By Steve Svetovich
Dunmore senior tackle Nick Shoemaker stands out.
And that’s because he goes the extra mile.
He’s not afraid to outwork any opponent.
He trains at New Breed Athletics when he’s not working out in the Dunmore weight room or on the football field with his teammates.
“I work out every single day, ” he said. “I don’t miss a day, not even in the off season.”
And it pays off.
Son of Jim and Grace Shoemaker, Dunmore, Nick was a co-selection as a junior for the prestigious Hookey Reap Award. He received the award with Scranton Prep’s Kyle Polishan who was a senior.
“I was shocked when I heard about it,” said Nick. “I didn’t know juniors could get that award.”
The senior stalwart, who has a 90 academic average, was also named All State as a defensive tackle last year. He was an All Regional selection and received the WNEP Dream Team Award at defensive tackle. He was an All League tackle.
For his strong efforts, Nick has been recruited by Division I colleges.
He will be playing football on a scholarship next year for Monmouth University in New Jersey.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to that,” he said. “I will continue working hard in preparation for it. “
Nick talked about what it takes to be a success as a lineman. “It takes hard work and dedication. You have to work out every day in the off season. Take no days off. “
With his hard work, he helped a Dunmore get off to a 4-0 start this season. “Our goal is to win the district playoffs for the fourth year in a row. Then we want to go as far as we can in the state playoffs. The goal is always to win it all.”
He talked about his future goals.
“I am looking forward to playing football in college. I want to major in criminal justice and become a state policeman.”
Nick said he enjoys music and would like to see ACDC in concert someday.
The tough lineman said he learned a lot from Dunmore veteran football coach Jack Henzes. “He taught me not to take anything for granted. And don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”
Nick said his parents are huge supports. “They tell me to never give up. Keep trying hard. If you fail, then keep getting up.”
Nick said he is enjoying his senior year and loves the Dunmore experience.
“Going to Dunmore High School has been a tremendous experience. There is no school like this where you can get a great education and have this much fun at the same time.”