On campus: Hoops, links and diamonds

Published 9:55 pm Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Apprentice’s Eric Joe (Nansemond River) made a game-winning basket with 0:25 left as the Builders defeated St. Paul’s 80-79 in Lawrenceville on Saturday.

Joe had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Ruffin (Lakeland) and Fred Spratley (Nansemond River) had 10 points each.

On Monday, Apprentice defeated Columbia Union 92-55 in Newport News. Spratley, a senior for the Builders, had a career-high 33 points. Ruffin added 13 and Joe had 11.

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Apprentice (12-14) hosts the Great Ships Postseason Tournament starting Friday evening. The Builders play Ohio St.-Marion at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Apprentice’s women’s basketball squad has qualified for the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) National Championship to be played in Uniontown, Pa. March 3-7.

In the last outing for the Lady Builders, Apprentice defeated Columbia Union 77-58 to improve to 15-10 overall.

Shameka Warren (Nansemond River) had nine points and 10 rebounds against Columbia Union and averages 5.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Second-seeded Averett defeated No. 7 Greensboro 93-52 in the first round of the USA South Conference Tournament on Tuesday.

Freshman Kenny Hart (Nansemond River) had 14 points and four assists in 22 minutes for the Cougars. Freshman Ruben Pierce (Nansemond River) had five points and six rebounds off the bench.

On Tuesday, Hart was named Rookie of the Year in the USA South. Hart averaged 11.4 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game in the regular season and was named Freshman of the Week in the conference seven times through the season.

The semifinals and final of the tournament are being hosted by Christopher Newport on Friday and Saturday. CNU (17-8, 10-2) is the top seed in the men’s tournament. Loren Farris (King’s Fork) is a reserve for the Captains.

Averett faces No. 6 Methodist at 4 p.m. Friday at CNU. CNU and No. 4 Shenandoah play a semifinal game at 8 p.m. Friday.

North Carolina St. senior Lauren Doughtie (Nansemond-Suffolk) placed fourth individually as NCSU was fourth as a team (of 14 schools) at the Qdoba Invitational in Miami Lakes, Fla. Feb. 15-17. Doughtie shot 72, 76 and 75 for a 7-over-par total. North Carolina St. is ranked No. 32 in the nation.

Hampton freshman Kelsei Saunders (Nansemond River) is the starting third baseman for the Lady Pirate softball team. Saunders is hitting .429 (6 of 14) with a home run and two RBI through Hampton’s first six games (2-4).

Mount Olive freshman pitcher Sarah Saunders (Lakeland) has pitched in two of Mt. Olive’s first six games this season. Saunders has one start and a 3.00 ERA so far. Mount Olive is 4-2 overall.

William and Mary freshman Matt Davenport (Nansemond-Suffolk) earned a victory on the mound in the Tribe’s season opening game.

W&M (3-1) defeated Buffalo 10-9 in Williamsburg on Friday. Davenport got the last out of the top of the eighth with the game tied, 9-9. The Tribe went ahead with a run in the bottom half of the inning, then Davenport held Buffalo in the ninth to end the game. In two relief appearances, Davenport has allowed one hit in 2.0 IP.

St. Mary’s sophomore Barrett Enix (Nansemond-Suffolk) is 2-0 in three starts for the Seahawk baseball squad (6-3). Enix has a 2.87 ERA in 15.2 innings with opponents hitting .218 versus him.

Virginia Military beat Old Dominion 4-3 in 11 innings on Tuesday night in Lexington. Sophomore Justin Topping (Nansemond River) scored the winning run for the Keydets, scoring on a bases-loaded single by Jacob Morley.

VMI (1-3) started the season losing three straight games at No. 1 North Carolina. Through four games, all starts by Topping, he’s hitting .286 with a .375 on-base percentage.