TASTY TIDBITS Prep’s Simon, Jayson Ademilola earn Army All-American honors

Grid observations; Reporter Top Fives; great week for former Reporter AOYs
ALL-AMERICAN MARAUDERS – Jayson Ademilola (left) and Shayne Simon (right) of St. Peter’s Prep both received their jerseys from the United States Army to participate in the 18th Annual Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 6, 2018. The Marauder teammates, headed to Notre Dame next year, received their jerseys at an assembly in school last week.
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ALL-AMERICAN MARAUDERS – Jayson Ademilola (left) and Shayne Simon (right) of St. Peter’s Prep both received their jerseys from the United States Army to participate in the 18th Annual Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 6, 2018. The Marauder teammates, headed to Notre Dame next year, received their jerseys at an assembly in school last week.

It was a grand celebration at St. Peter’s Prep last week, when the United States Army came to the school to present two seniors, Shayne Simon and Jayson Ademilola, with their jerseys to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Both Marauders, standout defensive players who are both headed to Notre Dame next year (along with Jayson’s twin brother Justin), will play in the 18th edition of the All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.
Simon and Ademilola were selected among the top 100 football players in the country.
“It’s a great honor,” Simon said. “I’m glad that I can share this with Jayson. It’s incredible that two guys from the same team get to go to the All-American Bowl and play with the best players in the country. I remember when they came to the school [three years ago] and presented the jerseys to Brandon and Minkah.”
In 2014, Prep products Brandon Wimbush, now the starting quarterback at Notre Dame, and Minkah Fitzpatrick, the All-American defensive back at Alabama, were named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and had a similar presentation in front of the whole school population in the gymnasium.
Simon was a freshman at the time and remembers the pride that the school had back then for Wimbush and Fitzpatrick. Now, the school gets to experience the same pride and glory for Simon and Jayson Ademilola.
Veteran head coach Rich Hansen, who has had the honor of coaching in the All-American Bowl more than once, welcomed the organization to Grand and Warren for the prestigious presentation.
“The great thing about the All-American Bowl is that they do a complete comprehensive evaluation of the players they select,” Hansen said. “They do their homework before making the selection. They want the completely balanced student-athlete, who has the necessary academic portfolio, but does work in the community and of course, their football skills.
Added Hansen, “I think it speaks volumes about the kind of kids they both are. They do a lot of work mentoring younger kids. There are a lot of things that go into this process and the Army takes notice of what they do. You have to be a great player, sure, but there’s more to it and that’s what makes the award even more special. It’s about these two guys and their families, but they got to share it with the entire school community. I think it’s important that way, so other kids can see.”
Just like Simon and Jayson saw Wimbush and Fitzpatrick – and perhaps there was a student in the audience in the gym that will get the chance to have a similar assembly program in the years to come…
Speaking of Prep, the Marauders’ cross country team had a great race at the Stewart Invitational Varsity A event at Greystone Park in Morris Plains last Saturday.
The Marauders placed third overall in the race, led by Kevin Keegan (sixth place, 16:14), Edwin Klake (eighth in 16:19) and Liam Christman (13th place in 16:35). The Marauders were third in the race as a team behind state powers North Hunterdon and Morris Hills…
Also at the Stewart Invitational, Fahd Nasser of McNair Academic was second overall in the Varsity B Race (for smaller schools) in an impressive time of 15:50…
Memorial’s boys had a strong showing in the Garret Mountain Invitational at – guess where? Garret Mountain in Woodland Park.
Francis Martingale was fourth in the Varsity A race in 16:28, followed by teammate Steven Ventura, who was eighth in 16:39. In the same race, Adam Ocasio of Union City was 14th in 17:15.
In the girls’ Varsity A race at Garret Mountain, Rachel Malkowski of Union City was 11th in 20:54 and teammate Emily Garcia was 14th in 21:19…
At the NJIC regular season races at Darlington last week, Natalia Ordonez of Weehawken was seventh in her race, while Adam Khriss of Secaucus was ninth in his race…
And the week prior at Greystone, Weeshamar Senatus of Hudson Catholic, perhaps the top name in all of cross country, was fifth in the Varsity Junior 1 race at Bernie Magee Invitational, coming home in 20:28…
It was a great week for former Hudson Reporter Athletes of the Year.
Nicole Degenhardt, the 2005-2006 Hudson Reporter Female Athlete of the Year, who was raised and still lives in Secaucus, was inducted into the Felician College Athletic Hall of Fame.
An all-CACC honoree in both volleyball and softball, Degenhardt was the starting setter on the first Felician volleyball team to reach the conference playoffs (2007). She still holds Golden Falcon volleyball records for assists in a match, season, and career.
“I came to Felician for a sense of family,” Degenhardt said in accepting her award. “I could not wait for the challenge to help Felician build its growing volleyball program.”
In her senior year, Degenhardt also played basketball at Felician, showing her incredible versatility, like she had in high school.
Degenhardt is now the head softball coach at Georgian Court in Lakewood…
Jorge Portorreal was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second straight week. The Hudson Reporter Male Athlete of the Year from St. Peter’s Prep earlier this year has caught 20 passes for 301 yards and one touchdown for Lehigh this season…
Some great performances were enjoyed on the local high school gridiron last week.
Snyder defeated Belleville, 50-2, with several Tigers enjoying big days. Quarterback Jahleel Baker, a recent Hudson Reporter Athlete of the Week, completed 14 of 16 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Main target Nasir Smith caught four passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns while Titus Whitehead had four catches for 110 yards and one TD. In the rushing department, Gary Carter had 10 carries for 130 yards and a score, while Bernard Shivers had 12 carries for 134 yards and a score…
Memorial got into the win column with a 35-6 win over Newark East Side with Pedro Morales, Jr. scoring two touchdowns for the Tigers, who defeated old coach Brian Meeney in the process…
North Bergen enjoyed a big 49-7 win over Kearny thanks to two touchdowns apiece from the dynamic rushing attack of David Drouet and Michael Santini
Bayonne was victorious in the second game of the doubleheader played at Lincoln Park last Saturday, winning 40-7 over the Rams…
Hudson Reporter High School Football Top Five: 1. St. Peter’s Prep (3-1). 2. North Bergen (4-0). 3. Hoboken (3-1). 4. Bayonne (2-2). 5. Union City (2-3)…
Hudson Reporter High School Soccer Top Five: 1. St. Peter’s Prep (10-3-1) 2. Union City (7-3). 3. North Bergen (8-4-1). 4. Bayonne (9-4). 5. Secaucus (7-2)…– Jim Hague.

Jim Hague can be reached at OGSMAR@aol.com.