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Witherspoon shines for BG

Name: Jessiah Witherspoon

School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic

Age: 16

Grade: Junior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Witherspoon scored 17 points in a 62-61 win over Our Lady of Sacred Heart in the PIAA Class 2A semifinals and followed with a game-high 19 points in BG’s 54-52 loss to Math, Civics & Sciences in the PIAA championship.

Season update: Witherspoon averaged 15.5 points, 4.1 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game for the Marauders.

Coach Chris Drenning’s quote: “He’s as good as anyone I’ve seen at getting to the basket. In order to reach his potential, he needed to work hard throughout the year on his jump shot. He’s done that, and it’s become a weapon for him. As a program, we are excited to see how much he improves in the offseason and just how far he can take himself and our team.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Moubry

Favorite subject: History

Favorite movie: “The Goonies”

Favorite food: Ice cream

Favorite song: “Red Room” by Offset

Outside interests: Reading, being outdoors, sleeping

Favorite professional team(s): Boston Red Sox and Oklahoma City Thunder

Favorite college team: Ohio State

Pro athlete most admired: LeBron James

Best athlete I ever competed against: Richland’s Caleb Burke

Most influential person on my athletic career: Teammate Luke Ruggery

Proudest athletic achievement: Making it to the state championship game

How I got my start in basketball: “My dad (Jeremiah Witherspoon) would take me out to the gym when he played basketball with the older guys.”

Future goal: Go back to states next year and go on to play college basketball

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