Lakeland alum earns medalist honors

Published 10:15 pm Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Apprentice School Sophomore Ben Hunter, a Lakeland High School alumnus, earned medalist honors with a one-under par 71 on a wet 6,502-yard course on Saturday in Virginia Beach at the Marlin Invitational.

The Builders carded a 315 in Saturday’s first round to edge the host Virginia Wesleyan Marlins (316) and Lynchburg College (319). Sunday’s finals were canceled because of the weather, giving the Builders the win and their first tournament title under head coach Joey Maben. Apprentice School will now participate next weekend in the Lynchburg College Hornet Invitational in Forest.


Mount Olive College guard Andrea Jones, a Nansemond River High School alumna, earned second-team honors as the 2011-12 All-Conference Carolinas Women’s Basketball Team was announced Friday.

Jones, a 5-9 junior from Suffolk, earned all-conference honors for the second year in a row. Jones ranks sixth in the conference with 15.3 points per game and seventh in the conference with 2.0 three-point field goals per game. She also ranks 12th in the conference with 1.9 steals per game.

Jones scored in double figures in 23 of 28 games, including six contests with at least 20 points. She scored a season-high 24 points in December in the Trojans’ 73-69 win over Saint Augustine’s. Jones also scored 16 points in Mount Olive’s 63-58 win over Erskine Tuesday in the first round of the 2012 Conference Carolinas Women’s Basketball Tournament. She had two games this season with a career-high seven steals.

Mount Olive finished the season with a 19-9 record, coming within one win of its fourth 20-win season and fourth appearance in the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game in the last five years. The Trojans spent a week in the NCAA II Southeast Region Top 10 and finished second in the Conference Carolinas East Division.