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Athletes of the Week: Mount Saint Joseph basketball’s Jason Edokpayi and Mount de Sales indoor track’s Bella Whittaker

Mount St. Joseph's Jason Edokpayi, right blocks a shot by John Carroll's Tyson Commander (#12) in the second quarter. Mount St. Joseph defeated John Carroll by score of 89 to 63. Photo by: Kenneth K. Lam
Mount St. Joseph's Jason Edokpayi, right blocks a shot by John Carroll's Tyson Commander (#12) in the second quarter. Mount St. Joseph defeated John Carroll by score of 89 to 63. Photo by: Kenneth K. Lam (Kenneth K. Lam)

Boy Athlete

Jason Edokpayi

Mount Saint Joseph, basketball

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Jason Edokpayi, Mount St. Joe, basketball, athlete of the week
Jason Edokpayi, Mount St. Joe, basketball, athlete of the week(Courtesy photo)

In leading the Gaels to three wins last week, the senior forward was consistent, and, when needed the most, downright dominant. In Friday’s 62-53 upset win over then-No. 1 St. Frances, Edokpayi posted a double double with 22 points and 10 rebounds in addition to playing strong interior defense. The home win put the Gaels at 17-3 as they moved to No. 2 in The Baltimore Sun’s Top 15 poll this week. Edokpayi opened the week with 15 points and nine rebounds in an 86-59 win over St. Maria Goretti on Jan. 13 and followed that with a 14-point, six-rebound effort against Gerstell in an 86-52 win on Wednesday. For the season, his third on varsity, he is averaging 15.7 points and seven rebounds per game.

Girl Athlete

Bella Whittaker

Mount de Sales, indoor track

Bella Whittaker, Mount de Sales, track, athlete of the week - Original Credit:
Bella Whittaker, Mount de Sales, track, athlete of the week - Original Credit:(HANDOUT)

Just how dominant has the senior star been? Whittaker has yet to lose in an event in which she has competed so far this indoor season. Some of Whittaker’s best work came in the MIAA/IAAM indoor track championships Friday. After winning the 55-meter dash (7.20 seconds) and 300-meter run (42.10), she set an IAAM conference record in the 500 run with a winning time of 1 minute, 12.67 seconds. It easily bested the previous conference mark of 1:15.28 — set by McDonogh’s Sydney Hayes in 2013 — and Whittaker became the first runner in the country to run under 1:13 in the event this season. With help from her younger sister, Juliette, Mount de Sales finished second behind Maryvale in the IAAM team scoring. Bella, who has committed to run at Penn, was an All-Metro first-team selection in the indoor and outdoor seasons as a junior.

Athlete of the Week nominations can be emailed to ggraham@baltsun.com before Mondays at noon.

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