Athletes Of The Week

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

January 03, 2007

Boys

Justin Faithful

Old Mill, wrestling

The 6-foot-2, 270-pound senior heavyweight pinned McDonogh's Lane Clelland in the third period to win the 275-pound title in last weekend's 27-team A.I. DuPont High Invitational in Wilmington, Del. Faithful, who moved to 14-0 with the victory, had pinned Clelland in 1:56 earlier this season to win the title at the McDonogh Invitational. A second-year varsity wrestler, Faithful has 13 pins and one major decision this season after going 36-4 with 26 pins in 2005-06. A returning Anne Arundel County champion, Faithful finished second at last year's 4A-3A East regional tournament and placed fourth at the 4A-3A state meet. Faithful, who has a 3.25 grade point average and can bench-press nearly 400 pounds, was a starting nose guard on the Patriots' Class 4A East region runner-up football team this past fall, and aspires to play football and wrestle at Edinboro University.

Others considered -- Clyde Gross, Broadneck, basketball; Kim English, Randallstown, basketball; Jason Sharp, Lake Clifton, basketball.

Girls

Destiny Jacobs

McDonogh, basketball

The 6-foot-1 junior center came within one rebound of three double doubles in helping the No. 5 Eagles to three wins at last week's Holly 'N Hoops tournament. Jacobs had 41 points, 31 rebounds and 10 blocks for the week, including 20 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in a 78-50 win over T.S. Wootton. For the tournament, she shot 22-for-32 from the field and committed only four fouls. She also had 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in a 55-40 win over Holy Trinity from New York and 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in a 58-45 victory against River Hill. Jacobs, who has filled the key post role this season, averages 9.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for the 9-1 Eagles. Also a volleyball player at McDonogh, she played Amateur Athletic Union basketball last summer with the Maryland Hurricanes, who have been state champions in their age group four straight years.

Others considered -- Allie Emala, Bryn Mawr, basketball; Mischa Minor, Western, basketball; Jaclyn Nucci, South River, basketball.

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