The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


March 27, 2013

Jones twins sign to play sports with Methodist

TARBORO — Twins usually are competitive against each, but are always there for one another. Where you find one, you can find the other. That is how it has been at Tarboro High the past four years for twins, Delvin and Kelvin Jones. They have come through playing multiple sports for the Vikings. They have accomplished some impressive goals together. Both have played basketball and football on the same teams.

Feb. 27 was their birthday and to make their day even more special, they both  announced that they were going to play college sports at the same school. The Jones twins signed to play college sports with Methodist, which is a Division III school in Fayetteville.

Delvin will be playing football and Kelvin will be playing basketball for the Monarchs. They both decided on the same school, because they felt like they would both be able to accomplish some major goals as student athletes.

Delvin has a 3.5 GPA, while Kelvin holds on to a 3.4. Both brothers have worked extremely hard to get to where they are now, but said they couldn't have done it without the inspiration from their mother Lakeisha Freeman and grandmother Linda Black. The Jones twins said both their mother and grandmother have inspired them to never give up on anything they wanted to accomplish. That has stuck with the Jones twins throughout their high school careers.

The Jones twins are so appreciative of the sacrifices and the things their mother has done for them, that for them to further their education and play college sports would be just part of a way to show their mother how much she meant to them.

Delvin won two state championships while playing football and said that pushed him to go on to the next level to want to play college football.

"It is just a dream come true for me go to the next level," Delvin said. "I have the opportunity to go to the next level and with me being under sized then I was given the chance so I thought that is what I was looking for. So I wanted to test the waters."

Delvin said he has a book he is getting for a workout program and has found a personal trainer so he can get stronger and faster. He said when he goes to school in July, he is going in to fight for a starting spot at the rover position.

"I plan on playing right away," Delvin said. "I plan on giving it my all even though I have two seniors who are in front of me."

Kelvin said past players who have gone on to the next level made him work hard to get to the level he is at now. He had it set in his mind that if others from Tarboro could go play college basketball, then he could one day do it himself. He has accomplished that goal and has even more set when he enters his freshman year of college.

"I know I can play at the next level," Kelvin said. "I told myself between my sophomore and junior year that I could play college ball. I have goals that I want to accomplish."

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