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Athlete of Week: Witherspoon makes ‘great strides’

Name: Jessiah Witherspoon

School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Witherspoon scored 30 points in a 77-52 victory over Bedford and had 29 points in a 65-52 win over Bishop Carroll.

Season update: Witherspoon averages 17.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.2 steals per game for the 16-1 Marauders.

Coach Chris Drenning’s quote: “Jessiah is a very talented offensive player. His ability to get to the basket is as good as I’ve ever seen. What makes him even more effective is he has worked hard to become a consistent threat from 3-point range as well. He’s taken great strides in all aspects of his game and is having a great senior season. I’m incredibly proud of all the things he’s accomplished and look forward to hopefully bigger achievements in the future.”

Favorite teacher: Dr. Logue

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “John Wick”

Favorite food: Chipotle

Favorite song: “Life is Good” by Future featuring Drake

Outside interests: Painting

Favorite professional team: San Francisco 49ers

Favorite college team: Ohio State

Pro athlete most admired: Kobe Bryant

Best athlete I ever competed against: Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher

Most influential person on my athletic career: Grandpa

Proudest athletic achievement: Going to the PIAA Class 2A state final last year

How I got my start in basketball: Watching the NBA at a young age

Future goal: Become a physical therapist

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