Area briefs: Harvey wins Crescent title
From staff and wire reports
Steven Harvey shots round of 69-72 ó 141 and won the 36-hole, stroke-play Crescent Club Championship.Harvey dethroned two-time defending champ Ryan Honeycutt, who was runner-up.
Jeff Holshouser was third while Chris Sifford was fourth.
Other Flight winners included Jerry Wright, Mark Davis, Bob Moore, Bruce Stolsworth and Mike Harrison.
– Prep sports
The first official high school tennis, soccer and volleyball games of the new school year are on tap today.
The first official football games are set for this Friday. North Rowan is at West Rowan, South Rowan is at Salisbury, A.L. Brown is at Central Cabarrus and Watauga is at Davie County.
Carson and East Rowan will open play officially on Aug. 29.
The Post’s annual football edition is scheduled to appear on Wednesday.
– Intimidators win
Gordon Beckham, a first-round draft pick out of Georgia who was recently assigned to Kannapolis by the Chicago White Sox, went 3-for-3 and hit his first pro homer to lead the Intimidators to a 14-6 victory against Hickory on Sunday.
Eduardo Escobar also had three hits for the Intimidators. Charlie Shirek was the winning pitcher.
– Legion baseball
Colton Baughman pitched Randolph County to a 5-1 victory over Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Sunday and kept Post 45 alive in the Southeast Regional baseball tournament in Shelby.
Baughman (9-1) pitched eight shutout innings and got support from Austin Moyer, who hit another home run.
Sumter, S.C., stayed alive Sunday with a 7-3 victory over host Shelby Post 82. Matt Price hit a three-run homer for Sumter to spark a five-run ninth.
It’s an all-Carolinas finale today.
Randolph (43-12), the Area III and North Carolina champion, plays Sumter, S.C., this afternoon at 1 p.m. in Shelby.
The winner plays Shelby at approximately 5 p.m. for the championship. All three teams have one loss in the double-elimination event.
Sumter’s loss was to Randolph. Randolph’s loss was to Shelby. Shelby’s loss was to Sumter.
– China Grove leagues
The China Grove Youth Baseball League is offering girls softball and fall baseball for the first time.
Softball is for ages 6-13.
The baseball program is for ages 6-12, and 12-year-olds can’t pitch.
Go to Dale’s Sporting Goods in China Grove to pick up a registration form.
The cost is $45 for softball and $50 for baseball.
Play starts after Labor Day and divisions will be set up at a later time.
Registration for both programs is through Aug. 27.
Contact James Solomon at 704 857-1439 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– South Y leagues
South Rowan YMCA is accepting registrations through Aug. 30 for fall soccer and flag football.
Leagues are for boys and girls grades K-8. Practice starts Sept. 8 and games begin Sept. 20.
Fees are $36 for members and $60 for non-members.
Contact Gary Earnhardt at South Rowan YMCA at 704-857-7011.
– Rowan Youth Football
Rowan County Youth Football League has announced registration sites and times for the upcoming season.
Players and cheerleaders must attend Rowan County schools and be in grades 3-6.
* Saturday, Aug. 23, 10-2 at Salisbury Mall
* Monday, Aug. 25, 6-8 at Knox Middle
* Tuesday, Aug. 26, 6-8 at Erwin Middle
* Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6-8 at West Rowan Middle
* Thursday, Aug. 28, 6-8, at South Rowan High
* Saturday, Aug. 30, 9-12, at North Rowan Middle (final registration)
Playing sites will include the West, North and Carson high school fields. There is no increase in registration fees.
Visit the league Web site at www.rcyfl.org for more information.
– West Middle softball
West Rowan Middle School will hold softball tryouts Aug. 18, 19, and 20 at the school field from 6-8 p.m.
All girls in the seventh and eighth grades are eligible.
Participants must have a current physical.
Contact Coach Yarbrough at 704-633-4775 for further information.
– China Grove football
China Grove Middle School football practice is tonight from 6-8 p.m.
Athletes should arrive by 5:45 pm.
Athletes who have not picked up equipment need to be at school by 5 p.m.
Players must have a current physical to practice.
– Wyndham golf
The Wyndham Championship final round was a complete sellout in Greensboro, as was Saturday’s third round.
– NFL update
Aundrae Allison (A.L. Brown) has three catches for 48 yards in Minnesota’s first two preseason games.
– ECU Hall of Fame
East Carolina is inducting five athletes into its sports hall of fame on Oct. 17.
Bill Carson, Reggie Pinkney, Wallace “Butch” Davis, Brian Irvin and Hal Morrison are the honorees.
Pinkney was a defensive back in the 1970s who as a senior set the school record with 197 yards on interception returns. He’s the father of current quarterback Patrick Pinkney.
– N.C. A&T AD
North Carolina A&T interim athletics director Wheeler Brown has been given the job on a full-time basis.
Brown played football for the Aggies 1974-78 and graduated from N.C. A&T in 1979.
– Tough day for Beecher
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier might have to hold off on any more high-profile comparisons for new Gamecock quarterback Tommy Beecher.
Beecher, the fourth-year junior named Spurrier’s starter in April, had a ragged scrimmage Wednesday and acknowledged he’s got some work to two before leading the Gamecocks offense into the season.
“I’m discouraged right now. It’s not the best feeling in the world,” the former Concord High standout said.
“But I’ve got to forget about it and get better tomorrow.”