Athletes of the Week

High Schools

January 02, 2002

BOYS

Levi Stukes

Randallstown, basketball

The junior guard was named Most Valuable Player at the Maryland Sports Medicine Wes Unseld Classic after averaging a double double in three games. He posted 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a 68-32 win against Broadneck; 27 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in a 70-64 victory over Southern-AA; and 28 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in a 76-49 win against Aberdeen. Stukes' play helped Randallstown capture its third Unseld championship since 1997. Stukes, the only returning starter from last season's Class 3A state championship squad, is a team captain for the No. 10 Rams (8-0).

GIRLS

Jackie Valderas

Seton Keough, basketball

The All-Metro center led the No. 3 Gators to the championship of the Comet Classic with 38 points, 35 rebounds and nine blocks over three games. She shot 56 percent from the field during the tournament. A 6-foot senior, Valderas scored 15 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and had six blocks in the title game, a 53-45 victory over No. 8 Catonsville. In the semifinals, she also had 15 points and 15 rebounds as well as three blocks in a 41-31 win over then-No. 15 Roland Park. She also contributed eight points and five rebounds while playing sparingly in a 72-21 romp over Randallstown in the opening round. Valderas has 929 career points and averages 12.2 points and 9.4 rebounds for the Gators (6-4).

Nominate athletes: The Sun accepts nominations for its Athletes of the Week on Sundays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 410-332-6200 or 800-829-8000, Ext. 6200. Two athletes (one boy and one girl) will be selected each week and featured in Wednesday's editions. To be nominated, athletes must play for their high school team and be available the next Monday to have their pictures taken. Only coaches can nominate Athletes of the Week.

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