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BG’s Witherspoon named to all-state boys basketball team

Jessiah Witherspoon

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s Jessiah Witherspoon was named to the third team of the Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class 2A All-State boys basketball squad for the second year in a row earlier this morning.

“I’m very happy for him,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Chris Drenning said. “He’s worked hard and improved in all facets of his game. He had a great year and was playing his best basketball at the end of the season.”

Witherspoon averaged 15.8 points per game and was named to the first team of the Altoona Mirror All-Star Team for the second year in a row.

“It’s a blessing just to be honored whether it’s the third team, second team or first team,” Witherspoon said. “Everyone who made the teams deserve it, and it was great playing with those guys.”

The Marauders won the District 6 championship and the first two games in the PIAA playoffs before their season was ended in the quarterfinals due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Math, Civics & Sciences junior guard Nasine Poplar was named the Class 2A Player of the Year. Math, Civics & Sciences defeated Bishop Guilfoyle by two in the 2019 state championship game. Our Lady of Sacred Heart’s Jake DiMichele and Dante Spadafora also made the first team. OLSH, which lost to BG in last year’s semifinals, also had the 2A Coach of the Year in Mike Rodriguez. Drenning received votes.

North Star’s Andy Zuchelli, Constitution’s Keshaun Hammonds and Moravian Academy’s Abe Atiyeh rounded out the first team.

Witherspoon regretted not getting another chance to go up against teams like OLSH and Math, Civics & Sciences.

“I love playing against competition like that,” Witherspoon said. “It’s always a fun atmosphere, brings a big crowd and it’s usually a fun game. I would have loved playing some of those guys again.”

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