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Area Sports Briefs: Golf state championships start today

From staff reports

Golf state championships will be contested today and Tuesday in the Pinehurst area.

East Rowan qualified its team for 3A state competition with a third-place regional finish.

Bryson Sprinkle leads off for the Mustangs today on No. 10 at Longleaf at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by teammates Austin Miller, Alex Miller, Colby Patterson and William Garland.

Salisbury qualified two individual players for the 2A State Championships at Whispering Pines.

Alex Antosek tees off on No. 1  at 9:57 a.m today, while Hank Robins will be on the tee at 10:06.

Prep tennis

Salisbury (19-0) returns to 2A dual team state playoff action on Tuesday with a second-round match against Mount Pleasant (11-1).

Individual tennis championships will be conducted this weekend. Salisbury qualified Jander Rodas in singles and the doubles team of Adam Drye/Roarke Burton. They’ll compete in Cary.

NCHSAA

Pairings and seedings are expected to be released today by the NCHSAA for baseball, softball and girls soccer.

In baseball, Carson will be at home for the first round and East Rowan also should get a first-round home game.

In softball, Carson will be at home in the first round, and West Rowan is also expected to be at home.

In soccer, Salisbury will  be at home for the first round and could be the No. 1 seed. Carson is on the bubble for a first-round home game in the 32-team 3A West bracket.

A number of other county teams  will be in the playoffs, although they are likely to be traveling in the first round.

First-round games are scheduled for Wednesday.

Local golf

Rick Adams fired a net of 60 to win the  McCanless Men’s Association Handicap Tournament.

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The McCanless Couples played a Captains Choice on Sunday.

Ralph Carver and Gene & Mary Seaford took first place.

David & Azalee Huneycutt and Yvounne Barger finished second.

Closest to the pin  was Walt Kincaid

Longest Putt  was won by Dan Engelston.

Graduates

Georgia Southern cross country and track athlete Rebecca Parker (West Rowan) will be graduating.

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UNC Pembroke baseball player Trace Hagler (A.L. Brown) is graduating.

College softball

  Western Carolina junior Hunter Gibbons (West Rowan)  enters the SoCon Championships continuing to chase the school home run record. She has 28 in her career. The school record is 29.

Intimidators

KANNAPOLIS — Anthony Villa hit a two-run single in the fifth inning, leading the Kannapolis Intimidators to a 4-3 win over the Hagerstown Suns on Sunday.

Jose Nin got Jeyner Baez to ground out with a runner on second to end the game for his second save of the season.

Luis Ledo (3-0) got the win in relief while Hagerstown starter Jackson Tetreault (0-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

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