting .410 as a sophomore and continuing at that blistering pace throughout his career as the team's centerfielder. The Wallulah described his contributions as, "Wapato was the old head in the outfield and his presence there helped greatly to steady it. Wap is one of the dressing-room jokers...in batting he swings his big, black war-club at a .400 clip."