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Area sports briefs: Smith to coach South girls

From staff reports
Jarrod Smith has been named head girls basketball coach at South Rowan. He’s coached a number of sports at South the past four years. A story is upcoming.
– Prep basketball
Northwest Florida State sophomore pitcher Keegan Linza (North Rowan) was named to the All-Panhandle Conference team. Linza finished with a 5-3 record, a 3.67 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 76 innings.
He has signed with Liberty.
– Prep baseball
Lake Norman beat Mooresville 3-0 behind Jordan Farrell’s two-run homer in the sixth. Ross Whitley was the winning pitcher in relief.
Cousins Dylan West, Jacob Mays and Aaron Meadows had Mooresville’s hits.
* In a wild final day of the NPC regular season that included doubleheaders, West Iredell got the league’s No. 6 playoff spot via a tiebreaker. Northwest Cabarrus had a chance to clinch sixth but fell 6-5 to Statesville.
– Prep soccer
Salisbury (2A) and West Rowan (3A) are slated to open the soccer playoffs tonight.
Salisbury (12-6-1) is the CCC’s third seed and will travel to Southern Piedmont No. 2 seed North Lincoln (11-5-2).
West Rowan (10-8) is the NPC’s No. 5 seed and will visit Mountain Athletic top seed T.C. Roberson (20-2-2) at 6 p.m.
– Prep tennis
Salisbury (13-3) will travel to CCC rival Lexington (11-2) today for a second-round match in the 2A tennis playoffs. The teams split a pair of 5-4 decisions in the regular season and were part of a three-way tie for the league title.
Ledford won 6-0 in a second-round match at Lincolnton on Tuesday and will face the Salisbury-Lexington winner in an all-CCC state quarterfinal match next week.
– Minor leagues
Lake County scored three runs in the eighth inning to beat the slumping Kannapolis Intimidators 7-4 and sweep a South Atlantic League series Tuesday.
– College softball
Catawba second baseman Allie Marshall has been named to the All-Southeast Region second team. Marshall batted .358 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs.
* Walters State sophomore catcher Gina Loflin (West Rowan) hasn’t committed for next season yet. She is being recruited by Tusculum, Lincoln Memorial and Pfeiffer.
– Abdalah siblings run
Marianna Abdalah, 10, finished first in her 3000 meters debut and was second in the 800 in the USA Track sanctioned Duane Ross Classic.
Rene Abdalah, 7, placed third in the 800 in the 8-under division.
The Abdalahs will compete in the Johnson Riley Invitational in Winston-Salem in two weeks.
– Carson football camp
Head coach Mark Woody will lead Carson High’s football camp for grades 3-8 on May 26-28 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. daily.
The cost is $30 and includes a T-shirt.
Call 704-855-7297 for information.

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