By TOM WILLIAMS
Last week was a week of loss for the Ocean City sports community.
On the same day that former three-sport star Dave Andrews died tragically in an auto accident at the foot of the Ninth Street Bridge, another three-sport star from a couple decades before Andrews died peacefully.
Andy Jernee was a three-sport star at OCHS in the late 1940s. Hailing from one of Ocean City’s most prominent families, his success in three sports resulted in his induction into the OCHS Sports Hall of Fame.
When he graduated in 1950 he held the school record for passing yards and was among the leaders in rushing yards – both totals just under 1,000 yards. He was a key member of Raider football teams that finished a combined 31-4-1 with him in the lineup, including Fenton Carey’s 1949 team (8-0-1) that was awarded the NJSIAA South Jersey Group One championship. Jernee scored 164 points in his four years as a starter, still the seventh highest total in school history.
Jernee was also a key player on the OCHS basketball team that won the South Jersey Group Two championship and reached the state final. He averaged 6.5 points per game as the starting point guard on a balanced team that included Jim Isard, Walt Buckholtz, Bert Avis, George Grillo and Ray Smith..
He also made a big impact in track, winning the NJSIAA State Group One championship in the javelin and shot put.
After graduating from OCHS, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy where he played football until a knee injury ended his career
Later, Jernee became President of the City Council in Ocean City and served on the OCHS Sports Hall of Fame committee. He also enjoyed watching the success of his grandson, Steve, throwing the javelin and discus for the Raiders five years ago.
When you talk about the talented and versatile athletes who established the level of success that current student-athletes work to duplicate, Andy Jernee’s name is one of the first to be mentioned. He was a true Hall of Famer.
Andy Jernee was 88.