PEA/FS Hall Of Fame To Induct Five Standouts

Published 3:13 pm Thursday, January 17, 2013

FARMVILLE – The Prince Edward Academy/Fuqua School Athletics Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony will be held on Friday, February 15, in the school's Gee-Price Activity Center.

The evening will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a social, dinner and induction ceremony, followed by an additional recognition in Gilmer Gym prior to the varsity boys basketball game against Kenston Forest School.

The event is open to the public; cost is $25 per person which includes your ticket to the game. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Fuqua School Director of Alumni Affairs Tammy Frank at (434) 392-4131, ext 235.

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This year's inductees include the following:

Jim Saunders (1972)

With nine varsity high school athletics letters, a successful college athletics career, and a distinguished history of community service, Jim Saunders represents the early 1970s as yet another outstanding leader-athlete.

Elected as vice president of his high school junior class and president of his senior class, the four-year football letterman, at defensive end, punter, and offensive tight end, added four more varsity letters in baseball and another in golf receiving numerous awards at all levels.

Saunders was selected by major league baseball's Minnesota Twins in the June 1972 draft in the 21st round.

However, Saunders chose to accept a baseball scholarship to Louisburg College and played third base there for two years before transferring to NC Wesleyan where he captained both the baseball and golf teams. In 1975, he was the team's leading hitter and garnered DIAC All-Conference honors. He was also awarded the Most Outstanding Male Athlete in 1975.

WC Sprouse Jr. (1972)

Another standout athlete from the early 1970s, WC Sprouse was a key element in a four-year PEA football program that posted an impressive 37-5-1 mark and four conference championships.

Starting as a freshman defensive back and eventually recognized as All-Conference at that position, Sprouse moved under center for the 1971 season after recovering from a broken hand to lead the Wolverines to an undefeated string until his graduation in 1972.

A multi-sport athlete, Sprouse played as the only junior starter on the basketball team and co-captained his senior year while leading the team in scoring and being selected to the All-Conference Team.

As a senior, he was the leading scorer on the Conference All-Star Team. Sprouse went on to add an additional four varsity letters in golf.

Scott Andrews (1983)

The epitome of the student-athlete, multi-talented Scott Andrews was a four-sport letterman at PEA with notable efforts in football, basketball, baseball, and golf.

As tri-captain of the 1982 football team, Andrews led the Wolverines to a conference championship and a perfect 11-0 mark while racking up over 1,000 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.

He also co-captained the 1983 basketball team adding another conference championship as PEA netted a 16-1 record. Andrews capped a noteworthy high school experience serving as co-captain of the baseball team.

Graduating from PEA with honors as the SCA President, Andrews accepted an appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point and went on to serve as an Army Aviator in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Cristy Wilson Larkin (1992)

A highly successful two-sport high school athlete, Cristy Wilson Larkin stood out on both the softball field and basketball court.

As a five-year softball player, she saw her teams post a 92-8 mark over five years and earn five consecutive conference championships.

As an eighth grader in the 1988 season, she was named Most Improved Player with a .455 batting average. Larkin went on to earn All-Conference honors her final three seasons.

On the basketball court, Larkin was elected as a Tri-Captain her senior year and earned Best Offense and MVP awards while being named All-Conference with a team-leading 149 points and an 8.8 points-per-game average.

Autumn Barton Harbour (1995)

As a five-year starter in softball, Autumn Barton Harbour shared Al Smith field with an extraordinary team that went on to post 108 victories, four-conference championships, and two state championships over those five years. Harbour earned “Best Offense” in each of her final three seasons.

As a sophomore, she led the team in hitting with a .519 average and was named to the All-Conference Team. Her final two seasons ended with 25-0 and 26-0 team records respectively.

Individually, she was again named All-Conference and was additionally recognized with All-State honors.