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Area Sports Briefs

From staff reports
Stan Honeycutt posted one of the two sub-par rounds on Saturday and grabbed a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the Salisbury Country Club Championship Golf Tournament.
Honeycutt carded a one-under 70 to go with an opening l-over 72 for a two-round total of 142.
Glenn Dixon, who held the lead after the first round, shared second place with Bill Haynes and defending club champion Stephen Bullock with 36-hole totals of 145.
Roy Dixon is fifth at 148, followed by John Henderlite and Wally Eidson with 149s.
The championship will be decided in the final 18-hole round that begins at 8:30 a.m. today.
The title in the Flighted Division also will be decided today.
Bob Williams will carry a one-shot lead into the final 18-hole round. He has a 159 score for 36 holes.
Frank Eason is at 160. Jack Seybold and Robert Steele are next with 165s.
Results are in Scoreboard.
– Three girls and two boys clinched championships in the junior division of the Championship Golf Tournament at the Country Club.
Taking girls titles were Gracie Yatawara, 11-under; Madeline Hoskins, ages 12-13; and Lily Yatawara, 14 and over.
Clark Alcorn took the boys 12-14 title, with Troy Beaver winning second. John Murphy won the 10-11 bracket. Jabe Steinman finished second.
n Near miss for Vaden
Former Livingstone sprinter Jordon Vaden placed ninth in the 200 meter semifinal at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday.
The top eight advanced to today’s final.
Bernard Williams ran six-hundreths of a second faster than Vaden to claim the last spot in the field. Vaden was clocked in 20.66 seconds. He was fifth in his heat.
J-Mee Samuels, a former Mount Tabor High star who now competes for Arkansas, finished 10th in the semifinal.
In Saturday’s quarterfinal heats, contested about two hours before the semifinal, Vaden was clocked in 20.73. He was third in his heat and 11th overall.
Advancing to today’s 200 meter final were Rodney Martin (20.04), Wallace Spearmon (20.05), Walter Dix (20.09), Shawn Crawford (20.21), Charles Clark (20.48), Xavier Carter (20.55), Rubin Williams (20.56) and Bernard Williams (20.66).
The top three finishers will represent the U.S. in Beijing.
n Coastal Plain League
Daniel Wagner (South Rowan) had two RBIs for Asheboro in a 5-4 loss to Martinsville on Friday.
Chris Ahearn (Catawba) had two hits for Asheboro. Brett Hatley (West Rowan, Catawba) pitched two scoreless innings.
Wagner is batting .341 and is tied for the league lead in hits with 43.
Ryan Query (A.L. Brown) is batting .289 with two homers and 11 RBIs for Asheboro. Asheboro’s Alex Fairweather (Catawba) leads the league in strikeouts with 42.
n Columbia’s Keegan Linza (North Rowan) has limited hitters to a .174 batting average. Linza is 2-3 with a 2.58 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 381/3 innings.
n Forest City’s Wade Moore (West Rowan) leads the CPL in runs scored with 30. He has 40 hits, tied for fourth-best in the league, and is 10-for-11 on steal attempts.
n Thomasville’s Blake Ketner (Catawba) has a 2.57 ERA in 13 relief outings.
n Parnell pitches well
Binghamton’s Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) pitched well on Saturday but got no decision in a 2-1 loss to Akron.
Parnell, who’s been named to perform in the Eastern League All-Star Game, lowered his ERA to 3.90. He worked 52/3 innings and allowed eight hits and one run. He walked two and struck out two.
Parnell quieted the bats of an Akron team that walloped seven homers on Wednesday.
n Intimidators split
The Kannapolis Intimidators split a doubleheader with Lake County on Saturday in front of 4,069 fans at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium, winning 2-1 and losing 3-2.
Kannapolis (11-6) won the first game behind Levi Maxwell’s two-hitter. Maxwell, who struck out six, is 9-2.
Former South Meck pitcher Ryan Morris shut down the Intimidators in the nightcap.
The Intimidators are off today and play at Columbus on Monday. Kannapolis returns home on July 16.
n Salisbury Palomino team
Salisbury’s Palomino baseball team improved to 9-1 with two road wins on Saturday.
Salisbury defeated the Greensboro Shockers 7-0 and beat McMichael 9-1.
Ben Ijames had three hits on the day, while David Ijames, Robbie Ijames and Zach Burkhart had two apiece.
Alex Britt hit a two-run homer against McMichael.
Forrest Buchanan allowed two hits in six innings to beat McMichael.
Travis Swaim, a North Davidson product, shut down the Shockers.
“We were very efficient today, leaving very few men on base,” Salisbury coach Scott Maddox said. “We did a really good job of capitalizing on the few walks we got and making the other team pay for mistakes.”
Salisbury travels to Greensboro again on Wednesday.
n China Grove football
China Grove Middle summer football workouts for all rising seventh and eighth graders begins Monday, July 7.
Workouts will be held every Monday and Thursday from 8-10 a.m through Aug. 14.
Players should arrive for practice five or 10 minutes before it starts and should have rides waiting at 10.

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