Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
They are brothers and teammates first.
But certainly still compete with each other.
Adam is older, by a few minutes, but Tyler is bigger.
Both have averages above 101, but each knows who ranks higher.
Maine-Endwell seniors Adam and Tyler Shelepak are the anchors of the Spartan offensive line, and the first of this season's academic all star.
" The first thing I asked my guidance counselor was, am I ranked above Adam? So there's competition, but it's healthy competition."
Adam and Tyler Shelepak are smart guys, and they learned there is strength in numbers.
So rather than work against each other, they help each other.
Adam says, " We still occasionally get into some arguments, but for the most part, we worked together very well. We cooperate, we work together on projects at school. We play on the football team together. The most part we're behind each other not competing against each other. "
Coach Matt Gallagher says, " They used to be when they were younger, because I used to coach them in baseball and peewee football. They have gotten a lot better. They are behind each other 100%."
Besides both leading the way on the Spartan offensive line, one at right tackle, the other at left guard, they charge to the front of the school's academic rankings, both with averages above 101.
Tyler says, " The key definitely is time management. When you get home after practice in season. He can't just sit around and play Xbox and hang out. You have to buckle down and do school work so you can sleep at night."
With 5 AP classes, a full after school activity list including both being captains of the football team and volunteering for groups like Habitat for Humanity, the twin brothers are always busy.
" We all lead by example, we work incredibly hard on and off the field and just push the team to do the best we can."
They set a strong example for anyone tough enough to try and reach their lofty goals.
That's why Adam and Tyler Shelepak are this week's academic all stars.