Area sports briefs
From staff reports
Liberty senior Keegan Linza (North Rowan) was named to the All-Big South Conference baseball first team and was runner-up for the Big South Pitcher of the Year honor.
Linza (10-3) also was named to the leagueís All-Academic squad.
n Charlotteís junior catcher Ross Steedley (East Rowan) was a first team All-Atlantic 10 pick. Steedley is batting .338 with 28 RBIs.
n Appalachian State fell 5-3 to Samford in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament on Wednesday. Trey Holmes (East) had a double for the Mountaineers, while Preston Troutman (East) had an RBI.
n State Games baseball
East Rowan third baseman Avery Rogers and Davie shortstop Carson Herndon were named to the 20-man West team of graduating seniors for the Powerade State Games.
Other area players named to the team are Mount Pleasant outfielder A.J. James and Albemarle first baseman Corey Dick.
In the junior division, East Rowan first baseman Andy Austin and pitcher Bradley Robbins were named to the Region 6 team.
n Pro baseball
East Rowan grad Spencer Steedley and Albemarleís Bradley Holt were opposing starting pitchers in a Double A Eastern League game played on Wednesday in New Britain, Conn.
One of the top pitching prospects for the New York Mets, Holt (2-3) was the winner, holding New Britainís Rock Cats to two runs and six hits in 61/3 innings in a 6-2 victory. He struck out four.
Steedley (2-2) is usually a reliever, but he took the loss making a spot start in a doubleheader. He allowed two runs and five hits in three innings, while striking out three.
n Winston-Salemís Daniel Wagner (South Rowan) went 2-for-3 and scored twice as the Dash beat Lynchburg 9-5 on Wednesday in Carolina League action.
n Legion baseball
The Carson Junior Legion team opens play tonight at home at 7 p.m. against Stanly County.
Carson is home at 7 on Friday against the Hi-Toms and will play a doubleheader at Mooresville High on Saturday, starting at 5 p.m.
n Kannapolis opens at Lexington on Friday. Mocksville opens at Asheboro on Friday. South Rowan gets started on Saturday at home against High Point. Rowan County debuts on June 1 at Newman Park with a game against the Mooresville Legends.
n Independent baseball
In the American Association, Zach Ward (A.L. Brown) had his sharp slider in his last start for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks and fired seven shutout innings. After two starts, Ward is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 13 innings.
n Also in the American Association, Garrett Sherrill (A.L. Brown) has made four appearances in relief for the Lincoln Salt Dogs. Heís struggled with control (seven walks in 61/3 innings), but he also has seven strikeouts and has only allowed two hits.
Sherrill has been able to strand most of those walks and has a 1.42 ERA.
n David Thomas (Catawba) is batting .222 in 12 games with the Grand Prairie Air Hogs of the American Association. He has a homer and five RBIs.
n College basketball
Wingate announced seven more womenís college basketball signees on Wednesday.
Incoming freshmen will be Sarah Burnick (Providence Day), Jasmine DeBerry (Concord), Jade Montgomery (Piedmont), Sequoia Morton (Newport News, Va.) and Jakari Thompson (Clinton, Md.). Transfers are Nikki Burton (Louisville) and Cayleigh Weekly (Peace).
Kelli Bonner (Starmount) and Brooklyn Boston (South Caldwell) signed with the Bulldogs in November.
n College lacrosse
Catawbaís Marty Tuohy has been named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar All-America Team and will play for the South in the North-South All-Star Game on Friday in Towson, Md.
Tuohy scored 26 goals and added 14 assists this season.
n Local golf
Allison Lee (Salisbury) shot 74-79 ó 153 and tied for 15th after two rounds of the Womenís Carolinas Amateur Championship being played at Peninsula Club in Cornelius.
The low 15 scores and ties will make up the championship bracket with the final round teeing off today at 9 a.m.
n The Wonder Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 20, at The Club at Irish Creek.
The format is four-man Captainís Choice. Entry fee is $65 per player or $260 per team. Mulligan/putting contest packages are available.
Sign-ins start at 8 a.m. Shotgun start is at 10 a.m. Lunch is provided.
Contact Terry Edwards at 704-938-3526 or email@example.com or Sam Falls at 704-699-2967.
Respond by June 13 with team/sponsor information.
n YMCA programs
Hurley YMCA is registering kids for Coed T-ball and Coach Pitch baseball programs.
Registration is through June 16. Leagues are for ages 4-9.
Contact youth sports director Phillip Hilliard at 704-636-0111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
n South physicals
South Rowan will hold pre-physicals for athletes today from 2:30-3:30 p.m. The fee of $10 is not due until next week. Physicals will be also be held at South on June 2 for seniors at 5:30 p.m., juniors at 5:45, sophomores at 6:15 and freshmen at 6:30.