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College notebook: Anderson gets taste of Europe

BY STEVE DeSHAZO

Justin Anderson is getting a two-month jump-start on his basketball career at the University of Virginia.

The Westmoreland County native is accompanying the Cavaliers on a five-game exhibition tour of Europe. Through four games, the 6-foot-7 freshman forward has contributed 30 points and nine rebounds.

Anderson, who played for Courtland’s junior varsity team before transferring to Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Md., had 15 points in his first game, an 89–62 victory over the Netherlands B team in Almere, the Netherlands, on Wednesday The Cavaliers lost a rematch 82–73 the next day, then fell 102–97 to the Belgian club team Gembo on Saturday and 71–67 to AMW Team France Monday. They play a rematch with AMW Tuesday in Paris.

Another local player getting international experience is Randolph–Macon senior Lamar Giggetts (Courtland). The Yellow Jackets are on a 12-day tour of Chile.

FOOTBALL

William and Mary senior linebacker Dante Cook (Stafford) has been named a Football Championship Subdivision fourth-team preseason All-American by Phil Steele magazine. Cook led the Tribe with 111 tackles as a sophomore, but was limited to eight games last season due to injury.

Cornerback Kirkland Nelms (Riverbend) has left the University of Massachusetts team but is still enrolled in school, according to a university spokesman. Nelms made 39 tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2011 and intercepted two passes.

Fellow Riverbend grad Matt Krout, a starting offensive tackle at James Madison, withdrew from school in the spring for academic reasons.

Senior tailback Steve Strother (Eastern View) gained 32 yards on seven carries in Southern Illinois’ intrasquad scrimmage Saturday.

SOCCER

Davidson sophomore forward Becca Fisher (James Monroe) was named to the preseason all-Southern Conference team by the league’s coaches. She won conference rookie of the year honors in 2011, when she had seven goals and four assists.

Senior midfielder Kacey Hall (Massaponax) has been named a team co-captain at VMI.

Sophomore Kelsey Lucas (Fredericksburg Christian) had an assist in Longwood’s 2–1 exhibition victory over visiting Marshall Saturday.

ACADEMICS

Twelve local athletes—including eight from Virginia—were named to the 2011–12 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll, which requires a 3.0 grade-point average for the school year.

Cavaliers honored included runners Thomas Porter (Mountain View) and Jake Brown (Stafford); soccer players Shane Cooke (Liberty) and Ryan Zinkhan (Riverbend); field hockey player Phoebe Willis (James Monroe); football player Jacob Hodges (Mountain View); wrestler Sam MacGregor (Chancellor) and softball player Lauren Didlake (Caroline).

It was Willis’ third selection to the team and the second each for Porter and Didlake.

Other area athletes on the squad included Virginia Tech runner Joseph Murray (Stafford) and softball player Katie Smith (Stafford); and track standouts April Sinkler (Brooke Point) of Clemson and Kaitlyn Davis (Mountain View) of N.C. State, a repeat honoree.

Steve DeShazo: 540/374-5443

sdeshazo@freelancestar.com

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