Watts, Anders honored

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Jessi Watts named to all-tournament team in college hoops, Anders an all-conference hitter in volleyball


Watts’ career off to hot start

RALEIGH, N.C. –– The college basketball career of Jessi Watts is all of five games old. The former Carroll County standout is already making her mark.

Watts, a freshman at Salem College, was named to the all-tournament team following the Jackie Ammons Memorial Tournament at Peace College.

A freshman guard, Watts averaged 15 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5 assists per game in the two-game tournament, shooting 15-for-19 from the floor, including five 3-pointers.

Watts scored 14 points and dished out five assists in the tournament opener, a 95-66 loss to Wittenberg College. The Spirits (1-4), an NCAA Division III school located in Winston-Salem, bounced back in the consolation game to notch their first win of the season, a 75-54 drubbing of Wesleyan (Ga.) College. Watts led the way with a double-double, scoring 16 points to go with 10 rebounds and five assists.

On a team with one junior, three sophomores and nine freshmen, Watts has averaged 12.8 points and four assist in the past four games.

Hailey Lineberry, another freshman from Carroll County, chipped in with three points for Salem in the Spirits’ win over Wesleyan.

Anders named all-AAC

WISE –– Mikaela Anders of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise earned a pair of post-season honors after completion of her freshman season playing for the Highland Cavalier volleyball team.

Anders, a former Grayson County standout from Galax, was one of only two freshmen named to the 12-player all-Appalachian Athletic Conference’s first team, and was also a member of the six-player all-freshman team.

The 6-foot-1 middle hitter finished the season second on the team in both kills (289) and blocks (80) for the Cavaliers, who finished 10-21 overall for the season.

Erica Adams, a middle hitter from Covenant College, was the AAC’s freshman of the year and the only other rookie voted first-team all-conference. King College, which won the regular season and tournament championships, had three players named to the first team, including player of the year Morgan Machen.