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Area Sports Briefs: Seager ascends to No. 1 in prospect rankings

From staff reports
Corey Seager (NW Cabarrus, Kannapolis American Legion) is now ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the minor leagues by ESPN analyst Keith Law.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound L.A. Dodgers prospect is 21 years old. He’s playing mostly shortstop at Triple-A Oklahoma City, although he’s likely to move to third base in the majors.
Seager is batting .308 this season between Double-A Tulsa and Oklahoma City. He has 13 homers and 48 RBIs.
Sands update
Jerry Sands (Catawba) hit a three-run homer on Thursday in Columbus’ 8-1 win against Buffalo.
Sands has 14 homers and 39 RBIs and is batting .266.
Lomascolo update
Nick Lomascolo (Catawba) threw a scoreless inning with two strikeouts on Wednesday for Peoria.
Lomascolo has a 2.53 ERA in 26 appearances.
Merrifield update
Whit Merrifield (Davie) has been red-hot for the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers. He’s batted .357 in his last 10 games to lift his batting average to .293.
Merrifield has stolen 21 bases and may get his first shot in the majors with Kansas City this September.

American Legion
High Point won 5-2 against Eastern Randolph on Thursday to even their best-of-five series at two games apiece.
Because of a CPL game at Finch Field, Friday’s decisive Game 5 will be played at Trinity at 7 p.m.
The winner of the series will begin the best-of-three Area III championship series at Newman Park against Rowan County on Saturday.

Prep football
A.L. Brown coach Mike Newsome is guiding the West squad in the East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro on July 22.
Newsome is entering his fifth season at A.L.Brown where he has a 35-17 record.
Newsome’s overall record for 12 seasons is 129-34 with two state championships. He’s been conference coach of the year four times and was named MaxPreps National Coach of the Year in 2009.
A native of Florida, Newsome is a 1994 Mars Hill graduate.

Local golf
In the eGolf Tour’s Cabarrus Classic, Dykes Harbin is 12-under after rounds of 63 and 69 and holds a one-shot lead after two rounds.
Salisbury’s Frank Adams III has shot 69-71 — 140 and is 4-under. He’s tied for 11th.

NCHSAA
Cameryn Smith of West Brunswick and Dalton Edwards of West Iredell were named winners of the annual Jerry McGee Endowed Scholarships awarded by the NCHSAA.
Smith was a girls golf performer at West Brunswick. She battled a rare blood disorder discovered after a lengthy hospital stay during her freshman year but was still able to excel in golf. She plans to play at Queens.
Edwards played soccer and football during his career, but could not complete his junior year in sports because he needed a liver transplant after two major surgeries as a result of battling cancer. He still managed to be an all-conference performer as a goalkeeper in soccer.
He will be attending Pfeiffer.

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