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Deseret News prep athletes of the week

JOSH JACKSON, Manti: Team captain helped the top-ranked Templars to a double header sweep of North Summit Friday by driving in five runs and smacking two doubles. The senior leftfielder has 24 RBI, three homers, a .785 batting average, a .950 slugging percentage and has yet to be picked off in stealing 25 bases this season. "He's a good team leader - a good motivator," said Manti coach Mark Olson. "He just works hard." His efforts have helped Manti to a 17-0 record - currently the state's lone unblemished baseball mark.

ANGIE PALMER, West Jordan: Named Athlete of the Meet at last weekend's Davis Invitational by taking first in two individual events as well as a pair of relay races. She won the 100 meters with a clocking of 12.2 seconds and took top honors in the 200 meters at 25.4. In addition, she ran on winning 400 (49.7) and 1600 (4:06.1) relay squads for the Jaguars. "We knew this was going to be her year," said West Jordan coach Kevin Fletcher. "She has really worked hard to get where she is." Palmer will attend SUU next year.

More Malone honors

NEW YORK - Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz, who averaged a league-leading 28.7 points per game during April, won the NBA player of the month award on Tuesday.

Malone averaged 13.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists during the month. He shot .548 from the field and .742 from the foul line.

For the season, Malone was fourth in scoring with 26.7 points per game and ninth in rebounding with 10.6 per game. He played in all 82 games for the third consecutive season.

He was named NBA player of the week earlier this week.